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palos verdes holiday mini sessions: part one

Winter is in full swing (that means 10% chance of rain for Los Angeles) and I’m excited to share some of my favorite images from this year’s holiday sessions! Excuse me for my lack of blogging but I’ve been crazy busy with photographing (and uploading, and editing, and ordering) for more than thirty families this year. Most were clients I’ve had the honor of photographing year after year, and some were new ones (thank you SO.MUCH. to all my amazing clients for referring me to your friends and family!)

Stay tuned for Part Two of my holiday sessions in a few days!

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Be sure to check out some of my past holiday sessions with these beautiful families.

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I had to include these candid moments., because Emilie and Sophia have always reminded me of my sister and me at their age- driving each other crazy one minute and goofing off the next.

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This is my sixth year taking pictures of the Bero Family. Check out this session in Redondo Beach.

 I can’t believe how much the girls have grown…it’s so bittersweet.

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This past session when Sophia had lost her front teeth!

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The Blonde girls are growing up so fast! 

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Here’s the maternity session I did for the Morales Family. 

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The Squire’s are expecting a new addition to their family next year! Check out their gorgeous wedding I shot a few years ago at The Shade Hotel. 

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The Fugatti boys are so dang cute I seriously can’t stand it.  Here are some pictures from last year’s session. 

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Sophia has been a bit camera shy in the Wishner Family’s past sessions. This year she has definitely come out of her shell. I think she was showing her brother, Owen how to do dance in this shot.

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This little guy seems pretty excited about becoming a big brother soon!

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Here’s a session I did for little Ms. Ava when she turned one. 

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Nick and Gianna share the most beautiful love. I adore photographing these two and capturing their bond year after year. 

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I’ve photographed the Martoccia family numerous times. Having siblings so close in age is a difficult feat to photograph since they don’t normally all smile at the same time. Not these guys.

They put on the charm for my camera year after year.

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Stay tuned for Part Two!

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Kate

Oh my god!! So many gorgeous photos! You are seriously so talented. I love them all. You do such an amazing job capturing people’s relationships with each other, and their joy really comes through. Not to mention, the gorgeous settings and lighting. Love it.

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palos verdes & redondo beach holiday mini sessions

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was still learning how to run a successful business without having to work twelve hour days/ seven days a week.

Then my baby girl arrived. And then it was our first Christmas. And I was still working like a mad woman and still doing sessions well into December.

Then I had an epiphany. Ok, more like my husband told me he was tired of me being a frazzled mess during the holidays.

I decided to say no to clients that wanted sessions the week before Christmas. I worked my booty off in November, then took time off to enjoy my family. It was hard at first (I’m running my own business and of course I see dollar signs and future opportunities), but now seeing how quickly these years zoom by, I know way too soon the day will come when my kids think Elf on the Shelf is dumb and they’d rather go to Candy Cane Lane with their friends.

Sniff sniff.

I can’t believe this will be my fifth year doing holiday sessions. I feel super fortunate to have a ton of repeat clients. What a cool perk to watch babies turn into little humans and families trusting in me year after year to document their lives.

For those of you that have been asking, here’s the information for this year’s holiday mini sessions:

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Although I try to include all the significant information on my flyer, I still get asked the following questions:

The session is $185.

Yes, the digital images are included and can be downloaded straight from your gallery.

Yes, you can order holiday cards elsewhere. Yes on Shutterfly. Yes on Tiny Prints. Yes on Minted.

Yes, you can have them printed elsewhere.

If you decide not to spend a little more for gorgeous, professional lustre prints from your gallery, that’s your prerogative. But if you’re paying for a professional photographer, it’s apparent you appreciate photography and these pictures are important to you. Please, please do not cheapen the images by getting them printed at Costco. Or Target. Or anywhere that costs a few cents for a picture that you’ll have on your walls (or above your fireplace) for decades to come. Have them printed somewhere that is known for creating quality images. I try my best to choose locations that will work for all types of families, and I hope to put a smile on your face every time you look at your family pictures.  Treat them like art.

