It’s true, I look at the world behind a 35mm frame. Every time I dine at The Cavalier, I see nooks and corners of perfectly positioned images. Like little soldiers, my sister and her family made the trek from the East Bay into the city to fulfill my vision.
This year, my sister’s family has a new member - an “illegitimate” love child of my brother-in-law. Fresh off the driveway, meet the 1979 Firebird Trans Am. Needless to say, it wasn’t a warm welcome at first from my sister or their girls, but I have to admit that she’s quite a beauty. This session is dedicated to my brother-in-law. Life is too short. Live!
This was my third year photographing Priyanka and her family - and easily my favorite. Although I have to admit that I feel at way after every session with them. Here are their first and second session - which is your favorite?
A sudden change in weather called for a last minute stop at ocean beach for our session. It wasn't what we had planned but I loved it just as much. Photographing my sister and her family for their holiday photos is a joy of mine every year. Thanks for braving the wind and cold - no one would have known and I couldn't have been more proud!
When my client's husband described the photos as looking like they came from a "storybook fairy tale," I knew I had done my job. It was so great to plan this anthropologie inspired maternity session and again to meet baby girl.
Welcome, baby Liam! I feel so special to have photographed you when you were in the womb. Meeting you for the first time this month, you stole my heart by your immediate liking to the camera. You were posing till the last frame. Can't wait to see you again, little man.
When asked if I take newborn photos, I often tell people, "No." It's not because I don't but it's because I don't think people will like my less traditional newborn style. There's nothing against posing a baby in a basket but it's just not my aesthetic and it's too hard to explain that I don't do that so I just steer clear of newborn sessions altogether. However, I really miss photographing babies.
My flight to LAX was delayed, Natalie's nap time was off, Tsujita's ramen line was too long. I was getting restless and anxious because the sun was setting before our eyes. It was not in the stars for me to give Jane a proper photo session but what came at the perfect time was an email from her doctor, revealing the gender of baby #2. Just as I had mentally resigned all hopes, we stopped by a cute shopping plaza in Santa Monica and found ourselves at Sweet Rose Creamery. Because if all else fails, ice cream makes everything better.
Thirty-eight weeks have never looked so hot! When my friend texted me that she wanted a maternity session and was willing to leave her husband behind and drive from Long Beach to SF, on the rainiest weekend, what else could I say but, "HELL YEAH!" That's what I adore about this girl. Pregnancy and motherhood can't seem to tame her spontaneity or her thigh high boots.
"I've been here for 10 hours and I feel like I've lived a lifetime!"
These were the words of my eleven year old nephew, Maxwell, describing his day trip to San Francisco for our photo session. He usually hates photo sessions so it was amusing and a little shocking to watch the overnight transformation.
So much to love about this session, especially Mom's impeccable styling - I think I want each outfit in my size, including baby DeeDee's romper. Thank you to the Lew family for patiently waiting for me to make a trip down to LA. It was a delight to plan, meet, and photograph you all. I am already thinking about what beautiful things we can do together next year! :)
This is my third year taking my sister's annual family photo, which doubles as a pampering session for my sister and her girls because I come over to do their hair and makeup beforehand. While I made sure they know how lucky they are to receive my services, I secretly love our sessions because my sister gives me full reign over the entire process. The reward of seeing my vision come to life is unmeasurable.
Getting to meet darling baby Ohana was so special, especially because I photographed her when she was still in her mommy's belly last year. I can't believe a year has gone by already! Looking forward to growing with this beautiful family.
Sending a belated happy anniversary wish to this lovely couple. Ten years and three little ones later, their bond is only growing stronger. I hope for the privilege to photograph them on their next 10 year mark.
Due to reasons beyond our control, this family session took place at an unlikely place - the Rossmoor Retirement Community. Scheduling the session was a fight against time as Evelyn's mother is battling the last stage of cancer. All that Evelyn asked for are some photos to document her family, most importantly, something for her daughter to remember her Mother by. I have never been more nervous about a session as I was this day. A bit of nervous energy has always made me work better but I really did not want to disappoint this family.
Has a year gone by that fast?! This was our Ellie bear not so long ago. I still can't stop chuckling when I look at her baby photos because she looks so much like her Dad, trapped in a miniature body, and wrapped in a blanket. It's both adorable and startling at the same time, haha.
If at first you fail, try again. Yes, that was the theme of this session. Mom specifically wanted to have the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop so we agreed to meet on a summer day in SF. The only thing is summer days in SF can be sunny, windy, cold, foggy, and cloudy - all in one day.