The G Family - San Mateo Family Session

When I get to spend my evening photographing fun families like this one, it's hardly fair for me to even consider calling my job a job.  And before I get into too much, I just have to call out those big, beautiful brown eyes that this sweet little one has.  I mean, really.  That paired with his darling bow tie was almost too much too handle.  Then throw in his perfect grin and I'm just over the edge.

This little one was celebrating the big o-n-e year and his Mom wanted to document the milestone.  Being sentimental with this time in their lives, they asked to have the location be at their apartment complex, and it was just perfect.  This is where they have spent countless hours of this little man's life together, and she wanted that photographed so they could remember their evening walks, strolls to the duck pond, and laps around the complex to wear him out.  When clients have reason behind their location, I can't say no, and I am so glad we went with this one.  

This sweet husband and wife both attended grad school with my husband, and while they spent many more hours with him than with me over that two-year period, it was so fun to reconnect up here in the bay area.  

Emily and Vince : A Monterey Wedding

The hashtag #destinedsincefreshman could not be more perfect.  Vince and Emily met when they were 14-years old, through a mutual friend. Emily was invited to Vince's friend's home, unknowing that her crush would be there. The two knew each other through friends, but surprisingly had never met. 

When they finally met that afternoon, they got along so well, so well in fact that Vince pushed Emily into the pool.  She dried off, only to watch a movie right next to Vince, during which Vince mustered up just enough courage to grab her hand. Ever since, the two have been quite inseparable.  As they have grown and matured, their love had done likewise. 

A long awaited ten-years later, on a beautiful day in the hills of Monterey, these high school sweethearts finally tied the knot amongst family and friends.  It was a beautiful day overflowing with love, laughter and celebration, for it truly was a day long-awaited by all. 

I am grateful for Natalie Mcmullen Photography, who invited me to second shoot with her.  All images posted below are mine. 

Kayleigh and Yile: San Jose Engagements

This is a love story unlike any other. Kayleigh met Yile while she was living in Africa on a secretive trip working at orphanages. Yile, too, was away from home, serving a mission Kenya. They met during downtime exploring a waterfall in a large group and sparks started to fly. Ironically, or not so ironically, they ended up volunteering at the same orphanage and saw each other weekly. Kayleigh returned home, and Yile eventually returned home to his home country of Ethiopia. They emailed, wrote and skyped constantly, ignoring the fact that her day was his night and his night her day. The distance of the world could not keep them apart. She returned to visit and they soon decided on forever. Photographing this love was quite spectacular. And, I know this story is just the beginning of a lifelong novel filled with stories to be cherished. Thanks Kayleigh and Yile for including me! It truly was an honor.