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Thank you for coming to my site and viewing my blog. This is where I display a Sneak Peek for my clients to get a look at some of their images taken during their Photo Session. This is a wonderful way to get an idea of what I do for my clients and for them to share their experience with their friends and family! Thank you to all of our past and current clients, I am so grateful to be a part of documenting your lives. "Your Portraits.... Our Passion. Together We Create the Perfect Portraits!"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

MacFarlane's New Baby!

Meet the MacFarlane's new baby girl and third child, Maren. She is 4 months old and a little sister to a 5 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. I first met the MacFarlane family at my sons school a couple of years ago and if you look through my web-site you will find their family in many places! They are a super cute family and lots of fun to work with. I was so excited when they called me to do Maren's first baby pictures. This first picture of her was a request, to copy a picture of her older sister in the same dress, which was made from their mom, Lisa's wedding dress, how cool is that!

I love photographing kids, especially babies in all of their cute outfits. You can get so many different looks in your portraits simply by changing clothes. I just love the bows in her hair, she is so adorable.

Another one of my favorite poses is when the focus is on the feet. Maren really loved her feet and we had some fun tickling her toes and capturing her playing with them. It was the only thing we could do to distract her from eating her dress!

I had to get Lisa in a few of the portraits so I asked them to play around while I photographed them just being themselves. So few moms are actually in their photographs because they are usually taking them or don't like to be photographed. I take all of that into consideration and create tasteful portraits that show the emotion, not necessarily what we all try to hide from the camera! haha!

Thank you Dustin and Lisa for having me come over and take her first portraits! Don't wait too long to get her next stages captured and I can't wait to update your family portraits to add to your beautiful wall of snap shots and portraits. See you when we get back from Disneyland!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Krista & John's NEW BABY

I am so excited about this little bundle of joy who was just born! Krista's mom Shelli Reichardt is a very special person to me. She introduced me to The Pampered Chef back when my now 8 year old son was only 6 months old. I was desperate to find a way to stay home with my new baby and Shelli made that happen for me by helping me to become a Pampered Chef consultant. Thanks to her kindness and willingness to help me I made enough money to be a stay at home mom and her family will always hold a special place in my heart. Long story short her beautiful daughter Krista just gave birth to Shelli's first grand baby, a little boy named Justin, and he is so so cute! I have been given the privilege of capturing the first year or two of his life (and hopefully the many years to come!) and this is his first photo shoot at one month old.

He is laying here looking up at his Mama with a dreamy look of love in his eyes, as we waited for him to pee during his naked shots! He didn't end up getting my blankets wet, he waited until Krista was holding him to let go. It was worth it though to see his little body laying on her, you could just feel the love.

Here he is sitting with Grandma Shelli. Who can resist kissing the soft skin of a newborn baby? Justin was so good, I'd have to say one of the best baby's during his session but he was getting a little sleepy towards the end.

This portrait is just too cute for words! They will probably be using this one for their baby annoucenments. Just adorable!

Thank you Krista and John for letting me document such an important part of your lives. These moments will fly by so fast and it is so important to get portraits that tell the story of his life. You will look back in the years to come and be so happy that you have these memories to reflect on. My boys and I look at there memory albums all the time and I am so greatful that I have them, as I watch them grow up way to quickly!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Portis - Pregnant with Twins!

On the morning of Superbowl Sunday I was out photographing this adorable family! The Portis family is expecting twins, one boy and one girl. They already have a beautiful little girl named Lyric. I love her name and it fits her perfect. She was super cute! Chundrea was hoping to surprise her partner with these portraits but I think the secret somehow got out of the bag. We will still have some secrets up our sleeves I'm sure : ) Here a few of my favorite maternity shots.

Here is their 15 month old daughter Lyric, I told you she was cute! The first one is her sitting on a lady bug stuffed animal from their collection and the other one is a frog with I love you written on his heart pillow. Great idea Chundrea!

Like most children she was having a lot of fun running around so I just kept clicking away capturing her exactly as she is! Her smile is awesome in this one!

As she ran around the room she now decided she wanted to be with mom so we took full advantage of the opportunity to get some lovey-dovey shots of the two of them.

Before we were done Chundrea had a special request of taking some photographs with her daughters twin dolls, who appropriately represent the twins that are on their way in a couple of months.

I really enjoyed working with the two of you and can't wait to show you all the rest of the images captured during your session! Thank you for letting me be a part of documenting such an important time in your life.

Steven Roman - Del Campo High

Last week I got a phone call from Michelle requesting Photographs of her son, Steven Jr. to be taken before he dyed his hair blonde! Steven is on the wrestling team at Del Campo High School and is graduating this year. Before their tournaments begin all the guys on the team dye their hair blonde and Michelle forgot she wanted his Senior Portraits done before this happened. I was more than happy to adjust my schedule to accomodate her last minute request to arrive at the school in three days and meet them in the gym. It was raining and windy that day but we still got a lot of great shots inside and outside the gym.

This is what Steven calls his "Signature Look"! Not his mothers favorite pose but it does tell his story and if you know him, it will make you smile or laugh for sure.

