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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Jimmy, Van, Kolin, Jaslyn, & Kyle ~ Family Portraits ~ Pleasanton, CA

I have a confession to make.  I am behind in my posts.  Like, really behind.  So behind in fact, that Van was four months pregnant during this session and I just photographed their newest addition, Mason,  a few weeks ago.  Umm…yeah…As I said waaaaay behind in my posting.  Apologies to everyone!  Your session will get posted.  I promise!

There is one word that comes to mind when describing this family:  kind.  They were the epitome of kindness.  I was immediately charmed by them all.  Kolin, Jaslyn, and Kyle were so sweet and good natured.  The kind of kids everyone loves to be around because they are just a joy.  We discovered that Jimmy, Kolin, and I were all born in the year of the dragon.  Such a fun coincidence! I also learned that Kolin likes Legos, Jaslyn is a natural when it comes to posing, and Kyle is a Spiderman fan.  These are the fun little tidbits of information I love learning as we make our way through our session.  Part of the joy I find in my job is building relationships with people and getting to know them.  And trust me, these three kids were a blast getting to know!




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