Every January, I take a bit of time to reflect on the past year of my photography. I identify my weaknesses, where I feel uncomfortable, where I have been slacking and which areas I would like to learn more about during the next year. Portraits were an area that I didn’t feel 100% confident. With two people, it is easy to let their interactions and feelings towards each other shine through. But, what about just one person? Without a “pretty” backdrop to distract your eye. No bouquet or other accessories to hold on to. Minimal to no modeling experience. So I bribed my girlfriends with a morning full of brunch, mimosas (or maybe just straight champagne) and snapped their photos. What I did not expect was to have one of the most enjoyable mornings filled with girls bonding and building each other up. These ladies are the real rockstars here.
Meg and I had been in talks for quite some time to nail down a date for family photos. The thick smoke and poor air quality that resulted from the Camp Fire caused us to reschedule multiple times. We took a chance on a weekend in late November and crossed our fingers for no rain or smoke. What we got was well worth the wait. This family was so easy to photograph, and even easier to spend time with. I loved being able to capture their natural, light interactions. Plus, I’m a sucker for photo shoots that incorporate pups. Thank you, Northern California golden light and Arambula family for showing off.
It is always an honor to photograph your friends. Especially when they choose (more like insist) on you. I had the pleasure of meeting Monica at my first ever big girl job. In a very intimidating environment, she was so welcoming and helped me feel right at home. We bonded instantly over trashy tv (The Bachelor/ette), Target trips, dad jokes, dirty jokes and more shopping. It has been 5+ years since I have been at said job, but our friendship hasn’t skipped a beat. Each time we talk or see each other we pick up right where we left off, which can be tough when life gets busy. Not to mention when you live 2-3 hours away.
Monica & Joey have two little boys, Caleb and Cayden. They packed up their family and drove from the Bay Area to Sacramento to spend the afternoon for their photo session. Caleb spent most of the afternoon running up and down our stairs while Cayden snoozed away. Monica, it has been a joy watching you become a mother. You are completely in your element when you are around your kiddos. Joey, Caleb and Cayden are so lucky to have you.