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    I'm a photographer located in the San Francisco Bay Area and I shoot weddings and relaxed lifestyle sessions of children and families. My husband Chris and I work together - and we're so glad you stopped by. This blog will feature our most recent professional work with current clients as well as plenty of personal updates.

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Drive By Christian Mini Session Times Announced!

Hi Everyone!

 

Thanks for your interest and support for this awesome endeavor – mini sessions for a cause!  If you’ve missed the last few post about what we are doing and why, be sure to click here (for what we’ve done in the past), here (for the background and motivation behind mini-sessions with a cause) and here for what we are doing now….with Drive By Christians.

 

As promised, we are releasing 4 mini-sessions on Saturday evening.  If these book up, we can open up  more on Sunday morning.  Please call or e-mail to reserve your time slot!

 

Packages start at $150 for the session and 3 files.  E-mail me at sara@saragoetz.com for more info.

 

Eichler Cloud Gazing & Mid-Mod Fort Building | Mid-Century Modern Family Photographer

 

Luke inspired these pictures – he wanted to do back to school/Valentine’s Day pictures with a fort :).  I had this vision of hiking up to Lime Ridge Open Space and creating a pintrest inspired scene complete with tent, lantern, and the like.  But this worked much better.   As we began to look around and think about how to build a fort/tent we both agreed that we could do a better job of it here (and have lots more fun).  We found a stash of old pvc pipe in the garage, grabbed some old sheets and rearranged the plants.  Actually, it was Luke who made a lot of decisions about these pictures.  He choose his clothes, the location, the poses…he really directed this shoot!

I love it when kids have permission to take ownership over their own pictures.  I think you can really see their authentic selves in the final product.  Luke was all over this – and when he is willing to let me take his pictures, I drop everything and hand him the reins.  I think I’ll treasure these for a while :).

 

 

Lafayette Family Photographer | Sisters

Tea Parties, darling frilly skirts, beautiful soft light and giggles.  The best things in the world.

I think I’ve said it before but I have to say it again – in home sessions are the best.  I love it when kids are in their element – playing with their own toys, in their own space.  It lends itself to such authentic & sweet pictures.  Not only that – so much of growing up is where you live.  To make that space apart of the photo session means that your home – the place you spend the most time – is documented as well.

I just adore these girls and these pictures.  These sweet girls are about 14 months apart – and while right now they are learning how to be sisters, it’s clear that it won’t be long and they will be the best of friends.

This session was really special because it started out with play time – tea parties & piano playing were among the many activities.

 

 

Then, when the time was just right, we ventured outside for some portraits.  This quaint Lafayette home & the Oak Tree in the background was the perfect backdrop for these photos.

 

Girls – you are so much fun!  Thanks for keeping me on my toes :).

If you live in the Lafayette area – or the East Bay for that matter! – I’d love to do a session at home for you!  We will play, run, dance, jump – simply have fun in the most important place in the world!  Your home.

 

 

 

Concrete is a Girl’s Best Friend

 

Why Chris & I wear concrete wedding bands:

For the sake of transparency and forthrightness – the main reason is because we LOST our original ones.  I mean LOST them.  We have no idea where they are.  We would still be wearing those…IF we had them.  But we don’t.  So we aren’t.

Now, we have concrete ones.  You ready for the reason….

Okay, actually, it’s just because we thought they looked cool, they were affordable and something more snazzy than a simple gold band.  Honest to God that’s why.  We bought them from this amazing designer.  You should check out her site.

But in writing this post I did a little bit of research on concrete.  Here’s why I’ll proudly wear a CONCRETE ring as a symbol of Chris and my life long commitment to love each other in the way that Christ loved his church:

 

  • Concrete gets stronger over time.  It really does!  It actually takes a great deal of time for all of the “bonds” to form and once set, concrete continues to harden (cure) and become stronger for a long period of time, often up to several years.   12 1/2 half years in…we are just hitting our stride.  No doubt, the best is yet to come.

 

  • Concrete reflects light – it shines back the warmth and light surrounding it.  Instead of absorbing and hoarding, concrete can find even a little bit of light and give it back.  Note to self: do that more.

 

  • It can survive natural disasters.  It really does.  I mean, what’s left after a tsunami, people?  It’s the concrete buildings that are standing when the waters recede.  Guess what is always standing when the water recedes here in my life…it’s our marriage.  Here’s to all the disasters we’ve weathered (including but not limited to job lay offs, home improvement debacles, 60 hour work weeks, figuring out how to mostly communicate through e-mail, newborns, infants, toddlers and so on) and to those natural disasters lurking in the wings that do not yet know our strength.

 

  • Concrete is affordable, local manufactured, and sustainable.  Don’t you think that’s just how life should be?  Taking advantage of what’s in front of you & responsibly?  Sign me up.

 

  • What is concrete?  It’s an aggregate: A whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements.  Sound like anything else you know? I couldn’t think of two totally disparate elements coming together – then adding two more totally disparate elements in just for fun – all the while signed up for a lifetime of better or worse with the explicit purpose of creating something simple and beautiful.

 

With this concrete ring…Yes.  I do.  I’ll proudly wear it knowing just how well it represents the fabric of what we have.

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