January 27, 2015

My first photo shoot of 2015 goes to…

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My first photo shoot of 2015 goes to a family that I’ve been waiting to shoot, literally, for years! Last Saturday, while the New England Patriots were deflating footballs in Boston, I spent the day with Royal Dynamite CEO, Ralph Saye and his family, enjoying the 81 degree California winter heat. We started the day in Marina Del Rey on a very special family boat. Kim’s father, “Pootch” unfortunately passed away recently, and they both thought it would be a great tribute to incorporate their father’s favorite hobby into the family photos. AMAZING IDEA! After creating a few memories on the boat, we moved on to the Venice Canals where it was unusually busy. As we maneuvered through the crowds, we were able to catch some priceless moments illuminated by beautiful sunrays. After playing around with the bridges and the canoes, I figured we could walk a block over to the coast and catch the infamous SoCal sunset. By this time, young Kingston was officially over taking pictures and was ready for a long overdue nap. All in all, this turned out to be a perfect day to celebrate the growth of a truly Royal family. I can’t wait to meet young Princeton! Congratulations you two!

December 12, 2014

I love the chessboard of life. Somehow we find our way into peoples lives…

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I love the chessboard of life. Somehow we find our way into peoples lives with little to no recollection as to how they got there. I met Derrick and Jhinezka two months before their wedding. That was almost 2 years ago to the date. Since then I am fortunate enough to call them family! I have seen there family grow literally and spiritually. A few weeks ago I was able to meet the newest addition to their family Juleza (aka JuJu). We spent the day on the Cal Tech campus right before sunset. I was warned that JuJu can be a bit of a diva so I figured I had 90 minutes tops before I met the other side of the infamous queen :-D . Of course I got caught up in the laughter, but that’s what you can expect when you are with the Dancer’s.  I managed to  sneak a few decent shots before Juleza was out for the count. All in all this was a good day with good friends. Happy Holidays. holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-3181 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2974 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2887 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2883 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2900 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2846 familyhuaj holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2863 dualmom dualparents holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-3191 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-3124 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2969 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2990 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2989 holiday-photography-creative-los angeles-black family-rseephoto-2927

October 20, 2014

I absolutely love when a couple comes to me with a unique idea…

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I absolutely love when a couple comes to me with a unique idea. It challenges me as a photographer and it increases the chance of creating one of a kind images.

Meet Keyon and Alana. Almost exactly 10 years ago to date, these two met while working at Target in Long Beach, CA. Keyon was a world-class cart attendant while Alana managed the store register. When she was just 15 years old, Alana used to pray for her ideal man. She asked for someone who was tall, dark and handsome and as soon as she first laid eyes on Keyon, she knew that he was the man of her “dreams.” It was a sunny afternoon when Alana approached her future husband on her day off to ask him on a date. Needless to say, Keyon said yes and 10 years later we are here! In honor of how they met, Keyon and Alana decided to have a photo shoot using Target. Now I have to admit, initially I was a bit apprehensive about the idea but after we spent some time acting like kids again I knew that this was a great idea! After having some fun with a few grocery carts, we headed downtown to capture some intimate shots under the night lights of Long Beach.  Who would have though that these two had some GQ Magazine modeling skills in their bag. :-)

Overall this turned out to be a pretty amazing day spent with amazing people. Congratulations on 10 years of love! :-D