The session is mini. This means it lasts 15 minutes. This also means if you’re running late because your husband is having a bad hair day, I’m sorry. The show must go on. I book sessions back. To back. To back. Out of respect for everyone please be on time.

If it rains on the day of the session- you better bring an umbrella.

Ha-  kidding.

Depending on on how heavy it’s raining will depend on whether or not the sessions will be cancelled. I’ve had mornings where it’s poured, and then the sun comes peeking out and the afternoon sessions work beautifully. If I do need to cancel, I will definitely reschedule another day as close to the initial session date as I can.

The turn around time (when you will receive an email letting you know your gallery is ready) is approximately 7 days. I try my best to under promise and over deliver and most clients are pleasantly surprised how quickly their gallery is up.

The session includes minor editing. I fix exposure, color, contrast.

The session does not include major editing. No, I cannot Photoshop your daughter’s braces off in all the pictures or make you look forty pounds thinner. (But I am great at changing angles for the most flattering pictures : )

No, I don’t accept food stamps. But I do take cash, check, debit, credit card or your first born child if they’re interested in babysitting two crazy rug rats.

Harter Park is not really a park, but in the residential area off Via Colinita and Miraleste Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes. It is actually located at the beginning of a hiking path, and has a beautiful picturesque background.  If you’re heading down Miraleste Drive towards San Pedro, make a right on Via Colinita and it will be immediately on the right hand side. There is large sign that says “Harter Park”in front- you can’t miss it.

Hopkins Wilderness Park is also a beautiful spot located in Redondo Beach on Camino Real. Once you walk through the gates, it feels like you’re in the middle of Big Bear. It has a ton of trees and natural surroundings as well.

No, I’m not doing beach sessions. Fortunately in past sessions the weather has worked in my favor, but that may not always be the case and it’s too risky during the winter months. Plus wind blown hair and babies eating sand doesn’t make for beautiful Christmas cards.

No your entire family does not need to wear white shirts and jeans. Here are some good tips I found on Pinterest in regards to session attire. The main objective is to coordinate, not necessarily match perfectly.

 

This was our holiday card last year:

 

And because it’s almost the weekend, (TGIF y’all!) I thought I’d include the only professional picture my family ever took.

1978, people. The days of big collars, itchy turtlenecks and even itchier navy blue acrylic tights.

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brittney & danny : palos verdes neighborhood church wedding photography

Brittney confessed she didn’t believe in love at first site, until she met Danny.  She was a score clock girl for his basketball league and he had such an infectious personality that he hooked her from the beginning.

Right… I’m sure it had nothing to do with his gorgeous blue eyes.

When I first met Brittney & Danny it was for their engagement session.

We connected instantly. They were both so relaxed and easy to photograph.

After our session, I ran into them at other weddings and I saw how much fun they had together, always laughing and and enjoying one another. I couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding, not only because I felt their love for each other the moment I met them, but also because I knew Brittney put her heart and soul into all the details.

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Loved Brittney’s fun Betsey Johnson shoes!

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Brittney & I discovered we both have a major crush on typography.

Just another thing I adore about this girl. 

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Oh, hello gorgeous.

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The couple decided to see each other before the wedding, which is called “The First Look.

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So there was a slight mishap during their First Look and it may or may not have totally been my fault.

As Brittney was walking towards her handsome groom smiling with great anticipation,  I noticed Danny had specks of light on his face, so I quickly asked him to move over a bit.

Just as he did,  a lovely bird decided Danny was the perfect target to “drop” a gift on. I won’t go into great detail, but let’s just say Danny wasn’t buying the fact that having a bird poop on you is supposed to be good luck. 

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After a few curse words, a ton of laughter and the shock value wore off, Brittney confirmed she was prepared for absolutely any situation when she exclaimed, “No worries! I’ll go get the stain remover pen in my Oh Sh** Kit!“.

Font Lover and a girl that works it like a Girl Scout on her wedding day?

