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The Andrews Family in Menlo Park, CA

I just love this family. Over the years of taking their family photos we've gotten pretty good with the on-demand natural smiles. I mean, look at them! They were just perfect. This was one of my Peninsula mini sessions, and it was my first year doing them per suggestion of my client who's the mom here. I really appreciate when clients give me suggestions and feedback that end up working well for all my families. I'd say the mini sessions this year were very successful overall, and I will likely be doing more of them next year around this time since that seems to be the most popular request. 

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And these looks can totally create so many hilarious memes! 


Sweet Sisters - Piedmont, CA

I have been taking photos of these beautiful sisters since the youngest was still crawling. I can't believe they're already two little ladies who are sharing secrets and giggles like only sisters would understand. Having two sisters of my own I understand how special this relationship is. There were times when I couldn't stand having my little sister follow me around and copy everything I did, and then like a flip of a switch I would want her by my side at all times and she'd be my best friend.  I was also that same little sister who copied my big sister, who would be so annoyed all our childhood, yet, grow up to call me daily to see how I'm doing.  

O and J are clearly bonded by this same special relationship, although they are probably much sweeter to each other than my sisters and I were. I'm so excited for them because one thing I know for sure, having a sister is the best gift I've ever received. Thanks, Mom! ;-)

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Adorable brothers and their gramps - Oakland

Oy, I cannot get enough of these two! First off, these boys were also students of mine and if I could teach them until they went off to college I would. I absolutely love them and their family. This session was special because their grandpa had been visiting and their mom thought it would be special for them to take photos with just him. We chose a very colorful location in Oakland to match their personalities and energy - it was perfect. 

One very cute story: I went to Cal and have a lot of Cal pride. The mom of these boys also went to Cal and has a ton of pride, and one day her older son came into class and told me he had something to share with me. He sang the entire "Big C" song verbatim, and ended with a big "Go Bears!" He was only four at the time, and I was 30 and still didn't know all the lyrics! Super cute. Super impressive. And. GO BEARS!

These smiles... be still my heart.