Portraits

Family Portraits at William S. Hart Park

Lesley, JJ and I had planned to do a couple’s photo shoot with just the two of them last year, but for various reasons weren’t able to schedule it until now. It was pretty good luck that we ended up waiting because it meant I got to photograph not just the two of them, but three! Baby Arthur was born in April and is a smiley, completely adorable 4 month old. We had a lovely morning in the Santa Clarita park, taking photographs amid the falling Sycamore leaves. Many happy wishes to this wonderful family!

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Family Portrait at Pasadena City Hall

I met up with the Wang and Go families on an overcast morning at Pasadena City Hall. The family portrait session was a Mother’s Day gift, which I thought was a great way to celebrate their mom. They suggested using City Hall as a location and I think it came out wonderfully, lending the beauty of the greenery and the elegant tan of the building and the sand. Everyone was so nice and it was lovely getting to chat with them as we came up with photo ideas together.

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Downtown LA Arts District Portrait Session

I met up with Tsz for an Americano at Blue Bottle Coffee in one of my favorite parts of Los Angeles, the Arts District. Every time I come here there is a new restaurant, gallery, or bar that has opened up. And of course, for a coffee fanatic like me, it’s an extra bonus if there’s a good roast to sample before a photo session.

Tsz is a graphic designer and lover of delicious food. She’s merged these two interests into lots of interesting career opportunities, from an interning pastry chef to designing the graphic elements of restaurants. She has been a food blogger and a recipe creator. You can see more of her work on her website. With such a creative eye, Tsz had a strong vision for a portrait session of dreamy, romantic photographs with an urban edge. She made the flower wreath herself and I love the pop of color it gives these photos.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me.” -Jane Eyre

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Sunset Portrait Session on Santa Monica Beach

On top of being a lovely and sweet person, Daisy Jing is a talented entrepreneur. She has a series of successful Youtube videos on a channel called Perfect Beauty and also has her own product line. We met last week for a portrait session on the beach in Santa Monica. I enjoyed talking to her about perseverance – how sometimes it seems like you spend countless hours working on your craft, but that if you love what you do and keep at it, good things happen and people take notice. 

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