When I found the burgundy cape at a thrift store, I immediately knew I wanted to shoot it. Thankfully, I was able to work with people who was able to help capture this idea of a moody winter-themed shoot. Crystal and Alexis did such an incredible job, and I am so happy with the results.
Behind the Scenes
Little Austin, with his big and fluffy cheeks, is turning one this month! As part of his big birthday bash, Paula and Denny wanted a birthday cake-smash session. So during Halloween, before all the houses even opened their doors to trick-or-treaters, we met up at Venice Pier so Austin could wreak havoc on a very delicious cake.
With the sun setting behind him, Austin never looked back once he got a taste of The Cake.
Happy birthday, Austin!
After getting married in paradise (is Hawaii anything else?) this past summer, Nick and Swati wanted to take their celebration to the next level – by having a backyard reception for friends and family who couldn’t make it overseas. It was an intimate gathering, taking place a Southern California fall evening. The neighborhood was pitch dark, with only the sprinkles of light from Nick and Swati’s celebrating lighting the air. Swati looked stunning in her her red and gold Indian attire. And Nick looked so handsome in his! Congratulations, and wishes of everlasting love to the newlyweds!
The first time I saw Parker, he was only a few days old (see his newborn portrait session here!. I joked to his parents, Nicole and Jeremy, as I photographed his first year birthday party, that 1-year-old little Parker looks SO different than his newborn self, and they completely agreed!
The theme of the party, as you can probably tell when you scroll down, is car racing. I adore all the creative details of the event – traffic light brownies, doughnut spare tires, Chex Mix nuts and bolts. Even his presents mainly consisted of cars! Such a boy, haha. Yet, even though there were plenty of toys for the little guests to play with (especially cars), what became a huge hit was the pool of ice out in the balcony. Love it.
Happy birthday, little Parker!
One afternoon, up in the hills of Hollywood, Mila’s first birthday party happened, and in such a fashion. With pink balloons hanging off the balcony, her own lemonade stand, face-painting and entertainment, and such a wide variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres, this was the place to be for all the little ones in the area.
Happy birthday, Little Mila!
I might be biased in saying this, but my niece Keila might just be one of the coolest little lady on the block. Don’t mind the fact that I changed her diaper when she was a wee baby, or that I sung her to sleep many-a-times and therefore grew attached to her like no other; she really is such a sweethearted kid.
On top of that, little Keila loves to draw dragons, read two grades above her current grade, and kick anyone’s butt when it comes to video games. Yet, even with her quirky feistiness, if you ever say that your hand is lonely, she will be there to hold it and make it less lonely. Or, at least that’s what happens to me (I’d like to think I’m lucky).
I can’t believe this little girl is already seven years old, yet has accomplished so much at her age. It makes me excited what the future will bring her.
The day before Alison and Tony’s vow renewal celebration, Southern California was met with a rainy and dreary day. I feared the worst, expecting that the ceremony would be doused in similar weather. However, that was not the case at all. As Alison and Tony’s intimate guests gathered on the lawn of Ponte Winery in Temecula, the blue sky was covered with spots of dramatic clouds. You couldn’t ask for better weather.
With that said, the rest of the celebration was equally as beautiful. After having been married for over two decades, Alison and Tony did something that I think is so romantic – they celebrated their marriage once more in front of close friends and family. This time, their three boys joined in the celebration!
After months of anticipation, my boyfriend and I finally landed in the Big Apple early last week to celebrate our anniversary. Neither of us had ever been to New York City so, with a map in tow, we explored as much of the major landmarks (aka tourist areas) that the City had to offer in the few days that we were there. Honestly, it was somewhat of a surreal experience for me. After seeing countless movies set in New York, I had a certain expectation of the place. I wasn’t disappointed.
Here are some of my highlighted pictures from our trip!
Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of second shooting for Kien Lam Photography for the coverage of Jennie and Eng’s wedding. It was such a gorgeous wedding, taking place in a dream location over in the mountains of Malibu – Calamigos Ranch. Jennie looked so princess-like, as she wore a tiara, ballgown dress, and sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes. And Eng, I think he was pretty blown away when he saw his princess (soon to be queen) during their First Look!
Here are some of my favorite shotss from the day:
A few weeks ago, I tried a new genre of photography that had intrigued me. It was a raw genre, and had to be done very photojournalistically. This genre, that’s quite becoming a thing, is birth photography.
I stumbled upon this genre quite randomly, to the point that I forget how. But when I initially saw images of mothers in the midst of giving birth – the emotions of anxiety, the facial expressions of fear and happiness, and the grit that is the act of giving birth – I was blown away. I wanted to be part of it.
When it was about two weeks prior to Mateo’s due date, I kept my phone on and never dare let it die. I would sporadically wake up in the middle of the night thinking I had missed a text/phone call when really, Lethy and Mark were sleeping soundly in their own bed!
Then, the day came. I rushed over to the hospital and then it all started to unfold…