Family Fun! - San Francisco Family Photographer

Erika and Matthew were such a fun couple to work with! They have adorable children and wanted to celebrate their last few days living in San Francisco before moving back to the East Coast where they are originally from....and what better way then capturing some of beauty of the city mixed with their family?! It started to rain on and off during our shoot, but that didn't stop them - they were up for it! Thank you Erika and Matt for spending your Sunday evening with me! Safe travels! 

Welcome Baby Riley! - Moraga Newborn Photographer

This little one stole my heart. Six days old and oh so precious. I was lucky enough to photograph baby Riley on her 6th day of life and have been photographing her big brother for almost 4 years now (Happy early 4th birthday Owen!) I also happen to live right down the street from this family and Rory (mom) is a friend of mine as well. If you are thinking about booking newborn photos, no hesitate - these moments are fleeting and having them capturing in an image forever is priceless. I mean, look at those toes!!! 

Sweet Baby Boy - Oakland Newborn Photographer

Well, I made it to February and I have had some busy things going on photography wise! My weeks have been full tiny newborn, so precious and fresh to the world and I even took on another commercial photo shoot for an awesome little children's art supply company! So fun and different from my regular sessions. I wanted to share this little guy who was just over 2 weeks old when I met him. His parents were so fun and welcoming to me and this little boy was super adorable and has some serious pout lips going :) Hoping as the rain stops I can head into Spring with a bunch of outdoor locations blooming with flowers - time will tell! For now, enjoy this little sweetie and his amazing parents!

Welcome baby girl! - San Francisco Newborn Photographer

Sweet baby Sloan was the first tiny client of 2017! I had the pleasure of photographing her at 2 weeks old this past weekend :) Her mother, Jordan and father, Brian were so sweet and even with all this rain in California, they still had nice light in their beautiful SF home. We even got Grandma (who was visiting from Georgia in a few shots!). Precious baby Sloan was adorable and I loved the opportunity to be able to capture her first few weeks of life.  Hope to see you again as she grows Jordan + Brian! Congratulations again!

Sweet Brothers - Moraga Family Photographer

I love photographing friends and when Stephanie contacted me and asked if I would photograph her family I jumped at the chance! This session had to be rescheduled a couple time due to rain, but when we finally got out there one morning it was perfect! Merry Christmas Dickerson Family!! Here are few of my favorites from the session! Still playing major catch up on all my Fall sessions so thanks for checking the blog as I update it!

Welcome baby brother - Orinda Newborn Photographer

I am thrilled to be catching up on some blogging of some awesome sessions I was lucky enough to shoot over this past Fall! I was buried with photo work - thank you ! thank you! thank you! this year and was completely booked by August for the rest of 2016! I still have a bunch of projects in the works currently, but i'll be highlighting some of my favorites over the next few weeks! First up is this gorgeous mom, Tara and her amazing little family of 4! Welcome baby Miles!  

California Sunset + a Beautiful Mama to be - Moraga Maternity Photographer

This session was just simply gorgeous. I know Johanna because our kids are in school together and after having 2 adorable boys, she is gearing up to welcome a little girl this Fall. We held her session at Crown Beach in Alameda, which is a just a quick little ride through the tunnel. Any photographer knows that beach sessions can be hit or miss because the light is changing so radically and you really have to move fast. In fact, I timed how long we had the gorgeous sky you will see below right at sunset and it was just under 4 minutes. That being said, her family was totally up for playing in the water and dancing under the California sunset (for all 4 minutes of it!) When I shoot at the beach I sort of reverse my thinking, not typical but I actually expose my lens for the background and then work the subjects lighter in the post processing of the images. This technique allows me to preserve the gorgeous colors in the background and still keep the details of the subjects. Johanna, thank you for letting me capture this special time for you and your family! Here are a few highlights from out session!

2 Handsome Brothers - Orinda Family Photographer

This is one of my favorite sessions ever! These 2 boys were so much fun and easy to work with, not to mention they are adorable and easy on the camera :) We shot this session in Orinda at one of my favorite spots and just at the sun was hanging low around 5pm the Delker family was up for having a great time and it shows in the photos! Anna, the gorgeous blonde you see here is a nurse so that means I automatically think she is awesome :) and Davey, her super aweome husband was so friendly and caring. Here are just a few of my favorites below!

