10.22.2016 | Portrait Mini-Session: The Valverde Family

family portrait session at whittier

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:

family portrait session at whittier


beautiful family portrait session at whittier

a husband and wife portrait session in Murphy Ranch Park
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murphy ranch park family portrait session

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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.

Throwback Thursday: Pasadena Wedding Photos | Swoon and Swagger | Sakura + Vince

Throwback Thursday Photo:

Halfway into their wedding day. After their Chinese Tea Ceremony at the Vince’s house. We drove out to the famous Pasadena City Hall for their bridal and group portraits. I walked all the way up to the very top of the staircase and shot this gorgeous portrait of Sakura and Vince. I asked my assistant Carlos to hold my off camera flash just beneat the winding staircase and outside the views of my camera. It took a few shots to get the shot I wanted but I could not be more happy to achieve the shots I needed for Vince and Sakura. While I was working with the couple, my 2nd photographer shot a majority of the bridal party.

vince and sakura during the bride and groom only wedding photos at the Pasadena Civic Center