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The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family
Sacramento, Calif.

Jenn came to my photography workshop years ago. She said to me then, something along the lines of, “we’re going to get a family photo session with you, we will somehow make it happen!” She would email me on occasion throughout the years reminding me that if I ever traveled near her, she is still very interested in a family session. Last year we were near her but the family happened to be traveling to Michigan the weekend that we were there. UGH! Then when we knew we were heading back to the Sacramento area, she was the first person we were in touch with. Badaboom, badabing, it finally happened!

You know, families often quit making family sessions a priority when their kids start school up until they become seniors. In the photography community we refer to these as “the forgotten years.” This is why you rarely see families with teenagers on photography blogs / social media accounts.

All of that to say, thank you Jenn & Ernest for asking us to do this. 🙂 You have such a beautiful family.

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Jacob is quickly becoming a pretty incredible skate boarder!

The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family

We photographed this full-of-personality family at the home where Jenn and Ernest lived nearly their entire marriage. What I loved so much about this family is that they are each so different from the other yet each one of them is celebrated for being exactly who they are. I’m not sure I’m saying that right but I hope you get the idea? Let me try again. My favorite kinds of parents/families encourage their kids/siblings to be exactly who they are and to not force them to conform to being who society wants them to be.

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The oldest and the youngest: Ethan & Piper.

The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family

Piper really is the tie that binds these three. As I think about it, the same is true with my three (two boys and one girl) – Claire plays the same role in our family.

The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family

Seeeee what I mean?!?!!!

Also, does anyone else think that Ethan looks like a young Julian Lennon (John Lennon’s first-born son)?

In the past few years I’m noticing that almost all of my doppelgänger references are to old people and I always have to add the “young” disclaimer to the name. I think this is the universe telling me that 1) I’m getting old and 2) I need to watch more TV because I’m WAY out of the loop on today’s stars.

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The five descriptive words, just like always, is added to the bottom of this blog post.  But I thought it’d be fun to also share them up here. These words were written by Jenn and Ernest

Jacob, in five words:  Determined, empathetic, funny, stubborn, appreciative

The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family

One of the questions on our pre-session questionnaires is, “do you have any specific requests?”

Jenn’s answer, “little people, big sky”

Then soon after we get to their home Ernest says with a smile, “the only thing I’ve been hearing Jenn talk about for the last ten years is that she wants a ‘little people, big sky’ photo, so if we don’t get one of those we won’t be happy!” (I’m obviously paraphrasing). I certainly hope we didn’t disappoint!  😀

Also, this is my favorite photo from the session!

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Jenn:  Smart, independent, fierce, relentless, beautiful

Ernest:  Handsome, funny, gentle, loyal, smart

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Piper:  Tenacious, intuitive, thoughtful, funny, athletic

The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family

Ethan:  Introverted, creative, gentle, curious, old soul

The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family
The Sawtelle Family

 

Jenn, thank you for making family portraits a priority in your world. Ernest, thank you for rollin’ with my crazy. Kids, thank you for being perfectly you; I cannot wait to see what the world has in store for you. 😀

Much love friends!

~Bobbi