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  • Hello + Welcome!

    I call hilly San Francisco home with my husband and wild child. I like wild, so I'd have it no other way. When I am not with my boys, I love to be out capturing life - people - in a fun and real way. It is work, but I get to laugh, play, cheer, and get excited … a lot.

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gretchen and family | san mateo family photographer

This session took place a while ago, but I promised myself I would post it on the blog once my website converted to its current blogsite.  Not only because this is a lovely family, but because I wanted to illustrate a couple things.  One is that no matter what the day presents, it is important to let kids just be themselves without pressure.  The day of the photo session below was super hot and steamy and the kids would definitely have rather been in a pool then at the park.  But that is okay, because I was still able to capture the kids in a variety of moods – in essence, a real representation of who they are.  Which brings me to the second item, variety.  I love this session because of the variety of expressions, from seriousness to silliness.  The variety comes from taking time to get to know the kids, playing with them, and letting them set the stage.

Now for this family, they are beautiful people, in and out, and I am fortunate to photograph them.  It was great fun wandering about and discovering the hidden finds in this San Mateo park.  These kids seemed to know many of the easily overlooked areas such as a tiny stream or rocky path, yet they were still full of wonder to the many details of their surroundings as if it was some new cool place they visited for the first time.  I love that innate childhood curiosity!  It reminded me how much youth absorb that we so easily take for granted.  Observing and working with children is a frequent reminder to slow down and appreciate the everyday.  I am sorry dad couldn’t make this session.  Guess it means I’ll have to see you again – hopefully soon!


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