Cast a Spell

Not long ago, a man met a woman.
He fancied her, and she returned the favor.

Neilson_Family_Photography_Vasona_Johnson3

As often happens, one thing led to another.
Poof! just like that—two became four.

Neilson_Family_Photography_Vasona_Johnson2

And a happy four, at that.
How happy?
THHIIISSSS happy.

1103_Family_Photography_Vasona_Johnson4

Big sister agrees with little brother.
You can see it in her eyes.

Neilson_Family_Photography_Vasona_Johnson5

Happiness is a joy and a wonder.
Especially when you can share it with someone.
Like a cousin who drops by for a visit.

neilson family photography photographer bay area san jose san francisco vasona park campbell cousins

As awesome as cousins are, mom still has a magic touch.

neilson family photography photographer bay area san jose sanfrancisco vason park campbell mother daughter

Contact me for kids, teens, family, and corporate photography in the Bay Area. 

Young Lady. Bug.

bay area san jose alum rock park family photography lady bug bokeh

Alum Rock Park.
Eastern foothills of San Jose.
Blue sky, sparse trees, yellow leaves.
A successful family shoot was in the books.
As I was putting my gear away, Young Lady squealed happily.
She showed me Bug, delighted by the creepy crawly.
I was, too: the red focal point made a good scene.
Not to mention its play with the red scarf.
At f/1.8 my 85mm came to life,
Clicking like an insect.
I like the result.
Cheers.

Contact me for kids, teens, family, and corporate photography in the Bay Area.

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.

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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!

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

Baby was indescribably happy, as a result.

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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

family photography in the bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch park toddler baby newborn natural light candid

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.

bay area family photography toddler kid McClellan ranch baby

Contact me for kids, teens, family, and corporate photography in the Bay Area. 

On Your Mark

family kid photography bay area curpertino fremont older candid running

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.

Contact me for creative corporate and candid family photography in the Bay Area.

The Outsider

bay area san jose family photography portrait kids teens families black and white

That’s Gavin.
And his shirt and his glasses.
Together, they form an image of a fine young greaser.
If you know something about Gavin, you know he doesn’t smile for me.
And that’s exactly as it should be.
He’s got a point of view.
He resists much; obeys little.
Good for him.
Cleverly, I asked Gavin to smile,
Knowing precisely what I would get:
A radiant non-smile of magnificent proportions.
Perfect for a steely-eyed visage and a tough kid aesthetic.
So good on dad for hacking childhood behavior and making the shot work.
A few days later, Gavin hacked me back, proper.
We were scouting light at Stevens Creek County Park.
Dad, he said, posting up in dry yellow grass.
You can take a picture of me for a scoop of ice cream, he said.
One or two?
Two, he said.
No, one.
OK.
Smile or no smile? I asked.
He laughed.
No smile, he said.
Deal.
I got the shot; Gavin got his scoop.
So good on us.

Bay area san jose cupertino family photography kids stevens creek outdoor natural candid portraits

Contact me for creative Bay Area corporate and candid family photography.