Excited to welcome back another family I photographed last year, the Birdsells. When I met Ana and Brandon last year, Ana was pregnant with their second child, Maren. Well, Maren is here and 5 months old and I got to meet her little, chubby thighs recently in Rocklin. Ana’s family were having a party on the premises and I borrowed them for a couple of hours to walk the trails of Quarry Park. Lincoln is now 2 and all the amounts of inquisitive, climbing and hiding beneath rocks, and doing what all good 2 year olds with a mind of their own do: running away allll the time. It’s all good, we just followed him, and plied him with chocolate ice cream bars, and many mommy kisses.
Love these people and this family. So much genuine happiness. So much genuine. I’m so lucky to find such wonderful people as clients.
I heart clients who come back year after year, watching their family grow through photos.
Ask me about my absolutely fantastically awesome repeat client discounts.
(Seriously, they’re that good that they warrant that many adjectives.)
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Last year I got to meet the adorable Wyatt at home (see the session here) and this year, to celebrate his 4th birthday, mom, dad, and I decided to go play in their favorite local park instead.
I thought I had seen almost every park in the Sacramento region through my family sessions over the years, or at least all the big and popular ones, but somehow I had managed to completely miss this gem in Rocklin. Johnson-Springview Park is pretty dang awesome. There’s a huge kids’ play area with swings and slides and a sandpit, lots of rolling lawns to lay your picnic blanket out on, and then a whole host of trails beyond the landscaped areas to get lost in. In just a few minutes of walking you can go from the sound of children squealing to the sound of birds chirping. There’s even a little brook with a stone bridge, and a disc golf course that winds through the trees. Cool, right?
Wyatt is the perfect 4-year old mix of cheeky and sweet, picking and giving his mom flowers one minute and then beelining for the muddy puddles the next. I loved playing hide-and-seek in the tall grass with him and watching him swing super high,
Where are your favorite places to play as a family? Let’s go there together, I’ll bring my camera and capture the whole family (not just the ones not behind the camera.)
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One of the best things to recommend Sacramento is that it’s almost equidistant between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe – ocean and city 90 minutes in one direction, lake, and mountains 90 minutes in the other. Before I got pregnant and my body got all wonky on me, the husband and I used to love going up to Tahoe in the winter to ski. I’m a winter girl and I love ice skating and skiing and hats and scarves and gloves and hot chocolate and fireplaces. I love the awakeness you feel with the cold wind in your lungs. I’ve missed all that due to hip issues and knee issues and now foot issues and, I admit, my dreams of my girl skiing down the mountainside with me egging her on, have not materialized. In the absence of the ideal vision, there hasn’t been much in-between either. Which is how my girl got to almost 8 without seeing the snow. (sadface)
Sometimes, in fact, 90 minutes can feel like a lifetime away.
We have bought snow gear almost every year for my girl (and then not going and having to donate it because she grows out of it before the next snow season) and so, when we finally mustered the time and commitment to make it up the mountain a few weeks ago, I had to buy her new snow boots, and she had to wear last year’s ski pants that wouldn’t fasten around the waist. She’s a summer girl that likes bare feet and flappy, barely-there dresses. To say she was less-than impressed with all the layers and bulk would be an understatement.
But we were undeterred, forging out into the snow-covered rocky outcroppings of Sand Harbor on the Nevada side of the lake, laying in the snow, and making our first family snowman. Ok, really, the husband made the snowman, my girl thought it was too hard and gave up early on, and I just took pictures. What!? I couldn’t find my ski gloves. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
This stuff just isn’t like they script it in the movies, is it?
I’m on a mission to take and photograph more day trips this year – my own and yours. Let’s chat about your plans for family fun in lakes, mountains, beaches, cities, deserts, or anywhere in between.
What is more classic than a family day out to the local zoo? For the Rogers family it’s a favorite spot for little Nicholas and I got to join them plus grandma and grandpa for their first trip of 2017 in some beautiful Spring weather.
So many of my favorite memories of my own childhood were of day trips with my parents to zoos and parks and castles (growing up in England there are a few more of them there.) I’d love to do more family documentary sessions like this, whether that’s at local favorite spots here in the Sacramento region or somewhere further afield like San Francisco, Tahoe, or a long weekend away in Monterey. Get in touch if your family has something planned for Spring or Summer break and have me tag along! The coolest thing about not being responsible for the pictures is not just that you’ll be in them but that you’ll be able to forget about having to document everything yourself and just have a blast.
Get in touch here to book your family day trip photography session in Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Auburn, Davis, or even the Bay Area and beyond!
If you’re a parent, you know one totally cliche thing without question: that kids grow up way too fast. You know that phases are fleeting and that yesterday’s cute Fireman outfit is tomorrow’s slam dunk in the front yard. You know that coloring around the kitchen table is all-too-soon met with a turned-up nose and a closed bedroom door, and that little hands and feet, so soft to the touch, eventually become big and dirty and not-so-nice smelling. If you’ve spoken to anyone whose kids have grown, you’ll also know that almost all of the things that we complain about when our kids are little, are problems and moments we yearn for when they walk out the door to college, leaving us in our tidy homes with all the free time we ever wanted to go workout and look cute in jeans and watch our favorite tv show undisturbed.
My daughter is only eight and I remember holding her hand on the way to the first day of kindergarten, purposefully memorizing the way her sweaty little palm felt against mine, small and soft and holding on tight. Now she’ll hold my hand to cross the street only if I ask but will quickly whip it away once we reach the other side. It’s little moments like that and so many more where we feel the pull-and-tug of past and future working through us.
And so a Day In The Life session is a way to freeze all those little tiny things of ordinary today, that seem insignificant or annoying or imperfect right now, to preserve them for those moments when we’re sitting on the couch in a quiet house wishing we could hear tiny feet running down the hallway.
This is a Day In The Life of The Patterson Family. Four children, two busy and tired parents, cats, dogs, and chickens. Sleepy, dark mornings, dance parties on mom and dad’s bed, a park date so mom can take a shower, and a kitchen table that doubles as an art space and a kid sofa. God, I wish I had photos like this of my own childhood.
Day In Your Life sessions are my favorite sessions to shoot. Everyone has time to relax and forget about the camera. Beautiful, real life doesn’t need fancy outfits or planned activities; it just happens. Get in touch if you want to learn more.