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The Garcia Family

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.


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The Segal Family

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…



Also posted in Beverly Hills, Family Photography, Family Photos, Franklin Canyon, Los Angeles, Portrait Photography

Baby Boy Y’s Birth

Baby Y came faster than expected!  Mama called me early in the morning to tell me she was going to the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Orange County, but she was sure she wasn’t that far along. A little while later her husband called and told me she was 8 centimeters dilated and could I please come quickly? Luckily, I was able to get there on time despite the hour drive from Los Angeles to Orange County. I think Mama actually held off pushing until I got there! I was there but an hour before Little Y was born. At Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Orange County, they have a team of midwives and doctors who deliver babies. Since Baby Y was considered a low risk delivery, a midwife attended. She let Mama pull Baby Y from her womb and up onto her chest. What a gift!

I will let the pictures, and a poem, do the rest of the talking.

O Me! O Life!

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
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That you are here—that life exists and identity,


That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.



“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

What will your verse be?”

Poem by Walt Whitman
As performed by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
Many thanks to the wonderful nurses, midwives, and doctors at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Anaheim, Orange County, California.
Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Anaheim, Orange County, California.

Kristen Burtch and Angela Clouse Family Photos

Recently I took family / couple portraits at Griffith Park here in Los Angeles.

We are all photographers so we got together and shared our craft with each other.

It is with great pleasure that I present to you two of my favorite couples:

Kristen + Alex + Bailey = Burtch Photography

Angela + Jamey = Angela Clouse Lifestyle Photographer

First up, Kristen (otherwise known as my name sister) and her genius husband Alex and sweet newly adopted Bailey show their family love:

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When I say love I mean L-O-V-E. Aren’t they precious?

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The fall leaves at Griffith Park add a nice touch, don’t they? Along with winter sweaters and boots, you really can feel the crisp fall breeze…

alas, we live in Los Angeles, so like Hollywood we do a great job at pretending!

But yes, leaves on the ground does equal fall around Los Angeles.

Angela and Jamey SAY they haven’t taken couples portraits in well, about a decade, but I’m barely believing them.

They look like seasoned PROS!


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Jamey is a film guy and directed a couple of very cinematic shots for our session! It’s easy to make use of the backdrops at the Old Zoo Picnic Area in Griffith Park.

Yes, literally, those are old wild animal enclosures:

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Dramatic, right?

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Can you tell we have fun when we get together? Angela is really the cinema star with her handsome leading man! When you get together several photographers and a film director, you never quite know what will happen. I am so glad we took advantage of the Old Zoo Picnic Area at Griffith Park to make some holiday memories for our families (shout out to our location scouts!) I know I will be using our photos as gifts for family and Christmas cards for friends. As Kristen said, “I cannot stop staring at them.” We got to taste what our clients feel for a moment…the giddy feeling of seeing your portraits come to life.

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