Headshots | Cindy’s Session

Cindy came to me for headshots and portraits to celebrate her life changes and new job. 2018 has brought new things to most of the people I know, and she’s no exception. She is celebrating returning to tennis, her single life, her new job and her happiness in her element. Beauty is about loving your life.  You can see this in Cindy, and it didn’t matter which dress she had on, where I put her in the scenes or how I styled her. Cindy overflows with joy and laughs about as loud as I do. Her company is peaceful and enriching.

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Annie & Liz Wedding Gallery – Winter Wedding With Warmth

As a fine art wedding photographer in El Segundo my job is to see the beauty in the moments between people. Immersed in a day full of them makes for a lot of kiss-filled and caress-rich images!

The venue Annie and Liz chose for their ceremony and reception was warm and filled with art, design, antiques, architectural elements and vintage furniture. Photographers love this place for all the crazy details there are. It was an eclectic space that held a little of everything. There was something for everyone to enjoy, something for everyone to celebrate. We started the day getting ready at home with friends, and we held the first look out on the deck,  in the snow. It was amazing to see Annie’s reaction to Liz’s gown, they were both in tears as they held each other.

To say that things got better from there is an understatement. We piled into frozen cars (it was -16 degrees) and drove downtown to find a fun backdrop for the couple’s photos. Liz found a wall of globes that changed from green to red in a pattern and so we shot there. After that we headed to the venue to snack, unwind and get ready for the guests and family to arrive. The flowers were beautiful. The decorations were sweetly adorned with what I affectionately call kid-art; a drawing from one of the youngest of the family.

Kudos to the whole family who managed to arrive in time for a huge group photo, something your photographer should love to make for their couples. I know it’s awkward, not everyone knows each other, after all. I do it anyway because it is the celebration of a new family and it is the reflection of that change, that instant when it all becomes real. Those images are inevitably everyone’s favorites, even if they hate the dress or shirt they have on. This was a fun group photo to make. Kids everywhere, people talking to each other and me: teetering between two crazy old pillars and one irreplaceable vase trying to get 20 people’s attention without breaking anything. It’s a good thing I wore flats. Three minutes later and the whole group shuffled back down the wooden and creaky steps to await the couple’s ceremony. But, that photo made it real already.

The hand-fasting was my favorite part of putting the couple’s traditions together. The reading of the right to marriage decision was of course my favorite part of the commitment, and the blessing was indeed an artwork of its own. The care everyone put into keeping these two inside a enveloped in love was unreal. I look forward to when Mark and I have our day – when we can commit ourselves to our loves who adore us so passionately, so completely, so richly with a desire to know and protect and revere the other. I am glad all people have that right. It is undeniably a human right and a protected liberty.

Congratulations Liz and Annie! Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

American Martyrs Catholic Church | Thanksgiving Baptism Manhattan Beach Family Photos

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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?

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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:

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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.

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El Segundo Senior Photos

Senior Photos for El Segundo’s Eagles have been fun to create.  Families are enjoying having a new choice for senior and family photography, and for that  am thankful. El Segundo High School has some excellent minds and athletes. So far I’ve photographed Football, Baseball and Lacrosse players. Senior sessions are all about featuring the personalities these young adults have developed. These kids have been a joy in the studio – they have character, kindness and are witty. I love that they all have that in common.

 

The first to come see me was Jess. We share a love for spaghetti in common. I think it’s fair that pasta in general is a common goal when rattling a snack out of the kitchen cabinets…

 

Next I saw Matt, who bonded with me on Baseball, for which I hold a soft spot. My brother played in school (he was a pitcher) and I’ve had a long love affair with the ‘Lastros that began in 2001. Matt also plays football with Jess.

Then I saw Marisa. She and I talked about photography and art and business. I love mentoring! I miss it! She hopes to become a stylist, art director and photographer one day.

