Jul 032013
 

Two weeks ago, on father’s day to be exact, I had the opportunity to work with a larger family that stretched across three generations, the Hastings, Teeles and McCoys. I had worked with the McCoys before but this time I was able to meet all of their grandparents. Due to the size of the shoot (and the magnitude of the schedules put on hold for this) the family made sure to book the shoot with me a year ago. That day had finally come and they all drove out from Orange County to Santa Monica in order to make it happen. They looked absolutely adorable! The sky was cloudy but beautifully dramatic and the beach, cool but not uncomfortable. We started with formal portraits and then we played, just the kids and I.

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

After the formal portraits were complete, we were all excited to be able to run around under the mid-day sun, which was now peeking out to play as well. It was so entertaining to watch Cade and Berlin, brother and sister, interacting and reacting. They’re closer in age now, can communicate better and have a strong understanding as to who they are. Berlin is very protective of Cade and has definitely taken on the roll of teacher. Cade is more rambunctious and free-spirited but follows his big sis everywhere, mimicking her every move.

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

As we wrapped up the shoot, Berlin had something important to tell her mother. As mom picked her up, Berlin carefully whispered into her mother’s ear and then shyly looked away, allowing her mother to convey the message aloud for her. “She wants me to invite you to her upcoming birthday party,” she stated with a big smile. I got a little misty, it was the sweetest invitation I’d ever received. I felt accepted. And proud. I love what I do and most of all I love watching the children that I document, grow and change right before my very eyes.

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

May 292013
 

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

Henry just recently turned the ripe ol’ age of two! For this shoot, we decided to head out to the beaches of Santa Monica. It was a clear, colorful, warm and slightly breezy day.  Pure perfection. The beach was packed BUT we were able to work around that by utilizing unique camera angles and by practicing my dangerous slight-of-hand (I dabble in magic). So we were ready and able to avoid the crowds but Henry didn’t seem to mind either way. Once he hit that sand, there was no stopping him. Out came the bright red pails, shovels, bubbles and (of course) there was always a giant tickle-monster nearby to make sure he was truly entertained at all times. His favorite two adventures were- getting buried in the sand (see last pic…Hilarious) and running in and out of the water. Brave? Yes. But mom and dad were always close at hand, which was just how he liked it because he sooo utterly and completely loves them, never wanted to leave their side and always wanted to incorporate them in every shot. It was precious. This family is a dynamic team and oh so much fun to work with. I’ll always look forward to shooting with them and I’ll always look forward to Henry’s sweet disposition. So without further ado, I give you….

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica
baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

baby, beach, Family, Henry, journalistic portraiture, kids, Los Angeles, photography, Portraits, santa monica

Sep 072012
 

Tis the season… to drive to the beach for family portraits!  It’s been so hot lately that I fully endorse the sharp cool breezes and drastic temperature drops that the beach can provide. Fully endorse. So lately I mention the beach (often) to all of my families for their portraits. I mean temperature aside, the beach is never short of gorgeous and its wide-open terrain is a good playground for any imagination. So it’s a win-win really.  For this round, we headed to the Santa Monica pier.

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Grace was excited for the beach. Gymnastics, dancing, martial arts, running, shell searching, bonding with her parents and drawing in the sand were all readily at her disposal. She has a very adventurous spirit and is head over heels in love with her mom and dad. Adores them. Wanted every shot to have them in it. She’s a charmer. Completely outgoing and smart. In fact, she already has many ambitions for her life so I made sure to conclude her shoot promptly so she could get started. And I’m definitely on the edge of my seat to hear about all of her adventures, when next we meet shoot.

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Go Dysons!… so cute.

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California