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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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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