It’s been a while since I’ve shared a personal post here, and I still struggle with should I/shouldn’t I… but people keep telling me I should, and I don’t have it in me to start another website, so here I am.

We stopped calling them “vacations” when we became parents, now they are just “trips”. We take trips.

I mean, just the thought of all the packing and coordinating (and whining) that goes into these trips makes me need a drink… but then I think about how some of my favorite childhood memories are from our family camping trips. I still love looking through those pictures. So I force my husband and my kids to go away with me, to picturesque places, so we can take cool photos. Even though they probably won’t remember any of it, these pictures will serve as proof that we did fun stuff. And hopefully someday they will appreciate it.

Venice is almost 4, Atlas is almost 1 and our first born, Bixby dog, just turned 11. It was a little chaotic, and I didn’t get to take as many pictures with my fancy camera as I had hoped – you know, always trying to master the “taking pictures and actually being present with my kids” balance – but the home we stayed in was gorgeous and we had a blast, so I call that a win.

Here are some highlights from our TRIP to Joshua Tree.



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[SAN FRANCISCO SESSIONS] Since I started my business, I have had a handful of my regular clients move away for various reasons. When they first break the news, my heart breaks a little bit… but I quickly remind myself, this does not have to be the end. I am grateful to have the most incredibly supportive husband who will hold down the fort and take care of our littles, so I can continue to document my favorite families around the country.

Thankfully, when this mama told me they were moving, and it happened to be to a city I already frequent…. the sadness quickly turned to pure excitement when we realized we would get to shoot in a new city together! Soon the planning began and months later, there we were…. in San Francisco!! If you couldn’t tell from my double exclamation point, it was SO much fun. So much fun in fact, I couldn’t narrow down the images more than this… there are simply too many good ones (if that’s even possible), this was the best I could do.

 

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[SAN FRANCISCO SESSIONS] Oh hey guys! Here are some highlights from a super fun shoot I did with this radical family while I was up north last December. Sometimes you just click with people, no pun intended… Definitely the case with this fam. We had a lovely morning running around this forest in Oakland, and then cozied up at their house after. First time home owners – that def calls for a celebration, AND a photo shoot. Naturally.

 

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[SAN FRANCISCO SESSIONS] Welcome to the world, Leander! Not only are you the sweetest, but you have been born into a pretty killer family. I kind of wish they would adopt me. Their house is beyond and their hospitality even more so. I love that I have a job where it’s okay to mix business with pleasure. My friends become clients and my clients become friends, and all is right in the world. Life is good. 

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Ahhhh, the good light. My life revolves around the good light. We can shoot in a parking lot at the right time of day and I assure you I will make it look magical. Everything slows down a little bit in the good light. Life just feels a little bit more peaceful. Add in kiddo, dad and a beautiful pregnant mama for me to photograph, and I’m in heaven. Enjoy.

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