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Sarah K Chen Photography Blog bio picture

Welcome to my Blog!

I'm a simple person who loves photographing people and spending time with my husband and two little girls, Ellie (4) and Emmeline (1). My girls are my world and every day I wonder how I became so blessed to be their Mama.

When I'm not behind the camera I love to knit and sew cute things for my girls and bake cookies. My husband likes to say I'm a granny at heart, but I like to say I'm a woman of many talents. ;)

I also enjoy snowboarding, traveling and immersing myself in books. One day I will conquer Cornice and get down without snowplowing my way. I dream of traveling to Greece, Italy and Paris one day, but I have yet to convince the husband that traveling abroad with two little ones would be aweome. I'd also love to go camping and show my girls the joys of a perfectly toasted marshmallow and walking barefoot through an icy cold creek bed. And although I said it would never happen, I now read most of my books on my iPhone or iPad instead of a book. Have kids and you'll soon realize the gift of a built in light and always having your book with you.

I'm based in Orange County, California and ocassionally travel for shoots.

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My mini sessions have sold out! I’m really excited to be photographing so many families and couples for the upcoming holidays this year. I just did my first weekend of mini sessions and it was refreshingly fun and I loved getting to meet so many families and to see and catch up with people I’ve photographed for in the past.

Some of you may follow me on Instagram, but I just wanted to share a little bit of what our summer as a family looked like. They say that the best camera to have is the one that is with you. I’ve been shooting with my iPhone more and more these days and love capturing candid moments throughout the day and being able to share them quickly and easily with friends. I started sewing last year around this time and have ventured into making clothes for my girls. I just finished a Tinkerbell costume for Ellie and a Tiger Lily one for Emmeline and can not wait to take them to the woods to photograph them. We took a mini vacation to Lake Arrowhead where we all had such an amazing time in the short time we were there. We went boating, swam in a frigid lake, I tried paddle boarding for the first time and even took Ellie on a few rides. We also recently traveled up to the Bay Area to visit family and friends for a weekend.

I can’t believe my little baby is growing up so fast. She started crawling at 5 months, dragging herself all over the room and has been on the move ever since. This girl is so determined to get what she wants. It makes me laugh when she’s grunting and twisting and trying SO DAMN HARD to get whatever she’s got her eyes on. She’s a happy girl who smiles easily and has the chunkiest thighs I’ve ever seen on a baby. She’s definitely not the mellow baby that Ellie was! I adore her through and through and feel so blessed to be her Mama.

My big girl is still the sweet, sensitive one, but now she talks non stop. I always tell my husband that it’s a good thing we had her first. She loves her baby sister so much and is so great with her. Even one of the Mom’s at her preschool mentioned how great she is with babies. This Mom sometimes brings her baby with her to pick up her son and the kids will all swarm to check out the baby. Ellie will tell the others to be gentle with the baby because he’s little. Is that not the sweetest? Her life as an only child changed 7 months ago, but she has yet to show anything but love for her baby sister. In fact, she keeps asking for another baby. HA!

Ellie will be turning 4 soon and I’ll have to start planning a 1st birthday for Emmeline. I take a ton of photos and videos of my girls, but I still feel it’s not enough. I want to freeze time and just hold on to their littleness for just a bit longer. There was this great article in the Huffington Post that really opened my eyes (ok, it made me cry) about the importance of Moms (and Dads!) to be IN the pictures with their children.

I’ve always wanted to take family portraits, but just wanted to lose some weight first. But the time went on, I lost some weight, but still wanted to lose more because I still feel frumpy….and my girls just kept growing up. After reading this article I realized something. My girls look at me as if I’m the best thing in the world. Seriously, they smile and run (ok, Emmeline crawls) and their eyes light up and … I can’t even begin to describe how much they adore me. ME. I’m imperfect and human and with my faults, but to them, I’m still their Mama whom they adore. And it doesn’t matter if I haven’t showered or if I’m wearing the same milk stained shirt from two days ago, or if I’m still sporting some baby chub. They LOVE me unconditionally. I decided on the spot that we will do family portraits this year because it’s that important. So excited!

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