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The Tran family

Despite a few mishaps the morning of this shoot (litter Asher puking everywhere) I think we came up with some pretty great images. Your thoughts? Does this little guy look like he just threw up? I don’t think so either.Okay maybe here you can tell… We decided to walk down to their neighborhood park with the hopes that Asher was feeling better. And we all thought he was….My favorite ANTI-portrait I’ve taken in awhile…Uh okay so this was hilarious. Chris, you are a big fat dork, but also an amazing dad. I love this next series…So at this point Asher starts feeling a bit sick again….See? Hes so serious in this one…So we head back to their house and guess who gets his puke on? Yup, Asher! I think hes laughing here because sometimes it just feels better to get it out. So despite a little vomit, I’m pretty proud of these. To our friends the Trans, we love you a lot, we’re encouraged by your joy, and we feel blessed to be your friends. Here’s to a puke-free summer!

Peace.

More of the Tran family

Remember Asher? Also known as “I like to puke 5min before a photo shoot”. Obviously its not HIS fault that he puked, but really, at what age can you start controlling that stuff? Just kidding.

I love silhouettes. Especially when the sky is so blue and the sun so brilliant. This is also a great ANTI-Portrait if I do say so myself. So we decided to do a mini-session, ones where Asher doesn’t smell like puke. (Wondering how many times I’m going to say puke in this post?) Want to know more about our mini-sessions? Click here for more details. Doesn’t he seem so much happier without all the puke? (pukey face)(Pukey puke)

I think thats eight. Also, these are friends so I’m cool with calling their son pukey face. Okay thats nine. And in case you missed it, Mini-session info is here! Peace.

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The Davy clan

My dear dear friend Crystal. Beautiful and strong. She also has killer bisceps from carrying around babies for the last 2.5 years. I love this image of my friend Ben. He HATES having his picture taken because he thinks hes not photogenic. I beg to differ. Here’s half his face to prove it. This is what I call an ANTI-Portrait…. And there she goes….

Spending time with children + families, capturing their spirit, their bond, is such an honor. Peace friends.

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One Year Old!

Today is a huge deal, you guys. Today my sweet little baby girl is one year old. Crazy. I mean, CRAZY. I can hardly remember this time last year – it seems so long ago, and pregnancy is so strange that once your body recovers, it’s really hard to remember what all of that was about even – and then I look at this little tootsie pop and I can’t believe she’s already walking and talking and being a big girl.

Awwww.

She’s becoming a big girl. *tear*But she’s still very much my little baby, and the joy she brings to us is completely unparalleled. It’s so huge and so real – it’s absolute true love.

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Real Wedding: Kim and Ian

I’m so thrilled to share tons and tons of pictures from Kim and Ian’s garden wedding. They are two of the sweetest, most genuine people you’ll ever meet, and they are dear, dear friends of ours. They are ALSO our neighbors! But we were all friends well before that. We just happened to buy nearly identical homes, just a block from one another, and move to a brand new neighborhood – that none of us knew anything about – last fall. It’s like something you’d only dream up as a 12 yr old playing M-A-S-H or something. We are living our adolescent dreams!Being so close made it super convenient for Kim and her family to get ready at our place, which I secretly LOVED, because for the first time ever, I got to dress the bride myself.

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She wore a gold-striped, silk chiffon gown with inserts of English netting throughout the skirt and hand-gathered lace around the neckline – formed to look like baby’s breath. I was so honored to make this gown for Kim. She’s helped me so much over the years, not only as a supportive friend, but as an enthusiastic volunteer, driving to-and-from NY with me each year to stand for hours upon hours at the bridal market. Always laughing the entire time. She’s amazing. I wish I could make her fifty gowns!

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Family LOVE: The Farritor’s ANTI-Portrait

One of my most favorite ANTI-Portraits. Oh, whats an ANTI-Portraits? Well, its an unconventional portrait that captures the spirit of your child without conforming to traditional portrait standards. These images are made from moments that just happen, and they can be magical.

Here’s another one:I never said “smile” or “look over here”. They’re just cuddling with each other. And my heart melts. Be challened to think in terms of ANTI-Portraits!

