Families like the Keffelers are the reason I love being a photographer. They are easy going and fun to be with, and they schedule a portrait each year, so I get to watch their little ones grow. This shoot came a day before it rained and knocked a bunch of that beautiful fall color to the ground. I'm so glad we were able to shoot this when we did! (To see bigger images, click on the thumbnails below.)
Here are some shots from this weekend's senior portrait shoot. This beautiful young woman wanted to be out in nature, and then was willing to try a little urban adventure, too. We had a blast and I had a really hard time choosing my favorite images. I absolutely love taking senior portraits, especially when the senior is so sweet and fun to photograph. Thanks, Annette, for a fun shoot. (Click on the thumbnails below to see bigger images.)
I'm going to admit something I probably shouldn't: I don't necesarily think all newborns are beautiful. In fact, I think many are downright odd-looking. Now, I'm not saying I don't instantly fall in love, because I do--every time. But, when someone wants a newborn shoot, I wonder if I'll get a little prune or an elf or what.
But when Jacob and April brought in baby Henry, he was BEAUTIFUL. Really, truly beautiful. But don't take my word for it. See for yourself :) If you want to see the thumbnails bigger, just click on them.
Meet the Gonzalez Family. They were so fun to photograph, that we just kept going. I was sure their smiles would wear out eventually—most people's do, but they were so genuinely happy to be together that their beautiful smiles lasted until the end. To see more, click on the thumbnails below.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph Hillside Health Center's newest bilingual, bicultural family physician—Dr. Mario Espindola. What a centered, thoughtful guy. I spoke with him about why he chose Ukiah, and he basically said this is a place he feels he can really make a difference. He reflected on the importance of knowing more about patients than simply their symptoms; you know, why understanding who they are as people makes a difference in how he approaches their treatment. He sure made a lot of sense. He starts seeing patients in September, 2015, in case you're interested.
I recently changed the window display at my studio, celebrating the county fair with a Western-themed decor, including a portrait I took of a client gazing into her horse's eyes. Since I am directly across the street from the courthouse, I often see folks who work there—one of whom has a horse of her own, and she asked if I could take some shots of her with her horse. Here's what we captured—a beautiful day, a beautiful person, and a beautiful animal. Thank you, Ann, for a wonderful photo shoot. (Click on the thumbnails to see bigger images.)
Recently, the Ford Street Project in Ukiah repurposed its homeless shelter into a recovery center for folks struggling with addition. They've done a beautiful job and provided a much-needed resource for the community.
I had the good fortune to go on vacation with extended family and shoot a few pictures while I was there. If you have ever have the opportunity to go to Oahu's North Shore, I highly recommend it! (Click on the thumbnails to see bigger images.)
I take a lot of pictures, so when I say I think this family wins the "Cutest Family Ever" award, that's saying something. Chris came in with his kiddos and purchased a gift certificate for a family portrait to surprise his wife, Danielle. So sweet. Here are just a few of my favorites. (Click on the thumbnails to see bigger images.)
Katrina and Richard's wedding ceremony was a small, private affair, but their country-picnic-themed reception on the coast was a wonderful day, full of generations of friends and family with plenty of love and laughter and music and food.