An artsy couple falls in love, settles down in a charming Victorian home in Alameda, and fills it with two ridiculously darling children. There is laughter and cuddling and wondering and toddling and the occasional whimper because one of those children has a need and knows that mom or dad will meet it because everyone feels that feeling you can only call “home.”
Nicole and her husband had recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from the east coast for work. An interior designer with a clean, bright aesthetic, she was looking for a photographer to capture the quiet newborn stage of her first baby. We shot the session in their bright, airy Alameda home and created some lovely, natural images of their growing family!
Here is the second boho look I photographed with darling, stylish Megan from the Quintessentials blog and her husband. (In case you missed the first look, view it here and here). It was so romantic, and I loved capturing their sweet anticipation as they awaited their first baby! There is something so thrilling about watching a family grow from two to three, and I love how maternity photos can celebrate that change. Megan shows just how beautiful a bump can be!
Style note: Megan’s dress from Forever 21 was not a maternity dress, and she told me she wore it all the time through the last weeks of her pregnancy, and will continue to in the postpartum weeks. It’s sold out now, but here’s a similar one for you mamas (preggers or not)! Great find!!
We shot these in some open space on the grounds at Stanford. All photos shot on fuji 400h film with my Pentax 645nii. Developed and scanned by my favorite peeps at the FIND lab.
When Megan of the Quintessentials fashion blog reached out to me for newborn photos, I inquired if she’d be interested in collaborating on a styled maternity shoot as well. Her taste is impeccable and the camera obviously loves her, so I was thrilled she said yes! Together we came up with a couple of concepts and ran with them–she sourced the wardrobe herself and the florals from the lovely gals at Bloom That. The location was Stanford campus in Palo Alto. I shot this 100% film, fuji 400h, on a Pentax 645nii. Scanned and developed by the FIND lab. The icing on the cake, of course, was getting featured on 100 Layer Cake-let blog! Part two, a dreamy Bohemian look coming soon!
This family started following my Instagram and decided to book their first professional photo session–ever–with me! No pressure, right? When I asked them a little about their family before the session, I learned from mom that that older brother “is a fun and very kind kid. His favorite thing is baseball. I want to capture him while he is still a little boy because I can see him growing up so fast! He is very good to his sister, they have a sweet relationship.” Little sister is “adventurous, spunky and girly. She loves to wear pretty things, twirl and twist her curls. She also loves to jump, climb and be crazy.” Their family, in three words, is “fun, adventurous, and extraordinary,” according to older brother. Mom adds that they are a team. I had no trouble at all portraying all of this. They were easily one of the most “fun” and “extraordinary” families I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing! (For those who care, I shot this on both digital and film–Kodak portra 400 and Fuji 400h).