Archive for 2012

Modern Photography: Jill & Clarence in love

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

My connection to Jill and her family go all the way back to the day I was introduced to my husband Kevin. Complete serendipity to meet a husband and a great friend at once. After shooting Mer’s wedding 8 years ago, getting to know her family, and her family sharing my images, I was asked to shoot so many of their friends and family events and portraits over the years. They are all webbed into my life experience. They are wonderful people.

Jill and Clarence hosted a beautiful wedding at the Park Hyatt in DC.  They were warm & welcoming, calm and sweet with each other and their guests.  And it was touching to see the connection Jill shares with her twin brother Andy and sister Meredith.  They are peas in a pod.

Kudos to Marno Muth, my second photographer, for being a part of it and shooting some of these shots below.  I love they way he sees.  I love the way he just … is.

 

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Modern Family Portraits: Feeling the love

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

We could not have picked a more sun-shiny day for our shoot in Crissy Field.  The morning started crisp and fresh, the sun slowly drying the grass and stone.  It was a perfect day to shoot this beautiful family.

Cate, Jack & Declan brought all their personality.  Cate is a completely goofy poser (just like my Bella–is it an eldest daughter thing?) enjoying her moment to shine in front of my lens.  Jack was ready to play ball with Dad, pulling out a little GQ when needed.  And Jack didn’t let his littler legs hold him back. He is ready to take over.

I love the little pops of red andhow it blended with Crissy field, the Golden Gate, and clear blue sky.  Little pops of red & cream.  Good job Mom!

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Mill Valley Family Portraits: Flying High

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Christie and I had it all worked out. Kids. Dog. Water. Vistas. See you at the Audubon Reserve at 4PM!

“But. But.”  Aaron had a different idea.  “The airport would be so cool.”  Sometimes deciding on what you envision in a photo shoot isn’t consistent, and things can change last minute.

It did and we had a lot of fun.  Little Gnoss Field in Novato, two cute kids, and a wonderful couple willing to try new things–we came up with a cool little shoot with a *few* of the toys for the boys and girls in this family.  I think it suited them perfectly!  We had the mix of fun airplane shots mixed in with the sweeter family moments.  I am looking forward to seeing what we come up with next year!

 

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Mama–You are the best!

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Let’s go Daddy!

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San Francisco Family Photography: Love and Light in the Berkeley Hills

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Ethereal. Romantic. Warm.

Jen and I collaborated to come up with a family session showing the warmth and love in her family. We found a perfect spot in the Berkeley Hills where the kids were happy to enjoy a wonderful afternoon with soft breezes, sun, and their family. The magical hills of California with their shady groves were the perfect location for this beautiful family full of love.

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Moms & Their Babies: Loving your laugh lines

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

“I just found out I don’t look thirty anymore.”  I was flabbergasted the first time a mom said this to me while I presented her with my absolutely favorite image of her and her baby from their session.  The image showed two people completely connected, joyful, and in-the-moment, but all she can see are laugh lines.  And this happened often as my clientele slid toward and over 40.

I need to be honest–I had to work at not taking it personally or judging, trying instead to understand and feel empathy. Standing in front of the mirror with perfect light, making the lightest face possible, we could trick ourselves into sometimes believing we aren’t changing.  But seeing yourself in a true guffaw, mouth open in pure joy, crows feet and laugh lines reaching into your jowls, can be jolting. If that is all you are looking at.  But there is so much more to see.

I  wanted to ask “Why in the world did you ask me to do your pictures?  There are 20 standard portrait photographers within a 10 mile radius.”  But I have learned the answer.  They chose my photography for a reason.  It is what they saw in my images.  It is connection.  I’ve come to understand it’s just sometimes hard to see it on yourself.

So I stick to my formula.  I know these moms will come to love the connection they see in the photos as the years pass and they and their children change.  They will love the gooey sloppy kiss or the laugh lines and crinkles in their nose from a good giggle, because it is certainly what their children love to see when they look at them.

I think Allison Tate summed it up beautifully here.

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