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san diego family photographer | what new adventures looks like | april 2013

So thrilled to share this month’s version of What ___ Looks Like … April 2013.  Each month I use this post to write a letter to Brooks so he won’t forget the little details and big events in our life.

Dear Brooks,

What a month!  What started out as a little outing for a bike ride has turned into something that has taken over our thoughts and our days … triathlons.  About a year ago, I had considered having you try it out, but I just didn’t get around to it.  I’m so glad we followed through with it this time.

The month started with two races in one weekend.  You competed in the Carlsbad one mile run.  The pack of 8 year olds at the starting gate was impressive, but not nearly as impressive as it was when the race started.  I’ve never seen such a fast group of runners!  The group started out as if the run was a sprint instead of a mile.  After 7 short minutes, I had the biggest smile on my face as I saw you round the final corner toward the finish line.

The biggest downside to each of these races is the downtime between our early arrival and the start time, but the iPod helps to pass some of the time.

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It’s been sooooo long since you’ve been the one to reach for my hand while we’re walking, but recently I find your little fingers slipping into mine whenever we’re out.  Every time it makes me smile and my heart soar!

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Right after the race, we took off for San Dimas and the first in the series of the So. Cal. kids tri series.  Since you hadn’t had a chance to work on open water swimming, I signed you up for the duathlon … a 7 mile bike and a 2 mile run.

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And just like that, you were back and ready to run!

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This was my favorite picture from the race!  Everyone on the race route was cheering for the kids so when you came by with the giant smile, they cheered even louder!

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Race day is finally over and it’s time to pack it up … until next time.

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Nothing like a Sunday afternoon hanging out at Petco watching the Padres!  We caught this game during the opening home series.  You only lasted 5 innings and ate your way through the snack bar.

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After the game, we went to open water swim practice.  I think it was one of the coldest days this spring … 58 degrees, wind and light rain.  You and Evan were such great sports and couldn’t wait to keep the tally going for how many fish you saw during each swim.

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We caught a day at Disneyland with one of the nicest days of the month.  After a month of dreary overcast days, it was so nice to be out in the sun at the happiest place on earth.

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We discovered the joy of the single rider line which cut our wait time to 10-20 minutes instead of 40-60.  It worked out perfectly on the Carsland ride when we got to race against one another.

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I loved that you got to battle with my favorite bad guy!

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So bummed I didn’t have my 35 mm lens on autotopia.  You were cracking me up as the crazy driver.

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a simple portrait of you.  I love every single one of your freckles and those beautiful lashes.

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Last weekend we spent a special afternoon doing a video session with Holly Christine.  I think day was easily one of our top 10 days.  I can’t wait to see the magic she makes with our video!

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Twin day at school with your buddies!

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Just another training day …

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Love you to the moon and back!

xoxo

Mommy

 

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From the beginning …

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What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like
What The Magic Of First Grade Looks Like

What Being a Tourist in My Own City Looks Like
What Easter Looks Like
What Remembering Looks Like
What A Day At The Fair Looks Like
What Our Everyday Looks Like
What Love Looks Like
What Choosing Joy Looks Like
What Life Looks Like Now
What San Francisco Looks Like
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May 6, 2013 - 3:10 am

“what ____ looks like” may edition » Summer Murdock Photography - […] the circle to see what everyone else’s ______ looks like! Next up is the oh so talented Jules Trandem | San Diego Lifestyle Photographer …she’s an amazing photographer and one of the nicest people you’ll ever […]

May 6, 2013 - 7:52 am

momMom - Wonderful. I love seeing all the super activities you two enjoy and I especially like his fun in trying these new sports. A wonderful summery of a very busy month. I never realized how many freckles lived on his nose. I’ll have to look closer when I see him again. A beautiful story.

May 6, 2013 - 9:14 am

summer Murdock - Jules, wow I am so so impressed by Brooks and his races…I seriously adore how you capture him. The swing shots are AWESOME and I totally love the one of him running up the stairs at Disneyland. You are so good about getting in the frame with him too! Love them!

