Sunday, December 20, 2009

Radio Flyer!

Ok - see what I'm saying?!  That's how you live life....  You go Margot!

I just can't get enough of her...  I'm really trying to get through all of her proofs, but I keep coming across just pure cuteness!

Do yourself a favor today - just stop...look up to the sky and let the sun beat down on your face and the wind blow through your hair.   More to come...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree!

Aahhhh.... It's a beautiful Saturday morning...the sun is shining, "Jingle Bells" is literally blaring throughout the house and I'm loving every minute of it... So much so that on occasion I'll break out into several funky dance moves (think Elaine on Seinfeld)... Yep - crazy!

Decided to stop dancing for a few minutes to snap a couple of shots of my Christmas Tree (which has been up since Thanksgiving day 2008!).   Yes - that's right...since 2008...  It was an experiment - what would it be like to have the Christmas tree up for an entire year...?  Frankly - it was great!  Loved being able to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine in the middle of March with the Christmas tree providing such great ambient light.   Oh well - experiment over - the tree will have to come down after this holiday season is over...   But not until mid January - right Santa?!   I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shot(s) of the Day!

Why I love being a Photographer - reason #2096...Margot!   She's not even two years old yet and she's peeling her own oranges!  More to come...


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cali in November

Just another gorgeous November day in Cali! Had a great photo shoot today with the Warkentin Family...editing now - posting soon...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekends...

There are so many things I enjoy about the weekend - grilling my favorite veggies is right up there among the top 10!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Custom 'Holiday Greeting' Cards

Our custom cards are now available in sizes 4x5.5 and 5x7!

Choose from 5 paper cover stocks - standard, art (watercolor, linen, recycled) or pearl.

Popular custom announcements include baby announcements, high school senior graduation announcements, wedding invitations, thank you cards, stationery and of course holiday greeting cards.

If you've recently had a photo session with me and you'd like to order your custom 'Holiday Greeting' cards - they can be found under the "products" link on your proofing site.

In the meantime, click on the link below to check out our slideshow:

Custom 'Holiday Announcement' Cards

BTW - the names on all the cards have been changed to protect the innocent...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Savannah

One of my favorite things to do...? Getting lost in a foreign land... Well - it was foreign to me... I came across some interesting sites as I roamed the back streets of Savannah equipped with curiosity and my 70-200mm:


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Custom 'Baby Announcement' Cards

Our custom cards are now available in sizes 5x7 and 4x5.5!

Choose from 5 paper cover stocks - standard, art (watercolor, linen, recycled) or pearl.

Popular custom announcements include baby announcements, high school senior graduation announcements, wedding invitations, thank you cards, stationery andof course holiday greeting cards.

If you've recently done a newborn photo session with me and you'd like to announce your new bundle of joy - click on the link below to check out our slideshow:


Custom 'Baby Announcement' Cards

BTW - the names on all the cards have been changed to protect the innocent...

Custom 'Holiday Greeting" cards - coming soon!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

BELLA

Bella is 7 months pregnant and absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

I was thrilled when she asked me to take photos of her during such a special time in her life. I was even more thrilled when she decided she wanted to get a bit more creative with the photos...

Soooo...although I can't show you lots of photos from the session (read: nudes), I can show you these four. I'll have to save the others for my website...

Congratulations Bella & Jamie - I'm so looking forward to the arrival of the little one!




Friday, October 2, 2009

Katie & Duran Married!

For those of you who don't remember Katie and Duran, I photographed their engagement session earlier in the year.

I'm working on some other shots from this wedding and I'll post soon!







Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fun, Fun & More Fun!

What an incredibly fun photo shoot! I had such a great time hanging out with Yvette, Carl, Camille & Carina - they were so much fun to work with...

I received an email back in April from Yvette...letting me know that she and her family would be in from Hong Kong in July and would I be interested in shooting them? She had seen the photos from Dimples, Dimples & More Dimples... and she just loved them (thanks Diana). It was both an honor and a pleasure to be able to capture the wonderfully playful dynamic of this family. Both Camille and Carina kept me laughing the entire time...

