Bay Area Family Photographer

Babies and Bellies- East Bay Maternity Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing their first baby soon after he was born. Now it’s time for him to be a big brother! And it’s going to be amazing because since they’ll be so close in age, they’re going to be the best of friends. We had such a fun time together eating snacks, playing in the background, cuddling and tickling. This beautiful family is simply a joy to work with and I’m so honored to watch their family grow!

Love, Laugh, Dance- San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

This family loves to party! I haven’t danced so much at a family photography photo session in a long time (maybe ever!) The girls were so much fun and seemed to be enjoying having me and my camera give them so much attention. And they were so sweet, sharing with me their favorite toys and inviting me to play. As you'll see in these photos, this family exudes joy and it was infectious. It was a pleasure to photograph them and make memories together.

Jones Family- Oakland Family Storytelling Photographer

A couple years ago I put out a casting call to recruit a family that was expecting a baby so that I could do an in-hospital photo session right after the baby's birth. These sessions are generally known as Fresh 48 sessions. I got a few inquires and selected two families at random. Well, I realize now that it wasn't so random. You know how things just work out the way they were supposed to? This is one of those situations. And here's a link to their original Fresh 48 session so you can see what a difference a couple years make! 

Lily and Kevin are both are both super interesting and dynamic on their own right, and have an awesome partnership. Lily is an accomplished educator who owns Curiosity  Pack.  Curiosity Pack assists parents in supporting their child's learning by sending boxes of age-appropriate activities that teach children ages 3-10 about "letters, numbers, friendship, science, art, love, and every other intriguing subject you can imagine." Do yourself a favor and checkout her offerings. It's smart approach to supporting children and parents alike.  Kevin reports of the Bay art scene for KQED and you should see his record collection! These people are just cool. 

I am lucky to have met them, and even more honored to have photographed their family a few times. It's always a treat. 

This is their Saturday morning. Enjoy their story. 

The Jones Family is Growing Up! - Oakland Family Photographer

I had the extreme pleasure of photographing this beautiful family the day after their second child was born. I met them for a Fresh 48 hospital session. What made it particularly special was that this was the very first hospital session I'd photographed. And it couldn't have been a sweeter family. They we so at east, so welcoming, so sweet to each other and to each other.  Check-out their hospital newborn session here

So when they asked me to come to their home the following November to photograph their family in time for the holidays. They welcomed me in to their adorable home with the same smiles  I remember from their last session. This time, the baby boy was now deliciously round and alert and as happy as could be. And their sweet little girl was eager to show me her room and toys. As you can see in the photos, they really enjoy each other.  You can almost hear the laughter coming through the images. This is definitely my kind of family. 

Boys will be Boys- Oakland Family Lifestyle and Documentary Photography

I love color. The brighter, the better in my book. So, when I drove up to this family's home, and certainly when I stepped in the door, I felt right at home. They have such a bright and happy home and it is a total reflection of the people they are. 

And boy, did we have a good time during their shoot. I following the super sweet and energetic boys around as they played with cars, blocks, balls and everything in between. It was such a beautiful day, so we also spent some time in their backyard swinging on the swing set and blowing bubbles. 

One of the things I love about the families I get to work with is the strong partnership amongst the parents. And these two were no exception. They love each other deeply and it's evident in the gentle way they interact with one another. Those interactions are one of my favorite things to photograph.

I'll stop talking and let you scroll through the photographs to see more of this super fun family. Enjoy!

We Are Oakland (Full House Cafe and Kirk Roberts)- Oakland Family and Newborn Documentary Photographer

We Are Oakland (Full House Cafe and Kirk Roberts)- Oakland Family and Newborn Documentary Photographer

Writing this blog post feels like birthing a baby.  I have had a dream for many, many months to begin a regular series about the people and places of Oakland, California.  

Oakland Family Documentary Photographer- The T Family

Oakland Family Documentary Photographer- The T Family

Do you ever have people in your life that from the moment you meet them you want to be their friend?  Those folks are just genuine "good people." 

The Yavorsky Family- Oakland Family Documentary Photographer

The Yavorsky Family- Oakland Family Documentary Photographer

When I walked into their house, I knew it was going to be a good time. The children were smiley and relaxed, mom was completely gracious and at ease, and the house was bathed in gorgeous light. What more could a photographer ask for?  

Sonoma Sweetness- Oakland Family Photographer

Photographing this family was particularly sweet for me. For one, I got to take a leisurely drive to Sonoma County (read: beautiful!) on a warm fall Thursday evening.  

Is there a doctor in the house?- Oakland Family and Documentary Photographer

Sabrina is one of my closest friends in the whole wide world.  I love this girl to death.  She is my sister.

Malcolm X Jazz Festival (Dreaming of Summer)- Oakland Family Photographer

Winter has officially arrived.  I've been following the heavy, heavy snowstorms back east.  Isn't it a bit early for all this?  

My Little Lady Love Turns 5 - Oakland Family and Children's Photographer

Fair warning:  This post is more personal than most of my postings.  And I'm feeling some kind of way about it.  But not awkward enough to not post it.

This Summer In Pictures- Monterey Bay Vacation (Part 2)

Our second day began with a whole lot of nothin'. We spent the better part of the morning in our PJs making paper airplanes. 

Oakland/San Francisco Family Photographer- What's a Lifestyle/Storytelling Session?

I talk a lot about storytelling sessions and lifestyle photography. People often ask me how that type of photography session differs from your average family photo shoot.

This Summer In Pictures- Part 1

It's been a very busy summer.  We've traveled, had our firstborn graduate from preschool and start Kindergarten, a five year old birthday party and all the wonderful adventures in between it all.