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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A morning and evening shot from our room.

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.

Off to the cable cars …

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!


Be sure to continue on with my dear friend with Amy Grace | a beautiful life photo.


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

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

Here’s to the start of the 3rd year of this project.  I can’t believe that I have 24 months of ‘just us’!  I’m back again this year with the same group I worked with last year to inspire and encourage me each month.

We took these in San Francisco a couple weeks ago in our hotel room at the Grand Hyatt.  My favorite part of the hotel was the view from our room on the 26th floor … stunning!  Brooks favorite part was having two beds in the room for jumping … back and forth … back and forth … back and forth.  As often as he could.  He was happy to stop for a quick picture in between jumps.

This trip left us with so many incredible memories, I’m thrilled to have these images to document some of the fun.



For the past year, I’ve used this post to update my journey which started out with the move to an organic plant based diet to dealing with follicular lymphoma.  It’s only been 4 months since I was diagnosed.  From the beginning, I thought I would have years before I needed to start chemo treatments, but as it turns out, I’ll be starting them toward the end of next month.  Even though that’s a scary thought, I’m ready for it … I think.  Thankfully my Dr. will let me take my trip to Hawaii before I start treatments … we are counting down the days!  But, when I get back, my life will change for 4 months as I deal with the loss of my hair, my appetite, my energy, and who knows what else.  According to my Dr., I should handle the treatments better than most because of my strength from yoga, health from my diet, and my age.  The biggest laugh of all was when he told me he wanted me to gain weight so I could have a cushion when treatments started.  And now, as I add foods (that I don’t want to eat) into my diet, I still can’t gain weight.  My body feels terrible eating what it hasn’t had in soooo long, yet the disease has progressed enough that I can’t gain weight even when I’m trying.  Who would have thought?!

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January 31, 2013 - 5:14 am

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January 31, 2013 - 8:07 am

Jasmine Sargent - Oh good gosh! Those freckles kill me! Adore all of these!

January 31, 2013 - 8:30 am

Jamie Rubeis - Ah, Jules! My heart goes out to you. It must be difficult counting the days before your treatment starts. I love following along with your journey and seeing all the beautiful images you are capturing with your son… Sending lots of love and prayers to you.

January 31, 2013 - 8:32 am

Amy C - I can’t wat to follow your journey this year. I know it will be a bit different than before. I decided to take on this project as well. I’m never a part of the pics, so this is my chance 🙂 You will both be in my continued prayers. You are strong! These images are absolutely precious.

January 31, 2013 - 8:41 am

hope - those freckles!! just can’t get enough!

love these jules — yay for 25 completed months!

January 31, 2013 - 8:42 am

Carey Pace - Utterly jaw droppingly stunning. THAT JUMPING SHOT!!!! gracious. These are amazing.

January 31, 2013 - 9:45 am

tamsen donker - oh Jules, I love these images and I’ve loved following you through your journey, your highs and lows. I cried when I heard of your cancer, but your strength WILL get you through this! Your little boy loves you so much – and these images of you will forever be treasured! XO

January 31, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Suzanne Carey - Jules, your journey has and will touch so many lives. Thank you for being so open and candid about your story. It is a strength to all of us. Love every single image. I agee, the freckles are to die for!!!

January 31, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Christine b - Oh sweetie…these images are stunning. Sending my love. If I could I would gladly send you some of my weight your way : ) Hugs.

February 1, 2013 - 8:36 am

megan - I hope you have an amazing trip, Jules. No doubt you will. I will keep you and Brooks in my prayers, especially as you move forward with the chemo. xoxo

February 12, 2013 - 10:50 am

krista keller - Jules – I thank you for sharing your story with us – all the ups and downs, the fears and funny stories. It’s nice to read something so authentic. These pictures are just spectacular not just because I like your lighting and your color but the feel, the fun, the look on Brooks face tells it all. Those freckles are a map to happiness! And I, like Christine B would gladly send you some thigh fat down your way. Always happy to share! 🙂

February 24, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Jayme F. - Oh my gosh Jules, those freckles on B!! And boy can he jump. The jumping image reminds me that I need to let my boy be a boy and have some good old fun. I am sorry tha I missed you when you were up in my area!

