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A Christmas Story

This beautiful Christmas Story was with a first time client that wanted family photos. The little one was almost a year old and this was her first Christmas. It was a short family session inspired by incorporating a visit to the Christmas tree farm. She had just woken up from her nap and was quite happy to be in mama’s arms as we strolled around looking for the perfect first tree. Mama even sent me a photo of the Xmas tree in their home which was fun to see! With the busy holiday season behind, I finally had a chance to blog this session and hope to share a few more that were completed last year.

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Are you hoping to capture a tradition that your family celebrates? To book a short story session, please CONTACT ME through the website.

Maternity Session of a gorgeous mama-to-be in San Francisco.

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A few images with this gorgeous mama-to-be for their in-home maternity session. When I reflect on my own personal history, I miss not having any professional pregnancy photos. After my pre-session consult with this client, we decided on an in-home session. I feel it is important to be able to collaborate with your client to create beautiful art in an environment they might be comfortable in. For something like these type of intimate photographs, I want to ensure that my subject is able to relax in front of the camera. Most of us don’t really spend a length of time in front of the camera and establishing trust is crucial in being able to create art.

For this in-home maternity session, I also shot one roll of black and white kodak film with my medium format Contax. The first few black and white images are the ones shot on film. If you would like to schedule a maternity session, please contact me through the website.

Holiday Portraits 2017

 

Holiday Mini’s are here! I’ll be offering limited portrait sessions to create updated family portraits, maternity photos, images for couples wanting to be captured together or anyone wanting a professional portrait! These are a great way to get some amazing images for less than what it costs for a regular session investment.

$150 non-refundable creative fee

Sunday, October 15, 2017
San Francisco, Urban Location TBD

Sunday, October 22, 2017
East Bay, Outdoor Trail/Park Backdrop, Location TBD

20 Minute Sessions for up to five people
Private Online Gallery with 15-20 proofs
Prints $50 (8 x 10 and under)
Digital files $85 per file (prints up to 8 x 10)

In addition, if you make or have made a donation to a cause like Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Rohingya Refugee Relief, Relief for the floods in Asia, for any order $350 or more, I am happy to add one complimentary digital file of your choice. To qualify, all you have to do is send me a receipt of your donation $25 or more.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CALENDAR AND BOOK NOW!
Once you make a booking, I will be sending an invoice for the payment to hold your spot. Payment needs to be completed in 48 hrs.

Early bird discount! Book by Sept 27th to get $50 off your session.

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KIND WORDS FROM A FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARSCLAIRE AND WILL
Alpana’s photos are some of our greatest treasures. We have had four sessions with her since our oldest child was born, and she continues to amaze me even when i don’t think it is possible, she outdoes herself! Her photos are proudly displayed throughout our home and bring daily smiles to my face. We’ve used her art for holiday cards, grandparent gifts and to decorate our home. I often have people ask me who our photographer is and people remember her images years later. I am so thankful for the gift she has given our family–capturing my children’s sweet faces so that we can remember them as young kids forever!

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WHAT TO WEAR?
One of the difficult things for sessions is to decide on clothing options. During a regular session, I provide a complimentary clothing consultation on what to wear. I have created a PINTEREST BOARD from some of my real-life client sessions that might be helpful for you to plan your Mini-Session!

 

 

 

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Dream a little dream | San Francisco Family Photographer

A few weeks ago, I photographed this lovely single mom and her baby girl Z for a Mother’s Day Portrait Session. She was nominated by a dear client and friend with the email below for this portrait session. Once I read it, how could I not? The adoption journey is not an easy one, specially for a single mom. In our time together, I got to hear her heart-warming story of struggle, love, hope and courage. I was happy to be be able to tell this happy story, and be a small part of S’s journey in creating memories of these new beginnings for her family of two.

S grew up in East Bay with my sister and me. She was in my sister’s grade. She’s a teacher, who then got her masters degree and now teaches teachers how to teach. She really wanted to be a mom so she applied to be a foster mom. A little over a year ago she was called and asked to foster a little girl who had just been born. She dropped everything and took a 2 day old little girl into her life. As of a month or two ago, she’s now officially adopted Z (as a single mom). S is selfless. She has an amazing community supporting her (thankfully!). S is a photographer, too, and I know she would love to opportunity to be photographed by you ! And her baby is SO cute! 🙂

Mother’s Day Portraits

As Mother’s Day is upon us, I thought I would share some recent portraits of family I have been photographing since Jamey was a newborn. After each session, I think the images are my favorites but you can see here through the Chronicles of Jamey why I love them so very much.


