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Alright- it seems I am on a roll these days with cute babies. Or maybe it is just those bright eyed, “the world is my oyster” smiles that captivate my heart and imagination? Whatever it is…keep it coming. I’m having a great time!
It has been a few years now capturing the Moreland crew. It’s one of the favorite parts of being a photographer; getting to experience and record these incredible life changing moments and often, if I’m lucky, year after year too. I know them, we’ve worked together many times, We have already built a rapport; at a session, I’m familiar with their genuine smiles and how they interact with each other- we dive in, trust it and it flows. This family is so natural and easy in front of my camera. I am grateful to get to work with them.
A couple years ago, on perhaps the hottest summer day ever, I photographed Katrina and Joe joining their two families(with children Shayla and Jordan) when they married at Apple Mountain Golf Club in Camino. A couple years later, Katrina contacted me to let me know that she was pregnant. I l o v e getting that call from my past wedding clients:) After ordering one of my baby packages and shooting a fun, family maternity session, it was time for Casey’s birth and I was honored to be there(well,.. almost) as she was born in one of those “oh my god, what happened” moments that seem to frequent a 2nd or 3rd time mom. Still, my arriving even a few minutes late in those incredible first moments of life and adoration was breath taking and beautiful. Katrina is so strong and Joe is so steady.
A lifestyle newborn session was next in their Natomas home about a week after Casey took the world by storm.
Casey’s smile lit up our six month session in the park. She is simply an adored little girl. How lucky for her- how lucky for them. Love you all!
Special thanks for Michelle for the great location, awesome help and dinner date afterwards!
Jake graduates from El Dorado High this spring so it was the perfect time to get out to the lake and capture some photographs of him. As an avid wake boarder, the lake was a natural choice for him. I always joke with my senior male clients that the images we take are “not for you” but for “your mom”, so just be yourself so that she loves them. This tends to take off the pressure off this photo shoot being “all about them” and guys are able to relax into it more easily. Jake is a super sweet guy and was fun to work with. Melissa, his mom tagged along and watched adoringly. It’s such a big milestone for both of them and I even caught a few images of the two of them, which I love to do given the opportunity. To make it a little easier come fall, Jake has decided to stick around home and go to Folsom Lake College where he’ll be able to get a flavor of the type of career that interests him (and enjoy his mom’s great cooking). He currently has a nice job doing photography for a local company website so to have a job, live at home and get to go to school seems the perfect fit for him. Riley(my assistant and one of his classmates) helped out on this one! Congratulations Jake.
A pair of denim jackets, a beautiful spring day…Ok. I think I want another one. Serious, look at all the cuteness blossoming out of this session. Stevie Lynn is such a big blue eyed love pumpkin—and to think that I had the honor of being there when she was born just about one year ago. You can feel how loved she is in the way she moves around her world- both connected to her mama and curious and independent too.
If you know me, you know I am kidding. My life is more than full with two amazing children. Plus, raising kids is hard work however easy Amanda makes it look. It comes so natural to her- it was beautiful to witness. I am proud to have a 10 and 13 year old and am just starting to catch the glimpse of my oldest coming into her own in such a beautiful way. As I said to my husband in surprise, “I don’t think we messed up”(yet). It took 13 years to get there. Ahhh parenting.
Loved this session out in the field above Placerville with talented photographer Amanda and her budding assistant, Stevie Lynn on a beautiful first day of spring. It all makes my heart full. xxoo
Last week I met up with local high school senior Abby and her mom, Alice to capture this life milestone in Abby’s life and talk about the beginning of the next one. Abby and Alice have a wonderful mother/daughter relationship and I enjoyed observing them both take it all in; Abby, clearly excited about what is next and Alice, also excited for her but still preparing to see her youngest leave home. These sessions can be a shared rite of passage and as a mom myself, beautiful to be a part of.
With three college acceptances to choose from and graduation only a few short months away, Abby now gets to decide on schools in Washington, Oregon and Southern California, where she plans to study education and become an elementary school teacher. Her proudest accomplishments at EDHS were playing on the volley ball team(with my photography assistant Riley), and also teaching in the special needs program. Congratulations Abby!
Special thanks to Erin for assisting on this one!
It gets fuzzy but I think I first met Justin when he was about 8 years old. Marcia, his mom asked me in on a project dear to her…to document their children playing in their long time family home that they were preparing to sell. The kids playing on the swing set, fishing on the pond, the afternoon light streaming through their kitchen window and even their dog standing in the front doorway waiting to be called outside- all those memories you want to hold onto forever. It was a fun project and we put together a beautiful book to help remember their beloved home titled, “4114 North Canyon Road”. After some senior sessions with oldest daughter Rachel and son Ryan over the years, it is finally Justin’s turn, to move in the direction of the front door of their new home, on his way out into the world to whatever the future brings.
The session was playful and fun. Afterwards, I sent Marcia and Geoff and email, “Your son is absolutely charming, adorable and kind. I really enjoyed getting to know him better as we plodded around High Hill searching for art and light…He’s got a wonderful, confident and humble connection to the world around him that made me smile. Congrats. I know you are super proud. I can only hope for something similar for my own offspring.”
Here’s the thing, there is no defined plan for raising kids, no chart to follow, no graph to plot, and even the most different of approaches can still yield fabulous and connected kids. It’s work that we lovingly undertake without knowing how it is all going to turn out. Sigh.
Justin plans on a gap year after graduation and is heading to Europe for that oh so exciting international exploration. I want to be eighteen again! Oh, and something funny, his only requirement for this session was that his images were better than those of his brother, Ryan. Love that!