So I'm late to posting my week 5 of my stranger challenge... but motherhood and running a business tends to put me behind on some of my projects like this... But I don't want to skip a week, since I do really love this project.
My friend Ewa, asked me to join along on one of her photo walks in downtown San Jose. I was happy to join as I have never been on one before. We walked around and photographed our surroundings and each other.
Week 3! I will say that this stranger challenge is getting easier. Each week, approaching someone new to photograph... only three weeks in and I feel like it's coming more naturally.
I was so excited to photograph a first birthday party in San Francisco this past weekend. My family and I made the hour trip up there, and decided to make a day trip out of it. Upon arriving, I was greeted by the sweetest family who was finishing the last touches of an adorable train themed birthday party.
I'm a day late to posting, but I have a feeling this won't be the last time. Honestly, it's hard to remember to bring your camera to a place you don't usually take it, to take a photo of someone you wouldn't normally take a photo of.
With a new year comes new goals and new areas to grow. Sometimes its hard to think of ways to get outside of your comfort zone and try new things.
A fellow photographer friend of mine reached out and said a sweet lady named Brittany, was looking for family photos for her mother and all of her kids and grandkids.
I first met Caitlyn through some mutual friends in the Disney community that my husband knows. We met and instantly hit it off, her kindness and bubbly personality was so infectious that it's hard not to be friends with her!
Meet Dayana and Frank.
They're one of my 2017 wedding couples, and a couple weeks ago we got together to get their engagement photos done. Let me take a minute here while I swoooooooon!
Our game plan was to meet at Hart Park at 3:30. Unfortunately, Frank had to unexpectedly stay late at work and they didn't end up getting to Hart Park until around 4:15. Now with these winter days, that sun sets FAST! So I told them that once they got there, we were going to hit the ground running so we could still have some sun. Let me tell you... these are some of my favorite photos. Everything happened the way it should have.
We stayed at Hart Park for about 15-20 minutes and tried to get as much as we could with the sun. Then I made the decision for us to jump in our cars and race over to the bluffs where I felt like we would get more light since it wouldn't be behind hills. So we sped over and then hit the ground running again. This was my first time shooting at the bluffs, because if I'm over in that area, I'm just going to go to Hart Park instead. But let me tell you, this was definitely a new favorite location!
Plus how many couples can get the moon in their engagement photos!?
Since we were running out of light fast, I asked Frank to move his truck into the parking lot and turn on the brights.
Because every guy wants to get photos with his lady and his truck ;)
So here's to you Dayana and Frank! You two rocked this session and were so easy-going when it came to the change of location.
I can't wait for your wedding!
Meet the Guttadauro Family!
I met this sweet family through another LuLaRoe Facebook page and did another trade with this lovely mama. But let me tell you, these trades are so worth it! Comfy and cute clothes and beautiful photos of another family? Any day of the week!
This family was one of the sweetest to date. Their little girl was such a ham! She smiled and giggled and was just such a little light. Their love for one another was so evident through out the session and I was filled with such happiness as I photographed them.
And of course, I can't do a family session without getting a few of just the couple. I mean, it all started with these two anyways! I've said it before and I'll say it again, EVERY couple needs a photo of them that they love!
The mom, Rebecca is also a big advocate for normalizing breastfeeding which I'm 100% for! She asked if I would be okay taking a couple of her breastfeeding for her to be able to cherish this moment in her and her daughter's life. I was so excited and honored to capture these for her. And it honestly got me thinking of some different ideas I want to do about breastfeeding mamas. Such an inspiring mama!
So thank you Guttadauro family for sharing your light, and trusting me with your family photos!
San Jose, California