Purple Palate

A few years ago I met this family as we captured their sweet daughter Zoey’s newborn photos. Fast forward to January and I got to photograph Zoey and her darling sister Mia! The family had moved to a new home and Zoey was thrilled to take pictures with her sister and pose for the camera. So much love and happiness was felt throughout the shoot. And I absolutely love the purple color palate that was captured! Here are my favorite photos we took:

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Little surfer girl!

Typically newborn sessions are done within the baby’s first 14 days of life. This ensures sleepiness, flexibility so they can go into those tiny tuck poses and also is the window of time before baby acne and dry skin are in full force. Well, although we slightly missed that time window (she was 3 weeks old), Jessie was definitely the exception to that rule and slept like a champ! We did the shoot at her gorgeous home near the beach where mom and dad had amazing props and a perfect setting for the shoot. I adore the photos and loved working with such a sweet little angel!

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Fighting for their lives.

Several months back I met a kind woman named Kristen Gray at a birthday dinner for a mutual friend. At the time I had no idea about the nightmare that she and her family were going through. I was taken aback to learn that both of her daughters, Charlotte age 4 and Gwenyth age 2, were diagnosed in March with a rare and fatal disorder called late infantile batten disease CLN6.  Batten disease is a really rare neurodegenerative disorder that begins in early childhood and will soon rob these girls of their eyesight, motor skills, ability to walk, talk and function normally. This terrible disease has no cure and typically children die between the ages of 6-12. The thought of this local family losing both of their precious babies to this horrific disease absolutely broke my heart and as soon as I heard I wanted to get involved and help in anyway that I could.  A couple weeks ago I photographed their family for a writeup that was featured in People Magazine (see below). Charlotte and Gwenyth were incredibly sweet girls with a beautiful energy and spirit. I am joining in the fight to help save Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray and raise awareness to cure batten. Please consider contributing to their cause and please help spread the word. They are in a race against time to get the funding they need save their little girls. If you wish to make a donation, please click here (curebatten.org). And if you would like to view their video which further explains their mission and their story, click here (https://vimeo.com/129076730).

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park play.

Last holiday season I shot these pictures at a local Beverly Hills Park. I have photographed Chase since he was a newborn and he is so sweet and full of life. We had a perfect morning and captured photos that I adore. Here are the standouts:

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Precious Angel

A few year ago I captured photos of baby Braydon for his newborn photos. Well, now that he is a big brother, his family had me back to capture their newest family member, newborn baby Zoey. She was so well behaved and a great little sleeper which made my job easy. These two made a great pair and we had a wonderful shoot. These are my picks:

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showing baby bro the ropes

I am so lucky to have gotten to know this incredible family over the years. This was our shoot #4 and this time they had a new family member! Big brother was great with his little bro and as always, I had the best time catching up with the parents and photographing this warm family. Here are photos of this family of four:

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growing, growing!

This was my third shoot with this amazing family. The first shoot was when their precious little girl was just a baby, the second shoot was done when they were building their new home and this shoot was in their new home! It is so cool to photograph families over time and watch the children grow before my eyes. This time the kids were so grown up, enthusiastic and energetic. It was wonderful to see how they have matured yet still had the sweet innocence that only a child can have. All-in-all it was a wonderful shoot. Here they are:

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Newborn baby love.

Big sister and brother were thrilled to welcome their baby sister into their family. I photographed these darling kids several years ago and was honored to document their newest arrival. Everything about this family represents love, warmth, togetherness and family. The kids were eager to be photographed and take turns with baby sis. Between smiling kids and a soundly sleeping newborn, they made my job a breeze! Here are some favorite photos from our shoot together:

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Three Peas in a Pod

These adorable kids have grown up before my lens and I have been lucky enough to document many special times in their lives. From pregnancies to newborn photos and watching them grow into these sweet little people, I am so grateful to be there to capture these moments. Here was our latest shoot at their beautiful new home:

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Jump, slam dunk and smile

This was my second shoot with this loving family (here was the first). We started the shoot at their gorgeous home. The boys each took a turn posing in their rooms which lead to taking turns slam dunking the bunk bed hoop (a first for me!) I love the energy and love that these boys shared. Some of my favorite photos are the action shots we captured. We ended at the park in the park throwing leaves and then after I said goodbye the boys played on the basketball court. Such a fun shoot and so many favorite photos. Here are a few:

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