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Knoll Valentine'sDay shoot

So this photoshoot closes my Holiday Season with Knoll from Thanksgiving, through Christmas to the final labor of love the Valentines day shoot in Irvine. It was a day filled with hearts and chocolates…Here are some of my favorites, not necessarily the ones I send to the parents, but a few that caught my heart while editing tonight.

Have a great week in preparation for the dreaded Valentine’s Day! and Have a good one!

Emilia and Lily

Emilia and Lily

The famous Lily

The famous Lily

The Dimaond Chair (no pun intended)

The Diamond Chair (no pun intended)

It really is a comfortable chair

It really is a comfortable chair

REALLY comfortable!

REALLY comfortable!

And that

And that's ME, at the end of a LONG day!

SOMETHING I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER DO

When I first had my child, Kyle, 5 years ago, I had of list of things I would never do…or rather I wouldn’t let him do…

He would not use a pacifier

He would not watch TV

He would not have sugar

He would not have too many toys (and all OVER THE PLACE)

and last,

HE would not eat at McDonald’s…especially after reading and loving “fast food nation

so what happened? LIFE. crying ( pacifier), exhaustion (TV), day care (Sugar) another kid (double the toys), time, work , friends…and to top it all off:

moving 2 blocks away from the golden arches, and this is what happened.

McDognald

McDognald's

AND MOST CERTAINLY

March 6, 2009 - 5:26 pm

Yuko - This post was hilarious! I totally get your sentiment.
I am so there myself, unfortunately (and unplanned!).
Hey, we do what works, right?

March 6, 2009 - 8:09 pm

shani - Thanks for supporting me in my bad habits!

May 11, 2009 - 11:51 pm

Lydia - hilarious! and now it’s documented for posterity… :)

BOOKS FOR KIDS THAT GROWNUPS SHOULD READ TOO. c

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pbook corner

book corner

We have a lot of books lying around, and even  pick them up and read. I have a bout 10 books by my bed, but admittedly, I’ve read about 20 pages in each…and think I will get back to them. That’s part of the appeal of kids books, they’re SHORT, funny, have LOT OF PICTURES, and sometimes, can teach you so much about life, more than you can learn from a 5 pound book. There are a few books like that, that I love reading to my kids, because of all of the above, and mostly, because they teach me a little something about myself, life and how to deal with it all. Three of these books come to mind, and we have been reading them a lot lately ( when I get to choose…)

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

My friend kath introduced me to this book, and reading it to Kyle and Zoe just brought it to a whole new level for me, that I almost always cry, and I love reading this book for breakfast because it inspires me to go out into the world and be the best I can be, for the best of reasons. I’ts smart, witty, and beautiful.

I Like Myself!

I Like Myself!

It’s pretty obvious what this book is about, and it’s as good as it’s cover, I should probably read it every day with my cup of coffee or while I brush my teeth, and dance around saying that to myself. I like myself, I like myself, I like myself…

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

A book about being different and being OK with it, and how hard we are on those who are different. I promise, the message is deep. and funny, and Mo Willems, is the other write I’d love to meet, the first being David Shannon, whose art I am putting on my wish list if it’s out for sale or I’ll just frame his books, they’re that good. He’s latest, or at least the last I got,      I mean my KIDS got is

TOO many TOYS

TOO many TOYS

ok, I did say three, but his books are collectibles.

January 27, 2009 - 8:50 am

Jono - Or…

You could get a wider layout to do justice to those oh-so-fracking-amazing photographs.

Malibu, a morning at the beach

II admit, I forget, I forget how amazing the beach is, especially California beaches especially in Malibu, on a warm wintery day, early in the morning. The the sound of the waves,  the birds flying, the stones sitting in the sand washed by the waters with no care in the world….Like me, for 5 minutes,  remembered to take in the view the smell the serenity (NOW!!!) and then they arrived…and that was even more fun, because how many pictures of the water can I take…oh wait a minute…some people DO DO THAT……so here’s what I did…

PIER

PIER

 

WATER

WATER

ROCKS

ROCKS

LITTLE ROCK

LITTLE ROCK

 

KID ROCK

KID ROCK

SAND TOES

SAND TOES

 

SILOUHETTE

SILOUHETTE

UP SIDE DOWN

UP SIDE DOWN

 

UP SIDE DOWN SISTER

UP SIDE DOWN SISTER

IT

IT'S ALL IN THE JEANS

AIRPLANE

AIRPLANE

 

LOOKING AT ME

LOOKING AT ME

DOWN SIDE UP

DOWN SIDE UP

 

ROCK CLIMBING

ROCK CLIMBING

DONT FEED THE BIRDS

DONT FEED THE BIRDS

It's raining princesses

 

 

 

 

 

I was invited to shoot a Tea Party for real princesses, and there were so many of them…who said they live in Fairy Tales only???

 

 

 

The beginning

The Beginning

The End

The End

 

And Everything in Between

And Everything in Between

Mirror Mia

Mirror Mia

"Is this gonna take LONG?"

"Is this gonna take LONG?"

From Head to Tip of the Fingers

From Head to Tip of the Fingers

 

Behind The Scenes....

Behind The Scenes....

 

What Could POSSIBLY making This Princess so SAD?

What Could POSSIBLY making This Princess so SAD?

 

 

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

A Princess reading a princess story to other princesses...

A Princess reading a princess story to other princesses...

 

Princess

Princess

 

 

And She Lived Happily Ever After

And She Lived Happily Ever After

January 15, 2009 - 9:59 pm

dinesh - Hi there! The photographs are so lovely. Every shot is amazing. Keep up the good work. take care
Dinesh

January 24, 2009 - 11:35 am

Meg - Look at all those pouty faces! Love it :)

January 15, 2010 - 12:25 am

My heart goes out to…. [kids] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] that people are still talking about (so I’ve been told..) and then I got to celebrate at her Tea Party as she truned 4 years [...]

it's still xmas time in Shani's world

 

this was the xmas card

 

this was the xmas card

 

I just got back from a long vacation with my kids in Rochester Ny…and didn’t do any blogging during that time even though I PLANNED to…so here are some of those plannings, some photos fom pre xmas that I get to post now…here are the Darmodys

 

 

darmody-012

Welcoming the new addition

 

and mommy came to help

and mommy came to help

 

and last

and last

ok...one more

ok, one more

 

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