Over seven years ago, on a bit of a whim, I started my journey in photographing complete strangers that, in turn, became familiar faces. It’s been an arduous voyage that’s taken me through many hurdles, both good and bad. I’ve been able to meet so many amazing people, have been given so many great experiences, and through capturing other people’s moments, were able to make my own at the same time. But it’s been a lonely road. And we all know that everything is more fun when you have someone to share it with.
After moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I met Jared, a fellow photographer with a spunky attitude and a lively laugh. We hit it off pretty quickly and I knew we would make a great team. That is why I am excited to announce that Jared is our newest addition to Paper Ban Photography team!
I had the pleasure of photographing him and his partner Chris one afternoon, and they are such goofballs when they’re together, as you can see. In so many ways, they are such opposites. But you know what they say – opposites attract!
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!
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!
During one of Southern California’s famous heatwave, Maya held her outdoor birthday party. Thankfully, she held it right by the marina! The breeze was very welcoming, just as much as the smiles on the faces of everyone that attended. And of course, Maya’s smile was the biggest of them all. She looked so cute with her felt-and-glitter tiara!
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’s incredible to think that when I was in the fourth grade, I had a friend named Linda, and she and I stayed connected throughout the years by writing snail mail (before the invention of snail mail) and even went to San Diego Comic Con together for a couple of years. Now, I get to witness her at such a huge milestone in her life – marriage. In just a few weeks!
But until then, we wandered around Huntington Park and then Huntington Beach to take some engagement portraits! She and Vince looked so adorable together, especially as she wore her traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai, and him in a stunning tuxedo. I seriously can’t wait to photograph their wedding!