Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring in the New Year!!!

Los Angeles, CA
In honor of New Year's Eve and all of the couples getting engaged around these holidays, I thought I'd share some of my favorite wedding ring photos.

How are you ringing in the New Year?

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Engaged in Los Angeles

Eight years ago today, Michael proposed to me in Griffith Park. We both love hiking so we took the afternoon off and climbed to the same spot.

Along the way I took a few photos with my new camera phone. Which one do you like better? The panoramic:

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Or this black and white vertical:

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Fun Presents for a Photographer

Playa del Rey, California

Christmas came early for me - Michael gave me a new camera - the iPhone. I'm in love with this phone, I mean camera. I especially love the Hipstamatic app.

I used the Hipstamatic to take some quick shots of a few of my presents using Christmas cards and wrapping paper as the background: camera keychains, much-needed new Calphalon non-stick pans,  a bottle of Rum Chata, and a cute camera necklace.

But the best presents of all are you: my family, friends and clients. Thank you for all of your support. I feel very blessed and lucky.

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Merry Christmas!!!

Playa del Rey, California
Although I still miss snow, Michael and I have made our own holiday traditions in Southern California.

What are you doing for Christmas?

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fall Family Portraits: Let's Make Music Together

Chicagoland, Illinois
What's more difficult than getting three little kids to stand still for photos?

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How about three kids, three adults and a dog?

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I believe in letting kids be kids, which means letting them run around. Eventually they'll stay still for a photo or two.

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In the meantime, I can capture great candid moments and real expressions, like Rachel's great smile in this photo.

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And sweet Sam - who wished aloud that a garage door would open, and it did.

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Some of my favorite moments from this session are with Sam and his dad.

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Sam and his twin sisters love making music.

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Sam looks like a conductor.

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Ella and Rachel like the piano.

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I had a great time hanging out with the kids in their beautiful living room. They played with their puzzles and ignored me for the most part so I was able to get images like this one.

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Here's Ella with her mom looking on.

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Love this photo of Rachel.

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Thank you for a musical portrait session!

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I have to include one more photo of the cute Hirschl. He rocks!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Fall Family Portraits: Rainy Day

Chicagoland, Illinois
It's amazing how quickly babies grow. I took some baby portraits of Joey in the summer, and here he is with his brother and sister six months later.

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The whole family with a canvas print of big brother Patrick when he was Joey's age in the background.

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It's raining outside so I take some photos of the awesome Nora indoors.

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Patrick's close-up.

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And of course Joey - isn't he adorable?

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With mom.

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And with dad... and his cap.

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The rain slows down and we run outside for a quick family photo.

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Nora loves her little brother.

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And Patrick loves his big sister.

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Thank you for another fun portrait session. It's great seeing the kids again and how much they've grown!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fall Family Portraits: Little Pumpkin

Chicagoland, Illinois
Baby Brynne has the cutest smile and best laugh. It was chilly when we met for outdoor portraits, but Brynne loved it!

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Brynne has a silly daddy...

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and she loves him.

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Here's the cute little pumpkin!

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Another photo of dad with his daughter.

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I love this photo of mom with her baby.

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Thank you for a happy portrait session!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Fall Family Portraits: Love Me or Leaf Me

Chicagoland, Illinois
I love photographing families in fall. Cute sweaters, red cheeks and autumn colors - what's not to love?

Mason is a little shy when I first meet him.

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Isn't he handsome?

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Look, a leaf!

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What a beautiful family! I love the colors they're wearing, too. Mason in his blue and gray argyle sweater, mom with the matching blue shirt and burnt umber v-neck sweater, and dad in a classic white button down shirt.

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We walk around and take some action photos.

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Mason's not shy anymore!

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Mason loves his mommy! (And I love her reddish-brown boots!)

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One more family portrait...

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... and then it's time to say good-bye. Thank you for a great family portrait session!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fall Family Portraits: Leaf Me Alone

Chicagoland, Illinois
Two-year-olds are usually the most difficult to photograph. They don't like to stand still and have a mind of their own. These are not bad things, just challenging.

Archer was no different.

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Archer did not like standing still. (All the the house photos in this blog post have the number blurred out for privacy reasons.)

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Mom and Dad would sit and Archer would run.

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The key to photos of kids is action shots. Archer loves the leaves so why not let him have fun? As Archer is playing, I keep taking photos.

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Look Mom! I love leaves!

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I love his racecar sweater! Cute sweater for a cute boy!

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Finally, even this two-year-old is a little tired and wants to rest.

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Dad with his little boy.

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We went for a little walk.

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It was time to walk home...

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or run!!!

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Thank you Mom, Dad and Archer for fall leaf fun!

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