My family and the Murata family go way back – like back to MPMR days when swimming was a lifestyle. I remember Melissa as a kid – I have a picture of her younger self in a photo album – and Mrs. Murata acted, like all the other moms, as a team mom to all of us. And despite us growing up and going off into all sorts of directions, my mom and Mrs. Murata have stayed friends and continue to hang out. Whether it is driving down to Irvine to meet up with another former swim mom, going for afternoon tea at Tasty Garden, or just simply coming over to visit, our families are still connected and I am very grateful that Mrs. Murata is a dear friend to my mom.
I was very excited when Melissa contacted me to do a mother-daughters session! It made me happy that I could join in on the surprise, but it made me happier to know that Melissa felt her mom would feel the most relaxed and comfortable with me behind the camera. It was just a small part of their Mother’s Day gift to their mom and I was glad to not only capture the humor and sarcasm amongst Kristine, Melissa, and Mrs. Murata, but also the love they share for one another. It gave me an opportunity to catch up with the three of them – I haven’t seen Kristine in ages! – in between photos and it was great to laugh and talk about exciting, upcoming events and recent events – Melissa’s wedding, Mrs. Murata’s trips, and Kristine’s marriage!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to photograph you three lovely ladies! I love that even though each of you have your own personality and spunk, you can see the similarities in the smiles and laughter!
I met Ana and Chris the day of their wedding and took pre-wedding photos at the beautiful San Gabriel Mission. Immediately upon meeting them, I could see that they just clicked. There was an ease about the two of them and despite having the camera in front of them, they easily forgot about my presence and just went into their own little world. They would say, “Oooooo…” to each other in this silly way that would make the other smile and laugh…and it made me smile as well as I felt like I was witnessing this secret, intimate moment between the two of them. Ana and Chris just light each other up and I especially loved the care that Chris had towards Ana in making sure she felt alright during the time we spent at the Mission and how he didn’t want her to walk long distances. Chris’ concern for his future bride-to-be made me realize why I love photographing weddings – to not just capture the big day, but also witness genuine love between two individuals.
The ceremony was held in a beautifully landscaped backyard – the home received the 2012 Heritage Home Award! – with a small group consisting of family and close friends. Since it was a small wedding, it allowed for all the guests to take photos with Ana and Chris, which was one thing that they really wanted! I especially loved that everyone who attended the wedding was able to personally congratulate the two and there were hugs galore – along with tears of happiness.
Congratulations, Ana and Chris! I loved being a part of your wedding and look forward to hearing news in September!
I loved these in between moments with Ana and Chris. They were just talking to each other while waiting to take photos with family and friends. Ana and Chris just look absolutely content and so excited and ready to start their new journey together!
It was an intense day with eleven prom sessions, but definitely a fun one to see some familiar – and some new – faces before their big night. Cal Poly Pomona provided a great backdrop with its Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and lavender bushes. I was so glad to be able to capture one of the last high school memories – and dance – for these kids and wish them a bright, successful future after high school!