Gonzalez Family

The last family session I did before Christmas was quite the whirlwind. I drove to Placentia to hang out with Rea, Lyle and Gavin for the afternoon and we literally raced against sunset. We drove to a park about 10-15 minutes away from their house and, our luck, caught the sun just as it was making its way down into the horizon. 

We worked steadfastly, getting in as many shots before dark; me thinking quicker than I’ve ever had to, even during a wedding.  But then, no joke, everything just stopped for a few seconds for me. Little Gavin was getting so excited playing with the leaves that blanketed the grass that I just had to take a moment to crack up with him. He looked like the happiest kid, with his mom and dad picking up the leaves and dropping them around their little boy. And Gavin LOVED it, sitting there with the little yellow ring around his wrist. haha!

Rea said he loves that ring…that particular yellow ring that’s part of that tower of different colored, different sized rings. He doesn’t necessarily have to wear it; he just wants to have it with him And each time they tried to take it from him during the shoot, he would cry, it was the cutest thing. He’s such a happy little boy. It didn’t take much to make him laugh, as you can see. A clap of the hands by mom or dad and it’s crack-up city.

What a fun shoot, with a fun family! I love when work doesn’t feel like work, and that was the case that Sunday afternoon.

Louderback Family

My co-worker, Nicole and her husband Mike, moved to Southern California about 2 years ago from Pennsylvania. They live in a beautiful house in Dana Point, with a hammock/swing hanging on a tree in their front yard.  It’s located towards the end of a semi-cul de sac, so it’s like a little hideway, very cool.

This past fall, they were blessed with a cute baby boy, Henry. Cute…cute cute cute! It’s so funny taking pictures of babies, especially when they’re as young as Henry. They don’t necessarily really do anything that you want or ask them to do, so you’re pretty much at the mercy of their actions and reactions. I have to say, though, I didn’t really mind. I loved it, capturing Henry’s reaction to Mike trying to make him laugh, or Nicole seating him on her lap. And their dogs, Blarney and Libby, are so gentle around Henry. They’re like his extra guardians and I know the baby is going to grow up just loving them as much as Mike and Nicole do.

After some shots of Henry au naturale (that’ll probably show up in his wedding slideshow, haha!), he was dressed for storytime and it was from the book his parents read that Henry was so named.

Thanks so much for inviting me up for a session, Mike and Nicole!

Morelos Family

I’ve known Kuya Francis since I was 12 years old. He’s Iya’s big brother and he has a wonderful family. Kuya Francis is a crack-up, always the life of the party and always so quick with the wit. His wife, Ate Jenny, is one of the sweetest people I know and you should hear her sing! What a beautiful voice she has! They’ve got two kids, Matthew and Samantha. Matthew is a sweet kid, a bit on the shy side, but once he warms up to you, it’s chatterbox city. And Samantha is, I can see already, a future showstopper. This little lady loves to perform and there isn’t a shy bone in her body. Two great kids because of two great parents – how much more blessed can you be?

I had so much fun on this shoot. I forgot that, technically, I was working. I’ve known both Kuya Francis and Ate Jenny so long that I felt like I was just hanging out with family. We started at their house and, honestly, no warm-up shots needed that morning. Kuya Francis was always joking around that I sometimes had to compose myself to move on. When I was taking pictures of mom and dad, I teased that they were so cute that it was like we were on an engagement shoot.

After some shots at the house, we drove to Frank Bonelli Park. Can’t wait for next year’s family shoot!