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Life Stories: The Story of a Girl, a Pink Hat, and a Mother’s Love| San Francisco Bay Area Child Photographer

Once there was a girl

who had a new pink hat.

She loved her pink hat.  It matched her pink sunglasses….

It even matched her pink hair.

She was a girl that could be sassy, serene, silly.

Sometimes, when she was thinking, she would hold her hands just like this.

She was contemplative.  Sometimes quiet.

Sometimes… not.

But one thing was for sure.  She took her mommy’s breath away.

Again and again.

And again….

Her mommy looked into her daughter’s big brown eyes, and with just the briefest glimpse, everything was right with the world.

Everything.

Sometimes, when her mommy looked at her, she saw a little girl.

But with just the slightest shift in perspective, she would realize that her little girl was growing up…

…into someone amazingly beautiful…

…with a depth behind her eyes that always took her mommy’s breath away.

And while her mommy loved watching her daughter grow into such an amazing big girl…

…she still was a little sad.

When the girl with the pink hat realized that her mommy was sad, she felt sad too.

“What’s the matter, Mommy?” she asked, peering earnestly  into her mommy’s eyes.

“”Oh, sweetie,” said the mommy forlornly, “will you still love me when you’re older?”

The girl looked directly into her mommy’s soul.

 

And started to giggle….

And then really started to laugh laugh laugh!

“You’re so silly!  Of course I’ll always love you, Mommy!” she said sweetly, hugging herself.  “Always and forever.”

“Do you promise?” the mommy asked.

“Yes, Mommy.  I do.”

And the mommy and the girl with the pink hat lived happily ever after.

This age is a perfect age for a session for your growing child!  They are learning to express themselves as they begin to emerge into the person they are becoming.  If it’s not obvious, I love photographing this age and would love to help you freeze your child at the age they are right now.

And in case you don’t know what this Life Stories thing is about, I’m participating in a blog circle with other amazing photographers from around the globe.  Every month, we share images about our own family.  It’s a chance to be sure we’re taking the time to capture our own moments.  I am honored to be part of this amazing group and am happy to send you on over to Taryn Lisa Photography’s blog!  Read her story and then follow her link to another photographer.  Follow the links all the way around, and you’ll end up right back here.  It’s a big ol’ picture fest!

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Cami - Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Your stories are so inspiring…August 21, 2012 – 4:44 pm

Azure - I am crying. CRYING! These are so beautiful and the way you tell the story of your little girl growing up but still your little girl and… I don’t even have words. Just tears. STUNNING.July 21, 2012 – 10:52 am

Fran Barker - Laura, Laura, Laura!! You never stop amazing me. Thank you for sharing this incredible series. Love your work!July 11, 2012 – 7:39 pm

Beth - Wow. That’s all I can say really. You tapped into my emotions with this one and the never ending march of time.July 11, 2012 – 12:09 pm

Jen - These are such beautiful images!July 5, 2012 – 8:33 am

Taryn Chrapkowski - Absolutely STUNNING! I cannot even begin to pick out a favorite!July 4, 2012 – 12:39 pm

Jackie K - I just love these! I get so excited when I see you have another life story to post. Beautiful!!!!!!!July 3, 2012 – 6:16 am

Lauren - Laura, these are stunning. And the words behind the photos made me cry. Gorgeous work & beautiful little (big) girl. :) July 2, 2012 – 6:57 pm

Kathleen Lau - Oh Laura, This is just so BEAUTIFUL! She is just gorgeous (just like you!) and I love your story. Thanks for sharing.July 2, 2012 – 5:12 pm

ShellyS - And the mommy impressed everyone who read this wonderful story and saw these beautiful images that the mommy captured of her lovely growing daughter that she loves so very much. Sigh.July 2, 2012 – 1:06 pm

Natalie - Oh Laura…. this just touches my soul! Such wonderful photos and story telling!July 2, 2012 – 11:33 am

Jackie - She is BEAUTIFUL!! I love every one of these images, so perfect!July 2, 2012 – 11:11 am

Marc Morita - Fantastic, Laura. Something to treasure.July 1, 2012 – 6:43 pm

Miriam - I love the images and I love the storyline. Well done!June 30, 2012 – 11:15 pm

Jeni - Beautiful! Just perfect. Your commentary brought tears to my eyes. I must go shoot some pictures of my own growing girl. I wish you lived closer so I could hire you to do it!June 30, 2012 – 11:21 am

Stephanie Lemmon - Wow! These are all just beautiful.

