Meet Caleb

Meet Caleb

“Now I feel kind of bad that my husband isn’t here,” Jenny said when we were about to start her portrait session. I couldn’t help but laugh, because she was so excited to take these photos while she and her son were visiting her parents that her poor husband was getting the boot. Although, I guess he was being represented by his adorable son!

It’s been many years since I last saw Jenny, but we have recently reconnected (of course, through Facebook. I mean, how else do people keep in touch these days??) When she mentioned that she’d be back in Orange County for a few days and wanted to set up some time for a photo session, I was more than happy to do so. Her son, Caleb, is two years old and loves trains and trucks. He was a little shy and serious when we started off and didn’t seem to like my camera, but loosened up when we took him to see some trains – good thing we had Old Towne Yorba Linda!

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Happy Tacky Holiday

Happy Tacky Holiday

This holiday season, Edwin and I were invited to our first tacky holiday party! With nothing tacky to wear – us have tacky clothes? wha? – we went on the hunt for some outfits. Edwin managed to score this tie and worked it with a sweater I stole from my dad…hey, it’s vintage! What you can’t see in this photo is the awesome sequined snowman on my sweater, courtesy of a friend.

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Meet Spencer

Meet Spencer

Tis the season for family holiday photos! I’ve had an unusually busy month for family photos and in the process, have had the pleasure of meeting some new little ones. Like this little man, Spencer. At a year and a half, this rugrat made a mobile subject that made me shoot extra quick in order to get him at a fleetingly still moment.

Spencer’s mom, Elizabeth, asked if we could do some family photos but in a less traditional setting than, say, in front of the family room fireplace. We ended up at the LACMA, which turned out perfect since it gave us enough room for Spencer to run around and do his thing. Like his grown-up outfit? It gets even cuter when you see what his dad is wearing.

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Meet Rylan

Meet Rylan

A couple of years ago, I went to see The Kims of Comedy. I knew I was seeing a comedy show, but I didn’t expect to be so thoroughly entertained. One of the most memorable things about the show was when comedian Mike O’Connell got up on stage and started singing a ridiculous song about how cute he thinks Asian babies are and how he wants to hold one (if you’re actually interested, it’s at about the 3 min mark). Yes, I cried the first time I heard this because I found it so funny…but in my defense, Mike O’Connell was wearing a iridescent body suit and Ken Jeong was on stage with him at the time! I know, sometimes my humor may be a little strange, but I’m telling you, it really is funny.

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Terry & Brenden : Wedding

Terry & Brenden : Wedding

When my sister first called me to tell me that her fiancĂ© wanted to get married on a gondola, I laughed. My first comment was, are you going to have one of those guys in striped shirts warbling out O Sole Mio? “It’s not funny!” she wailed. And she was right. It wasn’t funny. It was genius. Well, maybe not quite genius, since I don’t want my new brother-in-law to get a big head, but it was pretty damn memorable.

Terry and Brenden met when I was sixteen. Yes, SIXTEEN, as in about half my lifetime ago. I remember her coming home from a party at her friend’s house and saying that she met this guy who looked like Ethan Hawke (I still don’t see the resemblance, but hey, that’s probably a good thing these days). Amazingly, they kept in touch while Terry finished college and then made the move back to LA.

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