Cozy Newborn Session | Marina Del Rey, CA | Welcome to the world Vander!

The Vision

While working with kids can definitely have it's challenges, I also think it can be incredibly fun.  I'm always drawn to the freedom & abandon with which children live their lives.  For this reason, I often feel that there's a much greater chance of me capturing their true personalities through my lens.  Many of my clients tell me how much they love candid shots, yet as adults, as soon as we see a camera, all natural & "candid" interactions go out the window & we (myself included) instantly become stiff & irrationally aware of every single movement & expression we make.  So let's take a lesson from Declan & loosen up & allow ourselves to be imperfect rather than obsessing over showing only our "perfectly" unnatural selves.   

The Location

When I arrived at Michael & Sherissa's home, Vander was just waking up from his nap & his older brother Declan was still asleep.  Vander is such a sweet, calm & content baby.  And his older brother Declan is a huge ray of sunshine.  He's got the most amazing blonde hair & the cutest, most enthusiastic & infectious smile you've ever seen.

 If I can offer one tip of advice, when it comes to family sessions, it's crucial to go with the flow.  Young children don't have long attention spans & forcing them to sit still & "look at the camera & smile" for long periods of time will only result in stressed out parents, an upset child (almost always producing a tear stained face) & images that feel very stiff & forced.  When photographing children I try to keep things moving as quickly as possible.  Keeping the kiddies involved & entertained will make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  Keep the mood fun & playful - interactive & relaxed.  Michael & Sherissa did an amazing job of this.  And don't feel like you can't go back to a certain spot or pose once you've already tried it.  Sometimes a simple playful moment can allow for a quick emotional reset thus producing a much better result.  And at the end of the day, the playful & interactive images are the ones that you'll look back on with the fondest memories.  

Romantic Outdoor Boho Wedding | Highland Springs Ranch & Inn | Keith & Michelle

The Vision

I seriously can't get enough of this wedding!  I fell in love with Keith & Michelle the moment I met them.  I remember calling my boyfriend as I left our meeting raving about how great they were.  I couldn't stop saying, "I REALLY hope they book me ... their SUCH a great couple & their wedding is gonna be amazing!!"  Keith & Michelle are gorgeous people who are incredibly kind & down to earth.  I loved how thoughtful & intentional they were while planning their wedding.  They didn't want to feel stressed or rushed, so we buffered their timeline a bit to allow them to enjoy their day & take in everything that had gotten them to this point in their relationship. 

How They Met

From Keith, "Late one afternoon after playing golf with a group of friends, we grabbed lunch in Claremont. As I walked through the entrance of the restaurant I saw her. I got the attention of the hostess and asked if the pretty blonde back there had a boyfriend. Without skipping a beat the hostess with a shout, "Hey Michelle, this guy wants to know if you have a boyfriend." With a lot of blushing and amusement of a packed restaurant I introduced myself to the woman I was going to marry."

The Location

If you've never been to Highland Springs Ranch & Inn, I HIGHLY recommend going.  This secluded yet expansive resort is breathtaking.  From the cactus garden to the lavender fields, from the olive groves to the 1,000 year oak ... literally everywhere you turn, there's something to photograph.  It feels like you're in a dream, which in my humble opinion is exactly what you want your wedding day to feel like.

The Vendors

 

The Images

Lifestyle Newborn Session | Santa Clarita | Welcome to the world Taylor!

The Details

What can I say ... this newborn session stole my heart.  Baby Taylor was welcomed into the sweetest family, a beautiful home (filled with TONS of gorgeous natural light ... my absolute FAVE), & the cutest big brother a little girl could ask for.  It was truly an honor spending my morning photographing this exciting milestone in the Klein Family's journey.

The Images

Rustic Maternity Session | Valencia, CA | The Moll Family

The Details

I had the honor of photographing my beautiful friend & fellow photographer Laura & all of her boys ... all 3 to be exact.  We lucked out with the first cool day of the season & were very grateful to have avoided the 100+ degree temps we had been experiencing just days earlier.  From snuggles, to snacks, to dance parties with Luca's favorite tunes, I had a great time during this session.  I can't wait to meet the newest Moll!

Dress: Morning Lavender

Floral Wreath:  Wild Story Floral

The Images

Elegant Urban LA Wedding | Ebell of Los Angeles | Alyssa & Rob

The Details

You can tell a lot about a couple based on what their family, friends & guests have to say about them.  From the moment I arrived to document the getting ready process, the mood was pure excitement.  There was no stress, personality clashes or chaos.  Alyssa was calm as can be & her bridesmaids were incredibly helpful & attentive.  It was clear that Alyssa & Rob are a quality couple who had surrounded themselves with quality people.  The entire day was overflowing with love, support & pure celebration as these two started their new journey as husband and wife.

One of my favorite moments of their wedding day was the father/daughter dance.  As Alyssa's father led her out to the dance floor, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" began to play.  But before they started dancing, Alyssa's father privately shared a few words with her followed by the sweetest embrace.  There wasn't a dry eye in the place ... including mine.

The Location

The Ebell of Los Angeles is an architectural masterpiece designed in 1927 by Sumner Hunt.  The historic clubhouse radiates elegance, with two exquisitely detailed ballrooms, an intimate art salon and a breathtaking courtyard garden.  It provides the perfect balance of elegance & intimacy by providing beautifully ornate decor combined with the feel of a private estate wedding.

The Vendors

Venue:  Ebell Los Angeles

Coordinator:  Jessie Ball

DJ: Henry Jones

Hair & Makeup:  Karen Lee

Florist:  Bardwell's Florist - Jocelyn

Cake: King's Hawiian - Natalie

Dress:  Bella Weddings - Mrs. Yang

The Images