In Category: ‘personal’

i adore my job.

i have the incredible privilege of photographing brand new babies- each of them so beautiful. so special so unique.

and every once in awhile….the baby is extra special to me, because it’s the baby of a friend.

andrew and cambria are some of our closest, dearest friends- the kind of friends you go on vacations to other countries with.

 we watched them meet, fall in love, and stood beside them at their wedding.

and now, they are parents.

i traveled up to sacramento to capture the incredibly gorgeous little leo.

he decided he was much more interested in having his ‘auntie’ hold him than take his pictures.

but with some patience (sitting on the couch with your best friends is never a bad thing) we were able to get some amazing images-

get ready for an overload of long eyelashes, awesome hair, and perfect little lips.

leo…. your auntie shara loves you so much.

but really- everyone loves leo.

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this sweet baby boy is extra special to me….

he is my nephew, the new son of my younger brother and sister-in-law.

but i can say without any bias at all- he’s pretty perfect.

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jacob and stephanie and their kids live in fresno.

since i didn’t have my normal studio set-up, we headed outdoors to capture a few images of the entire family with their newest addition.orange county newborn baby photographer levi blog018 levi james :: seven days old

happy halloween 2014!

October 31, 2014

happy halloween!!!

every year, i just LOVE coordinating my kids halloween costumes….

in 2013 they were peter pan, wendy, and tinkerbell

in 2012 they were captain america, wonder woman, and catwoman

in 2011 they were dorothy, the tin man, and the lion

well this year… my kids had their own ideas.  the girls wanted to be elsa and anna from frozen (along with every other little girl on this continent) and my son wanted to be star lord from guardians of the galaxy.  after a crazy fall full of family sessions…. i decided this was the year to let them choose their own.

added bonus- my girls already had their costumes AND we had taken pictures in the snow last winter!

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we couldn’t leave jackson out, so i took him into the studio yesterday to capture a few in his costume.halloween4 682x1024 happy halloween 2014! halloween5 happy halloween 2014!

have a safe and fun halloween!

xoxo- shara

like pretty much 99% of the world, my girls are completely ‘frozen’ crazy.

since it came out last november, our home has been filled with constant singing and pretending.

and all they wanted for christmas was “frozen stuff.”

when we headed to the snow earlier this year, they insisted on bringing their costumes and taking pictures.

(of course i said yes!)frozen blog028 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party frozen blog026 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party frozen blog027 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partya few months ago, charlotte started telling me she wanted a ‘frozen’ birthday party.

i wasn’t planning on throwing her a party this year, but she started coming up with some really fun ideas.

and how could i say no when she was planning an entire party for me?

one morning she put on her costume and we made this invitation:frozen blog029 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party

i originally thought it would be easy to find ‘frozen’ party items, but apparently there has been a run on all merchandise.

i decided to go with a winter-y nature theme, and i wanted to make as many of the decorations as i could.

i loved the end result.

frozen blog007 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partyi cut out a TON of snowflakes using coffee filters and hung them up in the kitchen/dining room.  i used fishing line to suspend them so it looked as though they were falling.frozen blog011 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partyi also made white paper chains (as in, almost a ream of paper’s worth) and strung them from the ceiling fan out to the walls to create  a feeling of snow covering you from above.frozen blog012 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partymy mom wanted to help me a bit, so she bought some actual ‘frozen’ items to add to the party-

the olaf balloon was a big hit and greeted everyone as they entered the party area

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the girls have gotten quite a few frozen toys and items for christmas, so i tried to use those in the decorations as much as possible.  i also printed out a few of the portraits of the girls in the snow to use.  frozen blog005 819x1024 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party

i had a lot of fun coming up with themed food items.

i decorated the food area with pinecones and sticks that charlotte found at the park and wanted to use for her party.  we spray painted them white and added some glitter.  they were the perfect addition!  i layer out some white paper to put under all the food, and then sprinkled fake snow on top for a little shimmer.frozen blog018 768x1024 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party

the girls made these fun little desserts-

‘sven snacks’ isabella made were nutter butters with pretzel antlers, chocolate chip eyes, and a reeses pieces nose.

the ‘happy little snowmen’ charlotte put together with donuts, an orange reeses pieces and some black frosting.

