Nick | On-Location Portrait Session | Rancho Palos Verdes

Nick is a co-worker I was fortunate enough to get to know over the past couple years.  He's a musician, follower of Christ, budding entrepreneur, and an all-around great guy.  After a few discussions, we agreed to go shoot together before he headed out to start a new business in Boston.  We met a local spot and spend a few hours of the morning together, including taking a bunch of photos of Nick with his 1974 Series III Land Rover (awesome!).  Considering our limited time that morning, we captured a nice variety of shots.  It goes without saying that we would have enjoyed more time together because he's a really great guy. All the best, Nick!  

Mel | Air Force Retirement Ceremony| El Segundo, CA

Love of country. That's what Melanie Stricklan, co-founder of @slingshotaerospace exudes day in and day out.  Thanks, and a big congrats, for 20+ years of service to our nation.  It was a true HONOR capturing your retirement ceremony and we wish you all the best as you pursue your dreams of entrepreneurship.  

Jill | Commercial Session | Malaga Cove

One of our favorite things about commercial photography is the idea that we are truly helping another business grow.  Jill hired us to take her portraits for her small business, Age Well Life Care Solutions, which specializes in helping families with the "very real challenges of aging, so they don't have to do this alone."  She also wanted to capture a few candid shots of her meeting with clients for her website.  Jill's goal was to look professional, but not too serious.  She would be coming into the lives of seniors and their families, often in times of crisis, so conveying a sense of trust was important.  We spent the first part of the shoot on the portraits and then transitioned into the group scenes.  Jill invited her good friends to come along and play the part of the children of the aging parent, played by Jill's mother.  Wow, we had lots of good laughs along the way as we tried to create natural looking scenes!  More than once we said "don't move!" and "hold that pose, that's perfect!" Even though we were behind the lens, we enjoyed every minute with Jill and her team.  As with every shoot, we walked back to our car and said "boy, that was fun!"   Jill was a real delight to work with and is providing such a fabulous service to her customers.  We are really loving this business.  :) 

Haley | Portrait Shoot | The MonOrchid

Haley is a true Renaissance woman!  Mechanical engineer, model and musician ... yes, she does it all.  We met at the Improve Photography Retreat in Phoenix, and shot a great variety of portraits  at The MonOrchid Studio and outside the hotel area.  As you will see below, Haley is captivating with those blue eyes and curls, a natural model who has perfected her craft.  Just hoping she comes to LA so we can shoot again!  

Alyssa | Mini Portrait Shoot | Downtown Phoenix

I met Alyssa (@alyssa_dorman), a budding model, at the Improve Photography Retreat in Phoenix a couple weekends ago. During one of the breaks between sessions, we did an impromptu photoshoot in a nearby alley colorfully decorated in graffiti.  We only had about 15 minutes but made the most of it! I was lucky to find a traffic cone to help hold the monopod-mounted softbox. It's almost impossible to hold a light stand and focus a 70-200 lens at the same time!  Alyssa - you've got some mad modeling skills!  Wish you all the best as you start your career.  One things for sure ... you've be a joy for any photographer to work with.  

Katherine | Portrait Shoot | Phoenix

I met Katherine (@actorkatherinenovak) between sessions at the Improve Photography Retreat.  We started shooting in a courtyard at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Phoenix.   After a few minutes, I said "wow, you're doing great Katherine!" And she replied, "thanks, this is my first time really doing this."  I was floored!  Katherine is just spectacular in front of the lens.  We ended up shooting the following evening at The MonOrchid and I captured her in a variety of outfits ... and many of Katherine's awesome poses!  



Jordan | Senior Portrait Session | Abalone Cove

The beginning of every shoot is an always interesting! Just like any new relationship, the client and the photographer try to "get comfortable" with each other and the environment they find themselves, whether in a studio or on location. Heidi and I always pride ourselves in how short this time period is, as our clients transition from the "I'm feeling anxious" stage to "WOW, this is kinda fun!!" Jordan was no exception. With guitar, athletic metals and a few shirts in hand, Jordan arrived at the location he selected near Abalone Cove. We met him and his super sweet mom early on a Saturday morning and quickly started collaborating on how best to capture his "true essence." It wasn't hard because Jordan is so comfortable in his own skin. From running marathons to rocking out on his guitar, Jordan is a renaissance kind of guy!  With all that he's accomplished, we're sure the best is yet to come. Best of luck and God Speed, Jordan, as you set out to conquer the world. Whatever college you choose will be lucky to have you!

Shelly | Retirement Ceremony | Los Angeles Air Force Base

Covering military events, like retirement ceremonies, is always an honor, especially when it's someone you've come to know and respect.  Shelly asked me to photograph her retirement and I didn't hesitate to say yes.  The ceremony was a perfect mix of military tradition, camaraderie, and family.  Here's to 20 years, Shelly!  Job well done in service to your country!  

Jamie | Portrait Session | Rancho Palos Verdes

For on-location portrait photographers like us, shooting indoors is an adventure! We decided to take our recent shoot with @jamieshinko to an indoor location due to inclement weather conditions. To our delight, we had a GRAND ole time creating a wide variety of looks within a single room. Jamie was simply amazing to work and collaborate with. She's a natural behind the lens with boundless creativity. We see big things in her future!  Here's to more indoor sessions!

Paxton Family | Baby Shower | Palos Verdes

Expecting a baby is exciting ... but expecting twins is something altogether different!  Excitement ... fear ... yes.  We were so thrilled to photography Jessica's baby shower at the Red Onion Mexican Restaurant in Palos Verdes!  Jessica's sister put together quite the agenda of fun activities for friends and family and we were lucky enough to get to capture it all!  

