It’s Christmas eve and Jocelyn and Miles are sleeping with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads and I thought I would pause to post some photos for my family “back home.” Today has been filled with drawing with the kids, making cinnamon rolls, watching Christmas movies, sending verrrry last minute Christmas cards and then dinner out. We came home and the kids opened their Christmas pajamas, put out cookies and milk and food for Santa’s reindeer. This year has been Christmas GOLD as the kids have been SO INTO everything and have been on their very, very best behavior, not just being good (they have their moments) but being so sweet, precious and loving. We are getting to that age where they are starting to understand that Christmas is more than just gifts.

Here’s a peek into our Christmas eve!


See that tacky looking crooked star on top our tree? It’s Miles’ favorite garage sale find from years ago and he LOVES it. Christmas is for kids, so up it goes. I’ll be sure to send it along with him someday when he has his own tree. wink0003_stomped.jpg

Merry Christmas everyone! I wish you all peace and love and a beautiful Christmas day.

My last session of the year ended on a glamourous note with these gorgeous ladies posing for their holiday card. A huge thank you to Testerossa Winery in Los Gatos, California for giving us such a beautiful backdrop and safe spot for the pugs. It’s no secret I’m crazy about pugs, so this session was a blast for me!001lulufave_stomped.jpg004lulufave_stomped.jpg29cathleenpugs_stomped.jpg34cathleenpugs_stomped.jpg

Much love and pug hugs to Cathleen, Lulu and Coco this holiday season!

Jocelyn and John are on a daddy daughter date today to see the Nutcracker. She’s been so excited all week and chose her whole outfit (including black velvet gloves) for the special occasion. She even chose John’s outfit, her favorite shirt of his. I’m home putting the lights on the tree (ummm, I’ll be starting that project as soon as I’m doing with this blog) so when they get home the holidays can be in full swing here.





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Join me for a trip to the mountains to see this precious family and their pups.




Here’s a little slideshow with music written by my husband, John.  Have a wonderful holiday!





I photographed this precious family on a gorgeous (and hot!) evening in downtown Los Gatos, California. Beth and John, your kids are so beautiful and were AMAZING during the session. They earned every M&M and Gummy Bear I threw their way. Yes, that’s my secret folks, I keep kids smiling with an occasional candy bribe.  I should start packing Starbucks gift cards to throw at Moms as they surely are the ones doing all the work to get their family looking perfect for sessions! Enough of my chit chat, here’s John and Beth and their adorable kids.





I adored photographing your family and hope you all love your photos. Here’s a little slideshow with music written by my husband, John.  Have a fabulous school year!

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  • September 10, 2015 - 6:59 am

    Sherry Smith - beautiful family and very wonderful photography…