Six Month Baby P. Portraits

Published August 2nd, 2012

What greater joy than capturing a little one with her precious smile and eyes twinkling. Thanks to my friend Grace for providing some lovely props and her precious baby girl as my model!

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Emily B.

Published April 17th, 2012

My lovely and beautiful friend Emily was gracious enough to let me try something new I had seen - draping a tulle skirt on her! I have a fashion design background, so I couldn't resist attempting this :) Although, I'm time I try this I need 2-3 times the tulle. Overkill? I am wondering what else I can make dresses out of now...

These are my favorites that were taken at a wonderful gem of a church in Palos Verdes.

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A magical place...Palos Verdes

Published January 10th, 2012

Not many girls would have put on a gorgeous white dress and climbed trees, tromped through shrubbery and laid in dirt with as much fun and laughter as my friend Mary. I think my favorite quote of the day was an exuberant 'Let's put on a dress and climb in trees!'

For this shoot I wanted to try a more fashion and romantic style. Since I've just done standard portraits until this point, it was time to let loose and enjoy more creativity in gorgeous Palos Verdes.

I'm so excited with how these photos came are some of our fav's!

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Engagement shoot at LACMA

Published January 3rd, 2012

How amazing is it to have the opportunity to not only do my first enagement shoot with such great friends but also such a fun loving couple...

D and Jen met a few years ago playing sand volleyball and have been inseparable ever since. It has been an honor to see their relationship grow and thrive and I am so excited for them as they move forward to a new chapter in their lives.

We ended up doing two shoots, one at the Santa Monica Pier since D had proposed to Jen on a ferris wheel...and one at LACMA as that had been D's original proposal plan and they had such a desire to have that reflected in their engagement photos. This couple is up for anything and just a joy to work with - so much so, we went for a little more vintage attire for shoot #2.

Here are just a few of my favorites from shoot #2

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First time for everything: Headshots

Published December 6th, 2011

My friend L asked me to take some quick headshots for him for an agency interview this week. With the warning of, 'I'd love to, but I'm still learning and I haven't taken headshots before' and the response 'Let's give it a try', we decided to go for it. After some research, watching a couple of Peter Hurley videos and enlisting the help/advice of Brian Hawkins (look him up if you haven't already), L and I were off to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center to take advantage of the slate gray walls.

Shooting with this giant, good-natured man was a great time. We explored facial expressions, of course (ie - intense, pensive, smiling) and learning how to direct poses.

Below are some of the shots (I left a couple uncropped). All in all, I think it was a successful first try and can't wait to shoot more!

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First Senior Portraits

Published September 13th, 2011

This past Saturday, it was an honor for me to take my first Senior Portraits. About a month ago I took four of my youth group girls out to practice shooting. Val had seen the photos and like them, so she asked me to take hers!

This girl has such a great personality. She is being homeschooled her last year of high school, and so came up with her own quote, "The light at the end of the tunnel is just an oncoming train". Definitely how life can feel sometimes. She wanted her picture by railroad tracks to reflect this quote. I couldn't locate a tunnel with tracks, but a friend clued me in on some safer railroad tracks which is where I started shooting. Val also has a love for reading so I tried to work that into a few of the photos (to come). And, as we are living in Southern California, I couldn't resist taking her to the beach at the end of our shoot.

It is a learning experience as I have not been shooting long and am still learning to keep consistent exposure. But, I am pret ...

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