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Godchild Gift Idea

When you’re a godparent, great care and thought is put into a gift for your godchild.  You may feel that a simple outfit or toy won’t suffice, after all, you love this child so much and you want to gift something from the heart!

Well, I have the best godchild gift idea ever for you!

What I’ve been seeing here at the studio is godparents thinking outside the box and gifting their godchildren (as well as nieces and nephews) photo sessions.  This thoughtful gift is something a child will never grow out of or lose; its something the entire family can enjoy forever.  Maybe that line was a little cheesy, but honestly, being a parent of 4 kids in the household, I know the gifts we remember and cherish the most are centered around unique, personal and won’t clutter my house up!  A photo session?  Check, check and check!

Alessandra’s Godmother gifts photo sessions to her each year.

I am thankful for thoughtful godparents like Liz who allow me to do what I love the most: documenting children’s growth over time.  Maybe you should be thankful to Liz too for giving you the best godchild gift idea ever!!

Today, see Alessandra’s 2 gift sessions from newborn to her 1 year cake smash!  Happy Birthday Alessandra!

More information on our weekday mini session special is below!

little newborn feet

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We Love Grandma Photo Session

The Deguchi family was one of the very first families I photographed when I opened Sachiko Studio 5 years ago.  Proud grandma Kazuko 5 years ago had 1 grandchild…since then her 3 other daughters got married and she now has FOUR grandchildren!  What a difference 5 years makes.

Here is a then and now photo of Kazuko and her oldest grandson Dylan (blog entry from their previous session):

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I was looking through my old archives and I also did a session with just Dylan that same year, my has he grown!

I returned to Kazuko’s beautiful Japanese garden at her home to photograph her FOUR grandchildren along with 3 out of 4 of her daughters.  Her beautiful daughters gifted her this “we love grandma” session for her birthday.  I loved coming back and meeting the new additions to the family.  Sessions like these, when I get to re-visit families and see how they’ve grown, warm my heart and remind me why I started Sachiko Studio in the first place!  These sessions also remind me of how far the studio has come since then!

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SGV Family Session: Hazel + Phil = Evelyn

Hazel has been my client since the beginning of my business.  She comes to me with exciting ideas like stealing her husband’s nice cars and doing shoots with them & her, or photographing her each month of her pregnancy or having me come to her holiday party to photograph each and every one of her friends with Santa Claus.

No where in the past have we had the chance to do something ordinary until now.  We got together on my turf and she gave me the freedom to choose the location for her first outdoor family session with me.  I chose the beach at Santa Fe Dam to celebrate the summer and a brand new spot within Santa Fe Dam to show some contrast.  We also ventured back to my studio for some head shots, as mom & dad are starting a new business together and baby Evelyn needed her modeling head shots updated.

There was never a dull moment during our 2 photo shoots featured below.  Evelyn gave me all her moods from hungry, happy, sweet, content to “I’m done with this.”  Ladies  & Gents, meet Hazel + Phil + Evelyn!
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