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Life Stories: The Story of our Month | San Francisco Bay Area Photographer

It’s been a busy month for me.  As the deadline for this month’s Life Story began encroaching upon me, I had to make a decision: spend a ton of time shooting and then editing pictures of my children playing OR spend that time just playing with my children.

I chose the latter.

As a photographer, I see it as my job to document their lives.  And believe me, they are WELL documented.  And in my endeavor to tell the perfect story, capture the perfect image of the perfect moment that just so happens to be captured in the perfect light with the perfect clothing, I sometimes lose sight of the simple fact that my children want to spend time with me.

And while I love doing these Life Stories and hope to have the time to do a “real” one next month, this month, I just didn’t want to take the time to tell the full story of anything.

I just wanted to spend time with my kids.

And so I did.

So, what I’m sharing here is just some of the pictures I captured this month.  Not a full story of any one event… but just snippets of our month.

We biked.

We waited for friends to arrive.We went to the library and read book after book after book.

I found my daughter immersed in cat books.

We swung.

We played in the sun.

We went to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

We hunted for eggs, played with cousins, and laughed with family.

We ducked.

We played tennis…

…it was hot.

And we hugged.  And we loved.  And we laughed.

So, there you have it.   I suppose it IS a life story of sorts.  The story of our month.

If you are not familiar with this whole Life Story thing, well, I hate to say it, but you’ve been missing out.  It’s basically a blog circle…start here, and follow the links at the end of each blog post to continue the circle!  You can get a full description of what it’s all about right HERE.  And if you want to see some of the other ones, you can go over there yonder to the left, click on the Categories tab, and then click on Life Stories.  It’s been a fun project for me this year, and I’m happy to be part of such a wonderful group of photographers who are participating in this with me!

Speaking of wonderful photographers, up next is Audrey Frantz of Kentiga Photography!  Follow all the links at the end of the post until you end up back here!  Thanks for visiting!

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Sylvia Borgo - Ahhhhh, how I love these! Goodness, your kiddies are getting so big!May 9, 2012 – 9:41 pm

Taryn Chrapkowski - Every time I come to your blog I am just blown away. I love your perspective in all of your images – and the true magic you capture in them. LOVE THEM ALL!May 3, 2012 – 9:34 am

angela ross - looks like you guys had a great month spending time together!!! your kids are just gorgeous, thank you for not only sharing a story but a whole month!May 1, 2012 – 5:04 pm

Aimee Maughan - Can you just plan a family vacation to Utah with a special session open for the Maughan family Photos? We have got mountains, lakes, deserts….you name it. Oh yes and really nice people. :) Really though if you are ever here and have some sessions open we would love a slot. Love your work!May 1, 2012 – 11:22 am

Danielle McCarty - This is just perfect, I love every bit of it!April 30, 2012 – 5:20 pm

Nicole Ridella - What a gorgeous month you had… Love seeing life through your lens!April 28, 2012 – 12:02 pm

Cari Berry - I love them all, as I love everything you do, but my favorites are the swing and the hose. So awesome. Love the way you see things, love your lens choices. Love your kids and your color and your everything!! <3 Good choice on spending more time with the kids – you've really captured some great memories of their childhood here…April 28, 2012 – 10:58 am

Nancy - I’ve always pictured your family just like this…laughing, having fun, being together. Love this!April 28, 2012 – 9:38 am

Jessica Deane - This was my kind of story!! love these!April 27, 2012 – 8:27 pm

Beth - Love my Life Stories for the same reason… It reminds me to keep it real. Thanks for sharing!April 27, 2012 – 7:20 pm

Rachel - Wonderful!!!April 27, 2012 – 5:06 pm

ShellyS - These are fabulous, Laura! Thank you for sharing the story of your month. :D April 27, 2012 – 4:49 pm

Barbara Hurst - So crisp and clear, beautifully done Laura.April 27, 2012 – 2:34 pm

Kel Ward - This is absolutely WONDERFUL, Laura! I love it! I think this is a perfect life story…a month in the life of your family! Awesome.April 27, 2012 – 2:12 pm

Beth - Beautiful!April 27, 2012 – 12:58 pm

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Azure - I love these so very much!! Maybe one of my favorite “life stories” as it truly is a story of your life together. Love.April 27, 2012 – 12:00 pm

