Shekhar Family – Reading in the Park

The Shekhar Family is a greatly bonded trio. Anishka is the center of her parents’ world. It was fun watching her chattering away to them and us throughout the entire photo session. Anishka has a twinkle in her eye!

The picture above is real…she truly can read every word in that Dr. Seuss book!

It was a pretty chilly day (even though it was the 1st of April) but Anishka braved it for fashion!

What a great family to work with…thanks Shekhars!


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Milstein Family – Running in the Rain

Meet Larklyn, Ruth and Sarah. They are quite a group of women. We met them at Vasona Lake for their first photo session in 12 years! They thought it was time to update those portraits and we were thrilled to do it for them.

Ruth and Sarah are only a few years apart and both on their way to doing great things. Ruth is at Chico State and Sarah is awaiting final recruitment for a track scholarship.

The day started out nice and sunny with a light breeze…but 20 minutes into the session it was dark and the sky opened up for some showers!

After running for cover and taking a few photos under the natural umbrella of a huge tree the rain left as quickly as it came.  We continued our photo session and the girls weren’t even complaining about a few wet hairs.

We made the girls have a bit of fun…this is one of our favorite pictures from the day.

What great smiles they constantly had! They must get it from their mom. We love the triad of hair colors the ladies sport! Thanks Milsteins, it was great working with you!

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Safiya – Wild in the Wind

Baby Safiya was a bundle of cuteness as her mom pulled her from the car in her printed dress and white furry coat. She was a bit hesitant about us, but was soon happily pushing her cart around showing us how she can almost walk!

Safiya is about to turn 1 years old and was showing us, not only her walking skills, but her beginning sound making and how she smiles for the camera.

It was pretty cold for March in California, but with her fluffy coat Safiya was a great sport! The wind wasn’t even an issue for her and even enhanced her photos…we call these the “windblown” look.

She wasn’t always thrilled to be getting her photo taken, but we liked these serious pictures as well. Doesn’t everyone have more than one side to their personality? We think so.

Near the end of the shoot we found this wagon and Safiya was thrilled to crawl in and feel the wind in her face (even though it wasn’t actually moving).

Happy (almost) Birthday Safiya! We can’t wait to see you again.

Tuyet Nguyen - Safiya earns “photogenic” title for her age group. I love all of these pictures, especially her beautiful eyes.

Thanks Ana for sharing these precious photos and please do send me update of her growing progress I truly enjoy every moment viewing Safia’s pictures.

Thank you so much for sharing, I love it!


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Baby Anna – Pretty in Pink

This is Anna. She had just turned 1 year old (one week before this photo shoot technically) as you can see by her sparkly number 1 t-shirt. How clever her family was to get balloons – a great prop, but also very entertaining for Anna while she sat for a bunch of photos!

As you can see Anna was fantastic for the camera! She clapped, smiled, giggled, and looked right when we asked her to. What a smart little girl.

Such character! These photos show a range of Anna – serious, goofy, and just all around happy. The chair was a special touch, a family heirloom, which really made the photos special. Plus who can resist all that pink!

Happy Birthday Anna!

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Lorina & Gemmy – Hiking in San Jose

We met Lorina and Gemmy at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. If you have never been there before this place needs to go on your Must Visit List. It was beautiful. This couple suggested it because they love hiking and being outdoors, one of their shared passions. In fact, Gemmy decided to propose while they were on the peak of one of their hikes last March. We took these engagement pictures exactly 1 year after Lorina said “yes”!

The couple will wed this May at the Hakone Gardens, a perfect setting for this outdoorsy couple. Congratulations!

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