In the final set of images from my mini shoots this year, I've got another darling family of three with SUCH a cute little one year old girl! Emily was so stinkin' adorable, I could have photographed her all evening! She was a mover and shaker and loved my dinosaur friend from Shutter Huggers. She mostly wanted grab it off my lens and play with it though, haha! I had a wonderful time with the Smolen family and just kept shooting till we lost our last bit of sun behind the horizon. I met so many friendly, fun and loving families this year and I'm so grateful to have made new connections with them all. I'm definitely looking forward to next year's round of mini shoots! Follow my blog to be the first to find out when they'll be!
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Here's my second session of the week that I shot at Holbrook Palmer Park! Such a cute family with the sweetest little girls. I can tell Addy is a great big sister already to her 6 month-old sister Emily. It was darling watching her try to get her to smile for the photos, even though baby Emily seemed a little camera shy. I love big sisters, since I have two amazing ones of my own! Both of them had such beautiful blue eyes and blonde, blonde hair. Darling girls and I hope I get to photograph them more over the years as they grow up. It was another quick session, but full of giggles and big smiles. Glad I had the opportunity to meet another wonderful family during the holiday season. Big thanks to the Hughes family for connecting us!
When Erin and Aaron first reached out to me looking for photographer for family photos, I was honored! I mean, I'm ALWAYS flattered when any client asks me to photograph them, but this was even more special to me because they had just moved from Arizona and were in the market for a new photographer. And if anyone knows, there are SO many photographers in this area and lots with great talent! They could have contacted any one of them, but I'm so happy they reached out to me! Such a sweet couple and a darling one-year-old baby boy! And if you're curious like I was, red hair runs in the extended part of the family :-) I wish I could have spent more time with them, but being that it was a mini session series I had to cut it off and meet the next family (which will be featured tomorrow)! I think we got some great shots of the happy family of three, although I do hope for many more sessions with them in the future!
The second installment of fall mini shoots is here today! I can't get enough of this hidden gem just outside of Alum Rock in San Jose. I wish this trail had a proper name, but maybe it's best I keep it as my own little secret :D It's the perfect spot for some fall foliage and has enough space to roam around to mix up the background. It was a great location for my session with the Hughes family! They were such a loving bunch with the sweetest little kids. Tanner was full of life and Allie has the brightest blue eyes! Loved our shoot and hope we can do another next year!
I just love fall. The colors, the brisk air, the excuse to wear boots and scarves! Now I have a new favorite thing to add to my list... fall mini sessions! This was my second year offering them to clients and it turned out to be a hit! It was such a great way to meet so many new families and their adorable little kids. Hopefully I'll be able to photograph these families for years to come! First in this week's series of mini sessions, I'm featuring Kate, Mike and Greyson: A fun-loving couple with their sweet little 2 year-old boy. Greyson was a bit of a tough shell to crack at first, but he sure did love when his daddy threw him up in the air! We got the timing down just right...throw him a couple times, laugh and giggle and then click! It's always funny how when I put my camera down, the real smiles always come out. Sometimes I get lucky when we call it a wrap, but then I keep taking shots on the way back to the car. I have my tricks ;-) Big thanks to Kate for setting up this shoot with me. Hope to do more with you guys in the new year!
If you know me at all, you know I love kids. Enough to have worked as a tutor for all ages of elementary school, as a preschool aide, and as a nanny for a family of three! I find my experience with young children has been more than helpful when it comes to photo shoots with little ones! I'm no guru, that's for sure, but I know how to let my guard down, have fun and downright be silly in order to get genuine smiles during my shoots. It's not always easy, especially if the kiddos are fussy or really have no desire to take pictures whatsoever, but it's fulfilling when I finally get those true moments when they crack a smile and open up to the camera for me. The best moments are the giggles, the kisses for mommy or daddy and when they are truly just having a good time!
The next installment of fall mini sessions is here! I got the pleasure of photographing this adorable family last fall and now a year later, I get to see these little boys grow into...taller little boys! :P I love their spunk and energy and those cute little faces melt me! So maybe it was hard for them to sit still, but I just used it as an opportunity for them to run free and play. Grabbed my telephoto lens and snapped a few quick shots! I love working with this family. Nate and Diane are such sweet people and great parents and I can't wait to do more shoots in the coming years with them!
