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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Top 10 Manhattan Beach Family Portraits of 2010

We opened up this year beyond weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs with headshots and Manhattan Beach family portraits. We're having a ball, and wanted to share ten of our favorite portrait images (in no particular order) from 2010.

Paul and Lynne had us over in July, and wanted to capture the entire family on their beautiful deck, which overlooks the Pacific ocean and the Manhattan Beach Pier. We pulled out our big Alien Bees lights to make sure we'd also bring in the blue skies in the background.

We left Manhattan Beach for the park in Beverly Hills for this great family shot of the Weisfeld family. Luckily, they were real troupers and agreed to get on the ground for us.

Victoria met us under the Manhattan Beach Pier right before sunset for a shoot for her sign-in board at the Manhattan Beach Quinceanera. The timing turned out perfectly, with that amazing glow behind her.

We photographed Scott and Yanna during their son's Long Beach Bar Mitzvah, while Blake was inside, practicing with the cantor. We pulled the newlyweds into an alley, which is where we were able to make use of the little green tree.

It was year 3 for our annual visit with the Krantz family, and their Christmas card photo. We met in Pacific Palisades at the amazing Temescal Canyon hiking facility.

Another Xmas card in Manhattan Beach with the Pola family.

After our holiday card session with the Stewart family in Manhattan Beach, we asked Maddy and Brett to run with the birds--and everything worded out just as we had hoped. Love this shot!

The Harris family of Hermosa Beach wanted a non-traditional family portrait--and so we put together the Harris family band--complete with our stand-up bass, Fender Telecaster and microphone. (They supplied the piano and acoustic guitar.)

The Harris family of Hermosa Beach did want a traditional family photo, for the grandparents. We met on a rainy Sunday afternoon, hauled in our lights and backdrop, and got amazing results.