Mason | Headshots | Palos Verdes, CA

Mason is a junior at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  He's a fun-loving guy with tremendous talent and huge dreams.  We were honored to take a wide variety of headshots, both with and without the beard!  Over the course of the shoot, we switched the background and the outfits and were very happy with the results.  Give Mason a few years, and you just might see him on a billboard off the 405.  #moviestar

The Porter Family | Palos Verdes Estates

Heidi and I really enjoy getting to meet extended families.  The reuniting of cousins, the gentle love of grandparents, brothers and sisters embracing, and all the laughter and fun.  The Porters, in particular, as shown in the pictures below, were a lot of fun.  We captured a wide variety of shots from the large group pictures, couples, individual portraits, and even a few business headshots with Scott who changed into his suit in record speed (like Superman).  A we just love the giggles when we ask the moms and dads to pretend they're taking their engagement photos again.  Priceless.  

Becki | Portraits | Malaga Cove

Our friend Becki is one of those people who can light up any room  - with her warmth and wit that's simply contagious.  She's one of those people who are comfortable in their own skin - so fun to be around!  We were having so much fun that we could have photographed her all day.  All the best to you Becki ... come back and see us soon!  When you get tired of the Seattle gloom, just hop a flight to LA and we'll shoot again! 

Sabina | PORTRAIT | Palos Verdes Horse Stables

Heidi and I are both animal lovers, so this shoot was especially fun.  We met Sabina at the famous Palos Verdes Stables on a midweek morning.  After we arrived, she was busy grooming one of her favorite horses named Melody, or "Mel" for short.  The shoot started out a little rocky and we had to adjust quickly.  Mel was quite nervous about our softbox and flash (i.e., she wouldn't get near it!) on a monopod so we decided to begin shooting with natural light.  It worked out well as the light was still low in the sky which added a nice rim light to her long hair.  After Mel warmed up to us, we were able to bring back our flash but we kept it to bare bulb at first and then re-introduced the softbox.  Sabina was a real pleasure to work with throughout the entire shoot.  Her natural beauty and comfort level in front of the camera made it a real breeze for us.  She also knew how to handle Mel with the just right mix of love and assertiveness and helped us a great deal with the posing.  We developed a new respect for these great animals and sure hope to return to shoot again at the stables! There really is something special about the love between a woman and her horse.   

Trice Family | Palos Verdes Estates, CA

So fun to photography our good friends, the Trice Family!  We started at a woodsy place known by locals as "power line" and took a series of pictures, includes some fun shots with the two girls wrapping dad and mom in holiday ribbon.  Good times!  We then headed across the street to a beautiful church where the light was oh-so beautiful.  Here we focused on individual portraits and a few more group family pictures.  The Trice's were good sports the entire time and we all had a really fun experience together.  Lots of smiles and laughter - just how we like it!  

Marsh Family | Torrance Beach

The "Marsh Five" were a real hoot to photograph at Torrance Beach!  They are such a fun-loving bunch and we all had a good time sharing laughs and smiles.  We had to  move quickly as the sun always sets quickly.  As the sun was disappearing over the Pacific, we captured a wide variety of candid and posed shots.  Our favorite was perhaps the jumping game in right along the beach!  Had to snap a bunch to freeze just the right moment.  And the final shots with the five of them lined up looking at the ocean was great too!  All in all, a great shoot...any day spent with a camera by the ocean is always a good one!   

Slingshot Aerospace | Headshots | Hermosa Beach

As a follow-up to the commercial shoot in the vineyards near Buelton, CA, Mel asked us to take some headshots of her team in the South Bay.  We met Mel, Thomas and David at Hermosa Beach near sunset and captured a variety of images near the pier.  The light was changing very quickly but we managed to capture beautiful images with the help of our Flashpoint strobe, Parapop softbox and the sunset as rim light.  In addition to the portraits, we took a few group shots including a few silly ones per Mel's request!  Great times!

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Eliza's Bat Mitzvah | Redondo Beach

Wow!  What a thrill to be part of Eliza's Bat Mitzvah!  We started the evening with portraits of Eliza and family group shots at the Redondo Beach Hotel.  The sun was setting so we were very fortunate to capture some beautiful light during blue hour.  Afterwards, we headed across the street to the Cheesecake Factory which has a large party room / ballroom upstairs.   During the Bat Mitzvah, we met so many wonderful people including Eliza's good friends and extended family.  Michele and Jeremy, Eliza's parents, made us feel like one of the family.  So kind!  As photographers, we are extremely blessed to be invited into these milestone events with family and friends.  The Bat Mitzvah started with a casual meet and greet with a fun photo booth and hors d'oeuvres. Then, in grandiose style, DJ announced the family and kicked off the hora (dancing!) including an amazing celebratory chair raising with Eliza, her sister Abby, Michele and Jeremy.  With the entire party dancing around them, it was a sight to see!  Following the breaking of the challah bread, a prayer, and a few words from Jeremy, a full meal was served. The DJ and his fantastic high energy team got the dance floor stated again with a fun musical-chairs /scavenger hunt style game for the kids.  What a party! So honored to part of it.  Best of wishes and CONGRATS! to Eliza.    

Erica | Fitness Shoot | Redondo Beach Pier

Erica is a good friend of ours from way back in college days.  In the past 5 years, she has become a highly respected fitness and well coach.  When she moved out to the South Bay from the Washington D.C. area with her family this past summer, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph her and help get established in the community and fitness circles.  We spent a couple hours shooting on the Redondo Pier, capturing a variety of poses and looks.  We were blessed with beautiful golden morning light that morning.  

Wishing you all the best, Erica, as you start a new journey in southern California. With your magnetic personality and gift for motivating others, we're sure you'll be a hit in no time!