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Spring Mini Sessions. Lost yourself in flowers! {San Jose Family Photographer}

SPRING MINI SESSIONS ARE HERE!

 

Do you feel Spring in the air? Or it’s just me?

I kid you not, I get outside and I can smell Spring. Like literally I can smell it. Fresh, juicy green grass. The refreshing air after the rain. The birds chirping. 

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This weather we’re having right now reminds me of Summer rain in Poland. Well, a little warmer Summer rain.

Anywho, the rain and than the warmth means only one thing in here… It’s time to scout mustard flowers locations…

And that’s exactly what I did this week, and I’m excited to announce MUSTARD FLOWERS MINIS… (follow the link to read the details and see some breathtaking mustard flowers images from past years)

Spots available on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th

BOOK YOUR SESSION TODAY!

 

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Saratoga Smash Cake Session and Fall outdoor Family Portraits

This Smash Cake in one of my favorite locations in Saratoga was a crazy one. Normally a quiet place, this park turned into a corporate event on the day of our session.

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I got to the location a little earlier. To my big surprise, what I saw is the entrance being blocked by a “corporate event” sign. Loud, live band music is playing. The park is swarmed with people. The scent of BBQ and grilled sausage is filling the air. And I’m panicking.

I called the client, explained what’s happening, and promised I’ll find a great solution to this before they get here.

I quickly started listing all the locations I knew in the area. And there is a few. However, the conclusion was simple. We didn’t have the time to make the drive to any of them before we would lose the gorgeous light. With a few minutes to spare, I went inside for a hunt for the best spot in the swarmed with people park. As I entered it, I realized, I know just the right place. I was not mistaken.

We were able to do the entire session without a single person bothering us on the back of the entire party. However, the smell of the bbq and grilled sausage was really hunting me the entire time. LOL

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After the session, Kristen and her family gave me the best gift a photographer can get. A beautiful review:

 

AMAZING! Our family session was on Sunday night and it’s Tuesday and we already have our pictures! Ewa was great with our son and was able to improvise when the park where we were planning to have our session was closed! She knew there was a clearing, sort of in the woods, towards the back of the park and it was the perfect backdrop for our family session. The pictures are fantastic and I would recommend Ewa over and over!

 

If you’re ready to make some magic this Fall with me, grab this gift from me, and schedule your first session, TODAY! My weekend dates in September are booked however there is still time to create beautiful memories in October and November. Well, even December is cool, if you like to splash in puddles! 

Halloween Mini-Session || San Jose Family Photographer

You can call it Halloween Mini-Session. I call it a Halloween Portrait Playdate. The difference between those two is that regular mini-session is booked ahead, paid in full ahead, and you would have a particular time slot for your 10 or 20 minutes in front of my camera.

The portrait playdates I organize once in a while are a little different.

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During the playdate you come whenever you want to, between 2 and 5pm. During the playdate I take pictures of all the kids with their parents having fun on the playground. I take some time to work with each family separately as well. Whenever you’re ready, I’ll take you on the side and we will create some magic.

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The admission to the Halloween playdate is totally free of charge. This year we will have a small gift for everybody who comes. To be sure you receive the gift, it would be great to RSVP on my FB page if you’re coming.

Halloween costumes are not required, however they are preferred. Expect to see a park full of parents and kids in costumes, so if you choose not to be dressed up, you’d be a minority. LOL

Bring a whole lot of fun attitude with you as well.

The Halloween Mini-Session / Portrait Playdate is FREE to attend. You will have the option to purchase images from an online gallery all attendees will receive within one week from the playdate. 

Single images are $50. 
Package of 5 is 195.
Package of 10 is 250.

 

Hope to see you there,

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Best way to stay cool in the Summer. Morgan Hill Kids & Family Photographer.

Going for hikes it’s not the best way to stay cool in the Summer. Especially not in the 103 F temperatures around here. It is fun, though. And very rewarding. But nothing, even the best hike, won’t beat the water. And we recently have discovered something my kids love even better then regular swimming pool.

