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Welcome to my new blog!

I am a Los Angeles-based lifestyle photographer specializing in weddings and portraits. I realized a few weeks ago that I take over 100,000 photos every year, so even though I am very passionate about photography, my website shares only a fraction of the work that I do on a regular basis. I’ve created this blog to share some of my favorites on a more ongoing basis, in addition to some studio announcements, too.

This spring and summer have been particularly busy for me with engagement sessions, weddings, children’s portraits, and maternity sessions and I’d love to share some highlights…

Thank you for your business!

This is a long overdue message, but I wanted to post an update about my business, Kari Kochar Photography. I closed my business at the end of 2013 and am no longer photographing portraits or weddings. The reason why it took so long to send any official updates was that I wanted to be 100% certain of my decision (and taking some time and starting a new business has made me absolutely certain). I haven’t looked at my website in a long time, but I just looked through it again and it brought tears to my eyes- so many wonderful memories with so many incredible people for 10 years!  Please excuse me if this is a bit long-winded- I had my business for a long time and had so many incredible personal connections with my clients.

First of all, let me start out with weddings- it was incredible to spend 10 years spending weekend after weekend with couples on one of the most amazing days of their lives.  I was so lucky to work with some incredibly cool people, many who became my friends. I also got to go to some amazing locations: Maui, Mexico, Cape Cod, Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez, Arizona and every little nook and cranny of Los Angeles and Orange County.

As for portraits, I don’t know what to say, other than I absolutely loved working with families and especially kids. I don’t know how many people feel that they are blessed with being completely in love with their work, but that’s how I felt all the time working with kids. If I ever photographed you and your kids, you probably know how much I put into that work (I would come home utterly exhausted, but also so happy).

Anyway, it sounds like the kind of career that I would never want to leave, right? Well, you know how you know when a relationship is over and you can’t put your finger on why, but all the signs point to the end of the relationship? Well, it was like that for me with my wedding/portrait photography business. Without going into too many details I will just say that the wedding and portrait business is an extremely competitive and very tough business to operate. Weddings also came with a very high level of stress. For these reasons, and with moving back to the NW and the idea of starting again in a new market, I just decided that it would be a good idea to not start a photography business up here in Washington. It was a difficult decision to not continue with that line of business, but one that I felt was the most true to myself.

And like any relationship ending, I naturally went through some grief over this part of my life ending.  I’m happy to report that since I’ve moved back to Washington, I’ve started a new small business.  The new business involves buying and selling vintage and antique items online. I am still doing photography, but all the photography I do is now product photography. It’s been exciting and stimulating to learn a new business/field and so far it’s going really well and I’m very happy about the change. I hope that I continue to love it and watch it grow like I did with my photography business.

My website will be shutting down since my hosting will be ending soon and my email (info@karikochar.com) will no longer work. To contact me, please use my other e-mail address: karikochar@yahoo.com.

Again, I want to say a big THANK YOU for all the great memories and for all your business and support!

Fall Family and Children’s Portrait Sessions

Fall is here and with the holidays right around the corner, now is a great time to schedule your family portrait session!  My weekends are filling up quickly, so give me a call today to schedule your portrait session: 626-798-2100.

Here are some recent family/kids sessions for inspiration:

Payton and Reagan, Snoqualmie Ridge, WA

Thornton Family, Altadena, CA

Segal Family, Santa Monica, CA

Tabitha and Samantha, Maple Valley, WA


McClain Family, Pasadena, CA


Taylor Family, Pasadena, CA

Jackson and Payton, Seattle, WA

Hutaff Family, Pasadena, CA


Cowgill Family, Pasadena, CA


Clark Family, Altadena, CA

Barger Family, Altadena, CA


Tucker Family, Altadena, CA


Eli, Pasadena, CA


Sekine Family, Altadena, CA


Docal Family, Glenwood, MD

Charlie, La Cañada Flintridge, CA


Ava and Zalen, Pasadena, CA

Xochitl and Ian’s Wedding, Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles

I’ll admit, I’m somewhat behind on my blog (actually, a lot behind), so when I found out that Xochitl and Ian’s laid-back, stylish, and fun wedding at the Vibiana was published today in California Wedding Day, I thought it would be the perfect day to resume blogging.  I loved working with Xochitl and Ian for many reasons, the main one being that they are madly in love with each other.  They started the day’s preparations in the heart of Los Angeles at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (formerly the Kyoto Grand Hotel) and moved across the street to the Vibiana for their ceremony and reception. Shirley of Fresh Events Company (wedding coordinator), Amber Event Production (lighting), and Holly Flora (florist) all did a fantastic job of creating a gorgeous and modern vibe for the day.


