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Alright, I gotta say it: I thought I was done with baby-making but this little guy might just have changed my mind.
(Just kidding, Jeff. Just kidding.)
But seriously… Devan is devastatingly cute. I met up with him and his mom and dad, Kim and Sean, at East Portal Park in Sacramento for the latest session in their baby package.
You may remember Kim and Sean’s wedding at Donner Lake in 2012 and one of my favorite engagement sessions was paddle-boarding with them on Lake Tahoe the prior July. It’s great to see them now as parents and they’re pretty awesome at it. They really have everything down to a fine art, including a mom/dad team effort, super-efficient diaper-change system that has Devan clean and back to playing in a jiffy. Which is just as well because Devan is full of exuberance, bouncing around with those oh-so-yummy knees as he enjoyed our park date in the sunshine. We even got to photograph a first: Devan’s premiere swing ride. I think he was quite taken with it.
Such a genuine and fun-loving family.
This right here is a picture from mom’s phone right after the session. I have this effect on babies. I’m guessing Kim and Sean didn’t mind.
Over the holidays last year, my office assistant, Rita’s, son, Ricky, built bottle cap snowmen and raised $2,300 for a wonderful local family. You see, Shawna Huckaby’s eldest son, Ben, was diagnosed with cancer in July of last year and they have spent the best part of the last year undergoing treatments to fight it. Ben was supposed to be in Ricky’s class but has been unable to attend school due to the possibility of contracting a virus.
This is a small community and when someone is in-need, people rally together. For my part, I offered the family a shoot last year. Just this last week Shawna let me know they were ready to be photographed.
Of course, I say “they” but little brother, Sam, who is just two, was not exactly thrilled about the idea of being photographed. Ah, the toddler stage: the beginnings of physical agility and independence without the awareness or maturity to handle it. If you’re a parent you’ve been there. It’s a joyful but challenging time, chasing a toddler around.
Ben, however, had no such reservations. He is a brave and strong boy with beautiful and sweet blue eyes, something which Ben says everybody tells him:) Like all six year olds, he wants to be running around but he is unable to because the consequences of getting hurt are too great. He wears this frustration with maturity and grace, something which he obviously gets from his mother who is an inspiration in her spirit and patience. Dealing with two young boys is exhausting at the best of times, but Ben’s illness adds an extra dose of challenge and anxiety.
I was so thrilled to capture Ben’s beautiful spirit with my camera and wish him a clean bill of health very soon.
Thanks to Boeger Winery and Shelley Morford for helping out!
Mike and Leslie are our neighbors. Lucky me, they are so wonderful and kind. Mike is the guy who you can rely on to be at the end of the road in every snow storm, shrinking the burm from the plow with his shovel while Leslie is the kind neighbor who would drop anything for anyone at any time. They both helped us out on several occasions when our girls were younger and, when my assistant Jerri (who was also their daughter’s best friend) faced leaving her friends behind because her family was moving to Montana in her Senior year, they invited her to stay with them until she graduated. So yeah, these are giving, generous people.
After almost 28 years of marriage, Mike still shares how much he loves Leslie’s independence and sass, while Leslie loves him for his unconditional love for her and his unswerving support for family, friends and community. It’s so wonderful to hear these fond words spoken by a couple who have lived most of their life together and who still share such a strong connection.
Like all couples, they have been tested through the years and the present day is no exception. Mike was recently diagnosed with liver cancer and he is just about to begin treatment to fight it. Which is how I found myself in front of their house with my camera, capturing them together before they begin this fight together.
I asked them what their secrets are for a happy marriage. Leslie told me it was putting Mike first and always working at being a good wife. Mike, he cited compromise and teamwork, sharing their life together.
I always find it’s the simplest of things that make a happy life and my work with couples and families always serves to remind me of this.
Sending prayers of strength, encouragement and support to Mike and Leslie for the coming months.
You may have heard me mention the name Ashlynn in countless posts past but this is the first time you’ll have ever seen her in front of the camera, well, not including her senior photographs that I captured several years back. Ashlynn is my assistant and just one of the sweetest girls I know.
This past summer, Ashlynn’s boyfriend, Sam, left for college while Ashlynn stayed behind here in California. Long distance relationships are hard at the best of times but, if you can remember the raw intensity of your first love, you can probably get some measure of how much these two missed one another while he was gone. So, when he returned home recently for the Holidays, Ashlynn asked me to capture some of their precious together time.
We met up near my house in Pollock Pines and took a walk around some undeveloped property, while I got to know Sam a little. This was my first time meeting him, although I’d seen photos of him on Facebook and, just like Ashlynn, he is really warm and genuine. As I said to Ashlynn in a text after our session “He’s a keeper, but then again, so are you.”
So wonderful to have the beautiful Ashlynn in front of the camera this time, instead of buzzing around me with a reflector. She has such a unique energy: sometimes shy and a little apprehensive and, in other moments, vibrating with energy and spunk. I enjoy working with her and loved photographing her and Sam just as much.
My friends, Jill and Mike, had a baby!
Jill has been a friend of mine for a long time and so I was honored to get to photograph her and her daughters, Piper (born on December 29) and Meadow, 8, at my home this month.
It’s so wonderful to look at the images after a newborn session like this and fall in love with them. Although newborns can be some of the most fun subjects to shoot – the smell, the tiny hands, the sweet expressions – they can also be some of the most tricky.
Just when you get baby set riiiiiiight where you want her and move back to focus and take the picture, she awakes from her slumber or stretches out a tiny arm. Just a small movement can be the difference between an in-focus and an out-of-focus capture. So, you work fast, never quite sure if that photo you grabbed before the composition fell apart, is as tack-sharp as you needed it to be. Time disappears in a flurry of prepping, shooting, re-setting, and repeating.
But then I look at these photos of adorable Piper and her beautiful mama and sister, and realized that all the flurry was worth it. The hastiness of moments inbetween falls away and all that’s left are those chubby cheeks and loving looks from mom.
Stay tuned for more photos of Piper’s doting dad, Mike.