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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Nika's Hollywood, CA Portrait Session on Film II

Nika's Hollywood, CA Portrait Session on Film II

This was my third time shooting Nika at her apartment and each time we get such different photo. I am so jealous of the gorgeous light in her Hollywood home. We shot black and white film and color, hope you enjoy the results as much as I do! All 35mm this time, shot on my Canon AE-1.

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Rita and Steve's La Jolla, CA Family Session

Rita and Steve's La Jolla, CA Family Session

I hung out with my friend Karli and her sister and parents for these colorful family photos in Torrey Pines! We took these over the holidays and while the beach was crowded, there were still plenty of great spots to shoot. They kept laughing and smiling the entire time and it made the session so easy and fun!

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Jimmy and Cece's Santa Barbara, CA Engagement Session

Jimmy and Cece's Santa Barbara, CA Engagement Session

Jimmy and Cece are high school sweethearts that are so in love! We went to Goleta for some very sunny engagement photos and I may have made Jimmy pick Cece up approximately 500 times. I loved the sunset colors at the end of the session and we hung out with the pink and purple sky for a while, dancing and laughing until the end of the light. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in July!

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Brittney and Steffan's Yosemite, CA Couple's Session

Brittney and Steffan's Yosemite, CA Couple's Session

Brittney, Steffan, my boyfriend (Alex) and I were all camping in Yosemite for a group bouldering trip. We went straight from Camp Four up to the windy road to glacier point to catch the last rays of sun falling on the valley. It was such a great experience to see my friend Brittney so effortlessly happy with Steffan. We only had about fifteen or twenty minutes for photos, but I think we made it work! The next day I hiked up to Glacier Point rather than driving, and the view was spectacular the entire way up - I definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the valley!

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Claudia and Jose's Pasadena, CA Family Session

Claudia and Jose's Pasadena, CA Family Session

Claudia and Jose have the most wonderful family - I met them last year shooting christmas card photos and I had the pleasure of hanging out with them again to repeat the experience! The kids were especially happy that we could incorporate more photos with the family pup. Sometimes the best location to just relax and be natural in photos is your own backyard!

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Amy and Jeff's Malibu, CA Family Session

Amy and Jeff's Malibu, CA Family Session

Amy and Jeff had the cutest family - I loved hanging out with them and their kids! They travelled a long way for this sunset session at El Metador State Beach in Malibu, CA. Luckily they came before the wildfires hit California - the air quality in Malibu plummeted and many people lost their homes. It just goes to show you how we need to protect these precious places. It is also an important reminder of what matters - many people rush into homes to grab irreplaceable items like family photos. Make sure you take the time to get photos with your loved ones that you can cherish forever!

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Riley and Kevin's Sunset Cliffs, CA Bridal Session

Riley and Kevin's Sunset Cliffs, CA Bridal Session

I have been dying to shoot a wedding or elopement at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego - the water is so blue and vibrant, and the cliffs make for such stunning backdrops. I was so glad when Riley and Kevin volunteered for this bridal session to make my Sunset Cliffs dreams come true. It was a crowded, but beautiful Saturday night on the coast - and it was such a great experience getting to hang out with these newlyweds by the waves.

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Elena and John's Santa Barbara, CA Wedding

Elena and John's Santa Barbara, CA Wedding

Elena and John had their wedding at Cold Springs Tavern in the Santa Barbara Hills. They kept their wedding party small, but don’t think this means they didn’t have a big party! They had so many family and friends there with them to celebrate and the mood was infectiously happy and fun. The dance floor was crowded, the mini cupcakes were delicious, and don’t get me started on the tri-tip from the buffet. I loved capturing their special day, everything from getting ready with champagne to sneaking away for some beautiful sunset photos. See some of my favorites from their day in the full post!

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Ana and Peter's Carlsbad, CA Family Session

Ana and Peter's Carlsbad, CA Family Session

I have done quite a few family sessions lately, and I have loved it! This one was special for a few reasons: 1) it featured my high school math teacher, a complete sweet heart and wonderful person 2) the tiny humans in this family are particularly adorable and 3) it features a family spanning three generations, only together a few times a year. I was so happy to photograph this loving group while they hung out near the waves in Carlsbad. It is so important to set aside time to take photos with your family as the years go by - I hope these will serve as happy memories for Ana and her family!

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Nika and Alessandro's Hollywood, CA Portrait Session

Nika and Alessandro's Hollywood, CA Portrait Session

Nika and I had a vision of a minimalistic black and white shoot, with harsh lighting and high contrast. She is in the midst of promoting a movie that she co-wrote and will co-star in with her friend Alessandro and I suggested we loop the film and Alessandro into this vision. It was so much fun working with these two together and sneaking in a few shots of just Nika as well. We chose a variety of beautifully contrasting film stocks: Ilford HP5+, TriX 400, and Tmax 400 and made our idea come to life!

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Donna and Matt's San Diego, CA Family Session

Donna and Matt's San Diego, CA Family Session

Photographing families like the Fallons make my heart so happy. Theses kids were so full of fun and energy, and I had a great time chasing them around a playground in San Diego. I first photographed Donna and Matt’s boys many years ago when I was just starting to take photography seriously, so it was really special to revisit my favorite clients and give them updated images of their kiddos. Hope you enjoy this set as much as I do!

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Lauren and Josh's Malibu, CA Engagement Session

Lauren and Josh's Malibu, CA Engagement Session

Lauren and Josh were on vacation with their family all the way from Columbus, Ohio and ready to explore the California coast. I was so excited to come back to El Metador State Beach for more golden hour photos! This beach never disappoints - the rocks and soft sand make for such a great backdrop as the sun goes down. The only problem is that there are always tons of photographers that share my love of Malibu, and I spend a lot of time photoshopping out all the people!

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Nika's Hollywood, CA Portrait Session on Film

Nika's Hollywood, CA Portrait Session on Film

I have been wanting to do a collaborative film shoot with Nika ever since I found out we were both in LA! Nika is a talented screen writer, actor, and producer - it was a dream to shoot with someone that had so much creativity! We walked around the streets near Nika’s Los Feliz apartment, stopping at bougainvillea bushes, well lit fences, and even her backyard lemon tree. I hope you enjoy this set, I am really proud of these images!

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