Yosemite | Traveling With Kids | Sacramento Family Photographer

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” 
― John Muir

 

It had been 7 years since we had gone to Yosemite, so we were definitely overdue for a trip there. This time, a lot of my husband's family came along, so 18 (10 were kids ranging in age from 8 months to 13 years) of us trekked around together.  We spent two days there in early June and had a wonderful time.  There is something magical about Yosemite, and I feel it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

We stayed in two rental houses in Groveland.  It took us about an hour to get in and out of the valley each day, but that wasn't a big deal at all.  It is a great option for those who aren't up to camping in the park or spending extra money to stay in a hotel there.  It was so nice to have a kitchen and extra room for our kids to run around together in the evenings.

We made sure to leave early in the mornings to beat the rush.  By the time we left on the second day, there was a 2 hour wait just to get a parking spot, so we were so glad we went early each day.  We parked in one spot and took the free shuttles around to the different places that we were interested in.  We brought snacks, water, and lunches with us, and kept everything low key kid friendly.  The places we visited were: Visitor Center, Cooks Meadow, Bridal Veil Falls, Mirror Lake, Happy Isles Nature Center (really family friendly hands on place), Lower Yosemite Falls, and Tunnel View (my favorite!).  We tried to go up to Glacier Point, but there was a lot of fog and we got there too late in the day so there was a long wait (1 1/2 hours) to take a shuttle up to the view point.  I guess we have another reason to go back (not that we really need one!).  It was a wonderful couple of days, catching the spirit of Yosemite, enjoying the awe-inspiring beauty surrounding us, and just being together.  If this place is on your travel list....go!  If it isn't, add it to your list right now.  I am already ready to go back.

 

The view on the drive in!  It was just incredible.

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

 

Bridal Veil Falls Trail

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer
Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

 

Water levels were so high after such a wet winter

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

 

El Capitan

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer
Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer
Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

 

Mirror Lake

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

 

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer
Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer
Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer
Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

 

One of the views from Cooks Meadow

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

 

The view of Half Dome from Cooks Meadow

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

Tunnel View.  Pictures don't even do it justice.

Yosemite National Park with kids, Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer

Fall Mini Sessions!

I know it is only July, but now is the perfect time to book your Fall session.  This year I am doing fall mini sessions on Saturday, October 7.  There is limited space, so be sure to book now!  Send me an email at hi@amywrightphoto.com or go to the contact page on this site.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon and taking pictures of your beautiful family!

 

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Roseville Family Photography | L Sisters

"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life." 

-Isadora James

These three are just about the sweetest girls you will ever meet.  They are full of spunk, joy, energy, curiosity, and love.  They take care of each other and radiate happiness.  They are some of my very favorite people to take pictures of and it is always such a pleasure and honor to spend some time with them.  It is always a delight.  They remind me that there is so much beauty in childhood and that sisterhood is such a sacred bond.

Their littlest turned six months, so an updated photo was needed.  Last time I took pictures of them, she was just a newborn, so she has definitely changed!  She is just about a month younger than my little guy, so it is fun to observe their similar mannerisms, but also note their different personalities.  This darling girl wanted to explore!  She just wanted to be on the move, just like her older sisters.  You could see how she was just taking in everything around her, from her uncertainty to who I was to the texture of the grass.   She will be running around and keeping up with her big sisters in no time.

The older girls just wanted to explore, which I am all about.  I love lifestyle family and children/milestone sessions because I get to capture families and children just as they are.  They don't have to stand stiffly for the camera and be expected to smile the entire time.  I want to capture how that wind blows their hair, how they want to run around freely, and how they find such joy in being themselves.  I think these are really the things we will want to remember.  These are the little things that mean so much and it is my favorite thing to be able to freeze these details.

Amy Wright Photography, Roseville Family Photographer, Sisters
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Amy Wright Photography, Roseville Family Photographer, Sisters Spinning
Amy Wright Photography, Roseville Family Photographer, Sisters
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Young Girl
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Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Baby Girl
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Baby Girl and Mother
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Baby Girl
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Baby Girl
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Young Girl
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Young Girl
Amy Wright Photography, Sacramento Family Photographer, Sisters