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The Tings – Carmichael Family Session

The Tings are family, And like all good photographers, I get to photograph family almost never, being busy with sessions with other people’s families at this time of the year. So, I was thrilled that we were able to get something on the schedule this Fall.

The last time I photographed them, my niece, Adah, was possibly 4 or 5 with pigtails, and the photo of her leaning out of a car window ended up on the cover of a local magazine. Now she is almost a teenager, with more than a hint of her grandmother’s grace in her smile and stature. And, in her brother, Ezra, a week to-the-day older than my own daughter, I see traces of his grandpa James, mixed with his maternal family’s eyes. Seeing it all, and how a different family member flickers in and out as they grow – and even in a moment, as their expressions change – is one of the incredible things about watching children in your family grow.

Memories by Michelle Photography Carmichael Family Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Carmichael 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 newborn photo sessions in the Sacramento area that include gift registries and albums, as well as affordable coverage for smaller weddings in the Sacramento region and beyond. Get in touch here.

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The Stephens Family – Sailor Bar Fair Oaks Session

It was a smokey afternoon before the first rains when I met the Stephens family at Sailor Bar in Fair Oaks. Friends of friends, the irony was that I had photographed those friends just that morning when the smoke from the Camp Fire had momentarily dissipated. It rolled in as the day progressed and cast a haze over the pond and river but didn’t stop us from having a wonderful session as the orange sun set.

Photographing two teenage boys was so fun. I loved making them cringe and snicker with dopey questions and mom kisses.

Sailor Bar Fair Oaks Session

Sailor Bar Fair Oaks Session

Sailor Bar Fair Oaks 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 newborn photo sessions in the Sacramento area that include gift registries and albums, as well as affordable coverage 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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The Shapiro Family – Ancil Hoffman Park Family Photo Session

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.

Ancil Hoffman Park Family Photo Session

Ancil Hoffman Park Family Photo Session

Ancil Hoffman Park Family Photo Session

Ancil Hoffman Park Family Photo Session

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!

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The Fongs – Capitol Park Sacramento Family Session

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…

Capitol Park Sacramento Family Session

Capitol Park Sacramento Family Session

Capitol Park Sacramento Family Session

Capitol Park Sacramento Family Session

Your turn?

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.

 

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JR + Wendla – Granite Bay Golf Club Wedding

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)

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