Brent, Kim & Cooper ~ Maternity Session ~ Livermore, California

I loved you from the very start… You stole my breath, embraced my heart. Our life together has just begun, You’re part of me, my little one.
I met Kim over ten years ago when we worked for Gap.  I can’t even begin to count the laughs we shared working
“over-nighters” merchandising the store, or the games of Six Degrees of Separation of Kevin Bacon we played, or how many grilled cheese sandwiches we had at Buttercup Pantry during those over-nighters.  Even though life led us in different directions I never forgot those memories because it’s  moments like those that make you love your job. Now we are grown up with “real” jobs, husbands, and over-nighters are spent with little ones, not merchandising a store.  It was truly an honor when Kim asked me to photograph her maternity session.  I was touched that she liked my work enough to ask me to photograph such a special time in her life.  And finally a chance to meet her hubby Brent and their dog, Cooper!  We did lots of catching up about how they met, their life in Sacramento, her commuting stories (taking public transportation from Sacramento to the Bay Area provides her with lots of material!), and how her pregnancy was going.  And Cooper?  Oh my gosh what a love!  Something about the soft fur, playful smile and hound dog eyes of a lab melts my heart every time.  He is their first baby and a very important part of their little family.  I love that Kim brought along the mini Adidas.  They were a tribute to Brent who is quite the Adidas fan.  Can’t say I blame him, they are an old school classic.  
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Sydney ~ Senior Portraits ~ Pleasanton, California

free spirit n:  1.  a person with a highly unique or individual attitude, lifestyle, or imagination; nonconformist 2.  a person who lives according to his or her own wishes and beliefs, unconstrained by society’s conventions


One of the qualities I love most about Sydney is that she is a free spirit ans truly a reflection of her kind hearted family.  During the time I spent with Sydney I could not help but smile.  Her zest for life is simply contagious!  When we met to discuss her session she told me she was looking for something with a natural and bohemian feel.  Such a fitting theme for her.  I found the perfect spot with ivy cascading down rock walls into a creek.  Swoon!  This is one of the many reasons I love photographing high school seniors, they join me in the collaboration process.  The session becomes a complete representation of them.  One item that Sydney brought along really made her portaits both unique and special was her mom’s prom dress.  Seriously, how awesome is that?!?

Sydney’s older sister, the fabulous PJ Rude of Milk Glass Vintage Rentals, helped Sydney get ready and tagged along for part of the session.  Had to get a photo of these two together.

During our session there was a bit of wading into a creek (maybe  a little prayer or two that I don’t drop my camera into the water), hoping through brush, and lots of twirling in the fading sun.  I got to learn all about Sydney’s job, her mad basketball skills, and some shops to find fashionable yet affordable accessories (I was experiencing a major case of jewelry envy whan I saw all the pretties she brought along.)

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This September: Back to School Mini Sessions ~ Tri Valley Portrait Photographer

Are you like me, sick of spending a small fortune on your kids’ school photos?  They are shuttled through a line, told to sit still on the stool, “now smile!”, *FLASH & CLICK*, and all you are left with is a photo where the lighting is flat and it looks like they are saying “cheeeeeese”.  It kills me every year how much money they charge for just an okay photo.  A photo that I am supposed to send to all of our family members.  As a mom, I want to send family a photo that captures my kids.  And that is most definitely not the “cheeeeeese” smile!

So this year I am changing it up and trying something new, Back to School Mini Sessions.  We’ll be in an outdoor setting, your kids will have 20 minutes NOT 20 seconds, and the scene will be styled by me.  I have been stock piling vintage school props for the past year while toying with this idea.  I have a\the desk, globes, school books, mini chalkboards, blocks, chairs, you name it!  So many fun and engaging items to share with your kiddos.

Here are the details:

Sessions are $60 and must be paid in full at the time of booking to secure your spot.  With your $60 you will receive not only the session but:

*A password protected online gallery that you can share with family and friends

*(8) Wallets

*(1) 8×10 Print

* 1 Digital file

These are for the kiddos only.  If you want something like this for the entire family please let me know and we can work out a styled session for you.  The $60 retainer is non-refundable.  If you book by September 3rd you get an additional 20% off of all additional products, including custom designed press printed cards.

Now how excited would Grandma and Grandpa be to receive one of these unique photos?!  Something totally different from years past!

If you are interested:

call me 925.487.4877

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Mason ~ Newborn Portraits ~ San Ramon

joy (joi)


1. a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
    b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
2. A source or an object of pleasure or satisfaction
I think I can safely say this is what all parents feel with the birth of a child.  Babies truly are little miracles.  It was such a pleasant surprise when Van called to tell me Mason had arrived.  “Would you be able to come over and photograph him?”  My response was a giddy little dance and resolute “HECK YEAH!”  I had photographed their family portraits when she was four months pregnant, before they even knew if they were having a little boy or a little girl.  I was overjoyed to photograph their newest addition, Mason, after being swept off my feet by his older siblings Kolin, Jaslyn, and Kyle.
It was love at first when I saw Mason, all nine pounds of him.  My son was nine pounds at birth too.  It’s like they arrive already filled out.  Love it!  He was so perfect, and a fabulous little sleeper.  Mom had a beautiful blanket that she had knit for him prior to his birth.  Although my knitting knowledge is minimal at best, I could appreciate all the time she had lovingly invested in Mason’s blanket.  So many different types of stitches.  Symbolic of the love and dedication she has for her son.  Van you are a natural mother.  I was blown away with how at-ease you were, everything was second nature.  And it was such a pleasure meeting your mom.  What a joy it must be, watching her daughter blossom as a mother.
Also, a big thank you to PJ at Milk Glass Vintage Rentals for the milk crate.  It was the perfect touch!
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