Archive for May, 2012

{ jessica + rich | manhattan beach engagement }

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Jess is a friend of mine from oh, maybe the 1st grade? We used to make “green tea” with mint leaves (plus a bunch of other questionable stuff) from my backyard and try to feed it to our younger sisters. She always had the most epic birthday parties and perhaps even let me copy her geometry homework once or twice (SCREW YOU PROOFS). I would like to compare Jess to Mary Poppins, in that she’s practically perfect in every way. She is ridiculously smart, horribly sweet, fabulously silly, abundantly kind, and a great friend.

So when she first told me about Rich, I may have been a bit skeptical. Because who could be so perfect for such a perfect person? But upon hearing about him and meeting him I realized that he somehow also is smart, and sweet, and silly, and kind, and most of all makes Jess endlessly happy. The proof (NOT THE GEOMETRY KIND) is in the photos. In the way he’s gazing at her in this one. The way she’s laughing in that one. Their whole engagement session was so joyful, so personal, so real.

It may have helped that we shot in a wonderful little Italian restaurant {La Sosta Enoteca – oh the light! the rustic chairs! those billowy curtains!} in Hermosa Beach, where they had many of their first dates and first memories. Or that Rich brought along his two awesome daughters (be sure to scroll down!) for the second half of the session on the beach.

As I always hope for in engagement sessions, this one did seem so them – practically perfect in every way :)

{ liv + greg | LA river center wedding }

Monday, May 28th, 2012

How dreamy is this wedding? Especially since so much of it was lovingly DIY-ed by Liv and Greg! Please brace yourself for this impressive DIY list – with a little help from family and friends, they assembled the bouquets, arranged the gorgeous centerpieces, baked + iced + decorated the cake (which was carrot, and banana, and DELICIOUS!) – Liv even hand-dyed some of the bridesmaids’ dresses to match the soft pink palette.

All the personal touches lent themselves perfectly to this kind of wedding – the kind filled with a relaxed, cozy kind of love, the kind celebrating two people who are amazing as individuals, but even better together. The day ended with lots of dancing, a crackling fire, and the making of s’mores. Perfection.

{ a day at the beach | family portraits }

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

How cool is it when I am able to not only stay in touch with a couple after their wedding, but photograph other awesome milestones for them along the way? You may remember Hana & Toshi from their beautiful Palos Verdes wedding and dreamy day-before session. Flash forward to today – they’re currently living in Japan and now have a joyful baby boy named Kento! I was so excited when they got in touch with me letting me know they’d be back in town in LA and were hoping to take some family portraits. Kento seriously is one of the happiest little guys I have EVER met – he has a huge smile & killer personality which I know he gets from his awesome parents! So happy I could meet him & reconnect with this wonderful family while they were in town :)