the family that makes me want to move to california

blogging late at night is a bad idea for several reasons. a, your clients are waiting to see their blog post up and who wants to stay up until 3am to view their photographs, no matter how lovely and. b. your clients happened to have also housed you when you photographed them in and around their redondo beach, california home, and you want to say something about them that properly illustrates how they made you want to dissolve into their sunkissed beach life forever…..but its sooo late,

and you’re so tired.

and you labored over this blog post until it was just right.

but in the end, no matter the hour, you decide you  can’t give up until you say the right words  to accompany the just right blog post.


. the mom you see in the images below is about as bright and warm as the california sun. of course i am aware of how cheesy that sounds –but if you met tory for even a second, you would know immediately its true. she is the easiest person to be around, the funnest person to work side by side with late at night on a couch with our matching laptops (‘cept hers is bigger). tory is incredible at so many things which include but are not limited to:

being a freaking rad mom

being a freaking rad photographer

and being one of the freaking rad  co head hanchos over at the best new (kinda old now, i guess) blog on the block, let the kids.

on my photo extravaganza in california, i stayed with tory for 2, or was it 3 nights? and let me tell you when i left,  i cried a little, and would like to blame my crying on the fact that her precious little leighton and pierce fussed first. gah, i miss them.

also, just so he doesn’t feel neglected you should know that tory’s husband  sean spoiled us with ice cream (rocky road!), on not one, but two evenings, served to us on the afore mentioned couch where we worked and laughed together.

sigh. in short, the o’leary’s made being so far away from my own little ones way way way more bearable. let me take you through their photos…

we started early by sneaking in to wake up sean…there was many a morning snuggle to be hadquick change of clothes into that dress i regret not sneaking into my suit case…and we lounge on the bed in the pretty light for some more lovin. i’m sorry did i say we? i meant them, i was a mere observer and clicker of their awesomeness.

pit stop at the sink for a drink of water before we head out to the back yard—and the moment was so real, i just couldn’t help myself…

and then bam, this blue guy. which is actually theirs! and it actually runs!!! and it was a photo dream come true…

after a brief intermission, we head to the beach, which you can literally see from the o’leary’s home
and although a red dress isn’t  necessarily beach wear, tory and i agreed that it was just too stinking cute on leighton to leave out of the photos. 

i finished the shoot with my feet in the ocean and the happiest feeling in my heart. thank you so so so much tory for letting me come and do this. you know i love you and all of your crazies.

i miss you guys so much already.

March 20, 2012 - 4:24 am

sam mothersole - sigh……….. gorgeous yan…… i love how you captured it all so simply….. tory is gorgeous ! and such a talented lady !! xxx

March 20, 2012 - 5:02 am

Toni Raper - Ssssensational! Such a casual relaxed vibe Tory has got going on with her family…you are the perfect person to have capture it.

March 20, 2012 - 5:24 am

Leah Kua - Oh Yan….. what is there to say? Perfection!

March 20, 2012 - 5:30 am

Jen O. - Love these so much. What a beautiful family. Gorgeous, gorgeous work.

March 20, 2012 - 7:11 am

Susan Rezak - GASP! Holy Corolla!! I love them all. I look at these images and I can FEEL being there. The warmth on their shoulders, the chill in the waves lapping at their feet. This is what I aspire to.

March 20, 2012 - 7:19 am

JACLYN LEIZEROWICZ - I think you shot my dream family shoot. Well my dream shoot for my family has always been in a VW (or even bug)… second dream shoot in all of us just messing around on the bed. this session is perfect! so laid back and so real…. and breathtakingly beautiful!! any plans to visit the east coast???

March 20, 2012 - 7:56 am

amanda - is this real? it’s too good. tooooo good!!!

March 20, 2012 - 9:15 am

Brittany - OH WOW. wow, perfection, i die!

