Kyle + Kayela | Arboretum Family Portrait

I’d known Kayela’s family since before their 2nd child, when little Ty was an amazing only child. He’s still amazing, though nowadays he’s a big brother. His zest for experiencing everything is infectious, and he runs everywhere. Across the lawn? Running! Up the stairs? Running! 5 feet to the bathroom? Running!

Baby Shae is a beautiful addition to their family, and Ty couldn’t be more proud of his little sister. With her pale skin and dark hair, she looks like a baby Snow White. While I was taking her picture, it was so hard not to pet her. Not okay, photographer lady!

The Arboretum is one of their favorite parks, and Ty knew exactly where to go. I mostly just followed them around and captured what they did organically. Occasionally I’d remember I was supposed to direct the action; they were naturals. The day was full of smiles and giggles, and I feel so fortunate that spending a lovely day with these folks is what I do for a living.

Luci, Hira, and Todd at Volunteer Park | Family Portrait

I am beyond behind on posting work from the past year, and there is much of it to share. Let me start by sharing this session of Todd, Hira, and Lucy (with guest appearance by Sarv and dog).

This is one of my favorite family portraits ever! It was super cold that day, and we got lucky with a little splash of sun before we all froze. We’d had it on the calendar for a bit, but my frantic schedule at the time kept me from picking out a spot until the same day. By the time they parked and met me, I’d set up a few lights (which was attracting some attention), and after some hugs, I asked, “So… mind if I do something a little different?” They shrugged and surrendered to me.

My idea was to shoot something that could be an album cover, because this family is so badass. I’m not sure what I did to warrant their trust, but they willingly went with everything I suggested. Our hour session passed in the blink of an eye, and the sun was going down, effectively stopping me from photographing this beautiful family, otherwise I could have kept going.

 

Day of Caring 2017 edition

Clark Nuber is, without a doubt in my mind, one of the coolest companies I’ve ever come across. The kicker? They’re accountants! This company is filled with cool accountants. Not that accountants aren’t cool… it’s just that it’s unusual to find a bunch of people in any company who are all so warm and fun.

For the 3rd year, they invited me back to document their annual Day of Caring, a day that the company shuts down to volunteer at a chosen charity. Each year they’ve been growing, and this year there were ~200 employees who had the day off to volunteer. The economics of this many people paid to work elsewhere just boggles my mind!

One of the cool things about covering this annual event is that I get exposure to amazing companies that usually work in the background. They do all this amazing stuff for people in need, but nobody actually knows about them. This year’s charity was Gateway Medical Alliance. They receive donations of medical equipment and ship it off to different companies around the world, places that are in urgent need to stuff we all kind of take for granted. Like wheelchairs, gauze, sheets, etc. Meeting the people behind these sort of organizations is so inspiring, and so is meeting the people who regularly volunteer. There were 5-6 people guiding the Clark Nuber gang who had been coming to Gateway Medical Alliance for years! One guy had been driving here from the peninsula for 17 years!

 

Shannon + Cory | Discovery Park Maternity Portrait

Shannon and Cory finally got their rainbow baby. They were so excited to take these photos, and particularly excited about the balloons I brought with me. Luckily we got a few great shots before they flew away. Congratulations, you two. You’ll be fantastic parents.

Grace & Kevin | Discovery Park Engagement Session

Even before I met Grace and Kevin, I thought it possible that I already loved them. We’d exchanged emails before our first meet to exchange ideas. Grace quickly shot back a few awesome themes, but it was “Wes Andersen” that caught my fancy. I was excited, then immediately frozen in terror at the thought. Those are some mighty large shoes to pretend to walk with, but we decided to move forward with a Wes-Andersen-themed engagement session.

The most pressing question before us was, “What the heck IS a Wes-Andersen-themed engagement session?” None of us knew. Google mostly provided examples of couples recreating iconic scenes from his films, which wasn’t appealing. Did we shoot this tongue-in-cheek or serious? How much did we incorporate props? Did they find clothes that echoed Wes Andersen characters, or their own personal sense of style? So many questions I’d never considered for a photoshoot before. I wanted something that brought to mind Wes Andersen while keeping my own style and eye, while also keeping Grace and Kevin happy with the outcome. Finally I decided to imagine what it would look like if Wes Andersen directed a romance, in the same way that SNL imagined a Wes Andersen horror.

Over the course of several weeks we contributed to a Pinterest board for theme colors, costumes, and film screen caps we adored. For my part I did loads of research into the films, Wes Andersen and his inspirations, composition, use of color, use of propping, types of equipment, and use of space. Somehow I resisted the temptation to buy any of the anamorphic lenses on Ebay. Even armed with data, I was no more confident that I had any idea what I was doing. We settled on a location, Discovery Park, Grace’s favorite park, and the site of Kevin’s proposal, but I was instantly stumped again since most of Wes Andersen’s films are set inside, with “Moonrise Kingdom” the exception. How was I going to shoot an outdoor engagement session without it ripping off scenes from “Moonrise Kingdom”?

In the end, things kind came together like magic. Grace and Kevin were game for everything I suggested, even laying on scratchy grass or shooting with me until after the sun set. The only thing they (kinda) put a stop to was my suggestion that we meet at 5 am. They were fantastic, quick with suggestions, easily posed, and naturals in front of my camera. In these photos, it’s clear how comfortable we were with each other. I’m really proud of how these photos came out, and while I would never presume they are even anything like Wes Andersen’s work, I hope you can see his inspiration. Enjoy!

Been searching for inspiration for a Wes Andersen-themed engagement shoot coming up…

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