lions, monsters, & april fools | los angeles baby photography

It’s April 1st 2011. April Fools Day. A day of pranks, jokes, and all things silly and tricky! To be quite honest… April 1st has always made me a little apprehensive. Probably because I am quite possibly one of the most gullible, clumsy, and easily frightened  people on the planet. It’s true. For example- my husband, after nearly 10years together, continues to jump out from behind every corner possible while “rawring” at me in a scary monster growl with his hand bent up claws. And even though I know it’s coming… I still jump back and gasp in fear. After I recompose myself from the initial heartbeat-skipping scare… we both laugh as I tell him how to never do that to me again [which , let’s be honest, we both know he still will.].

Another example that took place today– While video chatting with my father this morning, he informed me [in an urgent tone] that he received a phone call earlier from someone by the name “Lions”, looking to speak with me. Now, I feel it necessary to explain that not only I have I not lived my parents in over 10 years, but I no longer live in South Florida either. Anyways, he wouldnt tell my dad what his call was in regards to, but instead gave him a phone number and asked that I call him back. So I took down the number. I couldnt get over how weird and “suspicious” this all seemed, so as I was about to pick up the phone and call… it dawned on me. “THIS IS AN APRIL FOOLS TRICK ISN’T IT?!?!” I exclaimed! My father’s immediate burt of intense laughter led me to believe I was right. It had happened again. I was fooled. But I must say… dad did good this year. The number he gave me was to the Miami Metropolitan Zoo. Get it?!  Zoo… Mister “Lions”. Hysterical.

Here’s to wishing everyone a very Happy April 1st + Happy April Fools Day!

And just because posts are no fun without a picture or two… These six images of this adorable little guy were printed on canvas and hung just as they are shown below. His parents love him so so much and wanted to remember all the little details and important info about their newborn baby boy so we designed the outside edge of the canvas so that each one displayed a different fact about him at birth [name, weight, height, etc.]. It came out even better than I imagined and is simply stunning on their wall!

 

 

 

beautiful in malibu | malibu family photography

Forgive me for being short on words today. There’s quite a bit going on. But I just had to share these adorable images. K Family you are gorgeous both inside and out! Your love for one another comes shining through in these photographs! I love that grandma was able to make a “special cameo” too! I hope you are loving your photos as much as I do. I can’t wait to see you guys again and see how much your little one has grown!

May 6, 2011 - 6:49 am

Cat - Love Love this shoot!!!! The first picture is precious!!!!!

a birthday + the girls + film | lake cuyamaca , ca

It started as a surprise. A birthday extravaganza if you will. One of my very best friends and I wanted to surprise our other bestie with a birthday to remember! We started the planning and plotting last year and not long after we had nothing short of the perfectly planned best girls weekend. Ever. We took care of all the details. Travel arrangements. Food. Activities. Everything. We planned a trip out  to Lake Cuyamaca just outside of Julian, Ca. If you’re not familiar with Julian it’s known for it’s many apple orchards and “world’s best apple pie”. Trust me when I say the orchards are adorable and on a crisp autumn day during prime apple-picking season you can smell the apple pies from miles away. And yes,they are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

We drove out on a friday night. Departing much later than intended [hey don’t judge- getting 5 girls together to leave on time is bear impossible for anyone!] and our gridlocked drive was full of music, laughter, and lots of talking. When we finally arrived our “cabin/condo” was a welcoming site greeting us with comfy beds and fireplace just begging to be used! We lit a fire and enjoyed the clear sky full of stars and the fresh, chilly air outside.

The next day was full of adventure! A fishing lesson. A trip into Julian. And the worlds most interesting geocaching experience. Ever. I’m talking path becoming lake becoming cold mushy socks and shoes. But it was all worth it! We had a blast. Made our friends birthday one to remember. And I, well… I soaked up every inch of photo opportunity that I could find! I of course brought my baby- my big ‘ol digital camera. But this weekend was when I got to break in my most favorite new purchase in a long time. My Diana F+.  This cute little plastic toy camera makes my heart skip! Why? Two reasons: it’s pretty + it shoots film.

That’s right. FILM. There is just something about film that I am totally in love with. The look. The waiting. The colors. The surprise. Mix that with the medium format, overly simplistic nature that is the Diana camera and… Swoon…It’s amazing! This first round of photos is all shot on film. It was definitely a re-learning process [I haven’t loaded film in years. Let alone medium format film-ever.] but I love the results. Light leaks and all.

These make me smile. From ear to ear to be exact!

punkanista | los angeles baby photography

Yes. I made up a word. My own word. But this word perfectly describes this adorable little babe + her mom… Think fashionista meets punk rock chic!

From the moment I stepped into their home I knew this family was full of life, love, and rock-n-roll! Seriously.  Even Miss P’s nursery was fabulous! From the perfectly purple walls to the graphic/punk-graffiti artwork that adorned them to her incredible wardrobe [my closet was totally jealous after it saw hers!] my camera was is visual heaven! I mean who could resist those amazingly blue eyes… and that hat? don’t get me started! So. Much. Fun.

February 8, 2011 - 10:54 am

Whitney - I love that last picture!! She’s got a look like “I hope I don’t get caught”.

brand new | los angeles baby photography

It’s 2011. A new year. A new beginning.  It’s a chance to start fresh. To take things that you’ve been doing and revamp them. Improve upon them. To challenge yourself. Take a leap of faith. Learn from your successes. And your failures. A new year is like that first sunny day after a week long storm. It feels good. Feels alive. It feels inspiring.

2011 brings with it some new additions, big changes, and lots of goals for CSP! Here are just a few of those goals and changes I hope to accomplish this year:

1. Update the website. I’ve been putting this off for a while now, but it’s time to give the site a facelift.

2. Blog more often!! I’ll admit it… I’m a terrible blogger. There. I said it.

3. Make the blog more personal. I have struggled with wether or not to do this for some time now, but I’ve decided to give it a try. After all, choosing a photographer to welcome into your home and to get to know and photograph your family is a very important decision. You need to connect with not only my photography… but it’s important to connect with me. As a person AND as an artist. I think by making the blog a little more personal it will allow you to not only get to know my work, but to get to know me as well!

Now, I have to be honest… my life really isn’t that exciting. Occasionally, I might have a few stories here and there that could be worth sharing. They’ll most likely be about my cat. Or the last clumsy thing I just did. But they might make you laugh. I’d also like to get to know my readers better! Send me your thoughts. Share your ideas!

4. Give back! In 2009 I organized several food drives/raffles with local schools and Feeding America. The food drives were such a success! It taught kids about the importance of community, raised food to help feed thousands of families in Los Angeles, and gave parents the chance to win a free goodies from CSP! Organizing these food drives was incredible. There is no better feeling then giving back! I can’t wait to to do more!

Now, before I make good on my promise of blogging more… I want to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all of our clients, readers, friends, and family. CSP wouldn’t be here without you. I am so grateful to have all of you in my life and part of the CSP family!

And finally, onto some photos…

What a joy he was to photograph!

Mom first contacted me when she was still in her second trimester [the perfect time to schedule!] and I could hear her excitement through her sweet and gentle voice. She was going to be a Mom for the very first time. She was doing everything she could to plan and prepare. She was, truth be told, a little nervous. When the day finally arrived for me to photograph baby ‘C’, I knew I wanted to make Mom feel at ease and give her great shots so she would always remember her first few days with her baby boy. Her first few days as “Mom”.