• Cali Kids

  • When your friend calls and says “I’m picking my kids up from school, let’s go to the beach!” You drop everything and go to the beach!

    That’s what happened last Thursday.

    An afternoon on and empty beach with sweet friends was a great way to spend a spring day.

    The water was chilly but kids didn’t seem to mind and spent most the day in the waves.

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  • Big Bear Cabin

  • Over the weekend, my family headed to a wonderful cabin in Big Bear.  I checked the weather for 2 weeks and knew it would be brisk overnight but expected 50’s in the day. We brought food for BBQing, balls for playing outdoors. We planned on hiking to the lake… then it snowed!!!

    SNOW!!!

    My youngest two, having spent most/all of their lives living in L.A. had only ever experienced The Grove and Disneyland ‘snow.’

    They were ecstatic to say the least!

    My youngest said “Is it gonna to be Christmas?” Naturally if there is snow it must be Christmas right?!?

    They ran around in the snow in their jammies and rain boots all morning before heading back in to have hot cocoa by the fire.

    We can not wait to go back up there in the winter and build a snowman!

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  • Baby Ari - Norcal Vineyard Family Photography

  • Meet Ari!

    Ari’s parent have been friends with my husband since highschool. Her daddy was a groomsman in my wedding. On a trip up North in the fall I finally got to meet this sweet girl.

    We headed over to a beautiful vineyard in Green Valley, CA early in the morning for their family session. It is so fun to watch our friends start families and watch, and photograph, their babies as they grow up!

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  • CHICAGO!!!

  • In early March, I traveled to Chicago, Illinois. My sweet friend Melissa, and her family welcomed me into their home and showed me around the city. Melissa and I have been internet friends since we were pregnant with our oldest daughters. Despite our 8 years of ‘friendship,’ this was our first time meeting and from the moment I arrived, I was treated like family. I was treated to deep dish pizza and craft beer, amazing homemade vegetarian meals, hot coffee on snowy mornings and brisk afternoon snowy walks, Chicago style hot dogs and smooshy baby cuddles! Obviously, I needed to return their over the top hospitality with pictures of their sweet family!

    Thank you, Melissa and Tony for the home away from home!

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    Foot tall snowman I made so I could send pics of it home to my kids!

    And an Instagram I took of Melissa while there. I was seriously blown away by this woman. I am truly inspired by this woman and so grateful to call her my friend.

     

  • A Day In SF - Vacation Photography

  • Every year we spend Christmas in Sacramento with my inlaws. This last year was extra special. We gifted Grandma and Auntie tickets to The SF Ballet Nutcracker!

    The day after Christmas all the girls headed to San Francisco. We went to the pier, had dinner at Scoma’s before heading to the ballet.

    I was so excited to take Kara to her first real ballet and the SF Nutcracker did not disappoint!

    Snowfall, tutus, nutcrackers, Christmas trees…  just magical!

    Hoping these girls days out in the city become a yearly Christmas tradition.

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  • Little Jakob - Los Angeles Newborn Photography

  • Meet Jakob.

    You may remember him from his Malibu maternity session a few weeks ago. :::wink:::

    After having so much for with his parents at the beach I could not wait to meet him.

    He did not disappoint! He was so precious and content. Very alert and interested in what I was up to with my camera.

    His mama, who is a fellow photographer, is going to have so much fun photographing him as he grows up. He is already clearly a great little model!

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  • On Sunday Morning - Los Angeles Farmers Market Family Photography

  • When we first moved to Los Angeles, we spent Sunday mornings at The Original Farmers Market. Specifically Bob’s Donuts. Our family would walk over, eat donuts, grab some berries from the fruit stand, and stroll through The Grove, making wishes at the koi fountain before heading back home. The kids LOVED this. I loved that the kids could run around freely before the large crowds would take over. Over the last few years, this little tradition slowed and walks to the Farmers Market have become rare. We go when friends from out of town visit, birthdays and December nights for hot cocoa’s and snowfall at The Grove. This past Sunday we gathered up our little crew and headed out for donuts, camera in tow. I think this little Sunday tradition needs to become a more regular thing for our family again.

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    Does your family have a weekend morning tradition like this? I would love to hear about it in the comments!