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The Evans Family – Orangevale Family Session

I have known the Evans family for five years and this is the first opportunity I have had to photograph them. Their youngest, Lily, goes to school with my daughter and I have enjoyed capturing her on field trips and school celebrations but the rest of her family have been a tad camera shy. In those five years mom, Nicole, has also become a good friend, and we share book club discussions and Halloweens together. It goes without saying that I love this family.

Families tell me all the time “we’re not good in front of the camera”. I totally don’t believe them. There really is no such thing. There are only bad photos of good people.

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.

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The Tongs – Auburn Fall Family Session

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.

Auburn Fall Family Session

Auburn Fall Family Session

Auburn Fall Family Session

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.

 

 

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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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The Chase Family – Rocklin Family Session

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…

Memories by Michelle Rocklin Family Session

Memories by Michelle Rocklin Family Session

Memories by Michelle Rocklin Family Session

Memories by Michelle Rocklin Family Session

memories by michelle Rocklin Family Session

I’m all booked-up for 2017 but I am booking newborn sessions

and intimate weddings for 2018.

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Nora and her peeps at Fairytale Town – Sacramento family photojournalism

The last time I saw Nora she was this big.  Now she is a year old, fearless, curious, and taking on Fairytale Town in Sacramento like a BOSS. Zooming down slides with kids 4x her age and taking one of my dearest friends, her grandma, along for the ride, it was so fun to follow Nora and her peeps around the park.

Sacramento family photojournalism

Sacramento family photojournalism

I love getting grandparents in the picture; we don’t do it often enough. When was the last time you captured the special relationship your kids have with their grandma and grandpa? Get in touch and let’s talk about a session with them together.

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Suzanne + Greg – Intimate Lake Natoma Inn Wedding

Suzanne and Greg have grown children of their own but they looked at one another like teenagers on their wedding day. They had a small and intimate, midday affair at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom, surrounded by close family and friends.

They had wanted to go to the beach but instead, they made the beach come to them, taking their shoes off at the altar and wriggling their toes in the small circle of sand where they said their vows. There were so many cute, beach-themed details throughout their day, from the seashells in Suzanne’s gorgeous bouquet from The Blossom Shop in Folsom, to the starfish guest favors, each one unique and put together by Suzanne.

Suzanne and Greg booked one of my intimate affair wedding packages and opted for just 3 hours of coverage. We didn’t miss any moments, however…

Intimate Lake Natoma Inn Wedding Photographer

CONGRATULATIONS SUZANNE AND GREG!

I wish you a long life of love and happiness together.

Intimate Lake Natoma Inn Wedding Photographer

Big thanks to my friend, assistant, and second-shooter for the day,  Vickie Horvath.

 

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