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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.

Mini-Sessions for a Cause: Feeding the Homeless

It’s really quite simple.

Every Saturday a group of people stocked with water, sandwiches and snacks go out to homeless camps and feed the homeless.

It all started with a vision of a woman named Bianca who was undergoing chemo therapy for a brain tumor.  During her treatment she prayed, “Lord, I know I may have disabilities but my hands work well, please use my hands and give me something to do for You. I want to work for your kingdom.” That day the Lord told her to go out and feed & pray for the homeless in the area.  On July 1st 2011, a very simple ministry was born.

It started over 2 years with one person and 60 lunches.   Today, groups of people work from 10am to 4pm by bringing water, lunches & basic essentials like clothing, toothpaste or soap to the homeless in Bay Point, Antioch and Pittsburg.

“We believe in people when they don’t believe in themselves.  We bring hope, love, prayers and nourishment to hungry tummies and hungry souls.”


They call themselves “Drive By Christians” and their vision is to carry out Jesus teaching in Matthew 25 where He laid out in very simple terms what He wants us to be doing.  He said,”For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

I’m often overwhelmed by the brokenness of the world – desperately wanting to do something to make it better.  I get bogged down in the deeply complicated nature of the social problems plaguing our day – or the depth of the heartbreak permeating this world.  I get sucked into thinking that eliminating the problem is the only worth while thing doing.  I begin to call on seemingly powerful individuals in the church or in the government who should “do something about this problem” or “create a program that solves homelessness, etc…”

But once I’m buried deep in the enormity of a social issue or feel righteously justified by disdain for the horrible-ness of the world we live in I’ve found that I’ve simultaneously dehumanized a very human problem, I’ve ignored basic needs in people that I am capable of meeting, and I’ve completely underestimated the power of relationships.

I love Drive by Christians because they are not paralyzed by the enormity of a problem – instead the are focused on meeting very basic needs.  They are committed to engaging in relationships.  But more than that even – they empowering others to do the same.

Drive by Christians is not a program, it’s not a system, it’s not a three part solution with a billion dollar budget.

Drive by Christians is simply about sandwiches and relationships.  They are about valuing people – especially those who feel (and are often seen) as if they are value-less.

It’s really quite simple.

So here’s what we are going to do.

On March 16 & 17  SG Photo is going to hold Spring mini sessions at Lime Ridge Open Space.  All of the profit (and I mean all of it, like 100% of it) will be donated to Drive By Christians.  Packages offered range from $150 (for 3 digital files) to $350 (for the entire collection of digital files) with one in between.  I will be releasing more information on times and packages soon.  So stay tuned!

If you want to have first dibs at time slots – email me and I’ll contact you before I go public :).

Family pictures to help families in need?

It’s so simple.  Let’s do!

(If you would like to go out and deliver meals with Drive by Christians – you can contact them through their website or on facebook.  They would love to have you!)

Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentines Day is just around the corner!  If you have an image you love from a recent session – lets make it into a Valentines Day Card!

25 printed press 5×7 cards for $35.

Here are three options:

Valentine’s Day Card #1



Valentine’s Day Card #2


Valentine’s Day Card #3


Want something a little different?  Show me the image and I’ll customize it for you!  E-mail me at sara@saragoetz.com to order cards!

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