Wedding at Orcutt Ranch, West Hills Ca

Emily and Ryan’s wedding day was set between the soft rolling green of West Hills, at a little-known gem of a wedding venue called Orcutt Ranch. Framed within acres of wildlife, gardens, and farmland, it becomes obvious that this venue stands out from many. Add in one big red barn and suddenly your mind is blown. The entire wedding, from the ceremony to reception, was held outdoors, where 130 guests were able to enjoy warm breezes under tall oaks, a colorful Read More

What to Keep in Mind During an Indoor Family Portrait Session

  Normally when I shoot a family portrait session, we go outside- to a favorite spot, usually one that’s close to the family home or one that holds an emotional note for them. Where we shoot often has a huge influence on the energy and mood. It often contributes to their comfort and confidence. However, all of that being said, I also have portrait sessions within the studio and have often been asked, how do you bring the energy and freedom that the family Read More

What it takes to capture portraits with a 2 month old {Introducing Baby Kolten}

It was just another gorgeous, eighty-degree winter morning in Los Angeles when I set out for Kolten’s shoot. He’s all of 2 months old and already bursting with personality. This was actually Kolten’s first session. Three years ago I had the pleasure of documenting his parents as they spoke their wedding vows so meeting and documenting him was an awesome bonus. Plain and simple, this family is Fantastically fun. Mom’s a talented R.N. with a quirky personality and dad is a working actor. Read More

Happy Holidays, From Our Family to Yours

We managed to get our Christmas card done this year!… and in a timely fashion!!!… lol, I can’t believe it! It’s been about five years since our last card so it was time. In fact, our cattle-dog Shasta is only three years old so this would be her very first Christmas card photo session. In all honesty, I don’t know why it took us so long because our dogs are so easy to work with (we’re blessed) and we had Read More

A Lego Family Christmas {Family Portraits}

This is always my favorite time of the year, not just because of the many holidays and the cheer that accompanies them but also because of the numerous Christmas cards! From October to December {jcp} becomes a holiday conveyer belt of family portraits, for the sole purpose of creating the perfect family Christmas card… and I loves it! The amount of imagination, planning & excitement that go into these is amazing and the kids are always uber excited.   For this Read More

Wedding at The Liberty House {New York/ Jersey}

        Like a chapter straight out of “The Wonder Years,” David and Jaclyn grew up down the street from each other. They saw each other often but it wasn’t until they grew older that they started spending quality time with one another. In fact, when this Classic New Jersey Italian gal and this modern-rocking Egyptian man began hanging out for the first time, they both fell quickly in love and have been in love with each other for six Read More

Wedding at The Wedgewood Eagle Ridge in Gilroy

  On December 21, 2012… the world didn’t end. Yep that’s how this post opens because that is how my latest couple met, at an “End of the World” party, thrown by a mutual friend. Guests were asked to come dance, celebrate and enjoy a few beverages as they counted down their last moments on earth, as prophesied by the ancient Mayan Calendar. Well the end of the world didn’t happen and so Shannon and Jeff were then free to Read More

An Engagement Shoot in Old Town Pasadena & The Colorado Street Bridge

Emily and Ryan have been together for three years now. They met at their place of work, flirted here and there and then decided to go out one night after work. My favorite part is that Emily broke the ice first by asking Ryan if he wanted to get a drink. In his words: “I was already curious about her. I knew when she asked to get a drink, she was interested too. It wasn’t a date, but it felt Read More

The Supreme Court Brings Marriage Equality to Every State in America {#LoveWins}

The Supreme Court stated today that all same-sex marriage bans violate the 14th Amendment of the federal Constitution. The decision now brings marriage equality to every state in America. The court was split 5–4, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the Read More

Happy Father’s Day! {a #FathersDayGift to remember}

Mama Jen, (a long time client of mine) called me a while back and asked to book some time within the studio. Mama Jen is a writer, food blogger and a fierce mama of two boys. She has always been one of my favorite and most loyal clients. I’ve had the pleasure of documenting their family every year. I’ve watched them grow and in a way, they feel like a second family to me. This session however was going to Read More