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Three Generations Prepare the Traditional Gefilte Fish for Passover

It is such a privilege to be allowed into people’s personal lives as your job. I felt extra privileged with this job as I was documenting a family’s religious tradition, the making of the Gefilte fish for Passover. Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0067

I am sure many families that are Jewish prepare the Gefilte Fish for Passover every year, but what was extra special about this situation is that the fish was being prepared by GG, a 101 year young whipper snapper! GG has been preparing the fish every year since she was a little girl with her mother, and now she is preparing it with her daughter, her granddaughter and her two great grandsons! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0068 Every year special cookware just for Passover is brought out and used. This pot still has its label on it from long ago! Santa Cruz Family Photography- GG skillfully prepped the fish… Santa Cruz Family Photography- …while someone waited patiently for GG to drop some, not a chance! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Santa Cruz Family Photography- Caleb takes his bottle while his great grandmother cooks- there is a 100 year age difference between these two- Amazing!!! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0074 Santa Cruz Family Photography- Hayden looks on with great anticipation! Santa Cruz Family Photography- What a woman, full of great stories and lot’s of fun! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0077 Santa Cruz Family Photography- Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0080 GG quickly and skillfully makes balls out of the fish with her daughter and granddaughter’s help. Santa Cruz Family Photography- Santa Cruz Family Photography- Thank you so much to this amazing family for allowing me into your lives and kitchen to experience this event rich in culture and tradition! It was a great honor to be there!

If you and your family have something special you would love to have documented and preserved for generations to come, I’d be honored to help and  join you with my camera!

 
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Ewa "Mom Photographer" - April 15, 2014 - 8:52 am

What a great privilege, and the pictures tell a wonderful story!

Navi - April 15, 2014 - 9:09 am

What a treasure to have these photos to continue to share with generations to come!

Nicky Peterson - April 15, 2014 - 9:27 am

I really LOVE this! To capture an important tradition like this! They will have these images forever! So important and special!!! And I LOVE her mixer!!!! So cool! I bet it feels great in her hand!

liza - April 15, 2014 - 10:16 am

Lovelovelove. These photos make me so nostalgic for my Russian grandmother and her cooking!

Tenley Clark - April 15, 2014 - 4:25 pm

These images are just so incredibly special! I just want to give GG a giant hug! What a beautiful gift you gave this family with these amazing images. They will surely treasure them forever!

Nicole - April 15, 2014 - 6:59 pm

I love getting a sneak peek into people’s homes, especially when I get to see something I’ve never experienced myself. Love how happy GG looks throughout all her hard work.

Paige - April 15, 2014 - 8:25 pm

I love these types of sessions. Your images are so beautiful, so very personal. I’m sure your clients will cherish them for generations.

Published by Little Bellows

Santa Cruz Family Photography Nothing like waking up to an email telling you your work will be published!  Little Bellows is a photography blog that I have turned to for years for inspiration!  It was such an honor receiving the “Yes” that they wanted to showcase Baby Leo’s newborn session!

Head on over to their blog and check out the adorable Baby Leo and then get lost in their family photography that is truly a unique collection of beautiful work!

Thank you Little Bellows for the honor!

 

 

 

 
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Change is a funny thing!

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Change is a funny thing. We want it but we don’t often want to do what needs to be done to get the results of the change. “I want to be stronger, richer, happier, healthier, etc”. These are all things we easily say but we let our mind get in the way when we set out on the path to reach those desires. Bringing change means leaving your comfort zone. And that’s when our mind gets involved and makes excuses. In the frank words of Kristen Kalp “Your mind (inner voice) is an a$$hole.” Don’t let the a$$hole voice decide your future. I decided this year to get REALLY uncomfortable with myself and I am loving the results both physically, emotionally  and with my business!

Go on now, go get uncomfortable, tell the voice to zip it and live the life you REALLY want! That’s exactly what we did when we took the huge risk to move from NYC to Santa Cruz! Just look at that smiling Jax, playing under a lemon tree we planted when we moved here! Moving across the country was one of the best and scariest decisions of our lives and if we had stayed in our comfort zone we would have never experienced this happiness! 

 
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Rebecca & Rushab’s Engagement Photo Walk in Bernal Heights

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Rebecca and Rushab’s engagement photo walk in Bernal Heights was my first one of the 2104 season and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick the year off! And how did they kick off their engagement photo walk? By going down a neighborhood slide of course! I mean, everyone does that, right?  No, reason number #1,457 why these two are so awesome!

Rebecca and Rushab were full of fun and laughs the whole entire time and made incredible tour guides of this unique San Francisco neighborhood! By the end of it my legs were so sore already, I had to take some Advil for the drive home! Those hills are no joke and reaching the top to see the view was no joke either!  Kidding aside, it was amazing to see the city from that viewpoint and to get to know this awesome couple while sliding, swinging, hiking and checking out beautiful vistas!  Rebecca and Rushab, we are so excited for your wedding at the Presidio Observation Post this summer!!!  Thanks for the great photo walk! Bernal Heights Engagement Photowalk

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Ewa "Mom Photographer" - April 2, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Such an amazing session! They look so happy and in love!

Kim E - April 2, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Wow what a fun session! Absolutely love them sitting on the hill with the city in the background. And the swing and slide, love! Beautiful and their wedding is going to be amazing.

Nicole - April 2, 2014 - 3:34 pm

These are great! I especially love the one where they are walking around the bend and there’s that great view to the left of them. Love!

Fizzah Raza - April 2, 2014 - 3:39 pm

You had me from the first set of photos on the slide! That looks like such a blast – what a fun fabulous couple. And what gorgeous views of the city – just lovely.

Laura Hernandez - April 3, 2014 - 5:31 am

These are just adorable. It shows their friendship and how much fun they have together. :)

Tenley Clark - April 3, 2014 - 8:29 am

Wow!! That is one amazing view! Definitely worth the hike! I love how you captured their playfulness. I mean a couple who wants to go down a slide during their engagement session and swing? So fun!

Nicky - April 3, 2014 - 11:18 pm

STUNNING!! I love them all!! We need to do a photo walk here!!!