For my dad's birthday this year, I semi-impulsively decided to book our entire family tickets to The Color Factory in San Francisco. I had been wanting to check it out for a while, but tickets had been hard to get online. So when they were back on sale on a first come first serve basis, I instantly bought one for each person in my family. Luckily, everyone was willing to take the day off on the Friday I booked, which just happened to be Chinese New Year and the day before my dad's birthday. I'll admit, I wasn't sure how much my parents were going to enjoy this pop-up museum frequented by today's millennials, but they ended up having a blast! The exhibit with the ribbons was my family's favorite. We spent a while there taking photos and boomerangs of each other walking in and out from among the colorful ribbons.
Today you are officially one month old! And today I wanted to blog about your birth (and your parents) to celebrate this! Here are some of the pictures from when your Uncle Clay and I came to visit you at the hospital on Easter Sunday, just one day (and less than 24 hours!!) after you were born to our dear friends, Debbie and Alex. What a sweet Easter gift you were to them this year ;)
Let me go back and share with you a little about your mom and dad. I've known your mom pretty much since high school, when we started going to our church, Breakaway Christian Fellowship, together. We'd play volleyball every Sunday afternoon, as well as tons of different card games/board games. She loved to read all the time and got really into playing DOTA. I also remember being in awe of her love for her cat, Bear, and all of Bear's little ones. While we were at De Anza together in the fall of 2009, we met Alex. And thanks to your mom, both me and Alex were persuaded to join her in an advanced Hiphop class. (Ask your mom for a funny story that happened in this class one day.) It was a ton of fun and it was also super embarrassing practicing and performing hiphop together. Of course, before I knew it...one day, I spotted your mom and dad walking across campus holding hands. And then, they were always found sitting next to each other and napping together in the planetarium during our afternoon Astronomy class!
And it's quite crazy how fast the years came afterwards...all of our De Anza friends ended up transferring to different schools, but somehow your mom and dad were able to transfer together to Davis (perfect, right?!). Even though we were at different schools, we were still determined to keep in touch and watch as many scary movies as we could when reunited together. Your parents would always come visit me and sleepover my apartment in Berkeley. Once when they slept over, I sent them off to SF with Montague's sandwiches to watch their first Giant's game! This was when they started getting really into softball and baseball. Anyway, when I would visit Davis, your parents were always sure to give me a fun-filled weekend full of goofiness and laughter, plus plenty of Thrifty's pistachio ice cream.
After graduating college, we all moved back home together. I remember your mom really wanted to become a teacher. She had always loved, loved all the kiddos and was so amazing with them! She ended up working at UserTesting, which I know she still enjoyed, especially when she got to dress up as an avocado for Halloween last year (you were her little avocado pit). Your parents got engaged on Uncle Clay's 23rd birthday (he filmed a short video of it, too!). And then before we knew it, they were so happily married. It is quite funny and great that your dad ended up joining your mom at UserTesting soon after and now, Uncle Clay is working there with them, too! (Even I have gotten to play softball with their work team for the past two weeks. LOL.)
Wow, so much to reflect on, but most importantly, I remember your parents were even more happy and overjoyed when they found out that they would be bringing you into this world! They were so brave and so excited. And just know that your parents are so proud to have you in their life right now. They love you SO much! Even though they haven't been getting as much sleep these days, I have witnessed such sweet moments they have been able to share together, because you are in their lives! And I know you will continue to bring them much happiness as you grow! You will forever be your mom's little otter pup : ) But please just don't grow up too fast. And please don't cry the next time your Uncle Clay and I come to visit and spontaneously volunteer to babysit you so that your mom and dad can drive to Fantasia real fast for a quick 30 minute boba date.
On the morning of New Year's Eve, I was happy to help take some family portraits for the Mok family. I actually have been taking annual family photos of Fred, Judy, and their four kids since the winter of 2010. I can't believe it's been that long and that we've managed to keep up with this every holiday season! This sixth year, Judy wanted to have a larger family portrait session including Fred's parents, YC and Min, and Fred's brother, Jason. It was quite a special opportunity to be asked to capture 3 generations of the Mok family on the last day of 2015. My favorites were definitely the silly ones in front of the grandparents' doorstep ;) One of these days, I'll have to compile photos from all the previous years to show how much the kids have grown, but for now, hope you enjoyed these and happy new year!
'Tis the season for family photos (and of course, those holiday cards)! Had a wonderful time shooting these family portraits with Christine and Andy, their 3-month-old baby Caleb, and their dog Marlowe over at Crissy Field and the Warming Hut Park Store & Cafe in San Francisco! Always down for an outdoor family portrait session during the holiday season :)
Earlier this September, I did a family + maternity photo session with my lovely friend Kaidi and her husband, David. I actually had the privilege of working with Kaidi last fall at Kaiser Permanente coordinating clinical trials together in the oncology department. It was great being able to work on a team together and I remember always being excited to share my photography with her. Fast forward a year later...I was even more excited when she told me she needed some family photos with her husband AND that she was pregnant with her first baby! I was more than happy to help capture their family of two as they were about to embark on their next stage of life and enter the world of parenthood. I loved that Kaidi and David picked Half Moon Bay as our photo shoot destination, a location that was special and familiar to them. They were right at home sitting on the dock surrounded by all the boats and strolling down the beautiful, foggy shoreline. They even gave me quite a few recommendations as we drove around the coast. Here are a couple of fun facts I learned about them that afternoon: Kaidi and David raise their own honeybees right in their backyard! After collecting the honey, Kaidi uses the honeycomb to make natural, organic soaps and David uses the wax to make these awesome candles!
Just capturing as I go.