February 26, 2013 - 2:16 pm

misty setzler - HOW sweet! I love all those freckles!

what life looks like now | december 2012

Thank you so much for stopping by and following the links around our circle.  We have lots of new, gorgeous talent in our group and I can’t wait to see all the posts.  🙂  You can find my link to the lovely Amy Grace, at the bottom of this post.  Each month I am blessed to share our days with a letter to Brooks.

Dear Brooks,

The month of December brings so much hope and wonder and excitement … I couldn’t wait to share this time with you.  One of our favorite traditions is our trip to Disneyland with Sky, Auntie and MomMom.  We were there on a perfect day … the on and off again light sprinkles kept the crowds away which meant no lines for our favorite rides.  We even had a chance to visit the new Cars Land and LOVED every bit of it.  A few other special first … first time riding the Monorail (we got to sit up front with the driver) and the first time to watch the fireworks show.  We figured out that 8 years old was a magical age for Disney because it meant that you were old enough to ride on any ride you wanted by yourself.  You could spin, flip, and fly to your hearts desire … and I got to watch the joy on your face as you rode the rides over and over and over.

While you were busy with the rides, I saved the perfect spot for us on the parade route.  Pretzels and hot chocolate were a yummy treat while enjoying the magic of the parade.

The hands down favorite part of the trip was the holiday firework show.  It’s been years since I’ve seen fireworks and I know for sure that no one does fireworks like Disney.  Simply spectacular!  I cried watching you watch the show.  And as soon as the show was over, it started to ‘snow’.  Pure Disney magic!

Our December traditions took a turn when you started basketball.  You are soooo much fun to watch.  You totally float down the court with happiness and a giant smile on your face.  Before the first game started, I panicked a little bit … there were 6 baskets around your court (from practice) and I didn’t think you knew which baskets you were supposed to take shots on.  You figured it out just fine.  We’re half way through the season and you haven’t scored yet, but that doesn’t get you down, you keep working and shooting.  I know you’ll get your first one soon.  Go Suns!

I love this image … the ref stopped the game to remind you that you had to dribble the ball down the court … not just run with it.  🙂

My little manly man got his first mani/pedi and you thought it was awesome!  Your nails look great and you’ve stopped picking at them.  I promise we’ll keep it up as often as you want.  I love having the company.

After feeling bad about not keeping up with our usual holiday traditions, I offered to pile 5 of your friends in the car and head out for a crazy night of fun.  Our first stop was Starbucks for hot chocolate and cookies and then we were off to check out all the lights in the neighborhood.  I nearly peed my pants from laughing at you and the boys as we drove around.  I think the fact that no one wanted to be dropped off meant that it was a huge success!  I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough to do it again, but I’m glad you had so much fun.

These next two make my heart swoon.  Finally!  You’ve always been a reader, you just never liked to read.  For the last couple of years, I had to fight with you to get you to at least read your books from your teacher.  Now I love seeing you all snuggled up reading in the mornings before school … every morning … without me ever asking you to do it.  I think my favorite is when you stop to share something funny that you’ve read.

On the Friday before we went on break, I walked down the hall and found you taking such care to make sure your shirt for your class readers theater was just right.  Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face .

The sad new reality … an armed police officer at our campus every day.

My favorite little Grinch!  You did such a great job!  My class loved watching you in the performance … they all idolize you.   So much.  It’s the cutest thing.

On Christmas Eve you found a very special note from Elfie!  He let you know that for just a few minutes the magic would be lifted and you could give Elfie a real goodbye hug.  It was priceless watching you say your goodbyes.

Only one more thing to before we tucked you in … cookies and milk for Santa and carrots and special reindeer food for the reindeer.

This year your Christmas wish list was pretty simple … army men and tanks, bey blades, ninjago lego sets and root beer.  As always, Santa did not disappoint … I think the root beer and hot tamales were your two favorite things.

