Seven means wanting to do-it-all, have-it-all, see-it-all, be-it-all. Seven means almost always moving –  capoeira, parkour, skating, dancing, handball – taking short breaks for mostly still games of chess. Seven means taking pictures and wanting to be photographed (on your terms of course). Seven means showing a more thoughtful and observant side of your curiosity, though solid determination in all things has never wavered. Seven means taking your big brother job seriously and acting as manager, cop, and protector most of the time. I’ve watched you change so much this past year, Julian. In most ways, I am simply delighted and yet my nostalgia for the “younger years” sometimes takes my breath away. Mainly, I just see so much of myself in you. Thank you for being such a powerful mirror and the most forgiving of teachers. Happy birthday, my beautiful boy.

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I’m knee-deep in holiday season photo sessions galore, but am taking a break to share this sweet set. Two adorable girls + one extremely camera-aware dog + two relaxed parents + a light-drenched home filled with comforting colors and fabrics = dream session. Thanks for an enjoyable morning, Huang-Shih Family!

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I meet this fun family each Fall and have watched their kids grow from infant and toddler to 1st and 2nd grader. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating – this, the witnessing of a family evolve and grow – this is one of the most interesting and rewarding parts of what I do. Thank you, Corey Family, for trusting me to document you. I love doing it.

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You are quick to say sorry and have the memory of an elephant. You notice beautiful things and like to point them out – tall trees, a nice sunset, emotional music, cracks in the sidewalk. You like to talk about your dreams upon waking. You are all about rolling on wheels – bike, scooter, and (soon) the new skateboard and roller blades. You are forever the maker – apartments built from cardboard boxes, Lego creations that reject the instruction manuals, complicated drawings of houses with many staircases. You are adamant that you want to be a robotics engineer and not an “architector”. You are a fantastic weirdo – a quality we love and encourage and hope will always serve you. You are still our little cuddle nugget, though you’re getting so big that we just want time to s-l-o-w down. You’re our bright star, Sebastian Aster – happy birthday!

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Don’t delay in signing up for one of these – they’ll go fast! More details about mini-sessions can be found here.

Saturday, Sept 30 – Presidio (Letterman Area)

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am  SOLD OUT

Sunday, Oct 1 – Palace of Fine Arts

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am  SOLD OUT

Saturday, Oct 7 – Ocean Beach Dunes

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am  SOLD OUT

Saturday, Oct 14 – Shakespeare Garden

8am, 830am, 9am, 930am, 10am  SOLD OUT

Sunday, Oct 22 – Crissy Field West Beach

330pm, 4pm, 430pm, 5pm, 530pm  SOLD OUT

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

8am830am9am930am

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

830am9am930am, 10am

 

 

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