Tag Archives: Portraits

Recent Southern California Engagement Sessions

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so here are some cute engagement session images from the past year.

Lauren and Ryu, Old Town Pasadena and Langham Hotel, Pasadena

Darra and Matt, Santa Monica (beach and pier)

Pinyu and John, Angeles National Forest

Cece and Jonathan, USC Campus, Los Angeles

Tanya and Todd, Ocean Trails, Rancho Palos Verdes

Danika and Chris, Playa del Rey

Erica and Jack, Descanso Gardens, La Canada-Flintridge

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:

Villa Esperanza Tournament of Hope

“There is only one of you in the world, just one.  And if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.” -Martha Graham

One of the things I love about my job is that I get introduced to so many fascinating people.  Earlier this year while doing a children’s portrait session, I was talking to the mom, Alex Paschal, and she was telling me about her work at a non-profit called Villa Esperanza Services.  Villa Esperanza is a charity that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and vulnerable at-risk adults in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. They run quite a few programs, including educational services for children with autism and Down syndrome, adult vocational programs and programs for seniors living with developmental disabilities.

She had mentioned an upcoming silent auction and so I ended up donating a portrait session for Villa Esperanza’s 21st Annual Tournament of Hope.  Although I’m not sure how much my portrait session went for, I found out that the event raised a total of $165,000!  In this economy, that’s quite an accomplishment!

Portrait Sessions, Seattle, WA

Because I grew up in Seattle and still visit fairly often, a while back I started getting frequent requests to bring my equipment up there for portrait sessions and it’s now become a regular event for me to go there and do a series of portrait sessions while in town.  I’m thrilled with this arrangement, since it allows me to visit family and friends without missing out on work while I’m there.  Despite some bad weather, I had a great time photographing all of these cuties (including some of my adorable nieces and nephews):

Reagan and Peyton



Samanta and Tabitha

Leo, Annie and Mary

Karsten, Annika and Kaare



Baby Portraits, Playa Vista

It’s always so much fun to work with new parents, so I was thrilled when Shelia and Marco called me to do baby portraits of their beautiful daughter Kayla.  I always feel so honored to share in their excitement, and to be able to permanently capture through photography is priceless! 

Maternity Session, Beverly Hills

I photographed Elena and Scott when they got married in 2005, so I was excited when they called me up this spring to do a maternity session in their lovely home.  Elena was positively glowing and it was great to work with them again (only under slightly different, but equally exciting circumstances).

Family Portraits, Greystone Mansion and Penninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills

I often get called for family portrait sessions when families are gathering from around the country and around the world, so it was a pleasure to work with both the Pfung and Giesinger families for their family portrait sessions, who came from as far away as Montreal and Hong Kong to be together.

Portraits of Hanna – Newborn Session in Woodland Hills

I worked with Leila and Thom for their maternity session a little while back, so I was thrilled to work with them again for Hanna’s first portrait session!  She is a doll!