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Happy Valentine’s Day (Wait, no, not like that)

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Let me just start by saying that I love Valentine’s Day, but not for any sort of romantic reasons. Unfortunately for Brian, we started dating at that awkward period right before Valentine’s Day – so I immediately and clearly told him that I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. He looked kind of confused by this statement, like, it was a test and he would get in trouble by not doing anything. Subsequently, he chooses to ignore this every year, which both annoys me, and makes me smile to no end. :-)

Valentine’s Day reminds me that not only do I love everything of the schmoopy (that’s a word and I’m sticking to it) variety-pink, sparkly, floral, hearts, rainbows, and the lot; but, this day reminds me that there are many different kinds of love other than the romantic kind.

This morning, I wished a Happy Valentine’s Day to my friends, tried to make a valentine with my son, gave my cat some extra treats, (and wished my fabulous husband a happy Valentine’s Day somewhere in there). This is the kind of day that reminds me of the conversation hearts we would exchange as kids; of the overly sweet, sticky red, heart-shaped lolly pops we hoped to get from our childhood crushes with our cards. This day always reminds me of the adorable shoe box greeting card holders that my mom used to painstakingly make with me; how she made sure that I made a Valentine’s Day card for everyone in class, and would always give my sister and I adorable heart-shaped chocolates that made any disappointing Valentine’s day better; and made any good Valentine’s Day just perfect. Even though my job is to be surrounded by romance, this is the day that reminds me to celebrate all kinds of love in the world.

So, to not only my husband; but to my mom, sister, son, friends, derby sisters, fellow photographers, and my lovely clients who had us (or are planning to have us) with them during their celebration of love: happy Valentine’s Day.

Facebook

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Have you checked out our Facebook page yet? We not only post the most latest announcements and specials, but all of our latest sessions and weddings are posted there, as well! Check out some of our recent favorites:

One of my favorite families ever: I ADORE seeing these two grow up:

And meeting new families is always a bonus!

And meeting the beautiful children of my former brides and grooms is so special to me:

And as always, shooting the Penny Lane Centers charity events is always an amazing thing to be a part of (recognize some of these faces?):

Northridge Wedding Photographer ~ Where should we have our session?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

With lots of portrait (contact us for more info) and engagement sessions coming up, we are often asked for location suggestions. Now, I have many ideas depending on the type of feel that you’re looking for, but these are just some of my favorites, and a few helpful hints, in no particular order:

1. Try and choose a location that means something to you. It can be anywhere; for example, Brian and I had our engagement session in Burbank, but our first choice was actually the lobby of a gorgeous Santa Monica hotel because that’s where we would go for dinner when we had a special event to celebrate. I’ve photographed sessions at restaurants, coffee shops, new homes…Oh, also: Don’t worry if the location you would like isn’t “pretty,” I truly feel that beauty can be found everywhere.

This photo of Ian is one of my favorites of all time; but it was taken in a local park that may not be considered conventionally pretty:

2. Another area I really like is Beverly Hills, specifically, some of the local parks. They’re typically not crowded, easy to find (which may not seem so when I send you the directions after you book your session, but I promise, they are), have plenty of parking, and, provide a huge variety of backgrounds. The two images below were taken at the exact same park not more than 20 feet from each other:

3. I adore shooting around Downtown Los Angeles. The arts district, MOCA, City Hall, Disney Concert Hall; even the middle of the sidewalk on a busy afternoon…you’re spoiled for choice in the area.

4. It’s a little bit of a drive, and there’s a parking fee, but Malibu Creek State Park is well worth both.

5. And if you’re considering the Malibu area, you should consider Leo Carrillo Beach and State Park. It’s an area with a variety of backgrounds in one place and fairly private if you’re like me, and a little on the shyer side when having your photo taken :-).

6. Now, if you love that beach vibe, but want to keep it a little closer to town, check out Topanga State Beach.

7. If the beach isn’t quite your thing, but you like a more natural setting, I highly recommend the Griffith Park area…there are a few specific spots that I love!

8. If you’re not into the natural setting, and are more of a city person; I’ve got you covered as well! There are some very unique areas in and around Hollywood; some with fantastic architectural characteristics and original, edgy grafitti art.

I haven’t forgotten about my Orange County families and couples! If we’re doing your session in OC, just send me an email or give me a call and we can find the perfect spot for you!

I hope that these suggestions help get you started! When we discuss your portrait session we can talk about what feel you’re going for and go from there! Just a quick note: some of these places have photography restrictions and permit requirements-if there’s an area that you’re interested in, let me know and I’d be happy to look into for you before our session.

And, don’t forget due to an incredibly busy summer, we’re only doing holiday portrait sessions in October and November this year. Weekends are booking up quickly so contact us for more info!

Where do the years go? ~ Los Angeles Family Photographer

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I LOVE this season. The sites, the smells, the family gatherings, gift wrapping (Really. I love wrapping presents-if I may say so, I make some pretty fantastic bows).

I also love reconnecting with past clients; watching their kids grow, and meeting new families-and I met some of the NICEST people this year. I’m really excited to share a few of my favorite images from this season:

This one was Brian’s favorite – especially when Dante (white Mustang) took Brian out for a ride. Dina, their mom, wanted photos of each of her kids with their Mustangs. Brilliant!

Little Charlotte and Myra:

Can you believe that this is the same girl? What a difference a year makes.

And talk about growing up! I’ve been lucky enough to photograph Sydney and Spencer from the time that Sydney still needed a little help sitting up. And this year, she was running, jumping, and accessorizing! (And Spencer was helping with the shoot!)

And Bella and Dean? Well, go to the second row of this section of my website. Now check this year’s session out:

I can’t forget Hallie and Colin (remember that little girl on the left?):

I also met some of the sweetest kids this year.

Little Alex (whose mother referred me to the BEST sitter ever. We’re talking “friendly and effective extra grandma” sitter, people):

Mackenzie, Drake, and Brandon:

Lily, Andrew, and David:

And, well, little Ian: ;-)