Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Sweet Little Package in Time for the Holidays...

Meet Kiran & Chandru who just a few months ago were eagerly awaiting their first bundle of joy. 

Momma to be was glowing from head to toes!

Grandparents to be eagerly flew in from India to wait for their grand daughter's arrival. 

Arya arrives just 2 days after Thanksgiving. Right on time to join in on the holiday festivities. 

She was a little bit sleepy. 


Can someone feed me already? I'm tired of posing. 

Oh, is that food I see?

Happy & content.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Meet my two favorite spunky girls, Jemma & Lauryn. Their Mom told me that the night before their photoshoot, they stayed up to think of poses that they wanted to do for me. I think their preparation paid off big time. What do you think? 
Let's see who can jump the highest?
It's was so sweet to see how much love they have for one another.
Hot pink rain boots will brighten up any rainy day.
This was hilarious. I told them to splash water on each other & they turned to their Mom & screamed, "Eww!" Than slowly & daintily they splashed a little bit of water on one another. Jemma was very careful with her splash & made sure that she didn't get any mud on her sister's white vest. Gotta love GIRLS! 

I think this was Jemma's tough girl pose. 

Proof that my husband is hilarious, but ONLY to adults.

This is probably going in her HS yearbook.

Lauryn, I think you're the fearless one with your questions & ideas on what we should do next. 

During the photo shoot I learned that Jemma is quick to come to her little sister's defense when she thinks she might get in trouble for something. What an awesome big sister!

Here's a quote that pretty much sums up my relationship with my little sister: 

"Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child." - Barbara Alpert.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Ready for the HOWLIDAYS?

Yep, the holidays are just around the corner. Have you booked your family portrait session yet? It's not to late for holiday photo e-cards but if you want actual cards to send out you'll definitely have to rush the order. 

I know how busy life can get, but trust me on this one, family photos are one of the things you'll cherish the most in the years to come. When you book your session, please don't forget to include your fur family members. 

Meet Dexter & his family. As you can see from the photos below he is one well loved pup, and quite photogenic to. 

Dexter was the life of the party!

He smiled on command!

Bette, Shareen & Greg conjuring up the holiday spirits.

Dexter was pretty happy just hanging out with his parents. 

This was his more serious look.

 Just chillin

 This one is my absolute favorite. Happy HOWLIDAYS everyone! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Just A Little Camera Shy

RJ is only 2 yrs old and he already knows how to AVOID the camera big time! When the camera is pointed straight at him, he'll just glance the other way. Look at the ground, look at the sky, anything to get the camera out of his face. But his expressive eyes made for some pretty awesome photos. I'm sorry for torturing you with my big old camera RJ!

In a few months you're going to be a big brother! 

No more pictures please!

So loved

RJ's happy parents

I think he had a good time even though you can't really tell by his pouty face. 

His smile just lights up everything!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dany & Nicole's Cambodian Wedding

Here's one of the most colorful wedding I've ever shot! This was my very first Cambodian wedding ceremony.  

Dany is a long time friend of mine. We've known each other since high school. So I was thrilled when he asked if I would photograph his & Nicole's Cambodian wedding ceremony. 

The vivacious Nicole was a ball of fun on the day of the wedding. Nicole, normally does not wear any makeup whatsoever, so imagine my surprise when I saw that she was going for 4 different outfits & 4 totally different looks! 

The vibrant outfits & beautiful jewels put both my camera & I in heaven. I loved every aspect of this wedding! 

Keep in mind that a traditional Cambodian wedding normally takes 3 days & 3 nights with 10 different outfit changes. Dany & Nicole were able to squeeze it all into 1 day with only 4 change of outfits! 

Hai Goan Gomloh - Gifts of food & snack offerings from the Groom to the Bride's family

Nicole you looked radiant, like a tiny Apsara Dancer! 

Gaat Sah (Hair cutting ceremony) - where elder members of the family helped primp & bless the bride & groom by teasing them & wishing them well on their new lives together. This symbolize a new & fresh start for the newlyweds. 

Pretty in royal blue.

Nicole as beautiful as ever. 

Bongvul Pbopul -This is when the bride & groom are blessed by the married couples attending the wedding. A lit candle was passed amongst the married guests & everyone comes up to tie red strings to the bride & groom's wrists to symbolize the binding of their new union. OH yea, there's a sword & a gold crown involved to. 

Boramy, the grooms' beautiful sister.

This was the secret ceremony that happened in the bride's room where only close friends & family were privy to. Nicole's crown was lethal, it almost took out Dany's eye. 

The beautiful bride & groom with their wedding party.

DaNicole, I wish you both lots of love, joy & happiness for years & years to come!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Favorite Muse

I'm sure by now you've all met my favorite kid to photograph. Conner has the sweetest demeanor & is every photographer's dream come true. He's very easy going & just happy to be hanging out with his parents. Our family session was super easy because Conner's Mom came prepared with outfits that we figured out ahead of time. We had some treats on hand in case things got rowdy, but all in all Conner worked his magic & we ended up with these beautiful images. 

Hey, what are you doing back there? Are you sure that's my good side?

Conner's got everything under control with Chris & Ron by his side. 

Happy boy!

Swing me higher!

Here, blow on this for good luck! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Life with Purpose

Meet Cracker Jack...

A dog whose life has been filled with purpose since the day he was born. 

In his puppy days CJ's first job was a lab test dog for a pharmaceutical company. A few years later he was adopted by a very patient owner who spent 2 years trying to rehabilitate & help him adjust to life outside of the lab. Unfortunately this owner got very sick and passed away from cancer. 

That's when Jenny, a fellow photographer, adopted him & they've been together until his last day. 

When I first met Cracker Jack, I thought he was so sweet & docile. He looked & moved just like a baby  lamb who was learning how to walk. 

On Halloween, I remember Jenny jokingly asked if I would take some photos of him with her before he gets to old & pass away. Of course I agreed, but I had no idea that he would literally pass just minutes after our session.

Since then, I've had a few days to digest all that has happened and it brings me back to "A Life with Purpose." 

Cracker Jack, you have certainly lived a very full life filled with purpose until the very end. 

I think you knew that your days were numbered & yet you stuck around to get in this last mini photo session with me, because it's what Jenny wanted. I questioned why you wanted me to witness your passing & this is what I came up with. You didn't want Jenny to be alone when you passed. May you rest in peace in doggy heaven, and know that your purpose has been fulfilled.