Photos by Kim E – San Jose family photographer » San Jose Family photographer

when i was in los angeles in july for the month (of work and play), i had a family maternity session that i wanted to make special and have mom and daughter make floral crowns. but fresh flowers are pretty expensive though luckily the original la flower market was a short drive away in downtown los angeles and is a flower wonderland. the first time i ever explored the flower market was for our wedding in 2009, my husband and i went two days before our wedding and picked up all the flowers for our wedding. i made the bouquets, boutonnieres and floral decorations for just under $200. not too shabby. so when it came time to prep for this session, i knew that i had to go back. i know that i could have purchased fake flowers and make them to keep for the future but there’s something about the sweet scent of fresh flowers atop your head that i knew i had to use fresh flowers. plus it only cost $40 for all the materials and flowers.

i took emilia with me so it would be a little mom/daughter date. she loved seeing all the fresh flowers and helping me pick out what would look great for the floral crowns. she picked sparkly baby breathes for the little girl’s crown as that was her favorite. i personally wanted to buy every hydrangea in every color.

for my first time making floral crowns, i was incredibly happy with the final results. mom’s had a beautiful balance of pink, greens and yellows while daughter’s had sparkly goodness which she loved. maybe next time i’m down in los angeles, i can finally make a floral backdrop that i’ve been dreaming about:)

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as a family photographer, one of the things that i love the most is watching a family grow. from husband and wife to three to then four. spending time with them as they navigate through the haze of the newborn stages or crawling stage or full running around stage. i’ve been so fortunate to spend that time with this family through the years and i have seen their love, hugs, giggles and endless energy grow. that’s why i love what i do. spending the morning with each other, exploring a new location and having laughs and giggles over the twirls. and isn’t this location awesome?! this was the first time any of us has been to meek estate in hayward and we loved it! from the incredible mansion built in 1869 to the beautiful landscaped grounds, luscious green grass (which is rare for us to see in this drought so being able to run barefoot through the grass was fun), small apple orchard, and play structures, this location was perfect for this family session! enjoy the sneak peek!

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san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

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san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of foursan jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four san jose photographer - family session - family session at meek estate - hayward family session - photos by kim e - family of four

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these twins, i can’t believe that they’re almost one! it feels like yesterday that i was photographing their announcement and their seven month session. can time just please slow down?

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mom started planning their one year super hero themed birthday party quite awhile ago (maybe when they were a few months young) so it was perfect to combine that theme into their one year photo session. plus since we had the session at the same location as their pregnancy announcement session, we wanted to include a hot air balloon again.

happy almost one year birthday you little superheroes and hope you enjoy the sneak peek!

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* we really thought that the twins would cause mayhem with their cake. well this was about as messy as it got ha!san jose photographer - one year birthday session - family photographer - twins - one year - superhero theme family photo shoot - family of five - superhero twins - birthday - san jose family photographer - photos by kim e san jose photographer - one year birthday session - family photographer - twins - one year - superhero theme family photo shoot - family of five - superhero twins - birthday - san jose family photographer - photos by kim e san jose photographer - one year birthday session - family photographer - twins - one year - superhero theme family photo shoot - family of five - superhero twins - birthday - san jose family photographer - photos by kim e san jose photographer - one year birthday session - family photographer - twins - one year - superhero theme family photo shoot - family of five - superhero twins - birthday - san jose family photographer - photos by kim e

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and for fun, here’s are my favorite then and now photos:)

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awesome headband: alexandra rose: www.alexandrarosehandmade.com

superhero shirts: west of wonderland: www.wwonderland.com

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class of 2016! this beautiful senior is about to embark on her last year of high school. the time when you cherish all the moments with your friends, daydreaming about your future and thinking about what college will draw you in. it’s an exciting time and i’m glad to have been able to capture some of her high school spirit for her senior pictures.

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as we were wrapping up and heading back to the car, i saw that the sprinklers were on and there was this beautiful misty glow. i pretty much giggled and we quickly ran over to this spot for additional photos. it was a short window as the sun was setting fast plus the sprinklers moved (i had to make sure that i didn’t get too caught up in the moment otherwise we would have been wet ha) so i’m so glad that we were able to sneak in more photos and capture that gorgeous light. san jose photographer - senior portrait session - san fernando mission - senior photography - class of 2016 - portrait session - golden hour - los angeles session - photos by kim e san jose photographer - senior portrait session - san fernando mission - senior photography - class of 2016 - portrait session - golden hour - los angeles session - photos by kim e

all photos were taken at the san fernando mission/brand park, this park is next door to the mission san fernando which was founded in 1797! the mission itself was closed during our visit but if you’re ever in the neighborhood, visiting the museum and grounds is a definite plus. and the next door park is kinda super awesome too:)

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remember the glowing beauty of the mom and daughter bonding maternity session? gorgeous, right! well here are just some of my favorites with dad and i love how you can feel their love and giddiness for each other. this family was so much fun with all the laughs and twirls and their daughter was just amazing with all of her sweet cuddles and silliness. i can’t wait to finish off their gallery which i’m definitely aiming for before baby arrives:)

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