What’s December without our family bowling day!  You were a great little bowler with a couple strikes.

The best part of our trip to Santa Barbara was the opportunity to meet sweet 5 month old Annie.  She loves to chase and play and snuggle with you.  We took her for a walk and snapped a few images of the two of you.

Another addition to our Saturdays this month was the start of indoor soccer with your travel team.  You love the fast pace and quick action.  This weekend your team had a tough loss and it didn’t help that I pulled you out to sub … you were not very happy with me.

Cousin Sky came back to SD with us for the second week of vacation.  One afternoon we got to hang out with my friend, Amy Grace, and her two gorgeous kiddos.  You loved the opportunity to share our field with them.

We are now on the countdown to Hawaii!  Santa gave you this gear so you’re all set for some fun in the ocean, checking out all the cool tropical fish.  However, on Friday we had a little bump in the road toward our trip.  You are well aware that I have been diagnosed with lymphoma.  We’ve talked about it on and off for the last few months.  I figure you’ll ask the questions when you’re ready to hear more.  I think you’re doing OK with this, but about once a month you ask the really tough questions that I don’t have the answers for.  Just know that you are so loved.  On Friday I found out that the cancer has been growing and the Dr. doesn’t think we’ll be able to take our trip to Hawaii.  I will probably have to start treatments soon.  It was a super big shock to me because, as you know, I’m so healthy and strong right now.  We are lucky to be surrounded by so many beautiful friends who pray for us.  We are truly blessed.

Part way through the month during a trip to the orthodontist, it was decided that you needed to have your front two teeth pulled to prepare you for an expander retainer that you’ll get next week.  Your teeth have been so slow to come out, you’ve only lost 2 others, so we were both super excited to see the big gap in your smile!  So darling.

I love you to the moon and back!


Be sure to continue on with my dear friend with Amy Grace | A Beautiful Life Photo.

If you missed the beginning, you can catch up on…
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

January 7, 2013 - 8:09 am

Ginger Unzueta - Jules,
I seriously have loved following this project since you started it and your letters to Brooks are just the most precious gift I could think of him to have. I cannot pick a favorite picture as so many grabbed at me this month. I loved seeing you guys at Disney…we did the Disney World version here over the holidays with all the cousins,so I know how magical it is. And wow, I loved seeing him and his interaction with Sky on Christmas morning. The grinch pictures are to die for..and of course, those sweet sweet puppy pictures..but i am left looking at the scuba pictures, and how awesome they are ..and left praying, praying you guys get to go. Oh, how I hope it all works out for you in so many ways Jules. Much love as you start this New Year. I look forward to continuing to follow this amazing project. It always blows me away…really! xo

January 7, 2013 - 8:47 am

nicole kilby - I love this project and would like to join. Would you be able to give me any more info? Ive looked around and cant find any details. thanks!

January 7, 2013 - 10:18 am

amy grace - jules, i could never, ever, ever tire of that sweet boy’s face. without the words, even without the story, the way he looks at you says everything about the love you two share, the way he trusts you, feels joy with you, can be himself…it’s all there, plain, miraculous, abundant, real. every simple corner of your life is lit with such light. i feel the happiness, the presence, the gratitude. you two are like sunshine, and you look like a gorgeous beach. i despise the news you’ve gotten, and i wish with everything in me that it will somehow change, or hold off, or disappear. there are all kinds of miracles, and you deserve every kind, but i know that you see your life as one. the way you live is such a gift to him. watching brooks throw his heart into his sports, his family, animals, disney, LIFE. it lifts me up. it really does. huge love, wishes, prayers, and admiration my friend.

January 7, 2013 - 10:48 am

Stacey Woods - Oh Jules. So much love. You are such a blessing to your son, and to all of us. Praying that it’s possible for you to make your trip to Hawaii, and that 2013 brings peace and healing to you. xoxo

January 7, 2013 - 11:10 am

Debbie W - I really enjoy staring (yep, not just looking) at each one of your image, Jules. They really capture the moment that’s happening on that time. Brooks is a handsome little lad and I so love his freckles! Hugs to you and your family. I hope to be able to do this project too someday.

