…Kindness

kindness |ˈkīn(d)nisnoun the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

It might sound like a funny title for a post of some wedding pictures, but I think it fits this couple pretty perfectly. That was the running theme when friends and family got up to speak about Caitlin and Nohelm. “They are the kindest people I have ever met, They have always been so kind to me, I don’t deserve all the kindness given to me by my sister, It’s not surprising these two kind people found each other.”  It was sweet and endearing. I had the opportunity to photograph Caitlin and Nohelm last year for their engagement photos. It was there I got a look into their very compatible relationship. They were very good to each other, always smiling, helping each other out, holding hands, and laughing. It was more of the same on their wedding day. Preservation Park in Oakland was the site of their nuptials and reception. The Victorian neighborhood includes historic buildings, (five of which stand in their original location) and house several non-profit organizations giving back to the city itself. The day was relaxed and beautiful. A laid back bride and groom, just what we love. It was refreshing. The wedding provided many special moments, a special rehearsed ballroom dance for the brides grandmother, vows spoken by the bride to her groom in his native language, cutting the cookie cake and then dozens upon dozens of cookies for guests, the dancing of course, amongst many other things! Caitlin and Nohelm it was so kind of you to allow Sheila and I (Hi Honey Weddings) to photograph your wonderful day! Congratulations!!
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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 […]