staying in

A few weeks ago, I met up with Ashley and Bryant at their West Hollywood bungalow, which was as cool as it was comfortable. They wanted to capture this moment in their shared story… married four years, together eleven, high school sweethearts, no kids (yet), three beloved fur babies and enjoying this time together before things are likely to change in a big way.  One of their favorite things to do is to stay in at their home that they have so thoughtfully made together, so doing the shoot there was a no-brainer.

And, I have to say, while photographing families is my true passion, photographing a married couple pre-kids might just be one of my favorite things to photograph ever. It’s like an engagement session with all the significance of capturing a couple at the beginning of their family’s story but with people who are even more in tune with each other and even more at ease.  I felt the room to stretch creatively and the time to slow down and be inspired. It was a GOOD feeling!

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love connection

Near the end of last year, Samantha, reached out to me interested in doing a photo session with her adorable baby girl as a gift for her mom’s 70th birthday and, I may be biased, but I thought that was such an amazingly thoughtful idea. We took the photos at their home in Beverly Hills which had such lovely style and even lovelier early morning light streaming in. These sweet photos are the result.

I’ve been thinking about why I continue to love this set of photos so much and I think it’s because they are simply the type of photos I really want to be taking.  They are happy, they are relaxed, they are candid and they are chock-full of connection.

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a win-win

For my next post, I wanted to share one of my favorite family shoots of 2019.  I had a blast photographing the Avyazian Family once before and so I was excited when they contacted me again last year.  Mom and Dad were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary and wanted to commemorate the milestone with a fun family shoot in and around Montrose, one of their favorite places to hang out as a family, all of which I thought was such a lovely idea!  Incorporating a place that is special to a family always makes the photos better and, having grown up in the area myself, shooting there was all sorts of nostalgic for me.

In addition to the setting, I loved all the variety we managed to get in the final collection of photos, which I think helps tell the family’s story in that moment in time while also capturing the personalities of the girls and the family’s connection.  When I can get all of that into my photos, I call that a win-win!

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