Candid group family photo taken on the sofa in the living room during a family photo and video session in the bay area

Family Films

It all begins with listening | A Day in the Life Film Session with the R-P Family

April 25, 2023


The stars + planets have been aligning just right because I’ve come to meet some pretty fantastic families. This one, in particular, will always have a warm place in my heart. They initially reached out because their 91 year old grandmother was visiting, and they thought they would value some photos of this special time together.

If you’ve worked with me before, you’ll know it all begins with a phone call. I know it can be a mental block for some, and honestly, it certainly was for this introvert. But I now find that getting to know the families I’m creating with is one of the most rewarding things about family photography. My creative process starts with a casual chat on the phone, followed by an in-depth questionnaire, so by the time we meet, I will have a good sense of what resonates in your heart. And the more we share, the more meaningful the art we create together becomes.

By entering this process, I discovered how important their grandmother is to them and how they wanted to hold onto their time together. They wanted to preserve all the details of her handholding, the sound and sweet cadence of her voice when she told a story, her laughing with the little ones, and all the cuddles and mischief in between. All natural and unscripted (because is there any other way with toddlers?!). Upon knowing all these details, I knew that pivoting to film was the best way I could honor how they loved each other.

As we approached their session date, we also developed a loose plan for our big day. And you can bet that the younger the kids are, the more flexible our “plans” become. And like clockwork with any film session, the kids (including the parents) had a terrible night’s sleep, but we decided to push through and see what magic awaited. This resulted in the best post-nap wake-ups and improved cuddly moments between siblings. It was not just beautiful to document but also to witness firsthand.

Thank you, R-P Family, for trusting your hearts and sharing this tender space with me. It means the world.


Gather strength from the beauty of your chaos.

I’ve always been fascinated by people; my B.S. is in anthropology. I appointed myself the family documentarian, taking photos of our travels and milestones. I soon realized how much I love visual storytelling. I picked up my first serious camera when my daughter was born, knowing those early years with her were precious and ever-changing. Around that time, a photographer friend’s encouragement led me to pursue photography professionally. Now many years and some very proud accomplishments into this career, my passion for it only grows.

I can’t imagine doing anything else.