Sophie Dance Recital Photos | Behind the Scenes Look at the Tiny Little Dancers

Oh my goodness gracious great balls of fire.  This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever photographed.

I was invited by Reyana from Sophie Dance Atwater to document their annual recital at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles.   I grew up dancing and have always had a passion for the movement arts.  Combining two of my great loves – photography & dance – was a dream come true.  Here you’ll find some of the highlights from behind the scenes plus some shots from the actual recital.  Get ready to oooh and aaah at the lovely little dancers!

ps. How could I go a full post without mentioning birthdays…they also host parties at Sophie Dance, take a look here for more info!

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Bravo to all the dancers!



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A Puppy Reunion (yes, you heard me right) | The REAL Bark Dog Rescue, Echo Park | LA Event Photography

I got together with the REAL bark dog rescue to document this puppy reunion!  All of her pups were adopted out a year ago and brought back together last weekend for a little party/meet and greet.  It was pretty similar to documenting a kid’s birthday party – a lot of energy, a little bit of chaos, and a whole lotta love.  Mavis from the animal rescue obviously has a gift for placing homeless pups with loving families, what a joy to capture it all.

If you’re looking to adopt or foster in LA check them out here -> the REAL bark, Echo Park

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This is Mama pup, the smallest one of them all! ^

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This is Cookie, she survived a fall from a 4 story building!  She’s up for adoption at the Real bark ^

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Cuteness overload.



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Frankie Turns 5 | Birthday Bash at Bob Baker Marionette Theater | Kids Party Photography Los Angeles

Photographing Frankie’s birthday here was a dream come true!  I had always heard such spectacular things about Bob Baker Marionette Theater but never had the chance to drop by for a visit.  Luckily, Michelle and Fernando contacted me to document their daughter’s 5th birthday there on Sunday and SPECTACULAR it was.  The marionette show was as masterful and whimsical as you could imagine, I will absolutely return for another show on my own.  The kids (and adults) were thoroughly entertained as the puppets whizzed past them or got a little personal and sang melodies on their laps.  A very special place indeed, thanks for inviting me there to document Michelle and Fernando!

Click for more details if you’re interested in hosting a party at Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

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Audrey Turns 7 | A Unicorn Party | Kids Birthday Photography Los Angeles

I met Audrey and her family when she was just under 2 years old!  I can’t believe how much time has passed.  Audrey has made the transition from off balance toddler to full blown unicorn, and what a lovely unicorn she has become.  I absolutely adored the theme and all the magical details throughout the party.  Also, there were bubbles, and if you know me you know I LOVE bubbles.  Audrey frolicked around in her flower dress and had the best time ever, thanks for inviting me to capture it Ward fam!

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Miss Blue Eyes | Lily’s 1st | Kids Birthday Party Photography Los Angeles

I was so excited to get a message from Sara.  We went to high school together and I had been low key stalking her super sweet new life as a mom on instagram.  I finally got the chance to meet the baby girl I had seen in all the pictures…for her 1st birthday!  I am a big fan of backyard parties and Sara really knew how to make it her own with countless homemade signs and decorations.  Lily was the sweetest thing, she couldn’t hurt a fly or even smash her cake!  Yep, no interest whatsoever in destroying that sugary mountain in front of her. She was just full of smiles and laughs, handed back and forth from one loving family member to another.  Such a good day, thanks for having me Sara!

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Laser Tag Birthday | Kids Party Photography Los Angeles | Ultrazone Sherman Oaks

Happy 9th birthday Chiara!  I absolutely love laser tag parties – the lasers show up in the pictures which is pretty fantastic and I get to run around and remember the good ol’ days when I used to play.  Next time I want to try wearing a vest, I’m sure a lot more lasers would be pointed in my direction!  Interested in having your next kid’s birthday party at Ultrazone?  Check them out here:

Here are the setting ranges I used on my Canon 5d mark iii with a 24mm 1.4 Canon lens:

ISO: 16000 – 20000

f-stop: 1.4 – 2.0

shutter speed: 1/250 – 1/500


Here are some of my fave shots!

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King of the Wild Things | A First Birthday Portrait Session Los Angeles

I was so sad that I would be out of town for Kingston’s birthday!  Luckily we were able to schedule a birthday portrait session for his “Where the Wild Things Are” themed party next month.  I am all about that theme.

You are about to witness Kingston’s very first nature hike, I’m surprised he was even interested in my camera with all the new wonders around him.  We shot in Millard Canyon, a gorgeous spot in Altadena with a babbling stream and dappled forest light.  Happy early birthday Kingston!

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