I had the pleasure to photograph these dear friends at home. The star of the story is indeed baby Villette Rose. She is such a smart girl! She observes and watches: she feels like a very old soul. Villette is now over a year old, and we did this photo shoot a year ago… so I am pretty sure it is time these photos see the light of the blog (even though their home is basically a dungeon with no natural light… we did well folks, we did well. Cristina and Don have made their cave very very chic AND cozy!)
Category Archives: Los Angeles
Baby Olivia joined us on this planet a little over a month ago, and her delightful parents invited me over to their home in Burbank to take some photos. Olivia has a ton of jetblack hair, and beautiful brown eyes. Her mommy and daddy are the luckiest parents in the world to have her, and she them.
I had the pleasure of photographing the fun and funny Segal family recently at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, CA.
This tight knit family was super easy to photograph and have fun with. I also fell in love with mom and dad’s Christmas/complimentary colored shoes!
This was my first Hybrid family photoshoot. Hybrid simply means that I shot both in digital and film. The images featured here are digital images, but as soon as I get my film images from the awesome FINDlab, I will post the side by side images here…
Recently I hosted a Family Portrait FUNdraiser for my son’s amazing cooperative preschool, University Parents Nursery School, here in Los Angeles.
This will be my family’s last year at UPNS, and the thought of that gives me a lump in my throat. We’ve been attached to this community for 4 years now!
What makes UPNS amazing is its diversity, loving teachers, and caring parents who actually work in the classrooms. We really get to know each child and each other.
One of my favorite things is getting people out in nature, and as many families had never been to Franklin Canyon Park, this was the obvious choice for our family sessions. From the winding trails and roads, turtle and duck pond, and falling leaves it was a great backdrop. We had our first blast of fall weather that weekend, which made dressing up in sweaters and fall boots realistic in our normally warm climate.
Here are some of my favorites from the weekend of family portrait sessions:
Baby G’s Mama called me up a week before her due date. She told me she was going to the doctor but that she had to bring her hospital bag because she didn’t know if they would admit her to the hospital or not. She had gestational diabetes which can lead to several complications, one of them being a baby who is under stress and needs to come out early.
She called several hours later saying that she had been admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and her labor was starting to be induced with pitocin. I was able to rush over there thinking she would already have her support team of her doula and husband assembled, but when I walked in she was alone in the room working on a paper that was due that day! I definitely knew she was not to the uncomfortable stage yet, as she was relaxed and talkative, and I also knew she probably would not finish that paper on time!!!
Her husband came straight to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from the desert where he had been filming a commercial, and they had not seen each other for a whole week! Needless to say, the reunion was heartfelt, as excitement for the impending birth filled the room.
The quality of care she received from Cedars-Sinai nurses, and her doctor was incredible. They were patient and calm and explained every procedure in detail. Because she was induced and the baby was showing signs of stress, she had to wear a fetal monitor at all times and an oxygen mask at intervals to make sure the baby was getting enough oxygen. She also had to check her blood sugar several times. Despite these complications, the nurses and doctors helped her make her desire for a natural delivery possible. Her doula was also invaluable. She kept mama calm and centered, and was her emotional and mental leader. To watch the dynamic between them left me in awe of the strength and power of compassionate support during labor and delivery. Mama also brought some prayer and meditation objects while meditative music and candlelight filled the room. It truly was an east meets west delivery.
After many hours of laboring, Mama was ready to push. Suddenly a team of over 8 Cedars-Sinai nurses and her doctor came into the room to prepare for the delivery. Baby Boy G was delivered soon after midnight and was healthy. Needless to say, we were all overjoyed!
First he received kisses and cuddles from Mama on her chest, and after a little while Daddy cut his umbilical cord. Then the Cedars-Sinai pediatric nurses took him to be assessed, weighed, measured, and to receive his first diaper!
Capturing these first moments of bonding between baby boy and his Daddy were precious, and did not leave this mama with dry eyes! Also, newborn expressions are just the best!
Of course nursing and cuddling with Mama was equally as precious. I am so honored that I was able to capture these first intimate moments in Baby Boy G’s and his parents’ new life together.
A big shout out of gratitude goes to the nurses and doctors of Cedar-Sinai Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Department for going above and beyond for a safe and healthy delivery for Baby Boy G. It was an experience I will never forget!
The twins have each been in my daughter’s grade school classes, so Adina, Matt and I have become friends these past two years. Adina is a “Redkin Rockstar” and travels worldwide speaking and teaching for Redkin. I have had the pleasure of sitting in her salon chair and boy does she do a mean cut and color. So when we decided a long time ago to do a family photo shoot, I knew it would be nothing less than flippin’ F-U-N.
We decided to shoot at Venice Beach because the boys in the family love to skate. When I asked Adina what the girls would do while they skated, she quipped, “Be beautiful.” and of course they were:
And here are the menfolk doin’ their sk8 thang…
But that was at the end. Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we?
I ventured around Venice Beach looking for locations to shoot, but also just to take in the view…tons of people, all with interesting visual tales to tell. But that is for another post. Here are a few of the environmental shots I took:
The rules for the skate park at Venice Beach are pretty extensive and so I had to get a shot of them, plus the cars that day at Venice Beach were, shall we say, unusual? And of course what kid doesn’t love a warm slice of pizza for early dinner?
This family has blue eyes and shoes for days:
While getting ready for the family photo shoot I captured Adina doing what she does best: styling her daughter’s hair. You can take the girl out of the salon but not the salon out of the girl!
The Family that plays together, stays together! Thanks Adina and Matt for letting me spend the afternoon with your Bada$$ family! What a great choice of location – to skate and have fun in the sun at Venice Beach while showcasing your colorful, fun and beautiful family. Until next time…
Oh, did you know?
Do you have an iPhone, mama? A Smartphone, mama?
I think as a modern parents we are programmed to want to capture every instance of our children’s life. However, I cannot be toting around my Nikon DSLR everywhere, people. Even though I love it to death. Almost as much as my children.
For day to day life my iPhone wins. It is always with me, takes truly good pictures, and even video! What more can a parent ask for?
So yes, you can take amazing photos on an iPhone. Most top photographers I know are on Instagram, and they even tell you when the photo they’re sharing is captured with their iPhone or Smartphone.
Without further ado…here are a few of my faves from the last couple of months. Maybe this will become a new weekly blog thing? You know, in case you missed my personal Facebook posts, or Instagram feed. or… Gah!
Let me be clear lest you misunderstand…this is only for day to day usage. When it comes to taking photos for that wall canvas or for Christmas cards, and iPhone just doesn’t cut it for me. Maybe I’ll explain why in the future…but for now, enjoy these cuties!
Like what you see? Contact me!
Amanda and Bill walked into the studio prepared…make-up done for the former, hair coiffed for both, and outfits all in a row. They were a bit nervous, as most people are before a photo shoot, as was I. Admittedly, this was only my second engagement portrait session. Ever. However, inside I knew this was going to be a very special shoot.
My friend, the talented Geoffrey Rowe Lbipp, of Muse and Creator, had invited me to second shoot and assist him for this engagement session. Honored doesn’t quite explain how I felt when he asked me! He decided to set up a pop-up studio in his new space in Old Town Temecula. It couldn’t be a more perfect spot for an engagement portrait session for this country loving pair.
And it was a special shoot…everything just went smoothly, we had lots of laughs, and Amanda and Bill really got into it by the end! Now I know that if that feeling of warmth mixed with a little bit of lust and romance tickles all of us by the end, then we’ve done our job well.
He loves her so much he even wears her initial on his jeans!