Jessica & Joshua


I had the pleasure of working with a lovely & sweet couple, Jessica & Joshua! We originally scheduled to shoot in Coto de Caza, but ended up in Palos Verdes Estates, and I’m happy we did, as the lighting was incredible! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, golden light!  Jessica looked stunning in her evening gown, and angelic in her white dress…and of course her fiance, Joshua handsome and such a good sport!  I had  a great time getting to know these two beautiful people, and their love for one another shines through in every photo!  Thank you both for such a wonderful session! I feel so honored to have captured these priceless memories that will last a lifetime! Congratulations!

 

Check back often, I’ll be adding more in the coming days. 🙂

The Portillo Family Revisited <3


Every now and then I love to take a stroll down memory card lane (ok, my external hd, but memory card sounds so much better lol), and revisit some older work to reflect the styles I’m channeling today.  I am a HUGE fan of Analog filters and thought these photos deserved some special “Updated” touches.  Isn’t that funny, how we strive to make our new photos look dated?  I love the way these turned out, so much that I had to share here on my photo blog!   This family is near and dear to my heart, my great friends of over 29 years and I was the lucky one who had the honor and pleasure of photographing.  These were  their first family photos with Stephanie!  It’s a long story, but a heart warming story indeed of a family united!  Such happy & fun expressions, and some that only best friends will understand.

Love you all~

❤ Kim

 

 

Saturday at the Park


I tagged along with my husband and son on their fishing trip to El Dorado Park this evening and brought my camera with me. Not a whole lot was going on, but I did take some time photographing the resident Geese.  They can be pretty mean, but today they were in a good mood, one spent a lot of time posing for me.

My son pointed out a Grackle on the lid of a trashcan and I got a couple shots of some Western Bluebirds, other than that, it was pretty quiet, windy and cold. There weren’t many flowers blooming in section III of the park, but a few Rock Roses and Mexican Lavender (which I didn’t bother with since there weren’t any hummingbirds feeding on them).  Other than that, it was pretty low key at the park today.

I am really wanting to venture out and explore new areas. I plan on visiting Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, Irvine Regional Park to name a few. It’s been a while since I’ve visited these beautiful places. I have a maternity session coming up, that I cannot wait. I’ve been researching some beautiful locations for this shoot to compliment such a beautiful expectant mother!  I will be sharing those within the coming weeks. 🙂

That’s all for now.  🙂

 

A Gorgeous Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano


It’s been a couple years since I’ve walked the grounds of the Jewel of the California Mission’s, Mission San Juan Capistrano. They don’t call it the “Jewel” for nothing, it is a very beautiful Mission indeed (my favorite).  The flowers were not in full bloom, but they are definitely blooming and so beautiful. I plan to go back in May when spring is in full swing. I saw one Monarch Butterfly today, but it was camera shy, so I really want to go back for some butterfly shots. I did, however, get a shot of a very outgoing Blue Bellied Lizard flexing his muscles for me, and showing off his beautiful blueish/purple scales! I’ve never seen a lizard like that before!  🙂

Here are some of my favorite shots of today. I used both my Canon Mark III and my iPhone 6s+. I am continually impressed with the quality of my iPhone. I used the iPhone for some of the landscape & architecture shots, and my MIII for the florals. 🙂 Enjoy!

Sunday Photo Session


I had a wonderful time shooting family photos for this beautiful family. I can’t wait for our next session at the end of the month. Here are some of my personal favorites. All shot indoors at the beach with gorgeous natural lighting (and a few with fill flash).  Enjoy

This and That…and a Frisky Cat (or 3)!


Just a few photos I wanted to share. First, our Water Hyacinths bloomed  yesterday (well one of them).  I’m glad I got the camera  out, because the blooms fade within 24 hours!  They sure are pretty.

The second photo is of one of the photo disc sleeves I offer when ordering a photo disc. They are gorgeous keepsakes. Love the quote on this one.  ❤

My cat Cristo, the Black and White Tuxedo Cat, decided to stalk me while I edit photos. He was laying directly above me on top of my desk (which is a re-purposed amoire).  He was posing for me and I had my camera right there so I had to get a couple shots of him.  He’s gorgeous and I love him, but he’s sure a feisty thing!  I think you can tell he has a feisty streak in him..it’s in the eyes. 🙂

The other photos are of my son Jonathan saying hello to the neighborhood Tom, a new favorite photo of mine

Tomorrow I will be a secondary photographer at my friend’s, daughter’s wedding so I will be sharing the photos here next week. Stay tuned. Have a great weekend everyone!

Photoshop Fun!


I love taking photos, but this is what I love the most!

More photos from Kaitlyn & Tony’s special day. I couldn’t wait to share! Enjoy!

New Camera New Material


I recently added a new camera to my arsenal.  I took it out for a “Test Drive” today. I’m still figuring out all the new features compared to my old but trusty Canon 5D. I’m amazed at the quality of images, just in the few I took today.  Here are some of my favorites.  🙂

Beauty in Black and White


I love all different tones in photography, but there’s just something special about Black and White Photography that changes the whole dynamics of an image. You can have a photo with overwhelming amounts of greenery or busy backgrounds, but when you convert to B&W, there are details that pop out and the image takes on a whole new dimension.  B&W photography is very elegant, bold, and beautiful.  Most of us see in color (obviously), so viewing the world in B&W is not something we are used to experiencing, which is why I think I love it so much.  Here are a few of my favorite B&W shots.  These were all shot in color (which I ALWAY shoot) and then converted in Photoshop.