Jul 082014
 

Oh Los Angeles, just because you are the “movie capital of the world,” why do you want me to pay a photography fee at so many of your lovely locations?  Exploring Los Angeles and scouting out more “liberally ruled” photography locations is half the fun of being a photographer.  When I schedule a session with a client, it’s important for me to learn through my clients their vision for the session and find a location which compliments that concept.  Often my clients will have a few locations in mind, and it turns out to be a fun way to explore the city.  Most recently, an intriguing spot in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles was recommended to me.  I was very inspired by the pine tree “forrest” on the grounds, which made for some interesting framing choices and use of repetition.  One scenic background is essential for most of my portrait sessions, and the rest can usually fall into place quite nicely.  Final thought, pine cones make good props.

 

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 Posted by at 9:31 pm
Jul 012014
 

 

Yes, if you scroll down you will see a Christmas tree, and if you look closely, a tiny newborn baby girl.  What a stunning room for her and her brother.  My client’s sister is an interior designer and had this beautiful and creative vision to design a 2 sided room for each of the “As” to enjoy.  Each side is my favorite, I just can’t decide.  Would this concept work for a grown-up’s room too?  Possibly?  The man cave meets the woMAN cave.

In addition to the newest member of the family, you will see her big brother.  I absolutely adore the tenderness and love an older sibling, while still a toddler himself, can learn in such a short period of time.  Parents, I’m sure this doesn’t come naturally, so I give you most of the credit.  However, that tenderness is completely heartwarming.  Of course I have the luxury of leaving when things get rough.  This session was wonderful and stay tuned for the 6 month session – already taken and waiting to be posted.

 

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 Posted by at 9:55 pm
Mar 012014
 

Lake Balboa Park in Encino is a jem of a spot in the Valley.  Before each photo session, I discuss with my clients the mood they’d like to achieve.  Overall, we wanted a romantic and nature inspired maternity session, and Lake Balboa Park offers a lovely complimentary background to suit this mood.  Starting the shoot one hour before sunset, I was able to accomplish ethereal shots with dreamy backlighting and romantic bokeh.  I used my Canon 70-200 and shot primarily at f 3.2 (except for my sunburst shots).  Even in late afternoon light, I rarely have my subjects turned into the sun.  I think backlighting can be so effective and a reflector is essential to fill some light back onto them.  In this shoot, I used the silver side of a reflector.  Fill flash from a speedlight can also be effective, but if you can hold it or have an assistant, the reflector adds just enough natural looking fill.  If I can incorporate a sunburst or a silhouette photo into a maternity session, it makes my day.  To me, the mood these 2 types of images portray, just defines strength and motherhood.  With that, please enjoy this stunning couple.

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 Posted by at 11:17 pm
Dec 312013
 
Left Over Holiday Cheer

The busy season has come to an end for many photographers, myself included.  I’m always reminded of the Night Before Christmas poem line “Ma in her kerchief and I in my cap, have just settled down for a long winter’s nap.”  The winter isn’t nearly as busy as late fall, and I’m looking forward to [...I want to see more cool pictures]

 Posted by at 7:18 pm
Jul 132013
 
A Desert Wedding Complete with Joshua Trees

I always forget how close the desert is to Los Angeles.  LA is technically nothing but a desert itself, and without the CA aquaduct, we’d all be doomed.  Nevertheless, I had a lovely drive northeast of LA to Palmdale where this colorful wedding took place.  The bride and groom are spectacularly photogenic and all the guests were lovely.  For [...I want to see more cool pictures]

 Posted by at 4:11 pm
Mar 052013
 
Newport Beach, First Family Photos

There are certain times when you feel as a photographer you are truly honored and really have a place in people’s lives.  It gives me great perspective on the art of photography,  the importance of photography, and the valuable role it plays in documenting our family histories.  When I am a part of a special family moment by being there with my camera to [...I want to see more cool pictures]

 Posted by at 10:16 pm
Dec 302012
 
New Obsession...Cardinals!

While visiting my family in Ohio, I always enjoy bird watching from their porch.  I’m intrigued by the different varieties of birds that frequent their feeder.  Cardinals are my favorite.  It was snowing and they just looked so amazing against the snowy backdrop.  I began to get obsessed.  I would wait outside for them to [...I want to see more cool pictures]

 Posted by at 5:38 pm