10.22.2016 | Portrait Mini-Session: The Valverde Family

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My very first holiday mini-session of the year! I usually hold all my sessions at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. But I was more than happy to accommodate Xochilt’s request to have her family portrait done much closer to her and her family at Murphy Ranch Park in the City of Whittier. I was very eager to hold the session soon because  I just happen to be Xochilt’s fellow alumni at Carson High School in Carson, CA. So I could not wait to “catch up” with her even for just a moment. I was so happy to see her again and to finally meet her husband, Ruben, and their beautiful children. I drove one hour and half one very early Saturday morning, and I thought the session turned out really great! The location was beautiful and that morning light was just STUNNING!!!

Check out just a few of my favorites from this session:

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a husband and wife portrait session in Murphy Ranch Park
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To view more from this beautiful family session: http://swag.swoonandswagger.com/gallery/valverde/

Paramount Ranch Maternity Photos | Agoura Hills Photographer | Marjorie & Jimmy

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I’ve been so excited to share Marjorie and Jimmy’s Paramount Ranch maternity photos. Paramount Ranch has long been one of my favorite places for weddings, family photos, and maternity photos, so when Marjorie and Jimmy thought it would be the perfect rustic backgrop for their maternity photos, I couldn’t wait!

We arrived early in the day to take advantage of the beautiful morning light that a Los Angeles winter offers. I was so excited that Paramount Ranch was green because just a few weeks before, it had been bare and brown.

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The soft glow of the morning sun made Marjorie look absolutely angelic.

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Marjorie and Jimmy have been married for ten years, and as a father myself, I can remember how exciting my wife’s first pregnancy was. It was so fun to see Jimmy taking good care of his wife, and tenderly kissing their baby through her stomach.

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The light at Paramount Ranch really was amazing, and the sun just warm enough to make sure Marjorie didn’t get too cold. It was a beautiful day for their maternity photos!

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I know Marjorie didn’t buy these shoes just for their Paramount Ranch maternity photos, but the tiny Air Jordans were my favorite part of their session! Somehow, the contrast against the lace of her dress was the perfect symbol for their start of this new chapter in their lives.

You can check out the full gallery of Marjorie and Jimmy’s Paramount Ranch engagement photos here, and the Chavez family’s photos from the same location. Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills really lends itself to portrait sessions, family sessions, and, of course, weddings.

Throwback Thursday: Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Ceremony Photos | Swoon and Swagger | Cindy + Ian

Cindy and Ian's Wedding Photo First Look

I LOVE doing First Looks with my couples! One huge advantage of doing a first look (this is a very personal choice that couples must decide before a wedding timeline is even developed) is that I can a majority of all the important formal shots even before the ceremony starts.

First Looks are very fun, full of surprises, and at the same time, can be nervewracking too. Nonetheless, I photographed this really beautiful sequence right in front of The Waterfront Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach. Right in the middle of Friday afternoon traffic in Main Street. Cars everywhere honked and drivers alike were congratulating them! Its definitely a surreal moment when my couples are adored left and right.