What I loved most is that the entire family warmed up to the camera (and to me) rather quickly... Thanks for all the laughs and your willingness to just have some good ol' fashioned fun...








I love this photo because Carina is in her own little world!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 31

I have literally dragged myself from the couch and up the stairs to write this post...

This cocktail flu (as Christine calls it) is kicking my butt! This is the best I can do under the circumstances... Let's just say this photo says it all (courtesy of Jeana). Should have more photos later on the week.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who came out to help me celebrate my birthday...it's been a rockin' 31 days!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 30

Wholly cow! Ok - I'm basically throwing this photo up as place holder (it's 12:49am on Friday night/Saturday morning). Officially Day 30 (Happy Birthday to me)! I'm thinking ahead and if I celebrated my birthday right...it means I'm not really in any shape to post right now... And it also means someone else (namely Emi) took all the photos last night and she'll have to share them with me so I can post 'em!

Jeez...all that sounds like it's straight from John Conner meets Momento. Talking about the future during the present and using photographs as place holders...hmmm... I feel another fine art project coming on.

These are my birthday balloons from Amber, Ivory, Jenny and Bobby...

Good times...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 29

What an absolutely HYSTERICAL day! Seriously... A one-eyed, overweight pirate, in a really tight trench coat sang "Isn't She Lovely" and "Happy Birthday" to me... I know it sounds crazy - but I guess you just had to be there... We recorded it (I think)...or at least someone did...I'll have to share it with you when I get a copy. Thank you Amber, Ivory, Jenny and Bobby for such a great Birthday surprise... Chocolate cupcakes, amazon.com, balloons and an autographed copy of Jen's book all = big smile on my face. The month-long birthday clues were well worth the wait!

Jessica - the Snookies cookies are gone! Yep...you heard me...the entire pound of them!!! You're the best - thank you for thinking of me from thousands of miles away.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!! That's right - my Mom's birthday is the day before mine...and certainly without her birthday - there wouldn't be my birthday! Mom - here's wishing you the best of everything life has to offer...you're beautiful, smart, talented and super clever. I love you!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 28

So I'm rockin' the bangs and racing to the finish line with only two shots (of my final project) remaining... Will I make it?

During the last 28 days it's been really hard sometimes to actually stay committed to posting daily. Even when I've had things to say and I just didn't feel like saying them... But it was all about the commitment. Staying committed to my words and my promises...my words in an email and my promises to myself.

My Birthday Month has truly been fun and exciting - only three more days left - who knows what lies just around the corner???

Thanks Debby Deb for the burger, fries and yummy conversation...

I'm in love with my 50mm 1.4 and these fries had a mind of their own...but not for long!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 27

I'm telling you right now - I had every intention of shooting the "Loss of Family" scene and coming right home to edit... But then...well - Christine wanted to go and get a drink to celebrate my Birthday Month and what sensible birthday girl turns down an offer to get a drink when the drink is within walking distance...not me! I'm sooooo extremely happy with the shots I got tonight for my final project... Thanks Christine, Richard and Brock for all of your support and cooperation - I think the series is turning out to be quite powerful!

OH! Got my hair cut today - let's just say the front is much, much shorter than it used to be - 8 inches shorter to be exact! I'VE GOT BANGS!!!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 26

Didn't go out tonight... Nicole wasn't feeling well so we decided to reschedule. No worries - left plenty of time for me to continue working on my final project (which is proving to be more difficult than I ever imagined...)

In the meantime...here's a little something I'm working on. I hope to put up the entire post before the weekend.

She's such a rock star! And I'm not just saying that because she's my sister...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 25

EGADS! Boy am I tired...there's only 6 days left...will I make it? Can I make it?!

