Morning routines with the Hoards - Espresso anyone?

Abbey and Steve are two of the coolest people I know.  Two artists/architects who support each other around every turn.  I love their point of view - how they see and explain things.  From where I stand it seems their commitment to creating a life that exemplifies beauty always starts from this point of graciousness.  Kind of like a solution to something must be elegant and kind - or benefit the most people.  Ha - words are failing me.  But to spend time with this family is to be inspired and always makes me want to make the world more beautiful.  I loved photographing their morning routine.  Otto is such a good big brother and Louie made espresso and told me jokes.  And finally I got to meet little their newest love.  What a day.

xoxo Suzanne

The whole family at grandma's house : Coronado family portrait

Alexis has a giant heart.  For her family portrait this year we went to grandmas house and Finley played with her cousins.  I photographed Alexis's brothers wedding years ago so I felt pretty warm inside to get to share in Christmas 2017 with baby Finley and the whole gang.  I also want to give a shout out to some rad ensembles.  It's always hard to figure out what to wear and how to be in the same "season" in San Diego and she nailed it. 

sugar pie honey bunch.. The McNees family at home.

I'm so happy to share these with all of you.  I love this family so much.  One of the giant perks of my job is keeping up with amazing families year after year.  I photographed Ashlyn when she was so tiny and three years ago Macy came into the picture.  I'm crazy in love with this happy life my Alyssa and Marty have in their home and love to capture these moments.

Life is Better When You're Laughing

When photographing kids, the best approach is to be kind and loving. Kids will be kids. They will want to run, jump, laugh, hide, and be silly. Let them be themselves and guide them along gently so everyone has fun! One approach we use at SheWanders is the "drop and run." Get an adult that the kids are comfortable with to hold them in place for a moment, then let them run free. Your portraits will be beautiful and natural like the adorable Minns twins below!IMG_7950IMG_8092IMG_8085IMG_8086