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April 10, 2014

A few portraits taken with my Contax.

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Contax 645 | Fuji 400H | Richard Photo Lab

April 1, 2014

I’m finally getting around to posting part 2 of my Paris trip!  If you missed part 1, you can see it here.

Paris is seriously such a beautiful city!  I loved the way all the buildings looked with their cute little balconies & potted plants and ornate doors!  And I LOVED their public transit!  It was so easy to get around the city by metro and by Velib (their bike share system).  And now with so many smart phone apps that have offline maps with location services (meaning you’re not using any data but your phone can still detect where you are), you never have to worry about getting lost!  My favorite apps for getting around in Paris were Ulmon and Paris Metro.  The TripAdvisor app is also a good one.

Also, I have to mention that Michelle & I were very impressed with what people were able to transport via their bikes.  We saw a lady with a special little hook on the back of her bike that allowed her to pull her rolling suitcase behind her.  So clever!  Oh, we also saw a TON of people on roller blades…including some police officers at the Louvre!  I love that Paris is so multi-modal.

Enjoy these little snippets of Paris!

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March 20, 2014

A few weeks ago I headed up to Santa Cruz to photograph a maternity session for Stephanie and Bruce.  I loved being able to photograph them in their home – it was the perfect setting for this sweet and intimate shoot!  And isn’t their baby room the cutest?!  Loved all the cute travel-inspired decor!

Last week Steph & Bruce welcomed a baby boy into the world!  Congrats!!

March 17, 2014

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March 13, 2014

A long overdue post from Haruka & Felix’s gorgeous wedding at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens!  I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this sweet couple when they first married in a private beach ceremony in Malibu.
Several months later they followed up that intimate affair with a ceremony & reception for family and friends at the LA Arboretum.

It was such a beautiful and well-styled day, with the guys starting the day off with a good old-fashioned barber shop shave at 18/8 in Pasadena and the girls looking pretty in pink!  Their ceremony took place at the arboretum’s Rose Garden, and the blooming pink trees at the Peacock Cafe provided the perfect canopy for their candlelit outdoor reception!

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Wedding Venue: Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Floral Design: Creative Floral Designs

Wedding Day Coordination: Kat Keane Weddings & Events

Wedding Cinematography: studio205films

Catering: The Peacock Café at the Arboretum

Alcohol: The Bottle Shop

Wedding Cake: Cake Sensations

Dessert Bar: Dots Cupcakes, ‘Lette Macarons, Beard Papa’s, JJ Bakery, Phoenix Food Boutique

Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Angela Dal Bon Custom Invitations & Announcements

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musicians: Strings by Reiko

DJ: High Resolution Productions

Rentals: Dolphin Party Rentals

Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade

Hair + Makeup: Vivihair and Makeup

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom’s Suit: J. Crew

Groomsmen’s Suits: Alfani via Macy’s

Groom + Groomsmen’s Shaves: 18|8 Men’s Hair & Grooming Center

Assistant Photographer:  Jean Tsai

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