As a fairly newly married woman myself, I always imagine that my marriage would last for years and years, until my husband Joseph and I are both old and graying, with hairs growing out of our ears and we’re telling the young whippersnappers to get off our lawns. Seeing the love between Leo and Tere who just celebrated forty years of being married, makes me look forward to one day celebrating our own fortieth anniversary.
It is always an honor when a client loves your work so much that she actually moves the event date to accommodate around your schedule! And it happened for Leo and Tere’s surprise party! I have to say, I’ve never been more flattered *blushes*. Also, you may have seen this backyard recently before, and that’s because I had photographed Natalia’s first birthday party a couple of months prior. It was so nice to also see so many familiar faces.
It’s always a pleasure seeing familiar faces, and this was the case when I photographed Natalia’s first birthday event. The first time I met Natalia’s mom, Melissa, she was officiating her sister Alex’s wedding, to which I was the photographer. And now, I had the honor of capturing another one of their family’s milestone events.
Natalia’s birthday party was held at her aunties’ beautiful backyard in Santa Clarita, California. The weather was absolutely beautiful and perfect. Just prior to the start of the party, the family held a small ceremony in the living room and announced Alex and Lucia as Natalia’s godmothers. The celebration continued with close family and friends, and a rather cheerful birthday girl.
Remember when Carla and Andrew had their magical backyard baby shower, thrown by Carla’s mom? Just a couple of weeks later, Andrew’s sweet mom threw them a nautical themed baby shower! There was plenty of red, white, and blue balloons, sailor-themed dessert table, and mother-to-be Carla dressed up in a lovely striped dress. Baby Aaron is so blessed to have such a loving set of family and friends.
I have already featured their maternity portraits and their in-home newborn portraits when Aaron entered the world, but I somehow ended up leaving this particular event left in the drafts! And with all of the adorable nautical decor, it definitely deserves to be showcased!
Soon after Rakhi and Anjun’s maternity portrait session, they held their baby shower at The Yellow Chilli at Buena Park, and boy, was it lively! This was the first time I’ve ever photographed an Indian baby shower and I loved witnessing the different traditions that they have, such as stepping putting bangles on the mother-to-be’s wrist and filling her lap with various gifts. A few of the games continued the festivities, such as having the guys put on diapers on a baby doll BLIND-FOLDED and racing to eat baby food (this definitely got messy, haha).
Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing my first Armenian christening at St. Peter’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Van Nuys for two adorable brothers. I always say this, but it’s true. One of the best things about being a Los Angeles photographer is getting to experience so many different cultures in this melting pot of a city. And can I just say that everyone in attendance dressed up SO stunningly!
After the ceremony, we headed over to Bellezza Banquet Hall in West Hollywood for an absolutely stunning reception. With tables covered in white orchids, a decked out desserts table, and entertainers that ranged from a magician to a violinist, it was a night to remember.
I’ve always wanted to be a part of a masquerade ball, so when Lockton Insurance inquired about photography coverage for their company event with that exact theme, I was over the moon. Their event took place on a beautiful brick terrace at the exclusive California Club in downtown Los Angeles overlooking the skyscrapers around. So many of the guests had their masks on, and it looked like we had stepped into a party in Italy!