Category Archives: Events

Blossom Birth & Family Fair – Palo Alto Event Photography

Once again, I had the privilege of documenting Blossom Birth’s Annual Family Fair this past weekend.  Blossom Birth and Family Fair 2016 Harvey Kaarp Palo Alto Kids Family Pregnancy Baby

I don’t photograph many events anymore but, once in a while, I have the opportunity to and I remember how much fun it is!

The morning started with the talented Andy Z performing with his good friend, Como C. Llama.

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A Mother’s Day Achievement award was presented to the Nursing Mothers Counsel.

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Which was then followed by an insightful and invaluable talk by keynote speaker, Dr. Harvey Karp (yes, THE Dr. Harvey Karp).  The tallk, entitled, “What makes Toddlers Tick? Tips and tricks to raise happy, respectful, well balanced tots!” was given to a packed room!

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I have yet to successfully implement his methods, but I will keep trying.

Exhibitors set up throughout the venue so that families could connect with wonderful local pregnancy, birth and parenting resource and service providers.

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With a Music Together class, storytime with the Palo Alto City Library, baby and toddler signing with Touch Blue Sky, an ice cream sundae bar with MommyNearest, a diaper changing area with Earth Baby, a raffle, and more… this little one got tuckered out.

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Thank you to the hard-working individuals at Blossom Birth for putting together this incredible event for all the families and soon-to-be mothers and for allowing me to capture it all.

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Stumbling

I am not a graceful person.   This is the euphemism for saying, in the past, I have been known to stumble.  This is the euphemism for saying I am clumsy.

Once, I tripped over my own pinky toe, scurrying to get something out of the oven.  I probably should not be allowed to use the oven.

Today, I had a more clumsy day than usual.  It started this morning, while I was getting a mug out of the cabinet to pour myself some coffee.  I didn’t get a good grip and dropped the mug.  Then, while eating breakfast, I flung scrambled eggs all over myself.  The clumsiness followed me through the day and to the night as I spilled hot tea all over the keyboard and mouse (which is why I’m typing this so late tonight).

But being clumsy isn’t all that bad.

A few years back, while at a 4th of July event, I stumbled upon The Peelers Band.  I heard them performing from across a park and immediately made a beeline towards the sound.  Imagine the best cover band ever and then times that by one million.  That’s The Peelers Band.  I was instantly a groupie… that is, until I looked up what “groupie” meant.

For the next couple of years, I stalk… I mean, non-creepily followed The Peelers Band to their musical performances.

Some were outdoors during the day.

 

Others were indoors at night.

 

All of them were awesome.

We soon became friends and we even did a photoshoot!

 

This picture below is one of the last photos I took of them.

And thus, we came full circle; from Tim running through the grass to Tim wearing sunglasses in the dark.

Since then, The Peelers Band members have somewhat changed and all the members have gone on to do exciting new things (in fact, The Peelers Band now performs at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas every Saturday night).

But for a brief moment in time, we hung out, listened to music, discussed peeling fruits of varying sizes and shapes and talked about lemurs.

Bryan, Dave, Tim, Talia, Aisha, and Ian, if any of you ever read this, thank you for being such rockstars and for allowing me to photograph you!  It has been a privilege.  Until we meet again, peel on!