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Gillian – Old Sacramento Senior Session

It was so refreshing to hang with Gillian a couple of weekends ago for her senior session in Old Sacramento. Gillian is bright, eloquent, unpretentious, and full of so much quiet confidence and grace that she hasn’t quite yet realized she possesses. She is, in short, a breath of fresh air and the kind of young woman that gives you hope for the future of our world.

Gillian is graduating this year and thinking about the future. That heady time that I still remember so well, rich with hope and the sweet sensation of the world being at your feet, your life stretching out before you in endless branches of possibility. And yet Gillian is far more mature than I was at her age, far more steady on her feet, and, I project, headed for bigger things than she can probably imagine right now. I think much of this potential and grace comes from her time in the theatre, and her mom, Carole, who is a neighbor to my sister-in-law. She not only bears an uncanny physical resemblance to mom but I sense that they also share that same interesting mix of inner strength and outer humility. I loved my time with them both.

More senior sessions like this, please!<3

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

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Wendla + JR – Fair Oaks Engagement Session

JR and Wendla are getting married in July at the Granite Bay Golf Club. JR lives in Dixon and Wendla currently lives in Napa and so they are busy making it all work somewhat long-distance now. In keeping with their desire to get married in the Sacramento region, we met up at Sailor Bar in Fair Oaks for their engagement session. These two love to laugh, especially JR who finds it hard to keep a straight face for longer than a few moments. Except, that is, when he’s kissing Wendla, which he very, very serious about.

We had a fantastic time in the sunshine exploring the local trails. Can’t wait for their wedding!

Fair Oaks Engagement Session

Fair Oaks Engagement Session

 

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A walk to the park with the Rogers family – Folsom family photography

In my time dealing with chronic pain and injury, I have worked with three PCPs, two osteopaths, two massage therapists, an acupuncturist, two chiropractors, two orthopedic specialists, a neurologist, and no fewer than ten physical therapists.All had their own idea of what my body could and needed to do to find relief. And yet none of them have come close to providing the kind of relief that I find when I regularly attend a pilates or barre class at The Pilates Twist in Folsom, with owner, Hilary.

Hilary is an incredibly gifted person. She can casually watch 8 people arrive to her class, observe their gait and their posture, and then immediately tailor a routine that synchronizes with the physical needs of each person. When you’re in-class with Hilary, she doesn’t just go through the motions of teaching you en-masse, she’s paying attention to every single, unique body in the room and providing gentle guidance and adjustments specific to you, while challenging you and providing a great workout. I always leave her class feeling 3 inches taller and more physically free than when I went in. I also manage to get sore muscles without sparking pain cycles or injury, which is what happens with almost every other kind of workout I participate in.

So, when she asked me to capture her family as a gift to her father, I jumped at the chance.

We decided to keep it simple (which I find is generally the hallmark of all great sessions) and walk the trails behind her house to the local park with her husband, son, and two dogs. As the sun set into a beautiful, pink-hued sunset, we ran around the playground and enjoyed just the fun and easy togetherness of a regular family evening.

Folsom Family Photography

Folsom Family Photography

Folsom Family Photography

Folsom Family Photography

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I love photographing families in Winter and Spring. It’s much easier to be fun and relaxed when it’s not 100 degrees. Get in touch to learn about my new Shortie sessions, which include a 45 minute session and all the digital images for a budget-friendly price.

 

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  1. Susan Latham

    You are so talented and captured so many authentic, beautiful, images of our lovely progeny!!
    Thank you!

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The Adams / Brandt families – Folsom extended family session

Any time I get to spend with the Brandt family, I jump at the chance. They’re warm, open, playful, funny, and generous. So, when I had the opportunity to capture some of mom, Amber’s, extended family last month, I forgot I was supposed to be taking the month off and said YES!

I had met Amber’s parents a couple of times before but this was the first time I got to hang with her brother and his beautiful family. We met up at a small park in Folsom, did some of the “everyone get in the photo and smile” shots but then indulged my need for something more playful by playing games like red-light-green-light, a family chicken-dance, a group march, and finally some time on the swings. I know the group shots are what they came for,  but I hope that in years to come they’ll be just as thankful for the candid photos of them having fun and being playful together.

I’ll admit that I generally am not a fan of shooting extended family sessions because it often turns into an entire session of wedding group shots that ends up being not a lot of fun for everyone. But since I know and have worked with the Brandt family many times, and knew they knew what to expect from me and how I roll in my sessions, I knew it wouldn’t be anything like that painful experience. If you’d love to get your extended family together and want something more than just the group shots, some memories of you laughing and playing and having fun together, then absolutely call me. I’m down!

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  1. Kristy Paggi

    Fabulous shots of my extended family. Especially like the playful and close ups, and always partial to b&w.

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    • Christina Adams

      This was such an awesome experience. We love, love, love the photos. Thank you so much Michelle!

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2017 // 365

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”―Haruki Murakami

I completed the second year of my photo-a-day project on December 31st, 2017. When I started documenting my days on Jan 1, 2016, I never thought I’d make it through a year, let alone two. And, for sure, this year I almost gave up many times.

It was a really tough year. The toughest. On many days, I felt like a little rowboat caught out on the ocean in the perfect storm. I have never felt so adrift, so at-sea, in so many areas of my life at once. It brought me to my knees. It was energy-sucking, confidence draining, emotional nudity. It was humbling. I questioned everything, including myself, and I’m still not sure that I’m standing on solid ground yet. Have you ever got off of a boat after a long, rough voyage? For a while after you step on land, you find yourself still internally swaying, not sure if it’s the ground beneath you moving, or if your equilibrium hasn’t yet caught up to the fact that you’re finally off the boat. That’s how it feels right now. Shaky. Uncertain. But also a bit of a relief.

Looking back on these images was hard and helpful. Hard because it’s like I began the year in one life and left it in another. Helpful because I realized that, along the way, there were many moments I wouldn’t want to write-off.

And that’s why I’m going to continue in 2018. Who knows what the next 12 months will bring my way? Who knows what life I will be standing in on December 31st of this year? And who knows how grateful I will be for the reminder of the little moments along the way.

365 Photography Project

365 Photography Project

 

Maybe I can’t be with you every single day but I can document the flavor of your life in a documentary session. Trust me, every memory has its value, even the moments that don’t feel like they need memorializing at the time. Get in touch to learn more.

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