The story left me crying! So lovingly written.June 30, 2012 – 4:39 am

Kimberly Mann - Darn you Laura Morita for making me CRY AGAIN!!?!! These are soooo beautiful-lovely storytelling. You have a way of making every age, every moment seem perfect.June 30, 2012 – 12:56 am

Corrie Lindroos - Laura, these are amazing! Your images are so soulful and move me every time. Your daughter is a classic beauty.June 29, 2012 – 11:18 pm

Carrie - Each and every one of these is breathtaking!!! Your daughter, the styling, the compositions, the locations… I could list every detail because it is all perfect! You are amazing Laura!! Amazing!!June 29, 2012 – 9:33 pm

Rachel - She is so beautiful and what a good way to remember her as she grows older.June 29, 2012 – 7:45 pm

Danielle Frank - I love how you’ve written this month’s story! She’s so beautiful! I hope you PRINT this (the images and the words) so that you’ll always, always have it to read threw.June 29, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Marie - Oh my. I have no words to express what I felt as I read this. You captured your sweet, beautiful daughter so perfectly. Simply incredible. Thank you for sharing!June 29, 2012 – 7:24 pm

Liz - Laura! These are so beautiful. SHE is so beautiful Love every single shot. You captured her perfectly. You are an amazing artist.June 29, 2012 – 7:11 pm

sally - awww, Laura, I just love this so very, very much.June 29, 2012 – 7:05 pm

Taryn Boyd - Laura…these are all so beautiful….every.single.one. *tears*
You are so talented my friend.June 29, 2012 – 6:55 pm

Alison Janki - OH MY GOSH….This is flat out amazing!! I am IN TEARS, LAURA!!!!!
You have this INCREDIBLE talent to share with the world….
These images are full of emotion, beauty, innocence and love.
I LOVE this post…June 29, 2012 – 6:53 pm

Kathleen Weibel - What an amazing gift you have not only for photographs, but also for words. I love the story and the amazing way that you talk to and interact with children. You babies are so blessed to have you as their Mommy.June 29, 2012 – 6:46 pm

Laura - Oh my stars! I am crazy in love with this. So beautiful. So perfect.June 29, 2012 – 6:45 pm

Sara K - So beautiful! I have tears running down my face…thinking of my daughter and how quickly she is growing! Thanks for sharing!June 29, 2012 – 3:58 pm

Krissy Allori - LOVE LOVE LOVE! You are so incredible.June 29, 2012 – 3:06 pm

Sonja - Stunning. I actually started crying! Your daughter (and your images) is lovely.June 29, 2012 – 12:56 pm

Amy G. - Wow. Love this. LOVE. What a beautiful girl and wonderful story. Thanks for showing me what’s important – I want to capture my girls this way.June 29, 2012 – 11:14 am

Amber - Hands down, my favorite story EVER. It could be a book and I would read it to my little girls over and over and over <3 LOVEJune 29, 2012 – 9:37 am

amy lenhart - love these laura you captures so many great images you could plaster your whole wall with big prints!!! she is so beautiful and looks like an awesome kid! so full of fun and life!!June 29, 2012 – 7:13 am

Life Stories: The Story of Woodpeckers at Muir Woods | San Francisco Bay Area Lifestyle Photographer

It’s time for this month’s Life Story.  I’m so impressed with myself that I haven’t missed one month of this monthly project!  Excuse me while I take a moment to pat my own back.

And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN???

Sheesh.

Oh,  sorry….  Let me get you up to speed. Here’s a little blurb about what I’m up to:

Ever see a photographer who starts out with a 365 day project, or even a 52 week project and never finishes? Yeah, me too.  Well, I  joined a group of a few other busy photographers who decided to commit to a 12 month project! Wish us luck!