The first round of mini sessions went off without a hitch! Had a great time with the families shooting up at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. I've shot there many times before and it's usually pretty open and empty, which is perfect for photo shoots. I guess I missed the memo that there were multiple parties and games planned for that very spot on the same day! Luckily, it just forced me to find a new area of the park that I hadn't really explored before and it worked out beautifully. Tara, her husband and two little kids were wonderful to work with. I don't think I've ever done a shoot with such patient kids! It does help that it was only 30 minutes worth of shooting...just the right amount of time for youngin's to pose and then play!
For the past 3 years, I've lived somewhat of a double life. Nanny by day, photographer by golden hour! The family I have nannied for has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. I can't say enough good things about them, really! Not only have they been wonderful employers, but have become amazing friends and a second family to me. They have been supportive of my photography from day one and I am so thankful for their encouragement as my business has grown. Recently, the children's grandma asked me to do a shoot of all the grandkids during their family reunion beach trip at Pajaro Dunes. I was more than happy to make the trip over to Watsonville and just play with everyone! The shoot began with all the formal, posed shots, but I knew I'd get the best stuff when it was just candid, beach fun. So after all the adults had their fill of photos and the kids just wanted to get their suits on and play in the water, I took my camera, plunked down in the sand and just shot away!
What a TREAT it was to shoot with this lovely family! For starters, they are adorable! The little boys, one just under 2 years old and the other 5, were very well behaved and very photogenic. Their smiles are just precious! Nate and Diane were nothing but kind and friendly parents, just yearning for a full family photo. I'm glad I could help them out ;-) I had a great time with them all and could've kept on shooting till the sun went down! The spot was perfect for a fall shoot. No real name, just a trail off of Penitencia Creek Road just outside of Alum Rock Park in San Jose. A hidden gem, if you will. Enjoy the smiles below and stay tuned for another blog post soon. Next up: Fall Engagement Shoot at Vasona Lake Park!
These precious children were so full of energy for our fall mini session at Picchetti Winery in Cupertino, CA. Each year I've been able to photograph them as they grow up and it's been such a treat. Jeremiah and Levi are always such hams, but they are so cute! They are the epitome of little boys being boys! With the addition of little sister Lianna, this trio takes some of the sweetest photos. The whole family has been near and dear to my heart for the past three years, and soon they will be moving up to the northwest state of Washington! They will be very missed, but I hope we get a chance to do another family shoot later down the line when they visit the Bay Area. ;-)
This family is near and dear to my heart and I love doing shoots with them! Noah is literally the happiest baby I've ever met and is so fun to be around. I could watch this boy for hours as he explores and runs around with the biggest smile on his face! It's been so wonderful to see this family grow and see this special baby boy turn into a little toddler. For this shoot, we revisited Spring Valley Pond where we shot about Amanda's maternity session a year and a half ago. It's a nice little park in the Calaveras hills in Milpitas, CA that's perfect for kids to run around and play! Enjoy the pictures of the playtime! ;-)
I can't say enough wonderful things about this family. They are genuine, sweet and such good hearted people and I love working with them on a regular basis! This is a shoot we did with all the kiddos and their cousins, ages ranging from 1 year-10 year olds. The little ones had their moments (as they all do), but we still got some adorable shots and recorded some fun times at the park!
Darling baby Reese was only 14 days old and already had an agenda of her own! She wasn't a big fan of getting her picture taken, being naked or falling asleep, but she was still precious as can be! Nevertheless, with the help of her parents, we got some adorable shots of her intermittently snoozing away! With careful balance and gentle touch, we swapped props in and out and changed up the set a bit to add variety. Between the cute baby beanies and the snuggly stuffed animals, we got some peaceful shots of little Reese at her best. Enjoy the photos!
Rain, rain go away, come again another day! This was a close call; we almost had to reschedule our photo session due to bad weather, but God parted the skies and made way for a few hours of sunshine! It turned out to be a wonderful, brisk afternoon with only some damp grass to deal with. The boys were all smiles, especially with their bubbles and lollipops in hand :-) It was a great shoot at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont and I'm happy the weather cooperated!