Seth and Alisa

I'm thrilled to blog these photos from my time with Seth and Alisa in Malibu!  I've known Seth for years and jumped on the idea of photographing him and his love, Alisa on one the most beautiful coastlines in our country.  Their playful love is so very evident in all of these photos and I found myself quite emotional editing them.  Enjoy!

Jen Utley

Last year I had the honor of being interviewed for Project Girl Crush by two charming and engaging women, Jen Utley and Genevieve Peirson.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this authentic and deeply unveiling Seattle project, I'd encourage you to check out their site

I remember when Jen called and informed me that the questions she'd be asking would require me to get well acquainted with both the goodness I know of myself and the barriers of my internal landscape.  I became nervous as I began to reflect on the latter half of those questions.

This is who Jen is.  She brings this kind of presence.  A presence that invites the other to find their own strength and boldness, their own voice.  She's fierce, but not in a bullying way.  Jen's fierceness evokes the fierce in me, the fierce that is buried underneath all the people pleasing parts of me.

On top of being a stunning writer for PJC, Jen and her business partner Genevieve manage their creative film project, Common Thread Collective.

I asked Jen if I could photograph her beautiful self in her Seattle based home.  Having done some modeling as well, Jen moved throughout her space with ease, grace, and spontaneous giggles.  Needless to say, we became friends and now you can find us curled up on her sofa with her two dogs and new kitten, sipping hot tea and bringing our real selves.

 
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Leo turns 1!

Growing up with an Armenian mother and an American father has made life more rich with culture and difference.  Birthday parties, Armenian food, and Armenian dancing are just norms in our family and I wouldn't trade it in for anything.

Last week I was hired to photograph little Leo's one year old birthday.   This Korean American baby boy stole my heart.  It was wonderful to see how his parents celebrated both cultures and brought Korean tradition throughout the day.