Harris Family Mini Session

Two friendly dogs greeted me at my car the moment I opened the door. Their beautiful home, just a few hundred yards from the American River , was glowing in the late afternoon sunshine. Marta's warm smile greeted me at the door, followed by her daughter Sierra. (Sierra is a senior and we plan to do her portraits this spring when the fruit trees are blossoming!) After a few moments all was finally ready, so we headed out in the pasture for some family photos. Their other daughter was unable to be there, unfortunately, so you only get to see part of their beautiful family! Even the donkey was following us around, wanting to get in on the fun so we obligingly let it participate... you know, in honor of the first Christmas and all!

Martin, Marta & Sierra - Thank you so much for letting me get a glimpse into your lives and capture some memories for you! I truly hope we can do it again sometime soon, where we can take more time and have some fun all together!



Anderson Family Portraits

Their happy smiles mingled with the occasional grimace from some; having to let an outsider take their photo on the most family oriented day of the year, Thanksgiving, I don't blame them... hey, I was keeping that Pumpkin Pie waiting! Seriously though, this is the biggest group I've done portraits for to date. It was so fun, but challenging to get all 40 eyeballs looking in the same direction at the same time and not blink! :) I think laying in the dirt finally got the squirmy ones' attention!

Chuck and Sheila had many many blessings to count this Thanksgiving! Their four children and their respective families all healthy, happy and loving the Lord - what more could one wish for?!

With this many people, I must apologize for the huge quantity of photos forthcoming... I tried to narrow them down! :)

Oh, and if you want to see an image larger, just click on it and it will open up larger.

Edde, Robin, and Rehn... the oldest son, and incidentally, my sister in law! :)

Aimee, Jason, Riley, Madison and Dalyn...

Keri & Sean, Christian, Leah & Mikayla...

Shawna & Joe, Hanna, Joseph, and Sarah

All ten grandkids... laughing at Auntie Keri doing crazy antics behind the camera!

After we finished up portraits, the kids split for more relaxing and day appropriate activities while all the girls started getting the meal on the table, in typical Anderson fashion. haha. :) I love that they were so comfy in front of the camera! (click on them to enlarge)

Thanks, guys, for the wonderful time! I had so much fun!



Fishing at High Hill Ranch

The fishing reel and tackle box (a "cool" garage sale find this summer) had been sitting out for weeks now, a visual reminder that Scott wanted to play. The opportunity came one warm Sunday afternoon, at the height of "Apple Season" in Camino... where he decided to take us. :) The traffic wasn't too bad since we took some back roads, but High Hill Ranch was swamped. I felt as if we were at the fair! The girls had fun trying their hands at fishing, while I sat with William and enjoyed people watching. I brought along Scott's point and shoot and just snapped away... Evangeline got bored with the whole fishing idea pretty quickly so she took a turn at playing with the camera too. Sometimes it is fun to just literally "point and shoot" and not have to deal with all the bulk and settings on my big camera! :)


More loveliness of Autumn

Back in October when the weather was just beginning to change and the leaves were beginning to flaunt their colors...

There was this drop dead gorgeous Sunday afternoon... I came out of church and was struck instantly by the beauty of the day. There was no way to ignore it all - the vibrant blue sky, the moist earth from the previous day's rain, the clean and colorful leaves swinging in the gentle breeze, and the warm sun on my face. I was itching to go out and enjoy the day through my lens and when I mentioned my longing to experience the day, my wonderful husband offered to take care of the kids' food and naps so I could go. I love my man!

I hopped in the car and just wandered a bit... the only place I really stopped at was Boeger Vineyards, a beautiful winery that is in the outskirts of Placerville. There were hordes of people in the gardens and tasting room, but I found quiet at the back of the parking lot area in their junkyard of sorts. It was fun and challenging to find beauty among what others would normally view as a pile of odds and ends!

I had a lovely hour or two alone, praying and just talking to the Lord. It was a refreshing time of quiet tranquility, totally immersed in His handiwork and beauty!

On to other things...

Here are a few mums and Gerbera Daisies out of my garden... the last of the show until next spring! I love vibrant Autumn colors in the garden and have had fun buying one or two plants each blooming period of the season, so that each year I add to the canvas! :) Last year it was these mums that I found, at Kmart of all places. Don't you just love that perfect red!

And I'll close with a few random snapshots... my polaroid (I LOVE polaroids!!! They are so addicting!) memories of a lovely day at the lake for Memorial Day weekend with a then 6 week old William. We had a blast with just our little family! I sat and soaked up the sun while snapping a few photos and caring for William as Scott and the girlies cavorted around the water's edge and built fabulous rustic mud/sand castles!

... And I'll close with a rather oddball one. Scott found great satisfaction and hilarity in posting this paper on our door to welcome everyone who came knocking. :) I hope I never see the day where I would need to confront an unwelcome person, but if such a case arises, my husband has seen fit that I am prepared! :)

Hope you are enjoying your week before Thanksgiving! The Christmas songs are already playing!


P.S. - Yes, I did chop my hair, it was something I've been thinking about for a while now... and no, I don't miss my long hair... too much. :)