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Bay Area San Francisco Family Photographer//Alina’s Baby Shower+Mother’s Blessing

I had the amazing opportunity to photograph Alina’s maternity/family pictures in San Francisco. We had a blast playing on the beach and capturing candid (& a few posed) moments along the way. Afterwards, we celebrated the upcoming arrival of baby Bodhi Jae at their home in Corte Madera at a backyard baby shower. Alina’s sisters and family created beautiful handmade decorations which added a really special touch.  It was the PERFECT day, and this family sure is loved.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be back in town in time to shoot Bodhi’s home birth in July! Yep, that’s RIGHT…we are now offering birth photography! This is a non-intrusive shooting style where I’ll be respectfully and candidly capturing the miracle of birth! I’m SO excited to have two birth sessions on my 2015 calendar and looking forward to adding more! If you or someone you know is having a baby soon, I’d love to chat about capturing their baby’s birth story.





It was so fun having Neil’s mom with us!







Alina’s brother and sister made almost all of the food from scratch. It was DELISH!


At the end of the shower we all participated in a Mother’s Blessing for Alina. We all sat in a circle, did some deep breathing and meditating, and said well wishes (in 7 words or less) into the circle for Bodhi. Then, we each put on a thread bracelet symbolizing how we are all connected to Alina and baby. Once Bodhi is on her way, we will cut our bracelets symbolizing the release of baby from the womb. The last part of the Mother’s Blessing was creating the birth altar. Each of us collected a piece of nature (shell, flower, wood, etc). These items will be placed on a birth altar close to Alina as she’s in labor to draw strength and peace. Pretty cool stuff!



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