Morning Shoot with the lovely Shhivika

This post is embarrassingly overdue.  Sorry Shhivika, I was withholding these pics while waiting for the donut you owe me.  Just kidding!  Completely my fault for the lag.

A while back I got the chance to meet up with fellow photographer Shhivika Chuahan (shhivikachauhan.com.)  She’s a fantastically creative and inspirational photographer that recently transplanted from NYC.   I was drawn to her photography style because of her stunning light and whimsical perspective play.  She has some lovely inspirational words on her blog as well. Definetely go check out her website when you get a chance.

She was lovely in person too!  I enjoyed conversing and drinking hot chocolate with her and watching the sunrise in the wee hours of our early morning shoot.  I hope you and your kiddos are doing okay girl!

In addition to being gorgeous she took some ahhh-mazing pictures of me on her blog.   My jaw dropped when I saw them. Go check them out!

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Barrett Family Welcomes Baby Max

Confession. I talk to myself when editing photos. “Gotta adjust the exposure, add a vignette here…”   Mumbo jumbo like that.  While editing this session the only phrases coming out of my mouth were:

‘Sooooooooo friggin cute.’

“What a squishy butt!”

“Wook at those wittle feet.”

My husband gave me the strangest looks as I baby talked to my computer monitor.  It was full blown cutegasm mode. This may have been my first newborn session (and to be honest my first family session ever) but based on my reaction it certainly won’t be the last.

Thank you John and Sarah for welcoming me into your home to capture these beautiful tender moments between parents and baby.  It was an honor to photograph these early memories of the Barrett couple transforming into the Barrett family.  From my short time hanging out with you guys it was obvious that little baby Max is going to be surrounded by so much love on his journey to becoming tall and mighty Max.

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Welcome to the world baby Max!

Cherish and Laxman Japanese Garden Engagement

She went to his birthday party.

He got the best present of all…

Her phone number.

The rest is history.

The title reads engagement pictures, but they should really read ‘my camera can predict the future’ pictures. Haha. No really, even though they were not yet engaged during the time of this shoot, it was easy to see by the way that Laxman’s fingers lovingly brushed the curls out of Cherish’s eyes that this relationship was headed into forever territory.  They were so easy to photograph because not only were they gorgeous (and kind) human beings, their PDA was the perfect balance between intensity and tenderness. I just loved photographing these two.

And I’m so happy to hear about the recent engagement news! Best wishes for the both of you!  =)

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After the Tea Party

Mina absolutely mesmerized me with her eyes during our Tea Party photoshoot.  As we wrapped up, her guy joined us for a sip of tea and an impromptu couple shoot.  These two were so goofy and fun, quickly our zen little tea drinking session turned into a all out pillow fight battle. Loved it!

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Ives and Twan Stern Grove Engagement

 “Driftin’ on a mem­ory
Ain’t no place I’d rather be
Then with you.”
–Isley Broth­ers

We each have a place where love lives. Where our thoughts drift to when we need to get back to our happy place. In Ives and Twan’s case, it’s the place where love began.  For their engagement shoot, they revisited their green sanctuary in the middle of the city, Stern Grove park.  It was here, way back when their smartphones were Nokias, that they were head over heels in love high school sweethearts who proudly carved names into public property for each other during after school adventures.

The years have passed and the original name carvings have long faded away, but other than that not much else has changed because these two are just as smitten with each other as ever before.   From my short time hanging out with these two, it was clear that their daily life must be filled with melody, laughter, and chemistry.  I just loved the way they were effortlessly affectionate with one another.   Can you say meant to be?

Speak­ing of meant to be. Those base­ball shots at the end were completely unplanned.  It was purely coincidental that while wear­ing head to toe Giants gear (they are huge fans that bleed black and orange) they spotted this random ball half tucked into the brush.  What luck!  I don’t know how that ball got there, but I have no doubt that it was meant to be found by them and them only.

Ives and Twan, I truly enjoyed photographing your adventure at the grove.  Best wishes for your 2014 wedding and beyond.  =)

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