A Perpetual Source

January 22, 2012

“The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world
and to become all that he can be.”
~Marianne E. Neifert

It was such a joy to spend some time at Hartley Botanica with this beautiful family a couple of weeks ago… a family that embodies the above quotation completely. You ccould also add laughter, fun, and a slew of other positive adjectives. I’m so lucky to have you all in my life. :)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve had the little man in front of my camera and my has he grown! And their young lady has become even more lovely! Hope to see you all again soon!

Family Photos at Hartley Botanica

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Pear of Little Ladies

October 13, 2011

“There are moments in your life that make you, that set the course of who you’re gonna be. Sometimes they’re little, subtle moments. Sometimes they’re not.”

One of my favorite things about photographs is their ability to capture the little, subtle moments… and freeze them before they change. We remember the big moments – they might be a haircut or going to school or they might be learning to crawl and saying your first word. But, we may not remember exactly how her eyelashes fluttered when she slept or the way she looked beyond her own backyard into the world. Somewhere down the line, we look to photographs to remind us of those gummy smiles and those baby teeth grins.

I hope these photographs of your little ladies can do that for you. They’re beautiful, wonderful little girls and it’s such a blessing for me to get to watch and document them as they grow.

pear of ladies

A Time to Dance

March 14, 2011

Here’s the extended preview of the lovely little Jocelynne from earlier this month. She’s a fantastic dancer and just a gem to be around. Thank you again Christa and Jocelynne; I had a wonderful time with the two of you.

A Time to Dance


“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ~Susan Polis Shutz

The weather could not have been more beautiful on Saturday afternoon when we ventured down to the Balboa Park Trail from Hillcrest to take pictures. Jocelynne was an excellent model and I can’t wait to show you more. We had so much fun… and what a find that trail was! It was so beautiful and green from the recent rain. Here’s the sneak peek – more to come!

Just Jocy

Just Jocy

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and
the winds long to play with your hair.” -Khalil Gibran

Sweet Sisterhood

February 13, 2011

I’ve never seen her more nervous or more cautious as when we ask her to hold her baby sister and pretend to sleep. “Just close your eyes,” we said. Very quietly and with as little movement as possible, she told us, “no.”  Her baby sister slept soundly on her chest – comforted and comfortable in her big sister’s embrace. She’s already an amazing big sister, at a very young three years old, and I’m sure she will watch over her sweet, beautiful baby always.

Last week, I previewed these two beautiful girls. Here’s the extended sneak peak.

sisterhood

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. ~Isadora James

I’ve spent the last month both holding on to summer in Southern California’s sweltering heat and embracing the brisk days, thunderstorms, and rain of Autumn… actually, we’ve had both in the last week! In true, we’re taking our time watching the leaves turn here in San Diego.

Recently, my family had the first “official” family reunion in 17 years. To. The. Day.

Family Reunion

In San Diego fashion, I’ve also been out supporting the Padres (despite my general distaste for baseball) and the Chargers (oh how I love football).

Padres Baseball

Chargers Football

Charger Girls

This past weekend, I went wine tasting with three of my best friends to celebrate a very special birthday. We went through Temecula and savored delicious wines from Leonesse, Frangipani, Churron, and Briar Rose. It couldn’t have been a better weekend.

Wine Tasting at Frangipani Winery

Happy Fall!