Photographing this family made me really happy. Partly because I had the honor of photographing their wedding back in 2011, partly because mama and papa have such great style and grace, and partly because their little boy (lovingly referred to by his mama as “baby hambone”) is both irresistibly cute and waaaay into being photographed.

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You are still morning cuddles and missing me while at school. You are still trains but animals might be the next big thing. You are all arms when we dance and your air guitar face is fierce. You are all about mama right now but your obsession with your older brother has never wavered. You are over napping and into sleeping past sunrise. You are belly laughs and make-believe and blanket cloaks and belting out the song Tingalayo. You are all DOING IT YOURSELF. You have the emotional intelligence of an adult and the focus of a brain surgeon when given glue, scissors, paper.  You are blazing fast on your Skuut bike and probably ready for a regular bike. You are incredibly well-spoken, though you still call breakfast “brefkiss” and family “faminy”, and exclaim before running “on your mars, get set, go!”. You refer to the sun as “Mr. Golden Sun”; please don’t ever stop doing that. You fart with abandon and announce the end of all bathroom trips with “I’M DOOONNNNEEE!”. You are growing too fast for my liking but I accept that this is the way of it. You inspire me daily to be better, truer, more generous. Sebastian Aster – I couldn’t love you more. Happy Birthday!!

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I met this family for the first time last weekend and what an incredibly sweet group of people. They were so in love with each other, I just kinda stood on the sidelines and creeped with my camera. They bid farewell to San Francisco very soon to head back east and I’m so glad we had a brief morning together at Baker Beach. Good luck, Milnes Family!!

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To say this family was charming is an understatement… I think I have a serious crush on them. I always love home shoots and particularly so when the family and I can quickly let our guards down and they show me who they really are. My role then becomes one of invited and intimate guest, documenting the little miracles of everyday family life. Little boy Sol recently turned two and seemed quite happy to have me document his guitar game. Seriously, he sang his heart out and it was adorable. Thank you so much for your generous spirit and aesthetically dreamy home, Calmer Family!

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It’s here – the schedule that many of you have inquired about – it’s here, people! :) As with previous years, these mini-sessions will be fun and fast and will give you at least a handful of great options for your holiday card or framed prints for the grandparents. More details about what’s included and pricing can be found here.

Sunday, September 25 – Balmy Alley

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am

Sunday, October 2 – Presidio Woodline

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am

Sunday, October 16 – Baker Beach

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am

Saturday, October 22 – Golden Gate Park

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am

While I do love meeting families all over San Francisco for outdoor photo sessions, I so much enjoy doing home shoots. It feels like such a privilege to be welcomed into a family’s home and allowed to document a slice of their day. This fun family included two precocious little kids (practically going on teenagers), two pro-parents, and one sweet and cuddly 7 month old. There was, understandably, a lot of doting on baby Aara. Nice to spend the morning with you all! (Allison Busch Photography)

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Just about my favorite way to photograph these days is doing Day in the Life shoots. Having many hours with a family to witness their day unfold and tell their story through pictures is so fulfilling on a creative level and such a gift on an intimate, human level. The Julian family contacted me to ask that I document a special day for them – their 10-year wedding anniversary. A milestone to be sure and they had the great idea to return to the exact place they married a decade ago (only this time they returned with two little boys added to their crew). Congrats to this incredibly sweet and loving family. Thanks for letting me spend the morning with you!

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Last week, to mark the official end of the school year (how did that happen so fast?!), my family and I spent a lazy, glorious week in Mexico. We managed to spend most of our time loafing around the pool and exploring the beaches adjacent to our hotel. Copious amounts of sunscreen were used and margaritas consumed. I could have used a few extra days of sun therapy before returning to the coldest San Francisco June ever (!!!).

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If you’ve wondered whether we can really capture much at a 20-minute mini-session, I’m here to say YES we can! On Mother’s Day I met-up with five families at the Woodline in the Presidio and mostly just let the kids guide the sessions. Below are some favorites from each.

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I made it a New Year’s resolution to post a bit of my personal photos here – and finally now that we’re 4 months into the year, I’m doing it (haha!). Our family and some dear friends spent a recent weekend up in Sea Ranch, CA. That land is just magical – rocky intertidal beaches meet dramatic coastal bluffs, which quickly blend into coastal redwood forests. I feel places like this deep into my bones. Can’t wait to go back! Oh, and the kids really liked it too. 😉

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