Tag Archives: toddlers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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love the name “katie” • hsin-kuo family portraits • palos verdes estates, ca

I love how being a photographer has connected me with people; in this case, the game of “six degrees” of separation has led me to my sister’s high school classmate, Amy.  And, it’s very fun that Amy’s little girl is named “Katie Kuo,” which is my sister’s name. It was such a treat to be […]

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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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finale • fourth of july 2011

Every year, we invite family & friends to potluck & enjoy front row seats to see the local fireworks from the balcony of my parents’ house. It’s a late-night gathering, because the fireworks display begins after it’s completely dark–usually around 9:30 PM. As the kids get older, they are more likely to stay awake long […]

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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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they said it would go by fast • zoë’s preschool graduation • redondo beach, ca

In the weeks approaching Zoë’s preschool graduation, I think I was in denial. I just refused to think about it in any personal way, except to remember that I must bring my camera, because I was to shoot the event. I’m not sure how long I’ll use this head-in-the-sand approach to the fleet-footed milestones of […]

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