American Martyrs Catholic Church | Thanksgiving Baptism Manhattan Beach Family Photos

Angela-Elisabeth-Portraits-Manhattan Beach Family Photographer

Based in El Segundo, I meet people from all of the Beach Cities in the South Bay. This big, loving, personable, fun, close-knit family lives in Manhattan Beach. We met at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach to celebrate the baptism of a new baby to this wonderful local family. When so many family members get together, I make sure to take some family photos. I’m glad we got the whole group together on the steps. Sounds of children running and laughing and a family greeting each other – hugs and smiles, laughs and giggles and he glee that comes from holding a new family member….what better way to spend Thanksgiving?

Angela Elisabeth Portraits Manhattan Beach Family Photos

The church steps were overflowing with the family as they arrived and talked before the service. The baby, who slept happily in her baptism gown – warm and protected in the arms of her aunt – noticed nothing amiss. To her knowledge, this sounded much like Sunday dinner with the grandparents.

As the kids played and the parents talked I took a few photos outside and tried as best I could to get a peek at the littlest of all. She, with her eyes tightly dreaming, could not have been sweeter to see. I am a proud aunt myself, and this feeling is known well to me:

Manhattan Beach Family Photos


Once inside I took advantage of the sanctuary’s beautiful light, lovely angles and understated ornate details. What a pretty space to pray, to worship, to join together as a church, to be in the love of God. Even if you aren’t Catholic, and I am not, the beauty of this place is something that brings a deep peace. I enjoyed having a view into what will become the most important day of this little lady’s life, until she marries, if she chooses. From the looks of her, I expect world domination and total rule. She’s amazing.

The ceremony was heartening, the children were allowed to be children and the families were allowed to enjoy the service with a casual formality that fit them perfectly. Monsignor was a delightful character, he delivered the sweetest of prayers for the baby, for her support and for her fortitude in this world – a place of much challenge.

What a Thanksgiving. It filled my heart the whole weekend. This video captures the morning with images and beautiful music by Caity Copley.  Enjoy 🙂


South Bay Wedding Photography | Jess & Lance

I specialize in storytelling at weddings, capturing personality and genuine expressions in my wedding photography. Beautiful wedding photography usually shows these things and helps you feel like you were there when you look at the photos.  Couples love my natural-looking portraits, candid family photos, and award-winning custom wedding album designs.  Here Jess and Lance are getting away after the ceremony in the family’s retro Cougar! The top was down and the breeze was beautiful. The guests surrounded them with a bubble send-off which I loved!

My weddings include second photographers – which is why I am in the top photo and you can see what I was able to see in the bottom image. My pricing is simple and includes so many features my couples have found extremely useful and fun to use.

My award-winning custom albums are the stuff of daydreams. I love making them, and that I include them in my wedding packages illustrates that. It takes me about two hours to layout your pages with the 24 images you chose. I re-touch anything you decide is not to your liking. Then I send you a PDF of the layout. Once we have it designed I send it to the lab for creation. The team I use is in Pennsylvania and employs local artisans. That’s why I include it in your wedding package – the books are reasonably priced for me to make. The only upgrades my couples ask for are photo covers, extra pages and dust jackets. Those we can discuss.  If my couple wants a Fine Art album with a custom photo cover, I charge the difference in costs.

So many photographers charge up to an extra $1200 for a 20-page album. I don’t.

I can’t wait to include the bottom photo in this album! It’s Fearless, honest, beautiful and shows these two in their element: happy and together.