Spencer, Lisa and Harper | Los Altos Family Portraits

I’ve spent the past two days visiting my mom’s side of my family in the Bay Area (I was actually born and raised in San Jose) and enjoying the sunny Los Altos weather. It was really hard to take 5 days “off” in the middle of August, but now that I’m here, I realize it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time! My grandparents – aged 90 and 94 – just moved to Palo Alto and I haven’t seen them in a year and a half, so it has been great to visit them and catch up a bit. My grandfather was the one to get me started in photography to begin with, so it’s always fun to talk with him about lenses, cameras, photoshop – you name it.

On top of this fact, I’ve also used the time to catch up on editing the 500 gigs + of photos that I’m currently behind on. I was amazed how much I was able to get done in a new setting!

Yesterday, waking up bright and early at 7:30am, my cousin came over with his new baby daughter, Harper, and left her at my aunt and uncle’s house for the day. She’s about 14 months old, and I had never met her before! She sat with me and watched me photoshop while listening to The Decemberists for a bit and it was just the cutest thing ever. I love babies.

Anyway, once my cousin and his wife returned after work to have dinner with us in the evening, I pulled them outside for a few minutes to do a quick family portrait shoot. Smiley Harper was getting a bit cranky by 5:30pm, so we didn’t have much more than 15 minutes, but we did the best we could! They are such a beautiful little family, so it wasn’t too difficult to take some nice shots!

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