Ethan’s Korean First Birthday Party // Calabasas Photographer

Are you ready for this elaborate traditional “Dohl” (Korean First Birthday party) mixed in with a Mickey Mouse theme?? Just sit back and check out this beautiful party planned by Ethan’s mom! Ethan’s amazing First Birthday party took place at the beautiful Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas! The decor was set up by Leafy Party and it looked stunning!

I just adore this set up. It looks so royal doesn’t it?

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Towards the end of the party, Ethan will choose one of the objects on the bottom left. The object he chooses will represent what Ethan will become when he grows up! How fun is that?

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Ethan loves Mickey Mouse so it was important to incorporate his favorite character into his party theme! The Mickey Mouse themed timeline of Ethan’s first year was created by Ethan’s mom. She did such an amazing job.

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Introducing the birthday boy! Happy First Birthday Ethan!

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Here’s the moment everyone was waiting for. What will Ethan choose? He chose a brush, which means he will become a scholar! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this event! I enjoyed every minute of it.


Ethan’s Cake Smash | Van Nuys Photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting Ethan when he was just a wee baby of 6 months old! Even at 6 ย months old he already charmed me with his infectious smile and happy disposition. I couldn’t wait to capture Ethan when he turned ONE!

The day finally came when I was going to capture Ethan’s Cake Smash! I was so excited to see how he had grown and what he looked like. Ethan still had that infectious smile and charming personality, plus more! This handsome boy just makes my heart melt when he smiles at me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ethan loves, loves, loves Mickey Mouse! So of course he had to have a Mickey Mouse birthday cake!

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I love the follow sequence! I have never captured a one year old go head first into his cake before! It was so cute and funny at the same time. Ethan sure did love his Mickey Mouse cake.

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Happy Birthday Ethan!


Loara + Calvin Wedding | Catalina Island

A Catalina Wedding! O.M.G. I can’t believe how excited I was when I was asked to be an associate photographer for Dawn Topete of Reflections by Dawn photography. I have shot destination weddings before, but never a beach themed one, and especially not on an island! What an experience it was.

I packed up early that Saturday morning and drove to the Long Beach ferry terminal to board the Catalina Express. The short ride to Catalina was pleasant and a lot of passengers were visiting Catalina that weekend for the jazz festival. It was a busy weekend of tourists for Catalina locals that’s for sure!

Loara is such a sweet girl! I’ve actually met her and her entire family and relatives before that same summer, months earlier, at her cousin’s wedding. So it was a sweet surprise when we all got to be reacquainted again!

Loara did such a wonderful job with all the DIY touches! I especially love the color she chose for her wedding…orange! It’s such a bright and cheerful color and goes perfectly for a Catalina beach themed wedding.

Oh and did I mention that Dawn is Loara’s older sister? Yup! Dawn was shooting her baby sister’s wedding. How special is that?

I had an incredible time here! I will never forget the experience and the friendships I forged with Dawn’s family and relatives. ๐Ÿ™‚

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