Imokawa Family – Sandals

We met the Imokawa family on a windy morning…and yes, those are actually clouds in California- shocking! We know this great family from school so it was easy to get started taking photos, not to mention perfect lighting. The girls are so sweet and were willing to do anything we asked for a picture. We walked the tracks and they just talked or played as we snapped away. (This was pretty impressive considering they all wear sandals whenever possible…calling themselves a “sandals family”.)

Sydney and Stuart were pretty funny together – play fighting and making faces, just like you should with a dad! We loved being able to capture their humor.

Samantha and Sydney were so great together! They are the kind of sisters that make you wish you had a sister to hang out with and laugh or play with.

Apparently these two don’t like taking photos, but it’s pretty hard to tell with their giant smiles and easy-going attitude. We think they warmed up to it and maybe even had fun too!

These next two really show Susan’s motherly love. She is so lovely with the girls – the emotion certainly shows.

Thank you for meeting us at the park! We had a lovely time. (Wishing Sydney good luck in middle school…congrats graduate!)

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Jing & Wayne – Flower War

Jing and Wayne are a great, young couple who have been together through school, moves, and even the experience of a long distance relationship. When we saw them together we saw the happiness they felt at finally being together, in the same city no less, and sharing time with one another.

These two were fun and silly together, but we were also happy to capture the more serious side of their relationship. They would be laughing and joking one moment and then holding hands and talking quietly the next. We love their range of emotions!

When we first handed Jing the flower to blow on Wayne she laughed, but thought it might be funny. You can see that we had to let Wayne retaliate and gave him about 10 times as many stems as Jing. We all thought it was pretty hilarious.

Jing and Wayne – we wish you much happiness as you finish school, spend time together, and enjoy exploring life together.

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Lina & Zhan – 30 Years

Lina and Zhan are the sweetest pair. We met them and instantly fell for Lina’s laugh and Zhan’s quiet, kind demeanor. We definitely made them feel a bit silly and had fun walking around the park talking about travels to China, marriage, and love. These two are experts on the last subject…they are soon celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary!

They certainly had many laughs during the shoot. We were happy to capture that joy.  Their son was the one to purchase a package for them to get them out, celebrating their 30th. We thought that was a very sweet idea! Happy 30th Anniversary Lina & Zhan.

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Cheung Family – Roses

Rowena, Andrew, and the girls- Lily-Rose and Zoe-Beth met us at the park on a special day…Mother’s Day! They celebrated this special day for Rowena with roses and a photo shoot. We loved sharing it with them and were happy that Rowena brought her roses along as a prop.

Rowena as a mother is loving, kind, patient, and laughs a lot, which is helpful when you have 2 girls under the age of 4. We love this girl photo where Rowena was actually tickling both to make them giggle for us.

Being the newest member of the household, Zoe-Beth was featured in some photos all by herself. What a beautiful baby girl she is!

Our favorite two shots from the session are below. What joy! Thank you Cheung Family.

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Chu Family – Home Sweet Home

Usually we meet a couple like the Chu’s for an engagement session, but when they called it was for a much different occasion. They were celebrating, but it wasn’t an engagement or a baby…it was to celebrate their first home! We met Grace and Eric at their place, but really it’s much more than just a pad…this is their VERY first home together! They married last summer and were so happy to have a house to call their own that they scheduled with us to come document. They had obviously worked hard to landscape and decorate with immaculate care.

Their backyard was our favorite place to photograph. They had this beautiful, large canopy that had creeping vines covering their patio with inviting (and comfy) furniture where we got them comfortable and had them “drink coffee” for a few shots.

Capturing these special moments in life are what make our work so meaningful. We know that Grace and Eric will now have these photos of their first home together to show their families, wherever their lives take them in the future.

Grace made this adorable banner to celebrate their upcoming 1 year anniversary. These two were made for each other and we couldn’t be happier that we also joined them for this wonderful day.

Can you tell Grace is a teacher and Eric is a student? Who else would have whiteboards at the ready? These two are incredibly creative and thought of these props on their own. We love the adjectives they used to describe one another.

Thank you for sharing this exciting moment with us Grace and Eric! May your home be a happy place…

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