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Adam

Here’s another recent job I did. I love photographing this mother and son, it’s my third year in a row. They are both so photogenic, smiley and happy. You can feel the love they have for each other. We tried a new location, the Hayes Mansion, which worked great and was a nice change. I used my old but hardly used, diana camera lens. It’s a little funky and free form, but I am super happy with the results. Doesn’t it look cool?

Happy Friday everyone!

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Argbright Family

I took these a few months ago of a family friend’s family (say that fast 5 times!) and it just proves that location an lighting aren’t everything. We met at a neighborhood park, nothing fancy but quiet and low key. The only time we could schedule was during the middle of the day between naps etc. Usually I prefer to shoot in the morning or afternoon when the light is best. But given the small park and mid day lighting conditions, I think we got some great results! This was their first family portrait. The kids were so well behaved and photogenic, made it easy and I really had a fun time!

I always get nervous photographing people I know. Well, I get nervous with all the people I shoot, but especially with family and friends I see all the time. I worry that they won’t like the pictures and then awkwardness will ensue at the next social function. I’ve held back on posting this shoot because I wasn’t sure the family liked them. I sent the proof gallery out and then heard nothing, for two months. I started to sweat it. Maybe I should check in with the family. Maybe I should offer to reshoot. And then finally I received an order. And not just a couple of pity pictures, a really big order! I was really relieved and happy I could stop obsessing about blowing the job. Happy that I wouldn’t have to hide in the basement the next time I saw this family. It was a good day.

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Sesody Family

I haven’t had a chance to show these family portraits I did a few weeks back. Since Picture of the week is on haitus still, I thought I would sneak this one in…

Beautiful family on a beautiful day in a beautiful location. My job was easy!

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Mariko

It’s Friday and usually I post a picture of the week. Unfortunately, our fearless leader who decides the theme is entertaining her family this month. (Yes, for the month. Crazy right?)

So, this week I decided to take the opportunity to post a recent job instead. This is Mariko. She was my very first senior portrait. I had so much fun and really enjoyed working with an “older” subject. One that didn’t drool, or cry, or need a lollipop as a bribe. It was so fun and brought me back to that special time in my own life. She’s preparing her college applications, touring college campuses and doing all those fun things seniors do. (Well, hopefully not all those things, lol)

If any of you know any seniors who would like a little more than the “black cape” yearbook photo let me know!

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The theme for this week was to take a picture of something interesting or unique in your hometown. Those who have been to San Jose know, there isn’t much to choose from. We have no fancy arch, no statue standing the harbor.

So I’m taking this week to post pictures of our recent trip to Avila Beach. It kind of counts because we used to live close to Avila…

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First Day of School

Today was a very special day…our little Kenna started Kindergarten! She woke up early this morning, excited, a little giddy and anxious. I made the first mistake of trying to squeeze in a grocery store run before school. Then I made the second mistake in thinking that walking her to school would be a good idea. Well I planned my time well, except for when we set out to leave. They asked for water. Then for snacks. Then I had to grab the little camera and then run back in for the memory card. It made us a few minutes late, so true to form (I hate being late) I ran about half the way pushing the stroller. I dreaded the thought of her being late. We made it with a few minutes to spare, and I greeted some fellow moms, glistening with sweat. Awesome.

But back to Kenna…she had a great day, made some new friends, and played with some familiar faces. All in all a great start to the school year!

By the way, Mommy did great too. I was a little emotional, but I didn’t cry. I didn’t want her to cry. But I’m glad this day is over and she’s back at home to make me miserable. I mean happy. She’s also trying out a new smile. She told me today that she didn’t have a smile (must be genetic, haha, I said the same when I was little) and I told her she had a beautiful smile when she’s happy and laughing. This is her laughing smile.

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This week’s theme is childhood.
Definition:
1. the state or period of being a child.
2. the early stage in the existence of something: the childhood of the human race.

Here are some I took of the girls the other day. I have another series planned for this theme, but didn’t get to finish them this week. I am off for a quick trip to Vegas for my sister-in-laws bachelorette party. Wish me luck!

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