 

 

Being able to photograph the faces of the future makes me pretty happy – I hear so many fun stories about what they are learning and the best things about their lives. It fills my studio with an energy hat is irreplaceable. Hopefully these images do the same for the families’ homes.

El Segundo Senior Portraits | ESHS Eagles Football

SENIOR PHOTOS | El Segundo

Jess came to me for senior photos and was a joy to work with. Jess is as nice as they come. His laugh filled the studio and we enjoyed talking about all kinds of things – we both love spaghetti. Jess is a varsity Football player and wants to major in the humanities when he gets to college.  He’s a versatile player: Offensive and Defensive lineman and Fullback. It will be exciting to see what he can do with his season.

Hopefully the family’s fall schedule can settle a little and we can get together to schedule the family’s new photos 🙂

FAQ for Family-Headshots-Seniors Mini-Sessions

Decoding Package Pricing & FAQ (MINI SESSIONS)

Personal Branding is no longer an option, family images are how we communicate and self esteem in teens is assisted through positive self-image. Photography plays a huge role in how our societies function. That’s why it’s important to keep your family’s photos updated and your personal branding fresh. As a result, you are likely looking at mini photo session options for updating your family photos, your personal branding or maybe you have a student who is graduating from high school or college in 2018. I’ve been there. I remember sitting in front of the brochures and thinking, “I wish I could compare studio options more simply!” Now you can. I’ve listed FAQ here that can unravel the mysteries of photo pricing.

It seems like there are often hidden fees and charges that are not part of the package you are considering – and those expenses add up. However, you don’t find out about all this until you’ve invested time in the photos. Consequently, you spend more than you budgeted, and you are less than thrilled. I’ve been there, too.

NOT COOL. Am I right?

Here are some examples of extra charges & fees you may not see coming:

  • Opposite to my policies, charges for retouching each image can be up to $35 elsewhere. As a result, you spend $840 when you buy 24 images.
  • You probably will love more than one pose. Therefore, some studios charge an extra fee as a result of your 4 8×10 prints being different.
  • Especially relevant for seniors and gradeschoolers is Wallet Prints. Some studios charge a premium for ordering different poses and fewer of each image. EEK!
  • Finally. You got your braces off. But it was the week after we did your shoot, and, now you DO CARE if they are in the photos. But there’s a fee to reshoot.

I don’t do these things.

Much Cooler. Agreed.

Let’s see if I can help you compare your options.  I’ve broken down the most common things
people have asked me about mini-sessions (FAQ):

  1. Do you charge for retouching?
    No. Never.
  2. What does a session cost?
    There is no session fee unless you would like to add styling to your Mini Session.
  3. What comes with that?
    Your shoot, styling and direction and a thank you gift.
  4. What are your photo packages like?
    They vary depending on the services you have requested 🙂
  5. How do the packages come to me?
    I print your images & include your files. 
  6. What do packages cost?
    Please see pricing on my site.
  7. What’s in the packages?
    8×10 matted images and a file for each photo you purchase.
  8. What kind of files do I get?
    You get Color as well as Black & White for your images. They are full-size files.
  9. What’s a full-size file? 
    That means, roughly, the file you have purchased has enough pixels to be printed as large as your kitchen floor, without getting blurry.
  10. At the session, what is the fee if I want several outfits?
    There is no fee for this. I encourage three tops/shirts, at minimum.
  11. I want to include some family photos, is that alright?
    You betcha. In fact, bring the dog.
  12. What is the fee for extra people?
    There is no such thing as extra people. No fee.
  13. Do we have to stay in the studio, what is the fee for locations?
    No, outdoors is fine, choose places in our starting zip code. And there is no fee.
  14. I have a series of family photos that are large. Do you do that?
    Yes. Wall portraits are available. Let’s talk!
  15. Can I send my images to the yearbook?
    It depends on your school. Check with the yearbook advisor.
  16. I heard you make a video of the images, can I have that too?
    Yes, you may. I sell the HD 1080p versions separately.
  17. What if I want to make a book like I did in previous years?
    We can do that. I offer 8×8 books, custom designed.
  18. Tell me about you…what makes you do this?
    As a veteran, service is at the heart of who I am. I want to do things for others. I’ve combined my gifts with my desire to serve – and – for 27 years have had a camera in my hands
    making wonderful things for others. 
  19. How do you compare to others in the area?
    I don’t charge a session fee, some charge between $200 and $450 depending on the session type.
    My packages begin at $350. Others charge anywhere from $85 an image to $995 for an image package to start.
    My style is up to date with industry trends and innovations and resembles the aesthetic of most magazine styles.

