Thursday, May 7, 2015

Maternity Photos ... an Ode to Mamas

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In honor of Mother's Day I wanted to post a maternity session that I did for one of my dear friends Lauren. Fast forward 4 months after these pictures were taken and I had the honor of photographing her son Clive's birth (and absolutely can't believe he will be one in June). When it comes to maternity photos I love keeping them simple, journalistic, and true. I wholeheartedly believe less is always more. I want moms to be who they are. 

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I love photographing moms in their favorite settings … places that make them feel comfortable, confident, and at ease. For Lauren, home is definitely where her heart is.

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 Being able to see the women I photograph grow into authentic, strong, and inspiring moms is incredibly rewarding.

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So, to all of the moms I have photographed, will photograph, and hope to photograph you are loved, appreciated, and true blessings to the lives you impact daily. 
Happy Mother's Day from Coeur de La Photography. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Don't follow the "rules" ... a wedding in a redwood grove

This past weekend we photographed our first wedding of 2015 and it got me thinking … I still need to share some of my favorite 2014 weddings with all of you. I am great at posting to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter but goodness ... it takes me forever to share on this blog. But, it's better late than never right? When I speak with brides and grooms about weddings and photography I always affirm them that there are absolutely no rules when it comes to planning your wedding. I remember planning my wedding and it was so easy to feel overwhelmed or pressure to do things a certain way. I can't imagine what it is like now with our highly visual outlets of inspiration (Pinterest). I get excited when I meet with brides and grooms and they tell me they are doing what they want. We love couples who march to the beat of their own drums. Your wedding should be entirely up to you. The more creative the better … go for it. There are no rules ... anything goes.

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This past August we photographed Kelly and Solvi's wedding in a redwood grove just outside of Ferndale, California.

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We hiked in with 20 family members and photographed them in a setting that was ethereal, beautiful, and perfect for their intimate wedding.

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 We felt honored to be there photographing. 

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After the ceremony we went back to Ferndale where family was waiting to celebrate. 

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Dinner was made by the mothers of the bride and groom and served on antique tableware. 

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The flowers were put together by Kelly herself and the cake … made by Solvi's mom. The cake was adorned with the softest pink dahlia I've ever seen. And let me not forget the cutest cupcakes made by Kelly … one very talented lady.

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Every detail had a meaning, a story, and a reason ... making the day completely authentic.  So authentic … you could feel it.

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The cake was cut and toasts were said while the sun set in the background. Afterwards Kelly and Solvi danced underneath the summer sky with their family ending the day just as it started … beautifully. 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lifestyle Photography … newborn photos at the beach.

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With a new year comes new ideas, inspirations, and goals. Over time I have been affirmed that when it comes to how I photograph … simplicity is best. I say this because there is a never ending pressure to compare work. Comparing is a slippery slope. For me, comparing brings on the pressure to change (not always in the best ways), and fix things that are not always broken. Looking back on my photography from several years back I see things that are so raw, true, and simplistic. I cherish my early work because it was so … simple.  What is simple in regards to photography you might ask? Photos that are candid, journalistic, and thoughtful. I appreciate the importance of a good pose but what it comes down to is my ability to capture a tangible moment. Thus, lifestyle photography is what I am PRO at (ha ...I can toot my own horn every now and then right?!). Now that it is 2015 I have gone though the majority of my portfolio and realized that the shoots and photos that really resonate with people are the shoots that are considered lifestyle photography. Don't get me wrong, I think there are definitely newborn photos that should embrace the power of a good basket and blanket (you know the photos where you wonder how did that photographer get that newborn to do that?). However, every time I see photos like that I wonder in 5, 10, 15 years, will those photos be remembered? I want the people I photograph to remember an outing, a day, a moment.

So, it was my pleasure that I recently photographed a newborn session for a family that means the world to me. They wanted no fuss, simple photos, documenting their first outing together as a family of four.
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I spent the morning with them chatting about their sweet little guys arrival, how their soon to be 3 year old was transitioning to big brother, and how it felt to be a family of four.

