About Kate: I believe great photography is as timeless and as unique as you are. It's part art and part photojournalism and I would describe my style as casual, thoughtful, warm, and elegant. 
I thrive on capturing real laughs and real love.


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We're Selling our Eichler

We weren't planning to move. We weren't looking to buy a new house. We'd only been looking for a small weekend cabin, but I'm completely addicted to Redfin and real estate so I always look at everything. I probably spend more time on Redfin than social media. 

So, I was just looking around on a Friday night (cuz I'm an old MOM now and don't go out on Friday nights), and I found an amazing house up in Los Altos Hills (about 20-30 minutes away). Mid-century modern and on an acre of land! It looked perfect so I showed it to Chris. It checked ALL the boxes for our future home, but we weren't sure we were ready for the next house! We haven't even finished our sweet and amazing Eichler. I was taking the boys to Georgia that next Sunday morning, and Saturday was booked solid. Chris went to the open house on Sunday while we were stuck in Las Vegas (not awesome). The house was a winner! He was in love and I was stuck in Vegas. Offers were due just a few days later. We did some hemming and hawing and decided to AT LEAST just give it try! We didn't think we'd be the highest bidder, so I wrote a letter and they picked us :) We were shocked, scared, excited, and all the other range of emotions. There was some back and forth and more hemming and hawing, but we decided to really & for reals just go for it. We had to put the Eichler up for sale to get some $$$ for the down payment. That was a hard decision! It wasn't done, we JUST built an awesome play structure, we LOVE the neighborhood and our friends in the community. Honestly, we were perfectly happy here. It went under contract in about a week. I hope the new owners love it & the community as much as we do. 

But the new house is stunning! I finally got to see it after returning from a 2 week trip to Athens. The property is perfect... gentle hillside with lots of trees, more space and room to grow, great light and windows, and more. We think it'll be a better investment, a better commute for Chris, better schools, and a better place for the boys to grow up. 

I've never posted "finished" photos of our Eichler because we never thought it was done. We're leaving some loose ends, but it'll give the new owners some fun projects. Here are a few photos that I took for the real estate agent. Who wants to take bets on how quickly they'll paint over the pink gate & door?!?!?


Rainbow Birthday Party

A Rainbows and Planes TRIPLE birthday party!!! Sara puts on the best triple birthday parties every year. Her husband, son, and daughter's birthdays all fall right around the same time so she does one big she-bang. Her daughter wanted rainbows and her son requested planes (and her husband just went with the flow!) Everything was so sweet and so well done! There were crafts... rainbow bead necklaces, construction paper rainbows, painting your own airplanes, and a RAD watercolor spray bottle FUN TIME out back! Sara and her business partner, Vida, have their own Party company called Tiny Celebrations, so they know PARTIES!! Here are a few photos from the very beautiful and colorful day!

Rainbows in the windows

She made rainbow cloud wands!

Rainbow party hats and dishes full of rainbow goodness for the necklace-making. 

Even Rainbow FOOD

Watercolors stuck to a white sheet. Just add water and you've got the funnest party idea EVER!

OH MY I loved these little construction paper rainbows

Play the Rainbow!

Veggies in every color


See the jelly beans?! They were arranged by color! Eat the red, pink, and orange first and you'll discover the yellow, greens, and blues below! Genius idea and execution by the birthday girl. 

Everything was ship-shape and styled to perfection!

Necklace beads

The sweetest little favor bags! 

Aren't I waiting so patiently?!

Happy Birthday!!

For real, y'all. This is serious. 


Let's do it again!


San Francisco Family Photographer

I photographed the sweetest family in the Presidio awhile back. Here are some of my favorites from our time together. 


San Jose Family Photographer

I recently photographed a super sweet family after they welcomed their second baby boy! Here are a few photos from our afternoon. 


Elderberry Gummies

I was recently checking out the kid gummies/vitamin section at the market and was bummed out to find that there weren't any that didn't have sugar (in one form or another). I remember Amanda has made elderberry gummies before, so I decided to pick her brain... her version uses some ingredients I didn't have so I did a search on this computer and found a great one that I could modify slightly. These are sweet little treats- they're not super chewy like other gummies, but have more of a jello-like consistency. These little bits are packed with sweetness and goodness- great for flus and colds, but also just good for the body and keeping the immune system pumping. The gelatin is a pure collagen protein and the raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Super great all around, y'all. Get on it :) 

I made the elderberry syrup first using this recipe. 
Here's the recipe for the gummies:
• 1 cup elderberry syrup (not super cold! it'll make the gelatin clump. but you don't want it super hot because the honey won't be raw anymore)
• ½ cup hot water (not boiling)
• ¼ cup Gelatin powder (I use this one)
• 1 teaspoon of raw honey (local is always better)
• silicone molds (if you don’t use silicone, use 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil for greasing pan)
1. Grease with coconut oil to prevent sticking if you're not using silicone.
2. Mix hot water and gelatin and quickly whisk together.
3. Add the elderberry syrup slowly and stir or whisk until completely smooth.
4. Pour in molds and put in fridge for 2 hours or until completely firm.
5. Pop out of molds and store in air tight container with parchment paper between layers.
6. Take daily for fun or as needed to avoid flu. or you can take every few hours to help beat the flu faster.
7. Will last up to a week in the fridge in an air tight container.