Verity - love, love! looks like you had a month filled with love and laughter :) April 27, 2012 – 11:17 am

Jen Snyder - Perfection <3 This is a great reminder to be present with our kids, and not hide behind a camera all the time.April 27, 2012 – 11:17 am

Jen - I *LOVE* this post. They might not all be from the same day, but your photos definitely tell a story of a loving family. There is so much love and joy here.April 27, 2012 – 11:09 am

Amy - I love your snippets!!
And after all, life is but a series of snippets. Many many great memories that we often only remember in one mental snapshot :) April 27, 2012 – 10:57 am

Danielle Frank - This is PERFECT. Sometimes it’s so hard to document and play at the same time and you did it so well. You’re kids are so adorable, I love how intent your son is when he’s immersed in the book :) April 27, 2012 – 10:13 am

amy lenhart - loved your month!!! thanks for letting us enjoy it!!April 27, 2012 – 9:55 am

Audrey - You guys had an amazing month! I’m glad I got a peek into it.

By the way have I told you how much I just adore your new blog? It totally rocks and is so you!April 27, 2012 – 8:33 am

Kathleen Weibel - Love your month! Such happiness and joy!April 27, 2012 – 8:04 am

Amber - And you made us all smile…AGAIN. It’s amazing what the world looks like from your perspective. It’s sunny and happy and full of everything life should be. I LOVE your posts <3 I kinda hope you end up having to post an entire month's worth in May too :) April 27, 2012 – 8:02 am

Three Generations of Love | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

I have an interesting story of how this photo shoot came to be.

Over two years ago, I was scheduled to fly to a photography workshop when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I canceled the trip, called the airlines, and got a voucher number that I could use within a year. In my distraught state, I just threw that voucher number into my desk and forgot about it. I found it right before it expired and ended up booking a ticket to Portland to visit and shoot with some amazing photographer friends. On my flight back, I sat on the plane and edited those photos on my laptop. Unbeknownst to me…

someone was watching…. (insert ominous music here)

She liked what she saw, and by some sneaky moves that I still don’t quite understand, she found out who I was (I’m guessing I watermarked an image?) and a year later, she contacted me to do this session.

That’s cool, right?

And gosh am I ever glad she found me, because her family is amazing.

They all came together from different parts of the country to celebrate the littlest guy’s 100th day birthday, a Korean tradition.

Here are some of my fav’s from the session.

I am really close to my family and it was wonderful to watch all of these guys interacting. The comfort and love that family brings is like none other.

Both the kiddos had fallen asleep on their way to our session. When this sweet little three year old started to wake up, I couldn’t resist grabbing a picture.

Seriously…I love this family.

It took him a while to warm up, but gosh, it was worth the wait.

I really was tickled when the sun came out and little baby E woke up.  I love that he is so chubby that he has a dimple on his forehead.

Isn’t he a little angel?

And my favorites of the day were the last several shots fired.

Mother and daughters.

So much love….so much energy….so much laughter….

I had a wonderful time with this family. Who knew that a ticket voucher, almost lost, would be the reason for this session? Pretty dang cool.

Thanks so much for looking! You can follow me on Facebook, if you like, and I always appreciate comments.  Have a wonderful day!

Clarice - These are beautiful Laura! You did an amazing job! Love your new site too!April 27, 2012 – 6:35 am

sally - wow, these are so awesome. Love all that joy and love flying around like MAD.April 17, 2012 – 12:30 pm

David Pittle - You really justify my sense of you as a photographer. You catch the right moments with the right composition and, of course, the technical competence.

BravoApril 12, 2012 – 1:19 am

becky - these are so amazing!! each and every photo here is absolutely perfect!April 12, 2012 – 12:20 am

Joanna - I love how you captured this family – really great work!!April 11, 2012 – 10:58 pm

Sonja - I love these photos — they make me want to drive up to the bay area right now to have our own family session with you. The love that this family has for each other seriously jumps right through the computer screen and makes me feel happy just looking at them. :-) And, what gorgeous little boys!!April 11, 2012 – 8:08 pm

April - SO Beautiful!!! The love is palpable. What a true joy to feel that love and capture it… Thanks for sharing with all of us!April 11, 2012 – 4:33 pm

