Engagment Session - Stephen & Cherrilyn (Los Angeles, CA)

Stephen + Cherrilyn = one of the cutest couples you'll ever see. They're both really gentle, kind, and extremely talented and artistic. They care for each other deeply, have loads of goofy fun together, and both of them are always genuinely looking out for the best interests of the other. And honestly, none of that is an exaggeration!

When Stephen (who happens to be an old junior high and high school classmate) and Cherrilyn (who happens to be my beautiful sister-in-law) got engaged this summer, they contacted me right away to book me for their upcoming January wedding. Fast-forward a few months, and it was time to shoot their engagement session. Even though Stephen had hurt his back the day before and Cherrilyn had been having a bad morning, we turned it all around! We managed to get around San Marino and Downtown L.A. and capture some amazing images and have buckets of fun doing so.

Here are some highlights from the day:

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Stephen & Cherrilyn, thank you for trusting me to do my thing. I could not ask for better clients. And I could not be happier for you two! Finding your perfect partner and sharing your lives together may be completely different from the romanticized pictures we have growing up, yet they are so much better in so many ways. I wish you the best and can't wait until your wedding day!

The Taylor Family

I was so excited when the Taylor family decided to do this session with me! I knew beforehand from talking to them and watching them interact that they would be a whole ton of fun, and they did not disappoint. Super-cute, energetic, truly warm and welcoming, and I think the images really captured that. Here are some of my favorites...

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A hundred thanks to Jonathan, Hillary, Madeline, Jared, Grace and Justin, for letting me spend the afternoon with your family to catch a glimpse of how incredible it is in your household. It was an honor and distinct pleasure.

My Ladies

A quick snapshot taken this weekend, while we were up in LA visiting my folks...

Wedding - Katrina & Nathan

Several weekends ago, when Cary Pennington asked me if I would be available to second shoot another wedding with him, I jumped at the chance. Cary is so good at what he does, builds great relationships with his clients, and is generally just very laid back, so it's always fun to work with him. Nathan & Katrina flew in from Texas to get married at The Dana on Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. Their closest friends and family also flew in from all over the country; one of Nathan's groomsmen, a friend from his high school days, even flew in from Germany! All in all, it was an incredible day -- crisp weather, a beautiful venue, awesome company, sweet decor, good food, and a fun party atmosphere to top the night off -- the way an ideal wedding should go.

On to the goods... This time around, I decided to do something a little different and post some more unique images -- images that have either been captured or processed a little differently than I usually do, or images that I normally wouldn't choose to show but that I felt spoke to me at a more intrinsic level. I hope you enjoy them; I'm actually curious to see in the comments what you think.

Note: all images in this post were shot for Cary Pennington Photography. Go check out more of his work here.

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Hannah's First Halloween

Okay, so I'm over a week late posting this, but here we are. Can you figure out what her costume was? For some reason, we had some confused looks that night; someone from our local Henry's market even said, "What a cute bear!"

And here's baby with Mommy.

Hannah - 6 months old

Hannah turned 6 months old today. Take a look at some pictures that we got while she was in a good mood on Saturday.

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Wedding - Allison & Christian (Shot for Darin Fong Photography)

Last month, I had the immense privilege of second shooting for Darin Fong. Allison and Christian's wedding, held in Coronado, was super-cool and one that I will never forget -- fun people, beautiful venues, and awesome details. The event was exquisitely and professionally coordinated by Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings.

Note: all images in this post were shot for Darin Fong Photography.

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Allison and Christian, thanks for letting me be part of your amazing day. Congratulations and best wishes for your new life together! Darin, special thanks for the chance to come shoot with you; hope to work with you again soon!

Hannah - The Past Few Months

Here are some highlights from the past few months. I can't believe Hannah's going to be 4 months old in a week.

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Austin & Aidan - Baptism - Valley Center, CA

This weekend I was invited to photograph the baptism of Austin (2 years old) & Aidan (10 weeks old) at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valley Center. They looked so cute in their christening duds (I think someone made a comment that Austin looked like a mini-pope). It was a gorgeous day at a beautiful church, and parents Tom & Tracey's closest family and friends were on hand to witness the joyous event. Congratulations Austin, Aidan, Tom and Tracey!

