Nat & Pat : Engagement

Nat & Pat : Engagement

Ah, the New York humidity. It’s been nine long months since the last time I was in New York, and even longer since I’ve felt that warm, moist dampness of summer. I’d forgotten how sticky it can make a person feel, but even then I was happy to be back. I’ve been getting a little too spoiled with the dry heat of LA.

Edwin and I were lucky enough to spend a relaxing Labor Day weekend in NYC, catching up with friends, visiting old haunts, and, of course, eating. It was fun, if just a little unsettling, to notice how things have changed but have also stayed so much the same. And I finally, finally got to visit the Highline, which opened after I moved from the city – it is officially my favorite NYC park. Walking on the Highline, I couldn’t get over what a great place it would be for an engagement shoot, so of course I had to drag Nat and Pat over there for some photos.

When I met Pat several years ago, he was already engaged to Natalie. They had been together forever – really, since their freshman year of college. Back then I was just starting to take photography a little more seriously and half-jokingly offered to take some engagement photos for them. I was excited (and a little scared) when Pat readily agreed – he seemed more ecstatic about it than I did!

Let’s just say that the first engagement shoot we had planned…didn’t happen. Thankfully, things worked out as they were meant to be, and Nat and Pat will be tying the knot at the end of this month. They’ve commissioned the amazing Jose Villa to document their special day, and took some beautiful engagement photos out in Santa Barbara a few months back. So while I’m not photographing their wedding, I was happy to capture some engagement photos for them in New York.

A big thank you to Nat and Pat for putting up with me and the NYC crowds (in hindsight, I guess shooting in the city on a holiday weekend was probably less than ideal!). I know how uncomfortable you guys feel in front of the camera, but really there is no reason to be. You guys rocked it.

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Our last shot of the day. We hoofed it from the Highline over to the Brooklyn Bridge and caught the last rays of light. I’ve never seen the bridge so crowded, but managed to get this shot back towards the Financial District.
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To see a slideshow of Nat & Pat’s NYC engagement session, just click here!

Ishaan Turns One

Ishaan Turns One

So I’ve been following this little guy for a while. Whether it was in the womb, as a newborn, or now at the ripe age of one, this little guy just loves my camera.

After being to some elaborate kids’ birthday parties, this backyard shindig was a nice change of pace. Preeti & Siva recently moved into a beautiful new home that came equipped with a huge playset in the backyard that kept the rugrats occupied while us adults got to enjoy some yummy mango mimosas. I don’t think my parents ever had this much fun at birthday parties when I was a kid!

Since the last time we saw Ishaan, he’s grown a gorgeous set of curls. All of which were shortly shaved off for his one-year celebration when the family went to India the next week! Can’t wait until these ringlets grow back…
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Getting ready to enjoy some birthday cake…
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Some of the adorable guests.
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Preeti & Siva – congrats on making it through the first year! May the next one be happier still.

Happy Birthday Logan!

Happy Birthday Logan!

It’s hard to believe that it was just earlier this year when I photographed Logan and his cousins for some family photos. At the time, this little guy was hardly able to hold his head up on his own! And now? He’s so big that he’s wearing the same sized diapers as his cousin who’s a year older than him. My how quickly they grow.

I had the honor of documenting Logan’s dol, a Korean tradition that celebrates a child’s first birthday. Logan’s parents, Deana and Eric, outdid themselves preparing for the party, which really had something for everyone. All-you-can-eat BBQ, an open bar, a face-painter who can also make balloon animals, center-pieces made out of balloons…I mean, what else could a one-year-old ask for?

Check out the beautiful spread…
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And a gorgeous birthday cake.
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Here’s the little man in a pin-striped suit with his proud papa
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Enjoying his balloon animal.
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I love the expression on his face here. He really looks like he’s wondering what’s happening to him as his parents get him into his hanbok.
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As part of the dol, the child is presented with a variety of items. The child is urged to pick one – Eric kept trying to get Logan to pick the money – and whatever is picked foretells the child’s future. So what did Logan pick? In the end, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and picked up… the baseball!
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Looking a little wiped out at the end of the party.
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And in some exciting news, Logan recently became a big brother! Congrats Deana and Eric, and welcome to your new little one.

To see more photos of Logan’s first birthday, just click here!

Photo Interview

Photo Interview

Last month I had the privilege of attending a friend’s wedding in the south of France, which gave me and Edwin a great excuse to take a vacation.  I’m still working through all the photos, but for now I’m posting just a few photos I took during the trip.

These feet don’t belong to the bride & groom, but two friends who got engaged soon after this photo was taken.

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Owners of said feet.  Turns out Eleanor and Andrew were secretly “interviewing” me for their future engagement shoot during our friend’s wedding.  Really.  As I was shooting random photos, they informed me that this was my test to see if I would be bestowed the honor of shooting their engagement / wedding.  Gee, thanks guys. For putting me on the spot. Think I got the gig?

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Congratulations on the engagement Eleanor & Andrew!  Can’t wait to celebrate with you guys in person.

Blog Face Lift

Blog Face Lift

It’s finally Friday.  I haven’t been one to really live for my weekends, but I’m finding that lately, I’m doing this much more often.  To start celebrating the weekend, I’m happy to announce that my blog has gotten a face lift!  I’ve still tried to keep it really basic, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the new look.  A ginormous thank you to my husband for helping me with this…well, that is, for doing all the real work!

And before I run off to start my weekend, here’s a photo I recently came across that I took last year during our cross country road trip.

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Happy weekend everyone!