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Petaluma Family Photographer
The Rites of Summer

We have it pretty good here in Northern California, there isn’t a long dreadful winter that causes us to hibernate for half the year or make long underwear an everyday must have.  We do however- when we’re not in drought- get a substantial amount of rainfall that turns the once golden hillsides into emerald wonderlands.  The past few weeks have been magical with all the wild flowers in bloom and the warm sunny days.

Helen Putnam Park seemed like the perfect place to go when Michaelann and I spoke about locations for her maternity/family portrait shoot.  Over a year ago, 17 months to be exact, I photographed baby Ryder as a sweet little newborn, he’s now grown up to be handsome cherub with tousled curls.

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Marin Headlands Family Session
Melanie + Will

To be completely honest this was more of an engagement session/family portrait. Melanie expressed that she wanted some engagement pictures of just Will and her but also felt it was important to include their daughter Sophia. When confirming our plans to meet at Marin Headlands she mentioned that Sophia was excited about the shoot and enjoys playing model for fun- one of my favorite games as a little girl too! Sophia took to the camera hamming it up for me but she also loved helping direct the shots. I had such a sweet afternoon hanging out with this family. I can’t wait for Melanie and Will’s June wedding at Olympia’s Valley, in Petaluma.


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