River (6), Georgia (6) and Red (the pup)

Tara first contacted me back in October to book a session, but unfortunately I was already booked for the remainder of the year by then. Like everyone that I sadly have to turn away around that time of year (due to being booked up already), I apologized, gave a few suggestions and then she replied saying that maybe they would wait until after the holidays. The holidays came and went, and in January she contacted me again to set up a session. This family is so gorgeous and so much fun! They were all naturals in front of the camera, and we just did our thing and laughed a lot. River and Georgia are twins and are so dang cute! Not only are they cute, but also great listeners and super sweet. Red is their rescue pup and is one of the most well behaved dogs EVER! Even off leash, near busy streets, with people walking by, the kids all over him, etc….he stayed by their side the entire time and was perfectly behaved. I loved photographing this family. Such a fun shoot!

Josephine (11 days old)

Josephine’s parents emailed me from the hospital to let me know she had arrived, and included photos (so cute of them!), so I already knew how gorgeous she was before I arrived at their home. What I didn’t know was how mellow and sweet of a baby she was going to be! She barely made a peep the entire session, and gave us lots of sweet smiles of smirks. Their super cute house was just a couple of blocks from the beach, so we ended the session at the beach. Unfortunately it ended up being full sun by that time (mid day), and we didn’t want Josephine out in the sun, so we snapped a few and then found one tiny shady spot for some solo photos. Oh and yes, not only are Josephine, mom and dad so sweet and adorable….but check out Sydney (yellow lab) and Frank (french bulldog)! This whole family is just perfect :)

Grayson (1 year mini session)

Grayson was all smiles from the second he got out of the car, to the second he got back in the car. He gave me a variety of expressions and was just awesome to photograph. Mom and dad weren’t sure they wanted to be in photos, but I convinced them otherwise, and again, i’m so glad they did. Grayson will be so happy to have these later on in life (and I hope mom and dad will too) :) I think Grayson’s favorite part of the shoot was when he got to be in nothing but a diaper (and yes, luckily the weather here has been amazing, so it was a nice warm day)!

Emilia (6) and Paulo (3)

I had my first shoot of 2014 the other day, and of course, after weeks of gorgeous, hot, summer-like weather and sunshine, the day I had a shoot, the sun was nowhere to be found. It’s ok though, the weather was still nice, and I had a wonderful time with this beautiful family. Emilia and Paulo were some of the smiliest kiddos I have ever met. From the second they stepped out of the car, to the minute they said goodbye, they were smiling. I had a harder time trying to get any serious shots out of them! Haha. The funny part is that more than halfway into the shoot, as I was saying something to Paulo, Emilia giggled and said to me “Umm, he only understands spanish” (after that, his mom told me he only understands a very small amount of english right now). Yes, that’s when I realized that I must be so funny (or so funny looking!) that even though he had pretty much no idea what I was saying, he still thought it was hilarious and was cracking up at me ;) ┬áThese two cuties were awesome for me!

…and Crosby makes FOUR!

Kristen first contacted me back in September of 2009 (!!) to book a shoot. In February of 2010, I met Kristen and her husband Dan for the first time, along with Jeremiah, who at the time was their (under 2 years old) foster son…..and easily one of the cutest kids I had ever laid eyes on. At that shoot, they were also fostering another baby boy (they have fostered 6 babies since August of 2009!). I knew right then and there, that Kristen and Dan were angels. I mean honestly, their hearts are made of gold! I have been lucky enough to photograph them EVERY year since then, and about 2 years ago, they went to the hospital and took in another foster baby. The little guy was already almost 3 months old and was so malnourished and sickly that he still weighed under 7 lbs!! (to give you an idea, for those who might not have children, my daughter PJ was 7 lbs 12 oz when she was BORN!). Kristen and Dan promised to nurture him back to health, love him and visit his parents twice a week to support the plan of reunification. Six months into those visits, his parents decided to relinquish their parental rights and asked Dan, Kristen and Jeremiah to adopt him into their family. I waited over a year for Jeremiah’s adoption to be finalized before I posted any photos of Jeremiah (since legally, I couldn’t)….and i’m so proud to say that I got the OK to post because after another very long adoption process…. as of *yesterday*, little Crosby is OFFICIALLY theirs as well. I couldn’t be more happy for this amazing and gorgeous family!!!! As you can see by the photos, Crosby is no longer a tiny, malnourished infant. He is an ADORABLE little toddler (just turned 2!) with plenty of chunk on him now! :) Their looks, their style AND their hearts are amazing. LOVE this family!! Without further adieu, I would like to introduce you to Crosby and his family (and yes, I know…I’m posting a TON!…and this doesn’t even include last years shoot (which i’ll try and get a mini blog of up soon))……

….and a couple of shots we took for Shaney Jo of *KEEP A BREAST*!….

Kristen and Dan foster through the *Angels Foster Family Network* here in San Diego. If you or anyone you know is interested in being a foster parent, you can check out their site for more info. If you aren’t able to foster, you can also donate by sponsoring a baby, donating supplies, money, etc.