Hope for Haiti | Mini Sessions with a Cause

The heartache. The devastation. The loss. Millions of people have been affected by the powerful earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th. From the moment I heard of the crisis there was a tug at my heart. I knew I wanted to help... “But how?”

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That’s when I came across this amazing act of community: “Photographers for Haiti” is an amazing organization of photographers from across the country that have joined together to do what we can for the people of Haiti by offering a day of photographic mini sessions with 100% of the session proceeds going towards relief organizations to help with the rehabilitation of Haiti.

I have personally selected Thirst Relief International- a water development relief organization. Before the 7.0 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti, 80% of Haitians lacked access to safe, clean drinking water. Long after the dust settles and emergency responders return to their homes, Thirst Relief will still be there working to bring long-term, sustainable, clean water solutions that will serve as a building block for the future of the Haitian people.

If you’ve been thinking about donating to help Haiti and/or have wanted to get some amazing family photos- this is the perfect way to do both and feel good about it!

Mini Sessions will be held on Saturday, February 20th at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. The $50.00 fee includes a 20-minute mini session for your baby, children, or family with up to 30 images presented in an online password-protected gallery.

Your portrait session will not only give you amazing memories of your family but can help another family start rebuilding their lives and making new memories to cherish forever.

Together we can make a difference.

Please don't hesitate to contact Cynthia via phone or email to answer any questions and to book your session today!

323.424.3215 studio | www.cynthiaspivack.com | 310.614.3060 cell

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!

Good tidings we bring...

As I sit thinking of how to write out everything I really want to say, my mind just keeps jumping back to how quickly this year has gone by! It really does feel like just yesterday that I was posting a very similar Holiday Greeting for 2008. So much has happened this year that has allowed me to grow in incredible ways both personally and professionally! Three weddings [my own included!], a funeral [no really- it's not just a movie- it's my reality], traveling galore, friends with babies on the way [so exciting!], so many wonderful new friends, colleagues, and clients.... the list is endless! I am so thankful for everyone and everything in my life. It is because of you that I am able to do what I love... thank you for continuing to allow me to grow each and every day! With that being said, we here at Cynthia Spivack Photography would like to say that we are....

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2010 looks to be just as promising and eventful as 2009. Keep an eye out for awesome promotions, some great new products, and of course amazing photos [which I still have tons from this year to post!]

** Office will be closed December 23rd through January 4th. Every attempt to return emails and calls will be made, but if you do not hear back right away- please be patient...grab a cup of hot chocolate...snuggle up to someone you love...and we'll get back to as soon as possible! Happy Holidays!**

'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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Holiday Photo Session Special + Free Gift!

The 2009 Holiday Season is upon us and Cynthia Spivack Photography is now scheduling Holiday Portrait Sessions for 2009!

To book a session or ask any question please don't hesitate to contact me. office: 323.424.3215 | cell: 310.614.3060 | cynthia@cynthiaspivack.com

Also, be sure to sure to check out my website and the 2009 Holiday Deadlines!

Experience the joy and ease of custom gifts and cards with Cynthia Spivack Photography!

Up and Runnng!

Hello to all!

I am back from the most fabulous wedding and honeymoon anyone could have ever asked for! Getting married is a whirlwind of excitement, nerves, and complete joy. Our wedding went by so fast, it was like a dream...a dream come true!

Our 10+ day trip to St. Lucia was also an amazing experience. It's an incredibly beautiful country and provided for some much needed R&R! :)

Now that we are back, Cynthia Spivack Photography is up and running again and we are looking forward to an incredible 2009 Holiday Season! Stay tuned for some great promotions and free giveaways and of course some much needed posting!

Here's a quick little peak at the paradise we enjoyed while away:

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

A Much Needed Hello and a Temoparay Goodbye!

Things have been a little... ok a lot.... crazy around here- but all for good reason! My fiance and I are getting married this Sunday in Temecula, California. I am so excited [and a little nervous too! so many people all staring at me.. ahh!] that our Big Day has finally arrived! We have been planning and prepping for months [which, unfortunately, has left dear ole' blog a little neglected... sorry!] and I can't wait to see all of our hard work come to a beautiful and happy end :)

Needless to say, poor ole' blog will still remain neglected for just a few more weeks while my husband-to-be and I are exchanging vows and then celebrating in St. Lucia [I can't wait!]. For all of my current clients and potential future clients as well, please feel free to email me while I am away. I will be periodically checking my email!

And, just because posts are no fun without a picture...

Farewell for now!

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:

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!



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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!

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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!

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!

Spring Cleaning

I never really understood the whole concept of "spring cleaning"... until this year.

I have gone complete Spring Cleaning crazy! I am cleaning out every aspect of my life- my home, my office, my closet, my refrigerator... well you get the idea.

Anyway, as I was cleaning out my hard drives (and archiving everything- I promise!) I came across these images of my fabulous friend and up and coming vocalist, Elena Mitrano.

We took these photos for Elena to use as some of her promotional posters and artwork. We had a blast taking them and I just LOVE the colors!

The sun is SO pretty here- I can't wait until summer!