Apr 23, 2017
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I went to San Francisco! I’ve wanted to go for the longest time and finally I had the chance. It was a short trip but I plan to return next year. Here are a few images from the trip:

Cable Car Safety

Cable Car Safety…they really take the fun out of it.

Cable Car

Cable cars in San Francisco are not the most efficient mode of transportation. They turn the carts by hand at the end of the route.

AT&T Park

This was my first stop in the city after taking the Caltrain from Palo Alto.

AT&T Ballpark

The home of the San Francisco Giants.

Boats

Boats along the waterfront. Just because…

Cupid's Span

Cupid’s Span is a sculpture along the waterfront with the financial district behind it.

Pier 39

I just did a walk though this part of Pier 39. Love the fun and festive atmosphere.

Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf is full of tourists, street artists and seafood.

Boudin Sourdough

Boudin Sourdough is the bomb! I had to get a crab cake sandwich for lunch.

Boudin Bread of the Month

I read that Boudin’s still uses the same starter yeast-bacteria culture it developed during the California Gold Rush.

alcatraz

You can see Alcatraz in the distance. This is as close as I got this trip. I really want to do a night tour sometime.

Pier 39 Sea Lions

Pier 39 is famous for the sea lions.

Sea Lions

The sea lions are lazy and loud but kinda cute.

Golden Gate Bridge

This is a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from the beach.

We had a nice visit with Daron and Dennis, Mark’s cousin and his husband.

We had to get a pic in front of the Golden Gate Bridge also. We didn’t get to bike across the bridge like we originally planned, but it’s definitely on the list for next time.

China Town

Just a random street in China Town.

China Town

I thought this was a cool door knob.

China Town

You can’t go to China Town and not take a picture of the lanterns.

China Town

Fruit market.

China Town

Dried seafood that I was not brave enough to eat.

China Town

Fun building in China Town.

China Town

Loved all the colors around China Town.

San Francisco at Night

After dinner we drove up to Twin Peaks for a night view of the city. It was raining but that did not keep people away. I was surprised to find dozens of people hanging out at the top.

San Francisco at Night

In this shot you can see the Golden Gate Bridge. I didn’t get to see everything I wanted but I sure had a good time. Just give me a camera and a bus pass and I’m ready for next time!

 

 

Oct 30, 2016
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October always means a trip to the pumpkin patch at Mother Nature’s Farm. We’ve been going there for years. It’s not the closest one to my house, but it’s become a Halloween tradition. My kids automatically know that I will taking pictures and if their outfit doesn’t pass my test, they will be changing. The little guy actually didn’t fight me on this, even pulling out his jeans and a sweater. What makes this more impressive is that it was almost 100 degrees outside (I promise, I did not make him wear the sweater).  Outfit criteria for the pumpkin patch is really not all that strict. I just want them to wear something clean and half-decent that doesn’t completely clash with orange.

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Sep 30, 2016
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It’s that time of year for family pictures! I am opening up two dates for mini sessions- Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 12th. Call or text me at 480-773-0628 for times and locations.

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Jan 08, 2016
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Welcome 2016! The new year allows us to press the reset button and start fresh. This year will be amazing!

Happy New Year

Nov 01, 2015
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The blond hairpiece had Donald Trump written all over it.  I was glad when my son agreed to dress up as Donald Trump for Halloween.  I couldn’t talk him into putting bronzer on his face, but I think the hair says it all.

Donald Trump Halloween

Make it Rain He even made it rain money in the streets!   I’m sure the Donald is never without his wad of one dollar bills. And if you were wondering, Donald Trump pays taxes.  At least he did on Halloween.  I opened the freezer this morning and found this bag of candy with “parent tax” written on it.   That kid cracks me up.

Halloween parent tax

Aug 01, 2014
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I’m a little behind on blog posts but here is one from the first day of school.  Three different kids, three different schools, three different start times.  It’s going to be a fun year!

Freshman First Day of School First Grade

Jul 23, 2014
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I had so much fun hanging out with these two on the Vegas strip between dance conventions and competition, still in dance hair and makeup.  We even ran into some celebs…sort of.Las Vegas Friends Las Vegas Gwen Las Vegas Celebrity Las Vegas Ballet Las Vegas Bruce Willis Las Vegas Dancers

Dec 28, 2013
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Earlier this month we celebrated my dad’s birthday.  It’s always fun (and crazy) to get everyone together… you never know what is going to happen.  Grandpa asked the kids to help blow out the candles and I was there to document it!  The kids played upstairs, downstairs and outside.  Towards the end of the evening I heard water running from the laundry room sink and went to investigate.  My son’s answer to my question, “What are you doing?”  was a bit jumbled but included the words “handcuffs” and “super glue”.  Lots of things ran through my head at that point but fortunately it wasn’t as bad as it sounded.    He was trying to glue a plastic key from his toy handcuffs back together and got some on his hands.  I have to say… I’m a little nervous for the teenage years. december 2013

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Nov 03, 2013
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Tis the season for family portraits. You’ve scheduled the appointment, planned the outfits, and given the family a pep talk. After all that effort, please don’t ignore this piece of advice…don’t go to the shoot on an empty stomach!   You are probably thinking that bribing the family with dinner after the shoot will ensure good behavior during the shoot. I’m all for bribes, but cranky subjects do not take good pictures! When your stomach is grumbling, you are distracted, irritable, and impatient. This is especially true if some of your family members are less than excited about the session in the first place.

Now you are thinking, “We don’t have time to eat before the shoot!”  Prepare ahead of time by packing a few snacks and some water to bring in the car.   Just be sure to pack food that will not stain their clothes. Crackers, pretzels, nuts, and carrot sticks are all good choices. Stay away from sticky candy, food with red or blue dye, or anything covered in cheese dust. I usually try to have a few suckers or candy canes (depending on the season) on hand at the shoot as a visual motivation to cooperate, but they don’t get it until after the session. Now go pack your photo snacks!braxton frown

Nov 01, 2013
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Every year our family goes out to Mother Nature’s Farm to pick out pumpkins for Halloween.  It’s not the closest pumpkin patch to our house, and there are always a million other things going on around Halloween, but it as become a tradition in our family and the kids love it.   If you are wondering why there are no pictures of the boys carving their pumpkins, they were following the other pumpkin tradition… after the first five minutes of carving, they get bored and go do something else, like jump on the trampoline.  My daughter freehanded the Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin.  I think they all turned out cute!

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