May 6, 2013 - 10:38 am

amy grace - i get so emotional watching him live in such a big, devoted, full hearted, joyful way. you two are like a beautiful package of inspiration. this month is packed, it is spilling over. something i noticed when i was looking through, was how i immediately spotted brooks in the (wonderful) crowd pictures during his race. the way you captured the feeling of those, and framed them in such a way that even my eye found him at once…love was your lens jules. it is so clear, and nuanced, hopeful, true. you don’t make him into something for your pictures. his spirit IS your pictures. and oh dear, those freckles. those glorious freckles…xoxoxo

May 6, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Dawn Cooper - Jules!! I LOVE LOVE these!!! I got all teary-eyed looking at the pics of his races…you are the most amazing and inspiring mom EVER!!! What a great idea to do this for both Brooks and you to remember..I have a hard time remembering much of my kids’ from last month. Thanks for sharing!

May 19, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Janni Kimble - I really love your idea and documenting your sons life. It inspires me to do the same! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos.

August 6, 2013 - 11:26 am

san diego family photographer | just us twelve times | april 2013

Hopefully this collection of ‘just us’ images will make up for the fact that I didn’t have a chance to share one last month.  We had a fun month filled with adventure and activities.  I’ll fill you in more with the next post of ‘what april looks like’ in a couple weeks.  icon smile san diego family photographer | just us twelve times | april 2013

We woke up at the crack of dawn for Brooks to race in the Carlsbad Jr. 1 mile race!  He was awesome!  He proudly sported his medal after the race!

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After we missed an entire season of Padre games last year, I grabbed us tickets for 3 games this season.  We had fun watching the Padres take on the Rockies.  Well, I watched and Brooks snacked … nothing like ball park treats!!  Of course we went early to catch batting practice and Brooks even walked away with a ball courtesy of one of the players.

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We’ve even made it to Disneyland for a gorgeous day of rides and even more treats!

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I had a special session with a childhood friend’s family last weekend so I brought Brooks to meet her 6 kids!  Before we left, she snapped this one of us!  xoxo

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Our weeks are now filled with extra training for Brooks’ new adventure … triathlons.  Last Sunday he had a bike/run training session along these gorgeous trails.  I brought my bike to help with the ride.  I love sharing this activity with Brooks and I’m so incredibly proud of how much dedication and passion he gives to this new sport.

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Please take a moment to continue on with the circle by visiting Carey Pace.

For over a year now, even before I was diagnosed with lymphoma back in September, I’ve used this monthly post to update friends with my journey.   I had my last scan and blood draw in March and it all looked good for my visit with my oncologist.  The nodes had shrunk since the December scans, but they were still bigger than my first scan in September.  The fact that they were smaller was VERY good news for me.  In addition to that, I had a bone marrow biopsy in February to test if the cancer was also in my bones.  All along the Dr. assumed it was based on the fact that there are tumors all over my body.  But guess what?  It’s not in my bones… which means it’s stage 3 and not stage 4.  It was such a blessing to finally have some good news after all the bad visits.  The Dr. even went so far as to say I was glowing!  I bet he doesn’t get to say that too often.  I also have gained the 5 pounds he wanted me to gain to prepare my body for the chemo, but now that I don’t have to start chemo yet, I’m ready for that 5 pounds to be gone until I need them.   icon wink san diego family photographer | just us twelve times | april 2013

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my diagnosis, but there is finally a quiet peace that has settled within me.  I feel so strong and healthy, it’s still hard to believe that I’m ill.

Last weekend my friend Susan’s husband was diagnosed with throat cancer.  (Susan is the wonderful woman who organized the trip to Hawaii for us.)  Everything came rushing back … the terror, the tears, the anger, the pain … as I knew another person I loved was experiencing all of this.  My heart broke for them.  He’s got the strength and power of his wonderful wife who is a force and is already doing so much to find the best course of treatment.  This is such an ugly diagnosis.  My love and prayers are sent to John and his whole family.  xoxo

 

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April 25, 2013 - 5:41 am

Nancy - You are so amazing Jules. You deserve every bit of the strength and happiness you’re feeling. I’m so glad to hear you’re doing so well! That’s so awesome that Brooks is out there kicking butt too!

