New Website & Haley

I’ve been working with the super talented Katelyn Brooke the last few months on a complete rebrand, and I’m so happy with the end result. She was so much fun to work with, I’m kind of sad that it has come to an end! You can see her blog post about the design process HERE. I can’t thank her enough!

And I’m finally getting around to posting Haley’s Senior photos! She is an artist and had a lot of great ideas, it made my job easy! I loved that she was willing to get up early to catch the morning light.

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Haley's senior photos

Hailey

Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a very special relationship with my niece Hailey. She graduated last week, and I couldn’t be more happy and proud of her. She has grown up to be such a thoughtful, smart, sweet, not to mention beautiful, young woman. I cried like a baby when I saw her in her cap and gown. A few months ago we did her senior photos here in Los Angeles, it was surreal, I couldn’t stop thinking about her when she was little. There was a short time that she lived with me when she was a toddler, I worked nights and she would wake me up super early in the morning and whisper, “auntie, fruity pebbles” and I would get up like a zombie and pour her fruity pebbles in a bowl, turn on cartoons, and lay back down on the couch. I miss all those times taking her school clothes shopping, and every time she saw an outfit she liked she screamed, “Oh la la, Auntie, Oh la la!”  It was hilarious. It seems she has always lived two hours from me, and every few weeks I would make the drive to Joshua Tree or to Lake Havasu to pick her up for weekends or school breaks, we would have so much fun together. I feel blessed that she is such a big part of my life.

And some embarrassing photos just for Hailey!

Cheyenne’s Senior Portraits

When I graduated college and started working in the photography field, I did pretty much every job you can imagine, I worked in photo darkrooms developing film and making prints, I worked at cheesy portrait studios doing family and senior portraits, I assisted commercial photographers (one of the hardest jobs ever), I was a photographer at Lisa Frank doing their catalog and print work, I was the staff photographer at College Times, working on fashion spreads and occasional cover art (one of the best jobs ever), I’ve worked as a retoucher, a photo editor, and still do art directing on a freelance basis. All of these jobs have taught me so many valuable skills, and have made me the photographer I am today. I was thinking about all of this while I was preparing Cheyenne’s portraits for my blog. I am so thankful for all of these experiences, and I’m still completely obsessed with photography, even after all these years.

Now onto Cheyenne! It was so much fun preparing for this shoot,  Cheyenne is an aspiring photographer and writer, and she had a ton of ideas. I wish I had taken a behind the scenes shot so you could see the mess we created together. It was just the two of us, and we lugged wardrobe, props and camera gear down this really long trail, we even brought spiders home with us. For all that work, I think we got some pretty awesome shots.

Cheyenne

May 19, 2010

This is my beautiful cousin Cheyenne, she is a talented dancer and actress.

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And this is the family dog, Nessie. Check out those Ears!

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Brooke Valls {a senior portrait}

April 3, 2010

Brooke is my good friend Jennifer’s daughter. She is a senior this year, and will be attending San Diego State for College. She is a really talented photographer and video editor, you can see her photo projects HERE
We had a great time hanging out in Malibu and taking pics.

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