Friday, October 16, 2015 Posted in Commercial
Yesterday, my 7-year-old son begged me to let him cut school because he wanted to come with me to my shoot. And guess what…I actually let him. At first I was filled with guilt, feeling like I was setting a bad example for him. What kind of mother am I??? But as soon as he proclaimed, “This is the best day in my whole life! I’m inspired to be a writer!” I suddenly didn’t feel so bad for letting him miss a morning of school. That day, he met his most favorite author, Dav Pilkey, whose books you’ve probably seen before if you too have a 7-ish year old child. My son was able to talk to Dav, take photos with him, and got a special autograph. And that kind of thing doesn’t happen every day.
This all came about when I was invited to photograph a super secret event at Allen Elementary School in San Bruno. Even I didn’t know what or who I was photographing until the day before. They just told me it would be BIG!
They weren’t kidding! Everyone was excited. These super cute kids had Captain Underpants Capes on and waited in front to welcome him.
After greeting each child, he was led through the school to the multi-use room.
Before the entire school filled into the room, Dav spent a few minutes creating a gift for the school.
He spend a lot of time talking and getting to know each person and signing autographs.
He also enjoyed looking at all the children’s artwork displayed throughout the room. He got a kick out of the Flip-o-Ramas made by the 4th graders. If you don’t know what Dav’s world famous Flip-o-Rama is, you can check out Dav’s youtube tutorial here.
Once the kids arrived in the room, the energy was amazing! Here’s the kids welcoming Dav with the sign for clapping.
Everyone was so excited, especially this cutie.
Dav’s speech was so awesome. He was truthful, very funny and so inspiring. He began by telling the kids he had a happy childhood. When he started school, he began having trouble paying attention and would always get in trouble. It turned out he had ADHD, dyslexia, and behavioral problems that made learning difficult for him. His teacher would always send him out of the classroom to go sit in the hallway. He was sent to the hallway A LOT. Alone in the hallway is where he started drawing comics. He created a character called Captain Underpants and wrote funny stories about him. When he would show his friends, they thought it was hilarious and it encouraged him to keep writing. One day, his teacher found his comics and told him, “You better stop goofing off because you can’t spend the rest of your life making silly books!” So much for that advice…
One of the surprises that Dav gave to each and every kid was an autographed copy of his newest book, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks‑A‑Lot. This little guy’s expression says it all.
Another awesome surprise for the kids was the chance for each kid to choose any book they wanted from the book fair and it would be paid for by Mr. Pilkey.
He gave Hi-Fives to all the kids!
Thank you Dav for encouraging all the kids to keep reading, for making them laugh, and giving them a day they’ll remember forever. I know my son will.
If your child is a huge fan of Dav Pilkey’s books like mine, and you don’t want to miss his signing event tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 17th at Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St, San Francisco, CA.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Posted in Children
I’m super excited to introduce the world to Evanui, the winner of the 2014 Super Kimagery Cutest Kid Contest! Here’s a few of the adorable photos we captured at her recent shoot. She won a free Photo Session all the high resolution digital files. She’s absolutely gorgeous — my camera loves her! If you’re like me and can’t get enough of her cuteness, the great news is that this isn’t the last you’ll see of Evanui….soon you’ll find her in print and advertisements across the nation because Evanui just got signed to Models Inc as their newest toddler model! Hooray!! I see a big things in this little one’s future!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Posted in Children
I’m always really excited when I get to photograph a child I’ve photographed before. For me, it’s like catching up with old friends and all we do is laugh and have fun. In Marley’s case, I was 5 times more excited to photograph her again, since that’s how many time’s she’s been in front of my camera! I thought it would be fun to dig through my archives and find all the sessions we did together. (It’s also a hoot to see how my photography style has evolved over the years! Ha!) Come with me as I take a nostalgic look back and watch Marley grow up in front of my camera…
Here’s a teeny tiny Marley at 15 months old. This was the first time I met Marley. She showed up looking like this and I may or may not have squealed in excitement when I saw how cute she was.
A year had passed until I finally got a chance to photograph her again. And I finally got the good news I’d been waiting for…Marley was signed to JE Model Agency in San Francisco and got her first modeling job in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog! *cue angels singing*
This brings me to the most recent session we had together. I loved seeing how much the 5 year old Marley has grown, and her beautiful, curly hair is longer than ever. She’s full of energy and wide-eyed wonder for the world around her. And she lost her two front teeth. Adorbs. My heart does a happy dance when I get to see her grow up in front of my camera.
To date, Marley’s adorable face has been in 6 Pottery Barn catalogs and she’s landing countless other modeling jobs. I’m so happy for all of her success.
So…All this talk about modeling is making me think I should write a little piece about how to get your child into modeling, since it’s a question I get asked a lot! My youngest son, Kingston, was recently signed to Models Inc and I’d love to share the story of how he got signed. Stay tuned for that
UPDATE 2/15/14: THE ENTRY PERIOD HAS CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL THE CUTE KIDS WHO ENTERED!
- The Grand Prize winner will receive a complimentary Mini Portrait Session with me and a high resolution USB drive of the entire gallery with photographer’s print release, a $525 value!
- The 2nd runner up will receive a $250 Print Credit.
- The 3rd runner up will receive a $100 Print Credit.
- All other contestants will receive a $25 Print Credit.
- The top 5 photos with the most ‘likes’ on Facebook will move on to the next round where a panel of judges will determine the final winners. Comments are permitted, but will not count towards the total number of votes.
- ONE photo per child. Only twins or triplets can be entered with a single photo. Child must be under 10 years old by 2/14/14 and reside in Northern California.
- Photo entries must be submitted no later than 2/14/14. Each photo entry will be posted in the Contest Gallery within 24 hours of submission and then voting will begin immediately!
- Voting will continue until 2/28/14 at midnight. Winner will be announced on 3/1/14.
- The grand prize session must be redeemed within 60 days. Winners must be willing to sign a portrait contract and model release.
- Prize retail value cannot be altered or changed in any way, and not redeemable for cash. No other promotions or discounts can be applied to prizes. Prizes are not transferable to other persons.
- I reserve the right to disqualify any contestant who is suspected of gaining votes in a dishonorable or unjust manner.
- This contest is not affiliated with or sponsored by Facebook.
This beautiful family from Southern California came up to San Francisco just for a weekend and really wanted to schedule a family session with me during their visit. I was honored. It took a little wiggling, but in the end I’m so glad our schedules finally aligned long enough for us have a fabulous session in Golden Gate Park. Here’s just a few of the fun moments we captured.