April 25, 2013 - 6:32 am

Amy - I tear up looking at how happy the two of you are in all these photos… Such wonderful adventures the two of you share. I know that your bond is so strong and it makes me so happy to see these photos of the two of you together — living life, enjoying every moment, and capturing it, too. Hugs to you! xo

April 25, 2013 - 6:41 am

tamsen donker - beautiful images Jules, and even better to hear such great news! I love seeing the two of you together, enjoying this time, living such a healthy and active lifestyle and teaching Brooks so much in the process! You are an amazing woman and you have an entire web community of people praying for you. Thanks for updating us, looking forward to seeing the April post as well! XO

April 25, 2013 - 7:21 am

misty setzler - Your looking fantastic! And way to go Brooks so awesome he’s found such a great thing to do. BTW you look too good after a shoot…

April 25, 2013 - 7:21 am

Jasmine Sargent - So glad to hear some good news for you! You are always on my mind. You are such a strong person and I know you can fight this!

April 25, 2013 - 7:36 am

amy grace - this is the best thing i have heard in a very long time. it’s not big, it’s huge. the way you love your boy makes you glow i think. there is so much life and joy and hope in you two, it is overwhelming for me to look at you together. in every picture, you are shining, lit from within, so, so beautiful. so much love to you two. your courage and peace and optimism are astounding and so real, you make us all feel it too. praying and thinking about everything good for you. thank you for your continued example and inspiration.

April 25, 2013 - 8:11 am

Melanie - I’m so happy to read all your good news! Thank you for keeping us all updated. I agree with your doc, you are glowing!

I’m so sorry to hear about your friend.

April 25, 2013 - 8:51 am

Gail Pomare - you are glowing. And filling your life and Brooks with wonderful experiences and memories. I am glad we get to share in this through your posts… (which really means – don’t stop posting lol) arohanui xox

April 25, 2013 - 9:00 am

tina million - beautiful photos Jules. You look so radiant and healthy. Always thinking of you and praying for your health. I am glad you have so many quality moments with Brooks. Keep fighting the fight, you can do it.

April 25, 2013 - 9:23 am

Ketti - It’s great to know you got some positive news!
Your son is impressive – triathalon training?! Wow!

April 25, 2013 - 9:35 am

jayme f. - Jules, I love that you are back this month and I am so impressed with everything you and B. are able to accomplish during your outings and weekend adventures. I pray for your health often. Praying that you have good doctors, praying that cancer would remiss. I will continue to pray for you my friend. keep your strength and wonderful attitude. loves my friend.

April 25, 2013 - 10:10 am

Val Spring - You are absolutely glowing my friend! Reading about you finding that peace made my heart so happy. You are such an inspiration, you’ve always been but even more so now. Maybe when you come you can rub some of your awesomeness on me? Please and thank you ;)! I can not wait to see you! And look at Brooks, training for a triathlon, so impressive. You are the best Mom any boy could have, you better know that. Hugs to the two of you!

April 25, 2013 - 10:13 am

Christina W - Wow, so glad to hear about your health status and everything still looking good ( We pray that this continues to get even better). You look amazing! On the flip side, how completely devastating for your friend. I am so sorry to hear the news.

April 25, 2013 - 1:45 pm

marla - Jules- So glad to hear you are doing so well! I love seeing the images of you and Brooks. The two of you have quite a special bond and it always shines through. You are constantly in my thoughts as you fight this awful disease. You are glowing, my friend…and that is wonderful!hugs and prayers for you and your friend!

April 25, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Leslie Bell - Oh Jules….I love reading these posts, especially because they are filled with your strength and hope! You are a strong and beautiful person who lives life to the fullest! I’m so proud of you and your darling son and I’m thrilled to hear the positive news you have with your cancer!!! Xoxoxo

April 26, 2013 - 12:32 pm

momMom - A wonderful post with the pictures I love of you and sweet Brooks. It is exciting to hear about this new activity and how well he is doing with everything. Just great.

April 27, 2013 - 5:03 am

Ginger Unzueta - Jules, I was just overcome with such joy reading your update to my family. I shared with then your pictures and how you are just glowing! You are an amazing example in so many ways for all those who come in contact with you!! So happy for you.. Our family will continue to pray for you!

san diego family photographer | what hawaii look like | february 2013

So thrilled to share this month’s version of What ___ Looks Like … from Hawaii.  Each month I use this post to write a letter to Brooks so he won’t forget the little details and big events in our life.

Dear Brooks,

As many of you know, some pretty amazing friends surprised us with a trip of a lifetime.  Once our trip was planned, it seemed like it would never be here.  We counted down the months, then the weeks, and finally the days.  It was so hard to be at school on Tuesday knowing that Auntie and Sky were driving down to SD that evening.  I couldn’t wait to spend 11 days in Oahu at the Aulani with you, Auntie and Sky.

