We were rumored to get the storm of the year tomorrow. So, before we hunkered down inside with youtube, I thought it might be a good idea to run as much energy off outside as possible. I also happen to be testing my newest lens, an 85mm 1.8. Oh, what a dreamy lens!Sunset - Erica Faith Photography

Sunset - Erica Faith Photography

 

I have taken hundreds of shots of the kids from the front yard. Why have I never thought of standing in this spot before? Behind the bush (for some foreground interest) with the sun behind my daughter is a winner.
Sunset - Erica Faith Photography

Sunset - Erica Faith Photography

Sunset - Erica Faith Photography

Sunset - Erica Faith Photography

My youngest just turned two this weekend and we had a small family party that was just his size. Decorations were colored and arranged (in rainbow order of course) by the big siblings.

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

Presents were also wrapped by big siblings and the cake decorated with “dirt” and random toys. Because, why not. 🙂

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

I especially liked our mid-morning party break so the birthday boy could go on a walk and the grandparents could watch old home movies.

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

Finally, we got to the present opening time. Isn’t is cute having all the men of the house working together to open the box?

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

As any child knows, as soon as you receive a jigsaw, you must. cut. everything.

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

Ah, he is officially two years old! My smallest little man. Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old

 

 

I had a grand idea several months ago. I had some bamboo pole and some string and a patch full of weeds in the backyard that I decided to transform into a bean-covered teepee. I have next to no gardening experience or knowledge, but I tore out as many weeds as I could find and poked some peas in the ground around the little teepee. They grew! And sprouted flowers! And the flowers are now sugar snap peas! I hope the birds stay away and leave at least one for us to eat.
Sugar Snap Peas - Erica Faith Photography

Sugar Snap Peas - Erica Faith Photography

One of the great things I love about beaches near where I grew up are that the beaches are cold and overcast during the summer. I still enjoy the bright hot beaches of southern California but I also love the wild natural beaches on the Central Coast. This week we found a remote little cove that was perfect for my kids to wander around. I definitely want to go back whenever I visit the area.

Beach trip - Erica Faith Photography

Beach trip - Erica Faith Photography

Beach trip - Erica Faith Photography

Beach trip - Erica Faith Photography

Beach trip - Erica Faith Photography

Beach trip - Erica Faith Photography

Beach trip - Erica Faith Photography

My dear friend has joined the three kid club with the cutest little baby girl. I was so honored to be able to take some photos of her with her big siblings. Even looking through the computer screen, I still want to pinch those chubby cheeks and brush her hair. What a doll!

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography

 

A new month brings a new photography theme. April is all about morning light, embracing the color of it, the softness, it’s direction. So, I’ll be drinking a lot of caffeine really early this month and capturing some sweet images.

Starting this month is with my favorite tree in our yard, the peach tree. The actual peaches are usually too small and bug-ridden, but the blooms are divine.
Morning light on peach tree - Erica Faith Photography

 

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Some more morning light caught my littlest playing with some toys. I can’t get enough of his chubby little fingers and toes.

Morning light playing - Erica Faith Photography

Morning light playing - Erica Faith Photography

 

 

Welcome to another round of Kids Were Here: a walk through my house capturing what my children leave behind. Here’s what a typical day looks like …

Morning: The sun coming in the window makes me notice the cart of art supplies that I’m always replenishing.
Kids Were Here - Erica Faith Photography

 

Morning: My daughter declared that she needed to make a house for Lamby, her treasured and stinky stuffed lamb. She was very particular about the house being pointed (“like real houses”) and that there be a window. She taped a picture of herself as a baby on the wall, taped down a bubble wrap carpet and paint-swatch rugs, even a bed made out of an Altoids tin. That lamb is living in luxury.

Kids Were Here - Erica Faith Photography

Afternoon: I couldn’t think of a reason not to let her paint her playhouse. It sits outside all year long getting the brunt of sun, wind and rain. Perhaps a bit of paint will make it feel more homey. Kids Were Here - Erica Faith Photography

Afternoon: My oldest (age 4.5) is learning how to write and my youngest (age 17 months) is learning how to scribble.Kids Were Here - Erica Faith Photography

Late afternoon: My counter was full of dirty dishes and my kids were bouncing off the walls with boredom, so I put them to work. I think the little tugboat needs some more cleaning. The bonus of this activity? My floors got so wet that I mopped them too!
Kids Were Here - Erica Faith Photography

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