The best part is that it will be totally candid, lifestyle shots of each of our own families/lives.  This is a challenge for us to capture our every day worlds and hopefully make us and everyone aware that our “ordinary” is actually “extraordinary.”  We’re calling the series “The Story of ________” and we’ll each be filling in our own blanks. At the end of this post is a link to another photographer who participated and she’ll be linking to someone else. It’s a whole big circle of stories in pictures. Click through and enjoy!

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We’ve had kids for 9 years.  My husband grew up in the Bay Area, and amazingly, I am the only one in our family who had ever been to Muir Woods.  How did that even happen?  What is WRONG with us???  We clearly needed to rectify this situation, so off we went.

Little did we know that we had just so happened to visit Muir Woods on International Migratory Bird Day.  I know… I know…. how did we not even know it was International Migratory Bird Day???  So embarrassing….

We learned more about birds, the kids discovered that birds have wicked wing spans, and, most importantly, we made woodpecker masks.  Thank you Mr. Ranger Guy for helping them make those masks.  They made this day super extra magical for me.

They LOVED their masks and wore them the majority of the day.  And seriously, it was just one of those magical things to me.  I love color.  I love quirky.  I love my kids.  And ya know, I find that I am even more fond of woodpeckers.  Especially red crested woodpeckers with crossed eyes.

 

These are the cutest woodpeckers you have ever seen, aren’t they?  I know.  I know!  Totally adorable.

We were sort of expecting it to be warm, but it wasn’t.  The rest of us smarties packed a jacket, but the hubs didn’t have anything.  We DID however, have a pink and white striped towel in the car that not only provided warmth, but clearly, is a huge fashion statement.  And the hubs just OWNED it.  Work it, baby. Work it.

Trees are cool.  See all those light green leaves?  Those are the new growth for this year. Every year, a Redwood tree grows a new leaf, and so you can count back from the front of the branch to see how old the branch is.  See how all the knowledge I collected in my years as a camp counselor is paying off?  And of course, trees also have a new growth ring every year.  I dig trees.

Hello…. My name is Laura.  And I’m a sucker for sunflare.

This red crested woodpecker was having a really good time.

And this woodpecker appears to be stalking its prey….

My husband always creates the best games for the kids.  His creativity in play always impresses me!  This one was simple enough…. pick a leaf, and on the count of three, drop it in the creek, and see which leaf gets to the chosen destination first. I think my daughter won this one.  She loves daddy’s games.

But I’m pretty sure my son won this one.  He’s so intense.  I love that.

And then he looked over at me… and for just a moment, the world stood still.  I love that man.

The kids spotted a heron in the creek.  It was pretty cool to watch.  It was hunting for fish and just continued down the creek for quite some time.  Beautiful bird.

And maybe I’m alone here, but does anyone else think that E.T. should phone home?  I want some Reeses Pieces.

Shooting at Muir Woods was tough.  It was crowded.  For the most part, there are other people in your shot if you are going for anything environmental. But in a rare moment, the path was clear, and in an even rarer moment, my daughter assumed this pose.  My little tree fairy.  I love this shot.

 

We had to stop at the gift shop where they both chose this 5 in 1 tool.  It’s a compass, a thermometer, a small container, a magnifying glass, and a whistle.  And yes, since you asked, the whistle DOES get annoying when you are driving home and trapped in a car.

And also, if you’re wondering.  Yes, yes… he DID eat a brownie, and no… he didn’t use a napkin.

I can SEE you!

So, there you have it.  Our story of our trip to Muir Woods.  We had a great time and were just a little bit sad to leave.

IIf you like what you see, you can always follow me on FACEBOOK.

Next up on this Life Stories train is THE Danielle Frank!  I am in love with all of her Life Stories, so you are not gonna want to miss it.  At the end of her story will be another link to another Life Story.  Follow the links and see a whole pile of amazing Life Stories that will eventually end you up right back here.  So sit down, get comfy, and ENJOY.