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Honestly, being able to photograph moments like these are exactly why I love what I do.

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Even wearing a beanie couldn't keep this guy away from the waves. I love seeing the endless energy kids have to play and play.

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Life can be so fleeting, wonderfully sweet, and perfectly imperfect … moments like these can't be posed. But with photography they can be cherished … always.

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Currently booking lifestyle family sessions … so drop me an email even if it is simply to say hello.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy National Coffee Day ...

Happy National Coffee Day!
Naturally, I will be celebrating with a capp in hand and to celebrate I will be kicking off a new series 
 Coeur de La Coffee Chronicles. 
For those of you that have read my blog from the beginning know I would consistently write about restaurants, places, bakeries, or food establishments that I loved. Well, this is my way of getting back to that. Not only do I love coffee, drink coffee, make coffee (yes, I am an occasional barista) but I also know a decent amount about coffee. So my friends, these chronicles have been a long time coming ... a long time of research (ha my way of rationalizing my frequent sips).  The conversations that I have had with other baristas and coffee lovers encouraged and inspired me to write more and so ... here we go.

First up ... Andytown Coffee Roasters in San Francisco

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I found this little slice of heaven two days before we were leaving for Ireland. It was serendipitous in that Andytown (where the shop gets its name) is in fact a suburb in Northern Ireland. And, thus far, Andytown's scones are the only scones I will waste my daily calories on ... they are worth it.  I love the shop because it is quaint, approachable, and really just different.

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Sometimes with coffee and good coffee you get a type of snobbery but Andytown is the furthest thing from that. The owners are willing to chat, care about their espresso, and created an environment conducive for enjoying coffee. The shop is small and simple ... and I love that. Let me also not forget to state that they are pros at steaming almond milk ... I mean look at the below photo.

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So from my cup to yours ... Happy Coffee sipping.

Andytown Coffee Roasters
Location: San Francisco in the Sunset
Decor: simple and sweet
Espresso: sweet and perfection
Baristas: friendly, helpful, and authentic
Pastries: the best, homemade, and are all tastes of Ireland
Ceramics: a friend of the owners makes their cups ... and they are aesthetically pleasing and cute.
Tip: don't bring a computer to sit and do work instead bring a friend and have a good ole conversation




Friday, September 19, 2014

Family Photos with Coeur de La Photography

It's that time of year when I get emails requesting FAMILY photos. The holidays are right around the corner and family photos are always a fun way to round out the year. I love family photos when they are candid, fun, and comfortable. These photos are some of my all time favorites from a family shoot in Maui.

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I do not have a set of poses or props that I use for every family I photograph. When I photograph families I approach each family differently and uniquely. Why you might ask? Your FAMILY is not like everyone else. Your family is exactly that .. your family. Your photos need to represent that ... plain an simple.

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So, when it comes to your family photos this year go out on a limb and let your kids be kids. I love when children laugh and play in photos. When I get emails from previous families saying ... Caroline and Marc, your photos make us feel, laugh, and smile.

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When families let me capture them for who they are and not how they think they should look like in photos ... it makes me jump for joy.

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 If you are a family looking for a photographer that can bring out your inner goof, you like adventure, and want your family to have fun while being photographed ... then email me. Ok ... ready set go! :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Stow Lake Engagement Session

This weekend I will be celebrating my cousin's wedding and I just so happen to be a bridesmaid. It was such an honor when she asked me to photograph her engagement photos and I immediately knew where I wanted to photograph them. We spent the morning at Stow Lake in San Francisco and every bit of the morning was romantic. 

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It was quite the experience for Coeur de La Photography to photograph from a row boat ... a definite first and hopefully not the last. The photos are some of my favorites.

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Photographing family for me is my favorite way of showing my love.  Congratulations Ashley and Chris and remember: couples who play together ... stay together. Don't forget to laugh and enjoy the little things!!

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