Monthly Archives: March 2009

Sunday Jazz on a Tuesday



Easy like Sunday Morning… it was such a great day in southern California on Sunday, one where the air just has you feeling grateful for every little simple thing. I had an early shoot with the Wachler family, and it just shouldn’t be right to laugh that much on the job… well I guess I shouldn’t laugh at the kids.

We had such a great time, and then I walked over to theFarmer’s Market on Swathmore, where this beautiful man was playing some sweet jazz. And what a face! He didn’t seem to mind me all up in his business taking shots, and when he finished playing, he just gave me this big humble adorable smile (below). I was on such a high, I left the market with two bunches of my favorite flowers, ten containers of healthy home-made soup, and one huge smile on my face. Until I got home, and then I thought What am I doing with all this soup?!


Is this not a GREAT FACE??


Simple, Subtle, Seductive



The only wardrobe was a pair of shoes… and sometimes that’s all a girl needs 🙂 Here’s a quick peek from a boudoir session with Veronica…. most pics are too riske´ to post. This picture below is my favorite from the shoot. I love to get lost in the beauty of a face. It’s one of my favorite things 🙂




One Hot Mama



I used to hang out in my mom’s bedroom when I was a kid and watch as she finished getting ready to go out… putting on stockings, lipstick, asking me which shoes I liked best. She has always been a rare blend of feminine fashionista and masculine car-loving fix-anything-and-do-it-better-than-the-men kind of gal. And she has always been a beautiful, dare I say sensual, woman. Basically, I had the coolest mom on the block. So it didn’t surprise me that she was up for it when I suggested a photo shoot for her birthday.

That’s right, my mom did a boudoir photo shoot for her XXth birthday, and darn it – I am so proud of her and honored to have enough of a gift to capture this for her.

We planned a studio shoot with a few wardrobe changes (my mom brought eight thousand outfits, but we only had time for a few), and I called a few of her closest girlfriends to come to the studio after our shoot as a little surprise party, to share champagne and cupcakes and toast mi madre.

The shoot was hysterical and fun – laughing at ourselves is one thing my mom and I do often and do well together. When her girlfriends showed up, we popped a lot of corks, made fun of my non-existent baking skills, discussed men, got tipsy, just about peed our pants laughing, and began planning their upcoming downtown boudoir party… My mom’s friends are great girls – and one in particular is downright raunchy! So I look forward to that photo party soon!

Thank you ladies, for helping me celebrate my mom’s 43rd birthday and to honor the brilliant sexy wonderful fun-loving up-for-anything mom of mine. And mom, thank you for being you – the coolest mom on any block. PS. Thank you for those good genes!


Mom sure loves her Almond Champagne!…





This is one of my favorites, because it’s so her…


Okay, this one is my favorite – my mom makes this expression several times a day…





LOVE this!… Yes, that’s one of the sad little cupcakes I made, but I think the matchbook makes up for it :))


Please leave my mom some bday love in the comments!… Happy Birthday Sandina!

Sweet Chaos



Meet the Hubbard family… Nathan, Lindsay, Hailey, Tess and new baby Jackson. It was a typical family photo shoot – the girls were lively, the baby fussy, the mom unnecessarily apologetic and the dad just kind of taking orders and trying to keep up. The new guy, Jackson MacDonald Hubbard, has the distinction of being the 1st Pacific Palisades Baby of 2009 (a tradition since 1954, sponsored by the Palisades Post). And he is quite a big little guy!…

Here are a couple of my favorites from our morning together… this is Tess who reminds me of my favorite doll I had when I was a kid 🙂


Hailey is trying to suss me out here… not quite sure she buys what I’m sellin’ yet…


Ahhhh, I’ve won her over! She did make me sweat for it though, and by the end of the shoot, Hailey made sure I walked away with some beautiful refrigerator art.


Oh my goodness how cute is this?… Big sisters, Hailey and Tess, sing “Do Re Me” to their little brother…


Nothing like Dad tossing you up in the air!… again, and again, and again!


