It was so much fun working with one of my favorite models for a spur of the moment session out at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. I had been there once before but never really got a good chance to explore so it was so awesome to find so many different natural backdrops throughout the park. We arrived at the perfect time to have fun playing with the light as the sun set behind the ridge.
I had a chance to meet with these 2 beautiful young ladies for a special best friend photoshoot at one of my favorite locations in Santa Rosa. Best friends have a special bond that sometimes is as close as being sisters. These two were a hoot to hang out with and we all had a great time.
My awesome stylist Stephanie did hair and make-up for both girls.
My sweet Valentine celebrated another birthday and is oh so excited to be finally be 5 yrs old. Aw I still can’t believe my baby is a big girl now. Next year will be kindergarten and big kid school. Time sure does go by fast. Before I know it she will be off to high school (oh wait that is her big sister) and then college, married, kids….ok I am getting ahead of myself but you know what I mean. She is my youngest of my girls and is just growing up before my eyes.
Every year since this little one was born, I have taken my girls out for their photos on or within a few days of their birthday and this year my baby chose have her big girl photos taken in the daisy field ♥
We had gone here once before when she was just a little over a year old and I have been wanting to go back since but somehow missed it for the last few years. Everything was a big soggy still from the rain but thank goodness not too bad. I seem to have brought back a bit of the field in the form of a layer of yellow pollen all over by black jeans and boots that somehow I still can’t get off LOL
Right before we left, my baby and I took what has to be my favorite photo ever with my cell phone. *LOVE*
A couple of weeks ago I took a short winter trip to Minnesota. One more season and I will have experienced them all. When I planned my visit this time around I had expected to experience the extreme cold that my dear friends talk about but instead Mother Nature had other plans this year and it was unusually warm. It was however 0 degrees when I arrived which to my surprise I was warm enough in all the layers this Cali girl could put together. Despite Accuweather saying no snow, I woke up to the lovely white stuff falling Monday morning. This California girl has never really seen snow fall so you can imagine my excitement. Mother Nature delivered just in time 😉
On my final day in town I took a trip down to see the frozen Minnehaha Falls. Probably one of the coolest frozen acts of nature I have ever seen in my life.
Surprisingly my model for the afternoon was a bit colder than I was. I love her brightly colored coat and scarf with the frozen falls in the background.
I couldn’t visit the falls without getting a photo of myself so here you go. I can’t wait to go back again once it warms up.
Now how totally cool is it to have a little boy’s birthday party at a fire station? I don’t know about you but I happen to think its pretty dang awesome. OK so I will admit I have never set foot into a fire station before and this was my first time being up close and person with a real fire truck so I was a tad bit excited.
One of my favorite little guys just celebrated his 3rd birthday and clearly had a grand time hanging out with the big trucks at the Windsor Fire Department.
He looks so tiny as he is climbing into the truck
Can you tell he is a huge Cars fan? 🙂
I had every intention of sending out holiday cards this year like I always do, even got them printed out and everything, but as craziness hit full force at the end of the year I never sent them out and are still sitting on my desk. I know, I know….one of these day I will sit down, write up a little letter and finally get our cards in the mail….maybe.
I just can’t get over how quickly my girls are growing up. Its been a tradition to take a photo of all 3 of them together every Nov and add a new one to our wall. My living room has become a gallery and I have no idea what I am going to do when I run out of room.
Here are a few of my favorites from our family session. Aren’t my babies gorgeous?