Vanessa and I have been going to the same gym for the last several years. All this time we would chit chat when we were waiting for our kickboxing class, but we never really got to know one another. Until finally this past winter we decided to spend some time together outside of the gym and actually have a conversation lasting longer than 10 minutes.
For our first outing I decided to take Vanessa to one of my favorite bakery shops in L.A. county, Porto’s! I love Porto’s with a passion and wanted to share my love of their guava filled cheese rolls. I remember we sat in the back of the restaurant with the floor to ceiling windows and started talking about anything and everything. We talked about our work, our significant others, our love for food, all the while eating our delicious sandwiches and drinking our splendid coffee.
Well over the course of the winter, our friendship grew. We hung out more often and met up for dinner here and there. Vanessa would even invite me to join her for her family Christmas dinner. We became great friends and we would even embark on an international adventure together (that’s for another post).
But for now, I want to introduce you to the Montalvo family. When Vanessa told me that she had a brand new nephew I immediately offered my services and told her that I would shoot a newborn session. Get ready everyone, you’re going to fall in love with Jonathan.
Jonathan is full of facial expressions! I am totally smitten with him.The bear suit was courtesy of his aunt Vanessa. So cute. Joseph, the big brother. Ladies Joseph’s eyelashes are completely natural…full, thick and long.You see what I meant about those lashes? The Montalvo men. Vanessa’s sister has two boys of her own. What a proud grandfather.Little did I know it was a birthday celebration as well. Joseph, big Joe, turned 26. Senor made carne asada and Senora made a chocolate oreo birthday cake and green salsa for the carne asada! Oh so delicious! It was quite a treat to spend the afternoon with my friend and her family. I felt like an honorary Montalvo.The Montalvo family: Joseph, Ahleli, little Joseph, and Jonathan.