Mia Class of 2017 – Prom Portraits

Knowing how crazy it is the actual day of Prom, I did a separate session with Mia two weeks prior to Prom. I selected the venue because of Mia’s gorgeous dress,  Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estate. It was built in the 1920’s and I knew the architecture would enhanced the beauty of her dress. 006 ADSC_7820 mutedWe wanted a very romantic look so I had Mia’s hair curly. 003ADSC_7675 8x12 cropped004 ADSC_767002ADSC_7719 cropped005ADSC_7797001DSC_7463 copyThe above is one of my favorite images. I told Mia she looks like an angel and she immediately cracked up.
006ADSC_7828001ADSC_7909 8x12Next to the Plaza is the Malaga Library. I love these steps. 007ADSC_7921008ADSC_7965

Bailey Class of 2017 – High School Senior Photography

Second time photographing Bailey. First time was many years ago for a family session. It was nice to see her and catch up with Bailey and her Mother.
005We photographed at the Lab/Camp in Costa Mesa. Which is such a photographers heaven with great backdrops and the light is perfection. 006The pretty white dress Bailey is wearing is for the dress she will wear during graduation. 007113013 copyI have photographed many high school seniors and families at the Lab/Camp. I always have at least one image with a background I never used before like this floral backdrop that is wall paper across from a hair salon.
062002001Bailey plays the piano and has a love for music so I created this image with the musical notes. 003

Blair – Class of 2017 High School Senior Portraits

During Blair’s consultation, I discovered that Blair would like to incorporate bright colors for her session. The Lab/Camp aka as the Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa jumped to my mind. A perfect fit for Blair’s vision of bright color. This purple wall is so flattering to her skin tones.
ADSC_7074 Eye adjustment Cropped 8x12ADSC_7077 Adj backgroundADSC_6970 cropped 8x12More Color with the tin walls!ADSC_6980ADSC_7027ADSC_7106ADSC_7129 BorderAs a photographer, I appreciate the many backdrops and the lighting at Anti-Mall.
019ADSC_6884Stairs are always a favorite backdrop. Fun and hip!ADSC_6848 croppedADSC_6841ADSC_7216 8x10 croppedBlair has an amazing smile, great skin and hair. A beautiful young woman! ADSC_7143 57% opacityThought the above image was very french.022Here is a more sophisticated look with a pop of color with the red lipstick.007024The light was great. As the sun was just coming down and I used a video light on Blair to give a dramatic look.

Mia – Class of 2017 High School Senior Portraits

Mia is my beautiful step-daughter whom I first met when she was 10 years old. During her senior year, Mia is living with us full time, and I am taking advantage of it by creating a series of images for an album. Part 1 is at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
dsc_4178Mia has lovely hands and is ring crazy so I made sure to capture it in the photos. dsc_4187dsc_4131The morning of the shoot, I arranged for Mia to have her hair and make up done. It made her feel so special. dsc_4159dsc_4234Mia’s Dad, Mikko, helped us during the shoot. On the above image, I had Mikko hold a reflector to capture the beautiful sun light reflecting on Mia. dsc_4080dsc_4064genius-at-work-1Mikko took this image of me photographing Mia. This image gives a great perspective of a photographer at work.
dsc_4047dsc_4113-logoI gave Mia a budget for her wardrobe to buy some new clothes but we did end up using the dress below that I picked out for Mia two years ago and incorporating jeans and leather jacket that Mia wears all the time. I think it is important to use some clothes in a senior wardrobe session that they love and are a part of their everyday life. dsc_4318-logoPart II will be taken in February.

Sara – Class of 2017 High School Senior

Sara lives in Kansas and had heard about me from her California cousin. We had multiple phone calls to plan out her senior session during her visit to Southern California. Sara wanted to be photographed at the beach. I described to Sara some of the backdrops we would have besides the beach and ocean, a gorgeous home, weathered wooden stairs, rocks, etc…. here are the results….002When Sara saw her images she wrote me, “I love them all” Your work is fantastic!!! “You do magical work and I am beyond blessed to have found you”. Which made me extremely happy. 001004091 8x12 4x6007012The above image is my personal favorite!!! It is so dreamy and Sara’s Mother just ordered a 20×24 Gallery wrap of this image!!!010159 Logo