The Radiant Rakelas - Sacramento Family Photographer

     "I can't believe how pretty I look", Bailey whispered to her sister, Lexi, right before they got out of the car... If that isn't the cutest thing, I don't know what is!  She did indeed, and I love it when my clients (not just the 3-year-olds!) feel that way during a session with me... and especially when they see their photographs.  I've been lucky to have beautiful people to take pictures of, and the Rakela family is no exception!

We began our shoot at Panama Pottery...

Then moved on to Land Park...
And Bailey busted out her poses!
Krisy, you are simply radiant!

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Back to School

Well, it's that time of year... the kids are settling into the routine of school, homework, and soccer... It must be Fall! So far so good, with a few hectic mornings, some tears over homework, but we're getting the hang of it!

I have to say that 5th grade homework is a lot to take... I'm not sure what it is, whether it's Claire learning how to focus again after 3 months off, or whether, at this age, they're getting "real" homework, but they're still just learning how to do it on their own or what. Either way, the second week of school, Claire had a math assignment that was tough.... Tough for her, tough for us... I mean, really, I'm supposed to know what a composite number is? Prime number, yes, but composite? And then it's like, "Well, where's your book? How can you not know how to do this? Didn't the teacher go over the assignment in class?" "No, no, and no". And how am I supposed to help her when I don't know it either? There was no little pocket of info floating around in my brain that I could access for "composite number". Before resorting to Google, Mario thankfully stepped in with a fresh attitude and perspective (forever my hero) and then 5 minutes later, Claire had her "a-ha" moment, everything clicked. The next evening was Back to School night, where the parents go to the classroom and get the lowdown on the coming year, how each teacher runs her classroom, etc. Come to find out, that assignment had been given to them with no directions, just to challenge the kids! She'll be giving these "enrichment" sheets regularly! Well, thank my lucky stars! You could feel the collective sigh from the room full of parents. Here I'd started wondering if she was going to be able to handle this. But before you know it, we're chatting with all these other parents about that assignment, bemoaning the effort and tears that went into it, and we were so relieved! Oh my, weight off my shoulders! How dare I doubt my little smarty-pants?

Sean's year so far, in 1st grade, is much less dramatic by comparison. Despite his reticent attitude about the whole thing (please see photo), I know for a fact that he is actually having fun! He's just a trip in the way that he is almost determined NOT to. But I know that he's smart and well-behaved and happy... and what more can I ask at this age?


The Dazzling Del Ducas - Sacramento Family Photographer

We decided to meet at the Promenade on the river, just south of Old Sacramento, for our shoot... It was a surprisingly cool and windy morning for this time of year! But we had a fun time workin' our way north along the river, and of course Magnus was way more interested in looking at turtles down on the riverbank than at my camera! Can ya blame him? I love that all these girls rocked it with their accessories, whether it was some crazy cool gloves, cute boots, or a fabulous necklace! Beautiful!


The Marvelous McGuires - Sacramento Family Photographer

Oh my gosh, I had such a great time with this adorable duo in downtown Sacramento a few weeks ago! And does the camera just eat them up or what? I love that I was able to capture the fun of our afternoon... and you can see that both of these cuties were getting pretty comfortable as my models towards the end of our shoot!