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Merry Christmas 2016

To our dear friends and family,

2016 is almost over and what a year it has been!  Moving from San Ramon to Granite Bay this summer was a huge undertaking but we are happy (and so relieved!) to say that all the kids have adjusted and it is starting to feel like home. We are thankful for all the “firsts” we’ve experienced here and as we spend the first Christmas in our new home, we hope to send some Christmas joy to you with our annual video, which is a bit different from the previous years. 🙂

We hope your days will be merry and as bright as Danny’s sweater!

With Love,
*The Moon Clan*
Danny, Janet, Audrey, Kaylee, Ellie, and Luna:

Auburn Family Portraits: Y Family

My first Granite Bay client! I’ve been so blessed that God has connected me with families here and has prepared so many relationships for me even before I moved. M, is the sister of one of my good friends (and client) from San Ramon. Turns out we live only about a mile from each other! Since I’m new to the area, M found this location in Auburn for us to meet and I know it’ll be a place I go to frequently. It’s a strange feeling to be back at square one and having to build up my business in a new area. I had so many favorite spots in the Bay Area to shoot and I miss my clients (many that have been with me for 8 years!) so it is a bit overwhelming to start over completely but I’m super excited to start a new adventure here and get re-inspired with my photography. Thank you Y Family for trusting me!

Maternity Portraits: P Family

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I went down to San Jose this weekend to attend a baby shower honoring the P family (a big perk of taking a break this holiday season is being able to attend family events!). It was supposed to rain all weekend but I brought my camera just in case and I was able to take a few portraits for my cousin-in-law. It was windy and there were cars lined up and down the street so we were limited to where we could shoot, but momma-to-be looks so gorgeous she could stand anywhere and would still look good!

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!