Christine's Malibu, CA Family Session

Christine's Malibu, CA Family Session

I was so excited when Christine reached out to me to do some family shots of her and her daughters! They were very drawn to El Metador State Beach (and who can blame them?) and I was very excited after convincing them to go early in the morning to beat the crowds. We had the whole beach to ourselves and took some fun portraits.

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Autumn and Layton's Knapps Castle, CA Couples Shoot

Autumn and Layton's Knapps Castle, CA Couples Shoot

Knapp’s castle never disappoints. I’ve done a few sessions here over the years and was always blown away by the stunning architecture and sunsets, especially since most of my photography is at a beach with such different colors! I wanted to bring an amazing couple (insert Autumn and Layton) and do a styled shoot here. I went with a mild cinderella theme, with a beautiful Lulu’s light blue gown to contrast the orange stones. Riley’s flowers in Santa Barbara donated the beautiful bouquet and the rest was magic!

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Teresa's San Diego, CA Portrait Session on Film

Teresa's San Diego, CA Portrait Session on Film

Teresa and I haven’t shot together in a while so I reached out and we made it happen! I love shooting film just for fun - even though taking four rolls in one evening is an expensive habit it is totally worth it. We explored Rose Canyon in San Diego for a quick golden hour shoot. I shot primarily Kodak Portra 400 and 800 film on my Mamiya 645 and Canon AE-1, so a nice mixture of 35mm and medium format!

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Aaron and Grecia's Pasadena, CA Anniversary Session

Aaron and Grecia's Pasadena, CA Anniversary Session

Aaron and Grecia got married last year on a rainy March day. We re-did a few wedding photos for their one year anniversary, this time getting that golden hour sun. I always love hanging with these two. Aaron is a very down to Earth Caltech professor with this great dry humor. Grecia is this very social extrovert with the best laugh and such a kind heart. See more from their sunny anniversary session - I particularly love the black and whites!

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Liz and Noboru's Pasadena, CA Family Session

Liz and Noboru's Pasadena, CA Family Session

Liz and Noboru have the cutest boys and wanted some family photos around Caltech campus, where Liz works. They brought me all sorts of Japanese sweets as a thank you and I definitely didn’t complain. Loved shooting this family, despite the typical trouble of getting young boys to look at the camera at the same time! See more from this sunny day in Pasadena and let me know if you want to shoot on campus.

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Marcella and Tony's San Diego, CA Family Session

Marcella and Tony's San Diego, CA Family Session

Marcella and Tony and their adorable two-year old twin boys joined me in Rose Canyon in San Diego, CA for a quick family session. It was quite the challenge to entertain toddlers and trick them into smiling for the camera, but I loved the challenge! Check out the rest of the photos for some big laughs and golden hour light.

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Jimmy and Cece's Ventura, CA Wedding

Jimmy and Cece's Ventura, CA Wedding

I had such a great time celebrating Cece and Jimmy’s love! These two have been together since high school and their love and resect for each other was so clear. Their families were all clearly already so well connected - the ceremony and reception was filled with moments of joy between these two sides of the family coming together again. This gorgeous outdoor venue offered some amazing dancing and I loved seeing the dance moves everyone brought, especially Cece and Jimmy’s!

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Carissa, Jackie, and Wendy's San Diego, CA Family Session

Carissa, Jackie, and Wendy's San Diego, CA Family Session

I have known Jackie and Carissa and Wendy for a long time now and while I have taken pictures of Jackie a million times and Carissa a few times, I have never shot their whole family! They were looking for some updated family photos so we headed to Torrey Pines State Beach. The sun and tide weren’t cooperating for shots facing the ocean, but we found a sweet lifeguard tower to shelter in!

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Anne and John's Pasadena, CA Couple's Session

Anne and John's Pasadena, CA Couple's Session

Anne and John are such a great couple! We wandered the Caltech campus together and shared our favorite spots - by the end of the session we even found out that we lived in the same apartment building so we walked home together! I loved that they chose to document their time in California with these photos. We were really lucky and got some great light and beautiful bougainvillea blooms!

