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{ ala + steve // manhattan beach portraits }

Monday, February 24th, 2014

We didn’t plan for the fog.

We figured out sunset times and when to meet for the optimal golden light, and when I woke up that morning the sun was streaming in my window. It was cheerfully sunny on my drive over as I passed through 4 different cities, and literally just as I pulled up to the block before the beach, the sun hid away and we found the entire shoreline was blanketed in a cloudy mist. And now when I see these photos, I couldn’t imagine it any other way. The fog was perfect. Ala {my dear friend and fellow photographer} and her hubby Steve were perfect. The quiet, calm and empty beach was perfect. Her dress? That flower crown? The simplicity of just this one location, of following a couple and documenting their love? All perfect.

At the end of the session, I told them I could photograph this session all day every day, and I meant it.

{ christina + morgan // holiday session }

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Tis the season for one of the cutest holiday sessions I ever did see! Christina & Morgan wanted something unique for their holiday portraits that reflected their style & personalities, and the result was stacks of sparkly presents, silver garland, Anthropologie ornaments, Bando accessories, sparklers, pink smoke bombs (!) and tons of fake snow! We photographed it all in front of this perfect pink wall and had oodles of fun.

Hope this adds a little holiday cheer into your day! :)

{ portraits // mato family }

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Seriously one of the happiest little families I ever did see! I was so excited when Peggy contacted me to take their family portraits, especially since they would all be donning beautiful kimonos and hakamas. The dressing up was also partially in celebration for the kids’ shichi-go-san celebration, which literally translates into “seven-five-three” and is a celebration for children of that age. I remember dressing up and having photos taken for my own shichi-go-san a bajillion years ago, so it brought back sweet memories of having my hair done and sporting a kimono that was so tight I could barely breathe, but made me feel absolutely fancy and beautiful :)

Little Jenna and Jake are seriously so full of personality and happiness, and I loved photographing this beautiful family in such a beautiful setting. Would love to do more sessions like this in the future! :)