Mirrorless magic with Olympus!

I have been eyeing the mirrorless system for a long time (talking photo lingo here)!  I recently had a very special opportunity to finally give it try thanks to Olympus ! 

I was sent the OM-D E-M5 Mark II  along with the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

and the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lenses!

I had so much fun playing with this system!  I even tried the double exposure feature in camera (see Laila’s photos below)!

So easy and so fun!  Oh, and so light! The system is compact and performed as good as my current DSLR.   I’m really excited to move in this direction. Thank you again Olympus!

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Bringing in the New Year!

los angles photographer children celebrity entertainment actors (23)At the conclusion of every year I take about a month off.   Two weeks is dedicated to the children as they have winter break.  And two weeks is dedicated to myself.  Time to reflect, regroup, and plan the upcoming year.   This brings on a clear and relaxed start to the New Year.  This year started off even slower as I got the flu for almost 2 weeks.  Still recovering.  I hope you don’t have to experience it this season.  No fun!

Over break I was able to capture photos of my girls for our annual holiday card.  This year it was a New Years Card.   I scouted this park years ago and have always wanted to shoot there.   This year it finally came together with my babies!  Blue on blue on blue.   I am grateful that they still cooperate so well for me…and it was sooooooooo sooo cold on this day.

Please enjoy some of my favorites from the shoot.

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Peter Pan Movie Inspired Shoot – Los Angeles, California – Halloween

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As the girls get older Halloween gets more and more exciting for them and for me.  I’m not the adult that likes to dress up BUT I love helping my girls with their costumes every year.  The extent of my annual Halloween photos of the girls are usually 1 or 2 snapshots in front of our home but this year I paired up with two of my photo besties and dear friends Amy Salessi & Valerie Ackerman on a very special shoot and I was able to capture my “Lost Girls” in more than just a couple of photos in our version of Peter Pan!

The way this shoot came about was Amy’s little niece was born just a couple months ago and her mama wanted to dress her up as Tinkerbell for her first Halloween.   Well, before you know it a full blown Peter Pan shoot was born.   We had 13 kids, a limited amount of time, sunlight…and patience…. AND with a few helping hands from prop building to on set assistance on the day of the shoot… we pulled it off!  So much fun.!  Looking forward to more collaborations with Amy & Val in the near future.

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Aaron & Meg Engaged! – Southern California Engagement Session – Los Angeles, CA

Relaxed, fun and easy going.  My kind of people! This session was so perfect and so much fun.  Meg & Aaron share a special kinda love.  They are already tapped into things with one another that take couples 20 years to figure out.  It was so special getting to know them and the love they have for one another.  Keep following your instincts and stay centered in your faith and you both will last a lifetime!   I’m looking forward to photographing your wedding in September…wooohooo!

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Abigail & Trevor – Southern California Engagement Session. Malibu, CA

A couple of years ago I opened myself up to shooting weddings again.  Only a handful of weddings, only special weddings.   Abigail’s best friend is a great photographer (who will be in the wedding) and the referral came from her.  Thank you Jana! When I met Abigail & Trevor  I instantly knew I had to photography their wedding.  It may have been the home made gluten free cookies  they had ready for me when I arrived to our initial consult…just maybe.  Or maybe it was that I felt we were kindred spirits. I love when work doesn’t feel like “work”.   I’m kinda a hippie in that way and feel my clients out to make sure we are a good fit, especially for a wedding.  I felt honored when these two contacted me shortly after this day and they expressed they felt the same way about me and asked me to be their wedding photographer!

Now fast forward to their engagement photos that happened just a couple weeks ago. We headed to Malibu for some fun beach photos…and maybe some romantic shots too.  We saw some seals and were blessed with a super high tide that made for some killer photos….Then we headed to enjoy some great conversation & some yummy Thai food.

I feel like we’ve known each other forever…  Thank you two for being so awesome.

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Back to the Basics

Personal shoots have always taken the back burner in one way, shape or form for me since I started in this business nearly 8 years ago.  I was blessed to start working immediately after I decided I was going to do this professionally.   There was a ton to figure out and it seemed like it all needed to be done yesterday.  I immediately started shooting with business in mind, fulfilling my clients needs and my needs as an artist were always met last.  Thankfully, I squeezed in shots during each of my sessions and weddings for me, and I have those.  Over the past year or so I have decided to shoot more for myself and really take time to move into the direction that my heart and my creative soul needs to move in.  I’m talking entire sessions! Wooohooo.  I’m sure some of my pro photographer friends can relate. Getting back to the basics.

This session is of my daughter Laila just before she began kindergarten last August.   My friend Amy Salessi happened to be shooting on a school bus yard and invited me to play.  I am so thankful for the relationships that I have built over the past few years within my industry.  It has renewed my faith that there are some people that really do care and support others and want to see them win.   Lord knows I’ve encountered just the opposite of this over the years.

As you will see at the end of the session she was super excited to play with the big red stop sign!  (It’s the little things) Oh, and she brought her two favorite pairs of shoes.

This month for me is about catching up on blogging, showing my work that has been tucked in the vaults and pushing toward the future. I’m super excited about 2015 as many incredibly opportunities have already presented themselves and I’m so ready to act on them.

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Dreamers – Two of Two

One thing I love playing with is light! And this desert shoot had some fun/extreme lighting within a short period of time thanks to the mountains behind us. We are so lucky here in Southern California to be a hop, skip and a jump away from the ocean, mountains and the desert. Thank you again Shannon for inviting me out to play!

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Again, the styling was off the hook and the setting was to die for!