This Thanksgiving, there are a lot of things to be thankful for. The Quaresma family of Ripon is thankful for photos we created amongst the almond trees.

I am thankful for the way this family and I met. I partner with Audi Modesto and Diane Quaresma bought a car there. Upon the purchase of a vehicle, the dealership hand delivers a gift of wine from McManis Family Vineyards and gift certificate for a photo session and photo credit from Rachael Venema Photography. I remember the call from Diane; she was so excited to receive the photo session gift certificate because the last time they were photographed together as a family was at their daughters’ weddings. And just because your children grow up (and sometimes move away) doesn’t mean that those moments together aren’t just as precious as when they were young.

So the kids came from far and near; one daughter flew in from Arizona especially for this photo session. It was easy to see how close-knit this family is. They have a genuine love and respect for one another that reveals itself in these beautiful images. We incorporated the almond trees into many of the images, representing the Quaresma’s passion for farming. Dad loved the pictures of he and his “boys” (sons-in-law) with the farm equipment. And towards the end of the session, we photographed the family just across the street from their home, where the sun was dipping low creating beautiful early evening light.

Life continues on for this family; Dad farming his almonds, mom making and selling almond butter and daughters and sons-in-law creating their own stories. Who knows what the future holds? For now, they feel blessed to have one another and thankful for photos that document a special moment when they were all able to gather together in a place that is dear to them, a place they call home.
For more about Diane Quaresma’s almond butter, Almondee, check out this article in the Manteca/Ripon Bulletin.

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