Hopefully this has helped you to understand what options you have when choosing portrait packages. There’s one thing for sure, choose a certified professional who is insured and who supports your community and the local organizations. You will be able to see the difference.

Malibu West Beach Club Wedding

Malibu Wedding Photography

We all knew this was going to be a touching day.  It wasn’t the laughter between the groomsmen, the gleeful squeals of play from the flower girl, or the bonding in the ready-room for the bridal party. The whole day was born from the electricity between Erica and Scott.

These two love birds have a weirdness and silliness that makes them who they are together. They revel in the banter and fun they share. The entire wedding party have known each other for years and – their memories are long. The toasts regaled guests with tales of hilarity and friendship like none I’ve heard before.  These two are bonded with more than a relationship of love.

Erica and Scott married at Malibu West Beach Club while the dolphins frolicked in the waves and the breeze lifted the warm sun’s touch.  They promised each other to love completely and with a love of life that will help them enjoy even tough days. It was a lovely day and the whole family made it all the more special for them to remember.

The cake and dinner were prepared by Yours Truly Catering
Valet services were provided by Hollywood Hills Valet
Wedding Coordination/Planning by Sabrina Downing (the coolest, chicest gal this side of the 405) 
DJ for the evening was DJ Sweet P (eclectic EDM and Downtempo Chill)

 

Malibu West Beach Club Wedding

Malibu West Beach Club Wedding

 

Photographer El Segundo | Newborn Fresh 48

The Kramers are celebrating a 1st birthday

As a family photographer, I see families at the very beginning. A son blessed the Kramer household June of 2016. The family asked me to come over to the hospital to document the baby’s first days. What a beautiful world. Now Jeremy isn’t quite so outnumbered at home! Also, Jessy can revel in the joys that are what the #momofboys hashtag are all about. Crew is a sweetie. His sweet little coos and tiny hands and feet remind me that we all begin somewhere. So tiny. I’m reminded that becoming takes your whole life. Projects like newborn sessions are fun:  I get to bring champagne! Alexa – restock my bottlesI hope to see this Crew for family photography soon!

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Moving someplace new means you are asked about your life and who you are a lot as you meet new people – and this is fun for me! I enjoy getting to know a new place very much. In the last few weeks I’ve been asked a lot of things – but here are the most common:

  1.  Would you like to meet for coffee? Yes! As long as where we go has iced tea 🙂
  2.  Where do you love going to dinner? Anyplace that has a pet-friendly patio and a great beer menu.
  3.  Do you have a family? I am the eldest of 2 children, and I do not yet have children myself.
  4.  Do you travel a lot? Work takes me a lot of places and my downtime is spent exploring California.
  5.  Why do you want to live in El Segundo? So far, this is the quietest of the beach cities to me. I like the people and the chill vibe here.
  6.  What made you become a photographer?  A long time ago I fell in love with the ability to communicate without using words.
  7.  What brought you here? Life changes and winter weather meant a move from Minnesota to California.
  8.  Who is the dog I see in your studio? That’s Eloise. She’s part Mascot and part Muse. Full-time nap-taker.
  9.  Can I call you Angie? Nope. Only my dad calls me that.
  10.  How do you see yourself in 5 years?  Hopefully with a margarita.

By now people are getting used to my Texas accent, open studio door and huge laugh. It’s how I am – I can’t help it.