2017 Holiday Mini Sessions | Los Angeles Holiday Mini Sessions

You Guys!! I can't believe I'm saying this, but... The 2017 Holiday Season is fast approaching and that means Holiday Photo Sessions are here!

This year, I am pleased to announce, that I will be offering MINI SESSIONS for the first time ever!

Mini Sessions are a great way to capture a totally adorable holiday card photo of course (plus custom cards to send all those holiday wishes), but also a chance to slow down from the craziness of the season, spend quality time with your family and create some amazing memories & gifts you will cherish as the years go by. 

Here are the details:

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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!

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!

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!

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Leaves and Lemons | Los Angeles Child and Family Photography

Lately it seems as though I have had many "Sibling Sessions"- which I TOTALLY love! As an only child, I love to photograph siblings and see the love, playful competition, and complete adoration they have for one another. It's like getting to be with your best friend all the time! I got the chance to photograph this brother and sister team back in early January and they were such a joy to photograph! We played in the leaves, laughed a lot, and Mom even sent me home with a big bag full of home-grown meyer lemons [which later made a delicious lemon tart!]- how great it that!?

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together....

Thanks again, Mom, for the yummy lemons! I can't wait to see what your adorable kiddos are up to again soon.

Sweet Siblings | Los Angeles Baby Photography

Way back in November of 2009 I photographed these two little cuties! [I know...I know.... I am a bad blogger...] In fact, Mom had first contacted me in May but due to a cold, the weather, a few more colds, and coordinating several peoples schedules we just couldn't get our session in until November! Well, needless to say when we finally did meet we had an absolute blast! Sweet little "A" has the most adorable, fun, and energetic personality and her baby brother "J" is about as cool and calm as any baby could be! Jumping on the bed and lots of bribery... umm, I mean candy... kept this session playful and allowed for some super images!

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Holiday Happiness | Los Angeles

These two siblings were so much fun to photograph... They are so full of life and they absolutely love to be silly! We actually combined their session with their good friends, whom I have been photographing for three years now [thanks R Family for the referral!], so it really was more like a "play date" than a photo session- which is really what made it so much fun! I'll post a few of the R Family in a later post, but for now here are few of my favorites from my time with these adorable kiddos... the first one is the prefect example of just how silly these two can be!

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these next two are the rare moments caught in between all the silliness and I completely love them!

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A Perfect Start!

I always love delivering all the fabulous goodies my clients order when they are ready. The expression on their faces and joy in their hearts when they see their images just makes my heart sing! It's what makes my job so amazing and so fulfilling ...and today was no exception! When I delivered "T's" order this morning she nearly cried! She was so excited to see me when I arrived and was completely smitten with everything! And, with a model this adorable it's easy to see why...

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Today has been a perfect start to 2010! Yes, it is already the 5th.. but it's only day two back at the office so it still counts [at least I think so anyways!]. I know this is only the start to a perfectly amazing year ahead!

'Sunsational' Sunset | Rancho Palos Verdes

It's two weeks until Christmas. One week until Hannukah. [how lucky am I... I get to celebrate both!] This year has been packed with events, work, celebrations... it feels as though it has literally flown by! The same can be said for this Holiday Season! I have been quite the busy bee with Holiday sessions extending well past Thanksgiving! I am beyond grateful for all of my new and recurring clients and have tons of photos that I can't wait to share! I thought I would start out with a beautiful beach session... I had so much fun photographing this little guy and his beautiful mom- who is just the sweetest and happiest person I have ever met! We met at a gorgeous, dog-friendly, beach down in Rancho Palos Verdes and patiently waited for what California is known for- it's beautiful sunset light! Before we met, Mom told me how much she loved that warm, pinky light that we get just as the sun sets so I was determined to capture it. Here are some of my favorites...

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Three's Company

These three kiddos crack me up every time I see them! I had the pleasure of photographing them again this year and they are so laid back, a complete blast to photograph, and an absolute riot! I have to admit- I was a little nervous that the age difference between everyone [one teenager, an 11 year old, and  5 year old!] might make the interaction dynamic a bit challenging to work with... boy was I wrong! These three are so connected to each other and absolutely love to hang out together- just check out the last image!

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Family Travels

I am short on words today since I am headed out of town, but I wanted to put up a few adorable images before I jet off!

These little cuties are the children of the amazing creator of the Little Redheads Across America book! Ever since we worked together to create the cover image for her book we have become good friends and I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wonderful family before her sister, her sister's husband, and their two children move halfway across the world!

Here are just a few of my favorite shots...

stay tuned for more images from this fun session!

*a note to clients and prospective clients: I will be checking email regularly and can be reached on my cell [310.614.3060] should you have any questions or need to reach me at any time. I still have a few spots open for August & September photo sessions so if you would like to setup a session for your baby, child, or family please contact me soon so we can get you scheduled!

Little Redheads Across America #2

Last year I was asked to photograph some of the most adorable redheads for a wonderful book all about... you guessed it... redheads! [Click here to learn more about the book and that shoot!] The book has been a huge success and has inspired so many young red-headed children throughout America, and few weeks ago the amazing creator, author, and publisher, Nicole G., had her very first book signing!

Tons of redheads showed up to see the book and even have it signed by some of the "famous" featured redheads! The day was a total blast! Please everyone go check out Little Redheads Across America- it's an absolutely adorable book full of gorgeous photos, fun facts, and interesting info about red hair!

Here are some of my favorite images from the day...

PS- In the blink of an eye it has gone from the end of the May to the end of June- someone please explain!

A Family to Celebrate

I was so honored to photograph such a special day in this family's life! They were celebrating their beautiful mother's birthday and her journey throughout the years. So many friends and family came out to celebrate, including her best friend of over 50 years and her incredible mahjong playing pals...I could instantly feel the love they all shared for the guest of honor, "Mrs. C", and for each other! {Seeing how much each of the relationships mean to everyone involved made me feel so completely blessed to also have such special friends and relationships in my life as well!}

Here are some favorite images of the Guest of Honor and her daughter {one of three!} and adorable little boy!



so much love!!

some more of the grand kids in the background... i think we're "driving to Disneyland" here!

Hugs Galore!

I could not have asked for a more perfect Saturday morning than the one like last weekend! Immediately upon walking in the door of the "P" Family, I was greeted with giant smiles, great energy, and toys! :)

This awesome greeting was followed only by hugs, hugs, and even more hugs ! Big Brother "L" was so excited I was there I almost didn't get to take any shots of him because he kept tackling me with hugs- it was SO much fun! Even with all of the hugging and toy sharing I did manage to get some "work" done too!

Thank you "P" Family for welcoming me into your home and allowing me to capture your amazing family!

i love his mischievous smile!

proud mom and dad with brand new baby "E"

A Maternity Session from February

Yes...that's right back in February I photographed this amazing family who was anxiously awaiting their new bundle of joy! Well, that bundle of joy has arrived and is absolutely adorable!

Needless to say I am a bit behind on blogging (ok... 'a bit' is the understatement of the century!) but I am glad to finally be posting some of the images from their Maternity session! I'll be posting some of their adorable newborn shots soon too!

Oldies But Goodies... Part 3

Looking back at these photos puts a huge smile on my face! The 'K' Family is absolutely a joy to photograph and be around! I had such a blast photographing them again this past holiday season- and I am so looking forward to their holiday photos fro 2009! (I think there might even be some homemade chocolate chip cookies involved this time around!) Thanks again 'K' Family...