As I sit here stuffed from a wonderful dinner and an incredible day with family, I can’t help but feel incredibly fortunate for what I have in my life. I am blessed to be married to a wonderful and hilarious man. I have an incredible baby boy whose world is changing, growing, and broadening daily. I have family just a short car ride away. (And I have a lot of family, so it almost doesn’t matter which direction we drive!)

And above that, I’m thankful that everyone around me has encouraged me to find the strength to change my future. It wasn’t so long ago that I was LONGING to start my own business. I spent a good deal of time wondering how the photographers I admired found the courage to pick up their cameras and just do it and aching to do it myself. I couldn’t be where I am today without the love of those around me. I feel blessed to be walking down the road that I have chosen. And I can only hope that I can continue to grow in my craft.

Since I’m all mushy and this post very quickly turn into a warm and fuzzy sob-fest, I’ll just go ahead and post some of my favorites from a recent family session.

Emily contacted me when she was traveling to California from the East Coast. She’s a photographer herself and wanted some family photos now that her little guy is getting bigger. I’m always incredibly flattered when other photographers choose me to capture their families, and I always get a little nervous. (It’s a lot of pressure when a client knows as much about the technicalities of a shoot as I do!) But of course Emily and her husband were complete sweet hearts and it was a blast to talk shop during a shoot. And the best part was that they pretty much posed themselves.

We spent the morning wandering around the Stanford University Campus and had a blast playing around and getting completely lost. Thank you Steve Jobs for putting maps in all of our iphones. I’m not sure anyone could function on that campus without one. It’s huge!

Thank you J family for spending some time with me on your trip. I enjoyed finally getting to meet you and little Topher.

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Beautiful! I so love the first one in b/w, gorgeous. Love the autumn colours in the last one too, beautiful family and images.

These are beautiful! 🙂