chasin terris dizon – burlingame, ca

Five months after we adopted our beautiful newborn son Ayden we found out Mercy was pregnant. Her pregnancy had been pretty rough as her nausea went well past the first trimester. We kept hoping that the next week it’ll go away, then the next, and so on. One particular day at around nine weeks Mercy had this horrible bout with nausea. For several hours she was vomiting and had become very weak. Thankfully it was towards the evening when baby Ayden was already down and I was home from work. After a trip to the emergency room that night, ends up she was diagnosed with having Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Once she was re-hydrated and given anti nausea medicine, they sent us home with a prescription of Zofran to help her navigate through her symptoms that lasted the majority of her pregnancy. Ironically any mother that has Hyperemesis Gravidarum has a much greater chance of having a successful full term pregnancy. Great news for us after having a couple miscarriages over the years. Though her pregnancy was challenging we have no regrets as the results far exceed the pain.

Three days after Mercy’s due date (Nov. 15th) I convinced her to let me do a quick photo shoot to try and capture a few moments of her pregnancy. Though tired and ready to have baby come on out she allowed me a brief 15 minutes. Little did I know that in less than 12 hours Mercy’s water would break, and we would make our way to the hospital for our first experience with labor and delivery. It was an intense 36 hours, and as a guy I was very grateful to have the care of our doula Jess there to guide us through this new experience. I never really new exactly why they called it “labor” and delivery. I get it now. Our room was the battle ground between contractions, brief rest periods, exhaustion, and the miracle of life entering into this world. It was one of the most intimate and intense experience that I will never forget, and I’m glad I was able to capture some of what we were seeing and feeling. I look forward to getting to know Chasin and I’m sure I’ll be posting photos of him in the near future. Thank you God for the gift of another son, and to all our friend’s and family that have been an amazing help to us. We are truly grateful and are so blessed. We are so in love with our precious Chasin Terris who is a wonderful edition to our growing family.

Teresa O'Brien Nguyen - So beautiful Gus! I’m glad our paths crossed and to witness your beautiful family. Blessings to all of you. And huge kudos to Mercy for 36 hours!! She beat me by 6 hours so I know how tough it is.

Fe'ao N Haitelenisia Bloomfield - Congratulations We’ve been praying and God answered thanks for sharing your story and pictures God bless Sela Soana and family teacher janes sabbath school girls

Helen Lane - So beautiful! Tears in my eyes as I viewed this journey! (Monica Thom”s mom)

Renee Cerda Walker - Gus, you always manage to make me cry with your amazing stories and photo’s. Thanks for sharing!

Paulette Martinez - What a beautiful family!!

Joy Bianchi Brown - LOVE these!!!

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featured in ‘on to baby’ and ’100 layer cakelet’ with ayden’s first birthday

I’m really thrilled and honored to be featured in both On to Baby as well as 100 Layer Cakelet and for this feature to be about my son, Ayden’s first birthday. This makes “dada” proud. Hilary had submitted to 100 Layer Cakelet, and I submitted to On to Baby. Really though, this feature would not be possible if it were not for our extremely gracious, generous, super talented, and I could go on and on friend Hillary of The Sugar Studio as well as Keely of The Glitter Shoppe. Hilary had been planning for this day since Ayden was born. I remember her talking about his party well before it was even something to talk about. I had no idea at the time that Hilary would bring that idea to fruition.

Ayden had a race car inspired party theme, influenced by yours truly. Yes, vehicular indoctrination has already begun. Once Hilary knew what the theme was she really hit the gas pun inteded. Let me just say Hilary’s attention to detail is amazing. As you enter the house she had orange cones leading you to a custom California license plate, there was a custom race track “Ayden” sign, trophy and winner flag party favors, panna cotta vintage oil cans, stop light macaroons, and much much more. I was in shock to see all Hilary and Keely had done for my family, for my sweet Ayden.

Honestly all I had to do was shoot, the creativity was already there making my boy’s first birthday party truly unforgettable. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and some pretty amazing friends.





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chasin terris – pacifica

Chasin Terris was born on November 19th, 2013 at 7:21pm. He came out 20 inches long, weighing in at 7 pounds 10 ounces. We are so filled with love meeting our little guy after 40 weeks and 4 days, and are grateful for all our friends and family that have prayed and hoped for this day. My wife Mercy came up with his name, Chasin = “strong, bold” and Terris = “tender hearted”.

I was gonna hold out on posting these photos because I was only 13 minutes into shooting before Chasin was too uncomfortable from needing to poop, and then clamoring for mama to feed him. Yep . . . sleep, eat, poop, repeat. Besides being cute, that is pretty much the routine at this age. I was hoping to get a variety of shots as I have a few props and poses I wanted to experiment with, but was too excited to not post what I was able to get. Anyways without further ado here’s Ayden’s baby brother, and our new lil love Chasin Terris.


Bonnie Morales - Wow, he is adorable!!!! beautiful Gus! Congratulations!!!!!

Michaela Ho - He is so precious!

Yvonne Church - What a beautiful and sweet gift he is!! You have been truly blessed!!

Diane O'Connor - Fabulous shots, G-man. I am so happy for you two!!

Natalie Dizon Doheny - What you have so far is gorgeous. What language is his name from?

Marciana Popescu - Beautiful!!!

Jenny Gadwah - Absolutely beautiful!

Corinne Courtney McCombs - He is just perfect!!! These are adorable, I think my fave is the first one. Congrats again!!

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mercy maternity 40 weeks, two days

We are both eager to meet our new little boy, however, with the cooler winter month he seems quite content inside the warmth of mama’s tummy. Mercy’s due date was last Friday November 15th, and we are on call 24/7 until he is ready to come out and meet the world. Since we are in this waiting, I found a moment to do a quick shoot to document this phase of Mercy’s pregnancy. Though she was tired, Mercy humored me and said I had “five minutes.” Of course, my 5 minutes was more like 15 minutes.

Finding interesting new shots in our home is quite the challenge as the spaces available to shoot are somewhat small and limited especially at night. Challenge accepted! Before I called Mercy in I quickly set up some lights, adjusted camera settings, and prayed for some nice shots as I knew my time with her would be limited. I’m glad she was a willing candidate in spite of being exhausted and beat up from baby’s Karate kicks. I think she looks stunning.

Patricia Andershock - Beautiful. :)

Claudia Nonnenmacher Kornaros - So peaceful and serene! Just beautiful!

Diane O'Connor - Beautiful and peaceful, G-man. Love them!

Autumn Skie Yarbrough - Makes me smile:-)

Jackie Barreto Leonard - Stunning. Your wife is lovely.

Terry Molatore - absolutely beautiful!

Samantha Mach - so beautiful…..

Michelle Huang Scott - Beautiful pictures, seems like a peaceful moment. I love this. Your ability to capture this is amazing.

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ayden phoenix – year one

I just wanted to document on a single blog post a visual summary of Ayden’s first year September 2012 to September 2013. It has been an amazing life altering chapter in our lives, and we are incredibly grateful for the gift of our amazing son.

September 2012

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January 2013
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Lewis Bornmann - Very cool.

Renee Cerda Walker - Everytime i see him, he gets cuter and cuter!

Jenn Jenn - In tears :’) so beautiful !

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