The Brilliant Ballora Bunch

It is difficult, in this industry, to pinpoint exactly what makes a portrait session particularly unique or amazing. However, there are those rare (and wonderful) times when you can put your finger right on that point. Particularly, say, when your subjects are fuzzy! 


Well, to be fair, only some of the subjects were fuzzy. But who can say that about their clients? Yes, that's right, now we can.

Let me back up.

We met the lovely Judy at the YMCA. She has a son and daughter-in-law who, she felt, were long overdue for a family portrait. She spoke with Prasad, ordered a gift certificate, and we all went about our business. Later that afternoon Prasad spoke with the couple about their portrait session. Within moments we knew this would be a session unlike any other.

Enter Greg and Kristin Ballora, their son, Beckham, and Greg's mother, Judy.

Finally, and without further ado, enter...



Greg and Kristin are puppeteers in Hollywood. Not only do they make their own puppets, but their puppets star in PBS shows as well as in PIXAR films.They have worked on blockbusters such as Spiderman 2and 3 and Team America World Police, and Greg has done quite a bit of work with The Jim Henson Company.

In addition, Greg is the official puppetmaster for Disneyland! He makes sure all puppets and their puppeteers are on their best behavior and working well together. The relationship between a puppet and its master can become rather complicated, it seems.

Greg and Kristin work together like lyrics and a song. They complement each other so well and know just what to say to elicit the most hilarious or appropriate response from one another. Watching them improv together is better than any planned routine, I'm sure! 

To top that, they have been working with 10 (going on 40) year-old Beckham, who is next in line for a career in puppeteering. I must say, he is quite good! (And we do have our eye on him for our 10 year-old granddaughter, so don't get any ideas).

We had such a terrific time working with this talented and brilliant family, including their gorgeous (and also fuzzy) dog, Calvin. The session was unlike any other and the subjects were quite unique and such a blast! Prasad couldn't keep away from the puppets! Even given all of his experience, I'm not sure he's ever photographed characters quite like these! 


"Nobody says you must laugh, but a sense of humor can help you...cope with the unexpected, and smile throughout the day."


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The Little Miracle Boy

We met Mary and Michael several years ago when they were a newly engaged couple. We photographed the beautiful couple for a Christmas card announcing their engagement and later photographed their engagement session and amazing wedding on the beach. They wanted children for many years and, just when they thought it would not happen, Mary finally became pregnant with a little boy, their Miracle Baby. Baby Noah came to us for his newborn photos. That felt like moments ago. Now he is 6 months old already!

Getting to know Noah has been such a joy!  He's a delightful, happy baby who loves to laugh.  He's surrounded by love, and we can't wait to see him again and capture all those special moments as he grows!

He is just the most adorable little boy. What a joy it is to work with a couple as wonderful as Michael and Mary, and now they've brought this sweet, handsome little man into the world to share with us!

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Little Bitty Bidwells

 We recently had the pleasure of photographing two of the most adorable children yet. I suppose I may be moderately biased, being that they are my grandchildren, but they really are quite cute!

We traveled to the Bay Area over Labor Day weekend to celebrate our youngest granddaughter’s first birthday. And what is a first birthday without a photo session?

To commemorate the big day we did a session of our granddaughter, Annabelle, and her big brother, Jakey. We had such a blast photographing these two little cuties. And boy, do they love the camera!

We were exhausted by the time it was all said and done. Trying to keep a 1 year-old and a 4 year-old happy and laughing is no small task, especially when the 1 year-old is dead set on escape!

Between chasing after her, bouncing up and down to make them laugh and rolling around on the floor with the camera for some perfect shots, we were bushed! But it was all worth it in the end.


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