Tag Archives: beach

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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golden cave • shifu wang bo • shaolin temple kung fu

Here is a selection from my second set of images of Wang Shifu. He is such a riveting performer & martial artist, so in his craft. It’s amazing to watch someone do something they’ve done since childhood–he & his art are inseparable, like the dancer & the dance…

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rock & water • wang bo • shaolin monk & kung fu shifu

My daughter recently started taking kung fu at the Shaolin Temple school near our home. The first time we met Yuan Shifu & Wang Shifu, we knew that we had finally found the teachers we were looking for–their presence is strong & caring, & their expertise is obvious. (I was also excited that Zoë might […]

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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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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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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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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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first beach weekend • redondo beach, ca • family time

Mid-April, & a gift from the gods–beach weather all weekend long! Last summer, I had planned to “live at the beach.” I was pregnant, tired, & honestly in need of some lazing around, so I thought how fun it would be to schlep the girls down to the beach everyday, dig a wedge in the […]

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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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the wirsig family • beach portraits

The first time I met up to shoot Heather & Johnny’s family, the winds were gusting and the coast was a brisk 60 degrees! We were caught by surprise–the sun was shining beautifully, & we all anticipated a perfect So Cal day…but no go.  So as they say in Hollywood, “Take two!” Our second meeting […]

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winter beach • the lynch-flynn family • beach portraits

I’ve got a thing for redheads.  And our friends Colleen & Jim have one of the cutest redheads around–their daughter Harper!  I remember the first time I got to do portraits of her & her mommy; Harper was about a year-and-a-half with a short crop of already bright hair & these huge pools for eyes. […]

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indian summer • the becker family • beach portraits

My husband met the Beckers at the (unfortunately now defunct) raw food restaurant Terra Bella in Redondo Beach. He would often come home talking about Luc, this cute red-haired kid that he loved to play with while his parents partook of the delicious meals. When I finally got to meet Jeff & Mary, she & […]

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