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Our Newest Nephew, Baby Kenny | Family

It is something truly special to be able to capture a family’s first set of family photos together, especially when they’re you’re family. A family’s first family photos are precious moments that will be clung on to and looked back on, as a family reminisces about their first memories together. They are the photos that capture their newest additions at their littlest, most itty bitty stage. They are the memories that begin a new chapter in the album of life that will continue growing for years to come and you never know just how much the photos might eventually mean, until years and years later. Photographing my sister-in-law and brother-in-law to be and my newest nephew-to-be was a truly special experience. This was the first time that I’ve ever done a family portrait session for my new family and Al was able to join in photographing our beautiful family – and on the same day, we got to meet our nephew, Kenny, for the first time. I feel so grateful to have known Kenny and Kaleah during different stages of their life together – knowing them briefly before they got married, attending their wedding and witnessing their vows, and now, as new parents. It has been so beautiful to witness in their journey together and in the process of bringing their newest addition, baby Kenny Allen Batch, into the world. Thank you for allowing Al and me the opportunity to help capture these special moments!



February 9, 2012 - 7:48 pm

McKenzie - LOVE LOVE LOVE! Please take pictures of my not yet existent children all day everyday. Love you!

February 10, 2012 - 3:19 am

Maggie - oh. my. gosh. words cannot describe how cute he is! amazing pictures :) you better be do mine whenever that time comes!!!

February 10, 2012 - 8:41 am

Madison / Patad - those teeny tiny feet in mom & dad’s hands get me EVERY. TIME. and can we talk about that darling knit outfit baby K is wearing? i just want to snuggle up to him and take a nap! beautiful, beautiful moments of love all three Ks will treasure forever — you’re amazing!

February 11, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Jenni Reaves - These are perfect. I especially like the lighting, and of course, your beautiful nephew-to-be. I look forward to watching him grow in future photos. Well done, Carly Jo!

February 13, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Rachel - beautiful!!!!

A Rustic Vineyard Wedding in Sonoma County with Rick and Jen | Weddings

Every little detail of this Sonoma County wedding was rustic and reminded me of being back home in North Carolina. I assisted Nicole Paulson (with Nicole Paulson Photography) on this wedding – she has been an amazing photography mentor to me out here in California. In addition to beautiful rustic details, like mason jars and burlap-wrapped bouquets, Rick and his best man wore Scottish kilts to honor their homeland. Scottish wedding traditions, such as the groom dressing in a traditional Highland kilt, kilt jacket and sporran, date back to as early as the thirteenth century. Now, that’s what I call tradition!

Jen and Rick had their first look at a small country inn in Geyserville. After their first look, we headed to Trione Vineyards and Winery for their wedding ceremony and reception. The charming ceremony took place in the Old Stone Building, which felt so intimate and was the perfect setting with century old stone masonry, wood beams and candlelights.

When the ceremony ended, it was time for food, drinks and fun on the Trione lawn! I especially loved the wood trees hanging with tags for “Wishes for the Bride and Groom” – all of the DIY details were the perfect touch! As golden hour crept in, we snuck away with Rick and Jen to capture sunset photos, which are always my favorite. The vineyards overlooking the Russian River and Geyser Peak mountains gave us the perfect backdrop. After sunset photos, we headed inside the reception area for dinner and dancing, with incredible entertainment provided by Wonder Bread 5. Wonder Bread 5 was by far the most hilarious and engaging band I’ve ever seen. Before the night was over, Rick and Jen cut a pumpkin pie and invited guests to join in an ice cream sundae bar – complete with sprinkles, cherries, Oreos, hot fudge and more (it was a HUGE hit!). Rick and Jen, you were an absolute delight and I wish all the best to you both!!


A Romantic Napa Valley Wedding with Richard & JiHyung | Weddings

Richard and JiHyung wanted their wedding to be filled with sweet details for everyone to enjoy. All of the little details came alive on the beautiful Witt Estate in the shadow of Napa Valley’s Mount St. Jean, which has 30 olive oil-producing olive trees and an acre of lavender. I had the privilege of second shooting this wedding with Nicole Paulson of Nicole Paulson Photography. There were so many memorable touches that gave this wedding its whimsical, romantic personality. My favorite touches were the pink parasols for guests to use during the ceremony and the gardens-in-a-bag (a gift that will live on, grow, and remind guests of the couple’s special day)!

From Richard and JiHyung’s first look, to the poolside cocktail hour to the reception set inside a rustic barn with hanging lanterns, their wedding was elegant, fun and intimate. One of the sweetest moments about the wedding was learning about JiHyung’s mother’s ultimate wish for JiHyung. JiHyung’s younger sister said in her Maid of Honor speech, “I don’t know if you know Korean mothers, but my mom has been praying for this day since JiHyung’s birth.” She explained that her mom said every day, “I just want your sister to find a good man, and then I can die in peace.” Well, mom, it looks like JiHyung found a GREAT man! All the best to you, Richard and JiHyung!



A Koury Good Time | Family

Meet Grant, Jamie and Kendall of the Koury Family! We spent a wonderful afternoon together at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, located just across the street from Google’s campus, for their holiday family shoot. These guys were coordinated from head to toe just perfectly – Grant’s brown sweater, Jamie’s rustic brown boots and Kendall’s leopard cardigan sweater – their outfits were a beautiful complement to the yellow leaves and green foliage. Shoreline was the perfect getaway for our shoot, with picturesque backdrops – we discovered a rustic old windmill, a wooden bridge and the Historic Rengstorff Victorian House. Kendall was such a bundle of joy and had the most contagious laugh and widest smile. She absolutely lit up when she was telling me about what she asked Santa for this Christmas and when Jamie let her pose for few pictures at the end of our shoot with her cherished “pink monkey.” I hope you enjoy these sweet moments and the outdoor details that make this session so special!



January 12, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Santiago Engelking - Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say excellent blog!

February 3, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Odis Aurelia - nice blog

A Delightful Morning with the Delsols | Family

The Rouas Family (from my previous blog post) introduced me to the Delsols! Meet Brady and Katie and their little ones, Julia and her TWIN siblings, Alyssa and Andrew! This was my first shoot ever photographing twins, which made it double the fun!! Al joined as my second shooter and we all had a blast in the Presidio Golden Gate National Recreation Area, climbing serpentine rock cliffs and dashing waves on the northern end of the beach. In all of the years the Delsol Family has lived in the Bay area, it was their first adventure to Baker Beach! The mild San Francisco weather worked to our advantage, as we had the beach to ourselves with a clear view of the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. I will never forget the way Brady exclaims “Andrew-MAN!” or Katie’s beautiful laugh and the way she contagiously lit up when she played on the beach with Julia, Andrew and Alyssa. The little ones even got wrapped gifts from Mom at the end of our session since they were so well-behaved! I hope you enjoy the magical moments and sweet expressions of the Delsol Family just as much as Al and I enjoyed capturing them (this one’s filled with plenty of kisses, holding hands and piggyback rides)!



January 3, 2012 - 12:44 am

Tova Juniel - Great post and nice site.