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A San Francisco Summer Night – Family Session

I love where I live and in fact, exactly where I live the weather is beautiful and warm, most days and nights. Even though I’m only 30 minutes or so from San Francisco where summer is notoriously known for being cold and foggy. I’m sure you’ve heard the famous saying by Mark Twain…”The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”. Well, he had a point and we found out first hand the other night. I had a family session out at
 Point, a beautiful hotel/restaurant deep in Sausalito with a view on a clear day of the Golden Gate Bridge and SF.

As I was driving to the location, dressed in my summer evening clothes the feeling of dread started to envelop me. This was because as I approached Sausalito I could see the fog rolling in. A thick, gray blanket pouring down over the hills toward my destination. I knew if once I popped out of the tunnel I had a view of the bridge I might be o.k. but I called the family anyway, just in case. They have a new baby and I didn’t want to freeze the poor thing to death for the sake of some photographs!

I came through the tunnel and thankfully did see the bridge, part of it, but the family was game and so even though the wind was blowing and the air was a crisp 57˙ we decided to go for it. And I’m so glad we did.

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Father’s Day @ Limantour Beach

Sunday was Father’s Day and what better place to have gone than Limantour Beach. It just calls our family to come visit. The beautiful singing sand, endless ocean and rolling dunes. The boys love to roll down the dunes, play in the water and run along the sand. It’s our happy place for sure.

We packed a picnic lunch, sandcastle building buckets leftover from when the boys were really little, a soccer ball, the wetsuits and boogie board. It was a perfect afternoon and a wonderful way to celebrate Matt. He’s an incredible father to our boys. His energy and good nature bring smiles to their faces and he engages with them in play bringing joy and laughter.

I told the boys this Father’s Day that I never wanted to have children until I met their dad and that’s the truth. I just knew that he was the man to walk this journey with. That all of the difficulty  I imagined that came along with having a family would be out measured by the joys and wonder he would bring as my partner. I knew that with him by my side we would have a ‘better-than-good’ chance at happiness. All these years later and with 9 and 12 year old boys, I was right. He’s amazing and I’m ever so lucky.

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful husband. You bring the deepest joy to me and to our boys. We love you so!

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Childhood Sweethearts – Maternity Photographer San Rafael

I met these two sweet people through my church. I was part of an If Table last year and Allie joined in for the last couple of times we met. She and her husband relocated here not too long ago and have just blended right in. While talking to them while photographing, I learned that they’ve known each other forever. Really! They were childhood friends and have grown up together, now married and a baby on the way! I LOVE these stories. So much!!

I can’t wait to meet this little baby as I’m going to hopefully have the pleasure of photographing him/her for a newborn shoot!

Congratulations Allie and Ben! Here’s to old friendships, new beginnings and everything in between.

ox – Laura

 

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She Said I Do…

When I met her she was young, single, ambitious. She came to our house and interviewed for the nanny position we needed at the time. Mason was not quite 4 and Miles was not quite 1. Miles hadn’t even taken his first steps. We knew right away she was the right fit for our family. Energetic, loving and playful. Our boys loved her. Still do.

All those years ago I can remember her telling me that she couldn’t wait to be a mom. She had always dreamed of it.  She took such wonderful care of my boys I know she’s going to be an incredible mother. And now, she’s still young and ambitions but today she became a wife and soon she will be a mom. I’m beyond thrilled for her. She deserves all that life has to offer. We love you Martyna and we love Pedro and I know we’re going to be over the moon in love with Liam.

Congratulations!!!!

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