Santa Monica Engagement Session : Melissa & Sam

They met as roommates. Strangers who needed a place to live in Los Angeles. There was a third roommate but somehow, Melissa and Sam became close. They shared an apartment and before they knew it, they were sharing a life together.

Melissa and Sam are both hilarious, carefree and they don’t take themselves too serious. They claim to look ridiculous in front of the camera but after spending an afternoon with them and going through these photos, I beg to differ. Here are some favorites.

Love those dreamy shots on the sand!

Palos Verdes Engagement Session : Francesca & Richard

Francesca & Richard are no strangers to the camera. Richard loves photography. He’s the friend that is always behind a lens shooting candids or landscapes. Any time Christmas rolls around, Richard is a pro at getting himself, Francesca and their sweet pup Forest to look at the camera. But all of that involves a tripod and a remote and running back and forth to make sure everything is working.

My engagement session was a first for them. For once, Francesca and Richard didn’t have to worry about lighting or camera settings or getting an adorable french bulldog to face forward. This was all about them. Just walking around the lovely South Coast Botanic Gardens enjoying the January sunshine. Just the way an engagement session should be.

um hello. these are absolutely stunning! That light in those first shots is to die for! Gorgeous couple too!

Los Angeles Lifestyle : Veronica Valencia Collection

In 2013, I had the opportunity to shoot more lifestyle and editorial projects. It’s so refreshing to collaborate with stylists and art directors to bounce ideas off one another to bring a vision to life. When the amazingly talented Veronica Valencia asked me to shoot her new lighting collaboration with Barn Light Electric, I was thrilled.

We had tons of color and style and ideas for this project, all in a beautifully lit downtown loft. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty special. You can view my favorites from the look book below and more of her colorful collection here. I’m definitely eyeing the Lola Soho Pendant.

Ala! Beautiful! Great job!

SO good! I love these! That shot of her on the couch is my fave!

These are so good!

This is too fab! Love them!!! Excellent as always Ala:)

[...] Check out the Barn Light Electric Co. website for more styles. And be sure and take a peek at Veronica’s gorgeous blog (unless you actually need to be productive today, in which case, PUT DOWN THE MOUSE AND BACK AWAY SLOWLY). And if you’re digging the images above, check out the photography blog of Ala Cortez here. [...]

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