Sienna’s Cake Smash // Manhattan Beach Photographer

Sienna turned ONE! I can’t tell you how much I adore this little girl. The very first day I met her was September 2012 at Neighborhood Grinds in Redondo Beach. Her mama, Yuka, and I were meeting to discuss coverage for her 4 month old baptism at American Martyrs Catholic Church. Sienna was so friendly and adorable. She wasn’t fussy, she didn’t cry and she even let me hold her during the entire meeting!

When Yuka contacted me about documenting Sienna’s first birthday party of course I said “YES!” πŸ˜€ How can I say no to this adorable girl?

The party took place on a gorgeous afternoon at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Yuka was able to book the “Rose Garden Gazebo”, which was absolutely perfect. It was in a little corner of the park away from the crowds and had a very large grassy area for all of Sienna’s baby friends to roam around. Yuka did an INCREDIBLE job decorating the gazebo! Wait until you see all of her handy-work! Yuka is so talented. She spent a lot of time creating all the little elements to make Sienna’s birthday so special.

Yuka made the cookies, the cupcakes, the initial wood board, the goodie bags, the pom poms, EVERYTHING!

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Sienna is half Cuban and half Japanese, and to celebrate her dual heritage, Yuka thought it would be great to incorporate Porto’s BakeryΒ into the menu!

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Sienna had such a blast tasting her “cake smash” cake! She didn’t stop eating until her parents had to remove her from the cake! Haha.

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Happy First Birthday Sienna! I can’t wait to see you for our Second Birthday. πŸ˜€




Ms. Amanda + Ms. Vanessa | Fullerton Boudoir Photography

Last, but not least is part 3 of Amanda and Vanessa boudoir session. These two grew up together. They were taught how to play musical instruments, how to sing jazz, how to sing opera and more by their Grandma, Aileen. I had the pleasure of meeting their grandma as she watched us shoot these last moments of the boudoir session.

I just wanted to show the closeness of these two girls. They were separated for awhile when Amanda lived in Nashville to pursue her country music singing career.

I was ecstatic when I threw out this idea for their duo photoshoot! Check these out!

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This has got to be my favorite of the day! Ladies you are gorgeous and I’m happy to have met you both. πŸ˜€ XO!


Ms. Vanessa | Fullerton Boudoir Photographer

Back for part 2? I knew you would. πŸ˜€

Ms. Vanessa is Amanda’s cousin and you can see Amanda’s boudoir session by clicking here. Ms. Vanessa is an exotic beauty. Half Dominican and half Caucasian, and hailing in at 5′ 7″ without heels! Vanessa has got quite a knack at knowing how to angle herself to take full advantage of her extremely long legs! She knows how to work the camera and I must say she gives quite the sultry look.

Check out these images!


Vanessa has the most perfect skin! I’m so envious.

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She’s got dark brown eyes that just sparkle. Love it. πŸ˜€


Vanessa is so tall! With 5″ heels on she’s just under 6′ tall. I’m 5′ 1″….do the math.

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Thank you Vanessa for being so amazing!


Ms. Amanda | Fullerton Boudoir Photographer

Be prepared for this 3 part boudoir photography extravaganza! Ms. Amanda is utterly fabulous! So comfortable in front of the camera and I especially love her smile. I was introduced to Amanda by her cousin, Vanessa, who is also in this boudoir photography extravaganza.

We had planned to shoot in Vanessa’s grandma’s home, but at the last moment I threw the girls a curve ball and pitched another idea….an outdoor boudoir shoot at my old alma mater, CSU Fullerton! The girls, were tentative at first, but once I told them that school is out and no one would be at school on a Sunday, they were totally game.

On to the images! Uh….HELLOOO….Amanda, you’re just stunning! She’s definitely got that look of a super star right? Well, little did you know that Amanda is a country singer! Yup!! She lived in Nashville for a bit too. How cool is that?

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A country singer needs a pair of boots and a guitar right? We just had to incorporate her baby taylor into the boudoir shoot as well as her fantastic cowboy boots!

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Just FAB!! Thank you Amanda for being so amazing. πŸ˜€