Aug 27, 2014

birthday magic!

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another birthday party!

my friend karen's younger son, weston, turned one a month before nick. [yes, i'm aware it's taken me two months to share these photos.]

i thought it might fun to compare these photos with those from her older son's birthday party, here, at which i was also present. they are certainly both very detailed and thoughtful.

karen works part-time as an architect, which, in reality, is very much a full-time job, on top of being a mom to two very active, albeit adorable, boys. i fully expected her to scale down a bit for the second child, but i should've known better. i don't know how she found time to plan this elaborate birthday party, but she did, and it was amazing!

the theme was magic, and the invitations, the cake, the favors were all designed around it. all of the party décor were color coordinated. and...there was even a magician! the kids just LOVED him!

the moral of the story: all of my friends are overachievers, and karen goes a step above that.

Aug 21, 2014

revisit | uc berkeley campus

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this session started in my make shift studio at home, to get acquainted with the kids, and ended at the uc berkeley campus. i've always wanted to do a session there. so, when our friends, sandi and clarence, asked if they could change the location for their shoot, which was originally supposed to take place in their home, i jumped at the chance. yes, please!

york and i often take nick on walks around campus. it's close by, [very] stroller-friendly, and [most importantly] there's good boba tea around almost at every corner. with its historic buildings, beautiful landscapes, and, like, a million trees, there's just so much good light waiting to be discovered and captured.

it happened to be overcast that day, so the lighting in my favorite spots were a bit tricky, but we were able to go out there early and do a bunch of test shots. i LOVED this place as a backdrop! this session felt more like a casual photo walk. we took our time and got a good workout walking around campus, searching for good light. i'm so happy to have finally done a session here!

Aug 13, 2014

baby olive

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a recent session with our friends kim and francis' third child, baby olive at 4 months. olive is such a sweet girl and her older siblings adore her! they even assisted me during the shoot by getting olive to smile for me and acting as my reflector arm/stand. :)

when i first started to photograph babies, and this was way before i had a baby of my own and i knew very little about them, i was told that this was a tough age to work with. they are not as sleepy as newborns, and are just starting to move around, but can't quite sit up by themselves yet, which makes it a bit tricky to pose them.

but i must say, i really enjoy babies at this age. it's an incredible developmental stage, where they go from doing very little to suddenly becoming alert, physically active, and their personalities begin to blossom. every smile, giggle, and cry gives a clue to what this little person will soon grow up to be.

Aug 11, 2014

how fast they grow

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my niece allison was here for nick's birthday party. of course, i had to squeeze in a session to capture her at four months. i cannot believe how much she has grown since i took her newborn photos! i can't get over her sweet face and, just a few months since i saw her last, how much of a personality she has developed! she's just too cute, i may steal her from my brother. :)

Aug 8, 2014

summer babies

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our friends, aaron and wendy, has a baby girl named sky who is just a few days older than nick. we attended her, coincidentally, hot air balloon themed birthday party a few weeks ago.

wendy did such an amazing job, i actually took several photos of the hot air balloons she hung up around the house, but i will just share a couple with you.

for food, they hired a taco guy to cater tacos out of their backyard. i thought that was such a great idea! it allowed them to sit back and spend time with their guests, while friends and family still got to enjoy great food.

the ice cream cake was from fentons creamery, it was really good. mmm...thinking of it makes me want to swing by the ice cream shop right now. wendy also purchased some edible hot air balloon cake toppers for it off of etsy, it was just too cute.

Aug 5, 2014

a celebration

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i am popping in to quickly share some photos from nick's 1st birthday party.

we celebrated at a park near home. york and i took walks there quite often when i was still pregnant, and i had pictured having his 1st birthday there since. [yes! if you had to ask, i plan ahead.] the weather was gorgeous, and everything came together nicely. the décor centered loosely around a theme: hot air balloons. we almost put together a photo booth like this one, but it was too windy, and we were short on time. even so, the day, i thought, didn't suck! phew!

we had our wedding cake baker, carolyn wong, cater the cake/dessert table, and nick had cake for the first time! of course, he did more smashing than eating.

nick's godmother, michelle, made the kids chocolate chip and hot air balloon themed cookies. they were. seriously. awesome.

we are lucky to have such amazing and supportive friends and family, who took the time, many traveling great distances, to celebrate with us. we couldn't have wished for a more perfect day!

(thanks, diyosa, for taking the family shots for us so i can be in the picture! :)