Candid Family Photography session

It started simply enough. I saw tall grass gone to seed on my street. Backlit no less. I was rapt, I savored it, knowing full well I would use it somehow. In the heart of San Jose, I’d found a rural scene, a stone’s throw from Walgreens, Dunn Edwards, and Yuki Sushi. My lovely neighbors accommodate my whims. Can I borrow your daughters, I asked. Adding: wearing something that suggests farm or prairie life. You bet, the parents said. The girls pranced out of the house and frolicked in the grass, not one, not two, but all three of them, dad included, an unexpected treat. In less than five minutes, we had a perfectly unscripted family photography micro session.

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One Lens, Many Styles

Many photographers specialize in one style of photography. They often zero in on portrait, family, street, or landscape photography. I’m a dabbler at heart, always have been, except my dabbling is fairly serious, because I want to be really good at whatever interests me. Here are some examples of photography styles I’ve been exploring lately. Hope you enjoy! 

Corporate headshots

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Creative portraits

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Families

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Landscapes

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Families

Toward the end of 2020,
I photographed
Families
Couples
Teens
Kids
Business pros
And countless scenes
Here are some of the families I met:

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Pairs

When you’re on the road
And business picks up, life is good
I photographed families
Couples
Teens
Kids
Business pros
And scenes
Here are couples
Variations on a theme of touch
Please enjoy!

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Flower Girl

Before she arrives on the scene…

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…a whole lot of things have to happen.
Like this, that, and the other.

Oh, and the other other.

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Then and only then does she appear as though fated.

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Which is why families—every family—is sweet.

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