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This last April, I ventured on my own to the Bloom Forum’s SEE Palm Springs Workshop with the incomparable Summer Murdock.


It’s the only word I want to use to describe my time there. It was everything my soul needed and more.

On a extremely cold evening (yes, it gets cold in the desert. It even snows there sometimes), we found ourselves in Joshua tree. We each had ten minutes to shoot with two different families. That’s hard, right? Ten minutes with a family you have never met before.  But, as scary and intimidating it felt at the time.  I walked away with the affirmation, that we truly don’t know what we are capable of, until we are given that small nudge, or big shove, into a situation that really challenges us.

I have to say I am very proud of the images I created in that short amount of time.

Very proud indeed.

Did I mention how magical the desert is?! Gah! I LOVE IT!!  Who wants to go back with me for some family photos?!





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This is my sister, and her family.  They are my favorite family.  I get to call them “The Pretty People,” because that’s exactly what they are…beautiful in soul, and gosh darn pretty to look at, too.

Every year they get stuck with me to take their pictures (one of the many obligations of having a photographer IN the family:)) And, every year we pick somewhere different, from the last, for their family session.

This year, that special place was El Matador Beach, in Malibu.

It was one of those perfect California Fall beach days—overcast, but still warm, and ending in a gorgeous sunset.

All of these images are them, as they are. No posing necessary, although I did gather them for a quick smile at the camera, and in true form, the kids had a different idea. Those are the ideas I like the best.  kids being kids, and parents not worrying about it one bit.

Here are my favorites.  Many, many favorites.

Too. Many. Favorites.


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  • June 3, 2015 - 12:22 am

    Frances Hood - I just love getting to know your family with all the photo’s, it is great.ReplyCancel

The last six months have been an absolute blur. I’ve been working so very hard to get this website together, I haven’t blogged anything, since July.  I’ve become a photo hoarder. A memory keeper, and I know I just need to start somewhere. So what better place than with a new favorite image. Just one image to sum up how I currently feel… busy, but happy.

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