I loved that you wanted to wear this shirt to Hawaii because you thought it would make Auntie happy to see you wearing it (since she gave it to you as a gift from her last trip).

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After such a long flight, you and Sky were over the moon to see that our shuttle from the airport turned out to be a limo.  I loved the excited smile on your face during the entire drive.

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I had to pinch myself many times … it was so hard to believe that we really got to call this gorgeous place home during our trip.  I love this picture of the resort’s lagoon from my phone taken the first night we were there.

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I thought a little reminder of Valentine’s day while we were there.  I smiled every time I looked at this door.

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It wasn’t until we had been there a week that I finally brought out my camera.  Here are just a few images showing off the gorgeous resort.  These first two are from our room … such an incredible view.

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Each morning I would wake up before everyone else, grab my book and a cup of tea, and head down to the pool to grab chairs at our favorite spot.  You were in and out of the pool all day long, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm … every single day!

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The infinity pool was my favorite place to soak of the beauty of our lagoon.  I always headed straight for it every time after I was in the pool, lazy river or ocean.  So so dreamy!  I spent so much time gazing out in a search for whales … a bit bummed that I never saw any.

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Every morning we would try to guess what color the pool wrist bands would be.  Sky and I loved keeping the whole collection on our wrists the entire vacation, while each day you and Auntie couldn’t wait to cut off the old one.

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Fun at the lagoon!

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Every day (and sometimes twice a day) at 11:00 you and Sky came by to grab the room charge card and take our orders for shaved ice.  I don’t think you tried anything other than root beer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Every day I had the half orange and half strawberry with a scoop of vanilla.  The yummiest part of the day!

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What’s a trip to a Disney resort without a Character breakfast?!  I think I was more excited about this than you were!  A visit with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy made for a very special meal.

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We were both a little bummed that whenever we were out in the lagoon, we didn’t see much marine life, so we were happy to visit the reef at the resort.  You were an expert at snorkeling!

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No surprise that another highlight for me were the pool parties!  Around 2:00 there would be different pool parties that involved more of our favorite characters.  Sky and I loved watching you join in on the fun, too!

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We also had so much fun with the underwater camera in the lagoon.

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When you woke up you would quietly grab the laptop and headphones to watch shows until Sky woke up.  It always made Auntie and I smile to listen to you belly laughing at your silly shows.  You two also spent time learning new tips and tricks for your favorite apps.

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I busted out my camera only one other morning to try to grab a few pictures of us together and get some of Auntie and Sky.  We also brought some of Grampy’s ashes to scatter while we were there.

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Grabbing the wrist bands before you two took off for the slides.

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Of course you went straight for the jacuzzi after the slides.  This was always the first spot I’d look for you when I needed to find you.

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Our last breakfast at our favorite spot …  you two enjoyed the most delicious hot chocolate as we overlooked the beach.

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Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful vacation with me.  We really are so lucky to have so many people who pray for us and love us.

I hope the memories of this trip last a lifetime for you.

xoxo

Mommy

 

Be sure to continue on with the incredibly talented  Kate T. Parker | Atlanta Area Photography.

 

From the beginning …

What Responsibility Looks Like
What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like
What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like
What The Magic Of First Grade Looks Like

What Being a Tourist in My Own City Looks Like
What Easter Looks Like
What Remembering Looks Like
What A Day At The Fair Looks Like
What Our Everyday Looks Like
What Love Looks Like
What Choosing Joy Looks Like
What Life Looks Like Now

March 4, 2013 - 7:09 am

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March 4, 2013 - 7:32 am

Julie - Looks like an amazing trip!! Can’t imagine a more fun time!

