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Family Photos

12 Tips to Taking Better Holiday Photos With Your Family

November is here, which means the season of togetherness and gratitude is just around the corner. And just as stuffing and mashed potatoes are staples to the table, so are group photos of the family. But wait! Your favorite family photographer shouldn’t have taken that extra serving of pie and is now in a food […]

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Newborn

Go-Getter

This year kicked off with one of my dearest families as they welcomed Baby Grant to this world. Earth side at 3 weeks, this little go-getter arrived more than 6 weeks early and has already stolen the hearts of so many. His two big brothers in particular are his biggest fans and are fiercely protective […]

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Newborn

Baby Kase

I’m so grateful to have not only captured those first tender days of Baby Kase, but of his older brother too. They were both born into a family full of warmth, love, and laughter.

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Family Photos

Baker Beach

Two back-to-back family photo sessions. I’m thoroughly soaked with sand everywhere. I would say that’s a mark of a morning well spent, and I’m still smiling from it. 

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Newborn

Live Ardently

My vision as a family photographer is to celebrate what it means to be a family. By that, I mean really embracing all aspects of it for better or worse and artfully documenting it. This is why newborn sessions are my favorite. Thanks to the likes of sleep deprivation, they’re honest and humbling, yet still […]

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Family Photos

Sunset at Crab Cove

It’s true. I gotta thing for beaches. It’s kinda a prerequisite for living on an island. Luckily, this family loves them as much as I do. It’s their happy place second to Argentina and I’m grateful to capture it for them. Why, I can’t think of a lovelier family to spend a magical, mud-filled sunset. […]

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Family Photos

Big Hearts

I have to admit that I was pretty nervous approaching this shoot knowing that there would be four boys-three of which are full-fledged teenagers. Why, they’re going to be bigger than me! It turned out that I had nothing to worry about. Their hearts were in proportion to their height and they were probably one […]

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Family Photos

Family Photo Session at Lake Merritt, Oakland

I know, I know…I’ve been horrible at keeping up with this thing called blogging, but what can I say? It’s been a pretty busy season and I’m incredibly grateful for all my new and returning families. They’ve been truly awesome. Here’s a glimpse of one of my favorite families at Lake Merritt. I just can’t […]

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Family Photos

Zombie Farts, Anyone?

I love this beach. I love this family. I, however, could have done without the “Zombie farts”.  Those of you who visit the shore at low tide (and at this time of year) know exactly what I’m talking about. Thanks, Mother Nature, for always keeping us on our toes.

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