I have been taking photos of her since the 90’s! We became best friends in high school. Last time I was in San Francisco, I paid her adorable family a visit and we spent a few hours together, hanging out in the home they built from scratch and taking a walk down to the creek.


Just for fun:

Jalayne pregnant with her first born here.

The oldest when he was a newborn here.

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  1. These are lovely. But I’d really love to see you do a session in someone’s crappy tract home with less than groovy furniture. Life in our dream home isn’t a reality for most of us. If you can make one of these homes look good, I’d be most appreciative to see it!

  2. Hi Shannon,

    I hear you about the dream home. What most people don’t understand is that a HUGE part of my job is to take any location I come upon and make it work and make it pretty. I think it is important for people to know that, because I am sure you aren’t the only one thinking it takes a gorgeous home to make a gorgeous session. IT DOESN’T. :)

    This home was gorgeous but also had it’s limitations. There were natural pockets of mess, partially unfurnished rooms we didn’t use, and partial construction happening in others. My client (and friend) was actually hesitant about shooting at home! I knew I could find enough spaces/locations throughout her home, anyway.

    Sometimes I get lucky and I don’t have to try very hard. MOST TIMES the location is challenging because of lack of space, mess, or light – and it takes a lot of thought and experience to know how to work in challenging spaces.

    Just so you know, I work in MANY tract homes, many homes with low light, many homes with mess, many homes that don’t have “pinterest decor.” I could link you to them but I wouldn’t want anyone to feel badly. I don’t care if your house is a mess, small, dark, etc. I just care that you are in it and trust me to make it work.

    I think most people don’t want photos at home for this reason, so I wanted to respond and I may blog about this – thank you for bringing it up! Good feedback to hear.

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