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.

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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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!

 

 

 

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!

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.

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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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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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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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:

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"

Beauty in Everyday Life

Sometimes it's the simplest everyday things that make me stop and really appreciate the beauty of life. I had picked up a bunch of tulips last week when I saw them at my local (and favorite!) grocery store (Trader Joe's) and after a few days of passing them by with nothing more than a quick glance- it hit me. These beautiful tulips brought me to one of those rare moments where I literally stopped in my tracks and paused to simply admire their beauty. It's these little things, these simple moments in life, that really keep me going and make me feel completely rejuvenated.

I hope these photographs bring you some serenity and inspiration too!