Happy New Year!

We took a bit of a break from the blog over the holidays, but we’re back and happy to start a new year.

Looking forward to creating many portraits in the coming months.

We wish you all a healthy, prosperous and joyful 2013!

Fall is flying by!

Wow, what happened to November? It’s flying by like a Santa Ana wind! We hope you all will be able to take a little time for yourselves to slow down, breathe deeply, and be grateful for all the abundance in our lives!

In the mean time, we enjoyed our portrait session with our new buddy, Henry. He is such a darling little boy. Thanks to our wonderful friends, Lisa and Rich (his grandparents) for bringing him in. We had such a fun time!

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of those near and dear to us!

 

 

 

Trick or Treat!

A interesting tidbit from The American’s Patriot Almanac:

The American tradition of trick-or-treating echoes the ancient Celtic tradition of leaving food on doorsteps for the souls of the dead. In Britain, people went “souling” on All Hallows’ Eve, walking from house to house asking for “soul cakes” in exchange for prayers for the dead.

 

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Golden October

Now that we have officially entered October, it’s time to get out and photograph our season of fall color!  Fall in California is not like fall on the East Coast, but for those of us who call this beautiful state home, we enjoy it just as much!  We could go on and on about Septembers and Octobers in the Eastern Sierras, which in my opinion, is THE best time to squeeze in  that long weekend. Beautiful light and stunning landscapes…you can’t lose! So, before you go out and photograph the beautiful subject above, read on for some interesting tidbits about the beauty of the quaking aspens that you will see all over the slopes of our beautiful mountains.

Courtesy of an article in October’s Sunset magazine, the quaking aspen, Populus tremuoides, is the most widely distributed tree in North America. Our western mountain ranges are blanketed with them because they prefer rugged, often arid and high elevations. They are most prolific between 5,000 and 12,000 feet.

An interesting fact you may not know: aspens are clones and share a single root system! They regenerate from a common root system which is a real asset in harsh environments. A clone of aspens is considered a single organism. The largest clone, Pando, in central Utah, is at 105 acres! And estimated to be up to 100,000 years old!

The best time to see these amazing quaking aspens in in the fall when they show their full glory…from bright yellow to gold and even orange. Trees in a single clone will be an identical shade; the next clone will be it’s own identical shade. So, if you make it to the mountains this month, look closely and see if you can notice when one clone starts and the other one ends. Nature is so amazing!

 

Klassic Kids Program

What a precious baby shower gift for the new parents-t0-be! A beautiful documentation of their baby’s first year.

Here is our little friend, Emma…a bundle of sweetness.

You’ve selected the best doctor for your little one, applied to preschools and dreamed of little league and ballet, too. Children grow so quickly, that quality photography cannot be delayed. Join the best photography program around. With our value packed program, Klassic Kids is a wonderful way to record every moment of your child’s growth while saving money, too. Even though your membership in the program is value priced, you will receive the same consultation and custom portraiture that we have been creating since 1994. We will create personality portraits that truly reflect the stages of your child’s growth and you will cherish your portraits forever.

Call the studio for more details if you think this is the perfect program for your new little one, or for your friends’ new little ones!

Happy Labor Day!

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

Make it a great day!

Honor Your Heritage

Heritage refers to something inherited from your ancestors. It usually refers to intangible things, such as traditions, history, stories and traits, rather than a physical inheritance.

Roxanne & Eduardo wanted their children photographed in traditional Mexican costumes honoring their heritage.  Most recently, James photographed their daughter, Devina,  in two beautiful costumes: an elegant Veracruz dancing dress and a silver-studded Mariachi outfit. What a darling, beautiful little girl…needless to say a patient little girl…during a couple of hours of photography.  Devina really embraced her inner dancer and mariachi player… and earned her ice cream at the end of the session!

 

This was part of a tradition already in place for a few years. Their sons, Kyle and Eduardo, also had their portraits taken in the silver-studded outfit of the Mariachi a few years ago with James.

What a unique way to honor your culture and traditions.

 

Aaaah…summer

We’ll be heading up to our favorite place in the Eastern Sierras in July. A small cabin on the lake, and most importantly, a comfortable bed to sleep in at night. We’ll be spent after hiking the trails into the forest filled canyons and rocky mountain passes. But it is a “good” spent. We will gaze with awe at these massive rocks and rushing rivers.  We will be renewed and grateful that we can experience another day in this beautiful work of nature.
All our senses will be touched…the fragrance of pine trees on a summer day, the roar of rushing rivers and the gentle babbling of brooks, the visions of endless panoramas that go on and on, the soothing of sore muscles soaking in hot springs. And, if we’re lucky, for one of our dinners we’ll have fresh-caught trout hot off the grill.

This time we are taking a beautiful wood strip canoe built entirely by hand by my DD to launch into the lake. It means more than you will ever know to bring this along on our trip. You see, this canoe was built by David in the memory of his son, Scott. And every canoe must have a name. This is the Scotty Prospector.

Here’s the man with his work of art.

Scotty, you’ll be with us every stroke of the paddle.

Now go out and make your summer memories.

 

Happy Father’s Day

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~ Bill Cosby

Happy Father’s Day to all our Dad’s out there! Make it a wonderful day doing what you want to do!

Happy Mother’s Day

“A Mother holds her children’s hands for a little while. . .their hearts forever.”  – An Irish Saying

Here are some special moments that share the love between mothers and their children.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful mothers out there!