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A couple of weekends ago we went to the Oakland Zoo for Amelia’s 3rd Birthday.

We’ve been friends with Eric and Ericka, yes too cute I know, for a LONG time. I was there when the two of them were courting and deciding to get married. They were both in my life when I met Matt and through a long series of complicated yet intensely loving events, we are friends. Close friends.

We even used to live right across the street from each other. We could go on the front porch and wave when someone was leaving for work or tag along if one of us were taking a walk to the park. We miss that convenience for sure. It was really cool.

Amelia and Mason love each other a ton and to watch them play warms my heart. Mason talked about the upcoming birthday party for weeks and it was the first thing he said when he woke up. “Today we get to go to the Zoo for Amelia’s birthday!” basically exploded from his mouth.

I had to bring the camera along to do some of the practicing that I need and love to do. Having a group of my closest friends together with our kids….that’s a photo opportunity if I’ve ever heard of one!

So, here are some of the shots from the day. Some of the people, children I don’t know because they’re friends of friends but everyone was super sweet and it was a lovely day. AND, both sets of grandparents were present making it extra special for the birthday girl.

I hope you enjoy the shots!

Carrie Hasson - ahh you seem to have perfected something i really struggle with. beautiful color, without the overkill of photoshop! i have to agree with Sharon, I'm also really drawn to the photo of the woman with the great tats & beads. her laughter, her look, the energy, it's just all really working! the cupcakes and the candle, love your eye for detail in that one…and the last one! something about it, it has this feeling of movement while being still. i just always find my eye drawn to it! nice work~

Sharon - So much fun and such great shots! Sounds like you had a lovely day!

I’m gonna have to do that shot with the cupcakes and the candle! That is a great shot! You are so clever!

And then the 10th one down… I think. The one with the woman in the white halter with the beads… I LOVE THIS PHOTO! So pretty!

I ADORE those orange shoes! Maggie needs them. I’m off to find them!

FMN Design - Thanks Jeremy! It was a lot of fun. So much, we never made it to see the animals!

Jeramy Sossaman - beautiful shots laura! great job! looks like such a fun day.