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Leslie and Sophia… and Andy Warhol

Last week I got this email:

Good afternoon Paige,

I recently moved to the city with my 3 year old daughter and we would like to capture our love for life, SF and each other. We live near Baker Beach and spend hours there each week so the sand, ocean and bridge are symbols of our life. I have browsed your site and I’m all in! Are you available and taking on new clients? I look forward to your reply, Leslie

I said, “Yes, please! I would never pass up a day at the beach and I am always accepting new clients.”

So we made a date and in her final email she said,“You will go bizerk over my 3.5 year old daughter…Stunning and a personality that lights up the world.”

She was so right.

I did go bizerk over her daughter. And the love they have for each other and for life is contagious.

What she didn’t tell me is that her daughter goes bizerk over her impersonation of Andy Warhol…

It was hilarious.

And informative…

I had no idea that Andy Warhol had so many cats and that they were all named Sam.

But Sophia did and it made her laugh every time.

Thank you Leslie and Sophia… it was a pleasure to meet you and document your lovely SF life.

And thank you Andy Warhol for being so amazingly funny to a 3.5 year old.

Almost a Toddler…

Any day now this little one will be up and running…

But for now… she is still a cute little baby for just a little while longer.

Thank you for playing, Miss Noa. It was a pleasure to meet you today.

Somedays it is hard to believe that things will ever be different, but someday we will need to remember…

Remember how Nathaniel always loved his rocking horse…

Remember when you only had one

Remember when Alexander wouldn’t smile for the camera…

Remember when life felt absolutely crazy…

Remember when your arms were sore from always holding someone…

And your bellies were sore from always laughing…

Remember the kisses that squished your cheeks and left slobbery marks that you had to wipe off…

I am so glad that I get to help you remember.

(JoAnn, Nathaniel and Alexander 2008 – 2010.)

Four Hands (always) Full…

…with one very delightful two year old…

….and two teeny tiny two month old twins…

…makes for two super sleepy parents.

But it also makes for one awesome photo shoot. I had so much fun photographing the continuous baby juggling and I hope to get to come back again when the twins are a little bit older, because these sleepy, baby juggling days will not last forever.

As hard as it is to believe right now, the twins will eventually become better sleepers, and they will not need quite as much juggling… instead they will be on to their next growing adventure. The fun has just begun for this family of five, and I am grateful to have been able to document the starting line.

Two very different babies…

I met up with an old college friend today, who I haven’t seen in way too long. It was fun to catch up on all that has happened over the past several years and to meet the two very different babies in her life…

Both of her babies are always very happy to see you…

Both babies can be a little stinky at times and need cleaning up after…

Both babies do a lot of drooling…

But only one baby has a face that is so easy for everyone to love…

And the other baby…

Has a face that I especially love…

I am a such a sucker for dogs, and at 135 lbs, this guy is a whole lot of dog to love.

I’d sneak him back to California in a second, except he doesn’t quite fit into my carry-on luggage.

Coming Soon to A Mailbox Near You…

‘Tis the season for sending out those Holiday Cards. Which means, I get to hang out with lots of cute families and make them… run, spin, swing, dance, cuddle, sing, jump, tickle, freeze, and laugh and laugh and laugh. I have a pretty fun job.

This is a collection of some of my favorite photos from my family photo shoots this fall.

The fun thing about this last shoot is that I photographed this family the same time last year. And this little guy is the one who was in his mom’s belly. It amazes me to see what a difference a year can mean when you have children.

A lot to learn…

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It has been a busy seven months for this little one since the last time I saw her. She has learned all the usual stuff that babies have to learn… like how to hold her head up, and to sit up, and to roll over, she has a couple of teeth now, and she is practicing standing while holding on tight to mom and dad’s hands. But Elena has an extra challenge that she has to learn how to work with.

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When Elena was born, Elena didn’t pass the routine hearing check that the doctors ran. The doctors said not to worry, but to check her ears again at her next visit. After additional tests, the doctors eventually told Rich and Susannah, Elena’s parents, that her hearing is severely impaired. No one knows yet why it happened or how serious the damage is, and the solutions for correcting impaired hearing are not easy… but because the doctors were able to catch it early in her development, Rich and Susannah will have a better chance of helping her have a normal hearing and speaking life.

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After Rich and Susannah found out their daughter could not hear, they started learning sign language and teaching her signs, and they got her her first pair of hearing aids when she was 4 months old. The first day they put in her new hearing aids, their dog, Rudy, had a new squeaky toy that he was enthusiastically chewing. As soon as Elena could hear for the first time, she heard Rudy’s squeaky toy, and she started laughing and laughing and laughing. Rich and Susannah had never heard her laugh like that before. They laughed and laughed and cried too.

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I learned a lot from Rich and Susannah about what options are available for children with hearing impairments. Cochlear implants are better today than they used to be, but there is still a long way to go in repairing hearing loss. Rich and Susannah are hopeful though, especially now that we have a new president who is in favor of stem cell research. Their doctor told them that in 10 years scientists and doctors may have a better solution to help their daughter hear… and not just hear people talking, but so she can hear music too, like the other children her age.

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