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! 😀

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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  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. 🙂

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!


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!” 😀 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 Bakery 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. 😀




Emmaline’s Cake Smash | Craig Park, Brea

Sweet Emmaline….you are now 1 year old. How time flies. I remember shooting sweet Emmaline shortly before Christmas at the Fullerton Arboretum at CSU Fullerton when she was just several months old! What a tiny thing she was….and even before that when she was in Christina’s tummy! You can view the Elmore’s maternity session here, and their Christmas holiday session here.

Emmaline’s mama, Christina, and papa, Chris, did such a fabulous job planning and decorating for the entire party! We were able to use the cake from the birthday party for the cake smash portrait the next day! Christina also brought along the sweet pink baby piano that Emmaline’s relative gave to her and tutus that her friend had made. I seriously enjoyed the portrait session! I think it’s more relaxing for both the birthday girl and the parents to do a separate shoot the next day! So…call me when your child turns one! I’ll be there to capture your child’s cake smash!

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