When Jennifer reached out to me for a Pasadena family photographer to photograph their family portraits during the holiday, she had mentioned that all of her family members were from all over the country and the holidays were the one time every year that everyone comes together. It was amazing to photograph three generations in one park, and see how their family tree blossomed into.
Fun fact: the three kiddos in the bottom photo were born just a month apart!
Four years ago, I photographed little Austin for his first birthday. He was so tiny! And now, seeing him for a portrait session just before the holidays, he’s all grown up, and has two other siblings! It was fun seeing the family once again for a portrait session, and I look forward to seeing them in the future.
Little Wyatt was turning one, and to celebrate the momentous occasion, he and his family decided to partake in a Disneyland family portrait session at the happiest place on Earth! So, we roamed the land, going through several areas, and photographing away the smiles on their faces. One of my favorites has to be the ones with Cinderella’s pink castle in the ground. SO magical! A close second has to be the photo with the ducks!
End of the year family portraits are always fun to photograph, as it documents a small milestone through the progression of life. I had the pleasure of photographing the K family recently in their beautiful home on a Los Angeles hillside. With two kids running around and showing me their world, it was easy to capture the essence of their childhood. They ran around, collecting leaves, showed me their stuffed animals collection, played with their bikes and their scooters. And when the kids started reading with their parents – it’s so cute!
It was an honor for Nate and Marissa to have asked me to document their wedding at the Wilshire Restaurant. And now, I am way beyond honored to have been asked to photograph their son, Teddy, for his first year portraits, ESPECIALLY since they live in San Francisco! I never get tired of saying this, but I feel so lucky to have the most awesome people to photograph!
It’s been a couple of years since I saw them last, and I have to say that parenthood definitely suits them. Teddy is SUCH an adorable baby (or should I say toddler) to work with. He was so calm throughout the whole process and just enjoyed being a baby, which meant playing with bubbles, going down slides, and eating some cold and refreshing ice cream!
The biggest compliment I can get as a photographer is being hired multiple times to photograph a client. Over the course of starting Paper Ban Photography, (I believe it’s been just over three years now!), I’ve had the chance to photograph Joelle’s newborn photos and her first year with her family, and now again, as she is two years old, smiling and running around with her brother and sister.
It’s crazy that the little ones still remember me when I showed up! They were excited to see me and wanted me to take photos of them playing and jumping, and being on top of their playhouse, haha. Simona, the older sister, came up to me and said that she didn’t feel lonely at school because she was able to bring one of the photos I took with her. Thatmelted my heart.