(beware peanut allergies with both of these treats!)frozen blog025 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partyi wanted some healthy options too,

so we had pretzel sticks, carrots, raisins, and cheese sticks (because charlotte is obsessed with cheese).

there were also yummy scones for the parents.  frozen blog003 819x1024 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partycharlotte LOVES cake pops.  like, a lot.

i thought some white ones could be fun- snowballs on a stick!

i tried making them and failed.  miserably. (it is WAY harder than it looks!)

so my incredibly talented friend jackie from ‘hit my sweet spot bakery‘ made me some absolutely gorgeous ones. and they were insanely delicious.  like… i may have eaten 3. or 4.  or… more than i should.

she showed up the morning of the party with all the ‘snowballs’ and…. A CAKE POP OLAF!

seriously. how amazing is that?

if you are in orange county and need cake pops, you MUST use jackie.  frozen blog001 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partyi made some simple white cupcakes with white sprinkles on top.

the cupcake toppers and all the food signs were printables off of etsy from digipartyshoppefrozen blog002 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partyi borrowed this darling drink dispenser from my friend and added some characters to the bottom.  the water was ‘melted olaf’frozen blog006 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party

since the party took place in the morning, we had a hot chocolate and coffee bar.frozen blog021 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partywe had lots of fun things to add to the drinks- it was a hit with both adults and kiddos.frozen blog022 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party

with all the decorations up and the food ready, it was time for the party to start.

we had a lot of super-fun activities planned, all of which charlotte came up with herself!
frozen blog0141 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partywe took our dining room table out and filled the room with kid-sized tables.  to make it a bit more cohesive (and help clean-up) i covered them in tablecloths.

when children arrived, they could either color ‘frozen’ coloring sheets i printed off the internet, or make their own snowflakes.frozen blog016 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party frozen blog015 768x1024 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party frozen blog017 768x1024 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party

after most of the kiddos arrived, the fun really started!

we headed out to the backyard for a ‘snowball fight’ using crumpled up pieces of white paper.

since there were about 30 children of varying ages, we had a little kid round and a big kid round.

this activity was definitely a hit-especially with the older kiddos.

afterwards, they had a little game of  ‘freeze dance’

(pardon some of the iPhone pics from during the party… sometimes you have to take a photo right away and your real camera is all the way across the room) frozen blog019 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partythe kids came inside for the next activity-

pin the nose on olaf!!!frozen blog009 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partyi traced the olaf balloon and made this myself, and then printed carrots off the internet.

each child wrote their name and then took turns putting them on.  it was a lot of fun!frozen blog023 charlottes 4th frozen birthday party

after all the noses were pinned, we moved on to the next activity..

‘do you wanna build a snowman?’

each child received a plate, a cup with frosting and a popsicle stick, and a baggie with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and an orange tic tac.  frozen blog020 819x1024 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partywe had a little mess to clean up after that, so the children headed into the living room for a little sing-along while we got the tables all cleared.

we found ‘let it go’ with the words on youtube and showed it on the tv.

so.stinking.cute.

and who doesn’t love to sing that song?frozen blog024 charlottes 4th frozen birthday partythen it was time to sing happy birthday!

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charlotte monroe, you bring so much joy to our lives.

you are spunky, thoughtful, generous, kind, silly, beautiful, and a little bit crazy.

i love how much you adore your siblings and how you think of others before yourself.

you are passionate about everything you love- your family, art, cheese- you are 100% all the time.

your life is a gift to everyone who knows you- it was a joy to celebrate all four of your sweet years.

i love you, precious girl.  happy fourth birthday, charlotte monroe.

grateful

November 28, 2013

today and everyday.

there are so many amazingly good things in my life.

a faithful and loving god.  my friends and family.  my home.  the opportunity to do something i love for work.  the best clients ever.

but these four people…. there just aren’t words to express the joy they bring me everyday.

so on thanksgiving day and everyday-

i am grateful for these incredible gifts god has blessed me with.
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today my daughter turned six years old.

easter blog003 isabella kristan :: six years old to say that i can’t believe it would be the understatement of the year.

she still feels like my baby girl, and yet… she is growing up.

and oh, how i love the girl she is growing up to be.

bella blog isabella kristan :: six years old this has been a big year for isabella.

she started kindergarten and is already learning to read.  i love to watch her try to read, and the jubilation she expresses when she figures out new words.

she got her ears pierced over the summer.  crazy how two tiny pieces of jewelry can make someone look so much older.

she also asked jesus to live in her heart.  i wasn’t expecting it while driving home from trader joes one day, but i’ll definitely never forget it.

bellas 6th bday1 isabella kristan :: six years old bella is passionate.  determined.  cuddly.  spunky.  artistic.  friendly. enthusiastic. competitive. loyal. silly.  loving.  happy.  a quick learner.  inquisitive.  energetic.  

bellas 6th bday2 isabella kristan :: six years old she loves animals. barbies. anything with sugar.  drawing.  princesses.  legos.  macaroni and cheese.  pink.  her hair down.  dresses.  riding her scooter.  snuggling.  cooking.  reading.  dog with a blog.  her friends.  perfume.  dresses.  bubble baths.  having her nails painted.  scissors and glue.  dinosaurs.  star wars.  sparkly eyeshadow.  sofia the first.  dancing when no one is watching.  taylor swift.  tutus.  drawing hearts and stars on everything.  marie from the aristocats.  jewelry.  palace pets. school.  dress up.  disneyland.

