Hollywood Newborn Session | Welcome to the World, Flynn!

The Details

It must be baby season, because in addition to becoming an Auntie for the 3rd time, this past week, I had two back to back newborn sessions!  I can't wait to introduce you to my dear friends, Chris & Shaun & they're new baby boy, Flynn.  I've known this amazing couple for several years now & had the privilege of photographing their intimate private estate wedding in Montecito in 2015.  Not only are they the kindest, most encouraging & supportive individuals, but they both are incredibly talented.  Shaun is a dentist & Chris is a fitness trainer.  If you're in the LA area & in need of either of these services, definitely check them out ... I promise you won't be disappointed.

The Location

With Flynn's arrival, Chris & Shaun found themselves in need of an additional bedroom, so it was time to move.  Flynn was loving the outdoors, so we spent most of the day enjoying the LA weather we so often take for granted by shooting on their beautiful patio.

The Images

 

Sunset Maternity Session | Malibu, CA | Nicole & David

The Details

I'm so excited to share this maternity session with you!  Meet Nicole & David.  Nicole is an incredibly talented hair stylist (check out her beautiful salon http://www.harperonmelrose.com/) She is kind, energetic, fun-loving & creative.  David is genuine, sincere, caring & protective.  The chemistry these two have is undeniable & watching the way these best friends interact was pure magic. 

The Location

We decided on a golden hour beach session, which provided a fun, romantic & intimate feel.  This Malibu beach wasn't the easiest to navigate, but David was always there to hold Nicole's hand & guide her on the best path.  There's something so endearing about watching a man care for the mother of his child.  The juxtaposition of manly strength & tender protection gets me every time.  

The Images

Romantic Outdoor Wedding | Coto De Caza | Rees & Kelly

The Details

Rees & Kelly's story is so sweet.  The two met when Rees' family moved onto Kelly's street when they were in high school.  It wasn't long before Kelly noticed Rees & while Rees thought Kelly was out of his league, he soon figured out that wasn't the case.  He asked her out & the rest is history. 

  Their wedding day was full of happy families watching their children join their lives together.  Since the families live on the same street, they all know each other well & have history with one another.

The Location

The Coto de Caza ceremony backdrop is stunning.  The rolling hills, wispy trees & lush greenery provide countless layers of depth, colors & textures ... everything a photographer dreams of.  

The Images

Desert Vacay | V Palm Springs | Me & My Man

The Details

To celebrate our birthdays, Michael & I decided that we needed a weekend away.  Michael is the co-founder & co-director of Angel City Games - a huge adaptive sports competition hosted by UCLA.  This year, our 3rd annual games concluded on his birthday, so we really didn't have a chance to celebrate him.  And since my birthday is just 2 weeks after his, we decided to get out of town for a joint birthday adventure. 

The Location

While we realize that Palm Springs may not be the ideal summer weather location, we were desperate for a restful, relaxing getaway & figured since most people don't enjoy 115 degree heat, it would be a great spot for some secluded relaxation.  The V Palm Springs provided the perfect location for our vacation.  The moment we arrived, we were greeted by Brenda at the front desk, who was so kind, friendly, helpful & even upgraded us to their absolutely beautiful & incredibly spacious signature suite!  From Happy Hour, to quad riding, from poolside drinks, to the most amazing gourmet dinner at the Workshop, this trip was exactly what we needed.  And to conclude our trip, we explored Joshua Tree on our way home, which was the perfect end to some much needed time off.

The Images

Engagement Session | Vasquez Rocks | Ryan & Lindsay

The Details

I have the greatest clients!  Today I'm incredibly grateful for adventurous couples who are willing to hike & climb ... yes even in that amazing Show me your Mumu dress ... for the shot.  If I could only give 1 tip to every bride, it is to find a photographer who you trust & connect with.  I'm a true believer that trust in any relationship is crucial.  As a bride, when you trust your photographer completely, it allows them to be inspired & fully immerse themself in the creative process.  Asking a photographer to "recreate" an image you've seen on Instagram or Pinterest is like asking a chef to take you to make you an Egg McMuffin a la McDonalds.  You're asking someone with vision & passion to replicate something that will end up feeling stagnant & forced.  Rather than your session being a true creation of art, your photographer will be focused on a specific image & will be posing you in a way that will mimic the photo rather than positioning you in a way that will feel natural, beautiful, interactive & will capture true memories.  Ryan & Lindsay arrived at their session full of trust & ready for anything.  I am SO thrilled with how their session turned out.  And I guarantee that the images that will mean the most are the ones that both capture & produce feeling & emotion.

The Location

Vasquez Rocks never disappoints.  There are so many layers, textures & points of interest that create such depth in a photo.  I love the variety that can be found ... the meandering paths that create a sense of adventure, the little alcoves that add a sense of intrigue, the strength of the vast rock formations as they contrast with the delicate greenery & soft light.

The Images