Jan 212013
 

Once upon a time…

in the heart of Hollywood, there lived two individuals- Gwen and Kurt. Rich in humor and hilarious in spirit, there is no doubt that these two were made for each other.

Their story is classic Hollywood.  They met within a Talent agency.  He was an assistant while Gwen was an agent at the time. They dated for 2 years when Kurt decided he wanted to propose. The proposal was set to the tune of Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park, to a majestic 360° view of Los Angeles, surrounded by rolling hills and lush trees, the hollywood sign quietly hanging in the balance.  The scene also came complete with a deer gracefully grazing in a meadow nearby.  Sounds to good to be true right?  It gets better.  Kurt had already been on the hike once that morning, in order to prep the scene for the big question.  Bright and colorful petals were meticulously laid out at the end of the trail, accompanied by various varietals awaiting her atop the parks benches.  He had two rings ready, one for each hand (the other might get jealous), sparkling apple cider and a finger monkey who would help in the proposal!!  In Gwen’s own words- “He was so incredibly romantic and sweet, what was a girl to do?!”  She quickly said yes.

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

Their day was exquisite, draped in ivory and rose. The location was the Paramour Mansion in Los Feliz. Built in the 1920s, the mansion successfully blanketed their guests with a antiqued vintage backdrop. The Bridesmaids wore light rose and the boys were draped in classic white tuxes. The flower arrangements were delicately gathered by Emily Jung and covered every square inch of the ceremony and reception. The scene was mesmerizing and nothing short of what they had both been dreaming of their entire lives.

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

The best part about these two?  They laugh.  Hard and long.  And they make it their personal goal to “one-up” each other at all times which, usually ends up with everyone around them being infected with laughter as well. (Below is the famous finger monkey, mentioned earlier, that was used for the proposal.  He made a special appearance on the big day as well).    When asked what was the most important thing to be captured on their day, Gwen responded…..”Kurt’s mustache.”   Screen Shot 2013-01-20 at 8.14.46 PM My team had a blast with these two.

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

Congratulations again, to Gwen and Kurt!

los angeles, wedding, the paramour mansion, los feliz, Jen Castle Photography

 

 

 

       “Within about a month of dating Gwen, I just kinda knew.

I really haven’t been more sure about anything else in my life.” -Kurt

 …

I can’t believe I am so lucky to have Kurt in my life.  I’ve waited so long for him.”  -Gwen

 

 

 

Nov 262012
 

I had the pleasure of meeting Easton during our family portrait season this year.  How would I describe him?  Well, He’s a courageously independent six year old with a mom to match.  In fact, the two of them make a great team.  He would tell jokes, she graciously laughed.  He defended her every step with his crazy karatay moves and she knew all the right tickle spots.

Normally, these two can be found in the Oxnard zip-code but on this day, they were visiting family in Los Feliz so we decided to meet at Griffith Park for an hour long session. Griffith Park is not only one of my favorite areas for portraits but it is always successful in creating that woodsy holiday feel that one doesn’t often get in California.   That’s right, it looks like a woodsy wonderland right?… nobody needs to know that it was really a balmy eighty-two degrees that day (I’m still wondering if cali’s ever going to have a winter this year).   Besides the perfect backdrop, Griffith always provides the perfect environment, for any kid.  Easton was able to run, play, climb and perform, no holds barred and he had us in stitches the entire time.  He’s the man of a thousand faces and was always ready with a punchline.  He could also be found leading the way for us with his trustee branch sword in hand, ready to take on the world.  He was an extremely confident and imaginative kid.  And mom, well… she was his biggest fan.  Understandably my time, with both of them, flew by.

 

los angeles family portraits

los angeles family portraits

los angeles family portraits

los angeles family portraits

los angeles family portraits

los angeles family portraits

Aug 112011
 

Once upon a time, and maybe you remember him from a past shoot, there was a boy named Jack….

I shot Jack’s first set of baby portraits about a year ago, within his gorgeous home, up in the hills of Los Feliz, and I was so excited to be shooting with him again.

These are Jack’s parents…

together they make one rock-star style family.  They’re fun, easy going and simply adore their son.  It’s so amazing to see the amount of love that binds them all.  They talk consistently and lovingly with Jack about everything and because of this, he’s so smart!  This little man speaks 3 different languages- french, italian and english.  It’s pretty impressive.  He also has a green thumb like no other.  I can barely keep a cactus alive while Jack makes sure to tend to his tomatoes everyday.  He loves it.  He’s good at it.  Who woulda thunk?  Did I mention he’s all of two?

So once I arrived and the tomatoes were tended to, it was then playtime.  Being that my style is a bit more journalistic, I like to catch kids within their everyday routines- tending to the garden, playtime, bath-time, story-time.  These are all traditions that mark Jack’s every day and will be the most cherished once he starts getting older so of course those are the moments I want to capture the most.  His parents were completely on board for this, allowed me to come in a bit later in the day and so we all eagerly set out to capture Jack’s bedtime routine.

When we came closer to the bath hour Jack, just like every other two year old boy, took great pride in being able to run around without his pants.  It was hilarious.

bath-time, and his favorite rubber ducky.

Once dried and placed into some cozy PJ’s, it was then time for a few of his favorite stories, brought to him live within his living room through the loving tones of mom and dad.

Soon after they read “Goodnight Moon”, they turned the final page, blew kisses and bid Jack a good night . . .

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