Monthly Archives: September 2011

mama s. • beautiful belly pregnancy portraits • palos verdes estates, ca

I am so in awe of the pregnant form. It’s a magical, biological wonder, & I love photographing it. I’m glad I am part of a movement that celebrates the beauty of this special time; since Demi Moore was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair twenty years ago (!), women in cosmopolitan cities & […]

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peach beach • the hockensmith family • torrance, ca

I’ve had the special pleasure of photographing the Hockensmiths twice a year for the last three years–& it’s been amazing to watch as their baby girls have grown into big girls! Haley is a spunky monkey who loves sports & dance. Hannah is a girlie girl, just as dainty & discerning as a modern-day princess. […]

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under a shady tree, you & me • zoë’s first day of kindergarten

Through the perseverance & vision of a handful of parents in our community, The Knowing Garden celebrated their first day of school on Monday, September 12, 2011! Zoë had spent two blissful years at Riviera PlaySchool, & when the time came for her to go to kindergarten, I wished that she could continue her education […]

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nine-eleven • a decade later

Early in the morning on September 11, 2001, my phone rang. My first thought was, “It can’t be good news if someone is calling this early.” I didn’t answer it, & even in my sleep, I figured if it was really something serious, that person would call back. Not a minute later, my boyfriend Dany’s […]

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sunshine sisters • kiana & quin • palos verdes estates, ca

Ah, sisters. I’m ever fascinated by how sisters interact, how they can be at once the closest of pals, and the next second embroiled in a battle over something seemingly so trivial that they won’t even remember it tomorrow. Perhaps it’s the biological hard-wiring to perceive our sisters as competition for resources–or mates. In my […]

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capture your kid! photography workshop for parents • august 2011

I had a blast teaching my first ever “Capture Your Kid! Photography Workshop for Parents” this August! I put this workshop together as a response to the frequent conversations I’ve had with moms & dads that tell me, “We got a fancy camera to take pictures of the kids, & I wish I knew how […]

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blue beach • the saunders family • redondo beach, ca

The last time I photographed the Saunders kids, they were so little! Beautiful, spunky Summer was four, & little brother Mason was just a baby who was literally “laid-back” for our whole session. This time around, Summer is a big girl, even more beautiful & more spunky, & Mason is superbly athletic! I was so […]

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bo & eric • engagement portraits • redondo beach, ca

I had such fun with Bo & Eric, shooting them for their engagement! Eric’s sister, Joanne, is an old friend of mine from grad school, so doing these portraits for her brother was a special honor. I love the tale of Bo & Eric’s courtship; they told me their first date was at Cheesecake Factory, […]

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