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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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jessica & ashley: still waters vineyards wedding in paso robles

If I could have a do-over for my own wedding, I would definitely go with destination. Not like let’s  fly half way across the world to Bali  destination, but I’d opt for weekend getaway. Just a few hour’s drive, where guests think of it as a nice little vacation, and we’re able to spend the entire weekend together instead of just a few hours.

This wedding that I shot in breathtaking, Paso Robles was exactly that.

Three amazing days filled with everything that makes life a beautiful thing:

love, laughter, food, drink, picturesque scenery, friends and family.

 

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit Central California, even if you’re not a big fan of wine tasting, do it for the spectacular oak trees.

 

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It was important for Jessica & Ashley to stay in a house with the rest of their family. They wanted the entire weekend to be filled with memories, not just the wedding day.

This house was UN.BEE.LEAVE.ABLE. With countless bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen that would make even Martha Stewart jealous, a view of the vineyards from every room, tennis courts, a pool and a two story guest house, this plantation house was a photographer’s dream.

The picture above doesn’t do it justice at all.

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Ashley (a.k.a. Superwoman) is the least typical bride I’ve ever known.

When I shot their engagement session she wanted to be done after five minutes.

She laughed at me when I took pictures of her getting her make up done.

She’s thought it was silly that I wanted to photograph her shoes.  Yeah, I did it anyway.

Anyone that can rock five inch heels on her wedding day needs proof.

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Jessica, on the other hand was happy if I documented the crumbs on her sandwich plate. I loved it!

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oh, hello gorgeous.  

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Their first look was shot on this to-die-for 5,000 square foot wrap around porch.

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When friends ask me if I would document their wedding because they believe I will be the best one for the job, it’s the greatest compliment I can ask for. Jessica and Ashley are not only an amazing couple, but very dear friends. They were concerned about asking me to be their photographer because they wanted me to enjoy myself as a guest. I explained I could do both. I promised to take off my photography hat and let my second shooter take over once the toasts were done. But until then, I got to capture moments like this. Best of both worlds in my book.

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Have I explained how much I adore first looks?

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Introducing, Ms. Charlie. The cutest flower girl I ever did see.

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The wedding took place at the breathtaking Still Water’s Vineyards.

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Jessica is a writer. Ashley should be too. They both wrote some of the most heart warming vows I’ve ever heard. Trying to capture them and wipe away my tears was quite a task.

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 Jessica’s brother, Michael officiated the wedding. 

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It’s official!

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I felt like I was photographing a stylized shoot. The golden hour light, the picturesque vineyard, two stunning brides.

Everything was so dreamy.

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I remember having dinner with Jessica at George’s Greek Cafe almost a decade ago. We were sitting on the patio, enjoying great wine and conversation (standard procedure) and she told me she met the most incredible woman. Her eyes lit up as she described Ashley and how much she brought into Jessica’s life. How much they had in common and how she’s never felt this way before. I couldn’t wait to meet this woman that made my friend feel so special.

Shortly after, I did, and Ashley was everything Jessica had told me, and more. They go together like peas and carrots, Jenny.  (Forrest Gump reference y’all)

They have one of the most amazing relationships.

Furreal.

To know that these two people share something so organic, so magical, and can finally make it legal, is an absolutely beautiful thing. 

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Velvet Alley Events did an great job coordinating this incredibly romantic wedding.

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Thomas Hill Organics catered the amazing food.

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The centerpieces and bouquets were designed by the lovely Flowers by Kim.

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The delicious desserts were made by Clementine’s Cupcakes.

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More heartfelt speeches. More laughs and tears. And laughter turning into tears.

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peek a boo…. I see you…

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and this is why candids are my very favorite.

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Salud!

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Their wedding song was Phillip Phillips, “Gone, Gone, Gone”. If you haven’t heard this song, do it. NOW. 

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See? I did finally take off my photography hat! What a spectacular weekend!!

Thank you so much, Jess and Ash. For believing in me to be able to capture the incredible love you both share for one another. I love you both dearly.

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welcome baby roe: torrance newborn photographer

Ashley and Robert were blessed with a beautiful baby boy they named Robert Henry IV (whom they affectionately call Roe).

Here are my favorite images from our morning session:

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Already smiling!

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I adore capturing the love new parents have for their babies- so organic and beautiful… no props needed.

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This little guy is going to grow so quickly, so I wanted to capture Roe this small.

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Robert used to play for the Houston Astros so he wanted to get a picture of his son on his jersey- I loved the idea!

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Itty bitty soft baby toes… my very favorite.

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