turning seven

My baby girl is turning seven today. The last seven years have been filled with laughter and joy, surprise and revelation. When I was a gooey mess in high school, I swore I would never have a daughter. I just couldn’t imagine wanting someone else to endure the challenges of growing …

at the edge of the world

  One of my favorite locations by far is the rugged and remote coastline of Northern San Diego County. It’s a risk to take families there because it is so rocky but this family fit right in in their surroundings and added a spark of life to the otherwise parched landscape. …

settling in

I love to photograph families who just moved to the area or are visiting-and the Vinger family was no exception. I enjoy sharing local lore and knowledge with them so they can feel even more at home here where I grew up. This family was wonderful to work with  although the middle boy kept …

80 years of life

all the cousins me with my dad, mom and two sisters This past weekend we celebrated my dad’s 80th birthday with a huge gang of family and friends. It was a gorgeous day in Dana Point and my sister put together a fun and fabulous gathering. Family and friends from far and wide (all over CA) came to help my dad recall what a great life he’s had. We had a picnic at the harbor then the two families with younger kids went over and played on our boat across the way.

getting lost

“For me, childhood roaming was what developed self-reliance, a sense of direction and adventure, imagination, a will to explore, to be able to get a little lost and then figure out the way back.” — Rebecca Solnit (A Field Guide to Getting Lost) I have been thinking so much lately about …

my first born is nine

Merrik turns 9 years old today. He has begun the path across the threshold of childhood and is truly a young man developing his own ideas about the world and personal independence. I am so proud of the choices he makes and after about a year of him questioning his own choices in …

Delphian meanderings

A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow: You are not wrong who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in …

Once A Girl

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” ― Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board When I was young-in my emotional teen years-I remember crying on my …