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It’s the time of year! {Holiday Mini Portrait Sessions}

We are technically still in summer, but just as pumpkin flavored everything has erupted everywhere, my thoughts are turning to holiday portrait sessions. I’m sure you’re thinking “the kids just went back to school, we’re still settling into our routines, no way am I thinking about the holidays”. I get it, we’re mid September. But wasn’t it just July???

The months fly by and next thing you know, it’s mid December wondering how on earth you’ll get your holiday cards out in time and maybe you’ll just do New Year’s cards (nothing wrong with that!) and why on earth didn’t you just schedule your portrait session in September?!?!?!?!

Let’s get it taken care of now, get it done on a weekend before things really get so tight that you won’t have time. With the popularity of the mini sessions last year, I’m bringing them back again this year. It’s 30 minutes of photography in a South Bay (Los Angeles!) location-El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, the Palos Verdes peninsula, and even Long Beach. Those of you who have worked with me in the past know that I work quickly and we make the absolute most of those 30 minutes and you’ll receive a web gallery of proofs where you can select your favorite 15 images. I’ll take those 15 images, give them a bit of a retouch and send you the full high resolution images so you can print cards, give them as gifts and even print them to hang and display around the house.

Do you live elsewhere but still want a mini session? Call me, text me, email me, message me, and we can talk about a location that works best for your family.

The 30 minute South Bay Holiday Portrait Mini Session includes 15 full resolution images is $250.

This year I have also partnered with an amazing online card printing company, Basic Invite, and for those booking and ordering their cards in September and October, I am happy to offer 40% off your card order. Yep, you read that right 40% OFF HOLIDAY CARDS!!!!

You will receive the code in your gallery link email.

These cards are not only stunning with wonderful card stock and quality printing, but they are affordable as well!!! Woohoo!
Let’s connect and get your holiday portraits in the books, cross this off your list before you even have to add it on there to begin with.
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Tree decorating on the beach under the Manhattan Beach Pier

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Family portraits under the Manhattan Beach Pier

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Holiday portraits on the beach under the Manhattan Beach Pier

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Holiday portraits with decorations

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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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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 Stonehaus Winery and Westlake Village Inn {Portrait Photography}

I have been photographing Alex and her family for over 6 years now, and each year I marvel how beautiful her girls are and how amazing they’ve become!

We met up at The Stonehaus Winery on a wonderfully crisp fall morning for portraits. I had no idea how pretty it is there! They did an amazing job with the landscaping, the

placing of the tables and benches, the waterfalls, the fire pits, and the fabulous chairs with the built in wine glass holders! From the vineyard we walked down the way, stopped in the beautiful white walkway for one

of my favorite shots, and continued on past the Westlake Village Inn and stopped at the bronze gazebo. I can only imagine the weddings that go on there! Truly, this is becoming one of my favorite locations

in which to shoot! The lake, the greens and of course the vineyard, love it all.

I can’t wait to get back there in the evening to enjoy a glass of wine by the fire.

Thanks Alex and family for an amazing shoot!

Happy Holidays to you!

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