Tag 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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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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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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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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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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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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gong gong • a portrait of my maternal grandfather

I made this photo during a winter holiday visit home to Taiwan while I was in college. Both my grandfathers loved having their picture taken. They were so regal & stoic, so proud & handsome in that Chinese grandfatherly kind of way. This is my mother’s father, who I knew as Gong Gong. His Chinese […]

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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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