Fast-forwarding to the present, Ryan has grown more into his cheeks, but trust me, they are still uber-pinchable. And he is walking, mobile, and doesn't really sit still ... at all ... unless he's doing something he's not supposed to do :P
Daniel – or "Daniel John," as I'm used to calling him – is a young man of many talents. First, he's the reigning Duncan West Coast Yo-Yo Amateur Champion who has gained quite the following on Instagram. Second, he's a practicing violinist, and my wife and I were lucky enough to have him play at our wedding! And three, he's a budding photographer and quite the prodigy, if I do say so myself.
As a photographer, I feel so lucky that my first photo session of the year took place on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. As a family man, husband, and puppy-dad, I feel even luckier that my first photo session of the year was spent in the company of family — and, in particular, this family.
I'll be honest: I seldom do themed portrait sessions. And I typically don't work indoors or set up lighting for my portrait sessions. But trust me when I tell you: I would do anything for darling little Chloe. So I couldn't say no when Kristie and Joe reached out to me to take Chloe's holiday-themed portraits in preparation for her very first Christmas.
Since my brother Rey is about to graduate from Dominican University with his Master's in Occupational Therapy, he asked me if I could snap some senior portraits for him. We started the day early, and Rey showed me his favorite spots on-campus. After a few hours exploring, we wrapped up with lunch at Sol Food — a local Puerto Rican restaurant with the best fried plantains in all the land.