Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

So…what have we been up to?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Yes, I’m still here! Like that gorgeous dress you buy in the hopes of having just the perfect occasion, but never wear as much as you should-my blog is still here. And we’ve still been shooting. But, there have been a few wonderful, and pretty incredible changes over the past few years.

In order of importance, with no chronological rhyme or reason…this guy:

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Who then turned into the spirited, funny, energetic, cheeky, snuggler-extraordinaire you see here (and he was totally digging this outfit):

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Then, while pregnant with Michael, I finished my MSW; a dream I put off for far too long (yeah, that’s right—with honors. And yes, my darling husband asked me a million times to take off the glasses before the photo. He tried).

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But, since it was my love of photography and photojournalism that brought me to social work, there’s no way I could ever dream of giving up photography. So yes, we are definitely still shooting. We’re only taking on a few weddings and portraits a year now, but it’s a part of me that isn’t going anywhere. In the next few weeks I’ll share some of what we’ve been up to during my woeful blogging hiatus. But for now…hi, it’s good to be back.

Malibu Wines Event Photography ~ Penny Lane Centers

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to volunteer with Penny Lane Centers, a center providing a multitude of services for children, for the last year or so and every single one of their fundraisers seems to top the previous one. The Penny Lane Center has an incredible team that spends months putting together fundraisers and it shows. This year, the “Cheers for Charity” event at Malibu Family Wines was a little different-there was no set program; just a lovely afternoon of wine tasting at Malibu Wines, and silent auctions (with some amazing prizes). For more information about the services that Penny Lane Provides, or, how you can help, please see their site here.

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Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

For the 4th year in a row we’ve won the Bride’s Choice Award!!! THANK YOU so much to all of our couples who gave us our 5-star reviews and helped us earn this award-we sincerely appreciate the time you took to leave us a review. It means a lot to us that you had us as a part of one of happiest days of your life.

Check out all of our other reviews on Yelp, WeddingBee, Wedding Channel, and of course, Wedding Wire:

Weddings, Wedding VenuesKaren Leah Photography, Best Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles - 2013 Bride's Choice Award Winner
 

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.