WATER SPLASH in Downtown Morgan Hill. How cool is that. For four hours a day they run super fun sprinklers, and kids can run around, chase them, play with them, lay on them, and whatever else they imaginative brains can think of. Of course, everything while under supervision of adults.

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Yes, water is the best way to stay cool in the Summer. Especially if it’s so fun for the kids:

I’m writing this post as I’m sitting and watching my kids run wild around the water splash. The pictures and the movie in this post are from our yesterday’s adventures here. Today, the weather is cooler and it’s overcast, but that doesn’t bother any of my kids, or the other kids here.

How is your Summer break going?

 

If you’d like me to photograph some of your #summerbreakadventures let me know!!! I’m here to help you create amazing memories. Even Better lets explore Pinnacles National Park together!

Even better, sign up for the membership to Ewa Samples Photography, so you won’t have to miss on any photo opportunities through the entire year!

 

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Halloween Portrait Play Date

The last play date we had – The Halloween Portrait Play Date in Saratoga – was a great success. I’m so happy I’d decided to do it. I’ve connected with so many great families who haven’t worked with me before.

Thank you so much to all who even despite the rain came to have some pre-Halloween fun with me.

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I decided to organize the Halloween Portrait Play Date because so often, too often, I see parents sharing photographs of their kids having fun in their Halloween costumes, but what’s always missing are the parents. Even if the parents wear costumes during Halloween, the pictures of the whole family I keep seeing are quick snapshots of before or after trick-or-treating.

I know how important and fun for kids is Halloween. They get so excited. They wish they could wear their costumes day after day for weeks. At least my kids do that (or wish to do that). Why not to make it a fun halloween session without being stressed about everything (like most parents do when it comes to professional sessions).

All that stress is going away during the play date. It’s fun, relaxed, and quick 😉

During the Halloween Play Date nobody expected anybody to look fabulous and the kids could play, run and scream, and pretend they are pirates and fairies… And during all off that all the participants had their family portraits done! This is how our Halloween Portrait Play Date looked like and felt like. Fun and relaxed with no pressure on anybody.

This was also a great introduction for many of the families who attended to get the feeling how working with me looks. And I hope they all had fun.

See you at our next portrait play date. However as soon as the photography craziness stops after the Christmas I’ll get back to organizing them again. Stay tuned by subscribing to my newsletter and/or to the events on Facebook.

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Stanford Lifestyle Family Photographer, California. Fall in its amazing beauty!

For Saturday’s family session my client requested FALL in the background, and when I heard it I knew exactly where to go to look for it. Stanford!!! No brainer. And I was not mistaken.

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This morning I sent one of my girls to school just to see her back after 1o minutes. Thanksgiving break. HA! That meant I had two of them to model for me during my location scouting.

This post is overblown with pictures. For the first time in my entire career I wasn’t able to pick just a few favorite shots. Normally I’m pretty good at that. I easily pick up to 15 best shots and go with them. Especially when it comes to photographing my kids, as they normally are not very fond of “posing” for me anymore. I wrote about it in one of my latest post. It’s a love-hate relationship we are dealing with. And today it was definitely on the LOVE side.

The umbrella was simply an accident, as at least one is always in our car. Kids couldn’t miss the opportunity to grab it. One umbrella also meant we are one short and a fight could emerge at any given time. Luckily the kids cared more about throwing the leaves at each other and at me then about fighting… AWESOME!

 

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Half Moon Bay Smash Cake Photographer. “Smash Cake on the beach”

Maybe it was the Half Moon Bay beach, because I always get overexcited for beach sessions. Or maybe it was the smash cake on the beach idea. Or maybe the fact to be working again with a family that I’ve worked with several times since the little one was born. Maybe it was all of it put together. Probably. It all came together nicely. Even the 8:30 in the morning worked out pretty good for us.

Each time I have a session with them I go home with a huge grin on my face, and this time wasn’t any different. How could I not to, look at them…

But if that wasn’t enough, after this session we’ve decided to work together again. This upcoming weekend is our Holiday Mini-Session Party at this mama’s home, and we are super excited about it.