March 4, 2013 - 7:37 am

Stacey Woods - Oh Jules. I’m so happy that you were able to go on your trip, and ecstatic that you now have such beautiful memories of this magical place! You have such a creative, magical eye. I have so many favorites. You’re also making me wish I had written letters to my children for the past 8 years! I think I will start now. Enormous hugs to you!!!! xo

March 4, 2013 - 7:37 am

amy - Wow- this trip looks amazing. I am so glad you were able to take it- much deserved. Every single photo is breathtaking and completely wonderful. I felt like I was looking through a brochure for the hotel :)

March 4, 2013 - 8:31 am

shalonda - oh jules i am just beside myself happy that y’all got to go on this incredible trip!!!! love the way you captured it so beautifully but also stepped into the moments and truly made beautiful memories. xoxo sweet friend

March 4, 2013 - 11:33 am

Kelsey - Oh, Jules, I am so happy you got to go and that you had such an amazing, relaxing time! Beautiful photos – so much color and love. :)

March 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Wendy VonSosen - What a magical trip for you four! I’ve been looking forward to seeing your experience through images and your words. I can almost feel the warm sun, smell the humidity in the air, and hear the waves crashing on the beach. I’m so glad you enjoyed a break from reality with your sweet B in such a beautiful place. xo

March 4, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Ginger Unzueta - As I read this letter this month, tears just stream down my face. The gift of this trip is just amazing and what it had to have meant to you and Brooks just leaves me speechless. I am so thankful you got to go enjoy this time and your images, as always are gorgeous!

March 4, 2013 - 12:14 pm

amy grace - first off, i need to tell you that c is on my lap, looking at these, and he exclaimed, “there my brooks BOY!” and so that added to the emotion you have evoked in this post. the fact that he remembers you both so fondly and enthusiastically speaks of your warmth…and now, what to say about something that is so precious and magic and full of love and color. and so APPRECIATED. your graciousness, your embracing of what is true and simple and pure goodness in life, makes me feel so much love for you and your family. all the little moments you describe and illustrate are pure happiness even on this end of a computer. i am so happy that you got to feel the love, the gift of these amazing friends, as the warmth of the sun and cool of the water and peace of the landscape. it’s just such a perfect and fitting way to celebrate you and brooks. here’s to that peace staying with you, to continued health and joy and miracles every day. xoxoxoxo

March 4, 2013 - 12:23 pm

andrea - okay, that kayak shot?! wow! this looks like the most amazing trip — i’m so happy you shared this glimpse into what looks and sounds like such a special time. i smiled through the whole post. xo.

March 4, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Kara May - What an amazing trip! Such a blessing and the moments you captured will be treasured! Thanks for sharing these moments with us! I love your posts!

March 5, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Lindsey Bergstrom - ohh jules..what an amazing trip. I am so glad you were able to go on the trip and truly enjoy your time together. Im thinking B will not forget this trip. Lovely images as always.

March 7, 2013 - 6:48 pm

shannon sewell - oh gosh… that place is magical!! so jealous, i want to go now!!! beautiful memories :)

March 22, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Summer Murdock - Jules, wow. This trip looks more than amazing. Sooooooooo glad you got to go and experience this. Beautiful images ( and you said you didn’t take many). Every time I read your letters to him I just feel your love and connection. You really are something Jules. In more ways than one…..

March 24, 2013 - 10:48 am

angela king - these are so beautiful! it looks like you had an amazing time. :)

May 5, 2013 - 9:00 pm

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July 3, 2013 - 6:21 am

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san diego child photographer | just us twelve times | february 2013

We’ve only been back from Hawaii for a few days and we are already ready to go back.  The morning of our last day we took a few minutes to grab some quick shots of just us before we went to breakfast.  Brooks and Sky weren’t too into photos … all they wanted to do was eat and head to the pool.  Who could blame them?!  Just this morning, Brooks commented that instead of going to school, he wished he was sitting in the jacuzzi at the Aulani.  I couldn’t agree more.

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February 28, 2013 - 7:30 am

Ginger Unzueta - oh, jules I can’t tell you how beautiful these are. You look radiant!!

February 28, 2013 - 7:47 am

Carey Pace - Absolutely beautiful, Jules. I love them.

February 28, 2013 - 9:08 am

Christine b - Beautiful Jules. Love the giggling shot most of all. Beyond precious.

February 28, 2013 - 9:43 am

momMom - These are just wonderful and your great time shows through. The last one is my favorite.

February 28, 2013 - 10:03 am

Suzanne Carey - These are just beautiful Jules! So glad you guys ha so much fun!!!!

February 28, 2013 - 10:20 am

Laura - I can’t even express how happy these make me to see. I was thrilled to see you were going to Hawaii and the love, joy and wonderful memories you’ve shared…oh goodness how these beautiful photos of you both make me smile.

