The Trabuco Family in Baja California, Mexico

One of the things I miss most about Southern California, dare I say the only thing I miss (other than the people), is the beach.  NorCal beaches, as gorgeous and dramatic as they are, are not lay out and play in the ocean beaches.  It's just way too cold up here.  So, for the past few years, Adm and I have traveled some place super warm each winter during our wedding season lull.  A couple of weeks ago, we went to Baja California in Mexico.  The beaches were absolutely perfect, and it was just what I needed to get my ocean fix for a few days.

While there, we met a wonderful family from Minnesota (though originally from Brazil) who also needed some warm weather beach time, and we ended up doing a mini family shoot with them in the ocean.  Meeting people when we travel is one of my favorite things, and so even though we were technically on vacation, I'm so glad we have these pictures to remember this fun family we got to hang out with in Mexico.  Enjoy!

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Julie, Greg and Wyatt

We are editing what feels like a billion weddings right now, and so I thought this little lifestyle shoot of Julie would be a nice break!  Julie Edwards is a dear friend and amazing graphic designer.  She needed some new portraits that reflect her personality, which hopefully you can tell from these photos is very warm and bubbly.  We spent an afternoon in Temescal Alley in Oakland making lots of pictures, and her husband Greg and dog Wyatt joined in as well.  I've always been an opportunist so I figured that if she was going to put the effort into having her picture taken, she might as well add in a few photos with her family.  Plus, both Greg and Wyatt have their own great style - I mean, not every dog knows how work that bike basket next to a bunch of tulips like Wyatt does.  I know Kiki could use a few tips on patiently posing for photos.  One of the things that I love about this session is that everything took place on the same block, probably within a 1000 sq. ft area.  Just goes to show that you can really get a lot of mileage out of small spaces sometimes.  

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Hillary and Matt are having a baby!!

Gosh, remember these two from when we first started our blog and photographing weddings back in 2009??  Time flies and they're now expecting Baby Stevens, who is due this Wednesday!  We just love being able to document all of these big deal events for our couples plus we love that we get to stay in touch with everybody!  Send Hillary and Matt lots and lots of smooth delivery vibes this week, OK?!!

Introducing Bryant and Dylan!

When Adm and I first moved to Oakland five years ago, I didn't know much about some of my relatives on my dad's side of the family who lived up here.  I felt a little apprehensive meeting family for the first time in my twenties at a birthday party in Oakland's Chinatown.  After all the milestones we have since shared it is fun to look back on what it first felt like to meet them.  I am so lucky to have been accepted  as a part of their family with open arms.

So, without further ado, I give you my cousin, Yen Yen and her husband Davin's newborn twins, Bryant and Dylan.  The sleepy baby is Dylan, but you have to give him a break because he is a growing boy.  It was a lot of fun photographing my brand new baby cousins, and I am sure that there will be many updates on their lives along the way, just as we have followed their parents.  You can see Yen Yen and Davin's engagement session here and their wedding here.