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Mothers’ Day is coming!

This coming Sunday it’s Mothers’ Day in the US, and we celebrate mothers and motherhood! I know many people think of these official holidays as made solely for commerce and gain and while I can understand that perspective, I like to think of them as markers, opportunities for me to reflect on relationships and priorities and make new choices as needed and celebrate and affirm that connection.

So, this week? I’ll be posting a daily shot of some mama love this week and hope that you will take this opportunity with me to think about those who’ve mothered you in your life and show them a little love! Then take a picture and tag it with #ShowMamaSomeLove so we can all celebrate with you! πŸ˜€ (Only half joking)




p.s. Happy Cinco de Mayo!! πŸ˜€



Beth, Wyatt & Charlotte – a mama and me session at Pt. Pinole

Happy May! Happy workers’ day! Mother’s day is coming!!! πŸ˜€

So you remember that gif I left you with before I went on that crazy ‘locked out of my blog’ adventure last year, right? Well, here are more images from that session, and they’re not moving this time so you can enjoy them a little differently! πŸ˜€ And it seems especially appropriate since it’s a mama and me* session.

*Papa and me or grandma and me or grandpa and me sessions are also available, y’all!

Like many mamas, she’s often taking the photos rather than being in them with her children, so I was SO excited when my friend Beth was up for a session of just her and the kiddos. Beth is an incredible mama and utterly devoted to her kids. She’s ALSO a singer/songwriter, dog walker, lactation counselor and oh, you know, together we created the Bay Area Breastmilk Cooperative. See what I mean? Amazing! Naturally, her kids are just as awesome! Check it out!

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Lean in

30 second dance party!

Protected: Sam and family, lifestyle family portraits in Berkeley

Sweet Edie hugs…

Katie + Justin + Marcus + Kaelyn




Katie & Justin (and Marcus & Kaelyn),

Meeting your family affirmed how lucky I feel to get to do this – meet beautiful families and take gorgeous portraits of them! The morning flew by and your spontaneity and connection to each other and your precious children was just a treasure to be around. And I felt like I’d always known you. Thank you for welcoming me into your family, if only for a few hours. Hope you adore these as much as I do!



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Protected: Melanyann + Eric + Pryor

Stephanie + Tom + Becca + Thomas + Mary


This sweet family, recently transplanted to the Bay Area, immediately found a comfy spot in my heart. They were just so fun to be with, and so easy to photograph. The connection between them all, the way in which each person had room to be so completely themselves was awesome and sweet and beautiful.

Crissy Fields was a perfect location for their session for two reasons- firstly because they are an outdoorsy family (and true enough Thomas was soon engrossed with jelly fish on the shore while Becca and Mary were burying each other’s legs in the sand) and secondly because they move around the country a fair bit for work, so having the iconic Golden Gate bridge in the background was a nice anchor and symbol of this time and place in their lives. That last shot is an absolute favourite. Ha! Who am I kidding? All of these are favourites!!


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brother and sister.

So many sessions to share with you! I’m still sick but thankfully, well on the mend. I even managed to drag myself out of bed AND the house yesterday for a few hours when we ventured into the city. I’ll post about that adventure later.

For now, I just want to leave you with a preview from a super sweet family portrait session. It was my favourite kind- there was so much love and connection there, I felt full being a part of it.

So. A taste of what’s to come.



Everytime ChΓ©saweh has seen these pictures, he’s pointed and said, ‘that’s me. and that’s my baby sister.’ Obviously it isn’t, but it makes me smile because I think he’s saying, ‘that could be me. and that could be my baby sister.’ πŸ˜€ Here’s the whole love-ly family, smooching on the littlest one! mwah!



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Best friends.


It starts with love.

Jenny + Dan + Callie

All you need is love

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