Here were some of the other vendors that contributed to Xochitl and Ian’s amazing wedding:

Catering: The Food Matters

Bar: Pacific Coast Bar

Wedding Cake: Sweet Lady Jane

DJ- Kiddkitt

Photo Booth: DG Event

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

Mariachi Band: Las Divas (or The Mariachi Divas)


Kristen and Sam’s Wedding, Westminster Presbyterian and Pandora on Green, Pasadena

Kristen was such a breathtakingly gorgeous bride, and along with her groom Sam, they were such a sweet couple to work with.  Their wedding took place at some of my favorite locations in Pasadena, starting out with the bride and her bridal party at the stunning Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa.  After the bride’s preparations, we headed up the hill for the wedding ceremony at Westminster Presbyterian, a majestic Gothic stone cathedral in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.  Following the ceremony we headed to a nearby private outdoor estate for some photos of Kristen and Sam.  The final stop of the wedding day was back down the hill to a new reception venue, Pandora on Green (a sister venue to Café Santorini’s Rococo Room).  What an incredible day!!

Here were some of the other vendors that contributed to Kristen and Sam’s wedding day:

Wedding Gown Shop: Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Salon in Beverly Hills

Florist: Flower Allie

Bakery: Fantasy Frostings

MC/DJ and Lighting: Honored Occasions

Bride’s Hair and Makeup: At Makeup Pro

Transportation: Crown Limosine


Caitlin and Alex’s Wedding, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach

Most people who know me know that I’m passionate about travel, so I love when I have clients like Caitlin and Alex who share my passion.  Caitlin worked in Cambodia for the Peace Corps and Alex is from England (who came to this country to become a helicopter pilot).  I thought the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (CSULB) was the perfect venue for guests coming from both near and far to celebrate their union- it’s such a lush, tropical and romantic location for a wedding!  It also happened to be the perfect location to represent the bride’s Japanese heritage (along with many other details, like the origami paper details, chopstick favors, and Taiko drummers during the reception). Thank you Caitlin and Alex for letting me be part of your day!

Here are some of the other wonderful vendors that contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Coordinator: Wendy Rhodes Events

Wedding Gown: Mary Me Bridal

Hair: Sunset Boulevard Salon

Florist: Devynn’s Garden

Caterer: Jay’s Catering

DJ: Fly by Night DJ’s

Emilie and Tyler’s Wedding, Huron Substation, Downtown Los Angeles

A lot has already been said about Emilie and Tyler’s fantastic wedding at the Huron Substation in downtown Los Angeles.  This wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, but I wanted to post my own blog entry since there were so many quirky and original details that this couple chose for their wedding (coordinated by wedding planner extraordinaire, Amanda Ma, of Pasadena-based Fresh Events Company).  I really loved capturing the vibrant colors, as well as the artsy and engaging personalities at Emilie and Tyler’s wedding!

Here were some of the other vendors who contributed to their day:

Ceremony and Reception: Huron Substation

Catering and Wedding Cake: Auntie Em’s Kitchen and Catering

Hair and Makeup: Mieko with Kelly Zhang Makeup

Videographer: Cloud 9 Cinematography

DJ: Red Shoe LA

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

Photobooth: DG Event


Katie and Peter’s Wedding, Lakeside Golf Club, Burbank

There were influences both near and far for Katie and Peter’s wedding at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank.  The bride’s parents were also married by the same minister and have been longtime members at the Lakeside Golf Club and the groom and many of his family and friends flew in from Australia.  Wedding planners Laura and Garry of A Diamond Affair did an amazing job merging the two for a day that was both spontaneous and spunky, while West Coast Music kept guests dancing late into the evening.  I love working with couples that are so affectionate, to say nothing of the beautiful bride and gorgeous light on their wedding day!

Here were some of the other vendors that contributed to Katie and Peter’s wedding day:

Bridal Gown- R-Mine Bridal

Florist- Le Petit Gardenia

Ceremony and Reception Furniture Rental- Designer Event Rentals


Kari Kochar Photography Featured on Style Me Pretty


Kari Kochar Photography featured on Style Me Pretty

A little while ago I photographed Emilie and Tyler’s fun and stylish wedding at the Huron Substation in Los Angeles and today I found out that this wedding is featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty. Yahoo!! Emilie and Tyler were such a great couple to work with and I loved all the amazing details that  Fresh Events Company planned!

Here’s a link to this wedding:

Kari Kochar Photography wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!



Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award 2012 Winner!

Kari Kochar Photography is honored to be the recipient of the Wedding Wire network’s Bride Choice Award for 2012!

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Six Children’s Portrait Sessions

My niece once said to me, “You’re like a little kid in a big kid’s body.”  Connecting with children on their level allows me to capture their personalities in a way that is honest and real.  Here are six recent sessions that I wanted to add to my blog.

Cassandra and AJ (and their dad, All-Star MLB player Adrian Beltre):

Nathan and Ezra: