I have been wanting to photograph my friends, the Calloways for awhile. This year I decided that I would just force myself upon them and tell my friend Erin that I wanted to take her family’s pictures for her birthday present. I was glad that they said “yes!”. The Calloways are known among friends for the no-smile family photo. Their kids are genuinely trained to do the opposite thing that every other kid is asked to do in front of the camera. When I raised my camera, instead of a fake cheesy grin, they all went straight faced. We did some family portraits in the way of that Calloway tradition, and then I also took a few more one afternoon just hanging out with Erin and her boys. You are loved Calloway family! It was such a gift to me to get to spend this time with you all.
I got to photograph the Highlands Elementary Daddy Daughter Dance last night. It was just the sweetest thing ever.
If you are a Highlands Family, you will get an invite to view and/or download any photos from the night. Stay tuned!
October is always a crazy month for us. This year, Mark and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, and Fiona turned four, and of course there was Halloween, oh and the election… Anyway, I am late to post this, but if nothing else, I’m posting for myself so that I can remember. Here’s a peek at our dear Fiona’s 4th birthday and our family’s Halloween.
Betsy and I have been friends for at least 20 years(!!!). She is one of the most thoughtful, loyal friends in my life.
From the first time that I spent time with the two of them together, I was intrigued. Because I saw how my dear friend was her best self with him.
Tomorrow we get to celebrate with them as they start their marriage and I could not be more excited.
Here are a few photos we took in September. Cheers to B&P!
This year was our funnest Halloween yet. It was so cute watching little Dean toddle along next to his big sisters that seem to be becoming teenagers right before my eyes. Our costumes were inspired by one of our favorite books, Ferdinand, by Monroe Leaf. The book is about a peaceful and content bull named Ferdinand, who prefers to sit and smell the flowers instead of fight in the bull fighting arena. Dean was little Ferdinand, Fiona the Matador, and Charlotte made a perfect Spanish lady.
A year ago, we couldn’t have imagined that the boy cousins would one day have a sister. And now she’s here and things are forever a new shape. Welcome, little Cora. You are loved.
On my website my “personal” portfolio still says that we have one child. The past three years have been a blur of procreation and survival. Two beautiful extraordinary people have arrived, and I have been so buried in the day to day that I haven’t shared them as I used to when we just had Charlotte. So in these last 6 weeks, we’ve celebrated Charlotte’s 6th birthday, and Dean’s first birthday. And our precious light of a child, Fiona was here adding joy and humor, as she does in every occasion.
Since I have a pair of sisters in my house, I have a real soft spot when I get to photograph the beginnings of sisterhood in a family. I look at the girls and just know that the little one will probably echo everything that the big one does, and the big one will love and protect that little one like a second mother. That’s what this picture made me think. I loved meeting beautiful little Elise and seeing these wonderful Mosiers. Here is a link to Leila’s newborn session a few years ago. And click through for the rest of my favorites from my time meeting Elise.
My dear brother Ben married his partner Harley in the Russian River Valley last weekend, followed by the most wonderful party at El Rio in San Francisco. This photo of Ben and Harley salsa dancing sums it up for me. A weekend full of celebration of two amazing people and their relationship. I can still hear the music.
My cousin Ashley fell in love shortly after she moved to South Africa several years ago and met George. Our extended family met George only a few times, over Christmas Eve dinners a few years. But we really liked him. And we knew that someday, this may mean that Ashley would get married and build roots all the way across the Atlantic. George surprised Ashley by proposing right after landing in the US, and having each passenger on the plane hand Ash a flower. The story got lots of buzz and actually made national news, which is funny because they don’t even like that kind of attention. When I talked to Ashley about taking some pictures for the two of them, she used the word “simple” to describe them. I love that. And they are that.
As I was shooting I felt like Steve Martin in Father of the Bride, picturing his grown up daughter as a little girl. I saw Ashley look at George, and saw the way he made her laugh and the way her easy laugh disarmed him. And I saw her beautiful face and I remembered that same pretty face as a little girl. Then I thought of her parents. Then I started crying. No just kidding. But I am very sentimental about my cousin finding love.
I look forward to getting to know you two as a couple over many more holidays. with love, becca.