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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!

Jingle Bells announces its arrival; Holiday Season is here!

I know Halloween has barely passed and there’s still candy left over to eat, and that the Turkeys are just beginning to realize that something is up…but I have to tell you, Christmas is in the air, and the entire Holiday (card) Season with it…So here we are, let the bells ring!

I love the celebration and colors of  the season, they photograph so well, so when I get to experience this joy, on an early Saturday morning, just like that, on the typical November day, for no good reason but happy cheerful kids running around in holiday attire, I am happy.

Thanks Bella, Sophia and Niko, for pretending it’s that special time of year when you get all those fun fun gifts…

What am I getting for Christmas? Another framed photo?!

What am I getting for Christmas? Another framed photo?!

"formals"

"formals"

the bench

the bench

a model

a model's job is so hard...ok, one more with Niko. Fine

Niko.

Niko.

jump rope and hula hoop

jump rope and hula hoop

Sophia.

Sophia.

Isabella

Isabella

November 7, 2009 - 6:52 am

Christa Meola - gorgeous! wow, beautiful shots Shani! You are so talented.

B.

B. words cannot describe this sweet little girl. B. she is gorgeous, sweet, smart, talented…and 6 years old. And even though she’s been wanting to be a vet ever since she could talk, there’s a modeling talent and acting abilities that would almost be a a waste not to use…and we joke…she can play a vet on TV….whatever B ends up B.ing, I know she’ll be great at it, and carry her B.eautiful light with her wherever she goes…

B. Yourself

B. Yourself

B. Free   ( Christa- this one

B. Free ( Christa- this one's for you...)

B. Ready

B. Ready

B. Relaxed

B. Relaxed

B. Careful

B. Careful

B. just be

B. just be

B. Open

B. Open

B. Playful

B. Playful

B. You Rock!

B. You Rock!

November 3, 2009 - 10:10 pm

Leonie - GORGEOUS photos , FABULOUS!

November 7, 2009 - 6:50 am

Christa Meola - These are sooooo beautiful! I love them all – incredible job Shani – you have such a great sense of humor and wonderful talent!

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