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An outdoor family documentary session at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael CA

We had such beautiful weather a few weeks ago. It's that time of year when the temperature has cooled to a nice crispy air and long hikes don't make you sweat like they do in the summer time. 

I had a outdoor documentary session with the Pendleton family at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. It is located in Carmichael CA and has lovely meandering trails in woody areas by the river. If you go there in the evening, you will see the deer that make the center their home. This evening, we spotted a deer and her fawn.

I had an in-home family documentary session with them last year. I always enjoy seeing them during our photo sessions, especially their kids. Their youngest, Max has gotten so big and has started to talk so much compared to when I first met them. Alex and Isabelle are thriving at the Montessori school they are attending, and it shows. I learned all about rocks from Alex, and Isabelle showed me some of the yoga poses that she is learning from her teacher. 

My favorite part of the session was seeing Azy and Anthony interact with their children. It was fun to see them point out different things and have a discussion with their kids about them. What a surprise to see how much they know!

On our way back our cars, I took one of my favorite photos from the evening. I love the warm glow from the setting sun and I thought it was so sweet that Max, the youngest, was leading them. 

 Young boy referring to his geology book at a park
 three children playing at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center
 Father helping his young son walk across a log at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center play area
 Family walking across a river of rocks with a mother holding out her hand to her young son
 Young girl jumping on logs at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center play area

Claire Toney is a child portrait and family documentary photographer based in Northern California. She lives near Sacramento with her loving husband, 2 kids, and 2 little dogs. One day, she is going to visit Australia and Madacascar, and somewhere north to see the Aurora Borealis. In the meantime, you may schedule a session with her by, contacting her using the below information.