San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream | MacMannis Family Portraits

The Bay Area has been nothing but magical since we moved our little family here.  The views of the bay, the gorgeous city and houses that surround it.  The sweet victorians and most of all the many opportunities families have to get out and play.  There are so many great parks, zoos, hiking trails, beaches, ferry rides, the list could go on and on.  The most magical of all?  These sweet little colorful pop up museums.  

When one of my favorite families in Alameda asked me to do photos of them at the Museum of Ice Cream, I couldn’t help but get really giddy.  My photography style has been inching away from the bright colors lately but I was not about to pass up this fun opportunity!  During our visit we swung on swings, ‘swam’ in the sprinkle pool, ate ice cream of course, played in the gummy bear forest, rode on unicorns and animal cookie carousels and enjoyed more treats then we needed!  It was such a fun visit!


The MacMannis Family

Some of my favorite shoots of all time have come from the MacMannis family.  I took photos when Maisey turned one.  We baked cookies in their gorgeous kitchen.  Last year we did Christmas Card photos in front of their fireplace.  I’m already excited about our future sessions together and can’t wait to see what we come up with!


Life Style Portraits

I love photographing families doing what they love to do together.  Do you love to bake together?  Do you enjoy getting ice cream as a family and hang out on the town?  Contact me here to set up a session!

Berkeley Newborn Photography : Brian + Adrienne + Maeris

I typically shoot newborn photos in the clients home but in the midst of a move, Brian & Adrienne chose Berkeley’s campus to be their location.  I’m so glad they did because not only did they meet at Berkeley, but it is where Adrienne told Brian she was pregnant with sweet little Maeris (‘little bear’). 

 I am a sucker for meaningful shoots and there was no short of them with this family.  We got photos of little Maeris with the teddy bear Brian bought right after they found out they were having a baby.  We included the sweet little note attached to the bear figurine Adrienne gave to Brian on the front entryway of the white building in these photos to tell him they were having a baby.  They called Maeris “little bear” up until she was born and it’s such a cute little nickname.  I also learned during the shoot that Berkeley’s mascot is the bear which made all the bear stuff even more significant!

Little Maeris was such a trooper in her tiny blue dress.  With ‘Fog-ust’ upon us we had a pretty cloudy evening for their shoot.  I’m still pretty new to the SF area and am proud of my new learned word (Fogust = Fog + August in San Fran).  She was such a bright-eyed little sweetie and braved the cool evening!  I had so much fun with you guys and I can’t wait until next time!


Alameda Newborn Photography

Newborn shoots are easily some of my favorite shoots to do.  I love getting to spend that precious and fleeting time with families.  To schedule your newborn photo session contact me here. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Newborn Sessions

A few of my recent favorite Alameda Newborn Photography sessions include kevin-jessica-frances-eleanormike-lillian-jonathan-aviva and  the-kang-family Also be sure to follow me on Instagram.

Alameda Maternity Photography | Wu Family

Alameda Maternity Photography may be my favorite type of photography!  Their is just so much excitement with a little babe on the way!  Especially when you add an older sibling to the mix with mama’s cute pregnant belly.  And of course a pregnancy with twins is twice as special!


The Wu family twins have already been born and recently had their 2 month birthday.  I’ve also already done photos of them with their extended family.  I couldn’t let any more time pass without finally getting their beautiful maternity pictures on the blog.


We went back to my favorite location in Alameda for their shoot.  This location changes so much throughout the year that it never gets old.  Haley certainly didn’t look like she was pregnant with twins and in some photos hardly looks pregnant at all.  I’m not sure how I manage to get the sweetest best looking clients time and time again, but I’ll take it!  Their son Aiden has the best smile and is the sweetest young man!  I can only hope that Sebastian and Sawyer are as good as he is one day.


Alameda Maternity Photography

Some of my favorite sessions ever happen to be maternity sessions.  Take a look at the Amstutz family portraits in the same location and the Tamir family portraits at the beach.

Alameda Newborn Photography

Newborn shoots are also some of my favorite shoots to do.  I love getting to spend that precious and fleeting time with families.  To schedule your newborn photo session contact me here. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Newborn Sessions

A few of my recent favorite Alameda Newborn Photography sessions include kevin-jessica-frances-eleanor and mike-lillian-jonathan-aviva.  Also be sure to follow me on Instagram.

Now Offering!!

Silverleaf Photography is now offering a 1 year package.  This includes a maternity session, a newborn session, a 6 month session and a 1 year session.  Contact me here for more info!