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she does not like having to make her bed.  wearing pants.  being told no.  getting the smaller portion of anything.  mommy’s hair in a ponytail.  vegetables.  being last.

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this year isabella discovered her love for acting in plays, fishing (as long as she didn’t have to touch a worm), and riding space mountain.

she learned how to draw people way better than i can and she will make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich all by herself.

she rode a zipline, jumped off a giant rock into a lake, and got to be cindy lou who.

she does everything “like a boss.”

bellas 6th bday5 isabella kristan :: six years old she says when she grows up she wants to be a doctor for babies and kids.

she said she also wants to be a dancer, an artist. and a mommy.

i told her she can do and be anything she wants to be…..

and i believe it.

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 as crazy as she can make me sometimes, i adore this little girl beyond words.

i love that she knows what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to fight for it

while right now a pink cup doesn’t seem worth fighting over, i know there will be bigger fights down the road.

i pray daily that God will shape and mold her little heart to love and fight for the things that He desires for her.

there will be no stopping this little one.

bellas 6th bday7 isabella kristan :: six years old isabella loves her brother and sister fiercely.  while she is usually involved in whatever argument seems to be happening, she is also always a part of the laughter.  both jackson and charlotte would say that she is their favorite, and everyone is sad when bella isn’t home.  most mornings, charlotte will look up at me sadly and say, “mommy, i just really miss bella when she’s at school.”  she brings life and joy and entertainment to our lives.

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isabella kristan bachman….
you, little girl, are my sunshine.
while i wish that i could freeze you in time, i adore the little girl that you are right now,
and i know i will continue to love who God is making you to be.
watching you reminds me to love big and passionately.
to never stop pursuing my dreams.
and to always, always, savor my dessert.
i don’t know how you are already six years old,
but i can tell you that i have cherished every single day being your mommy.

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here are links to bella’s past birthday blogs:
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 this year for halloween, jackson, isabella + charlotte transformed 

into peter pan, wendy, and tinker bell.

 we spent a lovely evening playing together in neverland….

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(in case this is your first time checking out bachmanville photography, these are definitely different than my photographs normally look, but we wanted them to look dreamy and ‘neverlandy’ icon smile halloween 2013 :: a journey to neverland  )

and here is last year’s superhero halloween session in case you need more costume cuteness

three weeks ago, my little boy lost his top tooth.

he was ecstatic.

i totally cried (i mean…. he looked so big!)

his other top tooth has been very loose too, so we knew it was just a matter of time.

today i picked him up from second grade to see his tooth BACKWARDS in his mouth.

no joke.  backwards.  hanging by a thread.  (i’m not going to lie.  it was gross)

we drove over to daddy’s work and he quickly popped that tooth out.

since his first tooth is already starting to grow in, i knew we had to grab a few pictures quick to capture this big day.

he is quite excited about the “gigantic window” in his mouth

(and even more excited for the tooth fairy’s visit tonight)

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my sweet jackson- your smile brings such joy to our lives.

and now even more so with those silly holes and big boy teeth.

how we love you, precious boy.

now please stop growing up.

the frazier family

June 13, 2013

a few weeks ago, our family gathered for a huge family reunion.

it was so fun getting to see cousins, aunts, and uncles that we don’t see very often.

my favorite thing was having my ‘little’ brother and his family come down for the week.

little macie had never been to the beach before, so we had a fun morning capturing her exploring the sand, avoiding the waves, and chasing the birds.

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and to see how little macie has grown, here is a link to her session last summer

going blue

April 2, 2013

one in eighty-eight children are diagnosed with autism.

our little boy is one of those children.

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april 2nd is autism awareness day,

and today we wear blue to support children and families everywhere living with autism.

jackson, you are the MOST precious little boy,

and i wouldn’t change a thing about you.

i celebrate exactly who god made you to be,

and today we recognize the extra challenges you face in life.

we will always be here to love, support,

and cheer you on.