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City Slickers // Family session in downtown Los Angeles

I photographed this sesh back in late 2019 and I can’t believe it took me this long to finally share it here! I’m just so CRAZY about it all – the love, the light, the colors. I don’t shoot in cityscapes super often and loved that this family had the idea to set our photo date in Downtown LA.

This playful, affectionate bunch had me smiling from ear to ear the whole time and I am just so dang grateful that I get to call this “work”.

Here are some of my personal faves from our time together!

Family of 4 sitting on a metal dock with focus on feet
diptych of mother hugging son and smiling and family crossing the street from behind and holding hands
family of four in a city with focus on 2 young and smiling boys
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Jessamyn // Creative portrait session at home in Topanga Canyon

We are 3 weeks into “social distancing” thanks to Covid 19 & I hope you are all staying healthy, sane, & finding the silver linings wherever possible! It’s such a strange & uncertain time and boy do I feel lucky that my husband continues to have work, even though my photo sessions have all been on pause for the unforeseeable future.

I miss taking photos of people so much. But in the stillness, I have been feeling waves of immense gratitude (intermingled with worry & anxiety about the state of the world!) that I have a job that I actually miss. That I get to live in a place where I am able to go outside and lay in the grass.

I thought now was the perfect time to share this session of the one & only, Jessamyn, that I shot back in February in Topanga Canyon. It embodies what I have been really trying to focus on during these past weeks at home – to slow down, be gentle with myself, & to find joy in the small things.

young woman playfully peeking around a doorway
young woman spinning in house playfully
young free spirited woman sitting in a painted doorway
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Archie // Portland family session

Me and this lovely mama go back 20 years and I was SO happy to be able to reconnect in person this summer on my west coast road trip. We have been in touch over the years through the good ol’ Instagram where I have gotten to drool over her beautiful desserts and creative eye, giggle at her IG stories, & watch her grow a family and move across the country – but getting to hang in person…what a DREAM. And don’t even get me started on Archie. (Is he not the cutest creature you’ve ever seen!?)

We started our time together at their sweet home in one of my favorite cities, Portland, and adventured out for some sunset light and blueberry picking. Here are some of my favorites from that day.

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Best of 2019!

Hi friends & HAPPY 2020! After a wildly busy season of photo shoots & a restorative holiday (in which I mainly spent eating & laughing with loved ones! is there anything better? ha!), I’m feeling so ready to get back to what I love most – making photo magic with YOU!

I couldn’t think of a better way to start of the new year than by sharing some of my favorites from the last. I loved taking a trip down memory lane and, mainly, it just made me feel immense gratitude for all of you out there that chose me to freeze time for you over this past year. If that’s you, THANK YOU! I know there are a bazillion photogs out there and I am really so so honored.

Lots of love & cheers to this year being the best one yet. xx

Los Angeles family photography on film : family running and playing in yard at home
creative black and white film photo of a woman in the hills of Topanga canyon, California
Venice California film photography : playful smiling woman holding a little red heart
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A little slice of heaven // Topanga Canyon family session

My sweet friends are having another baby (YAAY!!) & moving to Australia (WAHHH!) so we knew that our photo sesh had to take place in their lovely little cabin before it officially sold. After playing at home, we adventured down to visit and feed Giraffe, their beloved horse – like they so often do.

‘Twas bittersweet, for sure, but I am certain that the next chapter will be even more magical and love-filled that this one. And I can’t wait to visit them in Australia! Here are some favorites from our afternoon together.

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Alix of Yoku Jewel // Creative portrait session in Topanga Canyon

When you meet Alix of Yoku Jewel, you can just feel the magic radiating from her. She is a craftswoman that makes the most beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as an energy healer, & I feel super honored that I got to make these images with her.

Since this shoot, I’ve received a Reiki healing session that left me feeling so light & peaceful and also took a workshop to learn how to make my own earrings! I seriously can’t get enough of this lovely lady. You can check out her offerings here.

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Ollie & Juno // Los Angeles Family session

Hi friends & thanks for popping by!

I’m excited to share some photos today of a family that I just adore. This year, we decided to shoot on the west side of LA in the beautiful Pacific Palasades – where the grass was green, the weather was PERFECT, & where these precious sisters could run free & explore.

Here are some personal faves, all shot on film!

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Beautiful Chaos // Ventura family session

I befriended Po on social media in a film photography group a while back and was so so honored when she reached out to schedule a family session with me! She is an awesome film photographer herself so I’ll admit that was a bit nervous going into the shoot – but the moment we hugged and I met her gang, it felt like home.

I am beyond grateful for our time together. The beauty, chaos, silliness, & above all, the abundance of love was really just SO MUCH fun & reminded me a lot of my own time growing up. To top it all off, Po fed me dinner, made home made cookie ice cream sandwiches, & then held a living room dance party in my honor that night after the shoot. #bestJobEver

Film developed & scanned by The Find Lab

You know the feeling? // Creative portrait session in Topanga Canyon

I still remember how I felt the first time I met Sulai. Like I just HAD to know her & like maybe I’ve already known her for lifetimes. You know the feeling? I am forever grateful to her for inspiring me to live outside of the lines & for being one of my favorite subject to photograph year after year.

She has recently moved back to the canyon so we decided to shoot in and around her new pad – sweetly named, the Sugar shack.

Make sure to hop on over and check out all Sulai’s creations, including naturally dyed fiber art, experimental films, & paintings here! —> http://sulailopez.com/