Pam & Tom | Family Portraits on the River

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Pam and I go back quite a while! She was part of my mom’s care when she was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2001. Then I met up with her again when I started volunteering for Nor-Cal Think Pink. :) Pam is absolutely wonderful! She’s so caring and just has a heart of gold. We all were so excited when she met and married Tom! The two of them are just so perfect for each other. The way they look at each other shows how much in love they are. So precious!

And Pam’s dog, Britton, so adorable! I was impressed at how well Britton posed for me! It was perfect!

This location was right on the Sacramento River. It was beautiful! Even with the wind. :) And I just had to make sure I didn’t fall off the ledge into the river. Haha! Knowing what happened last time when I fell into the hole, I was extra cautious this time…

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 And of course, we needed to get that shot of trying to throw Tom into the pool!!! Hahaha!

And of course, we needed to get that shot of trying to throw Tom into the pool!!! Hahaha!

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The Green Family | In the Downtown Forest

You’re probably wondering why “In the Downtown Forest”? Well, here’s why. When I edited this session I said to myself “It totally looks like we’re in the forest! But yet we’re in Downtown Redding, California!” This location is right off a main road and next to an iconic bridge in our area. But yet it just had that awesome foresty feel to it.

Let’s talk about this amazing family and then I’ll tell you what happened to me in the beginning of the session…

The Green’s have been like family to me for close to 20 years now. I first started attending the church they pastor when I was 8 years old (guys that was 21 years ago! I’m getting old…). I remember babysitting Mira (the really tall beautiful girl on the left!), when she was just a couple months old. I appreciate this family very much! They’re amazing.

Ok, now about my embarrassing moment…

So I’ve heard stories about things happening to photographer’s during shoots, like tripping over their camera bag, or dropping a lens, etc. But so far I hadn’t experienced something like that yet…until this one! I had everyone all in position on the river trail next to a tree, but there was a trader joe’s bag behind them. I couldn’t let that stay there, but instead of messing up the pose I had the family in, I said “Oh I’ll get it!”. I then proceeded to step next to the tree root that looked like solid ground…it wasn’t. Leg goes into the hole by almost a foot. Thankfully, I didn’t completely fall. I was able to just sit myself down until someone (Cayden) helped pull me out. And even more thankful that I didn’t break anything! I got the bag though! And moved it, and continued on with the session like nothing had happened… Phew! But boy that was embarrassing… Haha!

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 I just love these two images!

I just love these two images!

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 Lil Chase is just adorable!! And funny too!!! :)

Lil Chase is just adorable!! And funny too!!! :)

 Beautiful!!!

Beautiful!!!

 Mom & Daughter! Love it!

Mom & Daughter! Love it!

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Pismo Beach Family Portraits

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Wow, what a trip! We headed to Pismo Beach on a Friday late morning (10:30 to be precise) and stayed at the Holiday RV Park for two nights. We got there late Friday evening, got our trailer situated, then headed over to Cool Cat Cafe for dinner. The food was so good! The next morning we drove out to Oceano Dunes and got to DRIVE ON THE BEACH! I've never experienced that before and it was AWESOME!!! We ate lunch at the trailer but then for dinner we went to Splash Cafe! Now I don't know if you like seafood or not, even if you don't there are still some really good options for you, but the CLAM CHOWDER is AMAZING!!! (And you gotta get a side of extra clams to dump into the chowder!)

After dinner we went back to the trailer and got dressed up. Then we headed back to Pismo Beach to do our own family pics with a tripod. We had so much fun as you can see from the images. The dresses I made for us earlier in the week on a last minute sewing spree! I got the fabric from Joann's. I just need to add some straps to them at some point.

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