It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us and this is the busy season for photographers. Everyone is having their family photographs taken for the holiday card and it can get a little crazy. It’s always no nice to get to photograph a returning family because it’s like getting to see an old friend and for a little while you get to catch up on what happened over the last year and it’s always crazy to see how much the kiddos have grown! This family was on elf my favorites from last year (we did their entire session in their master bedroom) and was thrilled when they reached out to get in from of my camera again. This time we picked an outdoor location in Tennessee Valley that is literally steps away from their home in Mill Valley. There were lots of requests to be spun around and throw up in the air and you can see we had a lot of fun! I think it might be hard of this mama to narrow down the choices for their Christmas card. If you are haven’t gotten your holiday photo yet, there is still time. You can always send out New Year’s cards as well. I highly recommend minted, artifact uprising, persnickety prints, and chat books for your holiday card designs and printing!
It’s always special to photograph repeat clients and I have been lucky to photograph this family for many years. This year we decided to venture a bit and met up at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. What a spectacular location for a family photo shoot. The kids loved climbing on the old walls and exploring the beach. Even though it was foggy, it wasn’t too cold and the sky turned into a huge soft box, perfect for photos. I can’t wait to see their holiday card this year! There are so many great family photos and I think it will be hard to pick just one!
I have been on a roll with photographing flower farmers and recently I got to capture a local floral designer in her studio. Marie of Laurel and Vine Floral Design www.laurelandvine.com is a talented designer specializing in weddings and special events. She recently redesigned her website and it’s so beautiful! She has such a fun and warm personality and I can see why her brides give her glowing reviews. We clicked right away and had a super fun business branding session. I love that her two kittens made an appearance in some of the shots. If you are a business owner and want to get some updated headshots or lifestyle portraits to use on your website or for social media give me a call. I can tailor your session to meet your needs and take photos that capture your personality.
This year I had one deep purple dahlia plant in my garden and it was so fun to watch it bloom and it’s become one of my favorite flowers. Dahlias come in so many colors and unique shapes and it’s too hard to pick a favorite. So, when I discovered Aztec Dahlias was located in Petaluma, I had to check out the fields for myself. They grow over 400 varieties of dahlias and sell cut flowers at the farm stand. The owner Kate, was so kind and gave me tour of the grounds. I got to photograph her amongst the dahlias and around the property. Not only is she stunningly gorgeous, but she is also so kind and passionate about her dahlias. It was an absolute pleasure to get to know her and I feel like I made a new friend. I also had a chance to meet her lovely flower stand manager, Danyell, who’s smile can put anyone in a good mood. They were both so welcoming and the whole visit was dreamy. I stayed until the sun set and even captured the harvest moon behind the dahlia fields. It was a dream to photograph such a beautiful location. If you have never been you need to put it on your list for next season. You can check out their website at www.aztecdahlias.com
I have always loved flowers ever since high school and was jealous when my best friend got an after school job with a florist. Although she assured me most of her job consisted of cleaning out stinky buckets with freezing water, I still want eddo work in a flower shop. Can you believe I never did? But I did experiment with flowers, attended workshops, and learned to make floral crowns. I even did flowers for some weddings and it was a blast. But alas, I found photography and now I get to combine my two passions and photograph flowers as well as the creatives who grow them and arrange them. So first up on the flower photography tour is Many from Mandalion Designs. Mandy was a florist and created beautiful arrangements for brides for many years. Then, she had an opportunity to grow some flowers in a friends flower bed and after her first try she was hooked. Fast forward and Mandy now grows organic flowers for local businesses and florists on her lot located at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma. You can see more of her blooms at www.mandaliondesigns.com I had been flowing her on Instagram for a while and since her growing garden is so close I knew I had to stop by for a visit during an evening harvest. It really was magical being out there during golden hour. I got to photograph Mandy and her crew doing their thing in the most gorgeous light. Since I was on the farm I even got to see some of the farm animals and my favorite were the goats!
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Who knew we had so many hidden gems in the Bay Area? When this family contacted me for a family portrait session we kept the location open to explore different possibilities and then they suggested this small redwood forest not too far from their town of Fairfax. It was the perfect spot to capture this adorable family. Little baby Violet was amazed by all the trees and I think we got some beautiful photos they will treasure forever.