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gunnar turns one: redondo beach hopkins wilderness park

Gunnar celebrated his 1st birthday with a teddy bear picnic theme. The idea came from his grandmother that reads this classic children’s story every time she babysits.

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The ornate desserts were made by the My Rockin’ Party  and were so adorable!

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The party took place at The Redondo Beach Wilderness Park and was a perfect setting for their rustic theme. 

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Gunnar wasn’t quite sure what to think of his first taste of chocolate…

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It’s a beautiful thing to have clients continuously trust me to capture the most precious times in their lives. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this couple’s engagement session, wedding, maternity session and now their beautiful son’s first birthday.

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Gunnar’s grandfather teaching him how to walk-  my very favorite capture of the day.

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julie + ellis: playa del rey engagement

Back in their hometown of Virginia Beach, Julie and Ellis’ relationship was strictly platonic. This all changed when Julie and some friends (Ellis included), decided to go on an adventurous whim, and move to the West Coast. After making memories together snowboarding and enjoying the Lake Tahoe winters, their friendship eventually turned into a beautiful romance. They now call California their new home and are engaged to be married!

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I adore their playfulness with each other. 

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Ellis picked out Julie’s ring himself. How gorgeous is her bling?! 

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They decided they wanted to do their session in Playa Del Rey because they got engaged on this bridge just a few months ago.  

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Congratulations to a beautiful couple, inside and out.  I can’t wait for your wedding at The Hotel Maya next year!

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welcome baby benny: san pedro newborn photographer

Christina and Chris just had the most deliciously adorable baby boy I think I’ve ever seen- (counting my own kids, but let’s keep that our little secret).

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When I did their engagement session we talked about starting a family and I told them how incredible it is. How it made me love life in a whole different light.

As I witnessed the bond they have with their son, I knew they understood exactly what I meant now.

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Benjamin has gorgeous, full lips and dark hair like his mama, and beautiful eyes and a dimple chin like his daddy. It was so hard to choose the images for this post because he’s SO. damn. cute.

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This little guy was born on his due date. This pretty much never, ever happens. I knew from the first day I met him he’d be something special.

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When I photographed their wedding, Christina told me when they started a family and if they had a boy, they wanted to name him Benjamin, and call him Benny. It fits him so perfectly.

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Already prepped for the PGA.

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Black & white or color? I think I like them both.

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sweet, sweet mama love.

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I feel so fortunate you trust me to capture such milestone moments in your lives.

Christina and Chris: I could not be happier for you guys.

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UCLA Senior Sessions: Ellen, Nicole & Sophie

I had the honor of photographing senior sessions for these three gorgeous girls who are graduating from UCLA next week.

 

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We had an amazing time. It didn’t even feel like work. I hadn’t been in the college scene in a over a decade and it was so cool to see where they lived and hung out. The fact it only took them four years to graduate in such a fun environment is hard to believe.

(Don’t even ask how long it took me- #holystudentloans)

As we walked around the campus and took pictures, I drilled them about their personal stories: How they got into such an elite university and how they met (through their sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma).

As our session concluded, I shamelessly invited myself out to drinks with them.

I’m sure that’s exactly what they wanted to do on a Saturday night- hang out with a mom that’s used to going to bed right when they’re about to go out.

But I wasn’t quite done pretending I was a Bruin and got a 4.2 GPA  in high school too.

Besides, I hadn’t given them my learn-from-my-mistakes-lecture yet (geez, I’m such a mom now).

I made them promise me they would date 100 more frogs before they settled down and wait at least 5 years to get married. To take every single solitary opportunity to travel and experience a handful of different jobs before they start a career and pursue their true passions.

 It’s so ironic I’m giving these level-headed, over-achievers advice. I was barely starting a four year university at their age.

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I shot Ellen’s high school senior session just four years ago and and I can’t believe she’s now finishing college!

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Well, hello golden hour light. You never cease to disappoint.

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Ellen is starting a Post-Baccalaureate, Pre-Nursing program in the fall, and eventually plans to go into gastrointestinal pediatrics or be a labor and delivery nurse.

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For all you single men inquiring about these beautiful California natives:

Sophie is getting her degree in Math Economics (not exactly the poster child for a math geek) and is starting a job as a consultant in August and plans on getting her MBA in a couple years.

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Nicole is graduating with a degree in Psychology and wants to pursue a career in business psychology and eventually get her MBA as well.

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The girls explained that their friend was proposing to his girlfriend on campus that evening and we randomly ended up running into them! I was so happy I was able to capture these candids!

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Our rehearsal shot of the “Yahoo! We did it!”  pose. Clearly Nicole was a volleyball phenomenon in high school. Look at that form.
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“WE OUTTA HERE!!”

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Beautiful ladies, on the inside and out. I only hope I can raise my daughter to be as well rounded as these amazing women.

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First Birthday Cake Smash : Palos Verdes Portrait Photographer

Vincent and Nicholas celebrated their 1st birthday with an awesome cake smash session.

Before they were covered from head to toe in frosting, I captured some pictures of these adorable twins and their family.

 

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I’m not sure what Vincent is yelling about but I love this pic!

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those eyes… heart melting.

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cake smash= success!

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