Sophie’s 1st Birthday: Pure Sunshine

Sunshine – what a wonderfully bright and cheery theme for a 1st birthday! But aside from the sunny details of the day (that garland was handmade by mom, one pom-pom at a time), what struck me most was the light that little Sophie provides for her family. She’s an observant little ball of curiosity and sweetness, just like one-year old girls should be.

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Lee Family – Occidental College

Seemed just like yesterday I was taking pictures of little Elisabeth before her first birthday. Suddenly she’s a toddler with a little brother in Nathaniel. Like his big sister’s session, he got to take photos with all these different items signifying what career path he may choose when he gets older. The mic, the whisk, baseball bat and glove, not to mention a personalized putter. What a fun future this little guy’s got ahead of him!

The Lees are hands down one of the most thoughtful families I’ve ever met. They’re just so gracious all time, even through email and text, and I’m so blessed to have been able to watch their family grow.

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Myra & Kraegell: Engagement Session – Griffith Park Observatory

A love with a foundation of faith – that’s what Myra and Kragell share. With this comes a gentleness about them, but almost as evident, is how much fun they are. Despite expressing a nervousness about having their photos taken, they were  so sweet to and playful with each other that there wasn’t anything for them to worry about. 

They chose the Griffith Park Observatory, a place I’d never shot before, and they wanted to get some night-time images done. Color me panicked. I’d never done a night shoot before (at least on purpose), so I asked my buddy/mentor, Jaja, to come along with me for a pre-eshoot visit to the Observatory so I can figure out where all the light sources were. Turns out that at night, there’s light pretty much everywhere up top – you just have to find it.

Myra and Kraegell – you’re such a sweet couple, and so thoughtful too! (I drove to their session straight from the office that night so they bought me dinner – chicken nuggets and fries rock the party!). Can’t wait for your wedding this summer!

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