the Furth family

I will never stop being thankful for the opportunity to connect with kind beautiful families, and to provide them with nostalgic treasures from my heart to theirs.

(mama wears a dress from my wardrobe collection available for full sessions)

the diaz family

I was lucky enough to photograph this sweet family at the beginning of 2020 in their home up in northern california when they welcomed their precious baby boy!  So I was thrilled when they came down to our farm this fall for updated photographs in my garden studio!  Beautiful mama, Chelsea, wore two of my dresses, which are available to clients who book studio sessions with me.  I would just love to create meaningful timeless photographs for you and your family in 2021!

(all images shot on fuji 400h film with a Contax 645 and scanned by PhotoVision Prints)

adventures in british columbia

At the beginning of May, my husband, three little ones and I traveled to British Columbia to our happy place, Whistler.  It was our third time visiting Whistler since 2016, and each time we fall in love with it more and more. The weather could not have been more beautiful, creating the perfect opportunity for hikes, exploring, adventuring, and just spending time together outdoors.

 

It was our second time with Pan Pacific Whistler, and I can’t tell you how much we love this property!  We’ve stayed at both their Village Centre, and their Mountainside property (both within a short walk from each other), and it truly adds so much to our experience. Their suite rooms have two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen, and when traveling for a long period of time with three small children, this is a MUST. Not only that, but the rooms are gorgeous and light filled and the staff is amazing, and both properties in Whistler are a very short walk (like just out the door) from shops, restaurants, and the gondola if skiing or mountain biking is your thing! They even helped set us up on a suspension bridge tour through the tops of the old growth temperate rainforest right outside our door, through a company called zip trek and it was such an amazing experience.  Each time we stay with Pan Pacific Whistler, our expectations are exceeded and I cannot recommend them enough!

One of our favorite hikes we’ve done a few times now is up to Nairn Falls. It’s so beautiful, and amazing to see the kids bloom outdoors. Basically our trips here consist of exploring the beautiful outdoors in Whistler. We have hiked to so many beautiful spots, and to leave the camera behind, take a deep breath of appreciation and wonder, that is what I find so special about these experiences. I also recommend the sea to sky gondola in Squamish about an hour from Whistler. It’s an awe-inspiring ride straight up the side of a mountain, and once you’re at the top, there are hikes and also a restaurant to enjoy the breath taking views.

We also took the ferry and stayed in Victoria on Vancouver Island for a night. I was not so secretly wishing to see some orcas on the ride to the island, maybe next time. And to be honest… I’m just thankful I didn’t get sea sick: )  Funny story, if you plan to take the ferry, I highly suggest making a reservation first…we did not. We tend to kind of have a come what may attitude, and well, “what may,” came. It’s incredible how many vehicles they can fit on these ginormous barges, and as the cars in front of us filed on board for a good ten minutes, we were the car to be stopped to wait for the next ferry…. two hours later… and did I mention you can’t leave? Needless to say we became very well acquainted with that little port there in Nanaimo: ).

We also visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, which was truly incredible!!  I highly recommend it, and you can’t go wrong with a visit to my favorite restaurants in Whistler; Gone Eatery (get the vegan pad thai!), Bar Oso is a fun stop… even with kids!, Lift for coffee and light breakfast and lunch fare, and Earl’s kitchen for dinner.

Our trips up to Whistler are always filled to the brim with so many adventures together… memories that we will all cherish for a lifetime.

like sunshine.

You know when you look towards the sun during golden hour and it’s warm and soft and it’s so beautiful that you can’t really describe it using words because it’s just not meant for that?  That’s how it feels for me when I get to photograph your family. Something so incredible is in front of me and instead of trying to describe it, I take pictures of it, because to me, that’s the only way I can even begin to describe the magic of family. Different kinds of special all bound together, emitting a kind of light reserved just for showing up as you are.

If these are the kind of family photos that speak to your heart, send me an email… I’d really love to create something beautiful with you, for you, and for me, in only the way we can create together.

All images taken of the beautiful Judd family at my recent motherhood photography workshop, The Magically Mundane. All 2019 workshops are sold out… but I have something special for those of you who missed it this year but would love to learn more. Make sure you are on my email list to be the first in the know!

spring 2019 travel sessions

Travel sessions have become such a beautiful part of our life in the last couple of years, and I just get giddy with excitement each time I receive an inquiry for travel. It’s new places to explore and new friends to explore them with, like this beautiful family I spent some time in Joshua Tree National Park with last month. I sent out an email yesterday with 2019 spring travel locations and dates, and I only have a few spots left. So if you want to meet me somewhere new this spring, here’s where I’ll be:

mid April | Bay Area

late April | Salt Lake City

early May | Vancouver + Whistler

late May | Orange County + San Diego

And of course I’m still taking sessions here in my hometown just outside of Fresno, Ca!  I’m also looking into summer and fall travel session locations, so if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you!