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

Tracy – High School Senior – Laguna Beach

When I met with Tracy, I learned that she had a love for writing and skateboarding & she wanted me to photograph her in Laguna Beach. After seeing Tracy’s skateboard, I wanted to incorporate that in the shoot. I suggested besides the beach we shoot in the urban area of Laguna. We did the beach and the village in Laguna Beach. It was a beautiful day and we captured images that Tracy and her family loved.017Tracy collage #1020Earlier in the shoot, I saw that Tracy had these cool aviator glasses and I had to use them.

Tracy Collage #3
078 Logo072 Logo Photoshop with Filter to pop colorTracy eyes are so beautiful!!!!
022Tracy Collage #2This home near the beach has such an incredible setting. The gates are lovely. 004Tracy Collage #6 Logo014009

Brooke Class of 2016 – High School Senior Photography

First, I love the name Brooke. I met Brooke in her family at their Huntington Beach home to plan out Brooke’s session. Brooke knew she wanted flower hair wreaths for the shoot. She even made one of them. One fine summer day in August, we met in Laguna Beach. Here are the results:
001The above image is so dreamy. 039007The above image is a perfect structure to frame Brooke. The image below had great rocks and I backed out most of the color. It is my favorite image from the shoot. 005006116010Brooke’s Mother, Brother and Boyfriend were at the shoot. In the above image, Brooke is looking at her boyfriend. 009012131This was the last image of the shoot.

Prom Photography – High School Senior

One Saturday afternoon, I went with my lovely Step-daughter, Hayley to pick out her prom dress. We went to so many places and just as we were about to give up, we went in to Lili’s of Beverly Hills. The moment Hayley slipped into this gown, we knew it was the one that looked great on her & she felt special in it.
001 Logo Hayley and JP have known each other since they were three months old and met in a Mommy and Me class. Although they’re not dating, they are good friends. 005 Logo 016 Logo We did your typical backyard photos but at a gorgeous home in Pacific Palisades that looked more like a park. 017 Logo 020 Logo 022 Logo 026 Logo 028 Logo 011 Logo DSC_3760Last photo is father and daughter together!!! ADSC_3847 Horizontal cropped