Gavin + Liam [Fullerton Birthday Party]



Can a cake "take the cake"? I've photographed some pretty amazing ones, but this display is in a culinary league of its own.   Just another example of the inventiveness and creativity that goes into the annual Gavin & Liam birthday party.  This is the fifth year I've been brought on as the hired photographer, and looking back, I'm amazed at just how fast the clock has flown by.

This year's theme was monsters: Shrek, Ugly Doll, and Mike from Monster's Inc. re-imagined as a piñata.  Mike was a good sport and took a pretty good beating from the kiddos.  An artist was on hand to both sculpt balloons and do face painting -- a big hit!  To close out the day, that famous green ogre eventually crashed the party and helped to gather all the kids for the cutting of that great cake.  (It was pretty tasty, by the way!)

What I love most about these celebrations is seeing all the familiar faces year after year and being welcomed as family.  The festivities and decor never disappoint, nor does the hospitality!

Thanks again for letting me document this day!

Gavin + Liam [Pacific Park Santa Monica Pier Birthday Party]



This is my fourth consecutive year photographing the birthday of G & L -- where does the time go?!   I'm always flattered to be asked back every year to document this event.  And more importantly, I think the two guys still enjoy having me around.  I was greeted with a big welcoming hug at this year's celebration, and I wasn't even dressed up as their favorite superhero or video game character.  G & L have grown completely comfortable with the camera, and I think me being a dad now affords me with refreshed way of seeing as well.

G & L's parents never disappoint in their party planning.  This year, they reserved a cabana at Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier.  Cake + high speed rides + best friends & family = how can you go wrong? The theme for 2012 was Skylanders Spyro's Adventure.  I'm sure someday I'll know exactly what that is.  And though no costumed characters were hired or harmed for this celebration, we did cross paths with Inky, the park's official mascot.  Purple calamari.  Eat your heart out, Disneyland!

The pier is a great place for a photo session.  Plus, I love the overdose of color.  Check out the blue wall.  And with all of its alluring distractions and energy, there's plenty of opportunity to capture everyone in the candid moment.  Post-session, I hung out on the pier for a bit and photographed a few slices of the nightlife.