My dearest friend Helané, This blog post is in loving memory and honor of your dear husband and our friend, Séan. The hugs he gave and his arms around your sweet girls, the way he looked at them and the way he spoke so proudly about them is replaying in my mind. I did not know […]

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I simply love the diversity of San Francisco Bay Area. Every now and then, I learn something new from other cultures. One of my recent clients provided such learning experience. In South Korea, baby’s 100th day is a big celebration. 100th day is a special milestone in Korean culture because in the olden days, many babies didn’t survive […]

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When your family lives thousands of miles away and you find friends who become your family – That is #Priceless! John “Uncle” & Madhavi “Auntie” has been our neighbors for a while and we can’t imagine having better neighbors and friends. Our kids play well together and very often we help each other out with […]

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Here is another beautiful set of some family portraits I did for my Mother’s day and Spring mini-sessions. There is still a few slots open, so book now! https://marelestrydom.com/mini-sessions   I know my time is coming, 🙂 but I have a lot of respect for mothers of teenage children! One of our friends, Juli, is right […]

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We love our community and made some great friends. Natalia is one of our little friendly neighbors and our children love playing with her. Her mother, Erna, is a hair stylist and does wonders with her hands and your hair! I thought they would make a perfect pair for a mother and daughter shoot. Against […]

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Babies. Dogs. Some may argue that these are the cutest, but most difficult subjects for portrait photography. How about babies AND dogs? My most recent family session offered with exactly that opportunity. And I do enjoy a good challenge… John, Christie and their labradoodle, Bentley, were our neighbors in Santa Clara, California before they moved […]

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I was so pleased and happy when Avantika contacted me to capture pictures of her beautiful family. We’ve known each other for almost 6 years, our oldest boys are only one month apart and we’ve shared some awesome memories and birthday parties. AV and Prasad are so loving and kind. They’ve helped my family with […]

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Love is a beautiful thing. Young love has a level of innocence and excitement, which makes it intriguing and joyful to capture. I was recently fortunate to have a “young love” session with one of my cousins, Philip and his Fiancée, Aletta. I am so glad that he has found his soul mate and I am […]

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One lazy afternoon, during our vacation in Langebaan, South Africa, I noticed frantic activity on the rocks in front of our house. There was a white heart on the rocks and I thought it was a surprise engagement setup. Unable to contain my curiosity, I wondered down… Low and behold, the folks were preparing for […]

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