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But back to our last session… Here are the cuties:

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Original birth announcement and how to rock a family session injured

If you are thinking about ways how to stand out from the crowd, well, this family has a great idea how to do it. They came up with a very original concept for their son’s birth announcement cards – and the idea is very simple. They waited one whole year to do them!!! I think that with the life getting so crazy and hectic after new baby arrival (especially if you already have 2 boys you need to take care of), this is such a stress free and genius plan.

Also, one of them came to the session with an injured arm. Can you spot that frown? It’s going to be hard to do that.  With a huge support and encouragement from the rest of the family he rocked the session like a superhero! Seriously!

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Now it’s your turn. Did you do anything original for your baby arrival. Share with me and I might write another blog post highlighting all the original concepts for other families to use 🙂

If you’d like to chat about your session with me, please email to ewasamples(at)gmail.com 
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Ewa, your Family Photographer

 

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3 easy steps to find your inner Elsa. You must try it {Family Photographer, San Jose, CA}

Well, at some point in our lives (and lets don’t hide it, we all have those moments), the only thing we want to do is to sing the all-known words:

“Let it go, let it go. Can’t hold it back anymore”

The thing is that the right prep makes the experience more valuable and cleansing. So here are 3 easy steps that will help you to discover your inner Elsa, because I know we all have her in us.

Step 1.

You need to get a big scarf or a shawl. The older the better. The one that your grandmother gave you years and years ago would work best. Probably a light blanket will do the job, too. Next wrap it around you in whatever form your heart desire.

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Step  2.

You need to go outdoor. You simply can’t stay inside your home, hiding. The energy of this experience needs to be released out into the fresh air, and it needs to be transfer onto any walking or driving by people.

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Step 3

Sing. From the bottom of your lungs, until your throat hurts. No matter the lyrics. They don’t need to make any sense. They don’t have to be even in a human know language.

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Repeat daily, or at least weekly!

 

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I photographed families of 3 friends in one day {Family Photographer in San Jose}

This mama convinced her best friend to have a family session with me. I’m not sure how much convincing she had to do, whatever she did, it worked. It worked so good, that within next 24 hours another friend of hers booked a session.

I photographed the three of them in one day. I only hoped not to take the same photos for all of them!

How fun is that?

Will be blogging the sessions next week 🙂

If that wasn’t enough, she also has soooo sweet kids, I want to eat them, or simply have more on my own (just kidding!!!).

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Mother’s Day Mini-Session {Family Photographer, San Jose, CA}

With this post I am starting a series of post from very recent Mother’s Day Campaign. With these mini-sessions we were raising money for CleanBirth.org and I’m very happy with the final outcome. We did an awesome work and I am very grateful for all the mammas who decided to join me!

Also, it is very likely that with this campaign we have started an annual money-raising event – “Save your memories and save lives“. This year we had two photographers participating. Next year we are hoping to have more!

So lets start with this wonderful session.

This mama is beautiful in and out, and she is a book author and entrepreneur. I’ve had a pleasure to photograph her and her family for a 3rd time.

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If you’d like to schedule  session with me, please email to ewasamples(at)gmail.com 
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Ewa, your Family Photographer



Fun Family Photo Session with bubbles and other things {Family Photographer, San Jose, CA}

This was one of the most fun family photo sessions I have done so far.

Ester and her family were the winners for my full family session drawing.

After my first email, Ester wrote me back:

I quote my husband: you never win anything

I was very happy I could change it.

From the day I announced the winner they were nothing but amazing to work with. Starting from planning and coming up with ideas to simply the session itself. It was a win-win situation because not only they got a wonderful opportunity to capture their family but I got a chance to work on a very creative and laid-back session.

There were even moments where all of a sudden I have received kisses and hugs from the Lil One, and I think this was the most rewarding part of it all.

Thank you guys for this wonderful session!

 Check out those beautiful photos!

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If you’d like to schedule  session with me, please email to ewasamples(at)gmail.com 
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Ewa, your Family Photographer