Author Archives: Alice

thanks • the hsieh sisters & families • pacific palisades, ca

The last time I photographed Yvonne & Elaine & their families was two years ago. I was preparing myself for how much the kids must have grown since then, but I still couldn’t believe it when I saw them! Shae was still in grade school last time, but now he’s halfway through eighth grade (which […]

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rain & shine • the byars family • palos verdes estates, ca

I had a late afternoon session scheduled with the Byars family, & was grumbling to myself about the forecasted rain that had gotten heavier & heavier that day. But I love shooting in the plaza near my home, because it’s got old-world beauty & covered walkways, shielding us from any rare inclement weather. The Byars […]

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number one! • the juarez family celebrates daniel’s first birthday

How special that first birthday is with your first baby! I was so honored to help Mandy & Derek celebrate Daniel’s first year with our portrait session. It was extra special, because Mandy is a close friend of my childhood “cousin,” Tricia, whose mom is my mom’s best friend. I love sharing this friendship, & […]

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c3 • the cuevas kids • palos verdes estates, ca

The Cuevas family is always in motion! Mama Erin is a dynamo–mother of three, entrepreneur, producer, & wife to wonderful husband & partner in all their creative plans, Frank. I am so impressed by how this family makes moving & opening new businesses look like so much fun & adventure. They’ve crossed the country & […]

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k3 • the kuykendall kids • palos verdes estates, ca

I love how life finds special ways to bring you together with great people! Max’s best friend Giovanni (in Las Vegas) connected us with his cousin, Salvatrice, who just happens to live ten minutes from us (here in Southern California). And as it would happen, we love her husband Brent & their three adorable children! […]

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loco.motive • the perrault family • lomita, ca

Sh*t, this family has style. Excuse my French, but I’m kind of in awe of them, because they really do make parenthood look hip & cool. Anjalé & Kevin’s handsome, soulful boys are almost exactly the same age as our girls; Keaton is two days older than Zoë, & Mason is ten days older than […]

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holiday hockensmiths • family portraits • palos verdes estates, ca

Oh my gosh, how I adore the Hockensmiths! The first time I met them, I was doing pictures just for Haley, who was just around three years old. Mama Jacque was expecting Hannah at the time. And every year, once in the spring/summer & once in the fall, I’ve had the chance to chronicle the […]

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all in the details • wardrobe! • kids photography

This is a little shout-out & sneak peek for my friend K, who is super stylish–a quality that trickles down in benefits to her children, who always look adorable. We had a really fun portrait session, & I just had to share some of the beautiful details from the wardrobe she prepped for her kids. […]

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peppy purple • the ozenne family • palos verdes estates, ca

I always get to see Christina when we’re dropping the kids off at preschool. Her handsome boy Aaron has a head full of what I like to call “JFK, Jr.” hair. And her little Sabrina has these thick springy pigtails. Christina is always smiling & full of joyful energy. I love chatting with her at […]

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how to be a supermodel…just for one afternoon! • tips on having your family portraits taken by a professional photographer

This is such a fun time of year for me—it’s when I get to catch up with families & their growing kiddos, & if I do my job well, I get to give the gift of the perfect photograph that each family will use on their holiday card! I know it can also be a […]

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ariel & kewpie • the hansen girls • palos verdes estates, ca

I met Kimberly & her husband Shawn through our mutual friend Cheryl; Cheryl & I had been neighbors for years & years, & Kim & Cheryl had gone to college together. I’ll always be grateful to Cheryl for introducing us, because Kim & I have gotten to share the motherhood journey from the very beginning. […]

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radiance, lustre, brightness • the madden-lennertz family • redondo beach, ca

Sometimes, I meet people & instantly feel like I must already have known them, & Shannon felt like that to me. She & husband Chris came into our lives via CrossFit when they moved to the South Bay & joined up at Max’s “box” (that’s “gym” in CrossFit-speak). We got to know each other on […]

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daddy’s girl • neave & chris lennertz • redondo beach, ca

This is a special sneak from my session with the Madden-Lennertz family. I really wanted to post this one image for Shannon & Chris to enjoy while I am working on their other shots, because this picture just strikes me as so dear. Neave’s expression (how can I even describe it?), & the way that […]

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gap-toothed grin • the mcdonald-van rossum family • los angeles, ca

What a treat it is for me to photograph & blog about this family! I first met Celeste when we were hired the same year at Beverly Hills High School to teach English & attended the new teacher orientation meeting. We were fresh out of grad school & trying to dress older than our age […]

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blue-eyed babes • the lappin-molina family • los angeles, ca

The first time I met Dr. Jody was in her office when Zoë was three days old. That day was originally our “meet the pediatrician” appointment, but Zoë arrived over the weekend, so we got to meet Jody with newborn in tow. Jody is an amazing doctor who patiently spends time with us every visit, […]

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vivacious violet • the stackleather family • rancho palos verdes, ca

It was so fun to catch up with the Stackleathers! I have missed seeing them at my daughter’s school since they relocated a while ago. And what fun it was to see how big Noah & Lea have grown since our holiday photos two years ago. Noah is sporting a totally cool surfer ‘do to […]

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fabulous four • the canley family • los angeles, ca

The last time I got to do pictures with the Canleys, little baby girl Mayson was just weeks old, & she pretty much dozed her way through the session. I had also had the pleasure of doing pregnancy portraits for Vanessa & Bryan when they were awaiting Mayson, & just looking at those two good-lookin’ […]

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balance {二} • wang shifu • shaolin temple kung fu

Here’s a second set from the “Balance” series featuring Wang Shifu. The images seemed to divide themselves into two stories: the one that played out in light & dark {part 1}, then these that seemed to tell a different tale in color…

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balance {一} • wang shifu • shaolin temple kung fu

This is my third installment of my project with Shifu Wang Bo of Shaolin Temple Kung Fu. We had such a rich morning of shooting: the location was inspiring for us both, & I used it to structure our session. I showed Wang Shifu three areas that I wanted to use, & I asked him […]

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li’l pun’kins • the buccolo family • palos verdes estates, ca

I had the pleasure of getting connected with Gina through our mutual midwife, Diane Dawson—& it’s always so wonderful to meet other moms through friends. Gina is a true Renaissance woman—a working mother who somehow finds time to take pastry classes & blog her thoughts & information about the sustainable lifestyle. And she manages to […]

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