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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.