What a cutie… cheeks for weeks!


On a personal and professional note, I am finally recovered from WPPI in Vegas. It’s a week-long photographer’s convention, workshop, trade-show, and total geek-fest. It was my first time, and I loved every minute of it… I came back completely on fire and inspired. One of my favorite parts was sitting in on the Print Judging competition… it was such a rush to hear a panel of master photographers critique photographs and fascinating to hear why each thought a print was below average, average, above average, excellent, superior, outstanding, and perfect. About 90 out of 100 were average or below, and when a merit print came along – it just stood apart. I could have sat there all week, and it was really a nice surprise to learn that my eye was pretty much in line with the judges.

After the print judging, I spent three crazy days on the crowded trade-show floor, which had over 2,000 booths I think, and I came away with a stunning new product line that I am so exciting about adding to my boutique…. details and photos coming soon!

Lastly, I had the extreme fortune to hear a few of my favorite photographers speak, and actually spend time chatting with each. They are each so different, but they all know themselves, their photography, and their brand very well. My favorites were:

Elizabeth Messina is a goddess of photography… she shoots film, has the sweetest disposition and her images are unmistakably her’s… soft, romantic, sensual, and well, just darn pretty. I admire her photography as well as how she runs her business and life. Even though she is very high-profile, she works out of home and keeps her family first. She also got a camera at a young age (like me) and carried it with her everywhere for awhile (like I did). Geeks.

Tamara Lackey is another photography genius… She is smart as a whip, generous with information, a brilliant photographer, and a super-mom to three kids to top it all off. Her talk was geared towards running a successful studio, reaching your target market, and really “seeing” the kids that you’re photographing.

Gene Higa is quite a showman, and his entertaining talk was geared towards creating your brand. I love Gene, his energy and enthusiasm, and love for what he does. He is a well-known, top 10 destination wedding photographer… and his heart is bigger than his brand.

I learned a lot from being at WPPI – to be true to myself and my art, find my niche and own it, tell people what I’m up to, and above all… to put my love of photography first. Because sometimes it’s so easy to forget that and get lost in the business side of things. So, just like back in the day when I got my first professional camera (Christmas day, age 8), I’m going to carry my Canon around with me everywhere (for two weeks as a mini-experiment), to get back in touch with shooting what I’m attracted to…

We’ll see what happens!

In Like a Lioness




March definitely came in like a lion, with two shoots on Sunday that couldn’t be more different – a newborn and family session in the morning and a boudoir session in the afternoon. After photographing the loving and energetic Hubbard family at their home (see post tomorrow), I hurried over to my studio to meet Lisa for a bit of boudoir! She had arrived early (so eager, I love it) and was sitting in front of my studio with bags and bags of lingerie, cozy blankets, and a Gelson’s bagful of wine and cheese – my kind of girl! As we picked our favorite outfits, Lisa’s up-for-anything and faithful friend Christine showed up to join the fun and lend support… Christine turned out to be an amazing assistant and I want to hire her! All I had to say was cue the wind! and she was right there with the fan on Lisa’s hair. She even lotioned up Lisa’s legs – now that’s a good friend. My job was easy – Lisa is gorgeous with beautiful skin, stunning green eyes, fabulous hair and a playful spirit.

The next couple of hours were a frenzy of snacking, laughing, curling hair, chatting, bending, flirting and seducing… all the while, shooting… I had the best time! Lisa’s goal was to get beautiful and sexy photos for her boyfriend that captured her sweet and seductive sides… well congratulations Lisa, mission accomplished! Here are a few of the more modest shots – I was experimenting with a new lens (85mm 1.2), which I love and now wonder how I ever did without.

Look for the highlights from Sunday’s newborn shoot in tomorrow’s post as well as thoughts from my recent trip to Vegas for WPPI, and thank you for all the kind comments – keep ‘em coming and let me know what you think! 🙂