Last week I went on vacation to visit family at my old stomping grounds in Evanston, IL, just outside of Chicago. During my trip, I was fortunate enough to set up a fun family portrait session with my dear childhood friend, Stacy, and her new beautiful family. We chose the Baha’i Temple, a beautiful sacred place with stunning gardens surrounding it. Meet baby Amalia, not quite a year old yet but bubbling with personality. I wouldn’t say she was “all smiles” during the session, but that didn’t bother me at all! I love how candid babies are, and it was beautiful to watch her parents interact with her. The bilingual family just moved back to the States after living in Chile for some time. Congrats Stacy and Mark, and welcome back!

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Meet Kale’a, a cute little girl who lives with her loving mommies, Lucinda and Laura, in Sierra Madre, California. She may be tiny in size, but she’s got an explosive and dynamic personality. On the day of her portrait session, she was getting over a bug, so she was not in the best of moods. However, we managed to get a few smiles out of her. Fruit snacks and popsicles did the trick.

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March 20, 2012 Spoiled by Hande

These images are from a recent shoot I had with makeup artist and stylist, Lesli Matta, for a new clothing line in Laguna Beach called Spoiled by Hande. Hande is an incredibly driven and creative Turkish woman who also co-owns a Mediterranean restaurant in Laguna, GG’s Bistro. I love the simple elegance of style combined with subtle, earthy tones of her clothing line. Her dazzling jewelry also adds that final touch to any outfit. She is having a grand opening soon, so be on the lookout if you’re ever in the Laguna area.

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Here are images from the Rock Your Hair shoot I recently did with awesome makeup artist, Carolina Pineda, and incredible art director, Lesli Matta, in Topanga Canyon. Rock Your Hair is a combination of amazing hair products created by Michael O’Rourke designed to increase hair volume and voluptuousness. What can I say, it pretty much ROCKS!

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Olivia recently tured one and shared her excitement for life with everyone present at her birthday celebration. She comes from a wonderful family, so it’s no wonder she’s such a light. I had a ball photographing all the kids. I love how candid and expressive they are. I’m coming to find more and more that most kids are not very camera shy. In fact, most have perfected their “say cheese” face, so I try to catch them during those moments as well as when they’re just doing their thing and aren’t in performance mode.:) I love how they bring out the kid in their parents when they interact with each other. It’s really refreshing and fun to watch. Happy birthday Olivia. Welcome to the world! To see the gallery on Facebook, click here.

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