Tuesday, August 31, 2010

San Jose Newborn Photography-Another Baby Boy!

I shot another baby boy's newborn images in San Jose a few weeks ago and per the norm I fell in love with him. Sadly when I showed up at his home his mommy had to wake him from his deep slumber in his good ol' aquarium swing (I had the same one for my girls-bless the maker of that piece of sanity giving heaven)

After be woken up he was not a happy camper-and I don't blame him. But once he got his belly full he was ready for his close up! Here's a few sneak peek pics at his session!!!




Friday, August 27, 2010

Favorite Things Friday-New Babies-always a favorite thing

I've been photographing Anne's family since long before they got pregnant with their second baby boy. You really couldn't meet nicer people I just adore them! I did Anne's maternity shoot a while back and she went into labor just a few days after!! Here's a sneak peek at their new sweet baby boy! Isn't he an angel?


I love watching infants interacting with their mamas-there's just nothing more soothing than their voice to their little loves...



LOOK! He even smiled for his family shot at just weeks old! CUTE!!!!


Camille's QuinceaƱera-A Party fit for a rock star

I don't know what you did for your 15th birthday but if it was anything like mine, Camille's QuinceaƱera put it to shame!

Camille's family spared no expense at this gorgeous event that took place at the Saint Claire Hotel in San Jose. We were thrilled to be working once again with the fabulous David Ethridge & AVR Films as well as Edgar Martinez who created a STUNNING ballroom courtesy of his company Flowers by Edgar.


This was an absolute JOY! From the custom fairy center pieces to the late night pizza and punch buffet-this was a birthday party fit for a rockstar. Camille looking gorgeous in her glitzy gown and had a blast dancing the night away to a top notch mariachi band followed by an amazing d.j. Loved every second! Enjoy the sneak peek!



Thursday, August 12, 2010

Grow Your Soul Thursday-way too young....

My day is very full but it is Thursday and I want to at least share a link with you...

from her mommy:

"For those of you that don't know, my daughter , Kelly has been diagnosed with a very rare cancer and it is in her skull. It is called Chondrosarcoma. It is one of the most difficult surgeries to get to the tumor. She has double vision and ...headaches. The risks during and after surgery are too high. Kelly was referred for proton beam radiation to stop the tumor. Though there are side effects they are less The cost of treatment ...is approximately 50K. Plus housing for 2 months.Treatments are 5 days a week for 8 weeks. Kelly was working 3 jobs at the time and was not able to get insurance because she was not given 32 hours or more at any one job. Then the double vision and the tumor was found. As my cousin told me. Cancer waits for no one. We need to get her to treatment. We are exhausting all avenues believe me!

Tickets are limited to 500 God Willing!

Kauai Ohana (John,Nadine, Denise and Family) are putting on this event. There will be a Luau, Hawaiian Band and Hula....please let me know if you are going to make it...Trust Fund info to follow...donations are very much appreciated...If you'd like to provide a service for a raffle or a gift thank you! you can call me at 408 310-2309 for more info...Tickets will be approximately 25.00 and children 6-12 are $12.00 . I will let you know any updates"

here's the site


and the facebook event page:


(pppllleeaassseee share it-it takes literally a half a second to press share-seriously bay area folks ...what else are you doing on facebook today of equal importance?)

I don't know this young lady or her family but I saw the link on a friend's facebook page. If I could be there I absolutely would. Hopefully you can! As with many of you I know we have been in seasons in our lives where we didn't have health coverage be it from graduating college or not working enough hours to qualify. God forbid you get a diagnosis like this at one of those times...

If you cannot attend-that's okay! Just share her event link anyway on facebook or through your blog! Thank you SO MUCH!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Favorite Things Friday- lockets & lionhearts

2 Favorite things:

1. one word: ETSY.

oh my lord it owns me. If you haven't been there I highly suggest taking a peek around (particularly if you like really awesome crafty things)

my newest favorite Etsy thing?

my new vintage locket from
Pinking Edge Designs

I love lockets. Why? Probably because it involves keeping pictures on me at all times. I threw a little pic of my hubby and I temporarily but there will be 2 special ones very soon I hope....

2. Ferraby Lionheart
I know I know, I've highlighted him before but he's family so I reserve the right to highlight him just once more :)

My husband and I got to see him in San Fran a few days ago-SO good.

