Monthly Archives: May 2011

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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:











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!