Five months! When you were still tiny and new and we came across older babies, I sometimes thought, “I can’t wait until she's older.” I would scold myself for wishing time away, and focus on enjoying you in the moment. Now that we’re here, I wouldn’t go back—I love this age more than any previous—and I already feel myself mourning its end. It's a good thing you can't wish for time to pass faster than it already does. You also can’t go back, which is why mamas’ hearts burst open as their babies grow.Read More
At two months old you are every definition of the word precious. You smile and coo at us more and more each day and you have the sunniest disposition. You love your daddy and your mama and anyone willing to snuggle. You are starting to show signs of playfulness. You haven't quite discovered that you can use your hands, but you sure like to move your feet—you tease me with your toes while you're nursing and you love pushing against the bars of your crib. Maybe you'll be a soccer player. :)Read More
Two weeks you've been earthside, and in that time you have shown me how quickly people can change. I've watched my husband become a father, my mother a grandmother, and I feel like a completely new person. I've watched you grow, ounces every day. Your eyebrows are more defined, you're more expressive, more coordinated, and more predictable. You make the same funny face every time you've had enough milk. You're fussier than you were the first week, mostly because your tummy hurts, but you're very good at communicating your needs and love to be patted, bounced, and walked. You have two cries, hungry and uncomfortable, one of which is resolved the second I pull out a nipple. I've watched my own body change remarkably fast, my belly shrinking much quicker than it grew. You're our little bug, our little squish, our Ella Bella. It's fun to dream about all the things we'll do with you when you're older. It's also fun to appreciate you for who you are right now. We love you so.
People keep telling us that you don't even look like a newborn. And it's true, you're spectacularly alert and beautiful, and all that luscious hair doesn't hurt. It was worth every moment of heartburn. ;) Baby girl, how we love you so!
I started watching this little one three days a week, and today I brought my camera with me to capture her in the yummy early light. We are nearing my favorite time of year, when the sky turns the color of apricots at dawn and dusk. I am endlessly grateful to be living in such a beautiful place and that we get to share it with our friends. I can't wait to photograph more beautiful babies this fall. October is family portrait month, and I will have mini session dates available in Nevada County and the East Bay. If you want to stay informed consider joining my mailing list or "liking" my facebook page.
Maile was the first baby I photographed. And now her baby sister is almost one. This family has become a time marker for me, and I can't believe how quickly they're growing up. I feel lucky I get to see them and photograph their beautiful girls when I'm in Hilo, it's something I look forward to before every trip home.
Here's our last session, when Kanoe was 11 days old.
This month is flying by. And I'm the happiest I've been in a long time. A lot of angst has subsided and I'm feeling very grateful for where I am. Grateful for the good people in my life, success in my business, and appreciative of beautiful, healthy days. And this little girl is taking up a pretty sizable chunk of my heart.
Clara turned two a few weeks ago, and I snapped these photos at her little birthday celebration at a Berkeley park. I can't believe how fast she's growing up, and it's only accelerated by the presence of her older sister, Nyah, whom she absolutely adores. I have the pleasure of spending a few mornings a week with Clara, usually while Nyah is at preschool, and sometimes I get to watch them both. I can't adequately verbalize how much I enjoy them, but I know they're my absolute favorite subjects to photograph. And they're really so much more than just eye candy.
These three have beautiful souls. Every moment I have spent with them has been a blur of excitement, joy, love, and curiosity. The older two were the flower children in my wedding (and they were terrific!) and this was my first time getting to know the littlest one, who was in her gorgeous mama's belly at the time. I have wanted to photograph them for years! So lucky I got to chance, and so lucky to know them.
Thank you Leimomi for sharing your gorgeous children with me. I can't wait to get together next time we're in Hilo. Love love love to you and your family.
These are the photographs I love to take. Authentic. Relaxed. Beautiful. Honest.
Maile just became a big sister, and my family and I got to meet baby Kanoe when she was 11 days old. Maile showed us all of her favorite toys, all of her books. This almost three-year-old was thrilled to have us as her audience. While Kanoe slept, Maile rode her trike on lava rock road out front.
Sarah, she's beautiful. You all are. Thank you for sharing your darling family with me. I can't wait to witness the next chapters.
I met up with my friend Jeannine for an ice cream date with her kiddos on the Friday before winter break.
After tasting their options, both kids chose peppermint.
This was such a fun and relaxed shoot, and I think we got some keepers.