A Morning with the Heinemeyer Family

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Last fall we did a lifestyle session with our dearest friend Kate and her family.  At the time we did this session it had been just a year since they gutted the house (think 1970’s mushroom tiles in the kitchen), renovated and moved in with their two little ones Norah and Madden and new baby Sawyer.  What made this session so fun was not just hanging out with our friend, but being able to capture bits and pieces Katie’s passion for interior design and homemaking.  Much of what you see in Kate’s home is thrifted or handmade. Whenever I walk …

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Annabelle Lea’s Fresh 48

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Introducing my sweet niece, Annabelle Lea!  She was born 2/3/2017 weighing just an ounce shy of ten pounds.  It took me three kids to realize how priceless these fresh newborn images really are, so I wanted to make sure we got her on camera within the first 48 hours.  They start change like crazy after that! We all agreed little Annabelle is pretty much a clone of her older sister Audrey.  She’s a contented little bundle of bliss with a headful of dark hair!  We weren’t able to fit the whole family in this session because mom giving birth makes …

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The Antoniou Family

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This family maternity session was an extra special session that I did for my sister-in-law Jen and her family.  Jen and Jim are expecting their fourth daughter in February.  On the Alsbury side, this makes GIRLS 10, BOYS 0.  Well what can I say, we just keep cranking out these strong, gorgeous, wildly intelligent females over here (SEE BELOW).  Another fun fact…all of their girls have lovely, old-fashioned names that begin with “A.”  Abigail, Audrey, Avalei and Annabelle. I knew that I wanted to do a maternity session as a gift to Jen, but at the last minute we decided …

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The Haaland Family

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Have you ever met one of those families that just has that charm, and you immediately think “I want to be part of their tribe!” This family is one of those. They all have great senses of humor, are so loving and kind, and dang it, they’re all so stinking good looking. Also we’ve got a shared love of coffee and good food, which makes them our people. We are lucky enough to call these people friends and we love them dearly. So real quick let me break down some names so I can queue you in to this family …

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Molly Hannah Designs

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One of my favorite parts about being a lifestyle photographer is the experience of being in someone else’s space, especially when it has been thoughtfully and lovingly arranged.  Being in Molly’s home just kind of topped it all.  Not only was it beautiful to look at,  it was so, so good for my soul!  She pampered us with mimosas, pastries and iced coffee made from her armior-turned-espresso bar in her renovated town home loft.   We chatted and sipped and clicked all morning. THERE WERE SO MANY PRETTY THINGS TO PHOTOGRAPH. So, we were kind of in heaven. If I …

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Little Lady Rae

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I am just smitten with this in-home newborn session of the Rucker family and their little lady Rae.  It was so much fun to watch our friend Allie go from newly pregnant to full-on mommy!  And what a beautiful mommy she is. (You can view her in-home maternity session here.) I’d really be lying if I said it didn’t make me think about how I’d be TOTALLY OKAY with birthing another baby girl just so I can decorate another nursery and add 67 more tiny bows to our collection in every hue and texture.  And goodness gracious, Reagan is a …

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The Rowe Family

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We were so excited when Sophia approached us for a family session. Her and her family are so cute and we had such a great time capturing their love and personality. Dan and Sophia have recently added two members to their family. Finley is four months old, and even more recently Nick, a Chinese exchange student in junior high. Nick blended in so well with the whole family. From lovingly holding Fin to making Elan laugh uncontrollably, it was easy to see that he loved being a big brother as much as the boys love having him as a big …

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Allison Andres

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When Allison came to us with a request for a branding shoot, we couldn’t say yes fast enough! Not only is Allison a dream to photograph with her killer style, she just so happens to be one of our favorite photographers. A little about this amazing lady, she’s had a heart for photography since she was 17 and has been pursuing her passion full time since 2009. You can check out her work here. Allison is a wife to her love, Fred, and a momma to a spitfire 2 year old girl. Allison was looking to have updated, high quality, …

