Portrait Series | September

san-clemente-family-photographer-7186 san-clemente-family-photographer-7218A portrait of my family once a month in 2016

Willy: Threw his back out and has set our whole unpacking gig back quite a few steps. At the pace we’re going, it feels like we’ll be moving in for years.

Hooper: Dipped Van’s fry in hot sauce when he wasn’t looking and maliciously threw it back onto his plate.

Van: Got caught with his pants down in the backyard, taking a dump. He didn’t stop or defend his actions but simply said, “sorry, mom”.

Sonny: Now has a ‘hat’ to fix his ‘flat’. In other words, he’s under construction. Also, you don’t want to wake up next to his smelly head.

Me: All the sudden I have to hold the menu (or any piece of paper with writing on it) further away so I can see. Wtf? Like overnight flip of the switch.

Jimmie: Learned how to use the doggy door and followed it up with a butt-scootin’-romp all over the yard. It’s worth keeping him on a diet just to ensure he doesn’t outgrow that little door.

A Family Session

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Family Photos, via self-timer

Everyone loves family photos. Even with as many pictures as I take, we hardly ever have any with all four of us together. It takes much more effort, for starters, to get myself in front of the camera. Willy doesn’t care for (and by doesn’t care, I practically mean detests) taking photos. Since starting my 52 week project, his attitude about being in front of the camera is much improved but I still struggle to get him to take any photos of me with the boys or dare-I-say a photo with all of us together.
Most, if not all, of our family photos have been taken using the self-timer and if your camera has this capability, it’s something I strongly recommend (as a side note, there is a self-timer app on the iPhone). Using the self-timer creates a much more natural photograph and also allows for the element of surprise as you’re not quite sure when your ten seconds are up; thus it promotes more of a candid capture which is what I personally prefer anyway.
The self-timer, however, is still not the end all be all. Sure, it can take the photo but I’m still responsible for rallying the troops. As if the two wild cards aren’t enough, I often have convince the mister to join in- with a good attitude- as well. If it sounds like I have to pull teeth to get a family photo, then you’re getting the right idea. But I’ll pull whatever teeth I have to because I’ve never been disappointed by a family photo. There’s something so special about looking at us all together, sharing

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Laundry is always better folded when folded by someone else. Dishes are always cleaner when cleaned by someone else. Food is always tastier when cooked by someone else. And family photos are always better when shot by someone else.
Meet Dennis & Jamie.

Dennis and Jaime photographed our wedding, so I was incredibly over the moon when they posted an offer on facebook for a free family session to one lucky winner. And by golly, we were one of what became a few winners. How we were chosen, I’ll never comprehend. I’ve won an occasional buck or two on a scratcher, but other than that, I’m your run of the mill gal whose luck is neither here nor there. I should mention that I also won a chocolate bunny at an Easter Egg hunt when I was seven. It was held at the neighborhood park and you had to find the special golden egg to win. My dad, being the competitive dude that he is, spotted the golden egg before the contest began and in true I want my daughter to be the winner dammit fashion, he pointed it out to me. And thus, I won the chocolate bunny. I don’t even like chocolate, by the way. I digress.
We headed down to San Diego (maybe you remember reading this post about our horrible nights stay) and met up with Dennis and Jamie. Oh Dennis and Jaime. Those two are really something. And by really something, what I mean is that they are the most fun and sincere and genuine people. Really. Willy and I both left a little disappointed that we didn’t live closer as we were both fantasizing about evenings spent on their beautiful patio where the kiddos  played with the chickens and the adults sipped on wine and whiskey while laughing and gossiping about parenthood and life and neighbors we’d like to punch in the face. We offered to have them over for dinner next time they’re in our hood and my fingers are crossed that they take us up on our offer.
I’m so grateful for these photos. Dennis and Jaime, you sure know how to put a smile on this mama’s face.

Live in the San Diego area? Shit, live in New York and got a car and some gas money? I ask because Dennis and Jaime have been oh so generous in offering 50% off portrait shoots booked before the end of the year when you mention The Stork & The Beanstalk. Normal portrait sittings are $250 and include the following: 1 hour of photography, location choice of their studio shoot space or a location within 15 miles of Oceanside, online proof site for 3 months, and your first 8×10 print is only $0.99. Mention The Stork & The Beanstalk and get all this for $125. Such a steal. And with any luck, though you probably don’t even need luck, you’ll leave the session wanting to call these two friends too.
Want to hear more about this incredible duo? Check out this awesome and informative interview by Crash Taylor. A very inspiring, and at times hilarious, read.

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