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California Girls in Massachusetts

California Girls in Massachusetts

Ok, so the colors probably won’t be this beautiful while I’m in Massachusetts and Connecticut early September, but I’m looking forward to a change of scenery and a chance to visit my old haunts. If you are a past MA client or would like your chance to be a MA client, email me for a session 9/12-9/15. Travel sessions start at $500 and include digital files. Can’t wait for our visit!

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The simplest little moments can make great portraits. The first meeting of two cousins (the little one is mine!). Even though these shots aren’t perfectly posed in Sunday best, they capture personality in a bright, modern and pretty (if I do say so myself) package: both the girls and the photograph. Embrace the casual days of summer and get out and take some playful cuddly pictures of your own…or give me a call and you can get in the picture too!

Summer Outdoor Portrait

Summer Outdoor Portrait

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My daughter has her first big dance recital coming up. She goes to one of those megastudios in RSM and I think the day of the recital will be a bit overwhelming, so we got in some portraits ahead of time.

Little Cowgirl, South Orange County

Little Cowgirl, South Orange County

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California Summer Portrait

California Summer Portrait


Now that summer is upon us I have a break from school and am able to concentrate a bit more on offering photography sessions (and updating this blog!). Every once and a while to flex my artistic muscle—which allows me to continue to shoot fresh and creative portraits for my clients—I get together with a bunch of local Southern California photographers to play with models or our own kids and just create for fun. I was able to get this portrait of my own girls with props provided by the fabulous Los Angeles photographer Je Neuhaus. I’m now inspired to try new things and take more artistic wall-ready portraits of my own children and my clients. I always like my sessions to be a partnership with those I photograph—if you have something you’d like to try out in your own portraits, please let me know. I look forward to creating art with you!

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Fairy Portrait

Fairy Portrait

A. wanted to play w/her fairy costume and was happy to have me take pictures of her (she’s becoming quite the model!).  Part of my job as a photographer is to find little pockets of gorgeous scenery in everyday environments. This particular spot is just in my front yard, and most people wouldn’t think it was anything special, but A. and I found it a fairy wonderland! It’s so much fun to have a little more time over the summer to enjoy taking pictures of my own children and I will try to share some of C. soon.

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Miss A. wanted to act as art director for her own patriotic shoot using the little flag she got at school. I was happy to indulge her even if we got a little silly with our stars and stripes sheet set. I guess I have the same silly bone as my four-year-old, because we were both giggling at the end.

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black and white portrait

black and white portrait

In the effort to try to enjoy the summer rainy days while we are still in Massachusetts, we bought A. a cute little bug umbrella and she wanted me to take pictures of it today.  When the rain calmed down enough for me to take her out and use my camera while holding my own umbrella we headed out into the yard. She’s at the stage where she likes to get her picture taken, but doesn’t necessarily like to hold still, but I’m happy to chase her around and also to catch a few moments like this where she pauses for a breather.

Outdoor child portrait

Outdoor child portrait

and she looks a tad wild-eyed, but that’s what a week cooped up inside for bad weather will do to you!
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She might be sad that ‘it never rains in Southern California,’ but I think all the swimming will probably make up for it.

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An old trick

by Teya on June 24, 2009 in Teya's Life

bread-6-23 The weather here has kept me from shooting outdoors, so I spent the evening making zucchini bread in the hopes of getting my four-year-old to eat some vegetables. It worked, though I had issues getting the middle to set without drying out the outside. I’ll have some senior portraits to share soon if the weather turns, but for now I thought I’d display my culinary skills (or lack thereof). And just for fun, I included my Dutch “Photographer” mug that my wonderful husband bought on a business trip a few years ago.

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She’s probably even a bit awkward as four-year-olds go, but my daughter does like to dance! Today was her last day of dance, drama and crafts camp at The Performing Arts Connection – I’m really hoping I can find a great place near Irvine for her to dance, and if I can partner with them to do headshots, like I’ve done for Sam, then that’s great too!
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“More”

by Teya on May 14, 2009 in Teya's Life,baby portraits

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Wanted to share a little snapshot of C signing “more.” We are madly getting ready for the move, but I’ll try to check in as often as possible. And here is another sweet picture of my baby girl:

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