Alameda Styled Shoot | Tea Party of 5

This Alameda styled shoot made all my boy mom dreams come true in a way I’ll never get to experience with having only boys.  Flower crowns, bouquets, cupcakes, and 5 of the most adorable, sweetest little girls.  Did I mention there are twins in the mix and the cutest 2 month old baby??  You can see her awesome newborn shoot I did here.  The 2 year old and 2 month old are Alameda residents and the 6 year old and 3 year old twins are visiting from Hawaii!!  This was such an adorable and enjoyable shoot, possibly my favorite so far!  

I love working with local vendors and teamed up with the fabulous Dandelion Flower shop and yummy Crispian Bakery both are off Park Street.  I chose these two vendors because the family used them for wedding flowers and birthday cakes.  Both places I would absolutely recommend!  We didn’t bring out the cupcakes until halfway through the shoot because we had a 2 year old in the group.  I know my year and a half old son would have been crying for the cupcakes the minute they got into his view.  Even though she was so patient, it would still have been hard to ask her to wait for the whole shoot.  I don’t blame her, the cupcakes were so good!  After the tea party, we grabbed a few family shots.


Alameda Newborn Photography

If you liked this post you would definitely like their newborn shoot I did a few months ago!  We didn’t have the cousins for this one, but Mimi was there!

Alameda Styled Shoot

If you are interested in a family or an Alameda styled shoot, you can contact me here.  A few of my recent favorite Alameda Family Photography sessions include Scott + Lisa + Amber + Marlowe and Vince + Armiee + Winter

Alameda Newborn Photography | Kang family

Alameda newborn photography is quickly becoming a favorite of mine! Take my favorite city in the world, (which I just happen to live in) the gorgeous families who also live here and of course precious newborn babies and you have the perfect combo. This time in a family’s life is so precious and goes by in such a fast, sleepy blur.  Trust me, I know from experience (twice)!  I’m finally back to blogging and sharing one of my favorite (if not my most favorite session of the year)!  I promise I will be blogging all my recent shoots in the next few months!  So follow along on here and on Instagram!

I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous light in their home, the light and soft colors of their clothes and decor, Aubrey’s sweet little smile and this magazine worthy family!   Aubrey was napping when I first got there so we had some time with just mom, dad and their newborn baby girl.  Evelyn gave us the perfect amount of bright eyed shots before falling asleep.  She was simply a dream and the easiest baby to photograph.  When her big sis Aubrey woke up, she certainly stole the show with her sparkly eyes and obvious love for her baby sister.  Even Mimi joined in on the fun for a few photos.  I can’t wait to photograph these girls and their cousins this weekend for a fun styled shoot!  Stay tuned!


Alameda Newborn Photography

Newborn shoots are easily some of my favorite shoots to do.  I love getting to spend that precious and fleeting time with families.  To schedule your newborn photo session contact me here. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Newborn Sessions

A few of my recent favorite Alameda Newborn Photography sessions include kevin-jessica-frances-eleanor and mike-lillian-jonathan-aviva.  Also be sure to follow me on Instagram.

Alameda Family Photography | Scott + Lisa + Amber + Marlowe

I know I haven’t blogged in a while but I assure you I am still here.  I’ve actually been shooting like crazy and working on building my business and of course keeping busy with my crazy boys.  For some reason, blogging just seems like the ‘extra’ that just doesn’t get done.  I’m going to try to maintain a better blogging schedule soon!


Today I have one of my most recent shoots I’m so excited to share with you (I’ll try to catch up on some of the older shoots I’ve done in the next few weeks).  I have photographed sweet little Amber before and was so excited when her mom wanted to do a maternity/family session at my favorite location.  They came dressed to impress and completely rocked the session.  This is definitely some of my best work yet!  I’m so excited to share these with you and can’t wait until baby boy is here!


Amber is going to be the sweetest big sister!

Ben + Angel + Rose

Even though the wind was blowing and the news was calling for “freezing temperatures” around the Bay Area, this family came out to the beach with their sweet 5 month old and rocked it out.  Don’t worry, we took several breaks to bundle and warm up Rose and even though it was windy and cold for the Bay Area, it wasn’t nearly as cold as many other states!  She’s such a sweet baby and even with just a 15 minute nap, she did so great!  The added flowers gave a nice touch and made me *almost* feel like I was in Hawaii…someday soon hopefully I will be!

Angel, you looked absolutely beautiful and I’m so excited that a client of mine was available to do your makeup! 

Sebastian’s 4th birthday

I always really enjoy planning my kids birthday parties.  I usually plan for months.  I barely got this party put together in time but thankfully my parents were in town to help with all the details!

