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Introducing Marshall: In-home newborn Session

 Posted on April 26, 2017
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Hello! I did a quick in home newborn family session for my dear friends after they welcomed their new baby, Marshall, to their family. This particular session is with a beautiful friend who has been there for me with meals and support with my two children. She had a perfect birth at Thrive Birth Center in Santa Rosa, and both of our preschoolers go to Spring Hill School together! This was just a quick session to capture some sweet moments of the family together. I love in-home newborn sessions; they capture the intimacy and comfort of the home. Also, mom and didn’t have to pack up two kids and all of their stuff! Mr. Marshall loved to spit up too… being at home allowed them to have everything within an arms reach for quick clean ups!

The happy family with new addition, Marshall.

Mom and dad with Marshall.

Dad wth Marshall.

 

Big sister Isla holds her new baby brother.

Siblings have a special place in each others lives. Sure, they’ll drive each other crazy down the road, but look at that sweet smile she has – just for her new baby brother. I can’t believe Marshall gave me this huge smile at just a few days old! He is a very smiley guy now!

Isla and Marshall.

Isla and Marshall.

…just the right amount of playing for a nice mid-day nap.

There’s something intrinsically special about capturing the family with their newborn during an in-home photo shoot.  Contact me to set up your newborn session here!


Beautiful Avery | Legion of Honor Family Portrait Session

 Posted on March 23, 2017
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Beautiful Avery was so much fun to chase around! I loved the Legion of Honor location for the clean lines and amazing light. I encourage clients to wear clothing with a pop of color when we photograph here to spice up the session.

Avery in her beautiful red sweater.

Avery in her sassy red sweater.

Avery playing around the columns at the Legion of Honor.

Avery playing around the columns at the Legion of Honor.

Avery.

Peekaboo! When I have a spunky kid, this a great place to play games and interact to get great expressions.

Avery.

She looks like royalty here at her palace!

Avery with her wonderful parents.

The funny thing about being in the photograph is that mom and dad have no idea what I am seeing in the camera! They were stunned with these fabulous smiles.

Avery with her beautiful mother.

Dad was behind me making funny faces so Avery could give us these gorgeous smiles!

Avery and parents.

This location is great for sessions where there is a chance of rain as we are completely covered.

Avery.

Look at this stunning girl taking the Legion of Honor by storm! Twirling and spinning were her favorite activities! I am honored to have photographed her since she was just 3 months old and I look forward to seeing her grow. To book your family appointment, contact me here.


5 Things To Do Before a Studio Session With Your Newborn

 Posted on March 16, 2017
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After having a baby, things get hectic. It is best to contact your photographer while you’re pregnant to set up your newborn studio session. Our studio accepts about 4 sessions per month!  The best-laid plans get scrapped, but with a little bit of preparation, you won’t miss the chance to capture photos your newborn that you’ll cherish forever – especially once the sleepless nights and dirty diapers are a distant memory.

Here are five ways to get prepared for your newborn photo session to help it go smoothly, and keep stress to a minimum:

Look at samples and choose your favorites. Check out my website and blog for examples of what we can do during the session, and send me your favorites so I can plan and prepare. I want to capture images that reflect your style, and one of the things that could help is if you send me details about the nursery colors and the main colors in your home.

Ask me about clothing and wrap options. Since you’ve planned ahead, we have plenty of time to talk about the items that I can provide. We may decide that you want something unique and special for your baby, and in that case, I can help you select items that will fit your newborn for our photo session.

Prepare a diaper bag. The studio is fully stocked with diapers and wipes – just in case, but bring along blankets and burp cloths for all of those blooper moments that we know will happen!

Prepare an extra outfit for both parents. I suggest bringing at least two options for clothing for both of you. I like to have one lighter option (creams, tans, white) and one darker option (gray, black, blues/browns). Having options also helps when we have a new baby who is eager to mess up all of our plans!

Relax. We will work together to plan our session. The studio contains anything you may need, and I always cushion each newborn photo session with time before and after just in case you can’t leave the house on time. Please don’t worry! The absolute best thing you can do is relax, and your baby will be relaxed too.

At my studio, we always do a questionnaire for each of our photography clients to ensure that we capture the style you’re after. Contact me to set up your newborn photo session.


Here’s how I failed at taking amazing photographs of my kids…

 Posted on March 9, 2017
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As some of you may know, I have my studio in Potrero Hill, San Francisco but I live in Petaluma, Sonoma County. We have a wonderful life mixed with exciting urban outings and mud slinging farm excursions! (Check out animal music at Windrush Farms for a fun music+farm animal experience.)

I laughed out loud when I read this post from the Wine Country Moms Blog as I had just made plans to take my 3.5 and almost 2-year-old out for a photo shoot in the beautiful yellow mustard fields. If you haven’t made the drive out to Sonoma County lately, do it. Do it now after all of this delicious rain. I know that many photographers have captured amazing photographs in the mustard fields – this is not a new idea – but I wanted to try it with my cherubs in all of their toddler glory!

But despite all this anticipation, things didn’t turn out exactly as planned.

Here’s how I failed at taking amazing photos of my kids in the mustard fields:

Bad Timing. Due to nap times, current weather conditions and impending rain, I scheduled our session for the horrifying hour of 10:30 am. If you look outside during the winter at this time, the sun is pretty high in the sky. Not a very good time to do photographs without any shade or covering of any kind. My dream photo is of my two girls at sunset running and holding each other’s hands in a field of mustard with rolling hills behind them. Yeah. That wasn’t going to happen. Maybe next year!

Bad Location. What I should have done, and what you should do, is scout your location first. Duh! My increasingly cranky toddlers were not interested in driving around to find “the best light” or a “cute bridge” or the whatever I was looking for. Instead, we ended up on the side of a busy road with loud trucks and honking cars. The good thing was that I had an assistant with us, so at least my kids weren’t in danger. (Also, we weren’t trespassing, so that was a plus.)

Failure to read the signs. I mean, I knew when my daughter woke up with a runny nose that I should postpone the shoot. But, the kids were already excited to wear their dresses and so, of course, we had to do it! Unfortunately, our session was the precursor to a 102-degree fever. Ugh. (You try and smile for the camera when you have a fever!) As a result, she’s scowling in the majority of the photos. Gotta love it!

Setbacks aside, there are a few things I did right. I went for it. I took the shots. We did it. I didn’t let this moment pass by without taking advantage of it – mustard is only here for a short while in spring. So, I feel good about that.

Second, I took an assistant and a great friend who encouraged my kids and me. She was great and I am forever thankful for her support.

Third, the photos are sweet and they are a great memory of my girls at this age.

Fourth, it was a learning experience and I’m eager to get back out there (maybe with my children… maybe not) and try again!

We got a very sweet image of the two sisters displaying their roles perfectly. Here are the photographs that I loved from our 12 minute Sonoma County mustard field photography session:

 

Sisters (not fighting!) in the mustard field.

Sisters (not fighting!) in the mustard field.

Joey in the mustard fields.

Joey in the mustard fields.

Closeup of Joey.

Closeup of Joey.

Joey.

Joey.

Joey found something to laugh about.

Joey found something to laugh about.

Rosie looking surprised.

Rosie looking surprised.

Rosie closeup.

Rosie closeup.

Rosie.

Rosie.

Joey's got a joke, Rosie is unimpressed. This is right about when they were both SO READY for that nap...

Joey’s got a joke, Rosie is unimpressed. This is right about when they were both SO READY for that nap…