Monthly Archives: July 2011

games fans • new friends from reebok @ crossfit hax • harbor city, ca

This month’s big event in the CrossFit world was the 2011 CrossFit Games, where competitors from all over the globe come for a chance to earn the name “Fittest on Earth.” This was also the first year that the Games had sponsorship from Reebok, who outfitted all the athletes & are bringing the CrossFit method […]

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just a taste • mrs. d • boudoir session • palos verdes estates, ca

Mrs. D is one of the most wise, crafty, & creative wives I’ve ever met. She speaks with an understanding of relationships & men’s brains that far exceeds her age, so much so that I really think she ought to write a book. While planning her boudoir session, I was really awed by how attuned […]

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strong is sexy • ladies of the la temptation @ crossfit hax • harbor city, ca

Recently, I finally got to spend some time at my husband Max’s new gym space in Harbor City. His “box” is part of a larger athletic facility called HAX, which specializes in basketball tournaments & camps, but also includes a fully-equipped fitness space. Max is the director of the CrossFit division of HAX. CrossFit started […]

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impromptu • cuevas family • pregnancy portraits

Freedom lately has meant not having my youngest baby strapped to my chest at a party–because it means that I can snap away with my camera without the added 18 pounds of chub! And being more quick & agile on my feet means I’m able to take advantage of the gorgeous late-day light & the […]

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finale • fourth of july 2011

Every year, we invite family & friends to potluck & enjoy front row seats to see the local fireworks from the balcony of my parents’ house. It’s a late-night gathering, because the fireworks display begins after it’s completely dark–usually around 9:30 PM. As the kids get older, they are more likely to stay awake long […]

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stars & dots • independence day weekend 2011

This Fourth of July weekend was truly the epitome of summer holidays. We kicked off the good times by celebrating our friends’ daughter’s second birthday; they hosted the most mellow, late-afternoon gathering at their beautiful home. The backyard was full of that yellow sunshine that backlights everything with the most glorious glow, & as the […]

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joanne choi • mom/food blogger • headshots • santa monica, ca

It’s hard to believe that Joanne & I have known each other since 1994! That was long ago, when we were both in the graduate teacher’s program at Stanford–before embarking our beloved careers teaching English, before finding Love & getting married, before becoming moms, & before starting second careers. And seeing her for the first […]

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they said it would go by fast • zoë’s preschool graduation • redondo beach, ca

In the weeks approaching Zoë’s preschool graduation, I think I was in denial. I just refused to think about it in any personal way, except to remember that I must bring my camera, because I was to shoot the event. I’m not sure how long I’ll use this head-in-the-sand approach to the fleet-footed milestones of […]

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hot/pink • the davenport-paysinger family • manhattan beach, ca

Finally some real summer weather, & I got to enjoy it outdoors with Coleen & Vonzie! It was a gorgeous, SoCal Saturday, & a three-day holiday weekend. I haven’t had the pleasure of doing portraits for their family since Christmas two years ago, so this was a real treat, especially to see how their two […]

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BHHS BFF • sarah, amy, marla, & coleen • manhattan beach, ca

This shoot has inspired me to create a new package for my clients: the “BFF” Package, as in Best Friends Forever! And perhaps I should also design a “Farewell LA” package, since this session too was created because yet another long-time LA resident is leaving us for new adventures elsewhere. In this case, recently married […]

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kyle • class of 2011 • calle mayor middle school promotion

I was never one of those women who cooed over babies & wanted to nuzzle their heads & smell them & hold them & bounce them…until Kyle. His parents are my cousins, & they live just a few minutes from us, while most of our relatives are much further away. Many years ago, when I […]

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