Sisters

One sister is heading to Boston, the other to Pennsylvania. I’ve watched them grow up from little girls into young women, and now they are now fully embarked. Chase your dreams, ladies!

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Creek Play

In no particular order, here are 10 photos from a recent family shoot in the Bay Area. McClellan Ranch in Cupertino never disappoints. Please enjoy!

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neilson outdoor family photography mcclellan ranch cupertino bay area grandma granddaughter
neilson outdoor family photography mcclellan ranch cupertino bay area husband wife laugh
neilson outdoor family photography mcclellan ranch cupertino bay area daughter family in back
neilson outdoor family photography mcclellan ranch cupertino bay area daughter creek play dream
neilson outdoor family photography mcclellan ranch cupertino bay area daughter creek smile
neilson outdoor family photography mcclellan ranch cupertino bay area daughter creek candid
neilson outdoor family photography mcclellan ranch cupertino bay area husband wife joy

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Pensive Is Joy

 

Faces without expression interest me.
I like the ambiguity, the pensiveness.
But clients don’t like Pensive.
Not as a general rule.
They like unvarnished Joy.
Always have.
So.
Lately I’m doing something different.
During family photo shoots,
I run participants through a series of prompts.
Together we travel from Pensive to Joy
With many waystations in between.
I’m happy with the results.
I get what I want.
And clients get what they want.
Thoughts and reactions are welcome!

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Mountain Living

Last fall, I ran family photography mini sessions in the woods above the valley. What joy! What fun! Amazing, really.

Family #1

I admire a man who carries his son like a sack of flour. That, and dresses in pajamas to please his wife who has a vision, come what come may…

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…and makes googly eyes at his boy just because.

bay area family photography photographer photo session lahonda skylonda mountains palo alto redwood city menlo park portola valley bradley father son

Here older brother is doing what every kiddo wants to do, always: play, play, play.

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Younger kiddo doesn’t know it yet, but this allegory of brotherhood in three frames will set the tone for the rest of his days. When in doubt, shout. Or listen, as the case may be.

Family #2

Wrinkles the canine keeps the family together like a good herd dog.

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Mother and daughter square up for a shot as golden hour paints the landscape in magical tones.

bay area family photography photographer photo session lahonda skylonda mountains palo alto redwood city menlo park portola valley tran mother daughter

Only thing better than having a brother is hanging out with a brother on a fence.

bay area family photography photographer photo session lahonda skylonda mountains palo alto redwood city menlo park portola valley tran sons fence

Rim light transfigures everyone it touches.

bay area family photography photographer photo session lahonda skylonda mountains palo alto redwood city menlo park portola valley tran rim light

Family #3

With scenes like these, every family deserves at least one…

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…OK, maybe two family portraits.

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Of course, where would Family be without Grandma? She lights up the scene!

bay area family photography photographer photo session lahonda skylonda mountains palo alto redwood city menlo park portola valley kinion grandma

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Urban Chic

When I capture a candid expression like this…

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….and a heartfelt laugh like this…

bay area teen portrait photography dance graduation laugh

…and a bookishly hip shot like this….

bay area teen portrait photography dance graduation books

…all in the space of 23 minutes, well, I’m ridiculously happy as a result.
“There’s one thing a photograph must contain,” says Robert Frank.
“The humanity of the moment.”
For what it’s worth, I agree.
Thanks for visiting.

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