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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!

Malibu Charity Engagement Shootout :: Part I

May 18th, 2010, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Engagements

Last Tuesday we had the honor to be a part of Beverly Hills photographer Jen O’Sullivan’s Charity Engagement Shootout event at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu, CA.   Jen organized this event to help raise funds for a charity called LETMESAIL.

LETMESAIL is an organization based in the Santa Clarita Valley that is dedicated to enriching the lives of differently-abled individuals and their family members. These individuals include people who have Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, physical disabilities, and a wide range of intellectual disabilities. LETMESAIL recognizes that people with disabilities have many talents, skills, and unique traits, and that these individuals are not so much disabled as they are differently “abled,” and as much deserve a quality lifestyle where they can use their talents and abilities in a positive way to benefit themselves as well as the society. Through events such as Summer Camps, Cooking and Nutrition Classes, Independent Living Skills Instruction, and Art Classses, LETMESAIL help bring happiness and increased self-sufficiency to the lives of these differently-abled individuals. Basically, LETMESAIL helps them SAIL!

And how fitting it was that Jen held the fun-raising event for LETMESAIL at a beautiful beach venue!

The event rounded up some of the finest wedding vendors (florists, planners, makeup artists, bakers, photographers, etc. ) under one roof, and over 50 engaged couples attended, who each had a chance to “test-drive” several photographers at once, all for FREE!   To top off the event, vendors also donated their services and goods for raffle, and attendees bought raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to LETMESAIL.  There were some serious goods offered that day: from free bridal and makeup sessions to a $600 couture cocktail dress!  And a lucky couple won one 11×14 Art Print, a Photo Guest Signing Book, plus a custom-made, “LOVE” leather bracelet from us! :D

Here is Jen dressed in white, ready to raffle away the prize from Lucia Isabella Photography :)  We were very excited about offering this raffle prize, which we wrapped with lots of LOVE:

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A few lucky couples even ended up wining multiple prizes!  It was cool to see them walk away with so many goodies.  However, we also feel bad for those that didn’t win anything, or have completely missed out on the event.

So, to spread the love and to keep the spirit of giving alive, we have decided to extend all our couples at the Engagement Shootout as well as our loyal blog readers a chance to win even more fabulous stuff!  This is the only time this year that we will be offering these kind of goodies, so be sure to take advantage of it or tell your friends about it!

Deadline for entry is Tuesday June 15th.
*** Information on the contests have been move to this page: 2010 May-June Contest

Inn of the Seventh Ray WEDDING PREVIEW

February 2nd, 2010, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

I am very excited about our upcoming Wedding this Sunday at Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga. To get prepared for the wedding, Isabella and I went to the venue to check out the site and plan for the shoot. After a short mountain drive up from the PCH, we arrived at our destination nestled in the woods. What a intimate and romantic place filled with charming details – Trellis Entry, Fountain, Christmas-Lights, Tented Patio areas covered with dreamy White Drapery, a beautiful Chandelier, Sweet-Heart-shaped chairs, and a Creek-Side area to transport you from the busy city-life to natural serenity!