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Stanford Fall Family Session. {Lifestyle Family Photographer, Palo Alto, CA}

While I sit and edit last Saturday’s beautiful and colorful Fall session done at Stanford, and while getting reminders about my disc being full, I remembered I’ve never blogged about a session I had at Stanford almost exactly a year ago. The photographs are still sitting on my computer, so, it is a great opportunity to go back in time and catch up with some things.

This family was one of my very first clients back in the days, and I look at those times very fondly. Every year brings new people into my life and my business, but when I get a chance to work with those who have been with me since my very first year, I feel extremely happy. Also, each year brings new lessons and challenges, and during this particular session I had a chance to try my photography skills in a fog. I have to admit, it was exciting. But the weather did not prevent the family to have a really good time!

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When Cupid strikes {Lifestyle Newborn Photographer, San Jose, CA}

I met my husband thorough an online community.
They met online, as well.
Both Andrew and I share a common passion for capturing moments on film.
Watch this awesome movie he made to document their journey of becoming parents. I think, it’s awesome!


During our session there was a lot video making going on. On both sides.









And the only way to finish this post is with a sweet movie of those love birds. Good luck to the three of you! To many more wonderful stories captured through your camera lenses!


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What a 5 year old likes {Lifestyle Family Photographer, San Jose, CA}


Today I asked my 5 year old about things she loves, I also asked my 3 year old the same question, but that is for another post 🙂

At first I though the list will never end. She had so much fun talking about all the things she enjoys, likes, love.

I encourage all parents to do that with their kids. This is such a great opportunity for them to connect with you and talk to you about things that are important to them. Some of those thing we might not know about…

This weekend find some time sit down with your kids and ask them this simple question. They will love the attention and you will love hearing the answers.

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Best place to visit and shop this weekend in Sonoma County

Few days ago me and my kids had an awesome time visiting a friend who lives up North. We had one day trip with the kids and I kind of fell in love in that place. The City of Petaluma – best place to visit and shop in Sonoma County, especially this upcoming weekend. Why? Because they will be having an amazing sales (their approach to Black Friday). So if you’re planning your family session this year, well, Petaluma is filled with unique boutiques with beautiful wardrobe, and if I had known I’ll be writing a blog post about it I would probably had taken a few photos of those boutiques. But I didn’t, so you just have to believe me 🙂

Take my word for it, you will find some beautiful outfits for the entire family!


This place has very historical feeling to it. Many of the old buildings have been re-purposed into retail, and it’s great to just walk around.


Isinde this old mill there are stores and offices. Very cool place!



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the Balshaw Bridge


I’ve heard Metallica played in this theater years and years ago.


The sales have already (partially) started so I simply couldn’t resist and lost myself in a “yarn store”. Got out of there a few more cashmere yarn balls richer.



Along the shopping it is also a wonderful place to just walk around, have a lunch and relax.











During our trip we got very lucky because we not only had our tour guide but we also were fed with some delicious home cooked food, and my kids got to bake cakes and cupcakes! The best trip ever.

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So, if you still don’t have any plans for this week, well, Petaluma is a place to consider for sure. And here is address to a free public parking:

169 C St, 

Petaluma, CA

from there you can easily walk to all the places on the pictures above.

Have fun!


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