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You say it’s your birthday…

Happy Monday everyone. I’m sorry I’ve been a little lax about blogging lately. This wedding season kind of snuck up on me and threw me into a little whirlwind of busyness. I hope today’s post makes up for my absence of late.

The images above are from a recent portrait shoot Larry and I photographed. Our subject is the very beautiful Vered and the occasion was simply that her birthday is coming up and she wanted to treat herself to a photo session.

If you’ve been reading this blog with any regularity you’re probably tired of hearing me go on and on about how important it is to document not only the milestones of your life but also the quiet moments that slip by. Well brace yourself because here I go again… Your next birthday is a big deal, whether you’re turning 20, 30 or 52 – celebrate how beautiful you are right now with a photo session! Vered chose to go all out with our “Photobuff” coverage. We shot in three locations and employed everything from 35mm to large format cameras. We even dipped into our precious stash of Type 55 Polaroid. (That’s the photo with the torn edge and dappled texture.) That kind of Polaroid is no longer made but we have a stockpile we like to use on occasions such as these.

Be the first to contact us at the studio to book your own “Photobuff” birthday session and we will include a matted and framed 11×14″ photograph as our special gift.

Happy Birthday to you!

Once in a blue moon…

He was more than fine; she was more than young
And the orange setting sun was beautiful
Ever so at ease, in the summer evening breeze
They would talk and they would tease
And never never never want to leave

Once in a while
Once in a blue moon
There comes somebody
There comes somebody like you

~Edie Brickell

At times like this…

At times like this, it’s good to know your family has your back.

Strawberry Nutella Panini

It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and I thought you might like to indulge your mom with something sweet.

I first saw Giada De Laurentiis make this on her cooking show and it brought me right back to when I was a little girl. My grandmother would make chocolate sandwiches for my sister and me as an after school snack. This is a decidedly more upscale version than the Hershey’s and white bread of my youth so I know you and your mom are going to love it.

You only need a few simple ingredients:
Fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
Pound cake
Butter flavored cooking spray

Heat a cast iron pan or panini grill until it’s nice and hot
Slice the pound cake into 1/2″ slices
Spread a generous amount of Nutella on two slices of pound cake
Top 1 slice with a mound of strawberries and cover with the other slice to make a sandwich
Spray your pan or grill with the butter cooking spray
Grill until the pound cake is golden brown and the filling starts becoming gooey. Flip it over and brown the other side.
Slice in half and try to hold off eating them until you’ve had a chance to share them with your mom!

“Hotel De Ville”, May’s Print of the Month

Let’s return to one of Larry and my favorite cities – Paris, for May’s Print of the Month.

I came to this plaza with the intent of photographing a charming carousel but could not resist also pointing my pinhole camera at this gorgeous building and fountain.

If you would like to add this limited edition photograph to your art collection, visit our website for details or contact us directly at (818) 783-7252.

Matador Beach, Malibu

Even though it was sprinkling and the wind was blowing, everyone was up for some family fun by the shore.

Matador Beach is really special to the Schultz family – we photographed Charmaine and Brandon’s engagement session here a few years ago. Since then, we have documented their little clan several times, including one fabulous sitting in their hometown of Seattle.

Over the years we have watched Layni grow from a mellow little love bug to a feisty charmer who gives the absolute best hugs in the world. This was the first time however that Logan appeared before our cameras and I have to admit, I am completely smitten with those sweet chubby cheeks.

Charmaine and Brandon, thanks so much for making us your “official photographers”. Being with you is like being with family. We can’t wait to see where we will meet up next.

I’d also like to thank my good friend and wonderful photographer, Maya Myers for being so much more than an assistant on this shoot. Maya is our primary associate photographer so don’t be surprised if you see more of her work featured on our blog in the future.

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