First Day of School mini sessions!

I am excited to introduce a new service, First/Last day of school portraits!!

I can hardly believe we are already in the middle of summer!! Where has the time gone??!! Before you know it the kiddos will be heading off to their first day of school. I remember my first days of school… shiny new shoes, freshly cut hair, new clothes, (in my case a new uniform shirt), and new backpack!!! I was always sooo excited for the first day of school to see all my friends and make new ones!!!

I will come out early morning to either your home or your child’s school for a mini session as they head off to their first day of school, allowing you to enjoy the moment and celebrate their milestone with them instead of behind a camera lens/phone.

1st day of school

Be sure to book early by contacting me

$200 – First Day & Last day sessions!

See how much they have changed in 1 school year! Book both sessions today!

  • 20 minute session on both the first day and the last day
  • custom designed prop (frame with your child’s name and info)
  • 10 proofs per session to choose from
  • 1 child per session (additional sibling $25 each)
  • your choice of 2 images delivered as both a 5×7 and a digital jpeg (print up to 8×10) from each session

$125 – First Day of school session

  • 20 minute session on the first day of school
  • 10 proofs to choose from
  • 1 child per session (additional sibling $25 each)
  • your choice of 2 images delivered as both a 5×7 and a digital jpeg (print up to 8×10)

$100 – add on a Last day of school session (pending date availability)

  • 20 minute session on the last day of school
  • 10 proofs to choose from
  • 1 child per session (additional sibling $25 each)
  • your choice of 2 images delivered as both a 5×7 print and a digital jpeg (print up to 8×10)

All collections include the following options:

  • 10 day online password protected gallery to share with family
  • viewing & ordering in person sessions available
  • option to purchase an entire session on cd with print release up to 8×10 for an additional $150 per session (a la carte $240value) or both sessions for $200 upon receipt of First day of school gallery.

Dates & times are limited due to multiple schools starting on the same day. Book soon to make sure your date is available. Bookings will be first come first serve and need to be secured with a 50% non-refundable session fee, applicable towards collection.

50% non refundable session fee & portrait agreement required to confirm appointments

Book yours today! or call 408-916-3474

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Three generations of Family Portraits in Almaden Valley, San Jose CA

Three generations of a family came together for these family portraits at their grandparents home in Almaden Valley in San Jose, CA.  It was such beautiful day! The sun was shining bright as it came through the trees.

This gorgeous home is situated high up over San Jose, CA with a stunning drive up. Once upon a time the entire valley was full of orchards and majestic properties, however as the city has grown the properties have dwindles. Except for this home, they still have a huge property with tons of beautiful trees which made for a great morning session!

Thank you to the entire family, especially grandpa & grandma who were absolutely adorable and such big kidders. And to dad who gave me a run with the Jokes!!!

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Baby portraits in Oakland, Ca – An afternoon on the grass

I absolutely love this little girl! Granted she is my niece but still how cute is she???  I loved doing her baby portraits in Oakland, CA. We got to hang out, enjoy the beautiful weather and simply be together.  Be prepared because this little cutie will make tons of appearances on this blog!!!

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This little girl has some of the most intense looks ever… But luckily she also has the cutest smile ever ever ever.. which is typically what you get when you first see her. She’s such a happy baby!

baby portraits

family portraits

This cutie had on the perfect outfit from Naartjie kids. Check them out for something cute for your toddler to wear to their session with me!


San Francisco bay area photography

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding – Congrats John & Patty!

John & Patty got married on the most beautiful San Francisco day at San Francisco City Hall Wedding. It was like the day was just meant to be!! Family flew in from near and far for this fabulously intimate affair. Love was everywhere!WOO HOO!!!!!  This couple is so awesome I can’t even begin to tell you guys.  When we scheduled some hiking for their engagement session I knew everything about them was going to be amazing.

kiss outside of city hall

The entire day John & Patty were smiling from ear to ear.

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kiss in sf city hall with flowers

wedding couple at sf city hall

Congratulations again John & Patty!!!! Thank you for allowing me to document this day!

Here is a little video of the day..

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Baby portraits in Oakland, CA – sneak peek

This little baby girl melts my heart…..

6 month baby portraits


Come back to see more later this week…

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Rocket Dog Rescue held an amazing event at Yammer in San Francisco!

Yammer invited Rocket Dog Rescue (RDR)  to attend an employee fair in their beautiful San Francisco office earlier this week.  RDR needed volunteers to help out and put out this call for help: ” We need folks to chill out & hold puppies and hang out with cool people”. I saw that and thought “UM HELLLOOO ME ME ME!”!!!  So I immediately contacted them and volunteered, because um hellooooo did you read the magic words PUPPIES!!!

The event was super successful! Six dogs showed up to the event and of those FOUR went home with cool people to on a foster to adopt basis!! AWESOME RIGHT?  All around everyone had fun, human and furry alike!!!

The volunteers were so awesome to hang out with.

Rocket Dog Rescue volunteers

All the Yammer employees loved popping by to play with the dogs. Look how happy they look.

yammer employees at a Rocket Dog Rescue adoption eventLook how cute the dogs are!! If you are looking to adopt a dog or can foster please consider  a Rocket Dog Rescue dog. They are AMAZING!! Seriously AMAZING!!  If you can’t quite adopt.. skip a Starbucks run and donate a few bucks here! ;-) or volunteer for an event!

Rocket dog Rescue puppy

pomeranion puppy mix

husky mix available for adoption

I always think when someone adopts a rescue dog its not the dog that gets lucky, it’s the person adopting them that is the lucky one!!!

Rocket Dog Rescue Foster PArents


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