After my son entered his teens, I have been conscious about capturing motherhood with not just babies and young mothers. Our tweens, teens and beyond are just as important to document with the bond that connects us to our forever babies. Often, we start out with enthusiasm with the birth of the first born in hiring a photographer or taking photos. And all this time, moms are the unsung heroes who aren’t represented enough in the photos. We are behind the camera and the ones taking the photos. So seriously, get someone to take a photo of you with your kids. Now!

Are you afraid of being in the photos?

Perhaps you are afraid that you don’t look like your younger self.

That you don’t look skinny enough.

That you don’t have anything to wear.

Or you might feel awkward standing and posing in front of the camera.

There are a million reasons you can think of to avoid getting in the pictures.

What are the images of yourself that you see in your mind’s eye? Don’t hold yourself to any ideal of perfectionism. You can be real. You can be yourself. And your kids won’t care if the images will seem photoshopped or not. But, they will care about these images of the real you. The one who shows up for them. The one who holds them (maybe not now with teens but someday they will).

The time is never perfect. But in reality, now is as good as ever.

I hope you can join me in celebrating motherhood with some simple classic portraits with your children. Since it will be a shorter outdoor session it will be best suited for somewhat cooperative models. I want to make images of you being there. Being present. A tangible and special something that will live on forever. A legacy to hold on to.

This mini session will be offered by appointment on May 13th. Please CONTACT ME through the website for details. If your Mother’s Day weekend doesn’t allow time for a session, please contact me about redeeming your gift on another date.

PS. If you have a friend who might be interested, please feel free to share this email. I would also love to do a complimentary session for one mama in the spirit of giving back. If you know of someone who can otherwise not afford a session, please feel free to email me with their story. They need to be able to travel to the location of my choice for this session.

Boy to Man. A metamorphosis on black and white film.

Boyhood on black and white film. As I watched my son transition from boy to man, I wanted to document his metamorphosis. It felt like a good way to cope with the loss I felt watching my baby boy slipping away in front of my eyes with his physically changing body. Through this ongoing series, I want to be able to journey with him and capture this evolution that often evokes undertones of impatience of these in-between years.

This is the result of one roll of black and white Kodak Tri-X film photographed on my Contax 645. The film was processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab. If you are interested in creating beautiful and timeless art, please contact me through the website.






The Family Narrative Part One

Earlier this month, I was invited to teach at the Family Narrative, a retreat for family photographers in New Orleans. It was my first time teaching a group of talented peers, and it was both humbling and rewarding. Little did I realize that I would walk away feeling inspired by this diverse group of women, who came from all over the country. As self-employed artists we live in our own bubble in spite of our many social media connections. There is no substitute for real life connections, and the boss ladies of TFN created this beautiful, intimate space that successfully filled that void. Thank you Annemie, Meghan, Posy and Kate! Most of us left feeling a renewed sense of belonging, with ideas that we can bring back into our businesses.

I taught a live family session on the streets of New Orleans which was a first for me. Typically when I do family sessions, I tend to plan ahead to ensure a fair amount of success. With children and moving parts, there are always things that happen organically and one has to be ready for it. Despite my type-A leanings, I didn’t have an opportunity to location scout ahead of time. Then, when demo time came, one of the children in the model family turned out to be sick. In so many ways, it was much like the challenges that we as family photographers experience in real life. In that imperfection, there are the make-it-work moments where you go with all of what you have to capture the beauty of the real-life humans in front of you. Ultimately, I love capturing moments – happy or sad – and was grateful for this opportunity to do so. My session was with a lovely local family from New Orleans, the parents and their three children. I am grateful to that family, and to the receptive and engaged attendees of the class. I wanted to give a shout out to Tim Ryugo of Kodak film for sponsoring the film which was also provided to the participants. And a huge thank you to Albany of Richard Film Lab who sponsored the film processing and scans.

The images below were created with a Contax 645 Medium Format Camera and Kodak Portra 160 and 400.

















San Francisco Family Session in Oakland

I have given up on blogging and it has been felt sad to not share some of these sessions that I love so much. Here is a family session that I did before my trip to India at the end of last year. I have worked with this amazing family for the past several years and you can see the past sessions here, here, here and here. There is never a dull moment during their session and it has been great to see these little people evolve into bigger people. It can certainly be challenging to keep things fresh with a family one has worked with for a while however there is also a comfort in that relationship which is beyond them being “clients.” Recently, I met with mama to present her their lovely family album that will add to their past collection of yearly ones.
















This session was partially photographed on Medium Format Kodak Film on Portra 160.