Best of 2021

2021 looked a lot different than year passed, one reason being that I relocated up to beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington and I had to travel down to Southern California for many of my sessions! I feel so honored that so many of you were willing to organize shoots around my travel schedule. I really do have the best clients ever.

My plan is to be in LA in the Spring and Fall and am also booking sessions in the lush Pacific NW (including Seattle/Portland) so please spread the news ❤ And for now, here are a few of my 2021 favorites!

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Bare feet, warm hearts // Malibu family session

I heard the happy screams and giggles of kids coming from the house as I walked up the path to the front door where I was greeted warmly by a smiling faces, and bare feet. From this moment, I KNEW this was going to be a good time. We ended the sesh at a local Malibu beach, where we had the whole shore to ourselves. It was one of those evening that you wish could have just gone on forever.

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 & Tri-X film, my my fellow film nerds.

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Party of Five // Family session in Culver City

This family is what my photo dreams are made of! It is so obvious how much they enjoy each others company with smiles and hugs all around…and it made me grateful for my own big, loving family and 3 siblings.

We spent the last light of the day running around one of their go-to parks in Culver City, California. Here are some of my favorite snaps from our evening together.

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Feels like Fall // Griffith Park family session

I’ve been photographing this family since the oldest boy was a newborn and documenting this growing family has been SUCH a joy for me! We spent an early morning together in Griffith Park and were beyond grateful the sweater weather and autumn leaves. Anyone else want some warm apple cider after looking at these images, or is it just me? HA!

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Best of 2020!

Oh 2020…what a roller-coaster of a year you have been. Starting off strong with some of the sweetest in-home sessions and then halting suddenly when Covid shut down the world. No work for months led to lots of creative brainstorming (and bread baking!) and, despite it all, I feel incredible grateful that I was still able to create love-filled images with so many of you.

I will never take hugs and smiles for granted again.

Now for some of my personal faves from the year! It was SO hard to narrow it down since I love ALL of my clients & sessions but sharing 500 photos would just be too much. haha.

Thanks for stopping by & cheers to 2021 being better than the last!

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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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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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