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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:

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

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Oo-oo-ee-ee!  They are so cute!

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Collecting leaves and nuts:

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LOVE this one of Clifford:

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Hello beautiful! XOXO

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

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

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

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LEGO Time!

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Their smiles melt me:

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Love Casper’s bear-paw shoe bottoms!

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

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

Wedding at Brentwood Country Club

September 20th, 2011, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

Last month I had the honor to work once again as a second shooter for my good friend Gayla from Gayla Elizabeth Photography.  For those who don’t know Gayla, she is not only a talented photographer, but an amazing person with a big heart.  In fact, she is an important reason for the smooth start of my photography career.  It was shortly after we first met that I booked my first wedding. Although I knew all the techniques and procedures, I was still nervous about running into unexpected hitches, so I asked Gayla to shoot with me. She accepted without hesitation even though she was an experienced pro and I was just a beginner.  On the day of the event, she guided me through the whole day by giving me tips on scouting locations, tackling timing and logistics, and interacting with clients and keeping them happy. Since then, we have shot a few more weddings for each other, and each has been a learning experience for me.  I will always be grateful for what Gayla had done for me and treasure our friendship.

Gayla, thank you for everything! Enjoy spending time with your family in Hawaii!  :-)

Here are a few of my favorite images from the most recent event.  Love how happy and excited our bride was:

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The groom was having a good time too:

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What a beautiful smile! It melts my heart.

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The bride wanted a shot of both of them under the veil.  I think it turned out beautifully.

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Walking down the aisle with daddy:

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Non-stop smiling and giggling the whole day!

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Lots of beautiful details.  And the cake was really yummy!  :-)

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Marie and Andy’s Wedding

June 13th, 2010, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

After much anticipated excitement, the big day finally came last weekend — Marie and Andy got married at the beautiful Rose Garden in Cal Poly!

We started off with some couple and wedding party portraits at the nearby Japanese Garden:

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I love this bouquet by Wen Floral Design Studio.  An elegant combination of ivory-colored ribbons, pearls, and pink roses.

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With Maid of Honor Connie :)

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Shortly after, the ceremony began at the Rose Garden.
This is the part where I always get a bit emotional and teary-eyed… when the bride and her father is about to walk down the aisle.

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They had Star Wars music for the recessional.  How cool is that?!

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A couple more portraits after the ceremony:

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After that, we headed over to East 180 restaurant in Diamond Bar for evening reception.

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There were a lot of beautiful details, from the sign-in table displays, dinner table settings, to the cute whimsical cake topper.  The favor boxes, which the couple and their friends made themselves, also sport a flower-petal theme! :)

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Cherry Blossom! I had wanted this for my own wedding!! I just adore this feminine and elegant look.

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Love this little series:

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It was a festive evening with lots of entertainment lined up.

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And Marie’s brother hijacked DJ JoJo’s station for just a short moment. I think he looks very sleek here :)

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Thank you Marie & Andy, for allowing us to take part of your wedding! It was beautiful, romantic, and filled with joy and laughter. What a perfect way to start your new life together! :)

A special thanks also, to my 2nd shooter this time, Nick Yutaka. We enjoyed having such a talented photographer shooting with us. Thanks Nick for all your help!