lifestlye photography

Ana + John's Griffith Park Engagement

Ana and John are one of the many couples I've had the privileged to photograph who have inspired me to see what love can be.  I was shocked to see how hands on John was throughout their entire wedding.  He was the one who reached out to me and gushed about the beauty of Ana.  He told me all about their plans after their wedding, which included buying their very first home together.  

Throughout the entire session, they had a blast posing like the world was their runway.  I could not get enough of how Ana used her outfit to her advantage, which included her sister's handmade flower crown.  She looked and felt like the most beautiful bride.  This summer day was so worth it as we enjoyed this amazing spot till the sun set behind them.    Afterwards, we enjoyed our summer night eating pizza at my favorite Italian restaurant in Echo Park.  Stay tuned till I show you their beautiful wedding. 

Descanso Garden Maternity Shoot

A couple of  months ago I got the opportunity to photograph Yasmin and her growing family at Descanso Gardens. It was such a thrill hearing their love story from having a long distance relationship to their marriage, and finally becoming parents.  She is such a beautiful mommy both in and out so calm and relaxing!  Oscar is so attentive her every need he made sure she was comfortable.

I found myself becoming incredibly sentimental throughout their session with how they described their love for each other. 

I know they will both be amazing parents to their bundle of joy! 

Bright Fall Inspired Wedding

OMG! I am so excited to finally be able to share this amazing inspired session with you all! What a better way to start November than by receiving the news that our shoot is featured on The Perfect Palette today and available for you all to see our creativity unfold. 

On April I started brainstorming with Marcie from the Cucumber Bride to figure out a look for the shoot that would represent our brands.  We knew we loved DIY brides, with touches of boho, and of course color! The next step was finding a wedding stylist who can envision our Pinterest crazy ideas and make them into a reality! Along came Gaby from Cause We Can Events! boy was I Glad I met her at The Thrifted Sister's event. So many great vendors came together for the sake of creativity! I am so glad I was able to work with so many talented and kind wedding vendors.  

I am in Cloud 9! I can't stop saying it...and I probably won't for a while! So many beautiful elements were added to this shoot from the cake, the calligraphy, the flowers, furniture, and boho rugs.. this list can go on! Everything was simply perfect! I can't forget how we all got to enjoy our hard work with a Churro and maybe Champagne! 

I hope this styled wedding inspires my 2017 brides and all the upcoming "I do's" You know the holiday season is coming!! 

Take a look at the entire team who made this shoot Possible: 

Coordination: The Cucumber Bride @thecucumberbride http://www.thecucumberbride.com/

Stylist: Cause We can Events @causewecanevents --http://causewecanevents.com/ 

Photography: Lily Tapia Photography @lily_tapia_photography 

Venue: Casino San Clemente @thecasinosc--http://www.thecasinosanclemente.com/

Make-Up Artist: Celina Velasquez at Makeup Ceenz @makeup_ceenz

Hair Stylist: Jessica Tyransky @jtyranskyhairandmakeup--http://jessicatyranskyhairandmakeup.com/

Cake: Claudia Reynaga at Sugar Cloud @sugar_cloud 

Florist: Molly Barnes Botanicals @barnesbotanicals

Bridal Gown & Veil: Yanique at Dreamers & Lovers @the_dreamers_lovers--http://www.dreamersandlovers.com/

Groom Attire: The Black Tux @theblacktux --www.theblacktux.com

Models: Courtney Daniels and Trevor Shor @courtlove 

Stationary/Calligraphy:Courtney Kirkpatrick Typecast Lettering @typecastcourt--https://www.etsy.com/shop/TypecastLettering

Furniture Rental: Thrifted Sister Vintage @thriftedsisterevents--http://www.thriftedsistervintage.com/

Heels, Jewelry: The Blushing Bird @theblushingbird--http://www.theblushingbird.com/

Plateware, Silverware, Glassware: Dish Wish @dishwishgirl--http://www.dishwishevents.com/

Arch: Blue Fish Event Rentals @bluefisheventrentals--http://bluefisheventrentals.com/

Pillows, Rugs & Poofs: Mirchant @shopmirchant@gmail.com

Yuri's Palos Verdes Maternity Session

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Yuri finally gave birth to Camila! so I thought this would be the perfect time to share her lovely session with you all.  She is such a strong mommy, I can only imagine how happy she is to be able to hold her baby girl in her arms.  Her Palos Verdes session is definitely one I will remember, throughout her session Yuri was so celestial taking in the scene and simply enjoying this sweet moment with her baby girl. Big hugs Yuri, you are going to be an amazing mommy  

Claudia + Sal= An Equestrian Session

Claudia and Salvador met through a family member.  From the first moment they met, it was love at first sight.  If it was up to Salvador he would have married her yesterday, he is crazy in love with Claudia! 

