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Oct 082014
 

Meet Henri!…

Henri is six months old, loves owls, binkys, his toes, various yoga poses and is always in search for the next good belly laugh. His parents are Wendy from Mississippi and Andre, Louisiana. They moved to Los Angeles for love, culture and opportunity. I’ve known them for over ten years now and have been privileged with documenting many of their precious moments along the way. I shot their wedding in New Orleans, their headshots, pet-shots, commercial shots for Wendy’s biz, her eight month maternity shots, baby shower and now- Baby Henri’s first set of portraits! I’m so blessed to have seen this family grow the way they have and to have documented so many memories. It’s pure awesome sauce.

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

So on march 22 of this year, baby Henri joined the world. Six months later, I was asked to give him his first photo experience. You can never predict how a baby will respond to his first portrait session. They might be hungry, fussy and overwhelmed or they could be quiet, reserved and curious, you never know. Henri… was over-the-moon excited! He became host, entertainer and model all in the blink of a shutter. As soon as we started shooting, he lit up. It was hilarious. You can see below, the moments where he forced us to laugh. If the shoot was getting old, he’d break out into a new routine. As a photographer, I really didn’t have to do much. In fact, at one point I thought he might take the camera into his own hands and start shooting his own portraits. All of this, then add that he’s at the “crawling-like-crazy-stage.” Both parents were on deck at all times, to round him up and turn him around for each shot, where he would then start performing all over again. I was cracking up. He was cracking himself up. It was amazing. Simply put, I adore this lil man and can’t wait for the next round. Every day should consist of three good belly laughs. I got at least five… thanks Henri.

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

6 month old baby boy, babies, family portraits, home, Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

 

 

Oct 032014
 

Meet Rajpal and Ryan. They’ve been together for seven years, engaged for two and recently decided to get eloped! No big crowds, no fuss, no crazy conundrums. Just he, she and a priest, alone on the breathtaking shores of “Little Dune,” a private beach and local surf spot in Malibu. Just south of Big Dume, it’s small in size, surrounded by cliffs  and only accessible by an unmarked trail. It worked as the perfect California setting for this intimate elopement.

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

By keeping the ceremony to just the three of them they were able to focus solely on each other while maintaining a few of their favorite traditions. My favorites were the colors worn by both of them- the red silk saree, silver/red bangles and henna painted hands, worn by the bride and the red Sherwani, worn by the groom. So exquisite.

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Right away, as we shot their post-ceremony portraits, I could visibly see the love between them. After so many years of dating, they still flirt, laugh, play practical jokes with one-another and fit comfortably within each others arms. They know who they are, they’re a team and I loved documenting them. Were there some nerves at first? Of course, there always is, especially when I introduce my lenses but by keeping it about them and taking a few steps back, I was able to capture them candidly and with ease. (yay!)  By time we did the close-up shots, they were pros.

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

 I absolutely adore these two and have stayed connected with them since. Rajpal is a kick a*s accountant and Ryan produces movie magic. If you need anyone in those fields, please let me know. I mean, who doesn’t need an kick a*s accountant and some movie magic right? Congrats again Rajpal and Ryan. I wish you much success and look forward to our paths crossing again and again.

Elopement, Little Dume, Malibu, Indian Wedding, Hindu, Los Angeles, ©Jen Castle Photography, {JCP} Weddings

Sep 052014
 

I am absolutely in love with these girls! With their fiery red hair, gentle spirits and hot pink pants, who wouldn’t love em! Jayden is the eldest and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for a few years now. Kendall is the newest addition to the family and this was her first shoot. She was a pro though and of course she was able to rely on big sis for any tips of the trade.

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

Our location for this one- the family’s new Manhattan Beach home. It. Was. Gorgeous. And empty. So it served as a great modern/monochromatic backdrop. The kids loved it because due to it’s lack of furniture and appliances, it  allowed their imaginations to run wild. Three floors of empty halls and open walls. You couldn’t contain their enthusiasm. They definitely kept me on my toes for this one.

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

My favorite part?… when mom had the genius idea to bring up this basket and use it as a photo prop. OMG, we played peek-a-boo for a good 15 minutes. We couldn’t get enough. I’ve always said that I get the best workouts on my family portrait days but not just because I run around and play with them, it’s also because I laugh the entire time. Best ab workout ever.

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!

 ”Sisters don’t need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks – expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs – that can undermine any tale you’re telling.” – Pam Brown

babies, family portraits, ©Jen Castle Photography, sistersManhattan Beach, new house, hot pink pants!