smiling on the inside | santa monica family photography

This past Saturday I headed to the Santa Monica Pier with my hubby, Armando, for a late afternoon get together/photo shoot with friends of ours and their adorable little daughter! I had been looking forward to this shoot for a few weeks now… dreaming of all the yummy light that I could play with as we captured some photos. But as we got closer and closer to the beach, the skies got gray-er and gray-er [is that even a word?!]. My heart sank… but just for a little bit. The skies actually reminded me of my last session down at the Pier that had some very similar weather.  So I smiled. On the inside. And then I realized I never blogged that session! In fact, I haven’t blogged many sessions!

While the photos from this past Saturday are not quite ready, I am glad to finally be posting these… The photos from the session that made me smile. relax. and realize that a gray, sunless, fogged filled afternoon shoot at the beach can be just as beautiful!

September 29, 2010 - 4:39 am

Katrina - these look great!! Love the beach pic at the end 🙂

Simply Sweet | Malibu Family Photoghraphy

It’s been quite a year for me both professionally and personally- there have been ups and downs [thankfully many more ups!], lots of shoots, and a bunch of traveling! One thing I’ve really come to understand this year is that life is a journey and through every experience we are able to grow, conquer fears, plow through obstacles, and knock down hurtles that may have once stood in our way. This past month alone has been an incredibly difficult one… I feel like have ridden that “super scary, faster than light, 50-foot drop” emotional roller-coaster one too many times… but, yet, every time I get off I am surrounded by hope and love. I am truly amazed by the strength of the human spirit and how love, above all else, has the power to heal.

Every day is a gift. It’s not easy to remember. It’s not easy to live each day in this mindset. But it’s something I strive to embrace.

These photos were taken back in March at a beautiful spot tucked away in Malibu, and every time I look at them they remind me of the huge amount of love this family has for one another- and that makes me smile. Inside and out.

‘H’ Family you are such a beautiful family to know and work with! I hope you are enjoying your photos- and I can’t wait until we shoot again!

Dad | Father’s Day 2010

He uses words like “iota” and “m.o.” [and then proceeds to explain that m.o. is actually “modus operandi”, approximately translated into “method of operation”].  He calls on a daily a basis just to say hello. He leaves funny voicemail messages with silly questions that really have no answer…. like “If a word was misspelled in the dictionary…how would we know?” He has always been there for me and always will be. He is my friend and my father. And, although I can’t be with him this Father’s Day, he knows that I love him and that my heart and my thoughts are with him today as they are every day.

this photo seriously makes me smile! it’s such a great shot of my dad and it was taken at my wedding last september! thanks eric for this photo!

And to celebrate all of the wonderful Father’s out there- enjoy this day as we recognize you for all of your love, support, hard work, and devotion that you give each and every day! Some of my favorite “dad shots” from 2010:

From Across the Pond | Los Angeles Family Photographer

This family was so much fun to meet and photograph! Little “N” is as adorable as can be, super sweet, and has tons of energy [perhaps it has something to do with that gorgeous red hair!]. I was super excited to meet this family because I love photographing new clients, but really it was because I just couldn’t wait to talk with them more! Mom is from England and Dad, from South Africa and they have the most amazing accents- EVER- and  I have what I like to call “accent envy”. I have had it for as long as I can remember. It started way back in junior high when I visited Europe with my family, and it grew even deeper, most likely, because some of my very best friends throughout junior high and high school were from across the pond. My “accent envy” goes so deep, that for about a year and a half of high school my friends and I spoke with horribly fake English accents. We were young, and silly, and well… let’s just leave it at that!

So, when Mom and I spoke on the phone for the first time, hearing her accent brought back so many wonderful memories and happy feelings. And, yes you guess it, it  brought back my accent envy. BIG TIME. I couldn’t wait to meet and chat and soak up all of their accent-glorious-ness [how’s that for a fun made-up word!?] Needless to say, we ended up chatting for quite a long time. And, then when we met up again to create their gorgeous album, we chatted even more. Even longer. They are so sweet and so funny- I think I was laughing our entire time together.

I just love when I am able to connect like this with the families I photograph! Their photographs truly show who they are inside and the deep connection among them as a family! Here are just a few of my favorite shots from our session that took place in between our chatting!

Los Angeles Family Photography

Los Angeles Family Photography

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a reason to pause | Los Angeles Fine Art Photography

The past two months have been completely amazing to me! I have been busier than ever and although I am loving every second of it, it has left little time for blogging. It’s true. I’m a bad blogger. In fact… it’s really an understatement. But hey, the first step to overcoming a problem is admitting it, right?! At least in my head it is.

With that being said, you would think I would be posting pictures from some of my super adorable shoots… but instead, I am taking the time to post some images of something that literally made me stop in my tracks. breathe. smile. and reflect on just how completely blessed I am.

Every Spring when my favorite grocery stores and local farmer’s markets get the most gorgeous supply of fresh daffodils, I just have to buy a bunch [or two or three] and spread them throughout my home and office. They are so bright and vibrant… the minute I see them an instant feeling of happiness, rejuvenation, and inspiration comes over me. One day, as I was walking past our bedroom I peeked inside and caught a glimpse of cheery, glowing yellow and it made me pause. just for a moment. because then i ran to grab my camera so I could capture the feeling of happiness and warmth that these simple, spring-time daffodils give me…

Now… whenever I want to slow down for a moment. smile. and be inspired- I look at these images. They remind me pause. and appreciate everything life has given me.