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kristen & pere : st. anthony’s croatian church wedding

As I walked into the hotel room at the Double Tree Los Angeles , I couldn’t believe how stunning Kristen looked. Not only was her hair and make up flawless, but she seemed so calm. I asked if she was nervous and she told me she was just excited the day had finally arrived and couldn’t wait to see her groom.

I was referred to Kristen and Pere from Molly and Matt.  I photographed their wedding last summer and Pere was the best man. Poor guy had a broken leg, but was a trooper and stood next to his friend the entire ceremony.

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Capturing the details prior to the wedding is one of my very favorite parts of the day. I understand the significance of choosing the perfect  dress, shoes and accessories.

This dress certainly did not disappoint. It was feminine and beautiful,  just like the bride.

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Kristen kept these platform shoes on all night! What a rock star!

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Capturing the bridesmaids seeing  Kristen for the first time.

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Once again, a successful and emotional First Look!

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Seriously, Kristen.  You’re breathtaking!

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Croatia representin’!

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Both families are all so dang good looking!!

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The wedding took place at the beautiful  St.Anthony’s Croatian Church in downtown Los Angeles.

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This bridal party was a blast!

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So much love and emotion exemplified in the dances and toasts.

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Congratulations Pere and Kristen! Thank you so much for trusting in me to capture such a special day!

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the nelson family: venice beach canals

This is the third year I’ve photographed the Nelson’s. It’s such a perk of my job to watch kids grow.

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We did the session at the Venice Canals this year. I had never been there and was in love immediately! So many great places to photograph!

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Beautiful Alex is such a sweetheart.

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Adorable Nikki is a little spitfire. She wasn’t too fond of taking pictures last year, but this year she loved it. She even asked to hold my hand as we walked to different areas. It melted my heart:)

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Alex and her dad look so much alike!

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It was a such a lovely night and the canals were so tranquil.

I adore this family. We always have such great conversation and it never feels like work when we’re together.

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the bijelic family: redondo beach family photos

Aiden became a big brother last year. He welcomed not one, but TWO new siblings. Their family was blessed with twins!

Sweet Ms. Ava with her big blue eyes, and adorable Matteo with his golden hair and adorable smile recently turned one years old, so the Bijelic family decided to have me take some pictures.

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I love the playfulness this family has together.

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I had to share this picture of Matteo not being very happy about taking more pictures.

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Someone’s in love…

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I wanna eat them up!!

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Already these two are looking up to their big brother.

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niki & sal: palos verdes engagement

Niki and Sal had been dating  just a year when he popped the question. The couple was at  Trump National Golf Club  watching the sun set, when Sal got down on one knee and asked Niki to be his wife.  After tears of joy welled up in her eyes, the answer was most definitely, yes.

 

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They just finished up a romantic vacation to Italy, visiting Sal’s family and traveling by train across the country, stopping in beautiful places like Venice, Cinque Terre and Rome. Niki called it their pre-honeymoon. What a smart idea! If you know you can travel well with someone before marriage, that’s a beautiful thing.

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Because the couple loves sunsets, we finished up their session at Terranea Resort to catch the day’s end. 

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As we began to walk down to the beach, we noticed a lot of news cameramen and reporters waiting for a boat to come in.

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We had coincidentally arrived just as 16 year old swimmer, Charlotte Samuels had finished swimming from Catalina Island! It took her 20 hours and she was numerously stung by jellyfish, but she kept going.  She will now only need to swim the English Channel to enter the record books as the youngest swimmer in history to accomplish  The Triple Crown of open-water swimming.

To witness her arrival was incredible.

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Niki & Sal are tying the knot this October in Manhattan Beach. I can’t wait to document their wedding!

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the alvarado family: long beach lighthouse

This is the second year I’ve done a session with the Alvarado family.

Linda and Gus are the sweetest couple and have a spunky little two year old, Natalie.

She looks like a little china doll, with ruby red lips, a button nose and eyelashes for days. I wanna eat her up!

We met at the Long Beach Lighthouse and took in the beautiful scenery of the marina, Parker’s Lighthouse, Long Beach Aquarium and The Queen Mary.

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those pigtails … so flippin’ adorable.

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this little one has so many expressions. I could’ve photographed her all day.

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love capturing these sweet moments…

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Natalie likes to run. And she’s wicked fast. I seriously think she’ll get a track scholarship if she keeps it up.

I love this shot above. I said,”Natalie, come over here love…” She looked right at me, waved her hand “G’bye!” and darted down the hill.

Her parents got quite the work out in chasing her!

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Got her!

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and sweet baby girl makes three…

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