He kicked off his new tour for the new album that just came out (I highlighted it previously but just in case you forgot):

And his new video just came out! WOOHOO!! Check it out-I think it's totally fun and quirky just as I would have expected.

here's some fun press:

Entertainment Weekly: http://music-mix.ew.com/2010/08/02/rainn-wilson-ferraby-lionheart-harry-bess/

SPIN: http://www.spin.com/articles/ferraby-lionheart-talks-upcoming-rainn-wilson-video

Sterogum: http://stereogum.com/457502/ferraby-lionheart-harry-bess-video-feat-rainn-wilson/video/

If you haven't picked up his album-PLEASE DO!!! Or check him out LIVE! Would I steer you wrong? NEVER!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

waiting for baby....in the mountains :)

Here's a sneek peak of a maternity shoot we did in the Saratoga Mountains last week.....


SUCH a sweet, laid back and beautiful couple!!!! That boy should be here any day now! :)

Grow Your Soul Thursday- I heart donkeys

I'm back on task!!
(do you remember when your middle school teachers used to say, "stay on task!"? or maybe it was just me.....)

Allow me to introduce you to one of the coolest charities ever- the

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue

check this out....


does that not absolutely break your heart? look at this poor thing's hooves and totally emaciated body. Absolutely terrible.

now check this out....


that's my uncle...Mark Myers and his pretty wifey Amy. What do they do every day? They save these poor animals. They are the founders of the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.


From their site directly...

From its modest roots as a backyard hobby, the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue has grown into the largest in the country. We have rescued donkeys from dire situations in all corners of the United States.

Wild burros under threat of being shot and displaced by a loss of habitat are given a safe haven. Abused and neglected domestic donkeys that have lost their faith in humans are given a chance to heal, physically and emotionally.

Animals whose ailments exceed their financial worth are treated to allow them to live out their lives with dignity and without pain and misery.

At the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, we go beyond simply caring for our donkeys. We provide resources and training to donkey owners around the world. We hold clinics, seminars and perform fieldwork in areas otherwise neglected.

Our original mission was to provide a safe and loving environment for abused, neglected and unwanted donkeys. We now know that providing a sanctuary is not enough. We tirelessly work to educate the public about the nature, history and worth of these wonderful animals. In doing so, we improve the plight of the American donkey.

Pretty cool huh?

take a deep breath.............ahhhh...........I LOVE the smell of good people doing good things for this beautiful planet....even when it might possibly smell like a happy donkey :)


I love this so much because donkeys are just one of those animals we never really think about...you almost kind of laugh at the word. But for me, every time I interact with one I always think to myself, "you actually are pretty dang cute"


you cannot tell me those are not beautiful animals.

There are 2 things in this world that absolutely turn my stomach in a way nothing else can-child abuse and animal abuse. Oh man my blood boils just thinking about it. It's just something I can in no way, shape or form wrap my brain around. So whenever I find people fighting for those who have no voice I just am so humbled and grateful. It's easy to go about our lives in our little houses and cars and neighborhoods never really stopping to educate ourselves on the fact that there are some terrible terrible things being done in our own towns and states and we may not even know about it because we don't bother to look up from our facebook accounts and twitter updates (trust me, I struggle with it myself-that's why I started doing this thursday thingamajig)

If you remember a few days ago I posted a picture:


I was thrilled to receive the most adorable set of tickets! "Two Tickets to Paradise"!

like this:


is that not the cutest thing EVER? With my donation Amy and Mark can go out & get two more donkeys & take them back to their new home where they can live out their lives just as they deserve to.


Seriously guys, come on....this organization is awesome. HELP THEM HELP THESE ANIMALS!!! It's not just donkeys...if they go to a location to pick up abused donkeys and there are other neglected animals there they don't leave them either. Talk about charity.

From adopting a donkey itself to donating to the program in general there are lots of ways you can help!!! They are constantly running different rescue projects all over the nation. I encourage you to donate to help them & become a fan on facebook to spread the word. Even if you don't have the means to donate, becoming a fan and sharing links is a gift as well!!!


And to complete this post in honor of the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue....here is Bella...in her donkey shirt giving the thumbs up to Amy, Mark and the rest of the PVDR team!