Fields of Gold

Meaghan had a straightforward request.
Shoot my family, she said.
Not that kind, the other.
I chuckled to myself.
I admire a woman who’s direct.
To the point.
Like this.

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It’s a gorgeous image.
Matt wondered about his role in the affair.
How does the back of my head look, he asked.
Splendid, I said.
He almost certainly smiled.
But I got his point.
So we turned Matt round.
And then it happened.
A hush fell.
The trees glowed.
And Meaghan’s hair went electric.

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With chemistry like that,
Matt and Meaghan are bound to have kids, right?
Well, they do.
They’ve got two of them:
Logan and Lexie.
Lexie may be Logan’s little sister.
But she’s got big-time affection for him.
Just look at that reach!
What a handhold!

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Before long, Lexie put her generous athletic gifts to use.
She free soloed the center of the tree climbing universe in record time.

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After she safely descended,
We hung out in a field of green and gold.
And we—including, me—smiled for the beauty of it all.

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Thank you, Matt and Meaghan!
It was a joy and a privilege to photograph your family.

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Fall in the West

I love my job.
I’m often outdoors,
And I get to meet new people.
Like this family from Redwood City.

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We met at McClellan Ranch in Cupertino for a family session.
It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite locations.
Like me, Mom is a Chico State grad.
Go Wildcats!

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Baby’s eyes are distant-mountain blue.
Stunning, just look at them.

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Mom has a magic touch.
But Dad does, too.
Happy kiddo!

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We wandered from one setting to the next.
Someone’s curiosity was piqued.

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Before long, we found a fence.
Everyone knows photographers love fences.
They make great neighbors.

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We found a clearing at the ranch.
And Family sat down and made googly eyes at each other.

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Baby was indescribably happy, as a result.

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As the sun was setting, Family was game for one more shot.
More than game, what a beautiful setting!

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We said goodbye.
Family drove away.
I went home.
A week later, it happened,
As it always does when a shoot is over.
An image in the collection stands out.
It becomes the icon by which the entire collection is known.
I love this image something fierce.
Everything about it.
And I hope you do, too.

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Vestiges

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Not long ago, Cupertino was a small rural town.
Pioneers worked ranches and farms.
Orchards and vineyards shaped the landscape.
Where the flatland meets the foothills, a small township sprang up.
Monta Vista, Cupertino’s first housing tract, was born.
Even though Cupertino is now the center of the technology universe,
Vestiges of rural and farming life can still be found.
You just need to know where to look.
Next time you’re driving by Deep Cliff golf course,
I encourage you to stop at McClellan Ranch.
Saunter, explore, enjoy.
The old Monta Vista township is still beautiful.

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On Your Mark

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I’d like to tell you a story.
Four years ago, my kids had a footrace in the Uintas.
Gavin crushed Paige by a country mile.
But Paige’s form was flawless.
She moved through the clearing like a deer.
I gasped for the beauty of it.
I knew that Sister would catch Brother one day.
Last summer at the foot of Mt. Shasta,
They toed the starting line again.
Gavin smirked at Paige.
She met his cavalier attitude with insouciance.
With a Go, they were off!
Over-confident, Gavin teased Paige with a small gap.
At 50 yards, she closed it in earnest.
When she drew beside Gavin, a revelation exploded in his head.
Furiously, he pumped his arms.
He pounded the grass with his feet.
At 75 yards, his form began to fall apart.
But as Paige flew through space,
She became optimized for speed like a falcon.
With only a few yards to go,
Gavin desperately hurled himself across the finish line.
Chastened, he got up and dusted himself off.
Whew, he said, at least it was a tie!
Except it wasn’t.
Paige had beaten him by a foot or so.

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At Play in a Cupertino Creek

Several weeks ago, I ran a promotion on Facebook: Share my update for a chance to win a free family photo session. Some of you did just that. Thank you. Those who didn’t, I forgive you. Good news—we had a raffle winner! Gail Imamura. Some of you may even know her. She grew up in Cupertino and went to Monta Vista High School. Recently we met at McClellan Ranch in the morning, and I got to hang out with Gail and her kids. They’re a joy and a wonder. Her boy liked me right away. Her girl, not so much.

But eventually she warmed up to me.

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The trick of course is to do what kids love most: play. We had a footrace….

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…and hunted for rocks and threw them across the creek…

…and celebrated Feats of Strength…

…and played peek-a-boo…

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…and even flexed our wildlife biology skills with a crawdad claw.

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All told, we had a blast, and by “we,” I definitely mean me. Gail, it was great seeing you and playing with your kids! Thank you.

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