RE:Joyce -Glam Portrait

With 2013 here and unfolding upon us, I had the idea to do something new this year.  Well not just something but a lot of things new…  At the beginning of the month I was laying around ridden with a Migraine, yet still browsing the channels with one eye open. I came across an enthralling telethon, I kid you not.  A woman was sharing her story, her story of what took place as she knocked on deaths door while fighting with her last bit of fight against cancer.  She was sharing this intense story of going beyond this world and into the next, it caught my attention.  But some of what really left an impression on me was that in the end she was told it wasn’t her time, she still had work to do in her life, and was sent back.  With this she said there was disappointment because the world beyond was one in which engulfed her with absolute unconditional love, but as she was in that state she embraced that she had work to fulfill back on this side, but rather than feel anxiety at the task as she might have on this side. She simply understood that the only job or work she needed to do was to come back and be herself in the fullest capacity.  To fearlessly be herself and share that with others when she returned. So that was it, we all need to BE OURSELVES WITHOUT FEAR and by doing so we will enable our neighbor to do so in return because we are all connected in the end. What a great message for us all as we start 2013!


RE: Joyce

Joyce is a Laguna beach Native who is now an artist working out of an Amazing studio in Santa Ana that has the dreamiest light any artist could ever, ever dream of.  Picture a Green House in the rain forest, that’s basically how I feel while visiting, wild parrots that fill her trees feed the illusion.  Joyce also happens to be my aunt, so better bet my fingers are crossed I look this hot at 60!  I thought it would be fun to share a peak inside her lil greenhouse that allows her and her work to bloom in its magic light. And inspire all of us to let our own light shine a lil brighter this year!

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January 30, 2013 - 5:46 am

marie collins - Mandy Oliver U do fantastically beautiful work, and know how to make a person feel special..much success in 2013 and in all U do..enjoyed the photo shoot!

Hatch Family Portraits-Southern California Photographer

When Kori got a hold of me, (an old friend from college years) I was beside myself when she let me know her family was in town.  Immediately we began to “HATCH” a plan in which we would get to see each other, while simultaneously capturing a magical memory of her family. They  had gathered together from all corners of the U.S of A for a fun coastal reunion . WIN-WIN!   I met up with them in Oceanside at the beautiful pier across from their Hotel. I can’t say I wasn’t tempted to call Kori and tell her to delay everyone and meet me to shop the flea markets bordering the street close by. But I pushed through with my laser like focus,wink, wink.  I was so glad I did, the light was so romantic and I had so much fun meeting her family, what a sweet, beautiful crew!

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September 20, 2012 - 2:09 am

janae - today Kori let me have it because I haven’t commented on these pictures yet…haha I didn’t know they were posted, but now I do! They are wonderful! I can only imagine how hard it was to get all of those people in shots, and still bring some artistic touch into the frame…. job well done! It always helps to have beautiful subjects! I love that one of my best friends took pictures of my other best friend. Only thing missing was, me.


Sunshine in my pocket-Laguna Beach Children’s Photographer

Seeking; Charming art town with miles of shoreline to explore, bed & breakfast, and a dozen or more hideaway restaurants & boutiques only “locals” can find.  Ohh and last but not least Sunshine that penetrates my bones and lights me up from the inside out…  Found!  Laguna Beach, has been a keep sake of mine most my life, growing up a hop and a skip away.  It always felt like a part of my family, hearing tales of great adventure from my Dad and his 9 brothers and sisters who grew up upon its shoreline. Ya, its a bit of home and always a whole lot of great adventure to be found.

Meet Tyger & Ethan, two of my nephews.  I think the hardest part of the whole process of trying to shoot my lil baby nephews, ya they will always be my babies, is editing down! Every lil expression captured makes me tear up cause they are so beautiful inside and out.  Every lil nuance of there personalities captured is a treasure to me. So forgive me if I didn’t edit down enough, I’m a work in progress.  The last picture will answer a popular question I get,”How do you get them to make those faces?”  You see it’s simple.  Momma knows best, as my favorite Tangled song bellows.  And their momma knew a lil inspiration was all they needed, and in this scenario it was two dangling sprinkled donuts.  The last image shows their reaction to the bait, it made me laugh, so I thought I’d share.

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March 23, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Mark Donohoo - Great pictures of little E’s…
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