Category Archives: South Bay Photography

Well, hello there! It’s been too long {Manhattan Beach photographer}

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve posted anything. Poor blog, neglected, left dormant for Instagram (@juliavargaphoto)….but I’m back! I’m back to share with you some love!

It’s been a wonderfully busy year filled with lots of families, babies, toddlers, weddings and even commercial work! I thank the universe daily, and my lucky stars that I am so fortunate to do what I absolutely love. Does that sound cliche? It shouldn’t, and if it does, I don’t care. It’s true.

Any work day that ends with me getting my toes in the sand and taking a knee high dip in the ocean, is a pretty awesome day at work.

Since being in the South Bay now for a few years, I’ve had many sessions at the Manhattan Beach pier, and each time I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s pretty much an obligatory photo session for families that live in the South Bay, or even if you’re not here, come down anyway; it’s magical at sunset…especially in the winter. Yes, it may be crowded at times. Last year during the holiday photo season, I counted 13 photographers at the pier, with 13 families all taking their holiday portraits. While you may not think that it’s so unique at that point, it is. Each photographer has their own style, their own way of capturing images. And honestly, I love being surrounded by such creative professionals who manage to create amazing images when we’re all elbow to elbow working. It’s actually pretty amazing to watch too, the dance the professionals do to make sure they are engaging their clients (especially the kiddos) while making sure their exposures are correct, composing an aesthetically pleasing image, making sure their backgrounds are uncluttered, and not being in another photographer’s shot. It’s wonderfully chaotic magic!

And here’s evidence to what a great afternoon can be like at the Manhattan Beach pier.

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

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Holiday Portraits at Point Vicente Interpretive Center {Los Angeles Portrait Photography}

Since moving to the South Bay over a year and a half ago, I have visited the Point Vicente Interpretive Center many many times! Sometimes it’s just to hang out,

sometimes it’s to take a walk, fly a kite, and even do some whale watching (they even have a tally board in the height of the migrations!).

I’ve realized how absolutely stunning the views are over the bluffs, the view of Catalina Island, and that beautiful Point Vicente Lighthouse. I’m a sucker for a lighthouse, and can’t wait to

take a tour of this one!

This park is perfect for family portraits! Who wouldn’t want those views, the lighthouse, the palm trees and that warm glow of an amazing California coast sunset for their portraits?!

These are some favorites from a recent session with the G family, what a gorgeous afternoon!

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Holiday Portraits at the Beach {Los Angeles Portrait Photographer}

I met up with Michelle and her beautiful family at their home in Malibu. She wanted to some family portraits at their beach just down the street.

We drove down and parked in front of an unassuming gate, and walked down the most beautiful path through the canyon down to the water’s edge. This part

of the beach is very private and secluded, only known to locals. It was so beautiful! The wide beach and the outcropping of rocks, the huge cliffs and of course the amazing sunset

set for a very dramatic backdrop for their family portraits.

I can tell this family is a beach family, this is their backyard, and I appreciate them sharing it with me for the evening!

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Beautiful little baby {Camarillo Newborn Photography}

Oh, how I love to photograph the littlest, bittiest newborn babies!

Not all little ones will sleep through their photo sessions, I’ve found that lots of babies have a ‘fear of missing out’, little do they know, it’s all about them.

I love this sweet little baby girl, with her precious princess crown, her little fingers and toes, and her most amazing big brother and sister.

Welcome little one, can’t wait to watch you grow!

Sweet and beautiful big sister

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momma always has the soothing touch…

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Love love love this headpiece!

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Handsome big brother

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