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Megan's Balboa Park, CA Family Session

Megan's Balboa Park, CA Family Session

Megan and her brother, sister, mom, and dad ventured down to Balboa Park for a nice December morning with beautiful light. I love all the architecture at Balboa Park, especially when I don’t have to photoshop people out of the background! Thanks to this beautiful family for waking up early and exploring this historic area of San Diego with me!

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Maddie and Joe's Joshua Tree, CA Engagement Session

Maddie and Joe's Joshua Tree, CA Engagement Session

Maddie and Joe are two geologists at Caltech and both love being outside. We took a mini road trip to Joshua Tree and got some amazing light in an incredible landscape. I have been to J-tree so many times for climbing but this was my first time with clients! They opted for two outfits, the first being their geology field gear and the second a beautiful dress and shirt! The contrast between the two was really cool and I loved that they were true to themselves picking their clothes.

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Juliana and Arvin's Balboa Park, CA Engagement Session

Juliana and Arvin's Balboa Park, CA Engagement Session

Juliana and Arvin both work in aerospace so I knew as a fellow science nerd we would all get along. It was great to explore the incredible architecture of Balboa Park with them. They brought their two extremely cute and fluffy dogs with them and although it took some wrangling of leashes and treats, it was so worth the extra effort to get some adorable family shots.

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Kalia's San Diego, CA Family and Couple Session

Kalia's San Diego, CA Family and Couple Session

Took some pictures for my friend Kalia of her family and boyfriend! I loved exploring Sunset Cliffs on this beautiful winter day. The water was especially turquoise that evening and we got some great sun! Her grandmother was very adventurous and even went down the rather treacherous cliff trail with us to get closer to the water! Loved shooting this sweet family.

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Jane and Jerry's San Diego, CA Family Session

Jane and Jerry's San Diego, CA Family Session

I loved photographing Jane and Jerry and their two boys! We had a quick shoot at Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego, CA over winter break. I’m glad they brought some snacks to bribe the boys, because getting them to sit still for photos was a challenge and gummy bears were definitely needed!

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Emma and Hannah's La Jolla, CA Senior Session

Emma and Hannah's La Jolla, CA Senior Session

Emma and Hannah are both graduating from UCSD with biology degrees! I have known Emma for many years and was so excited to take her graduation photos. She brought her friend Hannah along, who is such a sweetheart. I am so proud of these two for all their accomplishments! Check out their sunrise session in La Jolla for some classic pier photos and tons of smiles.

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Alyona's Pasadena, CA Portrait Session on Film

Alyona's Pasadena, CA Portrait Session on Film

Alyona and I met up to shoot some fun film photos at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, CA. It is always so enjoyable to just explore an open space like these gardens. We just wandered and found some beautiful trees and rose gardens to hang out in. Alyona is an actress too so she was definitely not camera shy! These are shot with a combination of Portra 400 and FujiFilm Pro 400H (my favorite when photographing vivid green tones).

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Laura and Evan's Santa Barbara, CA Engagement Session

Laura and Evan's Santa Barbara, CA Engagement Session

Laura and Evan are getting married on the East Coast, but wanted their engagement photos to reflect their new home in Santa Barbara. It was hard to tell these two weren’t born and raised in Southern California! They are both so at home by the water, we almost did photos surfing! Be sure to check out more from their cloudy day at Hendry’s Beach.

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Riley's Santa Barbara, CA Family Session

Riley's Santa Barbara, CA Family Session

One of my favorite photoshoots this year! I loved hanging out with this amazing family - they were so relaxed and happy the entire session and it made my job so easy. Also can we talk about their beautiful hair? I loved seeing the three generations of unique beauty in this group. We braved some windy conditions, but it was definitely worth it!

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Danie and Eric's Santa Monica, CA Anniversary Session

Danie and Eric's Santa Monica, CA Anniversary Session

Danie and Eric wanted some photos to capture their fourth wedding anniversary so we headed to their backyard in Santa Monica, CA. I was pretty nervous about the crowds we would have to avoid, but with just a five minute walk away from the pier the beach seemed empty! Loved exploring this new place and capturing this goofy couple. Also their dog (not pictured) is the best soccer player I have ever seen - you’ll just have to take my word for it.

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