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portrait: baby lucas

i'll dispense with the usual apologies for blog absence. what can i say? the past month and a half has been a whirlwind…the celtics' deep nba playoff run (yes local laker fans, i am the enemy), playing with a new ipad and iphone 4, the day job, and of utmost importance in this space, photography work. besides the usual family and baby shoots, i shot a maternity session and even got the opportunity to help shoot a couple weddings. so i'm pretty well stocked with work to share with the world over the next month, it's just a matter of plowing through the mountains of pixels and uploading it here. so without further ado, our star: baby lucas (with co-stars mama jean and papa jimmy).

i know i say this about a lot of the families i've shot, but they were such a pleasure to get to know. i can't reiterate enough how blessed i've been to have had such a great roster of clients who i consider friends. i think it helps that there is something inherently joyous about this time in people's lives: the adoration a couple feels during their engagement session, the devotion they feel on their wedding day, and the pride they feel for their growing family. jimmy, jean, and lucas were no exception; i just can't say enough about how pleasant they were to work with. i just hope st. louis–native jean doesn't hold it against me that i'm a chicago cubs fan, just like many of you could hold it against me (ahem…jung!) that i'm a celtics fan. 

i think some of the best black & white portraits are with people's eyes closed. it can be so…comforting and intimate.

color is good too, especially with open eyes and a big smile.

gotta love father and son shots.

what's more fitting for an orange county family than a portrait under an orange tree in the city of orange? my watermark agrees.

gotta love mother and son shots too.

it seems like everyone's happy when babies start bouncing on shoulders.

lucas says "no pictures, please" to the paparazzi, or he's practicing his heisman trophy pose.

if you follow me, you know i love a good flare shot; and that light is heavenly above lucas' head. i must have also made a good adult joke, since mom and dad appreciate the humor. 

baby sandwich. 

oh my watermark taunts him so!

whoa, look at him dogging me. perhaps the photographer taunts him too.

holding hands is such an innocent yet intimate act between people (whether in familial love or passionate love). i think it makes for a great shot.

here i go again…flare and heavenly light. nice wardrobe change, by the way. lucas rockin' the high collar HARD.

one word comes to mind: fly. (am i the only one who still uses that slang?)

one of my favorites from the day. a total chance shot with the family passing by a yellow brick wall. i just love the color and texture, and of course the intimacy between dad & son, with mom's adoring glance.

we squeezed in a few shots of lucas in his hanbok. lovely color, design, and detail.

mom approves. we'll see more of lucas, his hanbok, mom, and dad at his 1st birthday party…


coming soon…the 1st birthday shindig (a.k.a. dol)


and for our closing video, are you ready for a DEEP hip-hop reference? who among you, internet readers, remembers…lucas with the lid off?? if you do, i give you unlimited props.  

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