Kevin + Jessica + Frances + Eleanor

From the minute I pulled up at their house, I knew it was going to be a great session.  You see, I’ve been swooning over the gorgeous homes in Alameda since I moved here a year ago and I finally got to photograph one inside and out!  Then add in the sweetest, fun and laid back family and one super easy two year old (surely that has to be an oxymoron!), and the sweetest little newborn with the silliest dogs and you have the perfect shoot.  My cheeks hurt after editing these because I was smiling so much. I kept telling my friend who was working across from me (while our kids played at a local play cafe) things like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is just the cutest family’ and ‘I just can’t get over how cute these photos are!’.

Could this street be any cuter!?  I mean seriously, Alameda is a town straight out of a storybook.  

Did this photo make you yawn when you saw it?  Because it did to me!

As you can see little Frances has the prettiest red hair.  I’m already planning a wedding for her and Sawyer…making sure I get some red headed grand babies!

These guys were showing off for me just a little.

Frances has the cutest little face.  And look at her baby sisters little sleeping smile.  Swoon!

Diego + Ashley + Oliver + Potato

I absolutely love sunrise shoots and this one at my favorite location in Alameda did not disappoint!  I met the sweetest little family with their pug in tow last fall and had so much fun taking their pictures.  Just look at this little guys adorable little smile!




Patrick + Katie + Leo + Issac ~ Alameda Family Photography

My first shoot of the year started out with a bang!  We took the photos in their gorgeous home (I’m forever going to be obsessed with all of these cute homes in Alameda!!) Baby Isaac couldn’t wait to meet his little family and came on Christmas Eve 4 weeks early.  My boys were 8 pounds and 9.7 pounds so this little guy looked so tiny.  Also, these two boys have the cutest cheeks in all of Alameda!


Sasha + Carys + Savva Alameda Family Portraits

I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately (I’m probably sounding a bit like a broken record) but this session may just be my favorite family session to date!  Everything from the location, gorgeous morning light and the cutest little family was perfection!  Loved the outfits they chose and I mean…come on…baby suspenders, you can’t get much cuter then that!!

Dayton + Nisha + Avi Christmas

I am totally smitten with our little town of Alameda, CA.  It really is this little gem of a place and I still can’t believe we live here.  The best part?  The families I’ve met here.  There are SO many families and it was the perfect place for our little clan to land. This family is definitely one of my favorites!  I’ve wanted to do a Park Street shoot since we moved here and this was well worth the wait.  What’s even better?  I walked to this shoot from my house….and I walk with my family to this street at least once a week.

Tucker’s Ice Cream is definitely my favorite ice cream shop in town.  I’m obsessed with their mango ice cream!

I could do an entire shoot at this cute little book shop.  LOVE it!

Alameda has the coolest old fashioned movie theater.

Sean + Gillian + Avery + Maisey Christmas

I’m a little behind on blogging.  I’ll be catching up in the next couple weeks so check back frequently for new fun sessions from the end of 2017!  My favorite Alameda family is back in this Christmas themed shoot.  You can see one of my favorite shoots of all time in their gorgeous kitchen here.  By the way the rest of their house is as cute as their kitchen!  For this shoot we spent most of the time in front of the fire place and ended with a bubble bath in their claw-footed bathtub.

A plate of Christmas cookies??  Yes please!

Looking for Santa!

I just love her curly hair and gorgeous blue eyes!!

Sawyer’s 1st Birthday Party

Another successful Allex boy birthday party is in the books.   This time we were celebrating Sawyer’s 1st birthday. Here’s a look back to Sebastian’s 1st party.  I’m so glad a couple weeks ago (after talking myself out of it), I decided to go ahead and throw my special boy a big bash because you only turn 1 once!  Another benefit of living in California? Park party in December!  We all threw on our best flannel (which for most of us is our only flannel) and invited a bunch of awesome friends we’ve met since moving.  It ended up being a touch chilly but the beef stew and hot chocolate really hit the spot!   

This is my second attempt ever at making a decorating a cake (1st cake I made here).  It turned out pretty well but like my sister said, you can’t go wrong making a stump!


Dan + Kate + Ben + Harry

I’m really excited to share these family photos with you.  I’m so happy I met Kate when she was having Ben try out a soccer class this past spring.  Ben may have not been interested in soccer, but our sweet boys hit it off and we’ve all been friends since.  We definitely look a little crazy (a feel a little crazy) toting 4 boys around town, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. I was more nervous photographing my friends then new clients but you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous family.  Kate, you did a great job dressing your clan!  I’m so happy with how this fall shoot turned out!  You four are all so beautiful and I’m obsessed with Benny’s smile!!




Sawyer 11 months

Disclaimer: Like the past several months I’m pretty late getting this post up…I had all the words written on time but finally got around to taking the picture today. Also this is the biggest smile I’ve gotten out of him in 11 months of these pictures.  Guess I should have had big brother helping all along!

There is only one month left until Sawyer’s first birthday!  I finally just started planning his party.  I thought of the perfect theme for our little Sawyer and I’m really excited about it!   I am also planning on doing a couple 1 year photo shoots for him.  I’m thinking a giant blue balloon at a park would be fun.  Hopefully I can get it all together in time!  These next couple months are going to be busy with his birthday, traveling home and Christmas!  On a sadder note, we lost our sweet dog Oliver this month.  He was my baby before I had my actual babies and I am sad that Sawyer won’t have memories of him.  We had Oliver for over 9 years and it just doesn’t seem right that he is no longer here.

Stats: We’ll get his new stats next month at his 1 year check!  I assure you he is bigger then ever, this boy can eat!

Likes: He loves playing with balls.  He’ll throw or hit them, then chase after them and throw them again.  He loves following his big brother around.  He loves being outside.  He’s getting so much fun to play with and hasn’t been quite as fussy lately, thank goodness!  I think this may be my favorite age for Sawyer so far.  He’s just so much happier and so much fun!

Dislikes:  He doesn’t like an empty highchair tray…he’ll yell at you until you get him more food.

Nicknames: Lately we have been calling him our little puppy.  He will put a toy in his mouth and then crawl around with it.  It’s so cute and looks just like a little puppy especially when it’s one of his little balls.

Firsts:  Sawyer celebrated his first Halloween!  Sebastian wanted to be Batman so naturally, his little sidekick was destined to be Robin.  I made their costumes and was so excited to put them on…they ended up wearing them four different times!  Trick or treating was (crazy) but fun in our awesome town.

Milestones: He’s taken a couple steps once or twice and seems pretty stable on his feet.  He can sometimes stand for several seconds at a time.  Walking is definitely not far off!

Sleep: I don’t think we’ll ever sleep again.  If it’s not Sawyer up in the middle of the night, it’s Sebastian or both of them.  We maybe get one night a week where neither of them wake up.  It’s actually been Sebastian more then Sawyer recently.  I think moving Sebastian into our room so many times when trying to sleep train Sawyer messed him up.

Sebastian’s reactions to Sawyer:  Sebastian and Sawyer are now starting to go longer spurts of playing together.  Like 10-20 minutes or so at a time.  It’s so much fun to watch and listen to and I can’t wait for this to get even better.  There however is a little bit of “I had that first” and “no Sawyer, that’s mine” happening, but that is to be expected.


A look back:

Sebastian 11 months

Sawyer 10 months

Sawyer 9 months