Archive for November, 2010

I thought I’d post two of my best friends back to back on this here blog.  If you know me, you know Kate.  If you like me, you’d kill yourself over her.  This family is pretty much my surrogate family and I’m more grateful for them every day.  I could go on and on about how much I love my best friend, what close friends Jay and I have become over the years, how I get lost in thought about how much I adore Anna, how Ben is way smarter than me and everyone else I know, and how I stare at Will mesmerized by how cute he is.  All of that is true, but I guess I’m discovering, as I get older, that when the love is endless there are no words to describe it.
Thank god for pictures.
enjoy.
love. forever and then some. you know it.
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My third year in a row with the happy, giggly, energetic, loving, gorgeous, sweet family in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin! LUCKY ME!!!  Kristen has been my best friend since she moved next door to me in 1978.  We’ve obviously had our share of wonderful and mischievous times, endless memories, and so many wonderful good times.  My annual trip to see her just adds to these memories.  Kristen was made to be a mother; it’s the most beautiful expression of her kindness, her silliness, her talent, her patience, and her go-with-the-flow attitude.  Mark is her soul mate and their marriage just gets more fun to be around as their family grows. They laugh at everything and are true partners in this journey.  Being at their home is both hilarious and exciting and sweet and relaxing.  There’s nowhere I’d rather be.
We went to a museum, a park, and hung out in their happy home
Mark and Kristen’s children get more beautiful and cooler and happier every year.  Come to think of it, so do they.
Here’s what I saw this year:
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Sighhhhhh….It’s days like this one that fill my cup so full that I go to sleep with tears of gratitude in my eyes.  This family is sooo delicious. Gorgeous California light floods their home in Mill Valley all morning, their yard is full of lilacs and a magnolia tree, their Bernice Mountain dog named Dewey rounds out the greatness.  Little Natalie is a DOLL!!  She’s so sweet and curious and beautiful and kind and giggly and happy.  She’s very excited about her new sister, Kate, who got to earth only last month.  The lovely mama, Amy, is a marine biologist so when we wanted an adventure, a trip to Stinson Beach was the obvious answer.  There, they played with crabs and jumped rope with bull kelp. Adam, the papa, is just the jungle gym that Natalie needs to climb on and love.  I thought I died and went to heaven.
One of my favorite families of all time.  Thank you endlessly for letting me document a day in your lives.  I hope I remember this day forever.
love.
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Yaay! Back for another year to photograph the growing McMahon family.  Since our last shoot last year (HERE), little Ava has entered the world.  She’s as cute as a little round button and big sis Emily seems happy to have a new friend around.  Like all young families, they’re a very busy crew, but unlike lots of families they live surrounded by fruit and fig trees, artichoke bushes, and an herb garden.  What a great place to grow up!  After harvesting all sorts of fruit we headed out to tu-tu school where cute comes in buckets. Lots of cuties in tutus and lots of french spoken. It was super sweet. Sunset was spent in the McMahon’s favorite place: the beach, and dinner was at their favorite pizza place in San Francisco. Melt down? Oh, that happened in the tub!
What a day. Thank you. Enjoy. Love. Obv.
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I cannot remember having a baby crush like the one I have on Heidi.  She’s the kindof cute you try to eat.  She’s round and sweet and adorable and…insanely cute.  Her big brother, Andrew, all of 3 years old is wise and curious and keenly focused on all things car.  We had such a wonderful day in Corte Madera, CA.  I arrived when Andrew was getting dressed for church and Sunday school and Heidi was having a tea party with her stuffed animals.  It was another 80 degree day so after a really sweet time at Sunday school we headed out for a picnic at The Discovery Museum in Sausalito.  Everyone chased each other around and enjoyed the amazing weather.  Because I was a good kid ;), I got a ride home in their reeeeeeally nice car.  I might drive a hybrid now, but a ferrari is surely my next car.
Thank you all for a beautiful day with your gorgeous family.  It was such an honor to be with you.
love.
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How insanely adorable is this family?!  I can’t stand it!!  Little Eva is a DOLL and her parents, grandparents, and uncle (and puppies) are just as cute and sweet.  We ran around Castle Island on a cold and windy November day, but an energetic and gorgeous grandma kept everyone smiling.  I made poor pregnant Kristen run loops around me with her cute little dachsunds before I had her and her family roll around in the leaves.  Needless to say they’re not only a gorgeous family, but a fun and loving and awesome one, too.
How lucky am I?
Enjoy.
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Sighhhhhhh…… Not sure what to say about these three because everything I write is going to come across as hyperbole; Adorable, gorgeous, kind, funny, smart, loving, cool, honest. I cannot say enough good things about this family or this couple.  They are the kind of people that everyone loves. I’m so happy they found each other…in high school. Little Jack is the love of their lives and it’s so super sweet to see them all together.
Sara and Joe sat across the table from me at a wedding I *attended* in 2009.  It was friend-love at first sight and she was pregnant with Jack.  Needless to say, I fell all over myself when she wrote to ask for a shoot.  NEVER MIND it was going to be on Halloween day on Jack’s first dress-up Halloween.  I hung out with the three of these Love Snuggles for a few hours on Halloween morning.  This is what I saw.
thank you. enjoy. love.
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Wow.  Talk about an amazing afternoon for a photographer.  It all started when I went upstairs into Noah’s room. There is a wall-sized map of the world and a fireplace cover with all the major cities of the world.  Raising a child with this kind of awareness and sensitivity to the world around him literally had me in tears when I walked in his room.  If you know me at all, you know my life’s goal is to see the world and connect with cultures and people completely different than me.  My journeys around the world have brought me sensitivity and humility and gratitude.  I hope the same for little Noah and Jessie.
This house, not surprisingly, has been featured in Boston magazine for it’s sheer architectural wonder. But, was the Boston mag article full of two little boys in shark costumes? No, it wasn’t.   And if it all wasn’t enough: the wonderful home, the beautiful children, the beautiful couple, the gorgeous day, the shark costumes… We ended the shoot with Jessie (age 2) running around in a shark costume, playing the guitar and singing Cecilia by Paul Simon.
I was in awe.
enjoy. thank you. love.
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Aww man, remember when you had just one kid? And remember when that child was new? Now picture all of those emotions and nerves and hopes and fears and put that little guy in a city, by the water front…and aim a camera at him. I think I took five years off the end of Brandon and Jen’s life, but me and Kieran sure had fun!!  This little guy is so insanely cute and he was so sweet in his little sport coat.  We had a blast, I hope mom and dad had a drink, and Kieran had a great adventure.  Sounds like a Saturday to me.
Thank you. Enjoy.
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