He’s ONE! This cute little guy is having a WHALE of a party this weekend to celebrate his first birthday! He was sporting his new kicks that had whales on them while showing off his new milestone: walking. Ready, Steady, GO!
Archive: April, 2011
This lovely bride, Jessica comes to me via her little sister, Farron, who was my dear friend all through high school. We were both the new kids on the block at the new school, so at freshman orientation we locked eyes as loners and the rest is history… and by history, I mean we got into mad mischief. Good times we had, and through it all, we spent much time hanging out in the kitchen with her older sister, Jessica. After catching up with Farron down in LA after a wedding, she told me her sister was engaged. Yeah! So fun. Jess met Loren online which is starting become the majority of many of my couples. I’m so happy for Jess. Loren is perfect for her. He is funny and calm admist her super bubbly, half-spastic personality. I’m so looking forward to their beach front wedding at The Cliffs, down in Pismo.
Jessica requested an all night time engagement session in San Francisco which I had never done before and I was sure she was made aware of before attempting it. She was gracious in saying she had no expectation, so I agreed. The small world of all this was that as I looked for some night time locations in the City online, I came across one of the other mischeif makers from high school who ended up marrying a wedding photographer. Really?! I shot her hubby an email and he ended up coming out with us that night to nail some bridge shots. Big thanks to Josh for helping out that night! We walked away with some killer shots thanks to him. We started over on the Mill Valley side of the bridge to get the Golden Gate all lit up with the city a glow in the background. Then we headed into the City for some shots. Jessica needed to stop off to adjust the hair trial that was blown to pieces on the bluffs, so we popped into a restuarant. When I called her to come across the street, she waved me into the restaurant where she had a seat all warmed up, coat off, purse hung, and a drink at the bar. Love the girl. She said, “this is so us, having drinks, out at night.” So I began to capture them there before we headed out to top off the night. **I used radio poppers with two 580exii flashes. One on camera, one off. At times, just off. Check it out.
After a day of clouds coverage, I headed north to meet Joe and Elyse for their engagement session. If fog was in Santa Cruz, then surely we were not going to get sunshine up the coast. I was wrong. I pulled out of the cloud coverage on the way up highway one into some glorious sunshine. I was so happy. I met them up at a local beach. We started on the bluffs and then headed down to the extremely dangerous beach front. These waves eat you alive. Everyman is for himself when a wave comes in. At one point we had five people all scrambling for one rock outcropping that was the only higher ground.
I’m really looking forward to their wedding come September. They picked a very popular date- 9-10-11. I get to work along side the brilliant Katie Hund from Wylie Weddings at the lovely Pacific Oaks Winery in Aptos. As if planning a wedding isn’t enough, they just adopted a sweet little puppy! Congrats you guys on your new little family.
Ah, this sweet family just welcomed their fourth little bundle of love into their house a couple months ago.
Erin was so into the session, she scouted out the location ahead of time, coordinated outfit, brought some chairs, quilts, and a wagon along for the shoot in addition to her four children and all that goes with that. Champion.
Behind the scenes…
Take one across the top is when they first sat down. Bored silly. Wondering why I asked them to sit in a chair when there is this whole new world to explore. Including rabbits!
Take two is when I pull out the tickle bug or start playing ‘simon says’ with them. So cute. Total giggle bugs.
Here is another I got while getting my settings. Mama nursing, dad standing around, kids wandering around, and Tina working hard to move things around for me. THANK TINA!
I usually don’t post such unscripted scenes, but this pretty much sums up the randomness of what goes on at a shoot. It’s a little glimpse into Erin’s world too. You can read more on her blessed life on her blog, Everyday Carnival.
Down a quiet shady street lives Lauren and her sweet family. Her precious little Luke got to hold his new baby sister for the first time the day I was there. So special. Meet baby Grace and her older brother Luke.
My talent friend, Tina came along to help out and took this beautiful shot of the baby with all her soft skin and extra wrinkles fast asleep. She shot from the other side of me, into the light and I love the way the light falls across the baby. Beautiful one TINA!