Melissa O - Oh my, my my! These are beautiful. All of them are amazing and I can see why the one of your daughter is one of your most favorite. Your kids looked like they had a blast!!June 19, 2013 – 6:48 pm

Sara - New fan here! Love these!March 29, 2013 – 4:00 pm

Gen - Your posts are so beautiful. Be super proud of what you do. :) July 12, 2012 – 9:54 pm

Shannon Stroubakis - I love all these, and I always look forward to your monthly Life Stories!June 18, 2012 – 7:11 pm

Ann G. - Laura these are just beautiful and cool and awesome! You have some mad creative talent. I can only say LOVE LOVE LOVE them!June 4, 2012 – 1:08 pm

Reena - These are all so great! each one is better then the one before…I can’t pick a favorite!June 2, 2012 – 7:16 pm

Carrie - Seriously, seriously cooooool!!!May 31, 2012 – 1:56 am

Jen Snyder - Laura, I just love your vision. love.May 30, 2012 – 11:41 am

Audrey - I love the scenery and Laura your environmentals are UHmazing! Looks like they absolutely loved those masks!May 30, 2012 – 10:37 am

Life with Kaishon - What a fun outing! I am glad you were able to go on such a grand adventure. The masks are so fantastic : ) The scenery is beautiful. I even liked your very cool and high fashion towel to keep warm : ) Perfect!May 27, 2012 – 7:29 am

Taryn Chrapkowski - LOVE everything about all of this! You truly have a magical style to your photos!May 26, 2012 – 6:23 pm

Jessica Deane - Love these! so so sooo fun!May 26, 2012 – 6:14 am

Liat Biderovsky - Oh my, my, my, my!! Your work just blows me away every single time I see it. That aside, LOVE the story :-) So cute and looks like you had such a fun day. Adore those tree shots too!May 26, 2012 – 4:59 am

Life Stories: The Story of Our Snap Shots! « Heather Wilson Photography - [...] the circle by checking out the SUPER talented Laura, of Laura Morita Photography!! SHe’s is such an awesome story teller, you won’t want to [...]May 25, 2012 – 9:24 pm

Tandy Dowdy - I am in love with your unique style! I always look forward to reading your posts on ILP and simply adore your photographs! You are an amazing photographer!! Thanks for sharing!

And just to add one more exclamation point! :) May 25, 2012 – 9:00 pm

Kelly Mack - OMGosh! Those woodpeaker masks. Unreal! Looks like heaps of fun i feel like i shared the day with you. Awesome!May 25, 2012 – 6:59 pm

Danielle Frank - I swear I love each of your posts more than the last. This trip looks AMAZING. And I learned something about a redwood :) I love how you capture your family. I love how you see the world. Love your compositions. Love.it.all. And thanks for referring to me as “THE” – it makes me feel so awesome :) <3May 25, 2012 – 12:39 pm

Jen - What a wonderful story! It looks like all of you had a great time!! It looks like a wonderful place– I can’t wait to visit Muir Woods next month.May 25, 2012 – 11:41 am

Verity - Looks like you guys had an absolutely perfect day! I love the hats, the location, the picture of your son looking so intensely into the water while playing the leaf-dropping game, and your daughter in her mask with the awesome pose! Your stories make me smile every month!May 25, 2012 – 11:36 am

Azure - Oh good heavens, Laura, LOVE this! And I want to come with you next time you go. Your family trips sound like so much fun and your images are amazing!May 25, 2012 – 10:32 am

Jackie - This are flippin’ awesome, all of them! I think I have said this before, but I love the world through your eyes!May 25, 2012 – 10:03 am

Kristin - Totally adore these! You are a charmed lady…..happening upon a fun masking day, those are awesome!May 25, 2012 – 10:02 am

Amy - Beautiful Post and Family.May 25, 2012 – 9:53 am

amy lenhart - LOVED IT! felt like was experienced the day right along with you!!! love the masks and that they wore them all day so cute!!!May 25, 2012 – 8:52 am

Beautiful Newborn | San Francisco Bay Area Lifestyle Photographer

Quietly, this beautiful mama enjoys this new life.

Her little bundle has finally arrived.  Every sound she makes is magical.

Even burping her is magic. Sitting on mama’s lap with her little chin supported, she let’s out a delicate burp.

This beautiful family feels more complete with this sweet little girl.

Her tiny toes.  Her perfect fingers.

