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palos verdes engagement : jessica & brian

Jessica and Brian met through mutual friends, but because Brian was super shy, their relationship started out being strictly platonic. Once he worked up the nerve to ask Jessica out on a date, he thought it would be fun to take her bowling. Little did he know she hated bowling. Once they got to the bowling alley, Jessica got them Irish Car Bomb shots. Little did she know Brian hated Irish Car Bomb shots! None of that matters now, because this adorable couple will be exchanging wedding vows this spring at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

 

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There is a teeny tiny window when these gorgeous wildflowers bloom all over the Palos Verdes hills. I was lucky to catch them at the perfect time. 

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I love this shot of their candid laughter! I had to include it.

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Jessica and Brian, I’m honored you chose me to document such a beautiful time in your lives. Thank you, so much.

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pt vicente engagement session: ashley & dom:

Ashley and Dom have been together for almost a decade, but you’d never know it. They laughed and teased like they just started dating. Both were super comfortable in front of the camera and I had so much fun doing their engagement session!

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I adore this black and white shot! These two are so fun together!

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Ashley and Dom decided to do their session at Pt Vicente in Palos Verdes because of the beautiful coastline and lighthouse.

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This couple is die hard 49’ers fans, so they had to represent in some team gear at the end of our session.

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Ashley and Dom: thank you so much again for trusting in me to document your love in the best way I could. You guys are so dang adorable! Laugh together always. It’s the greatest couple’s (and least expensive) therapy you can have!

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palos verdes family photographer: little miss sweetheart

I recently did a session with this beautiful family. Here’s some of my favorite’s:

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Such special, little moments between mother and daughter…

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This image I captured with Daddy reaching for Tula’s hand in case she fell, really spoke to me. It represented so much. So many times I have to remind myself with my own little ones, that they need to become independent… they need to learn to do things on their own. But as a parent, we’re always within arm’s reach to pick them up when they fall…

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Toddlers can be quite challenging to photograph. They’re usually not real fond of taking pictures, so I just choose to follow their lead and capture real moments. In my opinion, those are the most beautiful anyway.

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Ms. Tula is the sweetest little thing. She’s curious and spunky and her smile can light up an entire room.

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redondo beach newborn photographer: welcome baby blake

My shooting style is very organic- many call it lifestyle photography.

I prefer photographing families with newborns in their own, comfortable environment. I love to incorporate personal things like a handmade baby blanket, as opposed to a ton of props which can take away from what’s most important: the connection and emotion a beautiful image encapsulates.

The Sullivan family recently welcomed a baby boy and I had the honor of photographing their beautiful family, just a few days after Blake arrived home from the hospital.

 

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Noah was so excited to introduce me to his baby brother and kept asking if I noticed, “how little his fingers and toes were.” It was absolutely precious!

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Noah is is such a sweetheart and I loved watching how protective he was with his baby brother already.  

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sweet, sweet new baby love. 

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Thank you, Holly and Steve for trusting me to capture such a special time in your lives!

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long beach reef wedding : chelsey + weston

When Weston proposed to Chelsey he wanted to share the experience with their closest friends. He planned a night out for dinner and wanted to pop the question on the cliffs at Trump National Golf Club at sunset. After a bit of persuasion to pull Chelsey away from the delicious baked brie that had just arrived at their table, Weston grabbed his bride to go enjoy the sunset. As he got down on one knee, Chelsey nervously ran away. After the utter shock subsided, she hugged her man and affectionately answered yes.

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Chelsey surprised her groom by having me shoot a boudoir session of her. I made a photo book for her and she gave it to him the morning of the wedding- he loved it!

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“Now introducing, Mr. and Mrs. Jones!” 

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Such a gorgeous couple!!

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During our engagement session, I had a chance to know this awesome couple and I thought they were perfect for one another. Watching them interact on their wedding day confimed it. 

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As we took the couple shots, the sun was setting with the ocean and Long Beach as the backdrop. I was in heaven! 

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I don’t just take pictures at weddings. I play hair dresser, make up artist and bride’s assistant. I carry hairspray, extra bobbi pins, shout wipes, the bride’s powder and lipgloss, tissues and some Xanax.

(Ok, maybe not Xanax, but I may have access to a shot of tequila at last moment’s notice to cure wedding day jitters;).

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When the bride and groom has the most insane candy bar I’ve ever seen, you better believe I’m including lollipops in the ring shot!

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Thank you so much, Chelsey and Weston! I had such an amazing time photographing your wedding! What an amazing day!

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*Many thanks to this incredible team who made this wedding so beautiful:

Ceremony: Mary Star of the Sea Church

Reception Venue: The Reef in Long Beach

Videographer: Ethan J Studios

Florist: Flowers by Florence

Hair: C’e La Luna

Make Up: Mandy Garcia

DJ: DJ Carcano

 

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