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{someone is a big sister! } newborn & children photography . napa

I first met this beautiful family when their daughter was born. Now, she is a joyful big sister ready to be a helper when she is not dancing and modeling mom’s shoes! I could seriously photograph her all day. Her spunk and joy are just too fun!  But her new little brother is giving the camera a bit of competition with those dark soulful eyes and sweet little cheeks! How fun are these early days!?

{Winter Sunshine} Natural Lifestyle Family Portraits

Meet this beautiful family. We met the sunrise on a gorgeous winter morning and discovered a  few things.  Chilly winter mornings cause serious runny noses. Pulling wagons bring out big smiles. Trampolines make everyone happy. And this family loves each other very much.  Oh…and I love my job. I discover that last one each and every time I go out and shoot.


{fall joys} lifestyle children’s portraiture . napa valley


.things to do on a crisp fall day…

….. 11. go outside . breathe deeply

12.. run into the arms of someone you love

13. explore & discover the beauty around you

14. hold the hands & swing bravely high into the air


thank you little Noe for bringing us out into a crisp fall day; I enjoyed every moment!

{afternoon joys} lifestyle family portraits . yountville


These two adorable children are always such a joy! I was cracking up when little L was trying to out pose his big sister and when she boldly marched through tall grasses to be the first to the river. (Don’t let her sweet face fool you – she is one competent adventuresome little girl..that’s my kind of client!) We enjoyed an absolutely beautiful Napa Valley evening & explored to find some great locations. Our fantastic shoot was completed by dinner with both our families such a delight!

{baby quinn} newborn portraits . napa . ca

This little one just couldn’t wait to see the world! Her mom & I had scheduled last minute maternity photos but she decided to make her presence known before I had a chance to photograph her momma’s belly. So, we decided to photograph this beautiful little one instead. (Ironically, her big sister came hours after our maternity shoot two years ago…I should have known! )

I couldn’t  get enough of her big blue eyes, adorable pudge & slender little toes! Once she slept her mom and I coo’d at her little grunts & pursed lips. What a doll! Congrats Mom, Dad and big sisters Tate & Luca!!

{simple summer pleasures} lifestyle family portraits . napa valley

As is often the case, once again the line between  friends & clients has become very fuzzy. When I see these images, I have joyful memories of the rope swing, frog pond, dancing grasses & family giggles. It’s only when I really focus do I remember that I was responsible for taking these images. It would be easy for me to forget and feel like I was  simply a member of this pleasant summer evening.

{baby johnny} newborn lifestyle portraits . napa

it’s always a joy to watch some of the amazing women in my life become mothers. this fine mama is no exception. little johhny is a delight & this babe is one lucky little man….surrounded by so much love! just look at his how his parent’s look at him!

{iron chef morimoto} auction week | napa valley 2011

It was a memorable Auction week this year with bids being raised higher than ever and rain falling down, a first ever! Auction Napa Valley is the most successful charity wine auction in the world and to date has given over 100 million to scores of non-profit programs.  Every year I am fortunate enough to be able to photograph one of the memorable aspects of auction week and this year it was Iron Chef Morimoto.

The first night held at Garguilo Vineyards, Morimoto & his spectacular team prepared a nine course dinner that left guests speechless. Here are a few of the images from the two spectacular events. Saturday morning, that same group got to learn sushi making skills from the master himself at his new restaurant in Napa.

{velovino} spin . sip . savor

Congratulations to Clif Family & Team for a fantastic opening of VeloVino!  on 709 Main Street! Velo Vino is the newest adventure from Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, the owners and founders of Clif Bar and Clif Family Winery.

Simply put – this spot rocks! With a combination of Espresso, Wine, Tasty treats & Cycling…it’s an original, hip & fresh addition to Napa Valley.

{bliss} best of 2010 weddings

I am so grateful to all of the amazing couples that let me document their wedding day. It was a fabulous year filled with talented vendors, gracious clients & so much joy with each celebration!

{little lily} napa children’s photography

I am always touched when I am invited by a family to document the many poignant moments in their child’s life. Little Lily celebrated her baptism and I was fortunate enough to share in the joy! I could swoon over her curls all day!

{spring joy . st. helena children’s photography}

thank you …ladybug discoveries, grass stomping, giggles & amazing color…make for a fabulous spring day!

{kisses} xoxo

[T]hen I did the simplest thing in the world.  I leaned down… and kissed him.  And the world cracked open.  ~Agnes de Mille

celebrate love !

{molly & mike . Napa , CA }

What a beautiful day! Mike & Molly’s was my kind of wedding; full of warmth, laughter & amazing blue skies!  Their dog, Jake, brought a smile to all and was a welcome presence during the ceremony and portrait session.

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{Penche is Live}

Penche’s website is live… ‘ pon-shay’

Check it out! This ultra premium wine’s site is modern, edgy, and focuses on clean lines. They put the photography in the forfront (thank you) and I do believe it turned out fabulous. The wine is fabulous as well…be sure to indulge yourself. penche