The Pei Family [Lacy Park Family Portraits]



I grew up in the Northeast, and if there's one thing that area is known for, it's fall foliage.  Having now lived in Southern California for many years, I've grown accustomed to West Coast autumns.    Halloweens feel different here, but spooky in their own way [maybe it's all the traffic].  The pumpkin patches ripen under a much warmer sun.  And the foliage is a lot more subtle than it is back in the Boston area.  But even amongst the King Palms and Birds of Paradise, there is color to be found in them trees, and a scattering of leaves on the ground for good measure, too.

The Pei Family was looking for a location that just might provide for some of that elusive Southern California foliage.  After a little bit of googling, we both came up with a list of locations, and Lacy Park in San Marino seemed a worthy contender.  And wouldn't you know, there was in fact color to be found there -- orange and yellow hues still clinging to the Big Leaf Maples.  Coupled with the fact we photographed this session on Halloween Eve, it really did feel like the perfect autumn day.

To the Pei Family: it was great to see all three generations of family come together for this session.  Glad to hear your holiday cards came out well, and I hope we can reunite again next year.  The leaves will be waiting!

The Marcaida Family [Fullerton Family Portraits]



Part two of my annual Gavin and Liam photo session.  After having photographed their birthday blast at Funtopia weeks earlier, I reunited with the Marcaida family to document them in a more private setting.  With no more rock climbing to be found, no cake or other sugary treats to devour, the boys improvised and put on a good show of their best leaping, piggy backing and karate chops.  Hey, I'd be disappointed if these guys sat still the whole time - hah!

Even still, mom and dad were able to corral the boys when needed, and we captured some nice family moments we're usually not able take pause for during the bustle of the parties.   So I'm really glad we made the time to schedule this separate session.

As always, Marcaida family, thanks again for keeping me in mind.  You never disappoint, and it truly is a privilege to be recording your family's story year after year.