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Logan and Calladan

When Logan’s mom asked me which of the shirts I preferred I thought I must have done something nice to someone in another life or another day, because I got to pick my all time favorite colour- STRIPES! You might have noticed how much I like them if you’ve checked out my ABOUT page…

so that was a fun shoot for me, and as I edit the photos I enjoy each and everyone of them for my own selfish fashion driven reasons.

It is great coming back again and again to the same kids, because they get to know me; Logan was even quite excited to see me…which didn’t mean he was any more inclined to letting me photograph him…I had to work really hard at it; it may not be obvious from these photos,  but I did succeed in my mission.

Love

Love

Logan

Logan

007 Logan & Calladan

Logan had enough!!! (but we've barely started)

I just love this photo

I just love this photo

Callie and he Crocs, who doesn

Callie and her Crocs, who doesn't love Pink????

Yes, there was a  smudge on my lens after this...

Yes, there was a smudge on my lens after this...

A family tree

A family tree

July 22, 2009 - 11:54 am

Logan and Calladan-The Book | dont smile now - just kidding photography seriously - Shani Barel - [...] feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet BoxYou may have seen some of the photos of this last session of these kids- so here is the final product (unless mom wants to make some changes… hee [...]

Ivana Chubbuck- Magazine

I was asked to photograph Ivana Chubbuck, for the newspaper I work for, and so I got to her studio in Hollywood and met with  Ivana, who is sweet, funny and a totally willing participator in the photoshoot…Ivana was thanked by Halle Berry at the Oscars (at minute 4:11 but totally worth watching the full 5:38 for a good cry and some inspiration) and works with other top notch actors (Yes, they too need a little help from their friends).

Here’s a look into behind the Hollywood curtain…

In the spotlight

In the spotlight

Watching from the Theater

Watching from the Theater

Ivana

Ivana

Touch up

Touch up

Could be a Headshot...

Could be a Headshot...

July 3, 2009 - 7:18 am

Jono - I can’t believe they didn’t use one of the theatre pictures for the article.

Why on earth would they choose the more mundane images?

It seems that unless a picture is a complete ripoff homage to a well-known photographer or image, they tend to choose the less-engaging ones every time.

It makes photographers look uninspired, and doesn’t do your portfolio any justice!

July 3, 2009 - 7:19 am

Jono - Oh… you know what? maybe they did…

January 18, 2010 - 4:33 pm

Nanette Preyor - I wish I had found this site before because it is great!

D is for Daddy

and for Derek and for Drake. It was very confusing to photograph Derek and Drake and I kept using my sweet nice tone for Derek, instead of Drake and and vice versa, so Derek is the Dad and Drake is the not dad (the kid) and the entire family has the most amazing blue eyes you’ve ever seen, the blue that songs have been written about…

The Father

The Father's Day Card

 

 

Drake

Drake

 

Drake too

Drake too

Drake and Derek

Drake and Derek

Derek and Drake

Derek and Drake

D is Music?

D is Music?

June 21, 2009 - 1:19 am

Class photo

I have 2 kids, and in all their years (ok, they’ve only been to preschool ) I have managed to avoid the dreaded class picture, which it doesn’t matter what year they were taken, always look from 1983 ( it used to look like the 60s, but since it’s in color now,  it’s 80′s) I was stoked to try something new for my son’s school when I was asked to photograph the graduating pre-kindergarten class, and here are a few samples, including my Kyle…

Kyle

Kyle

Bianca

Bianca

Will

Will

Alexandra

Alexandra

Drake

Drake

Gracie

Gracie

Kion

Kion

Today was graduation. Yes, one can graduate preschool. I’ve got the diploma to prove it.

July 31, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Angelina- a girl who knows how to say NO | dont smile now - just kidding photography seriously - Shani Barel - [...] here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet Boxnot  so long ago I got to photograph 53 kids aged around  5 (SEPARATELY!!!) for an alternative school photo, one [...]

June 17, 2010 - 12:02 am

You’ve been schooled! [Kids] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] sure. Zoe has made some amazing friends, and I got to photograph them all again- just as I did with Kyle’s class last year – here are some samples.  There’s more- just email me if you want to view them – [...]