On another note - at the beginning of this year I vowed to enter more photo contests. Well - I've entered two so far... One of them I didn't win... But! Instaproofs put out a call for images from any one of its' clients that wanted to be considered for a spot on their redesigned corporate website... I sent in five images and two were chosen!

This one... You may remember this little cutie from my No Fear post back in December of 2008:


...and these two handsome dudes from my Happiness = The Larsen Family post:


8 more contests to go...can't stop now - I'm on a roll...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 24

Let me see if I can briefly recap today...

Today was the day we (me, Mary and Helen) were headed to see the Avedon collection in Riverside... But then Helen realized it was Memorial Day weekend, so we rescheduled... No worries because Lora decided we should go bowling at Lucky Strike! But then by Thursday, she too realized it was Memorial Day weekend, so - we rescheduled... See where I'm going with this? So I resigned myself to actually staying home today and working on my website... But...

Last Thursday evening (15 mins after Lora rescheduled) Robert called and wanted to know if I was avail on Sunday to shoot Jill during one of her Yoga Tune Up teacher trainings... "I sure am" (I said) - book 'em Dano... I'm always down for shooting Jill - she can do amazing things with her body. And she can teach others to do amazing things with their bodies...

Here's the thing - I'm also in the process of conceiving and shooting my final project for school (more on the concept later) - there is one scene in particular I needed to shoot - so why not shoot it today (or tonight)! So began the process of calling the models to check their avail, finding a raunchy, seedy motel and packing up the car...

The bottom pic is an outtake from tonight's shoot. Ignore Alexa's (fake) wrist corsage (and the bedspread) for now - it will all make sense later on...

Ok - maybe not such a brief recap!


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 23

Ahhhh...Memorial Day Weekend and the home stretch for my Birthday Month! I'm thinking I may need a vacation after this month is over (hmmmm...)

We had our first photographer's forum today... Very exciting! One thing's for sure...we really need to come up with some cute little, fancy name for it (other than "forum")...any ideas?

We hung out, shared experiences and exchanged ideas & tips on and about photography. Ended up watching the Zack Arias OneLight Workshop dvd...good stuff! Hopefully we'll all be able to get together once a month - I love talking shop with my photog friends!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 22

I'm surrounded by such beautiful, smart and capable women... It blows me away...

Michelle treated me to a lovely evening of miniature golf at Sherman Oaks Castle Park and dinner at Marmalade Cafe. Don't ask about our golf scores...luckily we weren't keeping score (read: I didn't do too well). But boy did we have some laughs. We both had a few "almost in the lake" strokes...but have no fear - by the time we left - we were all dry!

I'm told some pretty big deals are made on the golf course - the biggest discussion we had was about where to eat dinner! I always enjoy talking shop and life with Michelle - she has such great insights.

Michelle - thanks for a great golf game, thanks for dinner and for all the laughs and craziness over the years...

This first photo cracks me up! That's my new motto - "Please do not take golf balls home"...



Michelle had the seared ahi tuna on a bed of mixed greens with lots of vegetables...


Ok - spinach, portabello mushrooms, red onions, roasted red peppers and a ball of crispy goat cheese... That's right - you heard me...


I will always pull the "Birthday card" in order to get chocolate cake...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 21

Smrithi, Cobras & Matadors and Malbec = one Dick Clark Rockin' Eve... How much tapas can two girls eat??? Who knows!

Smrithi it was great catching up... Just seems like there's so much to say and so little time to say it all. You are brilliant and such a rock star.

Thanks for hangin' during my Birthday Month and thank you sooooo much for the present you brought back from India... It's beautiful!!!

Ok - as promised...here's a photo of the brittle bowl (2nd photo below). My shindig with Sarah was last night (on Day 20) but the brittle bowl needed to be photographed in natural light... And you can see why! I needed to be able to expose every bit of that chocolate-y goodness. I took the brittle bowl photo this morning and the photo of the wine bottle tonight while at dinner with Smrithi...you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'...?

Red wine and chocolate = yum!