This is my idea of a great shoot… a plump, sleeping newborn and a playful older brother. I had so much fun photographing baby Mason when he was a just one week old! Those cheeks! So juicy!
>> See more fun shots of Nolan and Megan in the park.
When I was a kid Thanksgiving meant going to Grandma Boocks’ house in western Pennsylvania and running around with my cousins while the food was being prepared.
There was usually snow on the ground and a sense of anticipation in the air, because Christmas break was right around the corner.
Sometimes we all crowded around the kids table in the kitchen and fought over who got to use the cowboy boot cup. But I liked sitting with the adults in the dining room. The food was great, and I loved my grandmother’s apple pie.
What I remember though, and what I miss, is the feeling of being in a house filled with people I love.
My grandparents are no longer with us, but something of that time and that love has stayed with me. I’m so thankful for those memories, and for my extended family, on both sides.
This year I spent Thanksgiving with my sweet friend Kim, and we sat down to a beautifully set table at her mom’s home in Pasadena and enjoyed an amazing meal.
It was a great day, and I loved hearing the kids in the background… playing games on the porch and popping in and out to deliver important food-fight-related information.
After dinner Penelope put on her grandfather’s headphones and started singing at the top of her little lungs. I love the shots of her dancing and studying the keyboard!
I need to go to bed but it seems fitting to end this with my gratitude list for the day…
Thank you Lord for my family, and how much they mean to me.
For a day that started with friends in Fallbrook and ended with friends in Pasadena.
For provision that goes above and beyond what I truly need.
For You and Your great love.
I’m always surprised at the speed of little legs, and this guy definitely kept us moving! There was a lot going on at Mile Square Park… ducks to chase, fences to climb, bridges to cross, and dry stream beds to explore.
Megan and I had originally planned to do a quick shoot with her son Nolan, but it was so much fun that I just kept shooting until all three of us were tuckered out and ready for second breakfast.
A day in the life of a family.
It’s a concept I’ve played with for a while — partly because I love the candid shots we have of our family when I was a kid. And partly because it seems like an amazing gift to give someone… moments of love and connection seen through my lens.
Although I always take candid shots before and after family portraits, I was excited to implement my vision of spending an entire day with a family, capturing both traditional portraits and lots of in-between moments.
It was everything I’d hoped for… fun, challenging, exhilarating and exhausting!
We started with breakfast, which was, honestly, even more fun that it looks. After that we kind of moved through the day. When the kids were napping I edited or prowled around taking photos of toys. Throw in a few meals, some wardrobe changes, a couple of walks… by the end of it I had several thousand images, and we were all ready for a nap.
I did have one slightly terrifying moment when baby Ava got her little mitts on Emma’s star-shaped wand, but I grabbed a few quick shots and then moved it safely away, and I just love the image of her with the star in front of her mouth!
Sometimes a girl has to tuck her books into the upholstery…
I just love these shots of sweet little Clive! His parents, Ben and Katie, are always up for an adventure, and his nursery reflects that… hot air balloons, a biplane, and a pile of stuffed animals just waiting for play time.
The last shot is one of my favorites… I know it was just a little stretch, but it really looks like he’s about to punch me. Fun!