In August 2004, I married a wonderful man with 3 children: Brandon, BriAnne and Lindsey. A month later my son Brandon (who at the time was only 11 years old) was introduced to someone he had no idea would be his best friend forever, someone he would consider his brother. His name is Andrea. I am so privileged and honored to have been a part of Andrea's life and to witness the transformation from a little adorable Italian boy who loved ice cream and video games, into an amazing, big-hearted, loyal, loving and intelligent man. I love him so much, and consider him one of my kids. When he asked if I could do some portraits of him, I was beyond excited. xoxo
Makenzie was only 7 years old when she met my daughter, Lindsey. They became inseparable and would spend every waking moment with each other. Fast forward 11 years. Makenzie has grown into a very loving, amazing individual. Though she possess a very shy and timid demeanor, you can't help but be intrigued by her beauty, grace, elegance and unparalleled artistic style. When she requested Downtown Los Angeles for her Senior Pictures, it was a no brainer!
Next, we headed over to Ace Hotel for some pics in the lobby and on the roof. Great hotel! After that, we headed towards Melrose and stopped at PaliHotel. Loved that place! Great colors, walls and decor!
Last stop was the Arts District where we were able to get some great shots with an industrial background. It was quite a busy day, but we had a great time---one I won't soon forget! XOXO
The first time I met Katya, she was about 11 years old. My daughter, Lindsey, asked to have a few of her friends over -- to do what little girls do -- wear make-up, pretend they're teenagers and immerse themselves in pop music. I already knew some of my daughter's friends but I had never met Katya. She seemed very sweet, quiet and shy, but easily fit in with the others. When it was time for the girls to leave, I said my goodbyes and gave each one a little hug. Katya, however, wrapped her arms around me with the biggest, warmest hug ever! I was so touched -- it was like she's always known me.
Fast forward 5 years -- to the present. Her mom and I are now dear friends and Katya has become a big part of my life. She's blossomed in many ways, but more than anything, she's become an amazing person -- full of sincerity, compassion and immense love for others, combined with an intelligence that thrives beyond her years. She looks past the external appearance of others and instead peers deep to the inner person of the heart.
I am so honored to be a part of her life and was happy to capture these images of my dear friend Katya.
We enjoyed several locations for her senior session, with the first being a random field off the side of the road near my home in Rancho Santa Margarita. We continued our drive to the nearby Trabuco Canyon, stopping at several spots along a windy road. Our final destination was in Laguna Beach, where we walked along a private road, and then down hundreds of steps, leading to a beautiful, secluded spot on the beach!
It was perfect.
Katya's photo session "just because."