Sarah and Alexander have the sweetest love story. They met in English class in college and now they're both writers! It's amazing how pieces of life's journey start with a moment of connection. Now they're expecting a little baby boy any day now and I'm happy to share some images from our day together. If you know San Francisco you know that Golden Gate Park is often...gloomy. It is often socked in with clouds giving it a certain mood quality. On my recent visit it had been raining for days and my plan was we'll stick to the Conservatory of Flowers (indoors) but luckily the weather gods blessed us and the clouds parted for a few short hours the morning of our session.
There's really nothing like a foggy stroll through a Seattle park in winter. It's one of the most invigorating sensory experiences. The air is just buzzing with freshness. On the morning of my shoot with the Weitmann family there was actually a little too much fog and you couldn't see a few steps in front of you so we had to wait it out until there was just enough clearing for our photos. It was worth it. Between Penelope (aka Penny) and her dog-brother Duke battling for their parents attention and the overall majesty of the park it was one entertaining and special session. For me, everything melted away when Penny not once, but TWICE reached for me to hold her. What? I've never had that happen before. It was absolutely the sweetest and of course, I obliged. Penny (now a full fledged walker) was just getting her sea legs when we had this session and was eager to show off as much as possible, including one epic trailblazing run down the big hill at the park with her dad. As we parted, Penny took the reins to proudly walk Duke and gave an impressive "thank you" on her way. So much love and sweetness in this family. It was a pleasure to spend some time with them.
I've known Jen for over 20 years! 20!! We met in college in Los Angeles way back when we had big creative dreams and a desire to see every movie ever made. She's been such a loyal, true, and supportive friend through the years and this session with her husband Dwight and their kiddos Parker and Mikelle was very special. Jen & Dwight decided that the perfect place to do a shoot would be the location they got married in, the beautiful grounds of Willows Lodge up in Woodinville. Their wedding day was a little bit rainy and full of so much love and laughter so it was really perfect to have a very similar backdrop so many years later as we did their family session. We surprised the kids with not one but two big treats. First, Grandma and Grandpa made a guest appearance (which was super fun for me also since I hadn't seen them in a long time and they were such supports during our college years) and second - I brought along a little hot cocoa for some tiny cold hands. Bonus, this was Mikelle's very first hot cocoa. Wut?? I know. FIRST HOT CHOCOLATE IS ON CAMERA. How fun is that? Needless to say, this little sibling duo has come a long way and clearly they're becoming the best of buddies already which is something Jen and her brother have always had so it was great to be able to capture their budding dynamic on camera.
Family photos in the wintertime in Seattle can definitely come with some challenges. It's chilly, often pretty rainy, and keeping a little one upbeat in those circumstances can be...interesting. Omg, not this one. Little Scarlett was a freaking blast to photograph. Last year and this year we managed to be mostly rain-free throughout the session and then the rain drops came a knocking. We went to one of my favorite (sort of secret-sauce) spots in town the Arboretum Waterfront Trail. It's a lovely path that takes you through lily pads and across little footbridges and gives you lovely views of Lake Washington. Scarlett had such a good time exploring, walking her dogs, and hanging with her parents (or rather running every which way).
I typically photograph a lot of little ones so my photo shoot with the Azadi family provided a fantastic opportunity to try a slightly more adventurous location. We lucked out with a stunning San Francisco November day and met at the Land's End Visitor's Center. From there we meandered down to Sutro Baths and checked out the "ruins" of this once operating bay area bath house. We checked out a cave or two and then made our way up to the Land's End trail which led us to a beautiful vista where we had a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Mak & Heather have their hands full with these three kids. They are so funny and witty it was hard to keep from joking. You can tell it's a family trait. Their sweetness was ever-present. You could see it when little Charlie helped his mom onto one of the tall rocks or when Isabelle took her dad's arm and my favorite moment of affection was Audrey photobombing her sister's portrait and generally hamming it up whenever possible. Watch out for these 3, I feel as though in the very near future, they'll be running everything and keeping us all in stiches while they're at it.
Okay y'all twin girls in adorable outfits and hats? I mean...get ready for this post. Ha! it was all I could do to keep myself from pinching cheeks and cooing. These two little ladies were WAY too cool for that though. Brooklyn and Lucy were such chill little ones just going about their day like having a photo shoot at the park was no big deal. I absolutely loved photographing this super sweet and very photogenic little family at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. We had the perfect day for it.