Lauren - You did an incredible job of capturing real, genuine connections between these family members! Gorgeous images.April 11, 2012 – 1:10 pm

Cristina - Gosh Laura – the emotion and joy in these is palpable. You talented lady – I am not surprised the lady held on to your details for so long! This session was definitely worth waiting for!April 11, 2012 – 12:27 pm

Beth - Lovely. You really brought this family session to life!April 11, 2012 – 12:05 pm

Misty - These are just wonderful! You are a Great photographer and the family was right to “find out” who you are. You did what i love most…Captured them being them! I feel as if we were there with you and can almost hear their laughter! Great Job!April 11, 2012 – 11:52 am

amy lenhart - awe laura these are beautiful!! i love how you captured this family! such love and laughter shown through your images!!April 11, 2012 – 11:41 am

ShellyS - These are gorgeous! Beautiful color and light, and I love how you captured this family and their love for each other.April 11, 2012 – 11:15 am

Katie - These are just beautiful!April 11, 2012 – 11:03 am


Aimee Maughan - Beautiful Family shots! Love them!April 11, 2012 – 10:02 am

Kristin - I love this session so much! Pure love and emotion shines through —- beautiful comps and color. Swoon! I just love your work so much.

I love the story equally! I love how I was also on the receiving end of this lucky voucher! It was wonderful to meet you in person. And I love how you rolled the dice on Portland and so many people benefitted! Your in-person energy is so magnetic, vibrant and endearing, it is easy to see that all this flies through your camera and straight into the end product. xoxoApril 11, 2012 – 9:58 am

Dee - Okay. Stop it. These are ridiculous – the color, the crispness, the fresh feeling, the love! I kinda sorta want to be a part of this family now – and I don’t even know these people! They look amazing and I love how you captured them in such a natural way; and I bet they love it, too. And wow – what a cool story about how they found you. Clearly you + them = a match made in heaven – it was meant to be!April 11, 2012 – 9:01 am

Life Stories: The Story of the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade 2012 | San Francisco Bay Area Child Photographer

I’m excited to share this month’s story and also thrilled to finally be live with my NEW BLOGSITE.  Woot woot!  Isn’t it purty?

This month’s story is about an incredible group of kids.  I hope you enjoy it!  If you don’t know what this Life Stories thing is all about, click here to find out more!

My daughter is pretty dang amazing.  And so are her classmates.  Since Kindergarten, she has attended the Mandarin Immersion Program at our local school.  She’s learning Mandarin.  And she’s pretty dang awesome at it.  I don’t speak Chinese.  I’m not even Chinese.  I’m half Japanese, but um, yeah, I don’t speak Japanese either.  My husband doesn’t speak Chinese either.  He’s Korean, and um, yeah, he doesn’t really speak Korean.

But my kids?  My half Korean, quarter Japanese, quarter Caucasian kids?  Well, they’re learning Mandarin.  The program is amazing.  This year, she also had the opportunity to learn Kung Fu and Chinese music as part of this program.  THAT’S called AWESOME.

And because of some seriously awesome parents and staff, they got to participate in the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade.  That’s a huge deal, people!

I wish I could share more images, but I didn’t get model releases for everyone, so am sharing what I can!

I took headshots of all the kids before the parade so that we would have a reference sheet in case anyone got lost.  Luckily, it wasn’t needed but I did love the shots I took.  These were probably taken in a span of 10 minutes.  Aren’t they cute?


In preparation for the big parade, they had an assembly where I was asked to take pictures.


My proud sweetie, waiting to perform:

Excuse the blurred faces.  I wasn’t able to get model releases for everyone, but had to share how amazing they look!

It was pretty dang cool because they had these Wu Shu Kung Fu masters from Beijing perform for the kids.  They were amazing.  The guy in the middle was in the movie Karate Kid.  Not the old one with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, but the new one with Will Smith’s kid.  The kids were totally stoked to see him. And that guy that’s “lying down?”  He was jumping up and down in THAT position while swinging a rope under him.  CRAZY.

After months of practicing and preparing, the kids were ready for the big night!

They were just a little bit excited.

Excuse me for a second… I have to gush about this woman.  She is the mom of one of the kids in the Mandarin program, as well as a teacher.  Her energy, determination, and enthusiasm was contagious.  She did SO much to make this parade happen.  Let me just publicly get it out there: she ROCKS.  I love this picture of her at the parade, looking excited and so proud.  She’s quite a woman.  Thank you, Mrs. M.

