Single Mom Photo Session at Elizabeth Gamble Gardens | Palo Alto Family Photographer

Back in May I participated in a giveaway organized by Cristin More Photography. We gave away sessions to single moms around the Bay Area. Amy was nominated by her daughter Pam, and won!

Pam wrote in:

There aren't enough childhood stories or memories that I could share in this nomination to convey or how deserving my mother is to receive such a lovely gift this Mother's Day. How my mother raised us 4 girls by herself, I will never know.  Always a full-time working mom, she also ran a household, made sure we all went to the best schools, signed us up for extracurricular activities and music lessons, and took us to birthday parties and trips to Disneyland during the summer. She has always encouraged me and my 3 younger sisters to dream big and that we can truly be whatever we want to be in life. She is fiercely protective of her daughters and I have watched her time and time again put herself last before everyone else's needs. I would love for her to receive a gift of an amazing photo session where her light and her love is truly able to be captured forever. She deserves so much for what she has given to all of us over the years and she would really treasure these memories.

When I got in touch with Pam to schedule the session, she mentioned that one of her sisters lived on the East Coast. We decided to find out when she would visit next and scheduled to session for when all four sisters could be here (I didn't want to leave anyone out!). We met up at Elizabeth Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto on a Friday evening, just as the sun was making its descent.

I had such a wonderful time meeting this family and spending time with them, I could just feel the love and bonds between them. It was such a great experience and it was a privilege to be able to to do this for Amy. 

Golden Gate Bridge Maternity Session | San Francisco Family Photographer

When Erin and Alex got in touch with me about a maternity and newborn session I was surprised to find out that they were living in New York City. They were just about to move to the Bay Area and were hoping to capture a maternity session with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background to double as a moving announcement.

We met up on a Monday evening and it was kind of perfect. There weren't too many people around, the light was perfect (I mean, really!), and we had a great time hanging out, taking pictures, and talking about life and moving and babies. I seriously can't wait to meet their little nugget! 

Summer Stories: Road Trip to Mendocino | East Bay Family Photographer

In June, my mom came to visit (she and my dad still live on the island of Guam) and we decided to take a little road trip up to Mendocino. I hadn't been and the week she came was so dang hot (it hit 100 degrees and we don't have AC!) that we were glad we booked the trip! We drove from Fremont across the San Mateo bridge and up Highway 1. As we headed North we pulled over to explore the Devil's Slide bunker in Pacifica. I had no idea what it was but it looked cool. 

Turns out the bunker was built during WWII as a triangulation station but is now covered in graffiti. It was a fun little detour, though a little bit tough with the kiddo. We didn't explore too much inside but maybe one day I'll go back with my husband and do a little more exploring!

Mendocino had perfect weather and we had a really great time checking out the cute town and Fort Bragg's little downtown as well. We went hiking, beachcombing, sandcastle building, checked out the botanical gardens, and just spent time with each other. We stayed at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek which was cozy and comfortable, and the kitchenette was the perfect size for making breakfast and dinner. I don't know about you but I get sick of eating out pretty quickly so that was a nice bonus. We did eat breakfast in the Inn's restaurant one morning and it was delicious. 

It was a great first visit to Mendocino and I can't wait to go back with my husband. Maybe we'll try camping? Fingers crossed we can book a campsite!

Mother and Son, Adriana's #MomLife Session | San Jose Family Photographer

When I offered my #momlife mini sessions back in May, Adriana of Be Loved Events jumped on the offer. I've worked with her on a couple of projects so I was super stoked that she wanted in on the session! As a work from home mom, I know the struggle of trying to raise a kiddo with love and attention and trying to run a business with love and attention. Sometimes that means working through naps or around school schedules, and sometimes that means letting your kiddo crawl all over you while you try to work out an idea. I loved that Adriana wanted to capture some of the craziness that comes with the work from home territory, and fully embraced what that looked like for her. It was an honor to photograph these two in their home and I look forward to working with her again in the future!

A Small Intimate Wedding at the Morcom Rose Garden | Oakland Wedding Photographer

I don't usually photograph weddings. Big weddings just kind of give me anxiety. It's a lot of pressure! I do love photographing small, intimate weddings like this one I did at the Oakland Municipal Rose Garden in May. I met with Amy and Ryan a couple of months before the wedding and just loved how laid back and go with the flow they were. Definitely my people. 

The wedding itself was in the rose garden, tucked away on the path with about 12 guests total, all family. The goal was to document what happened in an honest and open way, and I think I did just that. It was a lovely, short ceremony and it was so nice seeing Ryan and Amy surrounded by such love on a day they celebrated their love for each other. <3