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.
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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…
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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)
JR and Wendla are getting married in July at the Granite Bay Golf Club. JR lives in Dixon and Wendla currently lives in Napa and so they are busy making it all work somewhat long-distance now. In keeping with their desire to get married in the Sacramento region, we met up at Sailor Bar in Fair Oaks for their engagement session. These two love to laugh, especially JR who finds it hard to keep a straight face for longer than a few moments. Except, that is, when he’s kissing Wendla, which he very, very serious about.
We had a fantastic time in the sunshine exploring the local trails. Can’t wait for their wedding!
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In my time dealing with chronic pain and injury, I have worked with three PCPs, two osteopaths, two massage therapists, an acupuncturist, two chiropractors, two orthopedic specialists, a neurologist, and no fewer than ten physical therapists.All had their own idea of what my body could and needed to do to find relief. And yet none of them have come close to providing the kind of relief that I find when I regularly attend a pilates or barre class at The Pilates Twist in Folsom, with owner, Hilary.
Hilary is an incredibly gifted person. She can casually watch 8 people arrive to her class, observe their gait and their posture, and then immediately tailor a routine that synchronizes with the physical needs of each person. When you’re in-class with Hilary, she doesn’t just go through the motions of teaching you en-masse, she’s paying attention to every single, unique body in the room and providing gentle guidance and adjustments specific to you, while challenging you and providing a great workout. I always leave her class feeling 3 inches taller and more physically free than when I went in. I also manage to get sore muscles without sparking pain cycles or injury, which is what happens with almost every other kind of workout I participate in.
So, when she asked me to capture her family as a gift to her father, I jumped at the chance.
We decided to keep it simple (which I find is generally the hallmark of all great sessions) and walk the trails behind her house to the local park with her husband, son, and two dogs. As the sun set into a beautiful, pink-hued sunset, we ran around the playground and enjoyed just the fun and easy togetherness of a regular family evening.
Let’s have some fun!
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Any time I get to spend with the Brandt family, I jump at the chance. They’re warm, open, playful, funny, and generous. So, when I had the opportunity to capture some of mom, Amber’s, extended family last month, I forgot I was supposed to be taking the month off and said YES!
I had met Amber’s parents a couple of times before but this was the first time I got to hang with her brother and his beautiful family. We met up at a small park in Folsom, did some of the “everyone get in the photo and smile” shots but then indulged my need for something more playful by playing games like red-light-green-light, a family chicken-dance, a group march, and finally some time on the swings. I know the group shots are what they came for, but I hope that in years to come they’ll be just as thankful for the candid photos of them having fun and being playful together.
I’ll admit that I generally am not a fan of shooting extended family sessions because it often turns into an entire session of wedding group shots that ends up being not a lot of fun for everyone. But since I know and have worked with the Brandt family many times, and knew they knew what to expect from me and how I roll in my sessions, I knew it wouldn’t be anything like that painful experience. If you’d love to get your extended family together and want something more than just the group shots, some memories of you laughing and playing and having fun together, then absolutely call me. I’m down!