Ten Most Memorable Photos of 2016

The year 2016 took me all over the counties of Sacramento, Placer, Tuolumne, San Francisco and Marin to photograph tiny newborns, beautiful babies and fun-loving children!  It was a wonderful, busy year!  I met so many great new families and saw again all of my annual clients whose children were a little bit older, a little bit bigger and a little bit more grown up than the last time I saw them.  This job is so rewarding and so much fun, capturing the amazing personalities of these beautiful children as they grow up!  Here are a few of my favorite images taken during 2016 portrait sessions.

San Francisco city kid pouting during her lifestyle portraits at homeThis was not a planned photo.  I was standing on a chair to get a different angle for her baby brother’s newborn portraits.  She was standing near him, just watching what was going on, when she glanced up at me.  Less than a second and she had darted across the room, but I caught those gorgeous blue eyes and sweet expression!

little boy climbing trees at the Berkeley Marina during his photo shootI have noticed a pattern when I have portrait sessions with boys, particularly little boys.  They need to be moving, exploring, discovering!  With little girls, they are much more likely to stand still and work with the camera.  But when I photograph small boys, I need to make sure I have something for them to do or a game for them to play, and then I watch and wait for the rare moments when they turn their eyes to me.  With this little guy, we had ducked under some of the low branches that line the pathways of the Berkeley Marina and discovered a small clearing with this awesome tree that was growing out sideways.  He spent quite a bit of time climbing and exploring the tree and I took a wonderful collection of images that so capture a wild and free boyhood!

Little girl in purple running in a hedge lined garden in Land Park SacramentoI’ve been photographing this young girl since she was seven months old.  Now she is seven YEARS old!  She has grown into a sweet and beautiful girl and it was so fun to photograph her once again!

Brothers running and laughing through the pathways in Land Park SacramentoRemember how I said above that little boys often need something to DO during portraits?  For this photo, I simply told them “I bet you can’t run down the path with your arms touching the entire time!”  They took my bet and won, haha!  But really I won because they didn’t want to take photos, but I made it look like they actually love taking photos, haha!

Newborn baby sleeping amongst the wildflowers in Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon CAWe had to do an all-outdoors session for this sweet four-week-old baby.  It was chilly and windy just off the bay and he was a touch on the fussy side.  But as soon as I laid him down in this cozy spot under the wildflowers, I could see his body just relax and he fell into an immediate deep sleep.  The calming power of nature!

Curly headed baby sitting sweetly with clasped hands during her portrait session in Sacramento's William Land ParkI got to photograph this pretty baby every three months, from her newborn portraits to her first year portraits!  It was so much fun seeing how much she had changed and grown in those few months between each of the sessions!  These two images are from her nine month session.  Those bright eyes and clasped hands!  Need I say more?  Such sweetness!

Newborn baby sleeping in his mother's handsSleeping under the calming touch of his mother’s hands.  This was at the very end of his newborn session after I had already packed up my equipment.  The moment was so sweet, I just couldn’t let it pass without capturing it.  Mom just laughed as I pulled out my camera again, stood up on the bed and started snapping.

Brothers laughing together during portrait session on the Sacramento RiverBrothers!  This shot just makes me laugh!  A real life moment of brotherly love, haha!

Black-and-white portrait of baby boy playing in his San Francisco home during lifestyle portrait sessionSo simple, so classic, so sweet!

Redheaded baby making funny faces by pursing her lipsRed hair, outrageous personality and pulling funny faces at the camera!  This baby girl was an absolute blast to photograph and those pursed lips make me chuckle every time I see this photo.  Definitely a fave!