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Golden Hour in the LA Hills–A portrait session

This shoot was inspired by so many different elements— but the shoot truly turned magical and so fierce during gorgeous golden hour of sunny LA. This is by far my favorite shoot of 2014! Thank you to my models Val and Megan, and to Mohawk Makeup for your amazing makeup artistry and styling!

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Bethany–A boho beach portrait session + thoughts on portraits and beauty

Many people ask what a portrait session with me is like and it’s hard to be able to sum up how the magic happens because each session is uniquely tailored to the subject and depends solely on the inspiration that comes. But I’ve always said that I view the world through shutter clicks in my mind– I see photographs before they happen, and everything to me, is beautiful. I try to capture the version of you that I see through my lens and I quickly tap into the subtle energy of your movements. My shutter finger clicks furiously as I aim to steal your soul for a little bit and translate it into the artful images I see in my mind. When I’m photographing you, I see in black and white, in saturated color, in dreamy light, sometimes in grainy film or in silhouettes. I notice the way your hair blows in the wind or the way your eyebrows raise when I ask you to think about someone special in your life—I make you laugh so that when someone sees the photo of you they can actually hear your giggling through the photograph. I want someone to know you intimately just by looking at my portraits of you. But most importantly, I want to show you how profoundly beautiful you are, just as you are, in this exact moment. I know this may seem like an advertising claim, but if you’ve ever thought about having a portrait session done, I do urge you to invest in one. Whether it’s with me or not, I think being able to have someone translate your unique soul into photographs is a powerful experience. Allowing yourself to be seen, not just by others, but ultimately by yourself, is a fabulous way to celebrate the amazing, wonderful, full of life, vibrant person that you are.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Thanks Bethany for being such a wonderful subject. You packed a bag full of of trinkets, scarves and dresses and look at what magic we created!

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LC Arisman - These are absolutely breathtaking. Thank you!!

A light filled etherial portrait session

I’m working on some more personal projects lately– and I’m so grateful for friends who are willing to jump in front of my lens and play for the afternoon. Amazing what window light and a vintage wedding dress can produce! Megan, you are a goddess!

 

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Thank you for Val of Mohawk Makeup for your beautiful artistry!

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Welcome to the world Charlotte Pearl!

There is nothing more beautiful than two loving parents adoring and melting over their gorgeous little daughter. I’ve known Emily and Francisco since the good ‘ol days working for Whole Foods, and when I first heard that they were pregnant I was ecstatic. They couldn’t be more loving and wonderful parents–so calm and serene with their little one. Little Miss Charlotte (or Charlie for short– too cute!) is such a lucky girl. Thank you for letting me have a peek into your love bubble and ooh and aww over one of the most adorable babies on the planet! (Does she have the puppy dog eyes down already or what!?)

“May you touch fireflies and stars, dance with fairies, and talk to the man in the moon.

May you grow up with love and gracious hearts and people who care.

Welcome to the world, little one. It’s been waiting for you.”

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Aunt Lynda (Inna) - So very beautiful and sweet! Can’t wait to get to hold this precious baby in my arms.

Grammy Hawkins - Gotta love Jamie’s work!! She is definitely talented and had some pretty great subject matter.!!