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Birthday Girl Trevona :: Urban Lifestyle Portraits

November 5th, 2011, written by Lucia Li
Found in Anytime, Our Stories

My first job interview.

The trip down memory lane conjured up mixed emotions.  It was stressful as one can imagine, but it was also a day where I gained a lifelong friend.

Having a more introverted disposition, interviews were never easy for me, no matter how well prepared and qualified I felt for the positions sought.  I remember I was only 20 years old, sitting in the lobby, nervously peeking at all these people rushing in and out of the offices, wondering if any of them would turn out to be my interviewer, or maybe a close colleague later on, all the while trying to drown out the startling sound of shrieking phone rings that never seemed to stop.

Then, a beautiful lady with big eyes and friendly smile walked toward me.  “Hi, I am Trevona!”  She greeted me and showed me the way to the meeting room.  Doors were shut behind me, and once again I found myself sitting in a chair feeling alone, and dreading for what I had felt like was an impending doom.  But somehow, that warm friendly smile Trevona emitted worked magic to ease my nerves.  I calmed down and was able to sail smoothly through the interview, consequently landing my very first job and marking the beginning of what came to be a 15-year graphic design career.

Naturally, Trevona and I became close friends. We both worked in the marketing department, and sat right next to each other.  Very often we would stay out late after work, exploring new places to eat and scouring the shops for the next fashion fix.  Life was good and simple, and time passed by as our friendship grew.

10+ years later, both of our lives have had significant changes.  We changed jobs, we moved, but we remained in close contact.  And no matter how time has changed, Trevona stayed the same — she’s that girl with a pure heart — sweet, independent, optimistic and passionate about life.  This year, before her birthday, she asked me if I could do some portraits for her.  I was more than happy to oblige!  Trevona took a day off work, and together we spent one fabulous afternoon being girly — chatting, eating, gossiping ;), shopping, giggling and taking photos — having fun and making memories!

We started off by taking some pictures at her apartment complex :

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Did I mention she’s a great dancer too? :)

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1st wardrobe change:

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Her collection of beautiful shoes deserves to be showcased as well!

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2nd wardrobe change. We moved indoors for a more intimate, softer look:

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3rd wardrobe change.  I told ya we had fun! ;)

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My favorite from the set:

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Happy birthday my dear friend! Wish you joy and happiness always!

Tristen and Kevin :: Part II

March 31st, 2010, written by Isabella Li
Found in Engagements

If you are on our Facebook Fan Page, you may have already seen these pictures from Tristen and Kevin’s engagement shoot.  If you are not yet one of our fans, I hereby shamelessly urge you to become one!  Why? because fans will get to see some pictures before everyone else, and can take a peek at our “behind the scenes” pictures to see what we are currently up to.  Plus, we plan to have some photo goodies (free photo sessions anyone? :D ) to throw around from time to time!

Okay, end of commercial.  This is a follow-up post to an earlier one titled “Tristen and Kevin PREVIEW…”   Tristen and Kevin are a couple we met at last December’s SoCal Photog Shootout event. Lucia and I really enjoyed taking pictures of this lovely pair of lovebirds.  As evident in the photos, they are so in love and so sweet together!

Again, here are the vendors that added magic to the photoshoot:

  • La Bomba Vintage Dresses
  • Bows N Berries Hairbands
  • Kacee Geoffroy Makeup Design, Alisha Baijounas Vanity Kill Studio








  • Mary and Simon

    December 19th, 2009, written by Isabella Li
    Found in Maternity

    Lucia and I recently discovered the charming town of Claremont Village thanks to a shootout event hosted by some really awesome southern California photographers (see post titled “Tristen and Kevin“). We knew that we had to come back to take pictures again! So, in the spirit of practicing what we just learned (posing, lighting, composition, etc.), I immediately asked two of my friends to come join us for a photoshoot the following weekend.

    Mary and Simon are one of the cutest couples I know. I’ve known Mary since junior high school years (We were also somewhat infamous for being forgetful among our close circle of friends back then – and I thought I was the only one who would do things such as forgetting about a homework assignment, or unfailingly walking into the wrong classes all the time… but no~ Mary was often my companion in such silly little mishaps (Sorry Mary! :p). However, this is just a part of her cute and adorable personality – that relaxed, unassuming, genuine sweetness. Adding that to the perfect smile and beautiful doll face (Yes… her skin is flawless. Yes, I am so envious!), and you have a killer combo that would have most men’s heart skip a beat and melt. No wonder the only thing that came to Simon’s mind when he saw Mary for the very first time was: “I am doomed.” No worries, the two first met while working at a Japanese restaurant (he was the busboy, then chef; she was the waitress), and soon became inseparable. Now, with all the sweet years of growing together, they are the proud owners of their own restaurant (Sakura Ichi Japanese Cuisine, located in downtown Pomona), proud parents of three lovely dogs, and soon-to-be proud parents of the newest addition to the family – baby Kylene!

    Here are some pictures from the day:

    We love to capture candid happy moments like this =)

    This is one of our favorites from the day:

    Congratulations and thanks, Mary and Simon!

    You guys are natural models and made it such a fun shoot (Simon was on his funny joking mode non-stop during the shoot!).
    Lucia and I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to capture some photos for you and share in your joy and love!