Favorites from 2013

With the year com­ing to a close I just wanted to take a minute and thank all the beau­ti­ful faces I’ve pho­to­graph in 2013.  Thank you for shar­ing your life and sto­ries with me!  Here are some of my favorite images from the year. andreacollage5

 

Tea Party with Mina

Wow. Just. Look. At. Those. Eyes.

Meet Mina, a gorgeous gal who hates coffee and loves tea. In her words, coffee makes her sleepy!  A dance student all her life, she hopes one day give back and teach dance to underprivileged kids.  During our shoot, she was the perfect Alice for my wonderland.

Check out the photos of her enjoying some tea and crumpets!

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Down by the Creek with Dorie

Meet Dorie.  A psychology student with a passion for all things nature. This was one of my favorite shoots to date because on top of being gorgeous she was not afraid to feel the dirt underneath her bare toes. Her free spirit was perfectly at home in our park setting photoshoot. We had a lot of fun exploring the diversity of the creek while chatting about our dogs, Vietnamese food, and life.

I adored how down to earth and spontaneous she was.  No hesitation whatsoever when I asked her to climb the biggest tree in the park, even if we got some funny looks.  Isn’t it a shame that it’s socially unacceptable for adults to climb trees?  The world would be a better place if we hung out in branches more often–you know just spending the afternoon watching the sun change color through the leaves… but hey I digress.

Check out the awesomeness that is Dorie.  Don’t be surprised if you want to climb a tree afterwards.

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Memphis’ Baptism

This maybe his first white suit, but I’m sure it won’t be his last.  The kid’s got style.  Come on just look at that flowing hair!  And his name is Memphis, how indie rocker cool is that?

I had the pleasure of photographing his baptism last Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in San Jose.  Though not too enthusiastic about taking pictures, what he lacked in posing skills he made up in high fives and giggles.  Check out the pictures from his first big suit & tie day.

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As beautiful as that mop of curly hair is, sadly it’s going to be gone soon.  But not forever – his parents will be donating the clipping to Locks of Love.  Yes some kid out there will be rocking the Memphis.

At the Library with Star

Meet Star. Passionate about music, super sweet, and one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever photographed.

Due to a last minute location change we met at the MLK Library and it couldn’t have been a better decision because I found out she’s a former library employee. So don’t let those killer heels fool ya, she knows her way around the books.  We tried our best to use inside voices, but it didn’t stop some nearby students to get a distracted from their engineering books.  How could you not be?

After getting kicked out of the library (only because was closing time I swear!) we had fun wandering through bamboo, throwing rose petals, and catching the sun on the roof of Spartan Stadium.  Star was so ridiculously photogenic and go with the flow, she made it super easy for me to get some great shots. I especially love the photos of her smiling with the golden sun on her burgundy hair.

Narrowing down photos from this shoot was a major pain because she looked stunning in EVERY single frame.  But I guess that’s not a bad problem for a photographer to have!  Thanks again Star for a great shoot. =)

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