January 7, 2013 - 11:25 am

Summer Murdock - Jules, Brooks is a lucky boy to have you document your lives in the way you do! “The happiest place on earth” images LOVE. I love that place and every time we go I never seem to be able to capture it. (might have something to do with the double stroller I have to push around hehe) But seriously, such happiness and life you always capture! The basketball, the dog and the light, the flippers and snorkel…love!

January 7, 2013 - 11:47 am

Kelsey - Love, love, love all that you shared here (and it was a lot!). What a full and special month you two have had. And it appears Brooks may be getting more mani-pedis than me, but whatever. 😉 Still hoping Hawaii is a go. Fingers, toes and anything else I have two of crossed!

January 7, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Kara May - Omgosh what a magical post with a letter to your sweet boy included. He’s going to cherish these Jules!! I love hearing such sweet things this festive month and the time you spent with your son. I think my favorite part was the commentary and the sweet look on Brooks face when the ref told him that he has to ‘dribble and not just run with the ball’. I laughed out loud…love that age. So so sweet. Can’t wait to get to know you better through this project!

January 7, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Wendy VonSosen - Jules, beautiful! A few things that I loved as soon as I scrolled. B’s scrunched basketball socks that are too long for his cute little legs. His tongue sticking out of the gap in his teeth. Your cute cute haircut. That beautiful light falling on his little freckled face as he’s reading. (How I hope for the day when W will have the desire to do the same). And those cute legs in the flippers. Precious. You both deserve that trip to Hawaii so I pray that it will work out for you to go soon. Love xoxo

January 7, 2013 - 1:28 pm

shalonda - oh jules…i smile each month see’ing the pure and utter “wonderful-ness” of childhood in mr b’s eyes…even though i have never met y’all i swear i can imagine the sound of his laughter (especially in that bowling shot, ha). what a full month y’all had…well actually what a FULL LIFE YALL SHARE! as much as i swoon at every image you post i can only sit in amazement as the though of brooks looking through them as an adult. i just love you jules and it tears me apart to hear that the hawaii trip might not happen now, as you had planned but no matter what know that YOUR LIGHT IS SHINING SO BRIGHT and so many are praying for you friend xoxo

January 7, 2013 - 1:31 pm

brenda - First and most importantly I’m sending you all the prayers I can in hopes that you can take the trip and you won’t have to start treatment. Please please let me know if I can do anything for you!!

I love seeing your world. Your photos just show how much love you both have for each other. Brooks is one special little boy and such a sweet soul. I swooned over his slouchy basketball socks. You capture those special details that will soon be grown out of.

And I may be pushing it but I think you all need a dog. Every time I see photos of him and a puppy, he is just beyond giddy and he would be so wonderful with on. Just saying…. 🙂

January 7, 2013 - 2:16 pm

shannon sewell - this is one of the most lovely “letters to my son” that I have ever seen!!! perfect!!!

January 7, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Jenny Cruger - Amazing! I loved reading this and staring at these images. so magical and I just love that he will look back on all of these letters and images one day and they will be so important and special to him. I love that words and images can hold such special value.

January 7, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Lindsey Bergstrom - Jules…these are so full of life and living it to the fullest. Brooks has THE best smile and I can see his love for you is bigger than he can comprehend at this age.

I am praying for you both that you can go on the trip together. Lovely captures and beautiful words.

January 7, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Adele Humphries - Jules you are the most amazing story-telling photographer. Your images and blog have kept me captivated each time i look. I am hoping and praying for positive news for you and Brooks in the coming weeks and months so that your dream vacation to Hawaii can take place. x

January 7, 2013 - 7:29 pm

Sarah c - I am always grinning ear to ear after reading through your posts. You really make me aspire to be a better mother. You have such an amazing way of making what might seem mundane to others just magical and I love seeing so much of you in all your photos!! It motivates me to be better about it myself!! Your little man is going to seriously be besides himself when he is old enough to really grasp how special these posts and images are!! Love you friend!!

