Monthly Archives: November 2009

giving is awesome | sacramento photographer

givingisawesome900x100This holiday season I’m so excited to be a part of something greater than myself–a group of photographers coming together to give back to their communities. In 2008, photographers worldwide donated $565,000 worth of photography to deserving families who could otherwise not afford their services. This year the goal is to donate $1,000,000 and I can’t wait to help them meet that goal.

This is where I need your help.

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would truly cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography — $1,000 worth, to be exact. A complimentary session, digital files of their images, as well as a custom image box filled with 5×7 prints of each image. What a great gift to give. And it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a complimentary photography session. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside within 60 miles of the Sacramento area. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story: by Friday, December 18th.

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve so spread the word and get your nominations in! I can’t wait to read all of your entries! Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

And because a post isn’t a post without a picture, here is one of my greatest gifts–my precious four year old,

a few for now | sacramento portrait photographer

It seems so fitting that my last post was all about me catching up on things…because I’ve managed to “catch” something else…the flu. Yep. Just in time for Thanksgiving (which we will be hosting at our house for the next four days.) Oh well. At least I don’t have any sessions scheduled and my family loves me–snotty nose and all.

And another person who loves me through thick and thin is Anjuli. She’s one of my best friends from high school and has known me through it all. All the ups and downs that life can throw at you and she and I have remained close through it. A couple of weeks ago Brad and I managed to get away for an afternoon with Anjuli and Ryan to explore the Amador wine country and I just knew I had to bring my camera along. This couple + gorgeous fall colors = the perfect just love this next one–every woman wants their man to look at them that way and I love that I got it on film!
blog-26Aren’t they adorable?

blog-36Anjuli–I hope you love the pics! I have some more that I’m working on and I’ll let you know as soon as they are ready. In the meantime, enjoy!

catching up | roseville family photographer

It’s that time of year and I feel like I can barely keep my head above water. I have several sessions (including some pictures of my own kids! You forgot I even had kids, didn’t you? It’s time they deserve some blog love…but they’ll have to wait for now) to post as I’m in the middle of getting caught up on everything. Catching up on packaging all of  my orders to send out in time for the holidays, catching up on editing these gorgeous family sessions I’ve had the honor of photographing recently, catching up on extra snuggles with my kids since Jacob’s on break from preschool this week, catching up on (re-)reading New Moon, and catching up on my sleep.

Yep. I was one of those crazies that waited in line for hours to catch the first showing of “that vampire / werewolf” movie. The 12:04 am showing last Thursday to be exact. Myself and six of my other girlfriends braved the sea of sixteen year olds to watch New Moon and I must say, it didn’t disappoint. The only problem is that I am a mom and my kids didn’t get the memo that I didn’t go to bed that night until 4:00 am. Two hours of sleep just doesn’t cut it. So I’ve been trying to catch up on my sleep over these last few days and I still feel like a zombie. Twenty-eight years old feels much older than it sounds right now. What happened to the days of all-nighters? I guess I am an actual grown up now.

In the middle of all my catching up I was able to meet up with the {B} family in Old Roseville for an awesome urban session. I loved everything about this session. The family was so relaxed, up for anything, and just plain beautiful. They even humored me and my bubble gum idea (which we found out that you need to chew gum for a really, really long time in order to blow a successful bubble). I have so many great images for their gallery, but I’ll show just a few for the sneak {R} was so adorable. LOVE the pink nails. blog-52Actually–the whole family was beautiful. See what I mean?
blog-45Dad seemed to get the hang of the bubbles the fastest and I couldn’t resist putting these candid images in. Love the just because I love brother’s expression I had to finish with this family{B} family–thank you for choosing me to photograph your family portraits. I had a great time at our session and will have many, many more family images for your gallery soon! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek in the meantime!

belly to birthday | sacramento baby photographer

This little gal is one of my “belly to birthday” babies so I’ve had the joy of photographing her when she was still in Mommy’s beautiful belly and then again when she was just two weeks old. She came back to visit me for her three month session this weekend. It is always so fun to see the how much growth can occur over just a few short months. She’s way out of the newborn stage and has grown into an adorable little baby. Wouldn’t you agree?blog-2aAfter a short studio session we headed to a nearby park to capture some family images for the holiday card. The light was fantastic and I just love how coordinated they all were–little {L’s} dress is a perfect example of using one outfit to pull the other colors from. Great choice!
blog-44I love when I can capture an interaction and not just a{R} family, thank you so much for choosing me to photograph this first year of {L’s} life. I’ll be in touch when the rest of your images are ready!

angelic | folsom newborn photographer

There is nothing more peaceful than a sleeping baby. A few days back I had the joy of meeting little miss {M} and her adoring family. She was so peaceful, so adorably pink, and so sleepy for me. At first we weren’t sure if we were going to get that deep, snuggly sleep that we as photographers love so much. But then the heavy eyelids arrived and I knew it was a matter of time. In fact, she is my first newborn that has actually fallen asleep on my blankets on her own without any cuddling or snacking. She just drifted off into an angelic little slumber.

I love baby feet. Look at those ten perfect little

And adorable baby had a beautiful monogrammed blanket that we had to get in some of our images.
blog-23Mom and Dad–thank you so much for welcoming me into your home to photograph your new little one. I had a great time and hope you love your sneak peek of {M’s} first photography session. She did great! I’ll be in touch when you full gallery is ready!