Let Kids Be Kids

With plenty of balloons, shiny confetti, markers, the comfort of their home, and relaxed parents, the kids of the L Family were happy as clams.

Lucy and Scott knew that they could plan and plan, but in the end, their photos would turn out best when they allowed their kids to be just that… kids!  Lucy even told me that the morning after their shoot, her kids asked if they could “do more photos with Annie today”!  That is the true measure of a successful shoot because it speaks to the family’s experience.  Well, that, plus the photos!  :)

So check out this super fun Lifestyle Photography session at the L Family’s gorgeous home.  There were so many cute surprises!

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Double Chin Deluxe

Baby Marissa joined The C Family a month ago, so I zipped over to their house to capture their life as it is right now!  First, I photographed the baby with all her chins (hee hee) at their home.  See Exhibit A:

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ADORABLE, right?!!  :)

Then we went to their neighborhood park to play.

Some cute observations from their shoot:

~ Marissa is calmest when her dad, Tim, holds her outward, so she can see his face.  Then her arms fall to her side completely limp!
~ Madeline (4 yrs old) proves she can do everything her big brother can do, like the monkey bars!
~ Matthew (6 yrs old) has a cool train set and has been playing that since my first shoot with them 3 years ago.
~ Jenny really loves stuffed animals.  There is one in her collection that looks like a cross breed between a panda and Olaf!

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Newborn Photography usually takes longer than a typical Lifestyle session because parents need to take time caring for their baby, but when you add in young children to the mix, it adds to the dynamic.  [To learn more about Newborn Photography, here’s an article on Sensitivity and one on Lifestyle Newborn.]

This sweet family kept thanking me at the end of their shoot because their shoot lasted 3 hours (as some Newborn Shoots do) — however, I was the one who felt grateful!  Tim and Jenny are such awesome people, so their shoots feel more like hanging out with friends!  And their kids were so fun to play with that they had me laughing a lot.  To top it off, they “get” my style of photography and appreciate me.

Thank you, thank you, Tim and Jenny, for giving me the pleasure of capturing this slice of your lives!  xoxo  ~annie

Concrete Jungle

For their 6th family photoshoot, Elaine and Victor decided to head to the concrete jungle of downtown San Francisco.  They climbed on things, did high jumps at a waterfall, strutted their stuff in a mock fashion show, and ate Beard Papa pastries.  *drool*

What a fun morning in the big city!

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Below is my favorite sequence of the shoot.  Elaine’s reaction was absolutely priceless!  :)

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Little Pumpkin

When you are born in mid-October, it only makes sense to have your One Year Photoshoot at a pumpkin patch!

Baby Evelyn, with her 4 glorious teeth and soulful eyes, was super chill and let her parents change her numerous times on picnic tables and even in the car trunk.  She didn’t make a peep or fuss ever.  In fact, she smiled whenever someone looked at her and clapped joyfully when her dad yelled out sport chants.  Do babies come any cuter?!!

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Drooly and Curious

Even after a cup of coffee, a piece of chocolate, and kisses from my kids, I still can’t form complete. Sentences. ;)

So I’ll make this short!

Emily and Danny have really sweet kids.  Rory (short for Aurora) is gentle and caring, and Baby Dexter (all of 6 months old) is drooly and curious.  He kept following me and my camera that once he leaned his head so far back that it looked like he was preparing for a gymnastics event — hee hee.  I also think he was trying to investigate my camera…with his mouth!

Just look at the photos and you’ll see what I mean…

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Three and Three Equals Four

My math and speling are gud.  Reelie!  ;)

Last weekend, I photographed three year old Aidan and his little brother Asher who is three months old.  With baby Asher, The G Family is now a family of FOUR.  See, what’d I tell ya?!!

In all seriousness, look how adorable the brothers are and check out how Sara beautifully coordinated the family’s outfits.  They even match their home decor, which was luxurious!  We shot a few photos outside their home too, but I had to post indoor shots only because I am loving the beige suede and greyish blue tones.

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You Can Dance

There are times things go the way you planned, and there are times you hit bumps in the road.  Some big, some small.  Some easy to forget, some that stay with you forever.  One thing you can always do…

You can not let things bother you and… you can dance!   :)

This lovely family demonstrated just that!  We had an obstacle the morning of their shoot, but it didn’t matter.  We ran around San Francisco, ate some sweets, and The L Family even danced in the corridor by some mural posters.  They had the best attitude that translated to everyday matters as well as bigger life situations.  I adore them!

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Football at Sunset

Part of my Commercial Shoot last week was to photograph a High School football team during practice.

It was early evening and the sun was starting to set over the tall pine trees.  Between the golden sunlight and the intensity and passion of the players, I don’t think football has ever looked so good!

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New Guinea, France and an African Savanna

Photographing The C Family made me realize a couple things:

1. How completely amazing it is to see Dani and Charlie over the past few years because not only have I watched them grow physically, but also watched their relationship with me grow!

It made a huge difference in the kids feeling relaxed the minute the shoot began.  I could tell they didn’t hold back AT ALL.  Dresses were flying and big smiling faces were so close to me that my camera couldn’t always focus!

2. I wish I had a sister growing up!

When Dani and Charlie are near each other, they have to make contact and interact — like holding hands, whispering in ears and hugging.  Sometimes their hugs looked like WWE Women’s Wrestling moves, but still.  ;)  Their relationship is the epitome of Sisterhood.

This Lifestyle Family Photography session was full of adventure…

Alex, Roberta and their darling girls stopped by New Guinea to see artwork, set up a French dessert shop near a pond reminiscent of Claude Monet, and then went trekking in an African savanna.  (That’s what it looked like at least!)

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