Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

This year was a great Christmas once again! 
We spent Christmas Eve watching some Christmas shows until it was time to go to bed.
Christina made sure to leave a plate of cookies and some milk for Santa and she even wrote her a letter!
After opening all the presents on Christmas morning, we celebrated some more in the company of our wonderful friends, the Moultons, the Heslins and the Melacci.
Here are a few photos from this year's Christmas:
Every photo has a story and capturing our family's memories is my favorite thing to do!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and 
I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a 
Happy and Safe New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Decorating the Christmas Tree

This week end, we went to pick out our Christmas tree, despite the rain. 
This has become a family tradition. 
We all go together and decide which is the best tree for our family. 
We always purchase a Noble Fur; the branches are a little more sturdy than the 
Douglas Fur and holds heavier ornaments.
This year, we found a beautiful Noble Fur of about 8 feet tall, that we all liked.
After stringing the lights, I let the kids hang the ornaments; 
It didn't take long before it was completely decorated!
Here are a few pictures:

A few more years and Nicholas will be old enough to string the lights
and all three of them will be able to hang the ornaments on their own...
All I'll have to do is to supervise!
But in the meantime, I enjoy spending time with the family,
decorating the tree, baking, or wrapping presents...
It puts me in the spirit of the holidays!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Scaglione Family - December 2010

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of photographing
my good friends, the Scagliones. 
I have know them for so many years and have taken so many candid photos of them over the years... 
But this was the first time that they hired me 
to do their family portraits.
It was a rainy day and we had to wait under the umbrellas 
for a little while before mother nature finally cooperated. 
Here are a few of my favorites:

It was so much fun to photograph this family... I am sure you will see more of them on this Blog in the future. In the meantime, you can see more from this session at:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cute As A Button

My friend, Jade Lansing, recently started her own home based business: "Cute As A Button".
After having her little girl, 
she realized how much stuff one needs for their little one. 
So she started making her own baby items and is now selling them. 
From nursing covers to canopy covers, headbands, burp cloths, 
Lovie blankets and so much more. 
A few weeks back, she asked if I could take photos
of her items to display.
So, here are some of the items I photographed:

Nursing Cover

Receiving Blankets

Maya Ring Sling

To see more baby items visit Cute As A Button.
And to see more baby photos, visit my website at:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

GVHS Cross Country

When Nicholas signed up for Cross Country at Golden Valley High School, 
he wasn't even sure if he was going to make the team.
This was just something to do instead of P.E. and it is a sport that compliments soccer well.
He got to know his coaches and team mates during the Summer Camp
and found out that all Freshman make the team!
His goal for the first meet, was to race the 3 miles course with a time of between 20 and 21 minutes.
He participated in the Crescenta Valley Invitational, on September 8th, 2010 and surprised everyone with a time of 20:02 minutes coming in third place for his school as a Freshman!
But for Nicholas, it wasn't good enough...
He continued to train hard and improved his time throughout the season;
His best time, 18:29 minutes, at Mount SAC's Invitational, on October 22nd, 
put him in 22nd place in the Frosh Division!

Crescenta Valley Invitational - 9/8/2010

League Meet #1 - Castaic Lake - 9/23/2010

League Meet #2 - Central Park - 10/14/2010

League Meet #3 - Central Park - 11/04/2010

Needless to say that I am very proud of my boy! 
He has trained hard throughout the season and his efforts have payed off! 
He is now considering making Cross Country his priority next year and the following years, with the goal to race Varsity for at least 2 years...
I believe he can do it!
To see more photos of Nicholas and his team mates, visit my website at:

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall 2010

Every year, during the month of October, we go and visit Lombardi Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA.
The kids and myself love to walk through Scarecrow Alley
and see all the entries for the Scarecrow contest.
We also love to go through the corn maze and take a train ride around the ranch.
Their is always music from a live band and lots of fun food like shaved ice and corn on the cob.
But for me, it's always a great opportunity to photograph the kids!
Unfortunately, this year, Nicholas wasn't able to make it... Soccer games! But I had a great time with Anthony and Christina and captured some great shots of the two of them:

We had a lot of fun, just the three of us... We also got to pick out some great pumpkins to carve into Jack O' Lanterns and bought some fresh corn on the cob to take home
To see more photos from our visit, check out my website at: