Modern Family Photographer | the Willoughby family

Those of you who know me well know that I am a sucker for “home”.  I just love the way that families move into a space, live in it & make it come alive.

Those of you who know me also know that I adore this family.  Brad and Merrilee are friends that we met in San Diego.  I met Merrilee while teaching 5th grade – she was a sub for a couple of days at the school site where I was teaching.  We met in the teachers lounge and became life long friends.  Instantly.  You know those people that you can’t imagine doing life without?  They are on that short list for us.

Before we moved up north (actually, before Lucy was born even!) Brad and Merrilee had a vision to build a modern home in San Diego.  They purchased a lot, sold their home, and began a nearly 7 year project of constructing this new piece of their heart.  It fits them so well. (And not to mention it’s GORGEOUS!  Please tell me you already noticed those Zebra Wood cabinets and the polished concrete floors, among every other beautiful detail!) Truly, this house was a labor of love that has paid off in incredible dividends. It’s easy to see that this space is a place where they simply know how to be together.

That’s my favorite part about home – it’s really just a place where you and the people you love simply know how to be together.

Check out these photos of their family in their home:

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that we are inextricable bonded to this family with a common thread of an intense love for all things Disney and Apple.  (You already guessed that, right?)  The line drawing of “Flower” in the image below has special significance to this family.  We had to incorporate it into the shoot.

Their oldest little guy LOVES to fly!!!!!  Poor Brad, the work out his arms received the morning of this shoot didn’t even challenge P90X…


Sweet mama and her boys…

Brad and Merrilee, we love you and your boys so much!  We wish you all the happiness in your new home!

October 11, 2012 - 10:43 am

Merrilee - Oh Sara! We adore you and your family too :) Everything you said…well, ditto! I will never, ever forget meeting you in that teacher’s lounge. What a blessing! Thank you so much for these incredibly special pictures. They mean the world to us and are such a celebration of this new and exciting chapter in our lives. We are so very grateful. Many, many hugs!!!

March 18, 2013 - 5:31 pm

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