“Papa, please get the moon for me” with the Kido family!

this session was FUN!!!  :)  our theme was based on eric carle’s wonderful children’s book, “papa, please get the moon for me”… a very sweet book that tells the story of a little girl who peers out the window of her little red house every night and stretches and stretches to get the moon but can never reach it.  that was until she kindly asked her papa to get the moon for her… he built a very long ladder to reach all the way up to the moon to bring it down for her.  now i can just tell you that ryan and anna, the papa and mama of these little girls in this shoot, adore their daughters to the ends of the earth and i also know that if there was any way for them to reach the moon for them that they would do it.  but seeing that i couldn’t find a ladder long enough to retell this story exactly as it was told in the book, we did our best to build a set that would set the scene.  we painted a huge canvas in classic eric carle style, made a cardboard happy faced moon, donny built a very colorful and child-friendly moon-reaching ladder, and we brought out my very favorite dollhouse and gave it a fresh coat of red paint to be a tiny version of the house from the story!  we then made a cozy little spot right in front of it on a fun quilt perfect for playing and dancing and we had ourselves a little party.  it was wonderfully fun and i love that we were able to tell this classic children’s story but at the same time really make it personal for the kido family.  i have been blessed to be able to photograph this family for the last four years and am so very touched to continue to be in their lives and photograph their children.  thank you, kido family, for dancing your hearts out during this session; the love you have for your girls is so very joyful and incredibly contagious.  xoxo

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Half Moon Bay & my pregnant belly!

we took a quick little trip up to half moon bay, near san francisco, a few weeks back to photograph hayley & alex’s wedding (photos from their lovely day soon to come) and we were very lucky that my mama selflessly volunteered to watch the kiddos so we could spend two extra days up there as a little escape before baby #3 is born (thank you, mom… what a blessing it is to have you in the lives of our children daily).  it was dreamlike.  the little town is up in the mountains and the weather was cool and foggy the whole time (loved this!), we stuffed ourselves with amazing food, starting each day with the local fave of sourdough cinnamon french toast and we able to use two hands to eat – wow! – then we walked on the old weathered pier, enjoyed the little antique store treasures, drove through the tall sycamore groves, stopped along the rode at many farm stands and, more than anything, just remembered how much we actually like each other.  :)  something so crucial that is so easy to forget.  this husband of mine, he is sure a good one.

so here are a few photos from the weekend, including a little impromptu photo session donny took of me and my belly (33 weeks along at the time).  we happened upon this heavenly wildflower field just in between the ocean and a giant hay field and well, you know i can’t pass up a field of flowers.  especially those the color of clementines!  as for the baby update, we can’t wait to meet this little lady already!  i am almost 37 weeks now and we are planning for a waterbirth at home with a wonderful midwife and hoping that gracie and brandon can be involved.  they have loved being able to measure my belly at our appointments and can’t stop talking about how they are going to catch their sister and then we will all cuddle in our sleeping bags on the living room floor after she is born.  i am praying it all goes in such a dreamlike fashion.  😉  i have many more family sessions and wedding wrap-ups to blog in the meantime which i am sure will be followed by plenty of clementine photos!  here are the half moon bay pics for now, starting with a few from the iphone of our way up there and at the wedding…


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