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inspired. march


I spent 5 days at the WPPI convention in  Las Vegas, and besides partying like I never did in my twenties, and winning $60 on video poker, I went to classes every morning at 8am (!!!) and ended with classes at 8pm(!!!) with a trade show in between, as well as watching the print competition and then looking at all the winning artwork and writing down some favorites – that’s how I found  Lisa Visser, who had the most amazing kids’ award winning photography . One of her photos that I saw u close was of a beautiful boy, hands up behind his head. So tonight, I asked Kyle if he would pose for me, and he did.

Looking down


When I let Kyle do what he wants

same as top, cropped as square- my favorite photo format.

March 12, 2010 - 1:48 am

Leonie - Thank you both, all in fact, for bringing such beauty into the world.

March 22, 2010 - 1:24 pm

Tammie - Kyle is adorable, I am glad that you started self inspiring project. Looking forward to see more.

May 2, 2010 - 9:17 pm

he asked for it [Kyle] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] wash every day hair, but I was trying to hang on to it for a few more weeks- I just LOVED his hair, especially when it was clean. But he asked to have it cut, and assuming that when he’s 15 I will be begging HIM to get a [...]

If i could live anywhere in the world

California Living

When I first moved to LA, I drove around with my friend, we went everywhere, Hollywood, the Canyons, the Valley, and then we went to the Beach. AS soon as we crossed the invisible border between LA and Santa Monica, I knew I had found the place I wanted to live. That’s a lie. There are so many beautiful, exciting, secret, and not so secret, places in Los Angeles that I would happily live at…it just works with my story, sort of. I did end up living in Santa Monica, I was even a waitress at beach side cafe, took Spanish at SMC and rode my bicycle around the own…and then I got married, and had kids and moved to the valley…(The funny thing is  I had my kids at the hospital in, you guessed it,  Santa Monica…LONG STORY…) and driving there from West LA with contractions 3 minutes apart…I did not love SM at that moment…) and you know how it is, we don’t got THERE, and they don’t come HERE….the 405 is the mother of all borders- you don’t need a passport, you need patience!

I love seeing how other people live and so does Oprah…and I have my own little Nate Berkus in my head, so be warned- If I am visiting your house, know that in my mind I am moving walls, changing furniture and adding some color to your living room …So when I got asked to shoot this condo for sale, my heart missed a beat, and while shooting it I was imagining my life as a single lady by the beach, with my modern, toy-free life…aaahhhh…thank god for our imagination… SO if you can still live in a  one bedroom (beautiful) condo in Santa Monica….feel free to contact Stephanie at

So if I lived here, this is what my life would look like…..

I can watch whatever show I want

I don't cook, that's why my kitchen is so clean

I take my coffee outside for some vItamin D

I can sleep with my door open or closed!

I can meet my neighboours in the lobby

I tell everyone where I live, come on over for dinner!

March 6, 2010 - 1:58 am

Leonie - Great fantasy. I have them too….the Santa Monica by the beach one is my favourite. I would just need to add a studio to that place and it would be perfect!

August 2, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Dream Home [Commercial] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] So when I get the opportunity to do something like this – shooting  interiors or work with  real estate agents, I enjoy the creative process. This is someone’s dream home – anything they ever wanted [...]

the party at Guy’s North


You might have gone bowling at Pinz in studio city, with your friends or with your 6 year old’s friends…or had Matza Ball soup at Jerry’s Deli, with your friends, or with your grandmother’s friends…but the REAL party is upstairs, at Guy’s North – a perfect modern, hip, happening, and whatever other definition there is for something really cool…TV screens, dim lights, hot music, great DJ, tattoos, fake eyelashes…and lots and lots of friends made for a fun fun night! Here are some of my favorites.

Getting Ready

Hollywood Style

Mom is where they get their beauty

Some details

M sewed her own dress!!!!

Guy’s North

Years of Mac photobooth shots were displayed on TV screens all night

Waiting for KandM


Mom and Dad wishing Happy Birthday

Is everyone waiting?

Here we go!

Always goofy!

Hitting the spotlight

Group hug

I just love this shot.

Hold on

They designed the cake together

No, you first!

Just hanging out…

and if you made it this far and would like to see more, click on this slideshow – I think you’ll enjoy it!

If you were at the party and you want to see all the photos, and I mean ALL of them, you can go to this password protected site.

March 3, 2010 - 6:27 pm

Robin - omygosh how fun! I love how you captured the little details, and told the story! Beautiful girls….great job!


You’ve met them, you’ve seen their moves, and you’re very close to the party…here’s one photo of these gorgeous girls on their big night, look all glamorous, old Hollywood style  – check in soon for the photos from the fabulous night!


Candy land

Happy Birthday!

Some people think candy doesn’t affect kids..I’m here to tell you that it does! Big time…I’m also here to tell you that there’s nothing better than candy to get a kid out of a blue mood, to calm them on a plane, or make them clean up, and to support pediatric dentists around the world…but it sure makes for  a fun fun fun party- so sweet! so yummy, so delicious in my tummy. Mia’s mom really brought Halloween back for one more day in January, and she had the most amazing candy decorations, inspired by the classic game of candy land. Even I couldn’t resist- and if you come to my studio one day, you’ll see my very own candy land bucket filled with…healthy stuff?!?! P-L-E-A-S-E.

Candy Land

Cake Land

Run run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man


Candy doesn't hurt

Birthday balloons

Cracking UP!

Wild About Balloons

Shellyann of made THE most amazing balloons I have EVER seen- and as allergic as I am to Latex, I really wanted one- they were just so fantastic!!!

Pink unicorn

Before.....and after

You can view more images from this sweet party by clicking on the slideshow

February 27, 2010 - 7:13 pm

Sharon - As always, beautiful, beautiful pictures!!! What a great party theme and super vibrant colors. Love it.

November 12, 2010 - 2:14 am

11/11/at 11 [Uncategorized] - dont smile now - Shani Barel Photography- Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley - Kids, Family, Fun, Bar Mitzvahs, Weddings, Love. - [...] PluginSo what did you do on Veteran’s day? I went WIld ABout Balloons! . A few months ago I photographed a party where Shellyann made the most amazing balloons I had ever seen! I was fascinated by the  artistry [...]

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