Urban Engagement Session | Downtown LA | Mat & Linda

The Details

I love days like this one I spent with Mat & Linda.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I reflect on what I get to call my "job".  I even said this to Mat & Linda as we were wandering downtown LA on a beautiful fall afternoon during their engagement session.  Mat & Linda are city-folk & wanted a more urban feel for their images.  It can be so fun to explore the city you're from.  I've spent my whole life in the LA area & if I'm being honest one of my goals for 2018 is to spend more time exploring.  It so easy to get stuck in our everyday routines that we never take the time to be a tourist in our own hometown.  This was something my Grandpa absolutely loved to do & I couldn't help but think of him & miss him on this day.  When we were in high school he took each of his grandkids on our own tour of LA to show us some of his favorite historical spots.  He LOVED the history channel & would always report back to us on the newest Huell Howser episode.  Mat & Linda had several places in mind, so they created a whole map & game plan of the best routes to make sure we had time to document all of their favorite spots.

The Images

Brentwood Newborn Session | Welcome to the world, Noah!

The Details

I love the attentiveness of family.  Noah's Auntie Lyla contacted me to book a session for her brother, sister-in-law & her brand new nephew.  The memory & creativity of this gift will last forever; far longer than cute clothing that he'll grow out of in a matter of weeks, or toys that he may enjoy for a few months & then will quickly be discarded as he's drawn to something else.  The older I get, the more I value thoughtful gifts that will last a lifetime.

The Location

I prefer to do newborn sessions at home.  There's SO much going on with the arrival of a new baby.  You've just given birth, you're transitioning into your new role as a parent, your emotions are running wild, you're sleep deprived, and now you're supposed to prep for a photo shoot??  Gathering clothes for all of you, planning for the potential diaper blow out, or spit up incident requiring a change of clothes for not only the baby, but likely whoever was holding him at that moment ... that all sounds WAY to stressful to me & I'm not even the one who would have to be doing it!  These are many of the reasons I prefer to come to you.  There's no need to make life more stressful than it needs to be.  And most importantly, there's something so meaningful about capturing some of your first family memories in the comfort of your own home & documenting your everyday life.  

The Images

Jen & Eric Wed

The Details

We've all heard the term "shit happens".  And sadly for Jen & Eric, ALL of the "shit" happened on their wedding day.  I was SO excited to photograph their Calamigos Ranch wedding.  However, as fate would have it, for the first time in my life, I came down with an incredibly severe (& almost life-threatening as my doctor's put it) case of pneumonia which caused me to be hospitalized for a month.  The month of Jen & Eric's wedding.  As I was sitting in my hospital room, progressively getting worse, I realized there was no way I was going to be discharged in time.  I cried.  I felt horrible to be missing their big day.  I'd never been late to, let alone missed a wedding prior to this hospitalization & the thought of letting them down broke my heart.  I had lost my voice from all of the coughing & was on oxygen, so I couldn't even make a phone call, but rather had to relay all of this information via email.  In the meantime I reached out to my amazing network of fellow photographers to find a replacement.  To my delight, my friend & mentor Jeremy Chou contacted me saying he was available & would love to help me out in this way.  I cried ... like literally bawling my eyes out.  I don't think I've ever been so overwhelmed & grateful knowing that these amazing clients were in such capable & talented hands.

Fast forward to their wedding day.  Jeremy gets into a car accident ... air bags & all, which totaled his vehicle.  After exchanging information, he literally uber'ed from the scene directly to the wedding venue!  Sadly there were issues with Jen's hair & makeup, florals, etc.  All of the details she had invested so much time & energy into weren't as she dreamed.  However, she's got a great attitude & outlook & at the end of the day they were happily married.

The Inspiration

For their 1 year anniversary, I thought it would be fun to put together a small styled shoot for this sweet couple.  I am so grateful for clients who are kind, compassionate & understanding & I wanted to give them something that would last a lifetime.  So I contacted a few of my wedding industry friends to see what we could come up with.  Thanks to the incredibly talented hair & makeup artist Emily Wright & our amazingly gifted florist Stacey Deutsch, we were able to provide Jen & Eric with a beautiful anniversary session! Hanger provided by the amazingly talented Jess.

The Images

Introducing "A Day in the Life" Sessions | Happy 1st Birthday, Whit & Corwin!

The Inspiration

Lately I've been noticing how much I love photographing life as it happens.  While I love gorgeously styled & perfectly posed portrait sessions, there are times when I long to be a fly on the wall & photograph life as it unfolds.  The good, the bad, the ugly.  The clean, the messy, the funny, the sad ... the moments that shape us into the people we are.  I want you to look back at your images & not just remember your wardrobe or the poses, but I want your photos to spark memories you shared with family, friends & loved ones.  This has led me to offering "a day in the life" sessions.  The purpose of these sessions is to spend up to 4 hours with you & your family documenting your day to day life.  These sessions are much more relaxed & intimate.  You may be spending a lazy morning snuggling with your little ones before making breakfast & then walking to the park.  Or you might be spending the day picnicking & exploring the zoo, followed by winding down at your favorite local coffee shop ... I'll basically be your paparazzi for the day.  I love finding beauty in ordinary, every day life.  My favorite memories aren't the most extravagant, but they're the quality moments being surrounded by love & the people I value most.

The Details

These adorable identical twins just turned 1!  And they also happen to be my nephews!  What better way to celebrate their first year than with some quality family time at home.  Our day began with Whit & Corwin waking up from their morning nap, snuggling some stuffed animals & enjoying some playtime in their adorable nursery.  Next, we got dressed & headed outside for some fresh fall air.  We crawled, we played musical instruments & some of us may have attempted to eat some leaves.  We finished up with lunch & one of our favorite books before our afternoon nap.

The Images

Rustic Ranch Wedding | Leo Carrillo Ranch House | Taylor & Saif

The Details

What I love most about weddings is the energy.  There's so much excitement & anticipation in the air that you can almost taste it.  This beautiful summer wedding in Carlsbad was the perfect start to Taylor & Saif's life together as husband & wife. 

The Location

This was my first time shooting at Leo Carrillo Ranch, but I had heard great things about this venue from fellow photographers & couldn't wait to see it for myself.  This spot is a gem & truly didn't disappoint.  It's somehow spacious yet intimate with some rustic charm mixed in.  The light here was absolutely gorgeous & there was a great cohesion of architecture & nature.  Just note that if you're terrified of birds like I am, there are peacocks who roam the venue.

The Images

Images taken while 2nd shooting for Taylor Kinzie