February 28, 2013 - 5:34 pm

krista keller - Jules, you look wonderful – like a covergirl! What a great experience and how lucky you two got to spend this awesome trip together. I am totally in love with your last shot!

March 8, 2013 - 6:18 pm

tamsen - so glad you had sucha wonderful time together! what a dream cone true!

March 12, 2013 - 8:54 am

Jayme F - Oh Jules, I wish we could all just sit in a jacuzzi and relax a bit. So glad you had a good time! I love that last shot of you and B! Treasures!

san diego photographer | what san francisco looks like | january 2013

We’re back for another month of What ___ Looks Like, and I chose to spotlight our recent trip to San Francisco.  This was Brooks first visit to the City and we loved every minute of it.
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Dear Brooks,

Stunning views.  Belly laughs.  And delicious food.  That is only the beginning to describe our amazing weekend in San Francisco last month.  I loved how giddy with excitement you were to just be at the airport, however we both decided that the San Diego airport was an embarrassment compared to San Francisco’s airport.  You were so excited for our return flight, just so you could do a little shopping … the candy store was to be your first stop.

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We stumbled upon Scala’s Bistro for lunch while we were waiting for our room to be ready.  You were thrilled with the sparkling lemonade and the best bread I think you’ve ever had.  This was just the first of many delicious meals during our stay.

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Soon after we checked in, we raced back downstairs to wait for Wendy and Will.  The four of us took off for Pier 39 to see the sites like a true tourist.

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When we had our fill of the Pier, we ended up at Golden Gate Park.  One look at this tree and both you and Will were happy boys.

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This was our view from our private breakfast room at the Grand Hyatt.  We felt so spoiled by all the great food and the incredible view.

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Our only plans for Sunday was a trip to the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park.  I was so impressed with this place … wish we had one in San Diego.  So many incredible animals and exhibits.  These are only some of our favorites … I have so much more.

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A morning and evening shot from our room.

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Before we went in search of the cable cars, we came back to the room for a quick rest.  You weren’t all that into taking a nap (even though you only got 7 hours of sleep) so you thought bed jumping was much more fun.  In between jumping from bed to bed, you stopped every now and then to let me take a few pictures.

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Off to the cable cars …

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Before we took off for our biking adventure on Monday, we took a few more minutes taking advantage of the gorgeous light in our room.

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Even though it had been countless years since I’d been on a bike, we decided we wanted to rent bikes and head across the Golden Gate.  It was one of the best days that we have ever had.  I promise once the chemo treatments are over, I’ll buy a bike for myself.

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I LOVED watching you ride across the bridge with such joy and confidence.  Watching your jacket flap in the wind just made me smile.

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Once across the bridge, we ended up in Salsalito at the height of herring season.  The coastline was buzzing with fishing boats and birds.  After lunch we hopped on the ferry which took us back across the bay to San Francisco.

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Once we got back into the airport, you went straight to the candy store and grabbed a giant bag of sour candy … it didn’t even last to the start of the flight.

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We are such great travel partners.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for both of us.  I hope you will look back on these images and remember the incredible time we had.

I love you to the moon and back!
xoxo

Mommy

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From the beginning …

What Responsibility Looks Like
What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like
What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like
What The Magic Of First Grade Looks Like

What Being a Tourist in My Own City Looks Like
What Easter Looks Like
What Remembering Looks Like
What A Day At The Fair Looks Like
What Our Everyday Looks Like
What Love Looks Like
What Choosing Joy Looks Like
What Life Looks Like Now

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February 4, 2013 - 7:13 am

julie l. - These are all so perfect!! Hope you make an awesome photobook of these, I wish my vacation pictures turned out so incredible:-)

February 4, 2013 - 7:34 am

celeste jones - These are AMAZING Jules. You and Brooks are adorable. <3

February 4, 2013 - 8:02 am

Adele Humphries - Such amazing shots of one of my favorite cities! I adore them all but loved that b+w of Brooks jumping on the bed!! So much fun! Your compositions are amazing Jules. Really really enjoyed looking through these…more than once! :)

February 4, 2013 - 8:19 am

Jasmine Sargent - I adore every single one of these photos. You have such a true talent for capturing every moment. I want you to come teach me! The tree shot of Brooks might just be my favorite though!

February 4, 2013 - 8:30 am

Sophie|London Ontario Photographer - beautifully clear, crisp and vibrant images! Love!

