June 26, 2015

It all started with engagement session 5 years ago…

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It all started with an engagement session 5 years ago, now “The Melvin’s” are a family of 5! It has been an unbelievable experience to witness the growth of this family both physically and exponentially. We decided to do something a little different this time around so we spent the day in downtown LA in a more urban environment. The Melvin’s are full of personality and I thought the colors of the Art District would work perfectly to show that. Over the years I’ve seen “JoJo” grow into a very mature young man who understands his role as a big brother to Jaxon and Addison. Now Addison is too young to tell what kind of personality she will have but Jaxon has already begun to give JoJo a run for his money. We laughed, we screamed, we even J-walked a few times to show how courageous we were :-D . It is always a pleasure to shoot such a beautiful family and I look forward to seeing the growth of “The Melvin’s” for years to come!



May 10, 2015

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to capture the memories…

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 A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to capture the memories of two very special friends. I met Clavon and Courtney in college about 10 years ago and I’ve literally witnessed the evolution of their relationship over the years. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be around them you would feel the genuine love that these two share for each other. They know how to make each other laugh better than anyone else. And they know how to push each others buttons better than anyone else. But through it all “Clay” and Courtney never let their emotions trump there love and respect for each other as individuals.

We spent the day traveling around Long Beach indulging in various activities that “The Jubrey’s” are regularly accustomed to. We started at the beach, moved on to the golf course, found sometime for a little yoga and ended the day with a romantic night on the town. The plan was to spend about an hour at each location but when you are working with a couple as silly as these two you have to account for the unexpected. The shoot lasted 10 hours! But the memories created will last a lifetime. It was a perfect day for shooting and a perfect day to celebrate love. Congratulations you two! I can’t wait for the wedding!

April 24, 2015

One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Life is short.”

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One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Life is short.” Well last weekend was a quick reminder how precious life really is. Last Sunday I was scheduled to shoot graduation photos with my friend Dariesha. Well early that morning Dariesha was in a serious car accident on the L.A. freeway. She suffered several minor injuries as a result of hitting the center divider. In a typical Dariesha fashion she decided to not tell me what happened because she knew that I would cancel the photo shoot. When she finally told me I was in shock! At first I was reluctant to shoot because I didn’t want to cause any additional pain. But long and behold after 5 minutes of shooting I saw that beautiful infectious smile that can brighten up a room full of thousands. The day started off rocky, but ended on a perfect note! Let this photo shoot be a lesson to you. We should never take life for granted. Tomorrow isnt promised! On Sunday April 19th, 2015, I almost lost a friend. And today I am grateful to share this story and these photos with the world. Congratulations Dariesha! :-D