Summer Time Sprinkler Fun | Fremont Family Photographer

It's official, y'all. Summer is here! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am! It's my favorite time of year because there is just so much potential for adventure, excitement, and doing absolutely nothing (and not feeling bad about it). To kick our summer off we spent an afternoon in the backyard with the sprinkler on blast. 

Sometimes when we get stuck in the cycle of "busy" its easy to forget about all the tiny things that can make us happy. Like running through a sprinkler on a hot day, or marveling at the mist it throws into the air and watching the droplets float through space. The feel of wet grass and the warmth of the sun on your back. I don't know why but I feel like it's easier to notice and appreciate these things in summer. Like, time slows down for a bit? Or maybe it's just that I'm more conscious of it in the warm weather? 

Either way it's nice to be present in these moments, and make the most of the time we have. Hope you are able to do the same!

Peony Study AKA Trader Joe's Is The Best | Fremont Photographer

Every late spring/summer I wait and wait and wait until lo and behold: PEONIES ARE BACK AT TRADER JOE'S! And you know it's a big deal because literally the day after I snagged mine I spotted them on not 1, not 2 but 4 separate photographer's Instagram stories. Apparently photographers love peonies...and Trader Joe's. Seriously though, the flowers are gorgeous, and you can't beat the $6.99 price tag for a few days of happiness. I used these beauties to test out my new macro lens and I think they did just fine on camera, don't you? 

Elmo and abby First Birthday at Peekadoodle | San Francisco Event Photographer

A few weeks ago I photographed one of the coolest first birthdays I've ever had the pleasure of photographing! The venue was Peekadoodle Kids Club in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Since my daughter is a bit older, I feel like I'm not as hip to all the fun places to bring kids but this would definitely have been on my list a few years ago! There was a ton of things for the kids to do indoors, along with a small bounce house, balloon animals, and even appearances from Elmo and Abby. 

After some play time and snacks, everyone headed outside for a musical performance (a big hit with the kids and enjoyable for adults as well, bonus!). The bubble machine was on full blast, and the kids had a grand ol' time listening to the live music, dancing, playing with bubbles, and playing ball. 

After the performance, we headed back inside for the big finale: the cake! Can we just talk about that incredible cake for a minute? How gorgeous! Mila was such a trooper and was just a gem the whole afternoon, and girl got down on that cake so I know she's going to grow up to be fabulous! I mean, just look at her style and grace already! 

It was a true pleasure photographing her birthday and I hope she has many more fantastic birthdays!

Los Gatos Newborn Baby Boy | San Francisco Bay Area Fresh 48 Session

About a month ago I got the call that my friend and fellow photographer Mary of Mary Bea Photography had given birth to her first, a sweet baby boy. I was so thrilled for her and loved photographing those first few hours as she and her husband got to know their son. I've written before about how much I love doing Fresh 48 newborn sessions and this one was no exception. 

This little buddy was super chill (and I'm happy to report I saw him last week and he's still super chill), and it was an honor to photograph him. I can't wait to watch him grow up and see his little personality shine through! I wish Mary and her husband the best as they bring their boy up and I look forward to many beautiful photos of him by Mary once she's up to it! I know motherhood can hit you like a ton of bricks, speaking from experience, ha!