Picture this: a slow Saturday morning, waffles, berries, fresh whipped cream and squeezed juice. Songs, make-believe play, shofar performances, and a little bit of playful wrestling. A leisurely walk to the train and then kite-flying at the beach. Sounds pretty sweet, right? It was.

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I’ve been photographing this family since their first kiddo, Asher, was a little baby. Now he’s a little kid with a baby sister, Nessa, and they’ve traded in San Francisco for peninsula living. I’m glad we were able to spend the morning together and forever memorialize their breezy and affection-filled Sunday morning routine.

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We met back in 2013 when their first son, Charlie, was a cuddly baby. Now they’re a family of FIVE with a super silly second son, Ryan, and a joy-bomb of a baby girl, Ellie. It was so nice to spend a morning with you, Nielsen Family. You all are beautiful!

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My family and I recently took a 3-week trip to see family and a bit of the world. Our boys are fantastic travelers and they’re finally at an age where we knew travel could mean something more than just a location change. This trip gave them opportunities to be curious about history, architecture, new foods, and sleeping in a place where the sun never sets.

We started the trip with a visit to New York to see friends and Nana Hanna. Next, we landed in Warsaw, where we spent time with aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course our beloved Babcia Beda (my husband’s 83 year old grandmother who happens to be a complete badass). We visit Beda in Warsaw every few years and our time with her always involves a lot of eating, drinking, laughter, and a fair amount of translation fatigue from my husband. Beda’s English is slightly better than my Polish but we mostly communicate through smiles, hugs, and the Google Translate app.

Beda accompanied us to Copenhagen where we explored for 4 much-too-short days (I seriously want to go spend weeks trekking around Demark – it’s so beautiful!) and then we set off for a week in Iceland. Iceland was more beautiful than I could have imagined and I’m already fantasizing about our next trip back. It’s a land that is largely uninhabited with vastly changing landscapes and a curious light that is almost always perfect for photos.

Traveling with a 4 year old, 6 year old, and 83 year old was no easy task. My husband and I tended to collapse into bed every night with little energy left to reflect on the day. But I am so grateful for this adventure we took. My husband and I are serious wanderlusters and we hope to pass that curiosity on to our boys. Now, where should we go next summer…? 🙂

PS – I shot everything on my new Fujifilm XT2 camera and a 35mm f2 lens. I LOVE this camera and what a welcomed difference it made to not lug around my giant Canon.

New York

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I’m excited to unveil the schedule for the springtime mini-sessions. Three dates and three new locations I’m trying. More details about what’s included and pricing can be found here. If you’re interested, don’t delay as these spots will go fast. Whee!

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Saturday, April 22 – Ring Mountain in Corte Madera

5pm, 530pm, 6pm, 630pm

Saturday, May 6 – Palace of Fine Arts

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Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day) – Dunes at Ocean Beach

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This sweet trio has made a lovely sanctuary amidst the high energy beat of the Mission. Their home is calming and colorful – a perfect place for a 6 month-old baby to learn about things and people-watch from his window perch. Little TJ has already learned to sleep through the city noise that travels his way. He has also learned to love the camera, apparently, and was all about gazing right into my lens as I clicked away. It was so nice to spend the morning with you three. You’ve got a serious charmer on your hands.

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This baby girl, born a few days after Christmas, is just about the best gift a family 23-month little boy could receive. He could hardly keep his hands off his baby sister during our shoot. I can’t say I blame him. Welcome to the world, Heidi. Congrats on your baby, Owen. 😉

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This fantastic family is a study in grace. Mama and Papa are rockstar creatives with exploding careers and while their jobs and kiddos – Nash (6 yr) and Noa (4 yr) – are more than enough for most mere mortals to handle, they just added a new baby to the mix. Little Elijah was a month old when we met for our shoot and he was one chill dude. It helps that he’s painfully cute. It helps that his siblings are super sweet and gentle with him. It also helps that this family has an abundance of love to spread around and around and around. Thanks for inviting me to document a morning with you, Shankman Family. Proud to call you all friends – love you guys and gals!!

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Six means weapons and bouncing outside balls in the house and putting sriracha on every dinner. Six means drawing, drawing, drawing and costumes, costumes, costumes. Six means post-dinner dance performances and knowing how to swim.  Six means a developed awareness of looking cool. Six means running hugs at the end of day that almost knock me over. Six means clothing obsessed with a penchant for layering (3 shirts + 2 bottoms=totes normal). Six means your nickname of Juju has evolved to Jules because Juju sounds like a baby name. Six means listening to long reads as you’re falling asleep and knowing you’ll be reading yourself to sleep before too long. Six means young crushes: in the past month you stole secret kisses with two different girls and declared a school girlfriend. Six means loving the cat a little too much at times, failing to read the tell-tales signs that the cat is not into it. Six means sometimes you still go to that toddler place of full impulsive emotion, but mostly you are a true joy to be around. Six means confidence and determination and charisma that opens doors for you, which makes me feel proud and a little less worried about you navigating the world on your own. Welcome to six, my boy. I’m so glad we’re here.

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I look forward to photographing this family every year. They are lovely, smart, creative people who I’m proud to call friends. Plus they’re always game to do something a little different for their photo session. This year we shot at the SF MOMA. Telling a 2 and 5 year-old to be themselves but also not touch anything and use an inside voice was an interesting constraint to add to the mix but these kiddos did a great job on all those fronts (and they kept us laughing pretty much the whole time). Thanks, Menghermmans! Love you, guys and gals!

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