Dec 15, 2014

tang family

hayley and ryan are good friends of ours. this is the third year in a row that they've asked me to take their family photos. (thanks guys!) that weekend, hayley's parents happened to be in town and i was happy to be able to capture a few shots of them with their grandkids.

while i prefer more natural, candid moments, with these sessions, most people need a little bit of direction. which is probably why i really enjoyed taking hayley and ryan's photos. they always look comfortable and natural, and their smiles are infectious. they make it look easy. of course, it also doesn't hurt that their kids are adorable.

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University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Dec 8, 2014

yap family

i loved loved loved this shoot with our friends soerha, andrew, and their newborn son! soerha has several friends who are photographers (and they are all very good). needless to say, i was honored when she asked if i could take their family portraits.

we met early in the morning, at the uc berkeley campus, while the light was still soft. this has now become one of my favorite places for portraits. there are so many good photo spots, with open shade, and beautiful, diffused light. it's not always easy taking photos of families with newborn babies. babies this age can only last what feels like five minutes before they need a feeding or a diaper change! soerha and andrew were such troopers, to be able to do this shoot outdoors. even though we had to take several breaks, to feed and soothe max, it was well worth it. he stayed calm throughout most of the shoot and gave us the occasional smile which melted all of our hearts! newborns are so precious, even their meltdowns are adorable to me.

they are such a photogenic family—they made my job easy!

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University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Dec 1, 2014

liu family

mary and kevin have such kind and gentle souls, and their little guy completely stole my heart with his smile and those eyes! this shoot was extra special because this adorable family of three will soon become four—they will be welcoming a new member to their family in the first months of 2015! i am so excited for them, happy to be able to capture this moment for them, and i can't wait to meet their little 'addition' next year!

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California Nursery Historical Park
Fremont, CA

Nov 27, 2014

our little family

with the holidays just around the corner, i've been shooting a lot of family sessions. each session reminds me that i need to take more photos of my own family. don't get me wrong, i take tons of photos of nick, but mostly with my iphone. with a toddler in tow, i have to carry so many things with me: diapers, toys, snacks, milk, water, my wallet, keys...the list goes on. most days, it doesn't even cross my mind to bring a 'real' camera. so as crazy as it sounds, i didn't have any good photos of our family when it came time to make holiday cards. gah! and it was too late to think about booking a family session with anyone i know. heck, was completely booked for the rest of 2014. the only option i could think of was to take the photos myself.

and that's what we did.

one [early] morning last week, we got dressed sleepily and headed out to the brazilian room at tilden park. you might remember this is where york and i got married. :) equipped with my camera, tripod, and remote, we proceeded to take our own family portraits. what we didn't expect was the cold! we didn't last very long out there, before nick's nose started to get a little red and runny, but we were able to get a few shots.

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from our family to yours,

wishing you a very happy thanksgiving.

-xoxo

Nov 10, 2014

five years | new york trip

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york and i have a tradition, instead of gifts, every year around the time of our wedding anniversary, we take a trip somewhere. amazingly, we've been able to keep this up for four out of the five years we've been married, the only year we couldn't travel was when nick was a bit too young. we both love to travel, sight see, and eat, so a small vacation/weekend getaway is the perfect anniversary gift.

this year, to celebrate our five years of marriage, we went to new york. we stayed in brooklyn, and it was a good choice. our park slope airbnb was perfect for our little family, stroller-friendly, and surrounded by good restaurants. october has to be my favorite time of year to visit new york. the weather was somewhere between gorgeous and slightly cooler, which i find to be perfect for walking, and we did quite a bit of that.

the best part? our friends made it a point to meet us for a quick coffee, brunch, and even sneak out of work to stand in line for ramen with us. our cousin mary and her husband drove up all the way from boston with their kids to join us for a couple of days. we had a blast seeing family and catching up with old friends!

more photos from our trip on my instragram.