Mochis and Monsters

There were mochis and monsters at this shoot.  Well, more like mochi-eating monsters, which weren’t as scary as they were playful.  :)

The mochi-eating monsters and their parents also shared the lake with a couple of deer, ducks with laughter-sounding quacks, and a VERY large group of turkeys.  It was a fun and eventful morning.  It had a different feel than their Lake Shoot last year that was foggy and quiet.

The moments where the family melted into each other and laughter infected others around them required great concentration to continue shooting because what I really wanted to do was take pause and breathe it all in!  ❤️

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Sama on the Bay

Donning Mediterranean colors, Priti and Rachad with their little ones had vibrant personalities to match.  They played, laughed, hugged each other, and gave themselves bunny ears.  You’d think they’ve done this before!  ;) (SQUEEE!  This is actually their 9th shoot!)

It was obvious being on the water is their happy place.

So we climbed aboard their new boat, Sama, which they named after their children/their heart — Samir and Maya — and means “sky” in Arabic.  *swoon*

Though we’ve had photoshoots on the San Francisco Bay before, this time was different.  I climbed into another boat in the middle of the Bay, so I could capture images of the family from outside their boat.  With nothing to hold onto, except an assuring hand and Rachad’s shoulder, and my cameras dangling to my sides, I jumped.

I love a good challenge.  Shooting subjects on a moving boat while on a boat that is zipping around and flying over waves is a challenge indeed.  And loads of fun!  Check out Sama on the Bay…

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Typhoon in the Marsh

If you look carefully, you will see the tall grass blowing in the typhoon-like wind.

If you look carefully, you will see the adoration in the eyes of the couple.

If you look carefully, you will see a sister and brother who genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

If you look carefully, you will see children who respect and love their parents, and vice versa.

If you look carefully, you can tell I loooooooooooooove this family to pieces!  I love how they travel the World, and yet always remain thoughtful, humble people who enjoy the simple things in life, like a good joke, some bubbles or a walk down memory lane.  xo

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Joy

While editing last weekend’s photos of Jeff, Louisa, and their adorable, playful munchkins, I can hear upbeat music… wait for it… even when I’m not playing music!

I know, I know how this sounds, and it’s not good.  However, that’s what Joy is like to me.  I can hear happy music.  I can feel joy in my heart.  And it makes me want to go out and hug someone or volunteer in a soup kitchen or rescue another puppy.  (In case my husband is reading this…. honey, it’ll only be 5 more puppies.  heh heh)

Check out my visual story of Joy…

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A Whole Lot o’ Love

I am washed with a feeling of calm and friendship whenever I see Sara and Brian.  They just have that way about them, I can’t explain it, but it’s somewhat magical.

And I’ve known their boys since they were babies.  I still pinch myself that I get to watch these cuties grow up as part of my “job”!

At the end of their photoshoot, Aidan walked up to me completely unprompted and said in the sweetest voice, “Thank you for taking our pictures!”  Awwwwww.  I feel so much gratitude for being able to do what I love…with the people whom I love… in a city that I love.  That’s a whole lot o’ love!

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The B’s Knees

Just like the slang “the bee’s knees”, this family with all B names is the best of the best in generosity, kindness, compassion, and (with the girls) athleticism!

I had such a fun morning photographing Bella, Bailey, Brianna, Brenda, Benny…and their newest addition, Baci, who just turned 1 year old.

I’ve known Brenda since our College days at Berkeley, photographed her engagement to Benny, walked down the aisle as her bridesmaid, photographed her belly when she was pregnant, and known her kids since they were born.  There is so much history between us that it makes for our time together even more precious and her shoots that much more intimate.

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Baci:  “Where’d She Go?”

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When a family takes selfies at the end of their photoshoot, I… PHOTOBOMB THEM, of course!  :)

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Tots To Teens

When you’ve been photographing a family for 11 years, you get the awesomeness of watching tots turn into teens!

It means feeling excited to see how much the “kids” have grown and catching up with the parents.  It also means your subjects can feel comfortable enough to be serious or playful — or anything!

Ahhh, I had a wonderful afternoon hanging out with friends… whom I happened to photograph simultaneously.  heehee.

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Her Everyday Self

There you have it.  I blinked, and now I have a teenager!

Some things I expected with a teenager (a little bit of envelope-pushing that keeps me on my toes) and some things I didn’t (her interests remained the same as the last few years).  Mia still loves reading, collecting stuffed animals (curses to whoever invented Pusheen – haha), creating handmade toys, and the color aqua.

She still wakes up at 6am no matter what, laughs at my jokes, and can’t resist picking up any book she passes on her way to eating/sleeping/showering/leaving/doing her homework.  :)

She is the same big-hearted, caring soul as when she was a toddler giving away all her snacks to her friends even when she was hungry and the preschooler who rushed to cheer up crying strangers at the park.

For her birthday shoot this year, we agreed it needed to represent her everyday self.  It can’t be “styled”, like the Fairytale Shoot.  Or while wearing things she doesn’t normally wear, like the hat in last year’s shoot.  So Mia wore clothes she’d wear to school, brushed her hair, and grabbed her favorite baseball cap and a book that was lying on the table.  Simple.

We drove 5 minutes from our house since the location wasn’t the highlight; it was my Mia Pie.  ❤️

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Sunshine When it Rains

When it’s foggy and drizzly, you have to make your own sunshine!

Jasper, Willa and Ansel, along with their parents, had fun running around Golden Gate Park in San Francisco last weekend.

Was it dark and wet that day?  *shrug*  We didn’t even notice!  :)

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Most Delicious Light of 2017

Here is Part 2 of the Favorite Images results!

MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT OF 2017

Photos considered in The Most Delicious Light category were images where light played a significant role in the overall image (i.e., if the light was different, the quality, mood, or story of the image would change).

#1

Diagonal shadows and light at bath time

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[FYI:  This image isn't originally cropped this way; I cropped it more at the bottom out of respect and child safety.]

#2

The parting fog under the bridge

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#3

Fantasy-like glow on the beach

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#4

Brown reflected light from the forest floor

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Pure white light
[Commercial Photography]

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Light from above

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#7

Sun after weeks of rain lit up the moss on the trees

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Tied for #8

Morning fog rolling across the lake

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Sun-kissed tree swing

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#9

perfect storm of sunlight:  reflected light on the family, sun streaming through the trees to light up the background, and a ray of light as backlight!

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Click here if you want to see last year’s Favorite Images.  Don’t forget Favorites of 2015 too!
Are you still reading this?  Ooh la la… okay, here is one more:  Favorite Images of 2014:)