Dionne, Alie, & Eric {Bay Area Family Portraits}

Hard to believe I have known Dionne, Alie, and Eric for over a decade now.  I am constantly surprised by how fast time goes and how quickly the years add up.  These three lovely people are the cousins of my daughter and her father.  In our household we have our own unique “modern family”.  My husband and I are lucky to have a close friendship with my ex.  We all co-parent our daughter,  Maddie, together.  As a result, his family is my family.  Therefore when his cousins called asking if I would consider photographing their sibling portrait for their parents and grandparents I felt quite honored.

It was so nice to be with Dionne, Alie, and Eric all at the same time.  As everyone gets older and has more responsibilities it becomes increasingly more challenging for us all to be in the same place at the same time.  So to have all four of us together at one place was such a joy.  Gave us plenty of time to chat and catch up in addition to capturing some portraits.

We had a last minute change of plans due to wind.  The four of us had planned a beautiful park setting for their session.  Unfortunately the day of there was a nasty wind storm.  Knowing this would never work I suggested an equally beautiful location.  A historic home that not only provided ample protection from the wind, but was also a lovely setting for these three siblings.

 

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Mike, Dallas, River, & Lily {Engagement Session}

Mike and Dallas have got to be one of the sweetest couples I have ever met.  It was such a pleasure watching the connection between these two.  I was not surprised to find out they have known eachother since middle school as they have such an ease with one another.  They are so easy to be around and chat with.  Mike and Dallas, you two made my job a complete joy!

For our session together they brought along “the girls”, River and Lily, their two adopted fur babies.  I love it when people include their dogs.  When the dogs tag along the family is complete.  It took a little while before I finally figured out how to get both dogs to look at the camera at the same time.  After a little while I learned to call Lily’s name and both dogs would look.  Lily,because I had called her name, and River most likely because she wondered whyI didn’t call her name.  There is so much bad press out there regarding Pitt Bulls and Pit Bull mixes.  But I am here to say that River is an shining example of what kind dogs they can be in a warm and loving home.

We decided on a barn location after a couple emails.  Mike and Dallas are very laid back people and we all wanted a location that was a reflection of their laid-back style.  I find it very important that a couple choose a location that they are not only comfortable in, but one that is also a direct representation of them. And I am always game for any location that is old, has a story to tell, and full of texture.

May you two have a wonderful wedding and a lifetime of happiness!  I cannot think of a sweeter couple that deserve it!

 

 

 

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DallasMay 2, 2012 - 11:44 am

Thank you! You are so wonderful! I’m so excited you can do our wedding! YAAAAY!

Rob, Catrina, Tyler, & Sam {Family Session}

This was one of my favorite sessions hands down.  So emotional, so touching.  It will live forever in my memory.  Tyler, this adorably sweet young man, all of four years old was diagnosed with cancer.  As a parent I am not really sure how you deal with that diagnosis, how you explain it to your child, or how you prepare them for a cure that has the potential to make them sicker than the actual illness.  My heart broke for them.  Not out of pity, but out of empathy.  As parents we all love our children more than life itself.  It is a love that only your fellow parent comrades understand.

After a year of aggressive treatment and no doubt a lot of heartache, Mom wanted to end it on a positive note.  A happy memory to cherish.  A co-worker of hers brought us together shortly before Christmas.  To be honest, come hell or high water I was going to make this happen for them.

And then there I was, getting a glimpse of their lives, their love for their children, and their strength to endure truly one of life’s most monumental challenges.  I was thankful for this glimpse into the life of one truly amazing family.  Thankful that they chose me to come into their home, their sacred space to capture a little slice of their life.  Here were these two little kids.  Just sitting in the doorway, having a moment.  And there was my heart, in a big, melted puddle on the floor…

 

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