Category Archives: Portraits

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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

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:

Lily:

Gavin:

Cooper:

Eli:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 recent auctioned portrait sessions

This past year I have been very fortunate to be able to donate photo sessions to a couple of charities that are near and dear to my heart.  The first session that I’m posting is a session that was donated to the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA‘s annual Golf Tournament, “Doglegs, Birdies and Eagles.”  Most people who know me know that I have two very well-loved dogs and one of those dogs was a rescue dog from the Pasadena Humane Society. I’m eternally grateful to them and was honored to be able to donate a session for their auction (in which they raised over $20,000 at that auction – woohoo!!).  And I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the adorable little girl Abby that I worked with- isn’t she a doll??

The next session I’m posting here was also an auctioned session- this one was for Villa Esperanza‘s 23rd Annual Tournament of Hope.  The auction winner was Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza’s Director of Development.  I’ve worked with her family before, so it was a pleasure to photograph her lovely family once again!

Family portrait sessions in and around Pasadena

The other day I receieved a phone call from a prospective new client and they asked if I do family portraits.  They said they had read my blog and it looked like I mostly did weddings.  While it’s true that I photograph a lot of weddings, most of my business is actually photographing families and kids.  After that call, I realized that I need to spend more time putting some of these sessions on my blog, so this week I am going to be posting quite a few of my recent portrait sessions.  As you’ll see, most of my family sessions include various combinations of the family (i.e. the children alone, the parents, the entire family, etc.), depending on each families’ preferences. When I photograph families, I try to mix classic portraiture with contemporary and whimsical imagery, as well.

The first session I’m posting here is of the Himes Family here in Altadena, whose 1-1/2 year old daughter Maddie is just precious!

The next session that I’m posting is a family session that I also photographed in the Angeles National Forest in Altadena.  This is the second year that I’ve worked with parents Megan and Matt and little Josh- what a little sweetie!

This family session was taken on location at a park in Pasadena.  When our initial location didn’t work out, we found this park at the last minute and I just loved the vibrant colors and how they worked with this fun family!

The next session I’m posting was another family with three children and they wanted to do their session outdoors, so we picked an outdoor park near their house in Beverly Hills.  This family wanted a combination of both traditional images, but also some edgier portraits, so I did a combination of both during their session.

Family sessions don’t have to include just parents and their kids.  For this family session on LA’s Westside, I worked with Nancy and her grandchildren.  I’ve worked with Nancy several times over the years (doing 2 of children’s wedding and then their newborn sessions, as well).  It’s been wonderful to work with her and her family over the years and see how her family has grown and changed!

The next family session I’m posting was taken at Carie and Andy’s home in Pasadena.  It was a chilly day in Pasadena, but everyone bundled up and we all had a great photo shoot with little Eli.  The last photo is Eli’s neighbor and best friend, so we had to get a few shots of them playing together- look at that mischievous look on his face!

This next family session was taken at the family’s home in La Cañada Flintridge. I never know what locations will be like when people call me to do portrait sessions at their homes, but this yard was an absolutely gorgeous setting for a photo shoot and the kids felt really comfortable there, too.  These adorable kids had me on my toes the entire session!  :)

The last session I’m posting here was another session in the Angeles National Forest in Altadena (since I am an avid hiker, I’m familiar many diverse outdoor locations that work well for photo sessions).  I loved the gorgeous natural light on the day of this session- combined with the kids’ energy, it was a great shoot!

 

Everything is bigger in Texas, including my images!

There have been a lot of exciting things happening with my studio this year that I’ve barely had a chance to keep up here on my blog…  Anyway, a little while ago I was contacted by a company in Texas who wanted to use one my images for a new billboard ad campaign.  The ad is finally going up this week around Houston and here’s how the billboard will look.  Isn’t he adorable?

Latest maternity photo sessions at my Pasadena studio

My mom doesn’t understand the concept of a maternity photo session.  In “her day” women didn’t embrace their bodies while they were pregnant.  In fact, just go back a few years and you’ll find that it was gauche to use words like “pregnant” or even “maternity.”  Instead, expecting women were referred to as “in the family way” and were considered extremely fragile and were often expected to stay home during the last few months of their pregnancies.

Thank God times have changed!  I love that I live in a time where women embrace the newfound curves that come with pregnancy and the transformation of their bodies.  Things have changed for pregnancy when it comes to men, too. I personally love seeing expecting fathers get so excited about participating in this exciting time for their family.  Here are some recent maternity photo sessions that I photographed in my studio in Old Town Pasadena (I use the name of the expecting mom for the titles of the sessions below, mostly because she is the focus of the session).

Images from Emily’s maternity session:

Images from Fabiana’s maternity session:

Images from Christine’s maternity session:

Images from Iliana’s session:

Images from Amanda’s maternity session:

Images from Gwynn’s maternity session:

Images from Dina’s maternity session:

Images from Natalie’s maternity session:

Images from Joy’s maternity session:

Recent Engagement and Couples Photo Sessions

I love doing sessions with couples (whether they’re newly engaged or have been married for quite a while).  Here are the latest engagement and couples’ portrait sessions that I’ve photographed.

Emilie and Tyler, engagement session at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles:

Ashley and Ian, engagement session in and around Pasadena’s City Hall in Old Town Pasadena:

Genevieve and Paul, engagement session in Union Station (they decided to go with a vintage theme for the photos at the train station) and on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles:

Anne and Mike, couples session in the Angeles National Forest near Altadena:

Taline and Ron, couples session on a beach in Malibu:

Holiday photo cards

So, you have your digital files from your wedding, engagement session, family session, etc., but haven’t had time to order your holiday cards? Don’t worry, it’s not too late! This year I’m offering both photo cards (4 x 8 and 5 x 7 on photo paper with envelopes) and press-printed cards. I have dozens of stunning designs to choose from and the quality from my professional lab is outstanding! All cards include minor touch-ups and ship directly to you. Contact me as soon as possible to get started! Here are just a few of the many options I offer (to see a full selection, please e-mail me at: info@karikochar.com):

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7 Studio Maternity Sessions, Pasadena Studio

I love photographing maternity sessions. I find it so wonderful to capture the transformation that a woman’s body experiences during her pregnancy.  Maternity sessions are usually captured in the quiet of my Pasadena studio and are so calm (especially when compared to my children’s portrait sessions and weddings). They’re a great way to connect on a completely different level with my clients and capture the range of emotions they’re experiencing.  Here are a few images from seven of my most recent maternity sessions:

Highlights from Sandra’s session:

Pregnancy images from (a different) Sandra’s session:

Images from Marjorie’s session:

Jennifer’s maternity images:

Images from Leila’s session:

Images from Joyce’s maternity session:

Last session, images of Akiko:

Portrait Sessions, Seattle, WA

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted photos on here, so over the next couple of weeks and months, I plan to post much more frequently and highlight some of my favorite portrait sessions and weddings that never made it up on my blog.

Every summer I visit Seattle and have a large number of families there who I photograph and this last visit, I was working all over the Pacific Northwest (from Edmonds to Snoqualmie and Bellevue to Ballard, Maple Valley, and West Seattle) – it was a busy trip!  One of my favorite things is to be able to work with clients over and over again- there is a level of trust that is developed and as an artist, it’s really nice for your clients to completely trust you.  Here’s some of what I captured: