What Do I Wear?

With the holidays just a few short months away, I wanted to answer the question that I get most during this time of year for family sessions. “What should we wear?”

While there is no real correct answer, I feel there are some real basic guidelines that can help when getting your photo taken.

First, lets go through the No-No’s of wardrobe for photography:

1. Avoid anything with a big logo. I’m talking about those shirts that look like they are walking advertisement in the middle of your chest. Not only is it distracting, but its not flattering. We want to see you, not the brand you’re wearing.

2. Don’t dress exactly alike. While this was a huge trend in the 80/90s, that has since changed. Your friends and family want to see your individuality really shine through in your photos, so ditch the uniform and wear something that showcases who you are individually and as a family!

3. See through tops/pants. Maybe you weren’t aware that it was see through at home, but once you went outside it was pretty evident that everything can be seen. We want to avoid any embarrassing moments when you send out those holiday cards.

Now for what you should wear:

1. Match the theme of your home. By that I mean, if you have colors at home like mustard yellow, grey and white… why not wear something that complements your home? If you plan on ordering prints, and will be showcased at home you want something that’s cohesive with the look.

2. Look like a family. This is one that clients get a bit stuck on. Pinterest is a wonderful source of inspiration when it comes to matching as a family, but not being “matchy matchy” when having your portraits taken. Find a base for your inspiration and go from there. In my own family, I use whatever I want my son to wear and base what we will wear around that. :)

3. Comfortable shoes! I have clients that want to shoot at the beach or on a trail, etc… dress for the occasion. While heels look fierce and awesome, they might not be the best pick for a hiking trail or sinking sand.

Here are some examples of some color inspiration!

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Most importantly, have fun! I know coordinating for a photo session can get a bit daunting and stressful, but really have fun with it! Let those incredible personalities really shine through!

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Love Story Engagement Session for Julia and Curtis

A couple of months ago I had the absolute honor and pleasure of meeting Curtis and Julia. Upon meeting them, I knew I wanted nothing more than to capture their special day. For their engagement session, they wanted me to capture them in places that meant most to them in their journey as a couple. Parts of Southern California that meant most to them. So on a gorgeous Saturday morning we set off to Pasadena and Downtown LA for an incredibly fun photo shoot.


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Hi, I’m Your Photographer!

I have come to realize that while some of you may have seen my work, most of you don’t know much about me. So I wanted to create a short little blog to properly introduce myself.

This is typical me, camera pressed to my face.

HP8A2018I decided to do a short list so that you can know some stuff that you may not already know about me. So here we go!

Top 10 facts about me:

1. For those of you that do know me, or have hired me for your wedding or family photos, you know that I’m a hugger. I love to hug you when we first meet, unless of course you don’t like touching, in which case I will wave excitedly at you. :)

2. I am a mom of a really amazing 2 1/2 year old little boy, who is a ball of energy and is the sweetest hugger ever (he is my child after all).

3. If you really want to win my heart, I love chai tea! I love it cold, hot, blended, etc. Even if its 100 degrees, I enjoy me some chai!

4. I could live off of sushi if my husband would let me. If you want to meet up to talk about your wedding I’ll most likely recommend a sushi restaurant for us to meet at.

5. I’m a HUGE Alejandro Sanz fan. Even though his latest music hasn’t thrilled me, I’m still a solid supporter. Don’t know who he is? Blasphemy! Check him out!

6. I love what I do.  I’ve caught myself tearing up as I’m editing a newborn session or father-daughter dance. I love that I get to capture these moments for my clients.

7. I keep every single card, note, etc that clients send me. It’s a reminder that I was able to give my clients something they’ll treasure forever. I don’t take that lightly.

8. Ferris Bueller is the best movie ever. “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around a little bit, you might miss it”

9. My best friend gets me hooked on shows and books, always. She is hardly ever wrong when it comes to recommendations. I genuinely don’t know how she does it. I’m currently addicted to Parks & Rec.

10. I want all my clients to feel like they can be themselves around me. I want them to think of me as a cousin or aunt or friend. To me you aren’t just a number, but you are a part of my life. I will share in your joy and stress as you plan your wedding and if you hire me to photograph your family I will hug you and make your kids laugh and smile. :)

That is just a tiny bit about me. I love life and love what I do. My family is my heart as are my friends. My clients mean the world to me and I spoil them as much as I possibly can. I hope to capture some memories for you in the near future!

Gorgeous DIY First Birthday Party

I had the absolutely pleasure of photographing a first birthday for cutie pie Jackson recently in the lovely city of Marina del Rey. The weather was perfect and the venue was truly spectacular! This creative DIY birthday was festooned with vibrant colors all to the theme of Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? They took the texture and beautiful images from the book and made them come to life in order to celebrate this special occasion.

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Love Is Love

It took me a while to blog this, mainly because I know that this is something we all have different views about. Which is completely fine. We weren’t all cut from the same cookie cutter right?

A friend of mine and I were chatting a while ago when she broke down to tell me the story of how her young son Ethan came up to her crying because he was being bullied in school. When she asked why, he simply told her, because I like someone. She soon discovered that her son was attracted to someone of his same sex. Instead of shaming him, or disowning him, she embraced him just for who he is. Their road has not been an easy one, but Ethan is living in a home where both mom and dad love him exactly how he is and support him no matter what. Many who deal with the same dilemma don’t have this luxury and it breaks my heart.

I’m nowhere near perfect, I’m about as imperfect as they come, so who am I to say who you should and shouldn’t love. We are all here on this tiny spinning globe for only so long. Let’s make our time here count!

With the help of my husband, my amazingly talented friend Kristen Raney for makeup and these incredible individuals as “models”, I wanted to show that love can just be that… no matter who you love.

Meet Uli and Ignacio. They have been in love and together for 9 1/2 years (June 20th will be ten years!) Ignacio expressed to me that the best thing about being with Uli is, “How he makes me laugh with his adorable playfulness. It brings me endless Joy.”

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LoveIsLove_3Meet Rhonda & Kristi. They are the epitome of beauty and love! Spending the day with them was seriously amazing as I got to know both of them more and capture their love for one another through my camera.

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Sweet Paisley Mae Newborn Session


Recently had the pleasure of photographing sweet baby Paisley Mae in her gorgeous nursery. She was the sweetest baby and spent most of her session either sleeping or smiling at the camera.



Whimsical DIY Babyshower in Montebello, CA

I had the pleasure of photographing Arlene & Miguel’s baby shower celebrating the upcoming arrival of their baby boy. I have been to several showers in my life but this was one to remember.  From the catered food provided by Porto’s Bakery to the DIY decorative touches throughout the event, there were many wonderful details to capture.