He wanted to change into his Wrestling gear so we went back inside the gym for a quick change. I always encourage Seniors and their families to think about what they love and want to portray in the photographs and then I work with them to bring that out. In Stevens case he loves wrestling. I went to the gym and he had a few styles of clothing ready to change into to get a few different looks.

We started our Photo Session before a wrestling match, so a lot of the guys were starting to show up and practing in the gym area where we were. I thought it would be fun to capture him in action so I told Steven to grab one of his buddies and throw each other around. We got some great action shots!

Some of my final favorites. I love the idea of doing Senior Portraits right at the school when the kids are involved in after school activities. This makes it possible for me to utulize the school colors and letters to bring out their own personal story.

I will leave you with this last shot of Steven and Sam (his little sister). I wanted to get some nice shots for mom of the two of them together (and I did) but this one is great because it's a classic brother-sister relationship type of pose. Gotta love it!

Our Anniversary! January 20th 2008

It's our Anniversary and it is always a big deal around our house. Celebrating our love and our family together on our Anniversary is something we always look forward to. We have some very special friends we like to celebrate with, it has become quit the tradition! We always exchange gifts with each other on our Anniversaries, even if money is tight we still at least do cards and a bottle wine or something. Last year was very exciting when our friends were celebrating their 20th. We had so much fun! We rented a limo, ate dinner at THE MELTING POT (super yummy!) and then had a surprise formal dessert candle-lit party for them with their closest friends. After that we took them to a bed and breakfast in downtown Sac called Spa Bloom/ Inn at Parkside so they could stay the night alone while I took their 3 girls for the night. All of this was a surprise and an absolute blast! Sorry, I love to tell stories! Anyway the point is we went over to their house this year to say hello because my best friend has been ill for quit sometime now and they surprised us with some beautiful gifts and these flowers. Daisies are my favorite flower and part of the theme in my wedding.

Then, we went and stayed at the same bed and breakfast we took them to last year. This is our first time with out the boys since the "baby" was born a little over two years ago. It was so beautiful and I highly recommend this place to everyone! They have great tubs, the most comfortable beds you ever slept on in their new building and you get a free gourmet breakfast in bed. The room we stayed in was called "KISS", I love red.

After that and a huge thank you to my mom for taking the boys for the night, we headed out for our tradition week long vacation. This year we went to Windsor and stayed at a beautful resort. The weather was yucky and rainy but we were prepared. Nana came with us for a couple of days and the boys were in heaven. Our youngest is always full of crazy, funny looks as you will continue to see a few that I captured. This one is his jelly toast look.

We brought a 1,000 piece puzzle to work on together that looked pretty easy. Key word: looked. It's a good thing my puzzle master mom was with us to help us start it off because this was the weirdest cut puzzle I had ever seen. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of me and my mom working on puzzles together on vacations, so this was very special to have my family doing this together.

One of the greatest things a resort can have in our book is a heated swimming pool in the middle of winter! Our kids love to swim and it's that much more fun when it's the time of year that most pools are about to freeze over. We had fun in the pool but once we got out we all became icesicles.

Still working on the puzzle...

And still celebrating...

No day is complete or started for that matter without my coffee! So this picture basically represents me since I am not in very many pictures! (ha-ha)

The resort also had a basketball court which used to double as a tennis court. So we played netless tennis together and then went over to their playground to let the boys get out some of their energy before it started to rain again.

This is one of my favorite shots. I took this through a very small hole in the side of the play structure (that's why you can see green around his face) as he climbed up. Isn't he adorable!

And here are some more of his silly crazy faces...

My vacations are also not complete without me trying to get portraits of my boys. My husband stuck them up into a tree covered with moss and we soon found out that our youngest was just a little uneasy about the height thing, but I still got my shot!

The Puzzle is FINALLY done, only three days of obsessing on it, not too bad. Everone was amazed!

My husband loves to mess with their hair, which at this point in time really needed to be cut, but they got some great looking hair styles after their bath.

Windsor is near or in the wine country area so we had to drive over to Napa for a short visit even though it was drizzling outside. We took a very pretty route and enjoyed all of the green surroundings and wineries. Our destination was a place called V. Sattui. They have a beautiful picnic area, a cheese counter and deli, a store full of sauces and gifts and a wine tasting room. We got some port and a red wine for dinner and tasted their yummy sauces that were out to try. Our favorites were the chocolate sauce and the raspberry sauce. Oh yah, and we picked up some whoopie pies (chocolate cakes with marshmellow cream in the middle) for my best friend
mentioned earlier, since they are her favorite dessest and hard to find.

I took this picture in honor of my wonderful husband. He is absolutely the greatest. He cooks, he cleans, he works and still helps with our kids and he always puts my needs ahead of his own. He is very spoiled though as well : )

And last but not least, Downtown Windsor. This whole town was leveled and they built this adorable little area full of neat little shops like Powell's candy store, full of all types of candies, a toy store, clothing stores and gift shops and a really awesome place for breakfast called KC's Downtown Grille. Great service, great food and great prices.

We had such a nice time there. Our next vacation is DisneyLand and California Adventure in February so come back and see the pictures from that in March sometime!