This family was my last family to photograph in 2018. Coincidentally, they were one of my favorites of the year. It’s funny, as our shoot neared its end, I realized I was dragging it out a little, not quite ready to say goodbye. I love that. I’m looking forward to a break and some rest with my family and am ready for 2019 with wide open arms. Happy holidays, y’all!!
Each year I photograph this family and I always look forward to it. It's a special treat to photograph families I know well, and this family is a near and dear one. Mama Hope is one of my closest friends and a model for creating a balanced life of family and creative career. We share a love of good design, raunchy humor, and stiff cocktails. Our eldest kids share the same birth date and our youngest kids share the role of family comedian. Our husbands are both chill, handsome nerds. I'm honored to be your family documentarian, Menghermanns. Love all of yous!!
First things first: I LOVE doing Day in the Life shoots. They are some of the most creatively satisfying and emotionally recharging experiences I have as a family photographer. They allow me the time to settle in and observe what's really happening... kind of like staring long enough at the horizon line and slowly beginning to notice details you missed before. For this family, I quickly noticed that the girls' favorite spot to be was on the giant butcher's block in the kitchen. I noticed that they have a mama with a patient, gentle demeanor and a never-ending supply of quiet back scratches, tiny kisses, and reassuring touches. I noticed that they have a baba, while a little reserved on first glance, whom is warm and silly and deeply attentive. I noticed big sister Emily is reflective and thoughtful (ex. while looking at photos of herself on the fireplace mantle, she asked her mom if she should start smiling more for photos). I noticed little sister Anna has her own agenda most of the time but pauses to be goofy. I saw this family. I'm grateful that they let me.
I'll share a secret with you that might sound a little odd: when I find myself in ideal settings to create (a light-filled home, a quiet and unscheduled day to myself, a peachy soft sunset), I often get paralyzed. I think it's partly a matter of feeling like I have too many options, and I also think I see the perfect set-up and feel like anything created that is less than perfect won't cut it. I can almost always push past the paralysis pretty quickly, but it is curious to me. A couple of weeks ago, I met a new-to-me family in their gorgeous, light-drenched home near Montara Beach. I walked in, said a little thank you to the universe for this gem of a setting, and then had a hard time knowing how to begin. Thankfully, once I took a few shots and got into my flow, this sweet crew led the way. Thank you, W-W Family, for being so easy to photograph and inviting me to spend a morning with you.
We had dreamy light and a cold Pacific wind. Mamas were loved up and held tight. Here are some favorites from the set.
This adorable family of four just set sail back to their native Ireland, after living in San Francisco enough years to really fall in love with it. What an exciting journey lies ahead for them! Thank you, friends, for a fun morning on what may have been your last visit to Baker Beach as SF-dwellers. Thankfully on our morning there, Baker delivered with a fog-free bridge view, healthy blasts of arctic wind, a visit from a dungeness crab, and perfect light.
I'm knee-deep in holiday season photo sessions galore, but am taking a break to share this sweet set. Two adorable girls + one extremely camera-aware dog + two relaxed parents + a light-drenched home filled with comforting colors and fabrics = dream session. Thanks for an enjoyable morning, friends!
Picture this: a slow Saturday morning, waffles, berries, fresh whipped cream and squeezed juice. Songs, make-believe play, shofar performances, and a little bit of playful wrestling. A leisurely walk to the train and then kite-flying at the beach. Sounds pretty sweet, right? It was.
I've been photographing this family since their first kiddo, Asher, was a little baby. Now he's a little kid with a baby sister, Nessa, and they've traded in San Francisco for peninsula living. I'm glad we were able to spend the morning together and forever memorialize their breezy and affection-filled Sunday morning routine.
We met back in 2013 when their first son, Charlie, was a cuddly baby. Now they're a family of FIVE with a super silly second son, Ryan, and a joy-bomb of a baby girl, Ellie. It was so nice to spend a morning with you, friends. You all are beautiful!
This sweet trio has made a lovely sanctuary amidst the high energy beat of the Mission. Their home is calming and colorful - a perfect place for a 6 month-old baby to learn about things and people-watch from his window perch. Little TJ has already learned to sleep through the city noise that travels his way. He has also learned to love the camera, apparently, and was all about gazing right into my lens as I clicked away. It was so nice to spend the morning with you three. You've got a serious charmer on your hands.
I look forward to photographing this family every year. They are lovely, smart, creative people who I'm proud to call friends. Plus they're always game to do something a little different for their photo session. This year we shot at the SF MOMA. Telling a 2 and 5 year-old to be themselves but also not touch anything and use an inside voice was an interesting constraint to add to the mix but these kiddos did a great job on all those fronts (and they kept us laughing pretty much the whole time). Thanks, Menghermmans! Love you, guys and gals!