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The Baird Family

Lovely light. A family that inspires. I was overwhelmed by the love and connection of this family.I’m proud to say that I won over all three of these dear ones, especially the oldest. She loves to read, and we talked and talked about the mystery novels she loves. Reminds me a lot of me when I was her age. The youngest. She did a lot of hiding from me. Little did she know this would turn out to be one of my favorite images of our play time together. Photographer: 1. 3yr old: 0. Ok, she got me there. Mom requested a shot of each child with each parent. It was one of coolest part of our time together. Watching each child’s face as mom or dad told a story about them or recounted a funny baby story was completely amazing. Ha!

I’m not sure mom and dad totally knew what to think of me. I am pretty ridiculous when I’m playing on my photo shoots. Now that I’m a mom, I could see how it could drive another parent crazy to watch their child go extremely nuts in front of the camera (and photographer). But parents, let me tell you a little secret. Its fun for me too. As crazy as it gets, I love it. I love getting to see them almost explode from having too much energy.

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And this one. I have no good reason for including this image except I LOVE IT! I have no idea why. Maybe its just the perfect ANTI-Portrait. Baird family, thank you for letting me into your world for a bit. rw

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Poppy’s First Birthday Party

Buuuuut …. It is so impossible to take photos while you’re prepping and then hosting a party. Keith thought I was going overboard when I mentioned getting a photographer, which I understood at the time, but now I’m like …I told you!!

Anyway, most of the pictures are of Poppy having a good time, which was entirely the point of the thing, so MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And thank goodness I have amazing friends who snapped some awesome shots for us – otherwise I wouldn’t have anything. But I didn’t get many shots of the decorations. Wah wah. Oh well, guess I’ll have to throw another party.

How to have an Awesome Wedding Part 4

**Welcome to our ‘How to have an Awesome Wedding’ series. This series is about what we wish someone would have told us when we were planning our wedding. Its also because we like to photograph awesome weddings. Feel free to accept or disregard anything we say. Maybe we’ll give you some great ideas, maybe you’ll want to drop-kick our face. Either way, thank you for being here, for reading our thoughts and seeing our images, for caring enough to come back to this blog regularly. We’re thankful.

TIME. On a wedding day especially, time seems scarce. There’s always hours of hair and makeup and breakfast and golf and waiting. Always WAITING. But once the day “starts”, meaning once the bride has seen her groom, its a non-stop frenzy of pictures, family, details, and friends who keep trying to hug you even though the ceremony is ABOUT to start. “Go sit down,” you say. But they don’t. They ramble on for 5 minutes while you’re trying to line up and have some sort of emotional connection with your Father who has recently showed up at your side. Anyway, I digress. I spent from 7am-5pm without seeing Ben on our wedding day, and it was agony! Our photographer Janine still shot some amazing images, but then our guests had to wait an hour and a half to eat.

The point is, brides, would you rather spend 5 hours at a salon with your bridesmaids and 10 minutes alone with your soon-to be-husband or the other way around? And grooms, would you rather golf for 3 hours at 6am so by the time you do see your soon-to-be wife at 4pm you’re a cranky mess? I vote for the not cranky mess, personally.

And I’m telling you all of this for one very important reason, and its a secret that other photographers probably won’t tell you. Here is it…… ready…… the secret is it takes TIME to create fantastic, interesting, memorable, transcendent images of you on your wedding day! It takes TIME for you to connect. It takes TIME for you to take deep breathes and be present on the most important day of your life. It takes TIME away from your family and wedding party so you can focus on each other and let all that anxiety die down. It also takes TIME for us to compose images that aren’t a cheap copy of another photographer’s work. If your wedding photography is important to you, you must set aside time to let us create images you’ll cherish forever. These images will be used to remember you long after you’re gone, thats how important they are! I’ll be honest, we can make great images in a time span of 10min. But our best work from weddings has been when we’ve had hours, not minutes to work with.

With a bazillion photographers out there its easy to forget that some of us are artists and photography is a creative process. And our creative process takes TIME.

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Well That was a Great Weekend

I want to sing LOVE SONGS to those chairs and ottoman. I got them from a dude on Craigslist and spent more money than I’ve ever paid for something on Craigslist, but $625 seemed reasonable for two gorgeous down-filled chairs plus ottoman. I took a chance on the crummy photos and just paid for them through email, and then my saintly parents picked them up for me. Maybe if I had seen them in person I could have talked the guy down a bit in price, because the rosey wood looks pretty bonkers next to the amazing mossy green velvet, buuuuut I don’t care. I’ll probably whitewash the wood in the near future. Anyway … I LOVE THEM.

Speaking of my awesome parents, they also gave me this huge vintage buffet for our dining room.