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Personal Branding Photos for Keilah

I met Keilah through her online business, Sacramento Sidetracks, which provides reviews and recommendations for families looking for fun things to do in the Sacramento area. I even photographed her family a few years back in this adorably fun session.

But now, when Keilah isn’t making sure local families are having fun on their days off, she’s busy making sure they find the home of their dreams as an agent at Lyon Real Estate in the Land Park office.

Keilah is full of positive energy and that comes out in how she markets herself; she has awesome promotional chops. When we met at a local coffee shop recently to catch up, she let me know that she would love to get some photos for her real estate career that helped clients get a sense of her warm and fun personality, with a variety of images for different marketing pieces.

A couple of weekends ago we met at the Lyon Land Park office and ventured around Land Park’s beautiful neighborhoods to make that happen. Here are some of my favorites…

Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Lyon real Estate Sacramento Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Lyon real estate land park Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Keilah Woodard Lyon Land Park Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Keilah Woodard Lyon Land Park Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Keilah Woodard Lyon Land Park Memories by Michelle Photography

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Jon Mini Session

Orangevale Mini Session photo of boy jumping in air

OMG, Jon is just the cutest five-year-old boy ever and the son of my much-loved hairdresser Jess (shoutout to Jess who is continually reinventing my hairstyle and hair color, appointment-by-appointment.)

Initially feeling a bit shy when he got out of the car for our session, Jon quickly warmed up with some fun games and, before we knew it, he was jumping, dancing, running, and making up his own poses.

But, like all boys his age, you can’t beat a good fart for a total belly-laugh. (See last photo.)

Long shot of boy laughing on the trails
Close up of boy laughing
Orangevale Mini Session boy running toward camera
Boy pretending to be a cat
Orangevale Mini Session boy laying on his back with his eyes closed
Orangevale Mini Session spring photo of young boy
Orangevale Mini Session black and white photo of boy with eyes closed
Orangevale Mini Session photo of boy and his older sister kissing
Orangevale Mini Session photo of boy and his older sister laughing
Orangevale Mini Session Black and White photo of boy laying on the grass
Orangevale Mini Session father and son sharing sweet moment at Orangevale Community Park
Orangevale Mini Session father and son having fun

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The Hurd Family Mini Session

Orangevale Community Park

How many great family shots can you capture in 20 minutes? A LOT. Especially when you’re working with a family that is full of laughter and comes ready to play!

Sacramento Mini Session
Sacramento Mini Session
Sacramento Mini Session
Sacramento Mini Session
Sacramento Mini Session
Sacramento Mini Session
Sacramento Mini Session
Sacramento Mini Session

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard during a photo session. Thank you Kristin and Brian for the gift of your family.

Inspired to capture photos like this of your family? Shoot me a message and let’s get something on the calendar.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento

For the second year in a row I was chosen by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, to capture photos of their matches to be featured on their website and marketing materials.

You can see the photos I took last year peppered throughout their website: https://bbbs-sac.org/ along with stories about the matches I captured. It’s a wonderful way to bring to life the benefits of being a Big or Little.

This year they wanted to freshen-up the stories and images with other matches, some of whom had been paired for years and some for just months.

What’s always so fun to see, however, is the friendship these kids and their mentors have built together, no matter how long or short their acquaintance. So rarely these days are children in a position to form a relationship with an adult other than their parent or teacher and, although these relationships are pivotal for sure, they function as authority figures to a child vs. companions. It used to be that aunts an uncles, grandpas and grandmas, or even mothers and fathers of friends that lived close-by, filled these gaps but, as communities have become more fragmented and many families live far away from one another, building these kinds of bonds that are just about friendship and mentorship, nothing more, is much harder than I think it used to be.

Big Brothers Big Sisters fulfills that role and it’s beautiful to hear about simple adventures and conversations that these kids and their Bigs share, and that mean so much.

Here are some of my favorite images from our two days of shooting. If you’re inspired to learn more about being a Big or have a child who you think could benefit from the program, I encourage you to click the link above and learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento

Working with nonprofits is some of my favorite work

If you know of a local nonprofit that needs to tell their story more powerfully through photos, please have them get in touch. I offer nonprofits a 50% discount on my hourly rate.

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Three Generations Session in Old Sacramento

What a fantastic afternoon I had with these three ladies in Old Sacramento this month!

I had met mom, Kate, when I photographed her and her husband for some headshots late last year and was so excited to meet her mother and her daughter, Izzie, in a session orchestrated by Izzie from the East Coast, where she now lives.

Mother-daughter relationships are especially close to my heart because of my own experiences as a daughter and a mother to a daughter, so it was wonderful to see these three smart, witty, and formidable women together, laughing and sharing stories about the past.

It was interesting too to see how similar grandmother and granddaughter are; outgoing, talkative, and vivacious, while Kate’s personality is much more thoughtful and subdued, soaking up their laughter and energy. I loved watching her watch them, enjoying their constant laughter. This, too, reminds me of my own life, where my daughter and mother are thick-as-thieves and I have often found myself being the one quietly watching them together.

Multi-generation family sessions are a wonderful gift to yourself and your family. We spend so much time photographing the youngest members of our clan – and for sure our little kids are cute – but we need to keep remembering to document the love we share with those a generation or two above us.

Old Sacramento Family Photographer
Old Sacramento Family Photographer
Old Sacramento Family Photographer

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A walk in East Sac with the Rogers Family

I have been photographing the Rogers family since their son, Nicholas, was born 6 years ago. Mom, Sara, and I calculated during our recent session that we have had probably more than 10 photo shoots together since then!

Arriving at their beautiful Craftsman home in East Sacramento, I see my photos on every wall. As a photographer in a mostly-digital world, I can’t tell you how satisfying that is, to see your photos printed and hung, to know that the moments you captured are seen and enjoyed by the family every day. I am definitely a digital file hoarder myself (my eleventy terabytes of storage give me away, so there’s no point in lying) so I get why folks want to know they have that file. But there’s nothing that replaces the images on the wall where you pass by them in the morning, sleep in your eyes, or during the day with a laundry basket cradled in your arms. You can’t get that from a digital image that you have to sit down at a computer and purposefully open and then stare at. Does anyone actually do that?

Our session this January started at their home, where I got to meet Sara’s dad (aka: Grandpa) and spend a little time capturing him with Nicholas. Then Sara, Jeremy, Nicholas, and I all took a walk through their awesome little neighborhood and stopped at some alleys with cool murals and rusted, corrugated metal walls.

I loved the combination of capturing them getting ready to head out the door, some portraits, and some more documentary-style shots of them on their walk. I talk a lot about how my sessions can be a little bit of everything if you’re willing to play along with me and Sara and Jeremy are a great example of a family who are always willing to do that. The result is that they get their family-together shots, their portraits, but also the moments that otherwise get lost on the cutting room floor, the ones that remind us in 20 years of what it was like to be us at that moment in time.

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east-sacramento-family-photo-session
east-sacramento-family-photo-session
east-sacramento-family-photo-session

Family sessions don’t only have to take place in Fall

In fact, Fall can be so hectic with Holidays and all the events from back-to-school through New Year, that scheduling your photo session in the middle of all that craziness is really quite bananas when you think about it. Click here to schedule your family’s session at any time.

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