For the second part of their maternity session, we met at Golden Gate Park and took advantage of the gorgeous springtime foliage. I loved hearing Kyle play the guitar for the baby!
Thrudy is a fantastic graphic designer. She helped me with all of my branding concepts, designs, and packaging. She is super talented and her fantastic eye is apparent in her well-designed apartment also. For the first part of our maternity session, we did some lifestyle shots of Thrudy and her husband lounging at home, just kickin’ it.
I know Mick and Rachel from church. He is a creator, and she is a designer. It is clear that these identities carry over into their family and home, as everything about their home is intentional. I don’t mean to say their home is custom-built–quite the contrary. This couple has always been portable and this home is no exception; they rented the house for just a year, when suddenly Mick’s job whisked them away to London this spring. When I describe their home as intentional, I mean it in the sense that wherever they live, they create a space that is designed to envelop their family values in a physical, spiritual, and emotional sense. Not only is their home playful, colorful, and quirky; it is also a house that fosters learning, creativity, depth, and most certainly love. It comes through in the big picture and in the details. It comes through in the words displayed and the words that are spoken. It also comes through in the music that’s made and the games that are played. It comes through in the thoughts and feelings they cultivate. Sessions like this are so important to me because my goal is to document their story of family life–who they are and how they love. This is most authentically done within the heart and hearth of the home.
I shot these images shortly before the Hagens packed up and moved to London. I started out with shots of Sam while Abby was still napping, then got some sleepy snuggles with her and Mom. You can see where things went from there…I have no doubt their flat across the pond will have the same feeling this one did. These kids will grow up knowing what it feels like to be home no matter where they are! Oh, and do take notice of the extra-large canvas of the kiddos in the living room. I didn’t take that photo, but I love the fact that they made it a statement piece!
That kiss says it all, right?
It’s hard to believe my oldest daughter turned 8! She is such a kind, intelligent, perceptive girl, beautiful inside and out. In my church, turning eight is a milestone because at that age you may be baptized. Because of this I wanted to do a special portrait session to commemorate this turning point in her life. A few weeks prior to the event, I took this picture of her to use on the invitations:
I wanted the image to communicate reverence, a connection with God, humility, and innocence. By shooting through the lace curtain, it is reminiscent of a veil and foreshadows the next major covenant she will make in her life.
Because baptism symbolizes renewal and rebirth, I felt it apropos to use spring blossoms as the background and elements for her more formal portraits. I chose (mostly) white flowers because white is a symbol for purity. A talented stylist, May, from Estila salon, incorporated the blooms into her hair, along with one bright pink one for fun. I first took some pictures indoors with window light and a painted wall background. Then we went to the Shakespeare Garden at Golden Gate park where the trees were bursting with blossoms. I shot some of the images with 35mm film since I’m starting to shoot with film in my personal work. Although many of the film images were underexposed for my taste, there were some real jewels in the roll. I’m thrilled with how I captured London’s coming of age in this series yet still retaining some youthfulness–vulnerability in some shots, playfulness in others. Her younger sister Eden tagged along and I had to get a few shots of the girls together at the end. Enjoy!
Now that the days are officially longer and warmer, I decided to post these images from a southern debutante-themed high school graduation party I shot last year. Hosted at a stunning Hillsborough residence, it was perfection in a summer evening. There were three “debutante” girls who hosted, and these gals and their moms know how to throw a party! Everyone came dressed to the nines in southern-inspired seersucker and sundresses. There was plenty of space for mingling while enjoying a view of the bay, munching on hors d’oeuvres, and sipping lemonade served in mason jars. Carnival-style games allowed the guys to show off for the ladies. A bluegrass band completed the ambience as the graduates and their parents enjoyed an alfresco dinner of fried chicken and fixings. The event was charming, fun, and family-friendly. Enjoy the pictures!