Category Archives: Family Shoot
This mama and I are connected at the heart level. We could spend hours on the phone pouring our hearts out. We have. Many times. It’s always such an honor to photograph her growing family knowing that she herself was a 100% film photographer before she has her gorgeous children. The fact that she would chose me blows me away and feels like a HUGE compliment. We shot a mixture of film and digital and captured some the pure preciousness of her kids really well. I loved our session so much. x
What a gift to see this boy again as he’s just 3.5 months away from hitting ONE year. I love how he’s grown into such a happy, beautiful boy. They came all the way down from Oakland for our session and I just loved our time together. Esme is such a natural mom. So in love with her baby boy. It was a joy to witness them as a family, and see Beckett getting ready to move… rolling over, putting weight into his legs, trying to communicate. It goes so fast. If only I could hold my babies again at that stage, even just for a minute. A good reminder to be right here right now. And to get photos that freeze them in time.
that’s all I really have to say about this baby and this session. I am so happy to know this family. They make pretty little princesses, and it’s such a privilege to me to photograph them. Baby Kate was an angel through her whole shoot and I had tons of fun with Emma and her BIG personality. So.much.fun. It could have been as much her session as her new baby sister’s. She was my focus so much of the time because 1. she’s adorable and 2. she needs that attention right now. It made her feel special to have a flower crown and be important and a focus for me. She was so good with the jealousy that came up for her when it was time to focus on baby sis. And we captured some precious moments between the two of them together. My favorite was when she kissed her toes. melt. Thank you for inviting me into your home and for a really nice session Van B’s.
ps. How gorgeous is mama’s hair?! Lucky girls to get that gene.
*(1st three frames are film).
One of my most favorite people on this earth is Erin Edwards. We’ve grown into a friendship together over the last 9 years, both of us learning and awkwardly changing, and now we are connected at the deepest of heart and soul levels. She understands me inside out and loves me just as I am, as I love her. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a wonderful friend in my life, other than my husband. I’m grateful beyond words to share the intimate parts of my mind and life with her. Everything I tell her is received with love and authentic understanding, no judgement, no competition, no false words of confidence just to be kind. There is also so much laughter between us, like immature teenagers divulging all the asinine craziness that goes on in our minds too. That laughter and ability to laugh at ourselves is so healing for me too. The best part of this session was the walk I got to take with Erin through the redwood grove, taking in our surroundings and breathing in that moist, fresh air before we drove away.
Photographing her family is so fun. Her children are full of personality, which I feel like we really captured in this session. They moved to Arizona over the past year, which was heart breaking for everyone, but thankfully, it didn’t effect the closeness we share. She came back to graduate from her masters program and asked me to capture her family again while she was here. I couldn’t be more honored. She requested film, so we shot film and digital (more film than digital). She’s been with me on this photography journey since it began and has left behind some very talented photographers to work with me. I know it’s not just because we are friends. She tells me always it’s because she truly loves my work and style. When anyone chooses me for that reason, then it’s always a good fit and a beautiful session, guaranteed.
Thank you for playing with me among the giant beauty of the Redwoods, Edwards Family. I love all of you and miss you already. xo
The energy of this family is calming to be around. They are so gracious and understanding. They love each other so deeply. There is a softness about them that I can appreciate because I have some of that in me too. At the same time there is so much laughter. Dad’s sense of humor brings out the best smiles in all of them. He keeps is really light and fun, which I appreciated so much. I always love our sessions, (and it’s really hard for me not to touch Ty’s gorgeous hair), it’s the best! We used a mixture of digital and film at the beautiful Carmelite Monastery in Santa Clara. Take a peek. xo
I’ve been dying to get this family in front of my camera since their third baby was born! Oh, baby Reece is such a sweetheart, and a beautiful addition to their family. I’m so glad she’s here now and she let us doll her up with a special flower crown made by the talented, Brendy Frampton. We had lots of laughs together over the course of the session, because as usual, nothing is ever perfect, and sometimes the kids are done before we start. I totally get that. Such troopers, those handsome boys. And I know they won’t regret it, or hold mom accountable once they see how absolutely adorable they were! I can barely stand it. This family could be in a magazine. Their shoot was so light and airy, just like summer feels right now. I loved it! Thank you Moseley’s for asking me to photograph you! xo
*(the first set of images are film).
You forget how tiny they are. Their little bodies melt into you. As I walked in the door, daddy handed baby to me. “Do you want to hold him?” Oh, the luxury of holding a newborn in my arms. I just love how it feels. I told them I can appreciate so much more the sweetness of this stage when it’s not my baby. I was too sleep deprived and anxious the first time around. I think that’s why it’s become easy for me to comfort newborns…. I have the skills left over from having my own, but the ones I’m soothing now I haven’t used all my energy on. I’m not trying to balance equal attention between kids, plus a photography job, and mommy work on top of it all. So, I have so much patience and time to relish in the moment. I love that. It’s amazing. Hats off to this mama who is gracefully learning how to juggle two babes now. She is a light and a love. She truly appreciates the art of photography, and after receiving her images wrote to me saying:
“Cassie, I am speechless over these pictures! I literally have tears in my eyes. You are such a talent and I’m beyond grateful to have found you. I love them, they mean the world to me.”