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1st Birthday Cake Smash! {Manhattan Beach Photographer}

I love watching a little one navigate their way through their first cake. They’re not quite sure what to do at first, why everyone’s starting at them, why they’re allowed to make a giant mess, and oh-my-goodness, what is that delicious sweet heavenly taste?!?!
SUGAR!!!!

Sometimes some kids take some time getting into cake, some dive right in. Some get all their limbs involved, hair too, and sometimes some kids just have no interest….and I love every.single.minute.

If you’re thinking about having a cake smash for your kiddo, I highly recommend it! If you don’t want to get a whole cake, some places (like my favorite Torrance Bakery) will create a mini cake, or just head out to the market and get a giant cupcake…it’s going to get destroyed anyway!

Brandon had an absolute blast with his cake in the park, he dove right in without any hesitation!

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Max had an amazing Farmer’s Market themed first birthday party and was a bit apprehensive at first, but then demolished his cake!
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JULY SOUTH BAY SUMMER MINI SESSION SPECIAL {Manhattan Beach Photographer}

Summer has arrived in the South Bay! The gloom burns off just a bit quicker, the evenings last a bit longer, ice cream tastes the absolute best, and the kids are home enjoying their time off.  Whether your kids are in school locally, or have left the nest but have come back for some lounge time between college classes, this is the perfect time for some family portraits.

For the month of July, we can schedule a quick 30 min family session on location at the beach, park or lounging at home. The session is $250, you will receive your choice of 15 full resolution images via my cloud site to print and share as you’d like.

Sessions can be on location at the beach or park, or at home in the South Bay (LA not SF, those specials will come soon!), and is limited to Family or Kids sessions only. Not for commercial sessions (headshots are considered commercial).

Sessions are best reserved in advance as the mini sessions book quickly and please mention the South Bay Summer Special Mini Session when booking.

I look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Elena’s stunning Maternity Session {Manhattan Beach maternity photography}

I met with Elena and Kris on a super windy day in Manhattan Beach for her maternity session. This is their first little one, a girl(!) and they couldn’t be more excited. They decided that while on a baby-moon in the South Bay from the east coast, a little photo session would be a fun and beautiful way to document their trip. Elena even did some shopping at the fabulous boutiques of Downtown Manhattan Beach and picked up this stunning dress for her session. She wore it beautifully and to my surprise and insane joy, she was willing to get right in to the water! Oh my goodness, this is defintiely in the top 3 favorite maternity sessions in the 13 years of my career!

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Pretty Santa Monica {Santa Monica photographer}

I had the great fortune of living in Santa Monica for 4 years and loved almost every minute, the 405 and the 10 freeways were the banes of my existence…but what Angeleno really enjoys sitting in traffic?

My time is Santa Monica was great both personally and professionally. Who wouldn’t love slipping off their shoes for work and running around on the beach capturing fun family moments? Or better yet, playing at Pacific Park, the games and the bright colorful rides all make for fun portraits too!

All within a half mile are some beautiful locations, both out in the open and some hidden gems as well! Here are some of my favorites from Santa Monica, and these are only in a small part of Santa Monica, the city truly lends itself beautifully to photography.

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Fun under the pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Love the balloons on the beach (Santa Monica Photographer)

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By the pier, love the light! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Expecting! Fun and colorful announcement! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Love the colors and the light! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Under the Santa Monica pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Under the Pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Santa Monica Pier fun! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Bright and colorful! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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By the Ferris Wheel! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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On the sand by the pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Sunset is gorgeous! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Fun getting your toes wet! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Taking a walk for portraits can lead to some great spots (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Secret courtyards make great locations (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Heading down to the beach (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Iconic Santa Monica pier makes a fabulous background (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Love the beach! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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