Category Archives: Family and children

Baby E – Los Gatos Newborn Portrait Photography Session

Baby E was in the studio for her newborn portrait session.  San Jose Los Gatos Willow Glen Newborn Baby Portrait Photography San Francisco Bay Area Baby Girl (1)

She was such a beautiful newborn baby and was most content when held in her parents’ arms.  Snug as a bug in a rug.

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This image of Tom always makes my heart smile.  At Liz’s maternity portrait session, Liz and Tom specifically indicated to me that they did not want any kissing pictures.  But, of course, Baby E was just too irresistible!

I absolutely love mother and daughter images.  There is nothing more beautiful.

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I think Baby E has her mama’s sweet smile.

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Tom and Liz, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your sweet baby girl!

Emily and Eric – Monterey Maternity Portrait Photography Session

I met Emily during our first year of law school.  In those 3 years, we went through a lot together (I was going to list some of those things, but I’m still slightly too traumatized to talk about it).

Emily is good peeps.  She is perpetually happy and encouraging and beautiful, inside and out.  Seriously.  She’s super smart… and she’s gorgeous.  Like, just look at her.

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But she has a goofy, geeky side too… which probably explains why we are friends.

We attended eachother’s weddings and I am honored that she chose me to photograph her maternity portraits.

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We met up on the gorgeous, sunny (was it windy?) beaches of Monterey.  The timing was perfect.  I found her and Eric, just strolling along the path as the sun set behind them.  How lucky is that?

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Eric and Emily are the perfect match.  I am so happy to know both of them.

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Emily and Eric, thank you for trusting me to photograph you during this exciting time in your lives.  But more importantly, thank you, Emily, for being such a good friend throughout all of these years!

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Liz and Tom – Los Gatos Maternity Portrait Photography Session

Liz and Tom were expecting a baby girl in about a month so they came into my studio for Liz’s maternity portrait session.

We started a bit early to have Liz’s make-up and hair done by Audrey, a wonderful local make-up artist and a new mom herself!

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Liz was a dream to work with; she was organized, responsive to my wardrobe suggestions, and trusted me to try some new concepts I had been working on.

Oh, and she is simply beautiful!

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I love this image of Tom because you can tell the love he has for his ladies.

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Liz was so serene and lovely, awaiting her baby girl’s arrival.  Pregnancy is such a finite and extraordinary time, which is why maternity portrait sessions hold a special place in my heart.

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Liz and Tom, thank you so much for allowing me capture these moments for you and for your baby girl to look back on someday.

Make-up and Hair by: Audrey Mendoza

Happy Mother’s Day 2016

I dedicate this post to

my strong, beautiful mom who is always watching over me;

my loving and thoughtful mother-in-law who goes out of her way to take care of us;

and all the mothers out there, family and friends, clients, and strangers with whom I exchange understanding nods when I’m out and about,

who are strolling, sprinting–or, in my case–stumbling, on this path of motherhood alongside me.

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Happy Mother’s Day.

Baby D – From Newborn to 1 Year Portrait Sessions

I am so excited to finally share these images of Baby D.

Throughout the past year, I have had the amazing opportunity to photograph Baby D from his newborn days through his first birthday!

Baby D was one of the first babies to be photographed in my new studio space.  Pat and Carol (and Carol’s mom), were so gracious and patient as I photographed little Baby D in his first week out of the womb.

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Although it was over a year ago, I vividly remember Baby D’s newborn portrait session.  It was cold out that day.  Pat spent a lot of time entertaining Baby D’s big sister.  Carol was totally prepared with wardrobe changes, hair pins, and a packed lunch.  And Carol’s lovely mother sat right next to me, making funny faces so that we could capture this image.

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I will always think back on Baby D’s newborn session with fond memories.  (I still can’t get over how little Meadow looks in this photograph!)

It is extraordinary how much babies grow that first year.

By month 6 (well, technically 7), Baby D was sitting and smiling…

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… and sitting in a basket.

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All cute babies should be carried around in baskets decorated with balloons, don’t you agree?  I love Baby D’s gummy smile in this image.

By his 1 year portrait session, Baby D was standing!

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And walking!

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And carrying heavy objects around!

I don’t think I have ever seen a one year old baby eat his cake with a fork and spoon, but Baby D is a proper little man.

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“Who, me?”

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To Pat, Carol, Meadow and Baby D, thank you for trusting me to capture this year of your family’s story.  It was so rewarding seeing your children grow and I am deeply, incredibly, truly honored!

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