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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind
To me, photography isn't about capturing the perfect smile in the perfectly posed portrait. It's about life. It's about that shirt you can't rid of, or the dress your toddler wants to wear day after day. It's about the too-cool-to-be-seen-with-mom-and-dad-teenager that can't hold back laughing at dad's goofy jokes. It reminds us of where we have been, and provides hope for where we will go. It preserves those precious moments in life that you don't want to pass. And one day when we have moved on, it leaves behind the pieces of our legacy.
Picture to the left by the wonderful Jonathan Canlas
I have always wanted to photograph a proposal, so when the opportunity came up for me to photograph Drake proposing to Emily I was so excited. Little did I know how nerve racking it would end up being! Don’t get me wrong, everything went smoothly and Drake’s proposal was so beautiful – an evening neither of them will ever forget, I’m sure. But every moment we waited for Emily to turn the corner…my anticipation grew. My heart would beat a little faster, and I would look at Drake and ask how he was holding up. While I’m sure he was getting anxious, more than anything you could tell how excited he was to propose to Emily. And then there she was, turning the corner of this trail at the Griffith Observatory. Griffith Observatory Proposal
Here are some of my favorite images from their proposal. Congrats to Drake & Emily!
Walking into the Sara’s delivery room, I was greeted by lots of excitement and smiles. Not only is Mariah their first baby, but she is also the first grand baby on both sides of Adam & Sara’s families. It was so sweet seeing all the family come together to be there for Sara to encourage her and of course to join in on celebrating Mariah’s arrival! birth photography los angeles
Ironically enough, the following day we had plans to meet in person to finish going over details for Mariah’s birth. I think this little girl took us all a bit by surprise when she decided to come 3 weeks early! Luckily, she was very healthy and her momma had a wonderful labor & delivery. I’m still very proud of how great Sara was throughout the whole process!
Here’s Mariah’s birth story as well as some images from her newborn session…
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This my friends, is what winter looks like in Southern CA…warm and sunny (sorry east coasters!). A few months back, I posted some portraits of this pretty momma and wrote some words about how grateful I am to have her in my life (you can look back to that here). When she and her family stayed in LA for a couple of days recently, we had to plan getting together! So, dinner it was. But knowing how adorable little Ava is, and well the three of them as a whole, I just HAD to do a family session of them while they were visiting. Luckily for me, Crystal felt the same way :)
Oh, and can we all giggle about the fact that they’re in coats? I guess sunny CA doesn’t hold up to the warmth of Hawaii!
From the moment I walked into their home this little guy was a total ham! He was sitting at the table finishing his breakfast meanwhile looking at me with a big smile waiting for his picture to be taken. I guess that’s what happens when you’re a child of a photographer! :)
He then proceeded to melt my heart as he excitedly introduced me to all of his fun toys, and books. The more questions I asked the more excited he got. At one point he grabbed one of his favorite books and asked me to read to him. His parents reminded him that I was there to take their pictures, but I didn’t mind…how could I possibly not sit down a read a book to this sweet little guy?
After everyone was ready we headed over to the beautiful campus of Occidental College (something they do often), and wandered around, laughing and playing.
The fire was crackling as I sat there in a lawn chair staring at the stars, and listening to some of my dearest friends laugh in the background. I soaked in the cool, crisp fall air and wished I could take it back to LA with me. The conversation shifted and a few of us started talking to Nikki about her due date, and if her and Chris had decided on the baby’s name (they had, and it’s the best…Lennon). Meanwhile, I got the idea in my head that I would come back to Calgary and do a birth story for Nikki. Me being me, I excitedly blurted out my idea. And while everyone got a good little laugh, I was shut down. Nikki teased that with the way her labors go, I would never make it there in time, and I agreed that it would be near impossible to plan. So, sadly, I let my new little dream go.
A month later when Nikki messaged me about flying out there to do their newborn shoot I was all for it! I figured if I couldn’t do a birth story for her this was the next best thing. So we planned it out, and booked my flight for what we assumed would be a week after baby Lennon was born. And as the days went by, that sweet little babe stayed in there. As Nikki started to worry about getting this kid out, I started bringing up the idea of me doing a birth story. I mean, I was going to be there in Canada after all so it would be awesome do to both, right?!? But Nikki wasn’t having it. She laughed at me and I’m sure rolled her eyes a bit at my texts as I would bring it up here and there.
And then there I was, standing outside in the frigid cold of what is known as Calgary, waiting to be picked up from the airport by a still very pregnant Nikki. The next couple of days came and went…still no baby. By this point there was a little bit of panic in all of us. As I got an email telling me it was time to check-in for my flight home, I thought there was a decent chance that not only would I go home the next day without being able to do her newborn shoot but I wouldn’t be there for her birth story either.
Luckily, baby Lennon really wanted to meet her honorary Aunt LoThat night (my last night there), things started picking up for Nikki. We all went to bed with hopes that we would be up in a few hours to head to the hospital…and sure enough that’s what happened. And since I had won Nikki over with doing a birth story (actually I think logic won her over…I mean, she flew a photographer from LA out she might as well get something while I was there), I excitedly grabbed my stuff and hopped into the car.
Once we were at the hospital and knew that little Lennon was for sure on her way, we called and changed my flight so that I could stay and do her newborn shoot as well…yay! And then just like that, everything worked out. My little dream to do Lennon’s birth story came true, and Nikki got the family newborn session she originally wanted. And then, as if that wasn’t cool enough, Nikki’s view on having a birth photographer totally changed. She loved it. And my birth photographer’s heart exploded with happiness. You can read all about why she never wanted a birth photographer, here!
I love Nikki and her sweet family. It means so much to me that she valued my work enough to fly me to Calgary to be there for such a sweet time in her family’s life! And even more so, that she trusted me enough to let me photograph Lennon’s birth even though she had hesitations.
Here is a look at Lennon’s birth and newborn session!
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