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We photographed our first family with twins (Emilia & Alexis) in a park in Pleasanton and while it took a while for them to warm up, they were nothing but trouble… ehem I mean smiles! Big thanks to Christina (Mom) for making silly faces and funny noises! It sure is a challenge photographing toddlers as they are soo active. We’ve learned that at any moment we could be laying on our backs shooting upside down just to keep up with them. But we wouldn’t change it for anything.
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Zoe Skye Newborn 7Dean and Olga live in an amazing modern condo in San Francisco with a huge window that provided us with amazing natural light. Their home was set up so beautifully, there wasn’t much work for us to do. I’m not saying being a photographer is easy, but our session seemed to fly by. Dean was wearing a handsome sweater that matched the orchid in their home perfectly. Olga was beautifully beaming with a mother’s pride and little Zoe Skye made me feel like I was the only one in the room. We were honored to be asked to photograph their newborn session. Even the dog Niko got some camera time. See Dean and Olga’s Maternity session here.
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Having an older sibling can be a blessing at times especially when that sibling loves to take lead and jump head first into adventure. For being the baby of the family, Alla was so patient with her big sister Ria and followed her lead especially when Ria danced and had nothing but fun twirling, laughing and just having a wonderful time with us. We met the Sirota family at their home in Belmont, CA. Ria was a little shy at first but she was ready to show us and to help us capture the love her family had for each other. Our session turned out to be playful and full of whimsy. The sisters had so many beautiful outfits their mother picked out for them and the precious time we spent with the Sirota family brought us closer together. Thank you for the beautiful session.
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Maldonado_Family_Blog-4The Maldonado’s are a family we’ve been honored to see grow right in front of our eyes. We captured Dina’s Maternity, Aliyah’s Newborn and now this Family Session, which took place at the Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This location is not only a beautiful garden, but it was the site of Dina and Jose’s wedding which makes this session extra special. Aliyah is such an energetic little bundle of joy, we could hardly get her to sit for one moment. Mom and Aliyah had matching flower sun dresses and Dad’s was smiling with pride the entire time.
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  • 10/24/2015 - 8:14 pm

    Anastasiya Granat - These photos are absolutely breathtaking! Much love to the Maldonado family!ReplyCancel

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Surprise Maternity for Olga & Dean | China Basin, San Francisco

Olga & Dean asked us to photograph their baby shower at their home in China Basin, San Francisco. They were surrounded by loving friends and it was a beautiful time for everyone to be together. We captured some great moments during the party but the real fun was had when we whisked them away from their friends for an impromptu Maternity Session. The courtyard and surrounding landscape around their condo was a beautiful backdrop for fun, love and baby bump-age. It was a beautiful day with gorgeous light, and the scent of cherry blossoms with the laughter from Olga & Dean was like aroma therapy for the soul!031415_OD_Maternity_blog-2

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We thought we had some great ideas for this mommy & me session with Michelle and Tali, but Tali had her own ideas and showed us that hers were indeed much better than what we could come up with. Combined with the beautiful golden hour sunlight, this blooming flower field in the middle of Hayward, and these two color complimenting cuties, we were pretty much guaranteed an amazing memory creating session. But you can judge for yourself below. Let us know what you think in the comments section

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Our first maternity session of the year couldn’t have gone any better. Rose and Jiyan were so easy to work with and this little park in Redwood Shores was the perfect backdrop. We can’t wait to photograph the newest little edition to their family very soon.

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  • 03/02/2015 - 6:11 am

    Juliette Duenez - beautiful! You captured the love!ReplyCancel

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Photographing Germaine, Tony, little Oliver and the Cota Family was great! We met at their home and just started taking pictures. Everything fell into place as we moved from one activity to the next. Oliver is the “Jack of All Trades”; he has his very own motorcycle, is in charge of gardening and does all the carpentry. Before we knew it the session was over. Time sure flies when you are having fun!

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“As I take your hand I promise to you, to be there, to cherish, to love and to hold you, through the bad times and good, in sickness, and in health to death do us part and even then we are each other in heart.” How fortunate we were to witness such a beautiful union between these two love birds. As Jessica’s mom, a wedding officiate carried out the ceremony surrounded by an intimate group of friends an family, Jessica and Mike joined hands and shared their “I Do’s”. The love shared between these two radiated in the joy of everyone there. We had a wonderful time and were lucky to also find out that Jessica and Mike, as a surprise to their guests announced the name of their expecting little man,  but we wont spoil their surprise to others 🙂 Congratulations Jessica and Mike on your growing family and your life together!

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  • 02/07/2015 - 7:16 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you Danny to you and your lovely wife Vika. The photos are amazing.ReplyCancel