Oh Danny, you are one lucky son of a gun.

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I caught this sweet “Babe, is that really a wedding ring on your finger?!” moment right after they exited the church.

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Capturing moments. Like. This.

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There’s no hiding now, girl. 

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These girls went cray cray for that bouquet! 

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Because they enjoy drinking a couple cold ones while routing for their Dodgers, I couldn’t resist this ring shot.

Brittney & Danny, you guys are so dang perfect together. What an honor to be able to capture such an amazing day!

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

Ceremony: Palos Verdes Neighborhood Church 

Reception Venue: San Pedro Doubletree Hotel

Event Coordinator: Josephine Trusela Events

Florist & Reception Design: KMK Design Company 

Hair: Tiffany Johnson at Andres Hair Studio 

Make Up: Rena at Bright Crystal Make Up

DJ: Michael Angelo Music 

Cake: Rossmoor Bakery 

PhotoBooth: Photo Booths for Parties 

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danell & frank : palos verdes maternity photography

They say, “The days are long, but the year’s are short.”

How truthful this is, especially while raising kids. It seemed like a couple eye blinks ago that I did this newborn session of my favorite twins. Cut to four years later, and they’re getting prepped to meet their baby sister that will be arriving any day now.

 

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I’ll never forget when Danell text me a picture of her pregnancy test. It was dinnertime, water was boiling on the stove, the kids were going nuts and my husband was in the shower. I looked down at my phone, saw she had sent me a picture of a pregnancy stick, put my hand over my mouth, and screamed. I then enlarged the picture to make sure that was a “plus” sign I was seeing. When I confirmed it was indeed, I barged into the bathroom and told Scott I needed to call Danell right now and was going to my car (my substitute office when I need to call clients and the kids are home). She answered right away and said sarcastically, “Dang, what took you so long to call me?”

I cried.

I yelled.

I said “No WAY. Nooooo WAAAAY” about five hundred times.

Danell and Frank had been trying to get pregnant for awhile and decided that if it didn’t happen by the end of last year, they’d close that chapter once and for all.

…Guess what happened in January?

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Danell  had me do a fun session of these little loves for her golf-obsessed husband, Frank for Father’s Day. 

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My dear, dear friend.

She is the most selfless person I know. Always, always putting her needs last. Never wanting to ask for help. Little Ms. Prideful. It’s taken me years to break down that barrier.

I am so flippin’ HAPPY she’s going to be able to relax, take some time off work and enjoy this beautiful, little miracle that’s about to rock her world.

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Black & White or Color? I kinda like both.

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Baby girl has not two, but three (Delaney calls herself the “third twin”) big sisters that are gonna smother her with kisses, try and braid her four strands of wispy, baby hair and constantly fight over who gets to feed her next.

I. Can’t. Wait.

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danielle & jason : palos verdes country club wedding

I remember photographing the Cigliano’s wedding and seeing Jason & Danielle holding hands, talking to friends during cocktail hour. I thought, “Wow. What a good lookin’ couple!”

Little did I know a couple years later, I’d have the honor of capturing their wedding day too!

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Danielle already had the dresses set up when I walked into their villa at Terranea Resort. Oh, how I love organized brides.

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Those classic, red soled shoes

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All the details Danielle wore were exquisite.

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Her wedding dress was absolutely stunning.

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The couple exchanged vows at Mary Star of the Sea Church.

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Holy large wedding party!

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This vintage car from Classic Limos was so cool. I loved capturing these shots.

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The lovely flowers were done by Flower Art.

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The beautiful cake was by Torrance Bakery.

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The reception took place at the lovely Palos Verdes Country Club.

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The wedding party intro dances started the reception vibe off perfectly! Thanks to Michael Angelo Productions for the awesome DJing!

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a little roast during the toast

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The LoMonaco’s are spending their honeymoon traveling through Europe for three glorious weeks. Can you say wicked jealous?

Special thanks to Christina from Ciao Bella Event Planning for doing an amazing job!

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