Monday, June 25, 2012

I got the best model in the whole wide world!

This little man has stolen my heart since the day I cut his umbilical cord. It really isn't hard to see how joyful this boy is in pictures... but you should see him in real life! The Terrible Twos are difficult at times... but nothing compares to when you share a good laugh with your little pride and joy.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2012 Santa Monica High School Grad Portraits at PAL (Police ActivitiesLeague)

I just received my invite to attend my 10 year High School reunion. So you know what that means.... It's time to get on a diet!
When I was in High School I used to always attend PAL after school and enjoy the tons of activities they had to offer. I remember racking up all the balls at the pool table and learning how to perfect my "8 Ball, Corner Pocket" finally to try to impress the cool kids... The Several mile long marathons we used to train for running down the streets of Santa Monica, and let's not forget to mention free movie premiers, Ice Skating, and field trips to theme parks we always did on a weekly basis.
This place holds a really special place in my heart! It kept me out of a whole lot of trouble in my rebellious teenage years.... I always wanted to pay them back some way, some how. Well, what better way than to revisit and capture the smiles of the current "Rebellious Teenagers" that are there now (J/K on the Rebellious part... or not :)
Thanks to Don Condon who's been super awesome through out all these years, we set up a Time & Date to capture today's youth the day before their big graduation day. It was the first time they had unpacked their caps and gowns and were feeling the enthusiasm of THE BIG DAY just around the corner.
Here are a few pictures I captured... Enjoy!

Culver City High Graduate! (My wife Martha Gratuated from Culver High so had to give them a shout out too)
10 years Later and still feeling young... Shout out to the CLASS OF 2002 and everyone who graduated High School.
Remeber kids.... Be Cool & Stay in School!
(Is that still a cool thing to say to kids these days? Eeek... Stay Swag)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Inspiration! Where do you get it from?

As A kid I always believed in maybe one day becoming a super hero just like Superman or Spiderman. At 7 years old I remember taking aluminum foil and sticking it inside the toaster to do an experiment on what would happen. Well I got electrocuted! Didn't give me electrical super powers like I expected it to. Did give me a little spanking from mommy for ruining her brand new "General Electric" bread warmer.
Now that I have a little family of my own I could only try my best to show my son the good from the bad. 
I made a huge mistake and taught him the word "FIGHT" a couple weeks ago.
We love to wrestle and drive mommy insane but I never expected to be awakened by my son screaming "FIGHT" at 6:30am this sunday morning and swinging away at my head. 
I had tons of images to edit saturday night and went to bed pretty late... So waking up by tiny knuckles wasn't in the agenda but So what... It was Time To FIGHT! lol 
It's amazing how one simple glance at my sons dimples can brighten up my day no matter how dull or cloudy it may be. 
To all the readers out there... If we have not had the honor of meeting each other,  I could honestly say that I'm just a simple man, who is living a simple life, Just having the time of my life, Loving the "JOY" of my life (who you probably already guessed is my son), & Loving the "LOVE" of my life witch is my very supportive wife. 
Wrapped up in one. 

When I grow up I want to be a famous Photographer... 
I got my 2 inspirations to provide me the fuel to get to my destination...
So now it's time to take it to the next level.

Thanks for joining me on this little ride down memory lane and if you want to share where you get your inspiration from please feel free to write on the comments section of this blog.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Wait is over.... Welcome Baby Makayla!

You might remember Cassi and Sergio from a few blog posts ago. I had captured Cassi's baby bump in the beautiful botanical gardens in Palos Verdes. A month after our little photo session I received a text message, attached to the message was a picture of one of the most precious little angels I've ever laid my eyes on... Cassi had given birth to gorgeous little Makayla on May 5th, 2012 and now it was time for the New Born session! I love capturing new borns because it really takes me back to when my son was a couple days old... You want to remember EVERYTHING about them, from the tiny wrinkles on their fingers and toes to the tiny little lips, Eyes etc... (I could name hundreds of details you'll always wanna remember) You might be asking yourself.... Why would anyone want pictures of their kids finger wrinkles??? And the answer is simple! Cause they grow up in a blink of an eye and there will come a day when you would want to pull out thee old photo album and reminisce.
Makayla is a natural in front of the camera and it was an honor to be chosen for such an important job... To capture a child who's only been outside the belly for a couple of days and creating art that will be treasured for many many years to come is a blessing. God Bless this beautiful family and may they live long and thrive! (always wanted to say that)

View their slide show that captures the beauty of Cassi's Maternity to actually holding their baby Makayla