Studio

so we set up a studio at a friend’s party and got some studio shots, instead of the “tilt the heads together and pretend like we’re having a really good time and want to bury these photos at the bottom of our old shoebox” I thought we’d try the ” look straight ahead, give me a serious/sexy/funny/crazy look, or just be who you are and don’t move while I focus, kind of photo you want to put as your facebook profile”

THANK YOU  everyone for stepping in!
and thank you Jackie for allowing me to roll up your rug and transform your home into my studio.
Here’s a slide show with all vertical shots-so if you’re not in it it’s because your photos were horizontal. (but you’ll find them here)

Jenny

Genny

Tracy

Tracy

Jackie and Fred

Jackie and Fred

Jenny and Jackie

Jenny and Jackie

Daddy David and Daniel

Daddy David and Daniel

Aiden

Aiden

Adam and Dominie

Adam and Dominie

Dominie and Adam

Dominie and Adam

Tomer

Tomer

Debbie

Debbie

June 20, 2009 - 10:43 pm

amanda doublin - how refreshing. nice approach and fantastic photos!

July 8, 2009 - 8:22 am

Auntie Lynn - I recommend an oscar for each photo in the show and the titles are quaint and touching and funny and I loved every minute of sitting here with the flu and feeling pure tranquil joy looking at the pictures and proud that I have such a talented niece. (i had no part in that though, I admit)

Saturday Morning

in the beginning of 2008, my husband and I realized that it had been YEARS since  either of us had gotten to sleep in. Since there are two days in the weekend, we decided to split them, so that I get to sleep in on Saturdays, and he, on Sundays. Very quickly, not surprisingly, Saturday mornings became a TV fest, the best morning of the week, the time to vedge ( I know it’s not a word and f it were it’d be spelled differently, I know) and let the brain cells that we hoped built up all week at school, have a long, yet painless death.

When I get up I ususally signify the end of this bliss, and they look at me suspiciously and wonder how long they have before I finish mycoffee, get my self together and find the remote and say BYE BYE TV, sometimes, I don’t find it, and I have to press three different button,s on three different machines to turn it off.

and then all hell breaks loose.

They are so cute when they lie there, relaxing, not a care in the world, with a zombie look on thier face. (the same look I get when I watch TV at night, and I do, don’t think for a moment I am any different than them)

Thsi can

This can't comfortable

This can

This can't be straight

Little Miss Sunshine

I know I am not supposed to post too many photos of my own kids, becasue …wait, why? does it make me look less proffessional? Like I’m just a mommy photographer? maybe, and I don’t let that stop me. I believe I have to point my camera at my kids and at my life and that I don’t do it enough ( their grandparents agree…) Usually my kids run away or just make faces, (that they think are funny), when in the middle of a tender moment, I say “wait… I’ll be right back, I just want to go get my camera, and of course the moment is gone, gone, gone. But this afternoon, like the whole day today that rained and we thought would be just a regular rainy in-home day, turned out to be a glorious sunny California day, and just like the shirt Zoe’s wearing and just like a ray of light in an otherwaise codish day, I got one of those rare, deep, calm, sweet beautiful looks that are just one of the reasons I am so CRAZY about my kids, and why I have to photograph them too, and share it with you.

My Perfect Little Miss Sunshine

My Perfect Little Miss Sunshine

June 20, 2009 - 10:44 pm

amanda doublin - she’s amazing. can’t wait for our zoe’s to hang. (that is strong hinting!)

Being 85

No seriously. I have two grandmothers who are 90 years old. AS healthy as can be expected and more lively than a lot of people I know. I love my grannies: Naomi and Freda. And I miss them too. Naomi actually learned how to use the computer, and could email, scan , attach and chat, but now, at age 90, her sight is not what it used to be..but enough about my grannies. Here’s a COUPLE, husband and wife of more than 50 years, and as in love as they were when they met, when Aaron was a life guard, and Esther a hot chick on the beach.   I was sent  by a local newspaper to photograph Aaron, 60 years after his glory days, to find  a man who at 85 years old, defies everything I thought I knew about that age, and though I swore to stretch every day, I forget. I start tomorrow! If staying thin isn’t incentive enough, let being alive be it! and lots of LOVE too.

so together after all these yearsThis could be "Bay Watch" the 50 year reunion.

June 20, 2009 - 10:43 pm

amanda doublin - i want to look like this at 85!!!!

look how adorably stylish they are! *gasp*

LOVE it!

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