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Going from the Bay Area to Granite Bay

986c2de92af8bb5be23d1aac38713c438540c5a28a60dcc07f345e222416f134This has been a season of change for my family. After years of talking about moving out of the Bay Area, we finally made the big jump and sold our home in July. Although this was our third home, it was definitely the hardest move for us since we were there for 9 years. We bought our first home 3 months before we got married and I told everyone that buying a home while planning a wedding was the most stressful thing you could ever do. Then, we sold that house while I was 8 months pregnant. I told everyone that packing and moving while pregnant was the worst thing ever. We put our second home on the market 4 weeks after I gave birth to our second daughter. I told everyone that moving with a newborn and a 2 year old was a nightmare. Then, we sold our third home. I thought it couldn’t get any worse since I’ve been through it all. Moving with 2 girls (my youngest didn’t mind moving) who had already established strong friendships was so incredibly hard. Both of them came home the last day of school sobbing and I joined them too. We left a great community of friends, neighbors, and clients. But as a family, we are growing and experiencing this new life together.

So far, the kids are doing ok and they have their good days and some days aren’t so great. It’s not easy starting a new school and making all new friends. I miss the familiarity of my community and I’m looking forward to our new place becoming more like “home.”

As I get situated here and focus on making sure my kids are thriving, I will be taking a break this holiday season. It feels so weird to actually type those words. For most photographers, the holiday season is the busiest (and stressful) time of the year. For the past 8 years, holiday meant the kids knew they wouldn’t see me much of the weekends from Sept-Dec. I’m looking forward to this time of rest and to be able to attend different events with my kids on the weekends.

Please contact me if you happen to be in the Sacramento area! Would love to see some familiar faces here!

Happy 10th Birthday K!

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10 years ago today, I remember going to my 37 week appointment and being told to go straight to the hospital because K was ready to be born! Unlike her big sister who took 22 hours to be born, K was out with 1 push after 6 hours of labor. That’s been very indicative of her personality – fast (whether it’s walking, talking, or eating, I’m always telling her to slow down!) and easy going. She had no problem with me taking her outside in the hot sun for some portraits and even when we spotted a mouse at the park she still put on a smile for me. I’m so blessed that I get to see that smile daily. Happy birthday K!

San Ramon Family Portraits: C Family

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A beautifully styled family all in shades of pink? Check. A garden setting bathed in gorgeous evening light? Check. What more can I ask for?!!:) The C family is a dream to photograph. They are so sweet and easy going and are all naturals in front of the camera. Look at little T with her gold crown – she wore that like she was the queen!  S, your strength and beauty just shines through. Thank you for the chance to photograph your family for the 4th time!