Family portraits are about so much more than pictures. They are about glimpses into everyday life and the bonds that tie us to one another. Each family unit is unique, and so too are the moments that we, the photographers, are privileged enough to document. As their family grows and changes, Kyle, Maya, and Devin will be able to revisit the quiet (and the not so quiet) moments shared between them one beautiful spring morning at Quail Hollow Ranch.
The Sawyers are great lovers of flora and fauna. Springtime provides Josh with an abundance of vibrant blooms and lively creatures to photograph, while Stephanie enjoys any excuse to, as Josh puts it, “play in the dirt.” We hope you are enjoying the changing season as much as we are!
We had no idea what a treat we were in for when Claire contacted us looking to have some studio portraits taken for her portfolio. As soon as she got in front of the camera we knew she was a natural talent! Keep an eye out for this fresh face! She has a promising career ahead of her!
Hello? Oh it is you, February. Didn’t see you sneak up on us there! It has been an exceptionally busy couple of months for the Sawyers and time has been flying by! Luckily, busy for Josh and Stephanie can usually be defined as “engaging in enriching excursions with a hint of frivolity.” Frivolity was certainly had when we met up with Ty, Alysse, and their wonderful children at Vasona Park in Los Gatos. Vasona’s scenic landscape and many unique features made this family photo shoot into a glorious fun filled afternoon at the park. Be it tree, bench, bridge, or rock, there was no location that this fearless family would not conquer, and we got the shots to prove it! All in all, work was once again combined with pleasure.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is nothing short of spectacular. The vast array of wildlife on display never fail to inspire or educate the thousands of people who walk through the aquarium doors each year. The aquarium’s vigilance to ocean conservation through education ensures that we remember how our decisions affect the world that we share with these magnificent creatures. Or as Terry Tempest Williams put it, “Wilderness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
You’d think that by living in beautiful Santa Cruz, California the Sawyers would have had their fill of the beach. Not so! We are gluttons for long stretches of white sand, the gentle crashing of aqua waves on the shore, and the taste of salt hanging in the breeze. It was no wonder then that for our belated honeymoon we decided to spend two weeks in exquisite Hawaii. Week one was spent on the quite north shore of Kaua’i in the little town of Ha’ena. This was the perfect place to get away from it all, but still have the comforts of home. A little studio cottage across the street from a deserted beach was all that we required. Week two found us back in our favorite Hawaiian town, Lanikai, Oahu. Lanikai is a Hawaiian version of Santa Cruz: beautiful beaches, locally owned stores, friendly people and a whole lot of charm. As always, we had a great time and can hardly wait to go back. Until then, we have our pictures remember our adventures by!
Over the years we have been privileged enough to bear witness to the joining of two people whose love, respect, and friendship will bind them together in joyous matrimony. At Richard and Taylor’s wedding this August at the Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, we were lucky enough to also celebrate the joining of two amazing families.
In one of life’s fortuitous events, Taylor, a quirky and fun loving California girl met Richard, a charming Brit, while working (not exactly together but) at the British Embassy in Washington DC. Simple geography would normally dictate that these two lovebirds would spend the rest of their lives jumping from one continent to another visiting with their respective relatives. However, it soon became very clear to us that these two families were going to spend many holidays, vacations and celebrations together in the years to come; over half of Richard and Taylor’s many wedding guests made the long trip across the pond to show their love and support! And despite the occasional good-natured jab in the ribs (“Just remember that we won Bunker Hill!”), the Yanks and the Brits embraced each other and celebrated the night away as if they had all been lifelong friends.