January 8, 2013 - 8:28 am

Jasmine Sargent - Ahhh tears, Jules. This is such an amazing gift that you are giving to him. Every single shot is priceless and will always be priceless to him. Love to you both!

January 8, 2013 - 10:48 am

Jen - This has melted my heart. These letters are the most priceless gift you could give a child. So much love to you, Jules!!!

January 8, 2013 - 12:51 pm

gina - Beautiful, jules, simply beautiful.

January 8, 2013 - 1:18 pm

leah - i love seeing photos of your life with that sweet boy. hope to someday meet you two! love how you document your adventures together. what a fun month! too many faves to list…. xo

January 8, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Tamara - Jules you have a beautiful way with words and your images are priceless. Love your posts and they always bring a smile. Praying for you and Brooks that it is possible for your Hawaii trip to occur.

January 8, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - Jules I always adore your posts. you and Brooks seem to have the time of your lives all the time. Brooks is so blessed to have you as a Mom, you are one cool Momma! Glad you had a great Disney trip, it truly is magical!

January 8, 2013 - 6:00 pm

tamsen - lov you Jules… I think of you and Brooks often and pray you’ll get the news that you can still go on your trip! XO

January 10, 2013 - 11:20 am

Jobrina Hofleit - can not believe i am just now getting caught-up on reading this post of yours! i never know what to say because i feel as if i’m always repeating myself (with much great reason to), you have been from day one such an inspiration to me jules, first as a colleague, then a friend and then as a mommy! the way you are able to put out there the words for b, always hits home for me, i feel like we have this bond because of our boys and it’s such a wonderful feeling!!!! you and b are constantly in my thoughts and i mean CONSTANTLY, and i will make us meeting up happen this summer…the summer of 2013, mark my words!!!! 🙂 i love and adore each and every image in this post, that image of b and your mom on the ride….so priceless!!!!! and seriously it snowed after the fireworks!?!? it does not get more magical than that!!!! and love b’s front teeth gap, another thing he and r have in common (raney to this day has still only lost his two front bottom teeth), so afraid the “pulling” part is coming for us also! and b hugging elfi, was am soooo stealing that idea….beyond priceless!!!!!! xoxo

January 13, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Leslie - Can’t say enough wonderful things about your letter to Brooks…WOW WOW WOW…and your photography of course is out of this world. Such great work. I just have to know…what kind of puppy is that. Could look at those photos all day every day. Thanks for being a little part of my Sunday.

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san diego family photographer | just us twelve times | december 2012

This month wraps up my second year to complete one of my favorite projects .. just us!  As I’ve learned all to well, it’s so important to get yourself in the photo, too.  If you haven’t started, please make a promise to yourself and your children to include yourself in your photos with your family!  I have many of my images from the last two years hung as gorgeous canvases around my house.  They always make me smile!  Thanks for my wonderful group that shared this journey with me this year!  Love you girls!!!  xoxo

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December 6, 2012 - 7:13 am

Carey Pace - Love. There are no other words. Just love love LOVE.

December 6, 2012 - 9:15 am

Suzanne Carey - As always, you look fantastic Jules! I love the pics with Santa. Your son is just the cutest thing ever! I have love/hated this project, but so glad that I have some pictures with my kids this year. If it were not for this project, I probably would not have any.

December 6, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Ginger Unzueta - every month i am just awe struck by the beauty of your just us posts. gorgeous!!

December 6, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Tamsen - I loe these!!! How do you always get the cutest shots?

December 6, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Gail Pomare - hehehe. you look so good on a jolly fat guys knee… is that prophetic? haha.

I love your connection, and I really love your sweater ha! happy days to you. xoxo

December 7, 2012 - 7:44 am

celeste jones - I love this, and look at you on santa’s lap too. 🙂

December 9, 2012 - 4:13 pm

hope - sssooooooo fun!!! love these. u 2 are so cute together. hope you guys have a fantastic christmas!!


December 9, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Christineb - I probably say it every time… you are both so adorable! I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas!!