picking up where i left off | los angeles family photographer

You might have noticed it has been a little quiet around here!!
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know that I was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the summer. As shocking, and as devestating as the news was, I made it through the dark clouds with the amazing support of friends and family. (seriously the amount of support we received physically, emotionally and even monitarily, is almost too much for me to talk about...it was overwhelming...I felt, and continue to feel, the love!) My Doctors are very confindent that we will find me to be Cancer free (in November) so it is hard not to jump on their positivity bandwagon! And I am feeling SO great!!

Because of my diagnosis, I spent the entire summer having chemo and radiation treatments and in turn the summer of 2014 became what we called the "bummer summer". I was not able to do all of the things that I would normally do during the summer......play with my kids.....go to the beach (although I snuck down there a few times).....have fun outings....go to the gym or standup paddle. My cameras all sat on a shelf while I willed myself to carry on to the next day. I'm not going to lie...it sucked. (my kids had an AWESOME summer thanks to my AMAZING girlfriends who picked them up every morning and treated them as they were their own....I could not be more thankful for that!!)

Four weeks after treatment was done I was told by the doctors I could resume normal life. It was an undescribable feeling to be told I could live again!! (I can't tell you how excited I was just to go to Trader Joes!!) The following weekend was a perfect Southern California day so we piled the kids into the car with the paddle boards and celebrated playing at our favorite spot!! And of course I brought my camera along! It felt so good to pick up where I left off.

On another note, you might notice things look a little different around here!! I have a new site and a new blog!! I resumed shooting a few weeks ago and I am so excited to be back in the land of the living and to share what is going on in life!! Currently I am booking 2014 newborns + 2015 newborn and family sessions...You'll find new offerings including an all-inclusive weekday session option!!! So hit me up over there on the contact page and let's play!! 

Techie Info | Nikon F100 + 35 2.0 | Kodak Ektar 100

the making of the O'Leary holiday card | los angeles family photographer

One of my favorite things about film is that you get 16 shots on a roll (or 35 depending on what kind of film you are shooting)...that means when I go out with my kids (or clients) I am not shooting of 100 frames...I am waiting and shooting intentionally because each time you click it costs money....so you better make it count. (I could do this with digital obviously but it's amazing how I can switch to full lead trigger finger when I pick up a digital camera!!!) This has really helped with shooting my own kids! Unlike when we used to go out and take pictures and I would shoot off 100 frames and it would TAKE.FOREVER. now they know there are only so many frames...so if they behave and do what I ask...it will be quick! So the only thing I need to worry about is my sweet 7 year olds chandler bing smile :) LOL. For our picture this year there were some walls I had been scouting out to use....when we got to the first one the sun wasn't in the right place to get the shot I had in my head so I clicked 3 frames and we left and went to the red wall, which i am OBSESSED WITH....funny enough i ended up using the first frame for our card. But I thought I'd share the roll I shot...only missing the blinking few.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!! Thank you to all my awesome clients who allow me to capture their families year after year!! I truly appreciate each and every one of you!! xo

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Techie Info | Contax 645 | Fuji 400h (i think) Holiday card design | www.minted.com


a gloomy summer day | redondo beach family photography

a few weeks ago my husband took our son for a little father son trip....it was a cloudy day and leighton wanted to collect some shells for her collection so of course i threw her in one of the dresses I made her and made it a photoshoot opportunity!! I also tried out some black & white film (Kodak TMAX400 I believe) which is different for me but I am SO FEELIN' IT!!! Would love to hear what you think!! redondo beach family photography-1

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Techie | nikon F5 + 35mm | Tmax