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Rodriguez Class of 2015

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

That quote kept popping into my mind as I was editing these images. I love what I do for so many reasons.

Capturing beginnings… fresh little beings and love, families with new additions.

Capturing that moment when your family is full of little kids before they get too big.

Families who have big kids and need to capture the moment before someone graduates…

I love it all.

With High School Seniors… you get a beginning and an end. It’s happy and sad at the same time.

With Seniors, I get to capture how that spunky kid has channeled that spunk into a tremendous thing.

I get to capture them at the end of childhood looking into adulthood with wide eyed enthusiasm.

What made them challenging children, makes them now unique world changers.

Remember that.

Soon your inquisitive little kid will be a leader who knows how to find the answers.

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That feisty little soccer girl will continue to be that feisty, slightly bigger soccer girl. 😉

I really had such a blast on this shoot! ( I think I say that a lot. ;))

Rylee loves the beach and we wanted a location that fit her. Her dad is an amazing photographer (no pressure… right?) and he had the soccer pics covered.

So, the beach is where we headed. The Marin Headlands to be exact.

I had so much fun capturing all that lies within Rylee. She is sparkly, sweet and is such a joy to be around, but…

Don’t underestimate her.

She is mighty and determined and WILL do big things in this world.

“Share your sparkle wherever you are.” – Dodinsky

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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven -Matthew 5:16

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13

Rylee, You have such heart and talent. I know you will to do BIG things with your gifts! And on your way to reaching your goals…

I believe you will continue to uplift and encourage others with your big heart, infectious laugh and bright smile.

My heart and prayers are with you as you Graduate.

xoxo

How Do I…

…get the cutest families?

For real! I’m talking, sweetest, kindest and absolutely the cutest families.

I am so blessed.

Every family is special and has their own thing that makes them unique. I get to see that play out during sessions.

At some point the kids get comfortable and… THAT’S when the fun begins!

That’s when the kids shine.

And THAT’S when my heart flutters.

 

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I Almost Invited Myself for Ice Cream. ~ A Family Session

It’s true.

Little dude was offered ice cream to help entice him to smile… by the end of the session, I was ready to ask here we were going for ice-cream. I stopped myself! I’m not that crazy! Well, I am blogging this story… Anyhow! I was having so much fun and didn’t want the session to end! Seriously! The tenderness, love, and joy you feel when you look at these images is for real and its something you want to be around.

New friends and a new location… I couldn’t have asked for more!

Maybe Ice-cream. 😉


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Jasmine Palacio

These are wonderful!!!!

Jennifer Mathews

Fantastic pictures! Where was this? Such a sweet family.

Homegrown Family Session~ The Cacuyog’s!

Whoo hoo! My old stomping grounds! I was SO excited when Tamara wanted to go to the beach! And at some point asked if there was a basketball court nearby… I had two places in mind Stinson or Sausalito and Cronkite. I chose Sausalito because I knew the tress would give us some gorgeous fall colors and I didn’t want to risk carsick kids. But, for the record… I am totally down for a Stinson Beach session ANYTIME!

Looking at the pictures I chose to blog it does look like almost two different days… same day and the session wasn’t even a very long one. (The boys may beg to differ… ;)) If you want a beach session in Northern California, you have to realize it can go from sunny to foggy in a minute! You might get sunny pics or you might get foggy, but either way… it is always magical.

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Jasmine Palacio

How fun!

Tommy B! Class of 2015!

Seriously! Tommy… or is it Thomas? I’m sticking with Tommy.

He was JUST a scruffy little boy practicing his times tables on his Leap Frog Slam-It! How can he be graduating High School? Crazy!

Tommy’s big heart and talent is going to take him far in life. I feel blessed that I got to watch him grow and see that little scrappy kid turn into a pretty awesome man.

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 In this B&W image, I can still see the little boy Tommy in his face.

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This was a difficult session for me, I was trying to be cool and hold back all the emotions that welling up in me.

I was trying to make it as painless as I could for Tommy, and work efficiently, but I was also going to lose it. Where did the time go?

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Can you say DREAMY?

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Jennifer Mathews

He is one handsome young man!