Entries Tagged as 'Families'

29 Portraits Project
Portraits 21 – 23 / 29: Sam, Meg & Sammy

Posted on: Monday, September 28, 2015

On a Sunday morning towards the end of August, I hung out with Sam, Meg, and their little boy, Sammy at their home in Soquel. Their dog, Dusty made a few appearances, too.

Sam started grad school the same year as Christian. He and his wife, Meg moved up here from LA. I first met them at our friends’ house and instantly felt at ease. Both Sam and Meg are originally from North Carolina and they have that southern charm. But even back then (almost five years ago!), they were also at home in California. Sam surfs, and outside of work, Meg found time to be a Zumba instructor and now kicks ass in CrossFit. They are funny and kind, laid-back and lively, smart and generous, easy to talk to and fun to be around and full of outrageous stories. And these days they are loving parents to an adorable and energetic little boy who was a total ham when I arrived with my camera bright and early on a Sunday morning.

I had a great time visiting (and photographing) these three at their place. They live in a house full of natural light on a sprawling property which is abundant with vegetable gardens and home to some chickens (and a goose!). After goofing around for a bit, Sam read Sammy his favorite book and then we adventured outside–watering plants, taking a wagon ride, playing with chalk, visiting the chickens, and feeding their sweet old dog, Dusty some treats. It was a lovely morning with two wonderful people I feel so fortunate to call friends and one hilarious little toddler who kept me on my toes, but who was a total breeze to photograph!

Below are some of my favorite photos from my morning with Sam, Meg, and Sammy:

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29 Portraits Project
Portraits 14 – 16 / 29: Amanda, Jed & Eleanor

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Last month, I drove down to visit my sister Amanda, her husband, Jed, and their daughter, Eleanor, at their new house in Burbank. Buckwheat came, too. He was my co-pilot. Back in January, I helped Amanda and Jed move into the house, so it was exciting to see the progress they’ve made since then–they’re painting and unpacking and redoing the backyard. They’re making the house their home.

During my visit we took portraits outside the house and at the neighborhood park. These days Eleanor is on the move, so much of the portrait taking involved me chasing Eleanor around with my camera, hoping that some of her quicker moments of cuteness turned out.

Mostly, I just enjoyed spending time with these three. It’s been so much fun to watch Eleanor grow from the tiny, sleepy baby I first met, to the fast walking and funny toddler she’s become. Now that E’s a toddler, she can do all sorts of new and cute things: she can point at her bully button (and ears and nose), she gives her mom and dad hugs and knows their names, she says “no” (even though sometimes I think she means “yes”) and signs things like “dog” and “milk” and “more”; towards the end of the weekend she even started making a sound akin to my name.

Eleanor also plays a pretty good game of chase (much to poor Buckwheat’s surprise) and loves to ham it up for smiles and laughs. She’s sweet, playful, inquisitive, and silly. I feel so lucky to be Eleanor’s aunt. And watching Amanda and Jed as parents has been a huge gift. I’m looking forward many more weekends with Amanda, Jed and Eleanor at their lovely little home in Burbank.

Here are some of my favorites from our weekend in April:

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29 Portraits Project
Portraits 9 – 11 / 29: Olivia, Greta & Molly

Posted on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

These are the last portraits from my trip to Seattle. On Sunday afternoon, after grabbing lunch with my cousin Becca, I met up with my cousin Brian, his wife, Chrissy, and their three daughters Olivia, Greta, and Molly. Before I moved to Santa Cruz, I did a lot of babysitting for Brian and Chrissy. The first time I watched Greta, she was only a couple months old (I was in high school). After college, I continued to go over to Brian and Chrissy’s house in the evenings or on weekends to watch all three of their girls. It was always fun. We played board games, did crafts, walked to parks, read books, watched movies and generally goofed around. And I loved being able to see them grow up. Spending time with them on a regular basis is one of the things I really missed when Christian and I relocated to California. When I left, all three of them were in elementary school. Now Olivia is about to start high school, Greta is in middle school, and Molly is in the fifth grade.

Back on that first Sunday in March, we met up towards the northern end of the Arboretum. At the time, the park was  a bit of a zoo so we had to get a little creative with our parking spots (read: I’m not sure they were actually parking spots). None of us knew that area of the park very well, so we just wandered around looking for spots to take portraits. At one point this resulted in us navigating through a very muddy field… But we ended up finding some great places to take photos. And in between the portraits, I got to do a lot of catching up. We talked about cameras, their old houses, our big extended family, dogs, what they all gave up for lent (sweets!), Seattle and running. It was the perfect ending to my weekend in Seattle.

Below are some of my favorites from adventuring around the Arboretum with Olivia, Greta, Molly and their parents:

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For more information about my portrait project go here: 29 Portraits Project. Next up in the project are the portraits I took of my friends Jesse and Lindsy in Santa Cruz. Also, after either being out of town or hosting out of town guests during three of the last four weekends, my current schedule is a little less busy, which means my posts here should be more frequent than they have been. So check back soon!

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