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chasing the light (part 1)…

on our little trip away to Pismo Beach and then for a day to Monterey. Amazing how you can really get away by not having to go too far in the bay area. Though, if you had to ask my husband, he’d say a four hour drive is far enough πŸ™‚ One of my favorite things is exploring local restaurants and we ate at Hoppe’s Bistro which features a seasonally inspired menu and a nice selection of wines from local wineries.

A good part of our Pismo stay was hanging out at the beach with one willing and one not so willing model (you can guess which one is which). I experimented with light and shadows while we dug for treasures, built and watered castles, fished out huge plankton at the beach.
β€œWe are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”- Buddha quotes

in the heart of the world

In the heart of the world there is a place that holds the secret names of the rocks & the trees & all the children of the earth & around it gather women & men who hold it dear & each night they stand together to keep it safe for as long as it takes til morning comes & no matter what you have been told, this will always be so, in the heart of the world.

-The Storypeople

One of the things I love best about kids is that simple things bring them so much joy. Things that we take for granted… go out there and take some pictures of your kids doing every day simple things that make them smile. Thing that are close to their heart and yours. We spent a cold afternoon at the beach with my little guy looking at crab shells, drawing hearts and running around at the beach. We got to hang out with Alex, another fabulous photographer friend visiting from the UK.

Srilu - Hi, I came across your pictures on flickr and just thought I’d let you know that you do nice work!

Your little guy is just so handsome (those eyes!) and your pictures are inspiring. I especially love the pb set and ones from india. Makes me want to go back just to take pictures πŸ™‚

Sherri - These are so light and fun. I love the jumping one. And gosh, he is just adorable. πŸ˜‰

my muse, my boy.


As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far away,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear, he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

~S - *gasp* I saw these on ILP and had to come comment. Beautiful.

stephanie - not sure how i missed this a. oh my, he is more gorgeous than ever!!!

the votes are in…

drumroll please…
for no. 11 Curly Haired Girl
This little cutie pie’s mama has yet to look at the proofs so this should be a nice surprise to have a 11 x 14″ print to order! Congrats to the T family and Miss M for winning the blog contest.

It was an amazingly close contest with the difference of one vote. Coming in a close 2nd was no.10 Freedom. Since it was so close I am going to give the 2nd place winner a 5 x 7″ print from their recent session. Please contact me to claim your prizes.

And then my little assistant helped me draw a name for the $25 Starbucks card. The gift card goes to Kimberley West.

Thanks to all of you that took the time to send in your votes. Wishing you all happy holidays!

Cast your vote and win a prize

In the spirit of the holidays, I am running a little blog contest. All you blog readers….this is your chance to participate. I have picked just a few of my random favorite photos (sorry, I have so many favorites to pick from so please don’t feel bad if I didn’t pick your favorite).

How does this work?
If you’d like to participate, please send me an email with your vote for the picture you like best. Unlike traditional contests you can vote even if you are a client with a photo in the contest. But your family gets ONE vote… so you, your partner, pets, kids all get one vote. Go ahead and send the link to your friends/family by clicking the handy little link at the bottom of the post and ask them to vote. Your aunt, grandmother, uncle, colleague…anyone can send in their vote.

But what’s in it for you?
A cool prize. The photo with the most votes would be awarded a 11 x 14″ print. On Dec 18th, a random name will be drawn from those that have voted and you will get a $25 Starbucks gift card. Be sure to include your mailing address with your vote.

The contest ends Dec 17th (random day…but it is my parent’s anniversary!)

To see photos bigger, click on the image
1. Mommy and baby
2. Hold on to me
3. Giggles with daddy 4. Chasing dreams
5. Innocence 6. Sparkle
7. Little boy found
8. The rock star9. The bond
10. Freedom
11. Curly haired girl

Tasha - wouldn’t it be great if we won?


You’ve probably seen the Gap RED campaign. These two adorable siblings reminded me of it in their cute red outfits. What a great session it was. It turned out to be a lovely morning with the sun up bright and early. As a photographer, I was hoping it would pop up a bit later but really having a warm day meant no need to wear wintery clothes.

Did I say these siblings were not only adorable but also so very patient. Check out baby N’s gorgeous curls and eyes. And handsome little E! Thanks so much for a wonderful photo session, R! Here is a peek at some of the pictures from the session.

isn’t she gorgeous??

how old are you? Five, lol… she is 2.5
Handsome little E

my little pirate boy

Happy Halloween!

Thinking back, my little guy hated wearing costumes. At two, he simply refused to wear costumes and I had to bribe him with candy to wear one long enough to take a picture. After which he took it off and walked around the neighborhood trick or treating in his pajamas which were under his costume. Now at four, he loves costumes and this year has been Jack Sparrow, Spiderman and the Incredible Dash. Only tomorrow will tell what he will want to be for halloween…

ps. If you have have pirate lover check out How I became a Pirate.
It is a great adventure book and I do not getting tired of reading it over and over…