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Hugs, Lollipops, and a San Diego Snowman

What a treat to do a sunset beach session at the Del with my good friend Keri and her family!  Little Zach spotted me on the sidewalk and started running, giving me a huge hug right off the bat!  Wow!!  He loved me even more when I told him about the super-special lollipops I was holding for children with smiles for my camera!

Zach and his big sister Rylee were both champs, and they genuinely had a GREAT time getting their church clothes all wet and sandy in the waves!  Baby brother Colby took it all in and pretty much decided we were all nuts, but he was okay with it.

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Zach was a GREAT smiler . . . except when there was something more interesting to look at!

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And at one point, Zach got just a little more wet than he’d bargained for . . .

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But Rylee loved every single minute.  She has a zest for life equaled only by . . . her mommy.

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I love these silhouettes from this session!!

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And to top it all off, we met a real-life  San Diego snowman on the way in from the beach!  We were all soaked to the skin, but Zach and Rylee took a moment out from their lollipop appreciation party to stick the nose back on the snowman.    (So THAT’s what vegetables are for!)   It was a sweet ending to a fun time!

Portland

Wow.  Portland was BEAUTIFUL.  I had such a great time there visiting with my college roommates and enjoying Portland’s ambience, cuisine, and . . . SHOPPING!  But the whole time I kept seeing things I wanted to take pictures of, and either I didn’t have my camera, or it just wasn’t the right time for a quick photo shoot!  So I was absolutely delighted when Rebecca (our wonderful hostess) took me up to Pittock Acres Park on the way to the airport for a few moments of photo fun!  These are my favorites.

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Family . . . at Warner Springs

What a beautiful drive it was up to Warner Springs, where Family S spent a fun-filled afternoon celebrating Mom & Dad’s 30th wedding anniversary.  I couldn’t count the times I wanted to pull the car over and take photos on the way up there!  Fortunately, my photo-taking appetite was assuaged upon arrival.  Warner Springs Ranch is an incredible location, complete with trees that actually make you feel like it is fall here in our crazy land of endless summer!  And not only that, but the whole family was drop-dead gorgeous.  I have a bunch of photos to edit from this session/event, but here are a few that I thought were nice right off the bat.  Family S — thank you for allowing me to be part of such a special day!

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Stopping to Smell the Roses

What a blessing to spend time with Miss Rachel and her “WaWa” (Grandma)!  Rachel was excited to see me and greeted me with a great big hug!  Gotta love it!

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Rachel LOVED Balboa Park and it was so much fun to watch her discover all the different beautiful things there.

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It was obvious that she is being trained early to “stop and smell the roses.”  And it was obvious that she loves her WaWa, who is teaching her so well.

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Justin! No . . . Evan!

Well, I thought I had experience with twins . . . but IDENTICAL twins are a whole different ballgame!

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I kept calling for the wrong one to look at the camera!  Fortunately, their beautiful mom had them color-coded, and that helped some . . . if I could remember which one was which color!

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What it came down, to though, was that they were both sweet and smiley and fun!  Here’s . . . um . . . Justin!

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Pretty cute, hmm?

A Sunset at Balboa Park

Because there sure wasn’t one at the ocean! Beverly, Brant, and Brianne had planned to meet at the beach, but when I arrived for their shoot, I said . . . “shoot!” This is what it looked like at the beach that evening:

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So, quick!  We raced the sun over to Balboa Park for a nice sunset session among San Diego’s most beautiful architecture.

Beverly wanted some nice photos of their family before Brant headed back to his next assignment with the Marine Corps.  He had just returned from boot camp and was happy to be have ten days off to relax and recuperate.

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Mom and sister were happy to have him around, too.

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Most of the time.

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So, just like Brant is making the most of his 10 days of freedom, we made the most of this San Diego sunset . . . and some memories to last.

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Chargers vs. Browns: A Playdate

Seems that my friend Keri and her husband Mike have a bit of a friendly rivalry going on at their house. Sundays during football season, Keri’s cheering for the Chargers, while Mike roots for the Browns! This leaves their poor children in a perpetual state of confusion, as shown by their wardrobe choices in our fun photo shoot today during our playdate. Nicole and her boys came along for the fun!

Zach's look here says it all!  "Sorry, Daddy!"

Zach's look here says it all! "Sorry, Daddy!"

Zach seems to enjoy a little football action, himself.

Zach seems to enjoy a little football action, himself.

And here's little brother Colby.  With eyes like these in the family, it's no wonder Dad roots for the Browns . . .

And here's little brother Colby. With eyes like these in the family, it's no wonder Dad roots for the Browns . . .

But Colby thinks Charger football is good enough to eat!

But Colby thinks Charger football is good enough to eat!

At my very first all-boy playdate, I'll admit that I did not miss the "girl drama."  Boys are so EASY.  Take a look at Zach and his best bud Isaac.  Two happy boys.

At my very first all-boy playdate, I'll admit that I did not miss the "girl drama." Boys are so EASY. Take a look at Zach and his best bud Isaac. Two happy boys.

And here's Micah . . . yet another happy boy in his awesome bat sweatshirt.

And here's Micah . . . yet another happy boy in his awesome bat sweatshirt.

This kid can really ham it up for the camera!

This kid can really ham it up for the camera!

Zach and Isaac were MODEL children.  Seriously.

Zach and Isaac were MODEL children. Seriously.

And then, they all went home.  Or, actually . . . we all zipped back over to the school to pick up our kids.

I picked up Girl Drama and brought her home.  The photo shoot continued . . .

Ready for Halloween!

Ready for Halloween!

Robert & Candie

Thursday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting a friend from high school, Robert, and his fiance Candie.  Candie was still recovering from Robert’s surprise airport proposal from a few weeks before, and she was headed back home to Hawaii in just a few days.  As a Coronado-native, Candie wanted engagement photos in front of the Hotel del Coronado.

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