Quinceñera | Los Angeles Photographer

This was my first quinceñera that I ever experienced and photographed. I was a second shooter for Gabriel Mora of Vox Photography for the day. It was Brithny’s sweet 15, and her mother, Cindy, did such a great job in planning the birthday bash and taking care of all the little details that go into a quinceñera. Gabriel suggested the San Gabriel Mission for the formal portraits and I have to say it was a stunning back drop! I have never been to the mission before so I had a great time shooting and exploring the beautiful grounds and surrounding neighborhood.

Brithny looked like a Disney princess with her gorgeous pink gown and tiara.

She is definitely a gorgeous girl and so incredibly photogenic! Gabriel is such a genius. While walking to our next shoot location, he saw a man bringing out some balloons to decorate a lamp post. Gabriel asked if he could borrow the balloons for a quick portrait for the birthday girl. Of course, the man couldn’t deny such a beautiful princess. Isn’t the mission a stunner? I must remember to return again and shoot an engagement or trash the dress session.Cindy took such great care of all her guests. She brought in all these sweet treats and more for her guests!I absolutely love this little girl. She was so happy running around in her candy outfit designed and created by her mother.Oh that face! She’s an absolute doll!

 

Baby E | Brea Lifestyle Portrait Photography

I had the honor of capturing this wonderful occasion in the life of Christina and Chris. This is their first child and as a surprise they didn’t want to find out the gender until the baby was ready to present him or herself. With just days before the baby was due, Christina opted for a quick maternity session.

I was a bit nervous upon entering their home because I’ve always wanted to do a maternity session with the parents in an intimate setting. So in order to do that it would require both of them to expose a little more of themselves than they normally would. But without any hesitation, on Christina’s part, she was up for the challenge!

Christina was due any day, and I have to say that she looked so amazing!

Chris is handsome also and races in triathalons! That’s amazing!Isn’t Christina gorgeous? She’s Italian – Vietnamese! Such an exotic combo.
Stunner right? I love that look in her eyes! Chris, you’re one lucky guy!! I absolutely adore the energy between Christina & Chris! Not only are they playful, but they’re so in love.This image on the left has got to be my favorite image of the day! So beautiful, so intimate, so real. Takes my breath away.Yes, Christina takes my breath away too! She’s such a model.
The bunny and Curious George belongs to Christina and Chris. Those were their childhood toys that they’ve kept all these years.Christina & Chris, you two are such amazing people. Thank you for letting me into your home and your lives. 

Elaine + Bryan Part 2 | Los Angeles Portrait Lifestyle Photographer

This is part two of the lifestyle session I did with Elaine and Bryan. You can view part one here.

After the Griffith Observatory, we had a quick change of outfit and headed to our second part of the session at the park. Elaine and Bryan have a new bundle of joy added to their family so we had to incorporate Chester into the session as well. Chester, the dapper kitten with an orange bow and burberry plaid collar! 😛 How cute is he?!

I absolutely loved the fact that Elaine had a book of all the important little tid bits of their 5 years together. The first movie stub, the first airline ticket, the coaster from a restaurant. All wonderful memories and all documented.Elaine commented that smiling and laughing is more like them, but I think they pull off the sexy and smolder look too!Take a look at that journal! That’s 5+ years documented! Keep it going Elaine! I hope to photograph you and Bryan when you two hit 10 years!Bryan is totally cool! That was the first time I had met him and I believe we got along fabulously too! In addition to being cool, calm, and fun he speaks our native tongue, Cantonese! Aren’t they too cute for words?? Ugh. 😛 Thank you Elaine & Bryan for being awesome people and trusting my vision. I hope to grab that lunch with you next month! Whoo hoo! 

Elaine + Bryan Part 1 | Los Angeles Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

This is a long overdue post and thank you to Elaine and Bryan for being so patient with me during this busy month. This is the second time that I have had the honor of photographing Elaine. You can see the first session with Elaine and the story of how we met here.

My sweet and talented friend, Elaine, asked if I would do a lifestyle session of her and her boyfriend of 5 years, Bryan. Well to say that I was honored to be asked and ecstatic that I can hang out with Elaine again would be an understatement. You see, Elaine and I met many months ago and hit it off so well that we had wanted to find some time to hang out again. However, due to both our busy schedules and our physical distance it has been difficult to come up with an agreeable date. 🙂 Thankfully, we both had 7/23/11 available so had planned on shooting at a location that reflects both her and Bryan’s style. Another plus, was that I’ve always wanted to shoot at the famous Griffith Observatory! Score!

Be forewarned that this was a massive lifestyle session and a massive post so I must split this into two posts! 😛 All the images came out beautifully so I can’t cram everything into one post can I?

We started at the Observatory bright and early to avoid the crowds and get that softer summer light. Elaine always knows how to work that camera! Rawr!

Aren’t they adorable together? I just love how they fit into each other so perfectly…two pieces of a jig saw puzzle. Sweet!The light in this all glass corridor is scrumptious!!! I love how it bounces off every surface! 

The chemistry between Bryan and Elaine is palpitating! I am totally honored to be able to capture their 5 years of love and life together.Ok, seriously. How infectious is her smile? Just brightens your day doesn’t it?