Category Archives: childhood
There was a quiet pause in our session. He was working to somehow unwrap a snack, and as I was sitting close by, talking with mom. I noticed the length of his eyelashes and an instant, that feeling of of a need to capture this made me lift my camera, focus and click. I think sometimes mom’s and dad’s worry when we take breaks in a session. I could think of lots of legitimate reasons why. Maybe one being because we are using up the valuable time you are paying for to capture everything. I get that. But I also have a great trust in the process, and I want you to too. I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that those moments when I am watching, not clicking, are when I am seeing. Noticing the details and reveling in them. The thought to heart experience is fast for me; and luckily, because kids are on the move!
So much of how I photograph you is about how I know you, so those quiet moments are never wasted moments. They are inspiration for me, and connection for us to get more intimate portraits of the most important details of your favorite people.
I know sometimes when you bring a new baby home to your other kids it can sometimes feel chaotic, trying to split attention, making sure everyone feels loved and seen. It can be a lot of pressure. I remember it well. Personally, I know, being the 2nd born of three, it can be tough for a kid too. We still have the proof (letters I wrote to my mom) of how she ruined my life. Of course, now my little sister is one of my favorite people in the world.
The funny thing is that, for me, it’s such a peaceful and relaxed experience to walk into a newborn session. I love witnessing the moments of interactions of new siblings, I love how they ask for attention, and I love to give it to them and make them feel special. I kind of get to be a fly on the wall into a really intimate experience of moments. I think that’s why I get so attached to my clients: because I’m sharing and capturing these moments with you and they are SO important. I’m witnessing the strength of your love for each other and the joy that comes from being together. I’m witnessing what brings my life energy and light: Love.
*This session was shot exclusively on film.*
I love this family. I’m so grateful I get to see them every year. This particular mom and I connect on the level of what’s most important in life. To us, it’s not things, or what we have, it’s the love in our life and the quality of that. Our kids have similar personalities, so we can support each other through the tough stuff, and marvel in the magic of the positives of their little beings. I’m always in awe of her presence as a mom. She is so attuned and accepting as things are. Can you ask for anything better in a mother? I can’t think of anything more solid as a foundation for a growing person.
He is finally here! Finnegan was born on April 13th. Welcome to this world, sweet boy. We already love you so.
You guys know Brendy as one of the creatives I love to work with. Incorporating her into our sessions adds so much detailed beauty through her warm inspired touch. By now she has turned into a really good friend as well. As this munchkin was growing in her we would get together and talk about being mothers, about being wives, about life and what our experiences have taught us, or what we hope they will. These kinds of relationships are invaluable to me. It’s so important to me to be able to relate to others on the great, amazing love in our life, and the challenge that drags us down some days in boredom, or comparison, or a fussy kid, or an irritated mind; whether it’s the day, or a phase, or something that persists, it helps to know we’re not alone in it. The day I sent her these final images was the 1st day she was alone with both of her boys. I remember feeling so accomplished on that day for me. I even vacuumed! I was in slight shock that I actually survived the day, but it built my confidence up. I recently read somewhere, “Mothering begins and never ends”. That’s 24 hours a day, non-stop until they get big kind of a job. With mother’s day coming up, I’ve been reflecting on the true gift motherhood has been for me and how I can’t (and even before I had kids, could never) have imagined myself without them. I also never could have imagined how beautiful and unique they would be and how the bits and pieces of Brad and I and our parents and siblings would come together to create a completely new and unique human.
I mean, wow.
Just so lucky, and sometimes too bogged down to feel it. But that’s ok. That’s motherhood. It’s perfect and messy and irritating and exhilarating.
One of my mama friends in my life posted this article to fb recently and I wanted to share it with all the mamas that may check in on this blog from time to time. I loved the relief I felt when I read it and my sister and I agreed, we’ll refer back to it on the days that are harder. To remind us to go easy and be in the moment.
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.
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).
With so much going on these days it’s getting harder to post on the blog. I have so many sessions from last fall that I want to share too! It’ll happen soon enough (i hope). We had such a darling set of clients come out to participate in the Spring Mini Sessions this year, I had to share. I was loving the vibe, and the look. Brendy Frampton was an amazing sidekick for this event. She took everything up a notch. I loved having her light spirit with me the whole day, and all the detail she brought. I will definitely coordinate our fall minis with her too so be on the look out for that after summer. She’s a talent. She made the flower crowns with flowers from Petite Petal Co. She made the feather crowns for the boys, the donut cake and donut pops, the fairy wands, and brought juice for kids, and La Croix water for us adults. She’s so thoughtful and loving.
My vision was to use a studio, with that romantic window light flooding in, with a teepee and flowers garland draped over it. Pretty simple, but aslo so pretty and sweet. I ordered the garland from Seascape Flowers. They were awesome to work with as well. If you’re in Aptos hanging near Seascape Resort, you must stop in to her sweet little shop! I’m so happy and grateful that this all came together. I had such fun with these spring chickens. Thanks to all who joined us! Enjoy a little peek into our day! xo
This beach. It’s saved my state of mind many a day of feeling bogged down by the monotony of life. How many days this beach has held me and warmed my skin when I needed it and refreshed my mind. Just a short, windy drive through redwood trees to the coast, and 25 minutes later, we arrive at 20th street beach. The air is a little cooler, and smells of salt water. We can see to infinity as we peek out through the trees and trek down the road to the beach. This beach. Brad brought me here in the beginning and set up a beach bonfires for us. We sat in the night, listening to waves, looking up to the stars, talking about…. everything. Now we bring our babies here. And now they get to let the ocean pull everything weighing them down out of them too, so we can all start fresh. Many times I bring my film cameras down here and take my frustrations out shooting. I don’t believe in myself enough. Sometimes I need to go there, in a mad and determined way, and say to myself “I can DO this!” to get motivated to try and possibly fail. Funny that we are all so afraid of failure, when it’s a teacher and path toward success, and in the process makes us so much more real. It’s just that ego that wants to get it right the 1st time, I guess.
Ava turned 8 on April 26th, so photographing her as she is now was my main goal. Nathan is 4 and I hadn’t shot him after his January Bday yet either, so here I am, once again practicing with medium format and 35 mm film on them. I want to shoot more film, but I still have fear to work through and many mistakes to make. My D700 feels like my 2nd right hand. I know it by heart and I know how to make magic with it. I need to remind myself that I got there and continue to get better because I’m practicing. So I’ll keep practicing. Both.
There’s just something about film though. It has an authenticity that really speaks to me. So glad it’s still here for us.
*If you want to shoot film at your session, just say the word and we can play with it too.