Archive for the ‘Engagement’ Category

For your inspirations…. I know you guys are going out and shopping for your wardrobe in the coming weeks.  Have fun!

Wardrobe from J Crew, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Gap, Estella NYC and La Redoute.
Baby leg warmers:
Knitted neck tie:
Applique clothing & legwarmer:
Handmade felt accessories:
Vintage toy cars:

Monali and Atif are getting married tomorrow at the beautiful Stone Manor in Malibu.   They are such a gorgeous couple!  I had a lot of fun working with them a month ago on their engagement session in Santa Monica.

spring/summer wardrobe

May 10, 2011

Got couple of emails from parents asking for wardrobe suggestions for their upcoming spring/summer photo sessions.  It can be a very fun and stress-free process picking out your wardrobe when you follow these guidelines:

1.  Come up with a theme.  Context for your photo session will help you to build your wardrobe.  Theme can be strawberry picking picnic, vintage ice cream parlor, beach side vacation, all-American red/white/blue…. etc
2. Pick 2 and no more than 3 sets of wardrobes.  It’s more productive to have your wardrobe changed once during your 60-90 mins session.  The 3rd set can be your backup if you change your mind or something does not work with the location.
3.  Start with a basic neutral (white/denim, white/khaki, grey/black, …etc) and add in one or two accent colors or/and elements to build your wardrobe
4.  Layer different textures to create visual effects (satin tank top with chunky cable woven cardigan, khaki pants with textured linen shirt, flowy silk tunic dress with leather strappy sandals)
5.  Avoid mixing bright primary colors, bold patterns, stripes, and logo/text on your clothing since they are quite distracting and tricky to handle especially for session with more than 2 participants.
6.  Little ones can wear bolder colors and patterns while parents can wear tone down neutral outfit
7.  Avoid plain bright white outfit especially for outdoor/beach locations with limited shades.  If you love white, choose textured and patterned white clothing and mix with other neutral (beige/grey).
8.  Wisely selected props and accessories will enhance your wardrobe.  Try wearing scarves with plain color t-shirt or tank tops; all black outfit with patent red heels; funky color socks or ties for guys.
9. Props can be food as well.  Eating strawberries and watermelon can be a very fun thing to do for kids while sharing an ice cream sundae or milkshake can be very cute for engagement session.
10.  Of course…. you got to wear something you feel comfortable with and make yourself happy  =)
Here are some concepts for your inspirations.  You can easily find these items at major chain retail stores: Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, J.Crew, Zara, Mango, Target and Gymboree.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Can’t wait to see you all this summer.

Such a lovely couple. Thank you for sharing your love stories and enjoying the beautiful sunset with me.  I love the way Xing looked into Chenxi’s eyes… Xing adores Chenxi dearly.  Looking forward to seeing you and your family tomorrow at your wedding!

When two people are totally in love, their faces just beam.  There is a certain type of atmosphere and energy glowing around them.  Alexandra and Erie are one of those couple who bring out the best attributes of one another.   Thank you for sharing your joy, love and occasional silliness at your session and wedding.  I can’t wait to share your lovely wedding on my blog.

UCLA sculpture garden
Top: Richard Serra – Torqued Ellipse UCLA
Bottom: Alexander Calder – Button Flower

such a sweet couple

Thank you, It’s Your Beautiful Day, for the feature on their blog!  I can’t wait to work with Cassandra and her team in a few months!  Cassandra Santor is an expert wedding consultant and coordinator in the Southern California area.    Her wealth of experience, great style and great resources have made her one of the best event planner in the States and around the world.    I am excited for Sade and Nick.  Can’t wait to see you and your family this summer.



I spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon in San Francisco photographing two amazing people - Sade and Nick.  They are such a cute couple. I love the way they look at each other.  You can totally see how much they adore each other.  

Sade and Nick’s wedding will be at Beverly Whilshire in Beverly Hills.  Can’t wait to see you guys again this summer. 

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