Archive for the ‘Big Kids’ Category


Welcome baby Miles! This is another Smith Family and they added a beautiful baby boy, Miles, to their family in July. Big sister Makena was so good during our shoot and we got some of my favorite images of the kids together. Mom and Dad weren’t interested in being in the photos, but maybe I can talk them into it the next time around. I just love his squishy face and those tiny feet. My friends think I’m a little weird, but I love the newborn stage. I love holding little ones and was honored to hold this one for a bit after our shoot.


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Brenneis Family

I usually only get to shoot smaller, immediate families. It was fun to shoot a big extended family, especially one that had so many laughs during the shoot! We shot this at Pinchetti Ranch. It turned out to be a wonderful spot for photos. I love the old fences, distressed barns, and rolling hills of grass. Sometimes you see the resident peacock and even deer running through the fields. It definitely stays on my list of great locations to shoot family photos.

The last time I shot pictures of this family was at Molly’s wedding, several years ago. I love to see how it has grown and how much the kids look like their parents. Thanks for asking me to take pictures! Can’t wait to meet the new little ones arriving in 2012, congrats!

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Smith Family

This is also a Smith Family. Our kids played together for a long time in a playgroup, until they started school and now everyone is to busy to get together every week. But I love seeing this family at the birthday parties we all attend. Hopefully we can carve out more time to see each others families in 2012!

Thanks for waking up early Brad, that morning light was great!

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I can’t believe it’s already December. Time does have a way of speeding by when you are busy. I still have a bunch of jobs to share that I shot this summer and fall. It feels a little silly to post something I shot way back in May, but I don’t want any of my families to feel left out! Plus, it has forced me to look at some old images to sell for stock and get new images together to update my website in the new year.

This is the Smith Family. Fun fact, their names all start with the letter M. They added a new “M” in the spring and called me to take some family pics. The kids were great and even though the littlest “M” didn’t want to be put down, I was glad to capture some bonding moments between the family.

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I love this little girls’ big smiles! I can’t help but to smile myself. Her eyes are stunning too. We had a lot of fun roaming around the Rosicrucian museum looking for some good spots to shoot in after getting kicked out of the Rose Garden. (see Grace’s post) It turned out to be a great spot and I’ve used it a couple times since. I love being able to photograph kids year after year and see how they have grown and changed.

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This is little Ella and her family. She was such a cutie and I love her big grin. She worked hard for her M&M’s and I’m sure she was on a sugar high for the entire morning after our shoot. We shot this at the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose. It turns out that it’s a lovely location, with lots of different areas to shoot in. My favorite is shooting with the papyrus in the background. It’s so pretty and soft.

Since our photo shoot, Ella welcomed her little sister Lauren. You have a beautiful family Ella!

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Remember when a few posts back I promised to tell you the story of getting caught with no permits? Today is the day I finish telling the story!

I shot little Grace at the Rose Garden in San Jose. The light was great that morning and she was so cooperative for a two year old. Especially since she got a big owie on her toe right before they met us at the park. We had a great shoot.

Right after I was done, I was supposed to photograph another mutual friends little girl. I wrap up with Grace and start shooting some of Audrey. Not five minutes into the shoot, a “volunteer” for the parks department walks up to us. He starts asking questions, making it seem like he was interested in hiring me to do a photoshoot. I give him my card. He starts asking my friend about me, my business etc. She thought the same, that he was looking to hire someone, so she played along and talked me up. Well then, he starts with his dialogue about me needing a permit, did I have a permit, did I want to buy a permit to keep shooting, etc. Now, in all honesty, I did not know I needed a permit for this particular park. Villa Montalvo, sure, it’s hard to miss their giant sign. But not the Rose Garden. I was mortified. I don’t intentionally like to break the rules, I’m kind of a goody-goody when it comes to that. Thank goodness I was photographing with a good friend of mine. It would have been much more embarrassing if it was a client I was meeting for the first time! We packed up and headed to a different park. I felt awful, but as it turned out I found a new spot in San Jose to do portraits. It was a great spot and I’ve used it a couple of times since. Hopefully I won’t get kicked out of there as well! And for the record, I did go home that night and try to buy a permit. Unfortunately, the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County make it very confusing as to which permit you need, which park needs a permit from the various government agency and which parks are fair game. I think I found the right spot but then it doesn’t let you buy them online, you have to go down to the office. So annoying! So, next time I am down at the city office, I promise to pay up…
City of San Jose: 1
Robin Reeder Photography: 0

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