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Here’s Citrine!

March 6th, 2012, written by Lucia Li
Found in Children

Meet Citirne, a 4-year old little cutie.  She is sweet, happy, independent, and has an abundance of energy.  We started off the photo session at a cute boutique hotel in Huntington Beach, then strolled around town, and later went down to the beach for the sunset.  :-)





She brought a little friend with her:Children-Family-Photography-Huntington-Beach-5





I adore her kong fu dance moves!  The middle one cracks me up!



I like to play with children instead of asking them to stare and smile for the camera, so it’s fun to see Citrine lecturing her little friend: “Why don’t you smile?  You need to smile for the camera.”


Little Citrine with her mom.


It’s play time!







A different mood…






After the photo shoot, Citrine gave me a hug and told me she had a happy day.   It totally made my day!!!  Thanks to my friend Trevona for taking this shot of us.


Lifestyle Family Portraits :: Old Town Monrovia

October 27th, 2011, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Anytime

American writer Gail Buckley once said: “Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. ”

After several years of residence in the U.S. — schooling, working and building a family together — Jenny and Zephyr decided to move back to the country where they were born, to reunite with loved ones and to provide the children with an enriched cross-cultural upbringing.  They want to celebrate the past, the present and the future ahead by taking some family pictures for memories before leaving for Taiwan, so we headed out to old town Monrovia one sunny afternoon for a lifestyle family portraits session.

Looking at the young couple, one may find it hard to believe that they are already parents of two boys.  Casper is 3 years old, and loves to make faces and follow his big brother around.  Clifford, being two years older and the “cooler” brother, is very assertive in what he wants, and is quite the master LEGO builder!  It was a rather hot day at the shoot, with temperatures reaching into the high 90s; however, we were able to somewhat escape the grueling heat by staying in the shades and taking a refreshment break (thank you Jenny and Zephyr, for treating us to those delicious smoothies!)

We thought it’s sooo cute to see the boys showing up with matching plaid shirts, and loved the colorful balloons and fun toys they brought along too.  Lesson of the day: balloons, smoothies, Legos, and parents who absolutely adore and lavish their children with love make for happy kids!

Here are some of our favorites from the day:

He is a Superman!  No.. a dinosaur!   Umm.. maybe an elephant?



Oo-oo-ee-ee!  They are so cute!

Collecting leaves and nuts:

LOVE this one of Clifford:


Hello beautiful! XOXO

Parents of two boys, and still look so young and hip, like college sweethearts!


The little ones crack me up.  I love how Casper stands with one foot on top of the other.

They were very serious and concentrated.  Sharing, or a competition? :p

LEGO Time!


Their smiles melt me:


Love Casper’s bear-paw shoe bottoms!


Jenny and Zephyr are a sweet and gorgeous couple. Seriously, look how cute they are together!  :-)


Thanks for spending that afternoon with us, Jenny Zephyr + Clifford and Casper :)
We wish you all the best for your new life in Taiwan!

Contest Winners

September 3rd, 2010, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Promotions

It’s been awhile since our contest started (Mid June), so we’ve decided to extend both prize redemption periods to 12/31/2011.  Thanks everyone for your participation!  Now, without further ado, the winners of our contest are: Jennifer Woo and Lennox Wiseley!  Hooray! :D Congratulations guys!!!  You can redeem your Free 30-minute Mini Session and $350 “Photo Goodness” credit anytime between now and the end of next year!

Jennifer and Lennox both picked the same question to answer:
What’s the most romantic thing anyone has done for you? or vice versa?


A guy I was dating told me we were going to drive out to the beach to go star gazing.  About 10 minutes after we settled down on top of his car, fireworks started exploding in the sky.  It turned out that he had timed everything so that we would catch the nightly fireworks show from Sea World.


Michael and I were decorating easter eggs one April, which he’d never done before, because he’s from England and the tradition doesn’t seem to be as popular there. It was a lot of fun and a huge mess and we really enjoyed the day. He was kind of secretive about one of the eggs he was making, and I figured it was because he’d written a surprise Easter message on it. Then, a few days later, he told me to pack a few things, he was whisking me away for the weekend. So I grabbed some clothes and we got in the car and he started driving. I hoped we were going to Carmel, as that has been a favorite romantic spot for us, and we were! We arrived just before Sunset and he said we were going to walk to dinner. So we walked along the beach as the sun was setting and looked out at the ocean. Suddenly, he saw a big rock and wanted to go out to it. So we went out and I sat on the big rock, with a beautiful view of the sunset. And he handed me a small paper bag. I opened it up, hoping it would be an engagement ring, but it was an egg. I looked at it, kind of perplexed, and laughed. “You brought me out here to give me an egg?” “Read it!” he said. So I looked down at the writing and it said, “Marry me!” And when I looked down, he was kneeling down with a beautiful ring and he said, “Will you marry me?” (Needless to say, I said, yes!)

Thank you Jennifer and Lennox for sharing your stories with our readers!

It’s pretty obvious now that romantic surprises are cool in our books :p
And since a post without a picture is like a cupcake without icing, we have searched our pictures “vault” (don’t we all have terabytes of data nowadays?) for images that would help add some splashes of color to this post.  Turns out, we are also fans of fireworks and the charming seaside village of Carmel (and who wouldn’t be? :)

This was taken by Henry during Disneyland’s fireworks with our new Canon 70-200mm IS II:


Taken about 10 years ago in Carmel with a simple point-and-shoot camera, now enhanced with some Photoshop adjustments.
Doesn’t this remind you a bit of Thomas Kinkade’s paintings?