Tag Archives: natural

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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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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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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bellboys • the bell brothers & families • playa del rey, ca

Bryen & Michael Bell are hilarious. They always, always crack me up when we do pictures, because they are so much fun with their kids, & if you could see the eye-rolls they get from their wives! In fact, I wanted to title this post “ding-dongs,” & I think they would have loved it. It’s […]

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little bells • the corter-bell kids & family • palos verdes estates, ca

Ah, my good friends, the Corter-Bells! We have known each other on the crazy journey of parenthood for the last six years. We met through our wonderful mutual friends, Karen & Jason, who encouraged us to get together when Alithea & I were pregnant with our first babies. We both shared an interest in homebirthing […]

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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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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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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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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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go, lions! • the pastoor family • playa del rey, ca

I didn’t get to meet the Pastoor family when we originally planned, several weeks ago, but as things turned out, we got to do our photo session on a perfect day, at the perfect time, in the perfect place. The golden, late afternoon sun was coming from all the right directions, shining down through the […]

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