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...
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.
Content creating for my dear friend, Brittney is always fun. She's always down to be my model when I have an idea or when I find a cute little patch of something to photograph. These are just a few of my favorites from our mini-shoot.
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.
Passport & Rosé is a newly launched blog created by the one and only Lisa Vigil also known on Instagram as LovesLisaXOXO.
Lisa first came up with the idea for a blog that had a mixture of her passions: travel, flowers, cake, and of course, rosé. She cleverly named her blog after her recent trips to Europe as Passport & Rosé, which she shared tips on navigating your way while in Europe, and where to find the prettiest cakes.
When she told me about her idea for doing a blog, I was thrilled! If there's anyone who likes to try out new and cute places no matter at what cost or location, you better believe it's gonna be Lisa.
So, naturally we had to do a shoot for the launch of her first blog. And this is where it all came down to.
We first started by going to the Melrose Farmer's Market where Lisa handpicked each and every rose to create her perfect bouquet. I tell her that she should honestly be a florist--she so good at it!
We picked up some agua fresca and started shooting.
I think we found the cutest little spots, and I couldn't be happier how the photos came out.
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 met Jessica almost 11 years ago while I worked at Six Flags, and we've been friends ever since.
I never knew at that time that I would be documenting so many of her life's milestones from her wedding, her maternity session while pregnant with Belen and now her entire family with her newest addition, Zion.
Jessica met Julio through their church. They got to know each other and long story stort, they fell in love, got married and have two beautiful children. Looking through this session's photo album, makes me filled with happiness for my dear friend. They found love and it's clear what their love's grown into.
I cannot wait to continue to document and see where this little family blossoms.
But for now, let's just enjoy the moment while it lasts.
Fabiola and Juan asked me to photograph their pregnancy last year and so I did. A year and a half later, we all got back together for this really fun holiday session.
With the holidays already over, I still feel warm and fuzzy from looking through this session. The golden sunset light, the festive wardrobe choices, and all the love this little family has.
Meet Mateo (or Matthew--whichever their parents like to call him).
He's a one-and-a-half year old wild child full of adventure and wonder. He definitely had me working out running around the hill tops of Veteran's Park of Southern California. The amount of energy Fabiola and Juan have, I have no idea--but good thing for little Mateo!
Here are my favorites from this day's holiday session. Take a look!
I am a...
Los Angeles native.