Every time Angely asks me to take her family portraits, there's nothing but excitement and happiness that comes over me. Not only is her family so photogenic, but they are genuinely the sweetest!
This time we headed to Travel Town which sits inside of Griffith Park in Los Feliz, California. This adorable little town of old trains educates people and children about the history of the railroad system, hosts parties and has so many to see! During our shoot, Leonardo (who is almost three-years-old) was so excited to be visiting his most favorite place while he gets to play conductor and climb alongside the trains. Don't worry, all these trains are all locked in one place and meant for show now.
Just when I thought I've already done the cutest birthday mini-sessions, something that my heart cannot even handle comes along like this week's Mickey Mouse themed birthday smash.
This was Baby Adrian's first solo session with me and he was the cutest thing dressed in his little red shorts, black suspenders, a yellow bow-tie and who can forget Mickey's ears?
It wasn't long until we found a little spot in one of my favorite parks, O'Melveney Park in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
The morning had a subtle overcast and this session went by so quickly! But OMG, did little Adrian deliver!
See for yourself...
It's amazing to think that these little humans just pop out of what feels like nowhere into a moving world and instantly into the hearts of many who already love them even before they were a thought. I think that's exactly what happened when little Alexander was born and brought into a big family and loving home.
Once I arrived to their home for their in-home session, almost the whole family was home--grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncle, mom, dad and even their family dogs and cat.
The day was slightly cloudy with a nice light breeze as I set up my little set-up by their big sliding door in their living room. As soon as little 'Zander was ready for his close-up, Mama laid him down and I began shooting. With every yawn and wiggle, his aunt's heart-melted as she watched and called him a "little angel" as he slept right through the session. His little "I Love Mommy & Naps" onesie clearly didn't lie...
It was raining and it was cold.. okay, it was cold to us Angelenos...a whopping 64 degrees kind-of-cold.
I had my first newborn session in 3 years and I was so excited to get these portraits done for my sweet client, Vanessa.
Baby Diego Alexander was born just after Valentine's Day (the sweetest Valentine if you ask me) to first-time parents and they couldn't be more full of love for this little guy.
Before I arrived to their home for their in-home session, I gave Mommy Vanessa everything she needed to prepare: a space by a big window, a warm environment, a sleeping baby and an open-mind. Man, she totally delivered.
Baby Diego was asleep as a... well, a baby. Haha.
This little Valentine is going to make you go awwwwwww...
Cheese, Puppies and Yay!
Now, before you go because you think I’ve lost it. Stick with me..
Another beautiful day in the San Fernando Valley where in the The Heart of Van Nuys lies a stunning view of Lake Balboa Park where this holiday session took place.
“We’re doing this for Grandma”, they said.
All of Grandma’s grandkids came dressed in white and full of smiles. In just about an hour we went from “Let’s all just stand by this cool looking tree”, to Oh, my god! Is that a dead rat?”, then to “Put that stick away! You’re not going to poke the dead rat.”
Yeah, that happened.
After all, they are kids.
Photographing a group of kids that vary in age can be tricky at times, but if you ask me—everything worked out beautifully. But I’ll just let you see for yourself.
I met Natalie at the bottom of a hell of hike in a park in Sylmar, California when I nearly passed out from what i believed was a heatstroke. (Luckily, there was an old man with tiny water bottles in his backpack to help me. But that’s for a whole different story.)
Since then, I’ve had the privilege of photographing Natalie and Miguel’s wedding and other important life moments. Part of what I do as a photographer that I love, is when I get to see my clients’ families grow and watch how they evolve as people. They’re story as a family is unique as everyone else’s is, but that doesn’t make their story any lesser than another’s.
I can’t wait to watch them grow and see where life take them...but for now, let’s just let them be...young and in love as they are right now.
She lived in Canada. He lived in Southern California. What seemed like a long distance friendship slowly turned into a whirlwind of events that led Silvia closer to Fernando. The chemistry between them was incredible, and the love they shared unquestionable. For the first time, I met Silvia and Fernando at a Los Angeles' hidden gem--the Venice Canals. It was 6 a.m. and overcast; we questioned if the sun would come up at all. It was the most perfect time to start our session as all the locals sleep in and the tourists are nowhere to be found. It almost felt like a giant serene paradise for these two to wander.
Being that this was a maternity session, and Silvia was 8 months into her pregnancy we started talking about the kinds of photos she would like to take. This turned into an on-going joke where they said "Can we just take photos as if we're on a date?" We laughed about it, but I knew at that moment: this is gonna be fun.
The sun was close to setting, and we had just arrived. Summer had just begun, but the heat was just another day in the suburbs of Los Angeles also known as the San Fernando Valley. This family session took place in the beautiful scenic area of Lake Balboa Park.
Aby, Jonathan and their two beautiful kids, Constantine and Tenzin were ready to take their stroll in the park as soon as they'd arrived. These are a collection of images from their evening.
It was a beautiful Sunday on a December morning. I got up super excited to be shooting my last holiday portraits of the year. The weather was gorgeous, the location was really neat and my clients, The Molacek family was on their way to meet with me.
They chose the location Mentryville Park in Santa Clarita, California; a historical location tucked away up in the mountains with great historical back drops that just added fun layers of interest. It was the perfect spot for our portrait session.
With three generations of Molaceks, we were sure to get a nice variety. Here are my favorites from my last session of 2016!
I am a...
Los Angeles native.