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!
Saturday, April 22 – Ring Mountain in Corte Madera
530pm, 6pm, 630pm
Saturday, May 6 – Palace of Fine Arts
8am, 830am, 9am, 930am
Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day) – Dunes at Ocean Beach
9am, 930am, 10am
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.
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. 😉
So much has been said about what a dark year 2016 has been, so I won’t belabor the point. But I will say that with as much uncertainty and fear that these past months have given me, my job of photographing the love and connection and strength of families has definitely kept my spirits lifted. I, like many, am ready for the New Year and a new slate of potential. Let’s come back stronger and kinder, with ears and minds open to listen and learn – both for the world outside and the world inside the walls of our homes. I haven’t blogged much recently as the fall holiday season has a way of getting crazy every year. Below are some favorites I took in the past few months. I hope they offer a reminder that there’s just so much goodness in the world.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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!!