Tag Archives: personal

finale • fourth of july 2011

Every year, we invite family & friends to potluck & enjoy front row seats to see the local fireworks from the balcony of my parents’ house. It’s a late-night gathering, because the fireworks display begins after it’s completely dark–usually around 9:30 PM. As the kids get older, they are more likely to stay awake long […]

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stars & dots • independence day weekend 2011

This Fourth of July weekend was truly the epitome of summer holidays. We kicked off the good times by celebrating our friends’ daughter’s second birthday; they hosted the most mellow, late-afternoon gathering at their beautiful home. The backyard was full of that yellow sunshine that backlights everything with the most glorious glow, & as the […]

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kyle • class of 2011 • calle mayor middle school promotion

I was never one of those women who cooed over babies & wanted to nuzzle their heads & smell them & hold them & bounce them…until Kyle. His parents are my cousins, & they live just a few minutes from us, while most of our relatives are much further away. Many years ago, when I […]

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pizza party • father’s day 2011 • redondo beach, ca

Our friend Shannon is one of the most warm, funny, down-to-earth women I have ever known. I have been so lucky to spend time with her while we try to creatively keep our kids entertained during so many afternoons. She & her husband Chris invited us to celebrate Father’s Day with them at their gorgeous, […]

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cutting the cord…again • zoë’s first haircut

Zoë has been asking to cut her hair since February 2010. She wanted it to be like her cousin Kyle’s surfer-Beiber ‘do. Then she wanted it to be like her friend Kian’s, then like her friend Ricky’s. No mistake–she wanted it to be short. This isn’t a big deal to me–except for the fact that […]

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first beach weekend • redondo beach, ca • family time

Mid-April, & a gift from the gods–beach weather all weekend long! Last summer, I had planned to “live at the beach.” I was pregnant, tired, & honestly in need of some lazing around, so I thought how fun it would be to schlep the girls down to the beach everyday, dig a wedge in the […]

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sand & skin • figure studies • nevada desert

I am digging into my film archives lately & rediscovering some wonderful images that I have not seen in a long time. I am surprised by how the texture of film is really so different than digital–and how much a I have missed grain & didn’t know it. I’ve been seduced by the clarity of […]

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america, the beautiful

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln

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flower children • the z girls • birthday portraits • spring 2010

We are neck-deep in birthday season here at the Shippee household! The spring is when we celebrate birthdays for both my parents (& their anniversary) & for my husband Max & both our daughters. I love doing “official” portraits for the girls every year, because, well, I can. Zara turned two on April 19th, & […]

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ingrid & beth • celebrating mother’s day 2010

We celebrated Mother’s Day last Sunday with my cousins & their two beautiful families. The spring flowers have been exploding in the backyard, so I was so excited to use them as a backdrop for a few quick portraits. We ran outside just before sunset, & gathered the mamas with their getting-too-big-too-fast children, ranging from […]

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the stories of europe

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

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