I photographed this fun-loving family 5 years ago now. Crazy! Not sure where the time went but so glad that I had the opportunity to connect again back at their grandparents’ family home in Auburn. Just like last time, we ran, explored, giggled, hugged, and there was even an explosive laughter incident complete with snorted boogers. (I spared you those photos but the moment was utterly priceless.)
I hope it’s not 5 years before we get to do this again because these kids will be teens and they’ll be far too cool for my antics.
Now booking newborns and intimate weddings for 2019
Know of someone having a baby or getting married next year? Please connect me. I have wonderful packages for newborns that include gift registries and albums, and affordable coverage especially tailored for smaller weddings in the Sacramento region and beyond. Get in touch here.
This will be the second time I have photographed the extended Shapiro family. The first time was 5 years ago and, since then, Samantha (who originally hired me), has assisted me on several weddings, and her and her brother, Matt, acquired significant others who they brought to this year’s session.
We met at Ancil Hoffman Park, this year, looking for some green grass (which is uncharacteristic in early Fall) and some Autumn colors. The leaves had only just started to change but the light was warm and beautiful.
I love the Shapiros. There is so much genuine warmth and I appreciate so much their trust in my process; they totally go with the flow, commit to my games, ignore me and interact with one another when I ask them to. It’s never forced, it’s always fun, and I love the photos we captured again this year.
Still haven’t booked your own family’s photo session for 2018?
My last session to get you photos before Christmas is the first weekend in December. I only have a couple of spots remaining. Get in touch now if you want to get on the schedule!
The Fongs, simply put, are family. Watching these kids grow for the last 13 years has been magical. Photographing that for the last 10 has been an honor.
If you would like to follow their journey, you can see their sessions from 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 by clicking on the years.
Which is your favorite? Mine is the 2014 session. I loved that one because it was so playful. I also enjoyed my latte at the end 😉 Not that I don’t like this year’s session. I particularly love how Noelle is part-teenager, part-kid still and how that comes through in these photos, some mature and sophisticated and then silly faces with her brother and the love for her little Poo Bear.
Here are the 2019 Fongs…
I still have a few weekend spots open before Christmas. If you’re looking for some updated family photos for Holiday cards or gifts, Contact Me Here.
Although the weather hasn’t quite caught on YET, it’s my favorite time of year: time for Fall Family Photos. And it’s time to get a bookin’, folks!
I have so much fun with my families every year, exploring trails, playing in parks, making up games to keep everyone entertained, and generally just Fall-Frolickin’. I’d love for you to come play with me this year!
I have two packages available for 2018
A shorter session (30-45 mins) for immediate family members only, great for a family that wants their annual family photo for Holiday cards. This comes with the usual works of a gallery of the best images (around 25), artistically edited, plus you get to pick your favorite 5 to download as high-resolution digital files, perfect for Christmas gifts, cards, and that framed photo on your family photo wall.
Yep, they’re still available and give you more time to capture the magic that is your family unit. Full-Length Sessions are recommended for larger families and families with smaller children. Yes, it might seem counter-intuitive to have smaller kids in a session for longer but the time can be used to give them a break and allow them to play between shots (also a great opportunity for candids) vs being on such a time crunch and having the pressure on for them to “perform” in a shorter period of time.
Full-Length sessions come with a gallery of 75 artistically edited images and you get to download ’em all! Which means no agonizing over which one to pick, or having to make the difficult choice between two of your absolute favorites.
What is a session with me like?
I like to promote my more “documentary” side a lot and yes, I still love a good “fly on the wall” session, but Fall Family Photos tend to be different.
First of all we move around a lot both from place to place and in whatever spot we pick to hang out in for a while.
Although I am setting you up for that beautiful family pic here and there, I’m also not “posing” your kids, so they have the freedom to be themselves, play, explore, and let off some steam. I find this makes everyone generally more relaxed and results in much more fun photos that represent the spirit of your family much better than any perfectly-composed shot might.
I’ll also help you out with some games that you can play together to get you interacting vs. staring at the camera ALL the time, which can often result in that deer-in-the-headlights look.
The result is that you’ll get a wide variety of images of your family at play, your kids being kids alone and together, and yes the “family photo” that goes on the Christmas card.
And I don’t forget you, moms and dads…
I love to capture a couple of photos of you guys together, enjoying a moment while the kids play. All of the below photos were taken during a family session.
All that’s left to say is… Book now!
There are limited spots left on my calendar already. October especially is very limited.
For pricing and more information, please click on one of the button links below, depending on what kind of session you’re looking for.
Full Length Session
JR and Wendla are married! You may remember them from their beautiful winter engagement session, their laughter and kisses often combined. These two clearly make one another laugh and their wedding day at Granite Bay Golf Club was no exception. A little nervous before their first look, her stomach a little unsettled as she grabbed a snack before the festivities, Wendla relaxed and came alive as soon as JR tapped her on the shoulder. From thereon out this day ran so smoothly and joyfully, not a moment of it felt like work. From our golf-cart adventures through the edges of the golf course, to dancing with the many children who loved the spotlight, this was a beautiful, happy day for two people who very much deserved it.
Big props go to Kelle Collier, the on-day coordinator at Granite Bay Golf Club. I have worked with many site-based wedding coordinators but none have ever been as organized, caring, professional, and fun as Kelle. She’s working with 60 couples this year and this is her (I think she said) 14th year with the club, so there’s no doubt she knows her job inside and out, possibly with her eyes closed. She was the grease that oiled every part of the wedding day machinery. I hope I get to work with her again.
JR and Wendla left the very next day for their honeymoon to Hawaii. I know they’re back now and eager to see their photos. Here is a teaser while their gallery is finished…
Assistant: Vickie Horvath | DJ: Chris Santos from True Note Media | Flowers: Peggy Bimbi (Wendla’s talented Aunt)