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.

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch)    (Allison Busch)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

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!

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography) (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography) (Allison Busch Photography)

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.

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

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!!

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)   (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

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!!

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

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!

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

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

This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for, like, ever. With the fall season upon us and my excited anticipation for all the new families I will meet in the next few months, I figured today should be the day to write this post. There are multitudes of Pinterest boards one can go to for ideas on how to coordinate attire, so I’ll refrain from making too many specific suggestions (with the exception of 1. interesting textures and prints can add so much, and 2. avoid clothing with big logos or distracting text). What I will do is give you example shots of families I’ve photographed who have really made their photos pop with their wardrobe choices. If you’re wondering what to wear to your photo shoot, let these families inspire you! (Allison Busch)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography) (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch)    (Allison Busch)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch)    (Allison Busch Photography) (Allison Busch)

 (Allison Busch)

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)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

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!

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)    (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

 (Allison Busch Photography)

akb@allisonbusch.com415-994-0145