Camping Birthday Party

He's two. I didn't really want to have a party to celebrate him getting older because I don't want him to get older. I kinda want him to be small and snuggly forever. Try as I might, I have no control over the aging baby, so I'll savor the snuggles while they last. Last fall we booked a cabin at Steep Ravine and decided to invite my parents and brother over for the afternoon to celebrate our little one's birthday. It was a no-fuss party, just love and happiness :) My stepdad made breakfast burritos and my sis-in-law-to-be made a smoked salmon quiche. Amanda made his crown. I didn't really make anything, but I did take some photos...

(We've been to Steep Ravine before... this was our favorite trip and then this time Gardenista used my photos) 


Updating Kid Pics

Way back when my first son was born, I made the lofty goal of posting one photo per day in our Daily Kid Pic album. It was a good run, lasting well over a year, but I've posted fewer and fewer photos as the years have gone by. Although it's not daily anymore, it's still a pretty sweet little archive of our boys. And it was one of the biggest contributors to my growth as a photographer. If you photograph the same subject everyday you will also see better results. You'll start to be more aware of the background, lighting, and placement of your subject. When I was posting everyday, it was tough to just choose one photo for the day. You really have to look at your photos and figure out what you like about certain ones. Looking at your photos is a unique challenge in these times of iPhonography, right?! We take tons, but rarely take the time to examine what we've taken. 

I had some extra time this morning (thanks Mom & Tom for watching the kids!!) so I updated our Flickr site this morning. Have you ever done a photo challenge? What have you learned?


Spring Rain & Blossoms

It's been another dry and mild winter in Northern California. We got a touch of rain about a week ago so we put on some rain "gear" and went into the yard... I know, real far. Here are some photos from our morning. 



Star Wars Party 

Our Jedi recently turned 6. His favorite thing these days is Star Wars. He loves to dress-up and act out the scenes. He loves asking questions and reading his character encyclopedia. And he love listening to the music. I wanted to keep things pretty simple for the party, but it was challenging! This was the first time we bought licensed character stuff and if you didn't know, they have Star Wars-themed everything!! A few weeks before the party, my son and I brainstormed a few things... Chocolate Chewbacca Cake, Yoda Soda, and Sandcrawler Sandwiches. I also wanted to make coloring books for the take-home treat :)

I think my favorite thing was the Chocolate Chewbacca Cake. We're not really into sweets, but our son loves chocolate cake, so we splurged on one from Mayfield Bakery in Palo Alto. My brother is an all-star, and agreed to try making a chewbacca stencil. He drew it and then cut it out with an exacto knife. We laid it out on the cake and sifted powdered sugar over it (here's an in-progress picture before the sugar). I was so happy it worked! Thanks, Uncle Alan!! 

Next up, Yoda Soda. I made green juice (fuji apples, spinach, and carrots) and added some soda water for fizzzzz... delicious, sweet, and not full of sugar- we saved the sugar allotment for chocolate and PEZ (see below).

We got some Sandcrawler Sandwiches and snacks from Calafia in Palo Alto... oh so conveniently located next to Mayfield Bakery. And also near Trader Joe's where I was able to pick up some beer and wine. 

I think that's pretty much it for food. I try to keep food simple, healthy, and delicious. Ready for the fun Star Wars stuff? I made these sweet little drawings of the characters. And then scanned them in and made invitations and coloring books. I bought R2D2 crayons & Darth Vader crayons from this Etsy seller and downloaded a Star Wars-style font. Everyone got a coloring book and crayon. 

They also got to play with and take home a Star Wars mask and a light saber/bubble wand. I was excited when I thought of using these bubble wands instead of real light sabers or pool noodles. Bubble wands are a bit more flexible and a nice alternative for the kids who didn't want to run around and fight ;)

Another fun Star Wars find was the PEZ dispensers. We're not a candy family, but I made an exception because I knew they'd be a lot of fun. 

It was supposed to rain that day, so I put together a little activity for them to do. Glue and assemble Yoda, Chewbacca, and R2D2!! I saw something similar online and thought it looked so simple! And yes, it was simple, but holy jeeeez, it took many more hours than I thought. Serial (podcast) saved the day! I caught up on the first 7 podcasts while cutting out small shapes of paper. It turned ou to be a lovely & sunny day so the kids weren't interested in this. I've got about 8 sets of each character left. If you're throwing a Star Wars party and want these, leave me a comment and I'll hook it up for you!! Seriously. 

Chris was Darth Vader for Halloween and also got out his costume for the party. The kids took him down lickety-split. 

We had a little Darth Vader Hunt and hid these guys all over the yard (similar). I ordered these and threw out the candy inside, replacing it with a Vader crayon. 

Our birthday boy was as happy as a Jedi 

Eating raspberry PEZ and comparing red tongues with his Ewok pal

The highlight gift was all-star Uncle Alan's homemade Echo Base Lego Set (Limited Edition). He created a set for our son using his own Legos and made the box, too. It looked so legit, y'all! 

No party is complete without an afterparty ;)



Getting ready for baby #2

Let's talk about packing the OTHER hospital bag! My best tip to get ready for baby #2 is by making a special hospital bag for the older sibling!! We packed a little bag for him to bring to the hospital when he came to meet our new baby. It had a set of stacking blocks, a new notebook & markers for coloring, a book, some stickers, and a book (Laugh Out Loud Baby). We also included a little snack for him to nibble on; it doesn't need to be a sweet treat- we did olives and salami, something that would last in his belly. After he was done checking out the baby and moving my hospital bed up & down, he opened up his bag and was able to just hang out while the rest of us ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the baby.