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big family playdate

I am just getting my head out of the fog after a rough start to 2012. I have been miraculously maintaining an amazing flow of sessions and orders from clients and collectors for my fine art and portrait photography but not much else has been getting done work-wise (ie: the blog!). A consistent cycle of illness put me out of commission for a week and it’s been a challenge to get back on track. I have been concentrating on my time with my family which has been feeling a little too slim-especially right before the holidays.

So, I thought I would share this fun family session because it was so inspiring and uplifting for me. This creative, active and vibrant extended family of 13, including a dancer bound for Hollywood, were visiting from Colorado, New Mexico and other parts of California: cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles and even grandma. They rented a house near T-Street and spent two weeks enjoying our gorgeous winter weather. It amazed me that they all put aside their busy lives to come together to be with family. From age 17 to 79+, they all got along and had a wonderful time goofing, teasing and playing frisbee on the beach.

I can’t express how important this time is for anyone: time with family-immediate and extended. I am so fortunate that my family and my husband’s family all live very close except for some of Merrik and Maliea’s cousins. We all spend time together, travel together and share our joys and sorrows.

This family who took the time to spend the day together and be photographed is a rare breed and they are so fortunate and blessed to have this memory of their time in Southern California. Their photos of this time they spent with each other are priceless. They wanted a “Photography Is Life” session and this is what they got!




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    Juli I

    January 20, 2012

    Stunning, absolutely stunning. These photos brought tears to my eyes. I especially loved the group shots of them all sitting on the beach (the colors were stunning), the train tracks (so creative) and the shot of the three women (maybe daughter, mother, and grandmother). You are a true artist my friend!

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    Melody Serrano

    January 21, 2012

    What a fun family session! Truly inspirational!!!