Kainoa is Five, last summer

I have so many photo shoots waiting to be shared but I keep not doing it because I keep thinking I'm gonna have time to get my website done, and I'll want to share them then. But in order for that to happen I would have to have more than 3 free minutes in the day and that just isn't in the cards at this stage in my life. (But one day. Oh my forever and always 'one day').

In the meantime, here's one of those many shoots sitting. I saw Pam last week and it reminded me how much I loved these photos. I've done a photo shoot with her family each time one of their three kids has turned 5. Each time it's been at a different house while they were living in a different neighborhood. And I feel more than my fair share of satisfaction that each of those have been documented ;)

This family is an ideal mix of sporty and bookish, outdoorsy and homebodies, fun and focused, and I think these capture all of that, and them.

Melissa and Dillon, married in Tulare

Melissa is Shawn's cousin. (But really, who isn't?! That guy has like 97 of them or something). Her and Dillon and their sweet little baby Mia live in Idaho but they came out to CA to get married at Dillon's parent's farm a few months ago. And at the last minute, Melissa asked if I could take the pictures. Well, hopefully they wanted like 50% of the pictures to be of their second cousins (my children :)) cause I took a whole bunch of those!

There are a few of Melissa and Dillon in there too. They said 'i do' under an arbor Dillon built, and on the very farm he grew up on. (His niece, one of the bridesmaids, even had to get up during dinner to go feed the horses!) The sunlight and greenery and baby goats were enough to make me think we should all move to Tulare. Or at least get married there. 

*Note Clementine crying during the ceremony every time she noticed me :)

Ezra Golden is born

Rebecca and Derek called to tell me the hospital suggested they to go back home but admitted them anyway since they had the room, and that I could head over whenever but it would probably be a while. So I casually took another 20 minutes to drop the kids off at school and such and then, without an ounce of urgency in my step, made my way over to the hospital. But as I approached the door, I heard newborn wailing! I couldn't believe I missed it! Apparently, everyone else was rather shocked by the all-of-the-sudden immediate arrival as well! (Although probably not anyone more so than Rebecca. Except maybe Ezra.)

So, minus the entrance, here's the first few hours of baby Ezra's life. 

Brad and Theresa

I'm in the middle of getting my new website up ("middle" being a very loose term I've used for the last year and a half now) so I haven't been blogging much current work because I keep thinking, I'll save this for the new blog. But, I've been with myself long enough to know that that could still be a while. So I'm conceding I should just start posting stuff. (Do refrain from looking much of anywhere else on the site though, as it's likely filled with generic placeholder content written in Swedish). 

I probably would have continued to try to hold out and not blog anything until the new site was ready had it not been for Theresa and Brad. But I like them too much. They are wonderful. They love their families and adventure and each other. And their wedding was filled with all of it. Plus SusieCakes. (I love SusieCakes). Their dance floor felt like the happiest place on earth--they literally had every family member, from like age 2 to age 90, out there getting down. It was beautiful! As are they.