Many years ago I first heard of Squam Art Workshops from my best friend Kate who had found it through a blog called Soule Mama. She talked about it like it was this colorful, creative, positive, woodsy, fun dream. One day, she thought, she’d love to get there.
Liz and Todd’s family is grown like gorgeous little weeds. If you’d like to see how these two don’t age, but just keep having more children, see for yourself right here. We were lucky enough to meet these two human gems when we photographed their wedding in 2009. They are kind and smart and loving and generous and thoughtful and have been deeply secured in my heart since the day we met. This is one of the many families that I’ve been able to watch find tons of professional success while also growing their families and their hearts. I wouldn’t wish this life on two more deserving and beautiful people. And we welcome Andrew to the crew. The luckiest baby in town.
Have you ever been to the Boston Harbor Islands? Ya, me neither. Until last week. It’s a really kinda cool way to spend an afternoon and I highly recommend it.
If you’re wondering how in the world I get to photograph so many great families in San Francisco it is because of my good friend, Erin. Erin and I met when we were studying abroad in Australia in 1995. And the rest is history. She can talk anyone into anything (take it from me who spent my 20s getting into so much shit with this girl) and I believe she convinces all of her pretty mom friends to hire me. Her husband, Matt, was working the whole time I was there, but Erin and her daughters, Emily and Ava, and I all snuck out for a little walk in the woods. I wanted to make sure I featured my beautiful friend on the blog here because without her, not a single SF shoot would have happened. Erin, like I tell you all the time, your loyalty and support of me is incredibly beautiful and humbling and I love you very much. Thank you.
Love me some twins, I do! And talk about a giggle fest. These two little pumpkins, Paige and Olivia, laughed and played and ran around Southie for a straight hour. It was the cutest thing of all time. Every time I look at these little faces I smile right back at ’em. To die for.
There’s nothing I love more than photographing a great wedding, and then a couple years later getting a phone call that I have a family to photograph! Jessica and Dan’s wedding was (somehow) five years ago, and if you’re curious it’s right here. I walked into their super sweet place in Cambridge, took one look at their son, Harrison, and almost passed out. I think I said the phrase, ‘so cute…’ like 500 times. It was a perfect morning with my friends, Jessica, Dan, and Harrison, and I left absolutely floating. I felt super lucky to be families’ documentarian in their one precious life, and I felt super super happy for Jessica and Dan. I wouldn’t wish a great life full of love on a better duo. Love you guys so much. Thank you thank you thank you.
Welp, you can bury your dreams of being the most fun, creative family of all time, because that award has been taken. By the Angelis family of San Francisco. The next 6 shoots are 6 of the 8 shoots I did over four days in San Francisco in July. (gulp). I met Jimmy and Birgess, like you meet all your rock star friends, on a golf cart in the hip little surfer town of Sayulita, Mexico. How’s that for the most pretentious sentence you’ve read on a family photography blog ever? No, no, don’t be impressed. I’m sure I put the whole trip on a credit card, and it was to celebrate one of my best friends, Dod, for his birthday. Jimmy owns the wicked successful Bacon Bacon food truck and restaurant in San Francisco, and Birgess, his wife, does event planning. I mean, if people in San Francisco knew how to party, that is…
Chris Hanson has been one of my best friends since the day we met 15 years ago. Though never living in the same state, we’ve actually been through a lot together. Mostly what we’ve “been through” has been the funnest, funniest, most ridiculous crap two people can get into. He’s tried to set me up with literally every single friend he’s ever had, and I scare every single one of them away. The dude still refuses to leave my side, though. I seriously do not understand why he sticks around for my friendship. At this point, I visit his aunts and cousins without him, and I’m all but expected at Christmas Eve. I would undoubtedly walk into a burning building for this guy and I know for certain he’d do the same for me. So, when he met a girl at work however many years ago, I was DYING to love her. And, spoiler alert, Ashley and I keep in better touch than Chris and I do. She’s an aaaangel. The best cook, the prettiest girl, super funny and fun and chill and cool. Just adore her. Ashley was nine months pregnant at their wedding. Wanna see? It’s right HERE. Oh, and before they got pregnant they adopted a pitbull named Benny. Benny is such a good dog I’m kindof embarrassed that my dogs do nothing outside of kiss people to death. I slept over their house and started shooting at about 6am. We took a family nap at like 10.
Yessss!!! How fun is it to see a gorgeous, fun, generous family every other year and each time I visit there’s (literally) another adoooorrrable child. Answer: It’s wicked fun. Please take five seconds and see their FIRST shoot and their SECOND shoot. So, the Kroeker family has moved to Mill Valley. Right next to a little baseball player ya might have heard of, Barry Bonds. Because I’m an American woman I am in good company when I’m impressed by pure scandal and celebrity so I’m totally impressed with their new neighborhood. 🙂 OK, so since I’ve been to visit, baby John has arrived. John is the most adored, adorable, free spirit on planet California, and I’m in the fan club big time. William is the third kid, and is soooo funny. He literally will not smile normally at the camera. Like refuses, but in this wicked funny, manipulative, quiet way. He pretends, very quietly, that he’s not quite sure HOW to smile. It’s so obvious and such a riot. He’s the cool, low key, funny guy in the crowd. (insert that emoji with hearts for eyes). Heidi is the most beautiful little girl in the world so I mean, no big. SHe’s suuuuper sweet and quiet and stylish and wicked loving. Andrew is the oldest, and he’s a gem. Very smart, very talented, very low key, a great big brother, and a great son. Chi and Karl are the mom and dad, and I absolutely and whole heartedly adore these two. They love their children and their community. They’re honest and real and open and SO INSANELY generous to me. I end up staying for much longer than I planned because we get into these deep conversations about the meaning of life. And yes, I run around this gorgeous home of theirs and then embrace them and jump up and down and scream, “I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!! LOOK AT YOUR LIFE!!!” It’s a great friendship, and I’m wicked WICKED lucky to be trusted by this family. I love you guys. Please adopt me.
OK, so before we get into this, please go to this beautiful family’s shoot five years previous, right HERE. Five years, as we know, is a long time when you’re a little kid. Us adults, however, don’t age WHATSOEVER in five years. Natalie answered the door to their Mill Valley, CA home and I literally burst into tears. I fell in love with her as a two year old, and now there was this gorgeous 7 year old girl answering the door, and I truly got overwhelmed with…with love, with life, with time, with adoration. All of it.