The wonder and joy of it all.  Love… living outside your heart….

The real moments.

The cranky moments.

Every moment is so savored.

Welcome, little one.  Welcome.  I can tell how loved you are.  I could feel the joy and delight that you ignite in your parents.  Beautiful girl.  May your life continue to be blessed with love and light.

And you, you silly little kitty, enjoy your new playmate.

Summer Murdock - LOVE these Laura. I decided a long time ago that I will never haul around bean bags and buckets again. So beautiful and well done!October 12, 2012 – 12:33 pm

Jackie - These are just precious, Laura!!May 25, 2012 – 9:29 am

Emily - I am such a HUGE fan of your lifestyle work…and these are no exception. Such a beautiful story!May 24, 2012 – 6:58 pm

Katherine - These are so special! I love the light and airy feel, the colors, and the storytelling. Just lovely!May 23, 2012 – 12:14 pm

Megan - Wow – these are really gorgeous! They are so peaceful and intimate. Way to go!May 23, 2012 – 9:05 am

Jaidean - Oh, wow, these are absolutely gorgeous!May 23, 2012 – 8:27 am

Becky - These are beyond beautiful! What a wonderful gift you gave this family….to document those precious first days.May 23, 2012 – 5:23 am

April - Your lifestyle newborn images are beautiful! I agree, magical but wonderfully real!May 22, 2012 – 9:26 pm

Clarice - These are super lovely Laura! You rocked this newborn session!May 22, 2012 – 2:34 pm

Jennifer Zumwalt - Oh wow Gorgeous work!!!! I am truly intrigued by this lifestyle photography! LoveMay 22, 2012 – 1:40 pm

Kristin - Beautiful work Laura. The images are fabulous and I am envious of this family that they have such beautiful, real moments with their baby girl. The last photo of the cat, was an unexpected twist – and I love it!May 22, 2012 – 7:40 am

Dee - These are magical and yet so wonderfully real all at the same time. I just don’t know how you do it, Laura – but please, don’t stop! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing your work and your unique perspective. Fantastic job – I know that the parents must have been thrilled to see these.May 22, 2012 – 6:34 am

Krissy Allori - LOVE LOVE LOVE. THIS is lifestyle newborn photography. LOVE!!! So gorgeous. You have never taken a photo I didn’t LOVE. Did I mention I love them?May 22, 2012 – 6:26 am

becky - so so gorgeous!! every one of these images is just breath taking! beautiful work.May 21, 2012 – 7:46 pm

Sonja - Love these! Beautiful work, Laura. And, that baby is just scrumptious!! So cute.May 21, 2012 – 7:39 pm

Jennifer Welsh - These photos are extraordinary! I think my favorite one is the one of Dana and Cambria laying together. So incredible!May 21, 2012 – 6:32 pm

sally - I just adore this session. These types of newborn photos are my very favorite and the light is wonderful and soothing in every one.May 21, 2012 – 4:34 pm

Carrie - Perfection xMay 21, 2012 – 4:28 pm

Taryn Boyd - these are so amazing!!! The light is perfect, words are amazing and the connection is undeniable!May 21, 2012 – 12:05 pm

Fran Barker - Wow, gorgeous beyond measure. What a beautiful baby girl and family. Well done talented lady!May 21, 2012 – 11:35 am

emily - You are a true visionary! These are so breath taking Laura. Love the airy feel especially in the family shots.May 21, 2012 – 11:33 am

Alison Janki - You have such a gift, Laura!! These images are just so amazingly beautiful!! You captured this family so perfectly. I am sure they are BEYOND thrilled with their pictures!! I absolutely LOVE the image with Mom and Dad by the window… hello big massive canvas :) Awesome job!!May 21, 2012 – 11:31 am

Amber - *sigh* This is an absolutely PERFECT newborn session. Love your lifestyle work, Laura.May 21, 2012 – 10:53 am

melody - amazing. no words for how wonderful these are.May 21, 2012 – 10:27 am

Aimee Maughan - A-MAZ-ING! That black and white with her holding her head up makes me want to have another baby RIGHT NOW! These are beautiful!May 21, 2012 – 9:52 am

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