It’s Been a While

My last post is less than 2 weeks shy of a year ago. Insane how fast time goes by. I spent 2015  traveling and doing a lot of soul searching. I continued to shoot and had an amazingly successful year considering how  often I was away. I’ll be busy posting over the next few weeks with photos from my travels/lessons learned as well as work. I’ll leave these photos of one of my recent little muses, Haley. 

More to come…

The Parkers

It has been WAY too long since I last blogged. I’m happy to report that it has been due to the fact that I have been so busy! So many amazing individuals, couples, families, BABYS and just amazing adventures have happened since October. I will be posting a ton trying to catch up! But first I’d like to start with this blog. Lets go about 4-5 months back when I did an engagement session for the soon to be Parkers.

This weekend, March 7, 2015, I will be shooting my first wedding of the year! I am so excited to see these two, and their little man, walk down the isle!! Let me introduce you to the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Parker!Parkers01

Parkers02Parkers03Parkers04There’s always time for a selfie.Parkers05Parkers06I love these two.

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Parkers10Even their little man got into the mix!Parkers11Parkers12Parkers13Parkers14Parkers15Parkers21Parkers22I’m just as excited as Oshane is for the big day!! Two more days to go!!Parkers23

Kathy & Ramsey

This shoot was special to me as I was, yet again, there the night these two met. Ramsey own’s a baklava company, Bakluvit http://www.bakluvit.com , and we were cruising the streets of downtown Los Angeles documenting people trying his Baklava and saying “I Bak-luv-it”. We eventually came across a very pretty blonde girl. I was shooting and documenting (of course) and he pointed to her. “Lets go ask HER to try my Baklava!” I looked over at this beautifully dressed long haired blonde and was thankful Ramsey was with a girl (me) going up to a girl walking alone and asking her to taste his Baklava. I think he would have been pepper sprayed had I not been there. Low and behold 3 years later, I found myself shooting their engagement session on the streets and beaches of Los Angeles. I wish you both the best of luck on this journey called life. And may your children be blessed with gorgeous toothy smiles like your own!RK01RK02RK03RK04RK05RK06RK07RK08RK09RK10RK11RK12RK13Words of wisdom… make sure your lipstick is kiss proof! Ha ha!RK14RK15RK16RK17RK18

Mothers Day

Mothers Day is upon us!! In honor of this holiday I’m making this post of some, by no means all, of my favorite maternity, family and  portraits I’ve taken of awesome mothers! If you’re still thinking about what to gift that special mother, or mother-to-be, consider a portrait session!! Photo’s capture a moment in time that we can treasure forever! Enjoy!

Maternity sessions are such a fantastic gift!! Mothers-to-be have such an amazing glow!MD18MD11 New mothers carry that glow right into their child’s first session!!

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MD07MD08MD03And getting Grandma’s into the mix always add’s a tear jerking element!MD13MD16As we get older we love them even more and wonder how they ever handled us!MD02MD14MD17And sometimes it’s nice for Mommy just to feel like a model!!MD19

Easton Turns One!

Oh how time flies! It seems like just yesterday I was attending Priscilla’s baby shower! And her little boy is already a year old!! She definitely did not hold back on this little man’s special day. Easton had a circus themed birthday and we all had a wonderful time!! First, here are a couple shots we took for his birthday invitations.EP00Yes, little Easton… you are already a whole year old!EP001The decorations were absolutely adorable
EP01EP02EP03Everyone helped out! Here is his uncle Sonny filling up the popcorn machine!EP04EP05EP07Easton’s daddy, Chris and his aunt Julie – excited for Easton’s arrival!EP06Guests start arriving!!EP08And here comes the birthday boy!!!EP10Guests signed the guestbook while Easton enjoyed his jump house!EP13Ep12Easton and his beautiful Mommy!EP14Easton and his cousin Aria are only months apart, how beautiful are both their mommy’s?!EP15Their Daddy’s jumped into the photo too!EP16Lunch was catered by Jerry’s Dogs. It was delicious and a huge hit!EP19EP20His guests enjoying the jump house!EP21EP22EP23EP24EP25Then it was Piñata time!!!EP27EP28This little one’s expressions were so funny. She gave it her all!EP29EP30After all the kid’s had given it a shot, the biggest kid came in to finish the job, Uncle Sonny!EP31Think it’s safe to say, the kids were stoked.EP32After the piñata was all done, it was cake time. EP17EP18Happy birthday, little Easton!! Can’t wait to see what your mom think’s up NEXT year!EP33

Sienna Chanelle

Sienna has finally arrived and she’s absolutely perfect. Along with being fully healthy and having all her little digits, she’s already been blessed with a perfect set of eyebrows! Ha ha. I had the honor of shooting her in her first when she was only 2 hours young. Dianne was so much more energetic than I had expected! I walked in expecting to see a tired but happy mother. She instead chimed with  “hey Steph!! Wanna see Sienna?!?!” She was born at the same hospital I was born in and it was amazing. As I wrote in a previous blog, Dianne and I have been friends since we were in junior high and it has been so beautiful watch her go into this next stage of life. She’s carried it with such grace and happiness. Enjoy!siennab Sienna02a
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Sienna05Sienna06And she definitely got Momma’s big brown eyes!!sienna07sienna08As if becoming new parents wasn’t busy enough, Mike and Dianne moved into their home weeks before her birth. We took advantage of an empty room for their shoot.sienna09sienna10sienna12She is definitely already a princess. She was adorned in pink and pearls (of course) for her shoot. Mommy’s nickname in high school was “Pinky D” because she ALWAYS wore pink. It only seemed appropriate to have Sienna wear a pink tutu!sienna13Dianne’s favorite necklace is her gold Chanel necklace. We of course incorporated this into the photos! Sienna didn’t seem to mind at all. Sienna14Sienna15sienna16sienna18sienna17Sienna is beautiful and will no doubt be a heartbreaker!! Just look at that smile!!sienna20sienna21Congratulations Mike and Dianne!! Love her so much already!!!

Mommy

My beautiful mother has been residing in Hawaii for the last five years so when she visits it is such a treat. She has been on the mainland since late january so I seized this opportunity  to give her a mini shoot. She is not just beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. She has the most loving and understanding soul. It is a quality I only ever saw in my grandmother before her. She has such an amazing light that shines from within. I only hope that one day I embody this myself. And I tried my best to capture this during this shoot. Everyone should be so lucky to have a mommy like her!! Enjoy!!M1M2M3M14We always tell her that her smile is most genuine when she is laughing. We laughed a lot throughout this shoot. M4We wanted some photos of her in my big black hat… it proved to be a bit to big for her. M5M6M7My puppy Luna even got in on the shoot hehe. ❤M8M9M10M11M12And it wouldn’t be complete without a jump shot. She’s a pro at these. He he.
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