The weather forecast said rain. The skies most definitely said rain. The drops on my windshield on the short drive out to Roseville definitely said rain. But when the time rolled around for Karla and Eric to stand on the other side of my camera, the clouds parted and the sun even peeked out. I guess you could say it was meant to be.
And it felt like that all afternoon and into the night, listening to stories about how Karla and Eric met, and how much their friends and family loved their new member, and spending time with two people who seem not only at peace with one another but also with themselves. They were the calm in the storm of their own day, present and joyful, so wonderful to work with and to spend the day with. When, as their guests were tucking into La Provence’s delicious dinners, I stepped outside to be greeted by the most magnificent sunset, made more intense by the storm that had preceded it; it seemed fitting somehow. Not all our stories unfold the way we expect them to but, eventually, we get to meet the one person who was meant for us and walk off into the sunset together.
Gorgeous flowers by Katie Edwards at Ambiance Floral Design and a special thanks to Bobby from DynamikSoundz who was a joy to work with. Most people don’t know how much a photographer and DJ work together during the reception and how communication between the two can make all the difference in both the photos you get and the flow of your evening. Trust me, good vendor communication and cooperation is a big plus.
Last but not least, thanks to my friend and assistant, Vickie Horvath, who puts up with the short words that tend to come out of my mouth when I’m focused on lighting and composition and bride and groom. I love that she can laugh at me even when I’m at my most frustrating.
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I met the Paciotti family at my daughter’s swim school several years ago. Their son, Austin, and my girl were in the same swim class and, between them, spending more time giggling and spacing-out than actually swimming. Meanwhile, we parents connected, and a friendship was born. I learned that the Paciotti’s love foreign travel just about as much as I do, and that mom, Dawn, is one brave, badass momma, having gone through multiple procedures for throat cancer.
This was the first time I have photographed them and we had plans to go downtown to explore some murals. But the weather forecast was looking wet and wild for our original date and so we brought things forward a week and decided to explore some local trails instead. (Of course, our original date ended up having perfect weather. Go figure.) But the sun shone, the sky was blue, the light was beautiful, and we had a ton of fun, capped-off by dinner together in old Folsom.
I have photographed this family every year, without fail, since I started Memories by Michelle 8 years ago. Every year they make my job easy.
Our story (that I tell every year but never get tired of) is that we met in pre-natal class when we were pregnant with our daughters, became friends, and then ended up in the hospital with one another, 2 doors down, as our girls were born just 36 hours apart. Later, my mum was their son, Lucca’s, nanny when Natalie first went back to work. It’s fair to say these people are like family to me. And they’re just pure entertainment. Every last second.
Every year I try to capture the Lucia family’s playful spirit with a fun image. This is my favorite this year.
Reminds me a lot of the one from 2015
Finally, I couldn’t resist a picture of the kids together. We ended our session with dinner and it was great to see these kids pick up where they left off with their friendship. Busy work schedules and life in general mean we don’t get to see one another as often as we used to.
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Being a parent is hard work. You don’t always know if you’re doing it right (whatever that means) and some days it definitely feels like you’re failing. There’s no handbook, no day off, and no two kids need you to do it the same way. Parents of multiple kids, especially, I take my hats off to you because the physical and emotional juggling. I have one and some days I feel at my wits’ end.
And then there is the laughter. The shared jokes. The hugs that are more of a desperate squeeze. The nighttime whispers of “I love you”. There’s the joy of seeing each one of your children grow into their own person, the privilege of being a part of that journey.
I’ve watched my friend, Sarah, and her husband, Ryan, go through that journey with their three, beautiful children, for almost nine years now and am honored to capture just a little of all of that goodness in our session at Johnson Springview Park in Rocklin, recently. We walked the trails, we jumped over rocks, and climbed the play structures.
Here are some of my favorites from our afternoon…
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Max is here and he’s out of this world! Excuse the corny pun but it fits so well with his parents who are Star Wars mad and who themed his room around Star Wars characters, TIE and X-wing starfighters (yes, I had to Google to get the right names), and the iconic Death Star (I knew that! Extra points me!) In fact, Star Wars is everywhere in Rachel and Joe’s home, not just in Max’s nursery.
The force is definitely with this little family, however. (Sorry… I couldn’t resist. Ok, yes, I’ll try.) Joe and Rachel are really enjoying snuggles with Max and sharing him with his older sister.
Me? I couldn’t resist tiny fingers and toes with lots of wrinkles and some of that fuzzy-peach skin. I heart newborn sessions and I can’t wait for my next one later this month down in Diablo. If you know of someone expecting in the New Year, I’m already booking January and February newborn sessions. Because they take a little longer, I can only do a couple a month, so if you want to get on the schedule, call me soon.
In the meantime, ooooh and ahhhh over Max…