January 9, 2017

San Jose Kelley Park Japanese Friendship Garden | Harris Family

The Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park is one of my favorite locations for families because there's so much space to use and a variety of backgrounds.  I also like to use parts of Kelley Park for a different kind of scenery.  On the Saturday that I met up with Diana and her family, we were lucky that there weren't many people around as usually there's an abundant number of families and couples walking the grounds.  It was nice that we were able to take our time to enjoy the fall weather and catch up since Diana and I use to work at the same school.

January 5, 2017

Fremont Shinn Park & Arboretum Family Photography | Philipps Family

Last month I met up with the Philipps family to do their annual photo session for their holiday cards.  We decided on Shinn Park & Arboretum in Fremont for its gorgeous fall colored leaves, vast trees and red barn for a perfect backdrop.  I always look forward to seeing the family as they know how to have fun, especially the kids, and everything is so natural for them.  I've known big sister C since she was a baby and it's amazing to see her growth each year along with her little brother J.

November 30, 2016

Palo Alto Gamble Garden Family Photography | Ho Family

Last year I had the pleasure to do a photo session for one of my former student's family, and this year I'm glad I had another opportunity to do it again.   I loved how mom dressed everyone up for last year's session, which you can check out here, and for this session I also loved how everyone looked in their black and white formal attire.  We met up one Sunday morning at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, which is a place I've photographed at before several times.  I always enjoy coming back to this beautiful place because every time I would find new spots to shoot.

July 22, 2016

San Jose Kelley Park Japanese Friendship Garden Family Photography | Rui Family

Say hello to the Rui family!  Their son G recently finished third grade with me, and I had the pleasure of photographing him and his family at Kelley Park and the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose.  I always enjoy doing photo sessions for my former students and their families because it gives me a chance to see the kids outside of school (which I've heard they're very different from being at school) and get to know the families better.  It was a warm day to be in San Jose, but the place was absolutely beautiful.

July 15, 2016

Fremont Coyote Hills Regional Park Children Photography | Avery 2-year Session

When we did Avery's 1-year-old session she wasn't quite walking yet so for her 2-year-old session we definitely wanted to give her free range and show off those walking (even running) skills of hers.  Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont has a nice water area with a wooden walkway but there's also a larger area for people to hike and bike through.  After we did photos of Avery sitting in the chair she did not want to sit anymore for the rest of the session.


April 6, 2016

San Jose Kelley Park Family Photography | Liu Family

The first time I photographed the family was back in 2013 when older brother J was just walking and little T was in his mommy's tummy.  When I met little T for another family session he was already 7 months old and learning how to sit up by himself.  I was looking at photos from the first session and the second session, and it's amazing how much both kids have grown.

We got together on a Saturday morning at Kelley Park in San Jose.  I've done family sessions and engagement sessions at the Japanese Friendship Garden inside the park, and now I'm thinking that the park has a lot of great photo spots for future sessions.  I also love that the family brought some props.  Can you tell that older brother J loves to hug little T?