Tag Archives: natural light

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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sonic fuel recording studios | composers • el segundo, ca

What great fun & a huge honor to shoot the brand-spanking-new Sonic Fuel Recording Studios today! Thank you to my warm & talented friend, Christopher Lennertz, for inviting me to chronicle their amazing place of creativity, & also to all the composers who shared their time with me & educated me about the fascinating world […]

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carly • high-school grad portraits • redondo beach, ca

I have always loved that the graduation ceremony is called “commencement.” How poetic & forward-thinking that person in academia was when they decided to call it that–& how glad I am that it has persisted through the ages. It was such a pleasure to do these portraits for Carly; I know her parents & little […]

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mashawnta & razzaaq • a real engagement session • los angeles

I’ve been working on this post for the last couple weeks, because this session was made truly special by Razzaaq, the man who contacted me via a mutual friend (thanks, Dina!) to set up a portrait session for himself & the woman that he loves. I’ve been dying to share these pictures, & I wanted […]

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more of ms. c • boudoir • fashion photography

The gorgeous Ms. C is a good one, as I like to say.  She was a blast to shoot–fun, high energy, upbeat, & game to try new things. And all these different looks–& she rocked every one!

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ms. c • boudoir • fashion photography

Soooo excited to finally do a sesh with the gorgeous Ms. C! She is a fit, beautiful woman who is a CrossFitter at my husband’s gym, CrossFit 1440. She has a feline look that belies her exotically mixed heritage–Italian, French, & Scottish. Here’s a little sneak of her gorgeousness…

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seven letter word for family • the findleys • redondo beach, ca

I couldn’t possibly write all that I’d want about my wonderful friend Dana. She’s known me through thick, thin, & just plain crazy. Dana has always been like a sister to me–someone capable & dependable & positive that I would trust to pack my house & balance my checkbook. I always say that she’s the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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