Category Archives: outdoors

beach memories • the mallia family • manhattan beach, ca

I have had the wonderful chance to get connected with Amy & Joe Mallia through my husband & the awesomeness that is the CrossFit community. The Mallias have three gorgeous girls, & we love looking into our future a bit & seeing how a dynamic couple manages two careers plus parenting. It was a bittersweet […]

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sunset trail • the kloes-corwin family • palos verdes estates, ca

It has been so great to be back in touch with Regina, an old colleague of mine from Beverly Hills High School. Since we both left there, we’ve moved to the South Bay, had kids, & crossed paths once or twice. We have friends in common from Beverly, but also now from Ridgecrest Middle School; […]

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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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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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their 3 sons • family portraits • palos verdes estates, ca

I had a blast catching up with my old friend Gregg, & meeting his beautiful wife Kim & their three good-lookin’ sons! They were so full of joy & warmth, & they make raising three boys ranging from age 2 to 20 look like a walk in the park. I know Gregg from my teaching […]

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on a mission • marco, age 6 • palos verdes estates, ca

One of my greatest pleasures is catching up with families at regular intervals, seeing how the kids have grown & changed. For the last three years, I’ve gotten to do annual portraits of Marco, an energetic, imaginative, precocious boy whose mom is a creative, magical, ultra-feminine force of nature. Marco loves costumes, & each year, […]

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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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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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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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four of five • the uslander family

Another wonderful family I’ve met through Riviera PlaySchool…& another family on the move…Sandy & Bob are headed out of Los Angeles to points south for new adventures, but before they leave, we celebrated with some new headshots & family portraits! Their two gorgeous sons were at the session, rough-housing like loving brothers & lighting up […]

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non-traditional school pictures • riviera playschool • spring 2011

My girls have been attending this amazing, unique preschool for the past couple years. I call it a “Paradise for Preschoolers,” because it encourages children to do all the things that most parents won’t allow at home: dig in the dirt, paint with their hands, splash around in the water, run barefoot through the mud–in […]

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oh, canada! • tomomi & dany • engagement portraits

I had the great pleasure of doing Tomomi & Kai’s Mommy & Me Portraits a few weeks ago, & this weekend, I got to meet Tomomi’s fiancé, Dany, who is from Montréal. We had a fantastic time shooting in the Mediterranean-style plaza in Malaga Cove, & then taking a stroll on the Buena Path. Tomomi […]

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tomomi & dany • engaged!

I love shooting couples–the chemistry is always sizzling! Here’s a little teaser of Tomomi & Dany…more to come!

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sleepy seven & shinya mizoguchi • musician profile • 53 magazine

So excited for our friend Shinya Mizoguchi, who is featured in the newest issue of 53 Magazine online! In January, Shin asked if I would shoot him for the article, & we had a great time. So excited to read about his fantastic music, his career, his approach to creating, & to celebrate his groovy, […]

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bye-bye, beach • tomomi & kai • mommy & me portraits

More & more, I get requests from families to do portraits because they are moving away from Southern California & want to remember their time here with some special photographs. Tomomi & Kai are relocating soon, & to commemorate their life in the South Bay, the perfect setting was of course–the beach! We lucked out […]

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au revoir, america • the francon family • beach portraits

Ah, ze French. Zay are tres, tres romantique. I like to encourage husbands & wives to get cozy in their portraits, & often when they have kids, it’s been a long time since they’ve been able to look longingly into each other’s eyes for any stretch of time. There is thus some awkward giggling sometimes, […]

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sand & skin • figure studies • nevada desert

I am digging into my film archives lately & rediscovering some wonderful images that I have not seen in a long time. I am surprised by how the texture of film is really so different than digital–and how much a I have missed grain & didn’t know it. I’ve been seduced by the clarity of […]

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pattern-mixing • family trail walk

There’s a fire trail that runs behind our house, & it’s like having a backyard that is really long & narrow & leads to the “special drink store,” where my husband takes the girls on Sundays to indulge in this Japanese soda that comes in a glass bottle with a marble in it. We’ve walked […]

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