…Happenstance

happenstance |ˈhapənˌstans| noun chiefly N. Amer. coincidence

It had been five years since I photographed this family. Then it was for Eriko and Peter’s wedding. Dorian, Eriko’s son was thirteen and little Liam wasn’t even a glint in his parents eyes yet! I was making my annual trip down to Southern California to set up holiday sessions when I got a message from Eriko. A lot had changed in the five years we’d seen each other, Liam was born and they all now lived in Vietnam. It happened that on the exact weekend I’d be in town, they would be too, tying up some lose ends of their home sale. I was excited, it had been so long. So I was a bit shocked when Dorian got out of the car all grown up with his beautiful girlfriend, Lily in tow. It takes you back a little bit! Liam and I didn’t hit it off right away, he was awoken from a nap when he arrived at the session. Yeah, I had to work my magic pretty quickly. About ten minutes in we were joking about bananas of all things and the smiles were plentiful! It was nice seeing Peter and Eriko as parents, they dote on Liam so much and it is very nice to see. I like seeing the two of them so happy! I enjoyed my time with them very much. Until next time!

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Creativity…

creativity |ˌkrē-āˈtivitē| noun the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. I’m lucky enough to surround myself with a lot of creative people. My friends include actresses, artists, chefs, comedians, a gaggle of photographers, musicians, calligraphers, DIYers, interior designers, quilters, scrapbookers, writers, bloggers, and so on and so on. Needless to say, I’m inspired pretty regularly. This […]

Proximity…

proximity |präkˈsimətē| noun nearness in space, time, or relationship I’d heard a lot about this family, before I had met all of them. Mama Ana, is my coworker. She started work at my school this year and we worked side by side. I was so happy to get to know her and excited I could get some much needed advice […]

…Wingman

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wingman |ˈwiNGˌmən| n. a man who helps or supports another man; a friend or close associate I was painfully shy as a kid. Painfully! I found it hard to make friends, was always the quiet one, hated small talk, and was anxious if I ever had to lead or carry on a conversation. Shyness, honestly there weren’t to many perks […]

…Sea

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sea noun the expanse of salt water that covers most of the earth’s surface and surrounds its landmasses. Why are we so mesmerized by ginormous fish tanks? Why do people young and old, stop dead in their tracks to stare longingly at ocean life. I think it’s because the ocean is so vast, so beautiful, […]

…Time

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time |tīm| noun an instance of something happening or being done; an occasion Hi All, Thanks for stopping by. I am so happy you are here! It is THAT time of year again. Time holly jolliness, kind of annoying songs, red and green decorations, a man in a fat suit, shopping, cookies, family time, snow days, and picture time. […]

…Greetings

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greeting |ˈgrētiNG| noun a polite word or sign of welcome or recognition Season’s Greetings! Too early you say? Not for this family. They are prepared for the impending holidays. They booked their session early and got a jump on the inevitable craze of the holiday cards. I met Matt, Lindsay and baby Dylan a few Sunday’s ago in the Presidio of San […]

…Ease

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ease |ēz| noun absence of difficulty or effort I’d love to say that each session I do starts out immediately with an absence of difficulty or effort, but that would be a lie. It always, as it should, takes a few setups to ease into picture taking. It’s unnatural for most people. So, as the photographer it is my […]

…Survival

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survival |sərˈvīvəl| noun the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an ordeal They did it yay! They made it! Lynda and Andy’s little (not so little anymore) babies have turned one! I remember feeling like I would never get there and when I survived the first year as a mommy, I felt very accomplished! […]

…Happenstance

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happenstance |ˈhapənˌstans| noun chiefly N. Amer. coincidence It had been five years since I photographed this family. Then it was for Eriko and Peter’s wedding. Dorian, Eriko’s son was thirteen and little Liam wasn’t even a glint in his parents eyes yet! I was making my annual trip down to Southern California to set up holiday sessions when I got […]

…Thanks

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thanks |THaNGks| noun an expression of gratitude It seems kind of fitting to say thanks in the month of November and being thankful is what this post is all about. I have many things to be thankful for and I could run off a long list right here, but I’m just gonna stick to one thing today. I […]