March 20, 2012 - 10:03 am

melissa zihlman - I’m pretty much totally obsessed with these. OBSESSED I say! Tory, you know I love you girl, and these images are just perfect. Yan, you’ve done it again…capturing the perfect story of a pretty rad family.

ps. I. need. that. van.


March 20, 2012 - 10:15 am

Katie - Wow. Wow. Wow. I love these!!!!!! I can’t wait to hire you when I have a little family!!! =)

March 20, 2012 - 10:28 am

Kyla Hornberger - Once again, my heart is GIDDY looking through your post. Thank you for be so dang good! What a perfect family session.

March 20, 2012 - 10:31 am

Posy Quarterman - LOVE all those morning snuggles, looking out window, just all the morning bedroom frames, every one of them are so fab. And then the kitchen, and the VAN, and the beach, oh the beach. Just absolutely beautiful. Nice work lady, looks like you gave back to them tenfold what they gave to you. We’re building a guesthouse and we have great ice cream in these parts, so you just let me know when you put Portland on that calendar of yours! xo, PQ

March 20, 2012 - 11:13 am

wendy - you never disappoint. Lovely. Tory and her family look wonderful and that is so her life.

March 20, 2012 - 11:20 am


March 20, 2012 - 11:29 am

Abbie - I’m in LOVE with these! Tory is so stinking cute, and so is her family. :)

March 20, 2012 - 11:59 am

melissa f - these are the best!

March 20, 2012 - 12:48 pm

mary - lovely – and that is an awesome blue dress

March 20, 2012 - 1:28 pm

megan - I love these so much! SO SO SO much.

March 20, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Aileen Reilly - gorgeous session. love the family love. :)

March 20, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Meredith S. - awesome Yan. you rocked it and captured their love. love that they were all smiles and so full of real bliss. <3

March 20, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Jayme F. - Absolute perfection Yan. These just oozed cool, fun, family love! I adore your work in every way possible!

March 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Desiree Hayes - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! Awesome pics of an awesome family!

March 20, 2012 - 5:46 pm

noelle - gorgeous!! such a great family session for a great family! xx

March 20, 2012 - 6:18 pm

jonathan - You are so talented.

March 20, 2012 - 6:56 pm

John - your photos definitely want to make me move to cali too… great work!

March 20, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Michelle - I love these! And the one of the Dad and boy on the beach? Swoon!

March 20, 2012 - 7:33 pm

Whitley - Ohhhh! GORGEOUS!!!<3

March 20, 2012 - 11:16 pm

Tamara - Inspired. That’s what I feel after viewing this session. Both by this family and your photography. Absolutely perfect!

March 21, 2012 - 9:13 am

Hrather - Gorgeous photos!!! If you ever need more friends in LA let me know. ;)

March 21, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Will - Oh my. Are you kidding me??? I want you to come to my house :) So so so so good.

March 21, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Laura Reaux - Oh yes! I LOVE these and I love this family. :) xoxo

March 21, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Kia Gregory - This family embodies that “So Cal” vibe. Love these images! Especially, the ones in their home. So intimate.

March 21, 2012 - 10:55 pm

AmyPunky Photography - gorgeous photos!!!

March 22, 2012 - 12:36 am

nicke - wow!

March 23, 2012 - 11:43 pm

Saundra - These are so beautiful!!

March 26, 2012 - 7:15 pm

stephanie - fan FREAKING tastic! love everything about these!!!! what a gift they have to treasure forevahhhh!

March 27, 2012 - 2:01 pm

wendy - these are beautiful! you can almost smell the ocean and hear the kids laughing. love it!

April 2, 2012 - 10:11 am

Cassandra Plummer - love love love this session!

April 2, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Joyce Alexander - Love this. I also love that they trusted you enough to let you capture such intimate and snugly moments :)

April 5, 2012 - 9:54 am

sharon - just fantastic images – and i love their van :)

April 7, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Rebecca - Diana. Your work is so so so beautiful and amazing!

May 28, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Becky Rui - Gorgeous images – so intimately captured too! Your work is jaw droppingly beautiful.

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