San Francisco Bay Area newborn photographer | Oakland, CA

I got to spend Sunday morning with this sweet little baby.  Gorgeous little baby, light colored hair, and barely slept much simply because she didn’t want to miss out on anything fun, haha!  We still managed to get amazing images for them, and it is always so fun to be able to use a lot of the client’s home.  In this case, mama was an interior designer/decorator and it showed.  Their house had every fun detail thought out, carefully chosen colors and themes…so I brought many earthy neutrals with me (blankets, wraps, props) that would go in their home.  With a slightly rustic theme, they went perfectly.  The nursery was simple yet stunning…the most wonderful place I can imagine a little baby growing, learning to walk, and eventually dancing around in.  Small details from the carefully chosen dresses hung in the closet to the simple paint colors just enhanced the whole room.  Gorgeous!

And of course, mommy and daddy are smitten with their new arrival.  She gets so much love and attention, they know just how to calm and soothe her.  Grandma and grandpa are here to stay and help out this week, and it’s always great to meet the whole family.  And, since I’m about to go on vacation, they already have all their images.  I was able to carve out some time yesterday to finish up all of my galleries (weddings included) and hand them off before traveling.  Always a plus for me (to not have any work on my plate) as well as for the clients (they get their images quickly!).  That being said, I do have some time for pictures at the end of this month and next month…if you are expecting a baby, or would like to book for family pictures I’m already filling up fast…even for the fall!  Enjoy:)

Woodside, CA Mountain Terrace Wedding Photographer

Learning that this wedding was going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area peninsula hills (La Honda, to be exact), I was so excited to shoot it!  I had a feeling there would be giant redwood trees and gorgeous views…and this venue (Mountain Terrace) did not disappoint!  A quaint, unassuming store front on the street across from the locally famous biker hangout (Alice’s), Mountain Terrace has large back decks, huge lawn area, and of course…the redwoods.

The lovely couple of the hour were ready to celebrate their love and start their new life together with a ceremony out on the back lawn.  They started the day with a “first look”…something I highly recommend if you are wanting to get as many formal pictures out of the way ahead of time.  Their excitement for seeing each other truly could not be contained.  Their expressions and laughter were so adorable and uncontainable.  After a ceremony that truly was all about them and their small family (they have the cutest little son…so cute!), they moved to the cocktail hour and reception to follow out on the huge back decks.  After a buffet dinner (with the best potatoes I’ve had in a long time) it was great to hear the fun toasts by the best man, maid of honor, father of the bride and friends.  Everyone seemed to have a funny story to share about the couple!  We moved inside to cut the cake and finish the evening with dancing…so fun!

We always start out with the “getting ready” of the bride and the groom.  Usually the groom is already dressed and ready to go, so we just capture him chatting with his groomsmen, fixing ties, and putting on the finishing touches.  The bride usually has to still put on her dress and veil..get the bridesmaids ready and again…finishing touches.  I always like to arrive early enough to capture those!

Central Valley Wedding Photographers | University of Pacific Morris Chapel

I got to photograph the most adorable wedding on Saturday!  The bride and groom, both soft spoken and sweet were ready to say “I DO” at the most beautiful wedding chapel in the area.  I haven’t spent much time on the UoP campus, but as soon as I saw the ivy covered brick buildings, towers, tall stained glass windows in the chapel, I knew it was going to be an amazing day.  The rain held off for the most part (except for a 15 minute downpour at the reception), and it ended up being a beautiful day.  Enjoy the pictures!  My hat is off to Marshecka of www.chiqueweddingsandevents.com for being a great coordinator!

Love seeing the beautiful bride get all ready for her big day.  This couple didn’t have me there much before the wedding started, but still, there was plenty of time to capture those sweet moments before all the wedding rush begins.  There was plenty of time for bridal portraits, bridesmaids shots, groom and groomsmen shots…and they didn’t see each other before the ceremony.  It worked out great!

The handsome groom and beautiful bride!

The wedding party!

Then it was off to the chapel to get married!

Love this place!

They were definitely a fun bunch!  The bride and groom definitely surrounded them with wonderful friends and family!

As the guests, family, and wedding party went to the reception site, we hung back with the bride and groom to capture some moments with just the two of them…then, off they went to their party as well.

Brooke and Jenny decorated the reception site so beautifully!  The decorations were so cute, and there were so many of them that it was difficult to try and capture them all in pictures.  Wonderful job picking the colors, flowers, and all fitting with the casual, rustic theme of this wedding!

Congrats to the lovely couple, and best wishes on your life together!

San Francisco Bay Area Newborn Photographer / Redwood City

It has been 51/2 years since I’ve seen this family…and I was delighted to receive an email from them that stated they have added a newborn baby boy t0 their family!  Big sister was happy to have a little brother to snuggle, and I couldn’t wait to go to their newborn session.  They always have such great ideas for personalizing their pictures…making sure to capture all the things that are important to them and what makes their family happy.  The session ran beautifully and sweet little boy was so big…round, adorable, and just the cutest thing!  He was wide awake at first…look at that perfect skin, round cheeks, and a gaze that looks right through you!  So cute!

But, they do eventually fall asleep!

Sibling shots are some of my favorite…they are all so sweet…and something about older siblings makes my heart sing when they hold their new little baby sibling.

They had an awesome garden area outside, and during our session these wonderful succulents arrived from a friend in congratulations of this little baby boy’s birth.  What a joy to be able to use them!

And we ended the session with some more sibling shots.  Big sister was taking any chance she could in order to snuggle her brother!

Love!

Are you planning on having a baby sometime this summer?  It’s never too early to book your newborn baby session with me.  I have availabilities for newborn sessions, family sessions, weddings and pretty much any kind of portrait session that you might have need for.  Do you have a high school junior who will be a senior in the coming year?  Summer is the perfect time to take senior pictures.  If your session takes place in Tracy, CA, then I have a special deal for you as well.  The Bay Area has gorgeous summer days and evenings though…the perfect temperature for outdoor sessions~book today!

San Francisco Newborn Photographers | 6 day old baby boy

This adorable family just added a new baby boy to the bunch!  2 1/2 year old big brother was so full of laughter and joy…mommy, daddy, and both grandmas were also there sharing in the joy of enjoying the new baby and all the excitement that goes with it!  Baby boy was full of milk and ready to go when I arrived and set up.  He was in a wonderful, dreamy state that is perfect for a photo session with a newborn.  Newborns with a full belly, under 10 days old, and snugly warm usually creates the perfect conditions for a successful session.  Add in the cute big brother, sweet grandmas, and loving parents…we had a great newborn photography session.  Such a joy to be able to meet them and capture their love in pictures.

Love big brother’s mischievous smile!

Momma laughed at the thought of making a serious face (because not only does she have a beautiful smile, but it’s also more natural for her to smile!), but I really feel she’s just so stunning.  Their window light is stunning, I might add.

Once we were done with the family images it was time to focus on just the baby!

Are you expecting a baby soon?  Please contact me today for your special newborn session.  I work all over the Bay Area, San Francisco, the Peninsula, the East Bay Area and beyond.  I enjoy babies so much!  June is filling up quickly for sessions, but I’m still able to fit some sessions in.  I would love to add you to the calendar and meet your little one!  I also have sessions available for families, older babes, older children, etc.  I am able to shoot on location, parks, cities, or you can have a session in your own home!  Don’t hesitate to send me an email or message today!

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