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade is the biggest Chinese New Year parade outside of China.  It’s a very organized parade, and only 10 adults were allowed to be with the kids once the parade started.  I was not in that group, so did my best to get pictures of the kids before the parade started.

It was such a fun night! Everyone was so excited.

I love these next two. I asked them to hold up their streamers that they had during the parade, and shot through it.

And here’s my sweetie cakes. She wrote an essay inspired by this picture called “The Ladybug Parade.”  She pretended that this picture was a picture of her peeking through the streamers at a group of ladybugs who were performing.  I love her imagination.  I love her intensity.  I love her face, her eyes, her smile.  I love this child.

When it was time for the parade to start, I had to get off the street.  Due to the crowds, I wasn’t  able to follow her for very long.  I got this shot of her just as they were getting ready to start.  I love the look of pride in her eyes.

Such a wonderful night.

Click here to continue the Life Stories chain!  You’ll know you made it all the way through when you make it back here!

Christie - Wow!!! So many amazing shots, and what a cool experience for them! Awesome photos as usual Laura!April 4, 2012 – 8:51 am

Jen - Your new site looks AWESOME! I love the energy, color, and enthusiasm that jumps out of these. Just beautiful!!April 4, 2012 – 7:31 am

Taryn Chrapkowski - What a truly magical day and such an honor that they participated – I love how you captured everyone! Beautiful!April 4, 2012 – 6:29 am

Nancy - Your new site looks awesome! Love this post. You can tell the kids had an amazing time. And wow…all the color!April 1, 2012 – 1:53 pm

Audrey - These are amazing, not that I would expect any less from you Laura! I love the one of her peeking through the streamer.April 1, 2012 – 11:40 am

maggie - gorgeous! Congrats to them…what an awesome job! I love the pics you caught in action where it looks like the instructor is floating. Amazing :) April 1, 2012 – 8:59 am

az - I LOVE that you captured this for all of the families who had children involved… What an amazing experience! <3March 31, 2012 – 11:59 pm

Kelly Mack - WOW WOW WOW that was just beyond awesome! Love your work. Love your girl. Just awesome!March 31, 2012 – 7:06 am

Liat Biderovsky - I just cannot tell you how much I love your work! Everything you do is infused with some sort of magic. Stunning, stunning, stunning!March 30, 2012 – 8:13 pm

Life with Kaishon - WOW! These are some very beautiful pictures. Stunning. What a great class!March 30, 2012 – 8:08 pm

amy - LOVE these. But that last one…. SWOONMarch 30, 2012 – 2:41 pm

Kathleen Weibel - So cool! Those performers are amazing! Love the shots of the parade. Love the colors.March 30, 2012 – 12:50 pm

Danielle Frank - This post was A-MAZ-ING. Seriously, beautiful and action packed. Your daughter is looking so grown up now. She’s so beautiful, but when did she get so grown up?March 30, 2012 – 11:47 am

Amber - Laura. My dear Laura. You are pure magic. Plain and simple. I love how you can tell such amazing stories with your images. I could scroll through and KNOW the story without every having to read. That’s true talent and that’s what makes you so special.March 30, 2012 – 11:46 am

Jessica Deane - These are just so cool! I want to be able to jump in the air like that!! haha. Your daughter sounds amazing… I feel as though she got it from her mama <3March 30, 2012 – 11:14 am

Nicole Ridella - These are all so beautiful Laura. So much color and happiness. The last one of your girl is my favorite – it’s gorgeous!

(Did she get to keep her outfit? It’s lovely!)March 30, 2012 – 10:27 am

beth - Beautiful as usual!…. love all the color!March 30, 2012 – 9:11 am

angela Ross - Laura…these are soo cool!!! LOVE the parade pics and how awesome for the kids to meet all those performers?March 30, 2012 – 8:36 am

amy - ok first of all… not that i didn’t like your old blog but htis one is awesome!!! i love it looks really really great!!! and the pictures are gorgeous!! you captured the day soooo well! love the headshots where you can see the big city up and behind them very cool!! and the last one is my fav!!March 30, 2012 – 7:16 am

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