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Lauren and Jeff

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We met up with Lauren and Jeff at their friend’s ranch just outside of Winters for this maternity session.  There were plenty of meadows, green trees and golden light on this property; kind of perfect for our late summer belly session. Later, we hopped in the car and drove down Pleasants Valley road to get some shots next to the creek.  As we were walking the property waiting for Lauren’s wardrobe change, I got to hear the story of how they met through a mutual friend.  Jeff was looking for a hot blonde and I’m going to venture to say thiiiiink he …

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The Chappel Family

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These sessions will never stop being so special to us. Getting to come into a family’s home, so soon after such a big life event, is nothing short of amazing. When we photographed the Chappel’s just 10 days after Maddex’s entrance into the family was no exception. Big brother Jacoby stole our hearts 30 seconds into the door. While Ashley was feeding the babe and Eric was answering the door, Jacoby snuck into the pantry and found some flour to play in. If you have a 2 year old, you know this is so classic. We couldn’t help but snap …

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Back to School Session

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When you have nieces as stunning as I do, you use them for models as often as you can!  Last week we did a relaxed back-to-school session in Winters and then went out for bread sticks and girl talk.  FUN FACTS:  all of my nieces’ names begin with A.  Ansley and Abigail are the oldest two and they are eleven months apart.  Ansley is a junior at Vacaville Christian and Abby is a junior (graduating a year early) at Vaca High. It’s been a joy to watch these two grow and see their different personalities blossom.  Blonde and brunette.  Volleyball …

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Bonnie

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It was a scorching evening in late July that we met Bonnie and her sister Charlotte at the Davis Arboretum for this maternity session.  I was getting all the nostalgic feels remembering when my sister came to be with me when I was 39 weeks pregnant with my first!  I imagine her doing for me just what Charlotte did for Bonnie; fussing over her make-up, pulling dress choices out of the trunk of the car and arranging my hair around my face just so. The gardens were beautifully lit and our mama Bonnie was glowing; her hair upswept with a …

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The Rucker Family

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Allie and I met nearly six years ago, and I knew we would be fast friends. Ryan and my husband have been friends since high school, so when Ryan brought Allie around the first time, we knew there was no looking back for Ryan.   It has been such a blessing to get to do so much life with these two. You cannot spend five minutes around this couple without noticing how much they love each other, and how much fun they have. Allie has a laugh that brings a smile to anyone who hears it and no one can …

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Christina

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Our friend Christina recently contacted us looking for some head shots for her new web site.  After finding answers to many of her own health struggles through diet and lifestyle change, she decided to take the leap and become a holistic nutritionist.  Christina helps people find wellness through nutrition and functional medicine.  Also…she’s really cute. Our goal for Christina was to give her combination of 10-15  head shots and lifestyle photos that she could use for her professional social media profiles and business website. Her dog Gunnar joined us for a few photos because dogs are people too.  Actually, for …

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Introducing Baby Bennett

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There is nothing like those first few weeks of new motherhood. It is an exciting time, so full of love and wonder. It’s also so vulnerable and tender. There is an awakening of a depth of love in those days that makes you question everything you have ever known. It was so special to be able to get to glimpse some of these moments for the Sadoma family. Like we expected, Christy transitioned from expectant mother to full blown mama in such a beautiful way. The way she smiles at Bennett shows the tenderness in spirit.  And the pride from …

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The Sadoma Family

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I met Christy last year around Christmastime through a bible study. She welcomed me into her home with her signature smile and I was convinced we’d be good friends like five minutes later. She comes from a big family, so she loves having people around her! It has been so fun getting to know Christy and celebrating the milestones leading up to baby Bennett’s arrival.  Fun fact…during this shoot, Daniel was finishing medical school and taking boards! (Congratulations, Daniel!) It was such an honor to be able to capture this special time for Daniel and Christy. From the details of …

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The Goddard Family

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Have you ever met a person who is as beautiful inside as they are outside?  That’s my friend Amy.  She and her two girls Scarlett and Genevieve have matching blonde hair and blue eyes, which just beg to be captured on camera. Last year when David and I were hesitant about joining a family small group at our church, Amy and Brooks opened a space for us in theirs.  Amy’s exact words may have been, “You can totally date our small group.”  It was then I knew we were destined to be good friends. And that’s what Amy does, she’s …

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