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Family Portraits at the UCLA Botanical Garden

Growing up just a few miles from UCLA, I somehow never visited the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens while I was a kid. I was excited to go there with a friend and her family over a year ago (hey, I’m still catching up with blog posts over here!) for a family session in the California sunshine.

From bamboo forests to native desert plants, this garden has a variety of landscapes to explore and enjoy, and two-year-old C. loved romping through it all in her party dress. Enjoy this smiling family!

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Though I’m based in Seattle, I’m in L.A. to visit family all the time, so think of me for photo things down here, too!

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Sneak Peek: Samantha and Patrick

I just spent a wonderful weekend with my family at my cousin’s wedding in Glen Ellen, CA up near Sonoma. Wine country! And I was proud to be there not just as a cousin, but also as the photographer! Here are a few photos to tide everyone over while I work on the rest … and they are worth waiting for!

Love you Sam and Patrick!

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A 90th Birthday Party – The St. Regis Monarch Beach

A 90th birthday brunch, what a privilege! The very elegant Mrs. Kramer celebrated the milestone with a lovely brunch at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. Surrounded by her family, including six great-grandchildren, she is an inspiration. Congratulations, Mrs. Kramer!

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The oldest and youngest Kramer women: Emily – 15 months, Lorraine – 1,080 months.

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Wedding: Glenda and Raphi at the Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA

It was a beautiful, quintessential southern California day for Glenda and Raphi’s wedding at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda; skies were blue, temps were balmy, the sun shone, and everything was picture perfect! Even the government shutdown couldn’t put a damper on this event (and thank goodness functions at the Library are run separately from the governmental aspects of the place, or else this would be a different story entirely!)! The wedding was pure elegance, from the lavish cocktail spread of exotic fruits to the towering centerpieces. After a romantic first look, Glenda and Raphi had tisch and bedeken ceremonies, the traditional groom’s reception and veiling of the bride in Jewish weddings. I have never had such an exuberant crowd; Raphi was literally danced down the hall to veil his lovely bride. After a stunning sunset ceremony in front of the reflecting pool, I encountered the most energetic hora I’ve ever been witness to. The fun continued all night on a raucous dance floor. Every detail was amazing and I was thrilled to be there to capture it for this wonderful couple! Take a peek for yourself:

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Venue: Nixon Presidential Library

Catering: Blueberry Hill

Florist: Punch Kuny

Band: Spotlight Music

 

 

 

 

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Sneak Peek: Glenda and Raphi

What a beautiful wedding! Glenda and Raphi had an amazing day at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda and it was my pleasure to be there to capture it all. Here are just a few of this gorgeous couple – so many more to come!

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Wedding: Jennifer and Richard at The Victorian in Santa Monica, CA

Jennifer and Richard had a fairy tale day at the gorgeous Victorian in Santa Monica, my hometown! It was wonderful to capture all the elegance for them at this amazing venue. They both had many lovely details that made this day extra special. It was a fun day and night! Thanks, you two, for having me be a part of it! Without further ado, take a look at all the amazingness:

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Venue: The Victorian

Catering: Duck Duck Mousse

Florist: Accent on Design

Wedding Coordinator: Catherine Conkle

Cake Artist: Pasadena Baking Company

Celebrant: Julie Laudicina

Hair and Makeup: Trim Salon

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Sneak Peek: Jennifer and Richard in Santa Monica

Congratulations to Jen and Rich who got married at the gorgeous Victorian in my hometown of Santa Monica, California! It was so much fun to meet up with you two in Boston for your engagement shoot and then in sunny SoCal for the big day! Many more photos to come …

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A Very Foggy Family Session in California

When I was home in California for Thanksgiving, I couldn’t help but do a few photographic sessions (of course!). One of them was an afternoon with the wonderful Diego and his parents. We had planned on a bright park and beach extravaganza, but the weather did not support our sun-drenched hopes … instead, we got a very magical dense fog that lent a completely different feeling to our photos! It was an interesting change of pace, and certainly not what one thinks where Southern California is concerned, but we do have our foggy days, especially near the beach!

Without further ado, here is the exuberant, funny, adorable Diego, having a great time in Rustic Canyon with his folks:

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Grandma got to participate, too! So sweet.

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The beach at Station #8 was really cool – you could barely see the ocean with the fog.

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It’s great to have clients everywhere I go! Thanks, Diego, for letting me hang out on such a unique day!

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My Talented Sister: Rae Sterling

My two sisters are extremely lovely and talented and I love them both to pieces! While home over the holidays, I had fun photographing Rachael, my middle sister, also known as Rae Sterling. She is an amazing singer and songwriter and we had a backyard photoshoot hoping to get some images for her to use professionally, but mostly just for fun!

Here she is!

As you can see, she plays ukulele (and guitar) and is so so so good! I just wish I lived closer so that I could go to all her shows.

Then Rach got very creative and made a little scene against the back of our house and put herself in the middle of it. So fun, so her.

One of Rachael’s most popular songs is called “Owl Girl” – hence the owl and tree setup, and her mask. She drew them all herself (Rae’s a great artist in addition to her musical talents), of course. Love it!

Check out Rae’s songs – she’s the best! And here’s “Owl Girl” for your enjoyment:

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