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:

Click the image above to book/view available dates, times and locations.

And We're Back! | Los Angeles Lifestyle Photography

It's been a long time. A VERY long time. There's been quite a lot of activity over here that has caused the mega pause in posting, updating, facebook-ing [Yes. I made up a word. But I think it's a good one, no?], or any sort of communication at all. But I assure you... we are here and it's all for good reason. Since our last post we have been non-stop shooting, have traveled to the east coast and mid-west,  moved to a bigger and better space, and are currently preparing for our biggest adventure yet!

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Any guesses? Yep. That's right. We are expecting our first child! Needless to say we are BEYOND OVER THE MOON THRILLED!!!

Pregnancy has been, for the most part, an incredible and joyous experience. There's nothing better than feeling your little one kick and move, and watching your belly grow and change. And don't get me started on the pure excitement that runs through your entire being the morning of a sonogram appointment! The first time we saw our little pea [that's what we nick-named baby since he/she was the size of a pea when we first found out we were pregnant] I was brought to tears. My heart was flooded with pure joy and excitement. I swear I saw my husband start to tear up too. Though, if you ever tell him that, he will most likely deny any sort of thing ever happening. It was a twinkle of excitement. Not a tear.

Our little one is due in early June. And we are happily knee deep in nursery planning, gear researching, and house prepping! I love design, so the move + the addition of getting to plan a nursery has been complete heaven to me! Although, I have found it more difficult than ever to make final design decisions now. I "blame" this on the pregnancy. :) Once it's all done I'll be sure to document it in it's entirety and of course, share with you how it turned out!

In the meantime, we have tons of images form last year [in addition to the ones above] to share + I might even post an occasional few of my remaining pregnancy journey [now that I am finally showing!].

* I am still shooting maternity and family sessions through the end of April and newborn shoots through mid May. However, post production times may be longer than usual due to baby. :)

simply sweet | los angeles baby photography

  Simply put... these photographs make me smile. Pure. Simple. Soft. And, oh! that yummy yummy light. But what I love most about these photos is all their love for this sweet baby girl that comes shining through!

After nearly a month away caring for family, and a whirl-wind of a month of non-stop shooting... looking at these images reminds me to slow down, enjoy life's simple little pleasures, and to cherish the truly important things in life: Love. Family. Simplicity.

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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!

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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".

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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Two Sisters | Malibu Creek State Park

A few Saturdays ago I had the opportunity to do a family session at a place that is very special to me- Malibu Creek State Park. My husband and I had our very own photo session there when we got engaged, and the park holds so many wonderful memories and beautiful spots that I was beyond thrilled to shoot there myself! Once you enter the park you feel like you have left Los Angeles completely! The smell of fresh sage fills the air [it grows wild along the trail!] and you are surrounded by mountains and trees... it's heaven! And so was this family! They are such a close family and they certainly love to laugh! I actually photographed  little Miss M [the redhead] last year when she took part in the Little Redheads Across America cover shoot. She is an absolute doll and so is her big sister... Mom and Dad are pretty great too!

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Feeding America

Giving back to our community and helping those less fortunate has always been something I have been passionate about and longed to do. I believe that helping our community not only keeps us grounded but has huge impact on everyone involved. And, now I am super excited to be able to combine my passion for photography with my desires to give back to people in need! I recently contacted Angela, over at Huntley Preschool in West Hollywood, about organizing a food drive at her school and she immediately jumped on-board with my idea! In the spirit of the Holiday Season, we thought it would be great to not only raise food for families and children in need, but thank those families by donating a few family photography sessions, all while teaching her kiddos the importance of working together and supporting their community! All of the food raised will be given to Feeding America and distributed amongst the one million + people struggling with hunger throughout Los Angeles. Our food drive kicks off October 26th -just in time for the Holidays!- and will run through mid-November. I can't wait to share with you photos of the kids helping support our community!

For more information on Feeding America and how you can organize your own food drive, please check out their website by clicking the image below:

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Inspired by our project? Interested in organizing a similar fundraiser in your community/local school/organization/etc? It's easy! Simply visit www.feedingamerica.org to locate your local Food Bank and access info on how to get started! And feel free to contact me about donating photography sessions as an incentive to get people to donate!

310.614.3060 | cynthia@cynthiaspivack.com | 323.424.3215

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!

Sweet "C"

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the R family! Their sweet daughter, Ms. "C", is just so adorable and is completely apple of her parents' eye. We made the best of the gloomy weather and headed outside into their incredibly lush backyard and then went for a little stroll down the block.

I can't wait to see this little cutie again in just a few months when she'll turn the big O-N-E and see how much she's grown! Until then...here are some favorites from our first session together:

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!