It was an honor documenting this special day for both of them! I had such an amazing time!  They welcomed Edgar and I to their family's home with open arms and we couldn't be more thankful! 

 

Mariachi Wedding

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Gabriela wedding was so different I fell in love with all the vibrant colors they used in their wedding.  The couple infused their culture to their wedding day, I was surrounded of mixes of bright colors.  They even incorporated Mexican attire to their wedding dress and he was dressed up as a true charro.  

I have never seen the use of the zarape so elegantly used.  This was one of the weddings I was able to be part of and capture back in October when I was still working as a second photographer for Rosalina Suarez Photography.  

 I am completely fortunate for everything I learned from my mentor, and I will never forget how much she helped me .  She pushed me to start this new journey in my life.  At times (which is a lot) when I am feeling low and insecure about my business she is the person I call.  She is one of the few who understands how difficult it is to start a business.  I think she believes in me more than I believe in myself.  Rosa, I can not thank you enough for being such an incredible mentor!

This new journey has really forced me to dig into who I really am, and I love every second of it.  Yes, like I said before there is days I want to drop the towel, but there are other days especially when I see the gratification of my clients when I think I love my job!  

The Jones Wedding

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I have never had a groom write me such a beautiful love story of how he met the love of his life, till Kam came along. Usually, the bride is the one thrilled to email me about their love story, but he wanted to make sure I got his side of the story. Without further ado, I will be giving you a glimpse on how Kam fell in love with Nayeli.

Nayeli is the kind of girl who goes after what she wants. She is a goal oriented kind of girl full of energy and spunk. This is the reason her clients love having her as their trainer because she pushes them to their unknown limits. She was in search of herself the year she met Kam and in no way looking for love. But even though she did not know it, love was going to come to her heart.

It all Started at the Umma Gym where they both worked as trainers. The first time they met it was very casual. Kam had heard of Nayeli before she officially introduced herself to him, but without knowing her name Kam knew he was talking to the girl his best friend had been talking about. Even though he thought she was cute, he tried to keep his distance, keep his conversations short, and not break guy code.

After trying his best to stay away and his best friend getting turned down by Nayeli, Kam decided to ask her out. Sparks flew during their first date with endless hours of conversations, they did not want their date to end. As a way to spend more time with his future wife, he decided to invite her to his family's UFC party.
After weeks of getting to know each other, and endless misunderstandings of who is in the friend zone. Nayeli being the go-getter that she is held Kam's hand and wanted them to define the relationship. In Kam's words, "Everything after that I suppose you could say is one huge messy (but wonderful) history. smile emoticon the end"

Nayeli and Kam you are the type of couple who light up the room with your humor and love for each other it was honor capturing such an important moment in your life.

Update* In less than two weeks they will both be welcoming their baby boy!! I am excited to meet baby Jack!

                                

New Born Session: Baby Jacob David

There is nothing sweeter than seeing a new mommy taking care of her first born. Jocelyn is so infatuated with baby Jacob, she holds him like a precious pearl.  I do not blame her, he is such a cutie! 

It was a pleasure to photograph such a special moment in David and Jocelyn's life.  Their energy throughout the shoot was filled with nothing, but happiness! 

  I am happy to say I am slowly figuring out my style of photography.  I love capturing genuine moments between people, with little direction unfolding naturally between shots.  

I believe a photograph is associated with emotions.  A photograph will be cherished more when a feeling is associated behind the photo. 

 Don't get me wrong I am thankful for the other newborn photos, but doing lifestyle newborn session makes my soul happy! 

Welcome to the world baby Jacob! I look forward to seeing you grow and I hope this is one of many sessions together.