Category Archives: Portraits | Location

A home of light | contemporary family portraiture

Somehow good fortune has given me the pleasure of watching the lovely Honarmandan family grow, even though they live 1300 miles away: from baby Jian’s newborn session six years ago, to their stunning family studio session still as a family of three, and now made four with the adorable and practically edible Milan.

This time at Negar and Nima’s home in Newmarket, Ontario, we were immersed in coziness. We felt everything from the peaceful calm of clean lines and serene ambiance to the boisterous billowing of laughter and squeals of delight echoing through the corridors. I was reminded of this favorite Baha’i passage:

“My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation.
Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart.
This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined.”

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The Sefolosha Family

Anyone who knows me knows how much I admire people who discover their talent and somehow use it to benefit others. In the celebrity sphere, it’s the Bonos, the Oprahs and the Bill Gates who win my attention in their use of influence and resources to improve someone else’s life – in their cases, thousands of people’s lives. To me, the Sefoloshas fall in that camp. Sure, Thabo is a fierce starting player for the Oklahoma City Thunder with unfailing tenacity. But together with his wife Bertille, his impact reaches far beyond the court. Their philanthropic work with the Swiss charity organization IMBEWU has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build after-school programs for children in Mamelodi, South Africa (see video below). Add to that their down-to-earth and unpretentious personalities and you’ve got my definition of a real power couple.

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the fananapazirs [family portrait photography]

Last month while I was in the D.C. area to give a Photo 101 workshop for parents, I had the chance to shoot a family session with the Fananapazir family. With Melody’s penchant for color as seen popping off her custom accessory designs at MeMe&You, I knew the session starting off at their home in Arlington and taking us to beautiful Georgetown would be brimming with vibrant color. But seriously, with such an amazing couple and their delectably adorable children, the richness and color was all them.

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LAYLI - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, NEGS!!

melody - thank you, negs, for beautifully capturing memories before we leave DC! This was so much fun! LOVE!