Many years ago when I was living in Southern California Heather hired me to photograph her maternity session while I was in town for a wedding. Well, now that I live in Silicon Valley Heather asked me to photograph their family again! They've grown just a little bit - her oldest from a giggly 2 year old into a still giggly 6 years old and that baby in her belly is now a rambunctious, joyful 3 year old! Heather is a friend of mine and often second shoots weddings with me here in the Bay Area so it was an honor to take their photos.
This was my very first session as an official Bay Area resident! Thanks to the referrals of a good photographer friend of mine, these first couple were actually booked BEFORE we landed in California. I thought it was fitting that my first session was for this family - they just relocated to Cupertino from Michigan one month before we moved. Melissa confessed that she was having a hard time adjusting - it was their very first move away from their home town. I remember how I felt when we left Sacramento for Riverside, and that was only an 8 hour drive...not a 4 hour plane ride. It's hard, but I hope that they can eventually feel at home here because the Bay Area has so much to offer. It was shocking to me just how warm and dry it was for their maternity session. Oh hey, that's right, I'm not in Seattle anymore! haha. There were mosquitos, the grass was pokey, and we were all sweating...but it was totally worth it. Their daughter was the sweetest and Melissa was positively radiant. As miserable as I make it sound, I left feeling like I was "home" - I missed all of those things because they are what I know. It feels so great to finally be back.