Waiting for Baby - Orinda Maternity Photographer

I was so happy when Tara contacted me about doing a maternity session.  Ironically this adorable family moved here from Nashville about a year ago so before even meeting them I loved them! Living in California, I rarely get a taste of my Nashville life and I was so excited to meet them! I simply love making memories of a family right before everything changes. I had a blast hanging out with these 3 and can no wait to meet the new baby coming the Fall. Big sister is ready for it! Tara you look gorgeous, and thank you for trusting me with your memories! 

Welcome Baby Margaret - Moraga Newborn Photographer

I had so much fun shooting this session! I met Liz though the pre-school that both our children go to. She recently welcomed her second baby a couple of weeks ago and I was so honored to be a part of documenting her memories. I always appreciate a client who lets me take photos off the walls, move furniture and decorate them in gorgeous flowers from the amazing The Bloom Bar Co. Big brother was a star and I love it when the siblings get involved! Oh ya, and Vera the little dog - she kind of stole my heart :) Thank you Liz and Mike for having me to your home and congratulations again on baby Margaret, she is beautiful! Here are a sampling of my favorites! 

Three Boys! - Lafayette Family Photographer

I have been moving at rapid speed this past week with my editing to keep up - Fall is here (well, sort of?!?) I am super busy and loving it, so many beautiful families coming my way! Last night I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable family of 5 with 3 boys! I have girls, so I welcomed the chance to hang out with these 3! We laughed a lot and their parents were so easy going and great sports when it came to sitting in dirt. We started the session around 5:15 at one of my favorite spots for amazing light in Walnut Creek. I think these came out pretty magical - thank you Lisa for trusting me with your family memories :) Here are few of my favorites, the whole gallery of over 80 images will be in your inbox tonight Lisa! 

Sweet Baby Brooklyn - San Francisco Family Photographer

I have adored working with this family. I photographed their maternity session last month (soon to be published in Life + Lens on September 2nd!) and was even more excited to come to their home in San Francisco this past Monday to meet baby Brooklyn who was 9 days old. I usually never miss city life since moving to the suburbs, but the fog and the majestic feeling of holding a brand new baby made my week! Thank you Suzanne and Tristan and congratulations on sweet baby Brooklyn, she is beautiful! Here are just a few of my favorites! 

And Twins Make 5! - El Sobrante Family Photographer

I had such a wonderful time with this family! They recently welcomed twin baby girls about 3 months ago and they made everything look so easy! Adorable kids, amazingly fun parents and fantastic light in their home! Big brother was happy to participate in the session and he was so loving of his new baby sisters - Thank you Andy and Natalie for having me into your home and trusting me with your memories, here are just a few of my favorites from our session- I had a hard time picking just a few! 

Mom + Her Boys! - Piedmont Family Photographer

Jenny was one of my very first clients in 2013 when her oldest son, Jack was about 5 months old. I have photographed her children and family for the past 3 years and it has been my pleasure to watch them grow. We held this session at Piedmont Park which is a cute little spot with nice light and greenery this time of year. Jack and his little brother Joe were full of energy and loved getting dirty! Plus, any mom who shows up for the photo session with no shoes on her or her kids and PERFECT in my book! Next time hopefully Dad wont be sick and we can get the whole family! Thank you again Jenny - your children are beautiful and so are you! Here are just a few of my favorites! 

Beautiful Family of 6 at Sunset - Walnut Creek Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting this adorable and loving family of 6! I absolutely LOVE photographing large families (maybe because my mom is 1 of 15?!?) It is so much fun to let kids be themselves and run around and enjoy having fun right as the sun is setting perfectly. This session started around 5:30PM and wrapped up in the hills around 6:30pm. Many clients ask me how I can possibly get a silhouette shot at the end when the sun doesn't set until around 8:30PM these days - well, its just about knowing the settings on the camera and changing them around to get the most out the light you have. This family exudes love and they were up for being themselves and having fun! This final gallery had over 100 images in it - here is a small sampling of just a few :) 

The Hill Family in the Hills - Moraga Family Photographer

What could be better then one of my favorite families right here in my hometown as the sun lay low? Just about nothing! I am so excited to share with you some of my favorites from the Hill family session this past Monday evening. They were up for anything and survived these 100 degree summer nights. These 3 kids are all adorable and very comfortable in front of the camera. Thank you Hill family for hanging out with me! Here are some highlights from this 100+ images full gallery. :)