4 years ago (on the 9th) we were in the hospital with a newborn and the winter olympics had just started.  We spent a lot of his first sweet newborn days on the couch watching the olympics.  So when Matt came up with the idea of having an Olympic themed birthday 4 years later, I couldn’t have been more excited.  Also, thank you California for having 70 degree sunny days in February!  I never thought I would be able to do outside birthday parties.

Olympic torches.

I’ve never been much of a baker or decorator but it turns out that one of my favorite parts of their birthdays is making and decorating their cakes!

“Hold my [juice] beer”

Our mascots.

The gold winner!

My big 4 year old!

Here are Sebastian’s past birthday parties.

Sebastian’s 3rd birthday

Sebastian’s 2nd birthday

Sebastian’s 1st birthday

Sebastian is 4

I have a four year old.  Those words are pretty hard to believe.  3 still feels like a baby.  4 feels old.  He’s tall and skinny.  His shorter hair cut and that light weight hoodie I bought him the other day just makes him look so grown up.

I’m not going to lie.  This past year has been pretty dang challenging with a 3 year old (who had to adjust to a new life in a new state and a new brother).  I don’t want to focus on the challenging bits here though.  Not today.  I’ve focused on it so much the past year that I’m just going to talk about all the good things.

He’s smart, he’s sweet, he’s oh so handsome.  He’s a complete social butterfly and has made us so many great friends this year.  Without fail, every time we are at the park or a play place, the times we don’t bring a friend along, he’ll find a new one.  He just goes up to them and start playing with them.  I love this about him.  He also gets along pretty well with other kids.  He seems to thrive in preschool and listens much better there then he does at home.  I have no doubt that he will love school and kindergarten, which is only (gulp) a year and a half away.

He loves helping out.  He helps me cook and he helps me clean…even if the cleaning takes some persuasion.  He helps with his little brother, throwing diapers away and grabbing me new ones.  We’ve started a nightly routine where he will give Sawyer a kiss and a hug and gets his room ‘ready’ for him.  He turns on the sound machine, turns off the light, closes the door but leaves it open ‘just a little bit’ just like he asks us to do for him.

He is independent.  He gets himself dressed and wipes his own butt and brushes his own teeth.  He will move chairs to make himself taller to reach things he needs (or shouldn’t have).  He enjoys helping walk the dog and pushing Sawyer in the little umbrella stroller.  He learned how to ride a peddle bike at 3 and a half.  He’s coordinated and strong.

Ever since last summer we started going to the high school’s baseball field that is less then a block away in the evenings or on the weekends.  We take the dog and meet up with friends and their dogs and it’s become one big adult, kid and dog party.  The other day we had about 8 adults or so, 6 kids and several dogs hanging out and playing with all people who live on our street. I hope he remembers this and looks fondly on these days when he gets older.

We spend our weekdays as a little threesome.  Sebastian, Sawyer and I.  They are spent going to play places and parks and the zoo and preschool and soccer and walks and going to the corner store and to the shops on Park Street or just sometimes hanging around at home or a friends house.  I know I will be sad when I no longer get him to myself all day every day.  These times are so, so precious.  We spend our weekends with daddy either getting things done around the house or exploring the awesomeness that is the Bay Area.

He loves playing with cars (still) and Legos and Magnatiles.  He’s been on a Transformers kick (and finally got a couple for his birthday).  Before that he’d pretend just any toy or object was a transformer.  We bought him tickets for a Monster Truck rally and he, his dad and his Uncle Peter are going.  I know he’s going to love it.

I love being a mom to these two boys and I wouldn’t change a single thing.  I’m so lucky that I get to stay at home with them and spend every precious minute getting to raise them and watch them grow.

Happy 4th birthday to the guy whose smile has always been the biggest, best smile I’ve ever seen.

You can look back at his previous posts:

Sebastian is 3

Sebastian is 2

Sebastian is 1

Vince + Armiee + Winter

I moved to California a year ago January and until recently I forgot how green and beautiful California is in the winter.  After this latest session, I’ve decided that winter is the perfect time for family portraits.  The sun sets early so sessions start around 4 or 4:30 (unlike summer when it is past most kids bedtime).  If you are reading this and are waiting until summer to book a session, I would book now instead!

This family is what we refer to in the photography community as my ‘ideal client’.  They came dressed in perfect outfits, with little accent pieces (earrings and headband), they were super sweet and so fun to photograph!  It also happened to be at my favorite location in Alameda.

Winter has the sweetest little smile!!

Hello golden light.  This is why I do these sessions so close to sunrise or sunset!