Recommendations for San Jose, CA?

Hello friends!

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We’ll be in San Jose for a couple weeks and I’m wondering if you’ve got any recommendations for cheap and cheerful family friendly spots? We’re into nature, science, exploration and imagination but mostly we’re just curious about the world and people! So if it’s interesting to you, it’ll probably be interesting to us! lol

So far, what we definitely have on our list is:

The Children’s Discovery Museum

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Winchester Mystery House

If you’ve been to any of the above, please let me know what you thought and if you’d recommend a visit! I’ve also been hearing about an Egyptian museum and an historic orchard that I’m curious about.

Have you been to San Jose? Or are you planning a trip here? What comes to mind when you think of this city? Let us know! We’d love to check it out and let you know what we find!

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Bay Area! It’s portrait time!

I’ll be in the Yay area and available for portraits over the following periods….

Nov 7th – Nov 12th

Nov 23 – Nov 26th

These sessions are perfect if you’d like to update your family portrait, or celebrate your life right now. Branding portraits for your business or social media – we can do a variety of looks and locations. Let me know what you need and we’ll make a plan!

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Thinking about a portrait session? I got you!

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Coming to check me out before you book your portrait session with me? I’m so glad! Come through and let me show you some of the magic I create in my portrait sessions!


I love love love taking photos of people… it’s definitely one of my love languages! My website is currently being renovated, so in the meanwhile, welcome to my personal blog! Get a cup of tea and stay awhile! There’s lots to see.


So, first things first. Hi! I’m your friend neighborhood photographer and doula who is currently traveling around the country and the world, looking for gorgeous people like you to photograph!

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My Ancestry DNA results…

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My Ancestry DNA results came in.
Just as I suspected, my great great grandfather
was a monarch butterfly.
Much of who I am is still wriggling under a stone.
I am part larva, but part hummingbird too.
There is dinosaur tar in my bone marrow.
My golden hair sprang out of a meadow in Palestine.
Genghis Khan is my fourth cousin,
but I didn’t get his dimples.
My loins are loaded with banyan seeds from Sri Lanka,
but I descended from Ravanna, not Ram.
My uncle is a mastodon.
There are traces of white people in my saliva.
3.7 billion years ago I swirled in golden dust,
dreaming of a planet overgrown with lingams and yonis.
More recently, say 60,000 B.C.
I walked on hairy paws across a land bridge
joining Sweden to Botswana.
I am the bastard of the sun and moon.
I can no longer hide my heritage of raindrops and cougar scat.
I am made of your grandmother’s tears.
You conquered rival tribesmen of your own color,
chained them together, marched them naked to the coast,
and sold them to colonials from Savannah.
I was that brother you sold, I was the slave trader,
I was the chain.
Admit it, you have wings, vast and golden,
like mine, like mine.
You have sweat, black and salty,
like mine, like mine.
You have secrets silently singing in your blood,
like mine, like mine.
Don’t pretend that earth is not one family.
Don’t pretend we never hung from the same branch.
Don’t pretend we don’t ripen on each other’s breath.
Don’t pretend we didn’t come here to forgive.

~ Fred LaMotte ~