February 4, 2013 - 9:59 am

amy grace - there is so much to love about this. seeing the joy of you two together, that precious face that never gets old to any of us, all the beautiful color of this magic place. these are some of my favorite places and scenes in the whole world. i love this city, i love marin. yet you made me see in with NEW eyes. that is amazing. the two of you scream love. i can actually feel this experience with you. so much life, so much goodness, so much beauty you share with us all. just awesome jules xoxoxo

February 4, 2013 - 10:03 am

Cara Harrison - WOW Jules, you’ve outdone yourself. What an amazing set of memories you’ve captured for yourself and Brooks. I can.not.wait. to see what you can do with hawaii! ;)

February 4, 2013 - 11:05 am

shalonda - jules…your moments always leave me beyond speechless…i could scroll through “the adventures of brooks and jules” book all day long. i love that you experience so much in your days, its awe-inspiring…beautiful adventure ms jules

February 4, 2013 - 11:14 am

brenda - When I see your images I see two people that are the world to each other. Your relationship with Brooks is so unique Jules and if I didn’t know the both of you and I was just some admirer of your work, I can clearly tell that in your photos. They pour with love and admiration. You have a truly special boy on your hands and you have done well by him…I hope you know that. :)

The one of him jumping and doing a tuck on the bed puts me in the best mood on this crazy Monday morning! It looks like you all had a wonderful time and I love seeing the three of you together too. I’m just jealous I wasn’t there….but hopefully in June!!

February 4, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Wendy VonSosen - It was so much fun seeing you two this month! That shot of the tree is insane. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Academy of Sciences. Next time we’ll start there. :) The rest of your trip looks awesome. The bed jumping shots are so great! And I’m happy to see you in so many of the images. I can’t wait to see your post of Hawaii next! xox

February 4, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Summer Murdock - Oh Jules SO many ahhhhmazing images in this set. You have made me feel like I was there with you on this trip. I love San Francisco so much. It’s awesome to see the two of you having so much fun and I can feel your love for him in every Mage you capture.

February 4, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Sarah c - Wow Jules!! Just wow!! Each and every image is glorious!! The one of Brooks in the tree vines is straight out of a fairy tale! To be a fly on the wall around your family! As always these are just stunning! I am loving how you processed them too!!!

February 4, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - I have never been to San Fransisco but this just makes me want to go even more. Looks liek you guys had a blast and I love all the critter photos. And I also love the ones of B jumping on the bed, they are perfect. You look great Jules, another beautiful post!

February 4, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Lindsey Bergstrom - Jules,

I so so love this whole series. I keep wanting my babies to stay small and hold on to them but your images and your storytelling of your SF trip makes me want them to grow up. Its clear you two just are so in love with each other…that you two make each other so happy. Unbelievable…and that image of B in climbing through the tree is crazy good…love it. what a trip…to see the world through the eyes of a little boy…so amazing.

February 4, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Kara May - Oh these are awesome! I felt like I was there. I love that you got shots in the airport of Brookes just chilling. I haven’t been to San Fran in years and this makes me want to go back. I miss it. We used to live not too far from there when I was young. You make me want to travel. Love these and I love that you were able to get in a few too. That’s important!

February 5, 2013 - 1:12 pm

leah - oh jules what a beautiful and full month you had! so happy you got a chance to see wendy and make all these wonderful memories. they are all so sweet and beautiful. and i could just eat your little guy up. he is SO darn sweet! xo

February 7, 2013 - 11:56 am

Christina - Amazing!!! You captured this trip so beautifully and as always your relationship with that handsome little man. The images on the tree are my favorite but so hard to choose. Seriously Jules, I am so in love with these.

February 12, 2013 - 8:48 am

Butch - Jules, you photography and story telling is simply amazing! I look forward to rading them each month. It also gives great inspiration for getting my camera out and capturing my own family. Thank you so much for sharing.

February 13, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Lacey - Looks like MAJOR FUN!! Thinking about you this week and hoping treatment is going well (as can be expected).

March 2, 2013 - 9:14 am

andrea - i’m so happy to have been introduced to your work through this circle jules! your work is beautiful. i love love all of the shots in those crazy tree roots — amazing.

July 2, 2013 - 9:40 pm

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July 3, 2013 - 6:28 am

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August 5, 2013 - 6:11 am

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