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Hannah's 1st Dress

This past weekend, we brought Hannah to church for the first time, where she was a cute superstar in her first dress.

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Hannah - 1 month old

Hannah turned 1 month old on Friday. I picked her up last night and weighed us together. I think she's about 7 lbs now. Here are a few images from the past few weeks showing her growth.

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Brett & Sara - Grape Day Park, Escondido, CA

A few weekends ago, I met up with my good friends Brett & Sara to do a session at Grape Day Park in Escondido, and we had a blast. Special thanks to Daniel Chin for coming out to add an extra dimension of fun and mischief! (Aside: Doesn't Sara look incredible for someone who's 4 months pregnant?!?)

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Brett & Sara, thank you for coming out and letting your personality shine through. I can't help but enjoy myself when I hang out with you.

Welcome Hannah!

The doctor told us to expect a baby around May 11, but...

Isn't she the cutest?

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Sidney & Sabrina - Wedding - Coronado, CA

This weekend, I had the wonderful privilege of photographing Sidney & Sabrina's wedding in sunny Coronado, CA. (Special thanks to Leon for coming out and 2nd-shooting with me.)

Here's a picture from the engagment session we did together back in November, which they used in their guestbook. =)

The beautiful bride...

I love seeing the expression on a groom's face when he sees his bride appear through the doorway...

Excited to be married, practically running down the aisle... =)

The obligatory cake-cutting, AKA cake-smashing-into-bride's-face...

I think Sabrina forgave Sidney for that though...

They even went home together. =)

Thank you, Sidney and Sabrina, for allowing me to be a part of your special day and letting me capture it in the form I know best. It was tons of fun for me, and I know your guests had a great tiime as well. Enjoy Italy! Eat lots!

Christyn - Maternity Session - San Diego, CA

My beautiful wife at 30 weeks...

Anti-Workshop - Las Vegas, NV

I just got back (on Saturday night) from Vegas, where I attended the Anti-Workshop, taught by John Michael & Dalisa Cooper from AltF and Doug & Chenin Boutwell. Three and a half days of intensive learning, shooting, thinking, and networking with some of the best photographers in the nation -- what an incredible experience.

An image from the first day of shooting... I'll leave a little mystery for you to guess what the actual assignment was. Let's just say it involved toting a life-sized cardboard-cutout of Elvis around downtown LV and shooting with a Polaroid camera.

Day Two's shooting assignment incorporated real-live models (past clients of the Coopers') and a photo scavenger hunt. Clinton and Tina are locals who own a wedding venue business. Oh, and they're super-attractive.

Thank you Doug, Chenin, John, and Dalisa. The last few days with you was so much more than just an academic exercise for me. I will be forever grateful for how much you poured into us this week. To you and to all my fellow students, thank you for opening yourselves up to us and being so generous with your minds, your hearts, your experience, your wisdom, and your art.

Araba & Ishmael - South Pasadena, CA

A few weeks ago, I met up with Araba and Ishmael to do an engagement session at a park that was over an hour's drive away from Ishmael's house. Apparently, this place holds a lot of meaning for the two of them, as it was the place where they first decided to be a couple, along with several other milestones in their relationship. This made the session extra-special for me, and certainly for them, which made for some beautiful moments.

Araba and Ishmael -- thanks for braving the crazy weather and the horrible drive to share the afternoon with me. Every time I see you two together, I can't help but smile at the genuine connection you have with each other and how your personalities just beam and glow. I'm grateful for the opportunity to witness it again and even be able to see it through the lens of a camera.

Jake at 12 Weeks - San Diego, CA

Back in January, I had the wonderful privilege of visiting with Dave and Brooke and take pictures of their rockstar son Jake. Check out these images of their cute little bundle of joy. (Isn't it amazing how many expressions babies are able to make even this early in their development?)

Dave and Brooke -- I had an incredible time! Your love for your son is so deep and so apparent, I can only hope that Christyn and I are as good parents when it's our turn!

Baby Showor - Pasadena, CA

I often find humor in the little things. This was a gift we recently received at a baby shower.

Garfield Park - South Pasadena, CA

I was having a pretty rough afternoon a few weeks back -- it was dark, cold, and rainy, and my clients were running about an hour late due to the crazy traffic (no fault of their own, obviously). But while waiting for them to arrive, I walked around the park and a few things caught my eye.