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INSPIRATION

I am trying to put into words, and failing, the inspiration I got at my family shoot today. After the 2 hour shoot, I was welcomed to stay and enjoy  David LaChapelle’s “Artists and Prostitutes” only one of the most amazing art books ever printed by my FAVORITE photographer ever. And I mean FAVORITE. Like, ever. It took me a whole hour more.

Next time- we’re hanging some kids from a chandelier and putting the parents in bathing suits covered with milk and cheerios…!

so here’s a taste of today.

Sophie.

Sophie.

and her Mini Cooper

and her Mini Cooper

Check this out!

Check this out!

November 22, 2009 - 4:31 am

Leonie - you are well on the way !!!!!

December 4, 2009 - 8:14 am

Mac Sokulski - The first shot is priceless.

Camden-Bar Mitzvah

Camden’s parents booked me for Camden’s Bar Mitzvah, so long ago, that in between, they have managed to remodel a house and move in, write a book, and feed Camden enough to grow him a few inches. I barely recognized  him when I came to shoot the family for their sign-in book. Camden’s having a Simpsons themed event and I can’t wait to see what it includes- YO! (did you stock up those Simpson stamps for all the correspondence? )

Camden loves to read ( Ihave photos of him reading “real books” too..) and I got to try Guitar Hero and be pretty bad at it…you’d think messing with small camera buttons would prepare me for it a little more…anyway…Beatles Rock Band for wii has just been added to my Holiday List…(My brother asked me what to get the kids with his Amazon gift card and I think I just got the answer- I know he reads my blog, I know my MOM reads it…HHHMM) That was so much fun!!!! and so embarrassing for me.

Thank you so much for making me so comfortable in your lovely home (that I loved!) and making me a grilled cheese sandwich- (which I loved !) people don’t always realize that unlike skinny models- photographers do get hungry!

I can’t wait for the big day and party!

Till then…here’s some goodies:

Camden- It

Camden- It's amazing what 9 months can do!

Hershey- the sweetest dog in the world

Hershey- the sweetest dog in the world

now you see me no you dont now you see me

now you see me no you dont now you see me

heavy reading

heavy reading

YOP, that

YOP, that's right

Brother

Brother

close

close

Family

Family

Hershey

Hershey's part of the family too!

With Dad

With Dad

I needed to get something from my camera bag...

I needed to get something from my camera bag...

and mom

and mom

Rock Band!!!!

Rock Band!!!!

CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS

Every year, as the Holiday Season nears, I am always amazed at the weather here is Sunny Southern California. Now you can be a hater, and blame it on global warming, hell, you can even blame US, the Californians for global warming. The fact remains. We have the best weather. Here we are, shooting a xmas card, in mid November, in the sun, and it’s hot. So what if it doesn’t really snow in LA, so what if Santa is dying of heat is his suit…I love it here.

I also love Charlotte. You may remember her from April, she was desperately seeking the Easter Bunny. I just love that face. This time, we’re just getting her holiday cards done early. Her mom likes to send them right after Thanksgiving. She is a professional organizer, so that’s expected. (contact me if your desk looks like a hurricane had just hit it and you want her information). I am assuming it will be my first card of the season….(hhhmmm maybe not, I do already have one from an early bird, but as a test…I don’t know if it counts?!) Anyway-

These are not necessarily your traditional card, but they are my favorites, and since it’s my blog…

That

That's how long it's taken me to blog this...

Charlotte

Charlotte

This is an attitude I can handle

This is an attitude I can handle

I know, I could sell this card to Hallmark...

I know, I could sell this card to Hallmark...

November 18, 2009 - 11:53 am

Christa Meola - Beautiful girl and beautiful shots!

November 18, 2009 - 4:37 pm

Holly Brévent - Those are awesome. William and Charlotte are my nephew and niece. I think C is trying to be a little model. And yes, her mom is super efficient :-)

Moving-in-Moving-out

Until 8 years ago when I came to the states, I had a track record of moving every TWO YEARS, on the dot. I’m not talking moving around, I’m talking packing up our lives moving to a different city, another  country! and even when we came back, it was never to the same place twice. Who knows how my parents packed and unpacked every 23 months…As a kid I loved it, a new room new friends new places….As an adult it doesn’t seem as fun and easy to pick up my life, so my record is now up to 4 years in one place, and with no move in site, it might go beyond that…

BUT, moving rooms around? that’s every other week…so this week, after 8 months in the playroom… kids got their old room back; and they love it…and of course, I GET THE BIG ROOM…in January it will be my new office/studio/everything else…

so I have to update my mom with the changes, and how else if not on the blog for the Whole Wide Web World to Watch?

Ikea anyone?

Ikea anyone?

Bunk Beds

Bunk Beds

Yes, I paid them to do this

Yes, I paid them to do this

...with candy, what else?

...with candy, what else?

This is all them.

This is all them.

enjoying the reward

enjoying the reward

it was Veteran’s Day today. SO no school is a late pajama day.

November 12, 2009 - 4:44 pm

Mindy Mandel - i love the Bright colors & jammies too. Ryan’s Aunt Mimi.

November 13, 2009 - 12:04 am

Leonie - Great Move, beautiful room, and those kids? Gorgeous, Love them!!!!!!!!Thanks for the lovely photos!
BTW
Moving was hard always, but I loved it ( new places, reorganizing ) up until the last two…. I think I am settled now.Then again I have only been here a year :-)

Liam – A Cameo

Liam was supposed to just be a cameo in his cousin’s shoot…but he tried to steal the show. It wasn’t a fair fight , because Naomi was a cute as a button, but only three months at the time, and he is a rumbustious toddler that runs on energizer-bunny batteries. So while Naomi was asleep I got some shots of Liam , and his parents…and if you know them, you’ll realize that these photos have been long awaited as the baby girl featured in the tummy, is well and happy….soon to be photographed too.

The grand entrance...

The grand entrance...

The close (look) up

The close (look) up

So close, yet so far

So close, yet so far

That looks so comfortable

That looks so comfortable

D is for Horse

D is for Horsey

What, you want a bicycle for your birthday? and a pirate ship? OK, I

What, I can't hear you, ooooh, you want a BICYCLE for your birthday...OK, I'll tell them.

Until baby sister arrives, I have you, I mean me, I mean, us.

Until baby sister arrives, I have you, I mean me, I mean, us.

November 11, 2009 - 8:56 pm

Christa Meola - These are beautiful Shani. I love your sense of humor :) That last caption made me laugh out loud. All of the pics are too cute!

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