A sunny day with River (7) and Georgia (7)

I loved seeing these stunning twins and their family again! They are seriously the cutest! They rode up on their bikes, with their awesome dog, Red, running right along side of them…and rode from one spot to another during our shoot. Our original spot didn’t work out, but we still had fun and found some other spots on the whim. It was crazy bright that day, and we hadn’t planned for beach shots (otherwise I would have set the time for a bit later), but we made it work (unfortunately Red wasn’t allowed on the beach though (darn it!). Here are just a few from their shoot since I don’t want to spoil any holiday cards (which is why i’m posting a non smiling shot of the twins instead of one of the many smiling shots. Well that and because you know I love when kids can rock the serious pose…and these two nailed it!) :)

Heidi, Reno, Brittain and Major

If you’ve been around my blog for years, you’ll recognize this beautiful family. This was my 5th year in a row photographing them. I’ve literally watched them grow up…in fact, i’ve seen all of them in (and out) of braces. Reno had them when I first met them, Brittain had them and then got them off last year, and when I showed up this year, Major had them! Pretty crazy that they’ve kept me around long enough for 3 kids to be in braces :) I always have the best time with them, and although I get plenty of smiles, they are so damn good at rocking the serious poses that I can’t help but to share lots of those.

Holiday session with Penny (4) and Sam (3)

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous family since Sam was a newborn. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are super sweet and always dressed perfectly. Penelope and Sam were SO happy and giggly during our shoot. Such easy going kids, easy to get smiles out of, super funny, and great listeners. Of course (as always this time of year) I won’t post any “perfect holiday card shots” where everyone is looking/smiling, but we got plenty.

Avery (11 days old)

I’ve been waiting a long time to photograph this little one. Allison and Jeff are like my sister and brother….they are family. They are “Aunt Allison” and “Uncle Jeff” to my daughter PJ, and i’ve known them since middle school or high school. Our families spend holidays together, we’ve watched each others families grow, and we started the best tradition of “Dynoooomite” which is when we have family potlucks to hangout, but choose different food themes each time (we’ve had everything from southern, chinese, fair food (all fried and other stuff you would find at the fair), mexican, korean, seafood, etc). When we got the news that they were expecting, our families pretty much went crazy! We are all so excited that Avery has joined the family! She is one of the smiliest newborns ever! Not even in these photos, but when they sent us photos from the hospital she was smiling in almost all of them! It was so cute! She is such a little cutie! The weather was so hot (still is…acck) that we were able to shoot outside a lot, and they also wanted to use a painting (that my sister painted) from their wedding which was actually their “guest book” (each guest signed a leaf to add to the tree). Their pup (Prado) joined us for some photos as well :)

Owen (4) and Zoey (2)

These two cuties have definitely grown since last year. It was another almost 100 degree day (seriously, I would LOVE for the cool weather to come to San Diego any time now because shooting in this crazy heat is not enjoyable for anyone! haha), so my client opted for a location that not only had more green (since most other locations are dried out from the drought and lack of rain), but provided some shade as well. Amongst about 10+ other shoots going on and a wedding, it definitely was a busy day there (as always), but our main challenge was little Zoey. 2 can be a tricky age, and Zoey let us know that she didn’t want anything to do with photos. Luckily we tricked her into many, despite her hardest efforts (hehehe). I won’t post any of the possible “holiday card” shots, but yes, we did get plenty. Sorry Zoey, we won this round ;) Owen…oh Owen….that little guy is such a heartbreaker.