Thanksgiving at Marina's

Thanksgiving at Marina's

I finally caught up on client edits for the first time since August, and I didn’t want these gems to get lost in the ether. Marina hosted us for turkey-day and cooked up a feast. Turkey and stuffing and gravy and three types of pies, cranberry, mashed potatoes, cookies and homemade crackers and cheese—and crab! The crab was so good that we bought more the next day. These two ladies are the cutest together.

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Sean + Katie // Full Belly Farm Wedding // Guinda, CA

Sean + Katie // Full Belly Farm Wedding // Guinda, CA

It turns out that weddings aren’t just about you and the person you’re marrying. They’re about all the people in your life who show up for you, and Sean and Katie’s people showed up. They laughed, cried, danced alongside, and celebrated these two beautiful humans—and what’s more, they were fully present—and it was a privilege to witness. Sean’s daughter, Asta, made up the entire bridal party, and she delivered a welcome toast with such poise, there wasn’t a dry eye. It’s days like this, where people come together, lend their talents, and manifest their love, that restore my hope in humanity. I am beyond grateful—like stars aligning grateful—to have been a part of this day, and I hope these images do justice to the love that surrounds these two. Also, Full Belly Farm is an absolute dream!!

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eleven

eleven

One small tragedy of this first year is that I'm too exhausted to be the mom I want to be most of the time. I think back to my nanny years when I showed up to work rested and refreshed, cared for my charges with patience and grace, and then went home to the kitties and my limitless free time and hours of uninterrupted sleep. And I wish I could be that girl, or at least have her energy. But that girl had a hole in her heart and my heart is filled to the brim.

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marina's visit

marina's visit

I want to remember this time, when you were almost walking. When your absolute favorite thing to do was help daddy water the apple trees. When your great grandma and I took you to lunch at the Lao restaurant and you made us laugh the entire time. When you ate everything we offered you like a little bird. When you started dancing every time music played. When you explored the contents of my purse for over an hour. When you brought our family unmeasurable joy.

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ten

ten

All of a sudden you seam so grown up. You are saying "mamamama" and "dadadada" and waving goodbye. Sometimes we can get you to clap your hands, but it takes some prompting. 

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eight days in Hilo

eight days in Hilo

I only got my camera out twice, and I'm so glad I did. Ella hung out with grandma and grandpa for a week while I edited July wedding #1 before flying home to shoot July wedding #2. I worked my tail off, got it done, and even made it to the beach a couple times. 

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