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I had such a phenomenal time with Vivian & Klay a couple weeks ago! We started the fun at the iconic Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Having photographed at this location several times before, I really tried to include some new perspectives while still capturing the unique aesthetic that Disney Hall offers. From there we ventured to the Broad, MOCA and then over to the L.A. Library. This session was filled with laughter, joy and the tangible expectation of an incredible wedding celebration on the near horizon! Enjoy a few of my favorites below.

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There’s just something nice about finding areas in and around highly developed Los Angeles that are full of nature and open spaces. This is why walking around the Arroyo Seco vicinity of Pasadena was so refreshing! On this day I enjoyed spending time capturing images of Christina & Ryan’s fun relationship… full of laughter, friendly ribbing and a classic Volkswagen Beetle. Yep, all the ingredients for an incredibly fun time! Please enjoy a few of my favorites below…

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A sparkling blue ocean and cool coastal breeze. Throw in that classic Southern California laid-back charm and you’ve got a recipe for a phenomenal engagement session. I started photographing Jill and Aidan in Santa Monica, CA on Ocean Ave., which has that sort of Art Deco/Miami look and feel. We walked through the park-like scene complete with gnarled trees and ocean vistas, while eventually making our way to the water’s edge. Along the journey our time was filled with plenty of fun, intimate and light-hearted moments. One of the reasons I really love shooting these types of sessions with my engaged couples is that I really get an opportunity to build and strengthen the natural chemistry between myself and the subjects I’m capturing. This goes a long way toward laying the groundwork for a relaxed and fun wedding day shoot. To this end I can’t wait to photograph Jill and Aidan’s bid day this October! Please enjoy a few select moments below!

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A few days ago, I had the distinct pleasure of documenting an event unlike any other that I normally photograph, but was truly beyond rewarding.

The Chrysalis Women’s Empowerment program is a Los Angeles based resource that helps women coming from various hardships learn vital skills, build self-esteem, gain employment, and ultimately become self-sufficient.

I was introduced to this organization through a past wedding client and immediately jumped at the chance to contribute my services to the “Makeover Event,” which is held a couple of weeks prior to the program’s graduation for these incredible women. Owner/stylist Ginger Boyle of Planet Salon on the forever famous Melrose Avenue in Hollywood hosted this powerful evening, with many of the salon’s stylists and staff generously contributing their time and talents to the transformation process.

For a few hours, these women were lavished upon like never before with various treatments including massage, hair and makeup, jewelry and wardrobe, all culminating with a professional portrait at the evening’s end. Many of these women revealed that they had never experienced anything like this, so for me as the photographer it was so moving to see this process taking place and to be a part of something so impactful to their lives. I could tangibly see the confidence and glow exuding from these ladies!

Once it was their turn to be photographed, helping to set each of them at ease and witnessing their emergence was both enjoyable and an emotional experience! Seeing their expressions of joy and hope made made me so grateful for this opportunity and definitely helped bring things into perspective.

I am looking forward to working with this phenomenal organization again in the future, and I hope as you glance at these images, you will get a sense of the immense power and emotion that filled this special time.

If you’re personally interested in learning more about Chrysalis or potentially contributing to this amazing program, click here to watch a compelling video.

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The Bacara Resort was definitely the perfect setting for Ortensia & Gabriel’s engagement session! There is something so magical about this stretch of the California’s golden coast. The Bacara easily entices with it’s laid-back vibe combined with its ultra-luxury accommodations. Throw in a glistening pool, numerous palms and a Mediterranean atmosphere and you’re pretty much set! For Ortensia & Gabriel, not only was this setting visually compelling for the obvious reasons but also significant in another way as well. For it was here at the resort where they became engaged. With this in mind we set out to capture some of that magic… and of course make a little of our own! See for yourself…

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I started photographing Nicole and Anthony’s engagement session in the trendy downtown area of Culver City, CA. This location was highly meaningful to this couple given that they both live nearby to this charming little hub. Cafes and eateries, unique shops, art galleries and other landmarks provided the perfect setting for the first part of our journey that day. We started shooting in and around the Culver Hotel and just wandered around from there! I love leaving a huge part of a photo session to spontaneity, and this was no different. Nicole and Anthony’s fun and playful chemistry really allowed me to fully realize my vision for their day! After spending some time in downtown Culver City we drove out the historic and famous section of Venice known as the Venice Canals.  After fighting for parking, which is to be expected in this area, we jumped right back in! A beautiful, warm sunset greeted us as we closed out this fun session.

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