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.
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).
After having photographed Carla and Andrew’s beautiful rustic wedding in Oak Glen three years ago, and before their beach maternity portrait session, these expecting parents had two baby shower events, one from each mother! And with the fun theme of ‘adventure’, Carla’s mother’s backyard baby shower was filled with hot air balloons, maps, and a toy biplane soaring through the sky. What a lucky boy!
One part of photography that I really enjoy getting to do is to document various religious events that I otherwise don’t get to experience due to my own religion. This time around, it’s Jack’s Catholic baptism event at the beautiful USC Caruso Catholic Center while being supported by many of their family’s close friends and family.
We quickly photographed Jack getting ready for his big ceremony at a residential house nearby, and once the ceremony at USC was finished, we zipped over to El Cholo restaurant for a fun reception. Marissa and Ron, thanks for having me as your Los Angeles baptism photographer!
Just after Valentine’s Day, I had the pleasure of once again being one of the many amazing sponsors of The Heart Series – a conference on business x bettering the world (view last year’s blog feature). Once again, it was an amazing conference to be a part of, and I had such a great time documenting all the keynote speakers from companies such as UpWorthy, EveryTable, Dizzy Feet Foundation, Yoobi, and Global Citizen, as well as the attendees and their fervor to listen, learn, and give back to the community. Thanks for having me as your Los Angeles business conference photographer!