We're an independent photography studio in beautiful Pasadena with a passion for our style, a love of our business, and a commitment to our customers. In 2004, Jessica Verma launched the studio with the hopes of just making it on her own with a career she loved - nearly a decade later that dream has come true in spades!
The most important thing to us is satisfying our customers and making sure everybody has fun while we do it. To us, the essence of lifestyle photography is found in enjoying and interacting with the world and people around us, and that's just not going to happen if you don't strive to keep everyone happy and relaxed.
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Before your session we'll spend a little time on the phone going over your expectations. Well discuss what pictures and settings you have in mind, as well as what you are thinking you might do with them. Are you looking for a family portrait in the park or would you rather focus on your daughter and one of her favorite activities? Will you be putting the pictures over your fireplace, in a picture wall, or will you perhaps be sharing them as a gift to your child's grandparents? By addressing these details early, we can ensure that the pictures you receive will best suit what you have in mind.
This is the fun part! You and your family get to spend quality time together, goofing off or having fun or whatever it is you like to do while the time and emotions you share get captured on film. We'll take our time to make sure that you get exactly what you want, and occasionally I may suggest some particularly photogenic activities that will help us fulfill the goals we set in the session consultation. Before you come, we suggest you review our Tips for Your Session section so that you and your family are best prepared for great pictures.
About a week after your session, we will present you with your pictures in the comfort of your own home. As we go through them, we'll discuss what you think of them, arrange some layouts and collage options, and consider which sizes and styles you'd like to invest in. Please be sure that everyone who is involved in making the final decision in your portrait investment is present. You are welcome to bring other family members to the session so that they may place their order as well.
I recommend talking about your photo session as an exciting event to look forward to when you talk to your kids. Even if you personally are dreading being in front of the camera (you don't need to, by the way - I specialize in people who hate having their picture taken!) try to get your kids excited about it they will have more fun and that means better pictures.
This is the most common question people ask me. Don't worry! You will look great. There are various ways you can dress for your portrait session, I only have one request - please don't wear white for outdoor sessions. White is very reflective and for outdoor portraits can look too bright and distract from your faces. Other than that, wear what you like! Many families like to wear similar outfits to look more unified, while others prefer to dress in outfits that express their personalities a bit more (does Jenny refuse to leave the house without her tutu on? Is Jeff really proud of his new sports uniform?) Don't be afraid to be a little creative - our goal is to capture personalities so let me know if you would like to try something different.
Think about what your family loves to do - do you play video games together, is it impossible to pull the kids away from the pool, or is mixing up a batch of cookies a favorite activity? In addition to the usual portrait type photos, it can be really great to do an activity or bring along some of the kids favorite toys - these candid style shots can make wonderful memories in years to come. But don't feel overwhelmed - if you can't think of anything we'll always manage to get great shots by just letting your family be themselves!
Before your session, think about what you might like to do with your photos is there a great spot above the fireplace? Would you love a storybook album to treasure for generations? If we know in advance that you would love a big vertical print for your bedroom, or a series for grandma, I can make sure I get images that suit that purpose. I will be happy to offer advice and suggestions as well.
Having your pictures taken should be an exciting and memorable experience, and I work hard to keep it that way so you don't have to work at all!
I am currently working on a personal project to document children with autism and their families. Many children with autism are difficult to photograph in a way that captures their true personalities, but my relaxed style of photography lends itself well to letting them feel comfortable and act naturally around me.
I also want the world to know that these kids are special, but they can very much fit into normal families. I have the the goal of publishing them in a book to help families who might be new to the diagnosis and feeling scared and upset, to show them that their children will be okay and are just as beautiful as other kids without autism.
The gallery below showcases some of the work I have already produced with children with autism. I have also produced a short documentary to relate the experience of some very admirable mothers. I am actively trying to collect more material, so if you have a child with autism or know someone who does, please contact me!
As a studio (and as individuals!), we believe that giving to our community and sharing with those in need is both a responsibility and a wonderful opportunity. We actively seek to donate our services and products to whoever we can, whenever we can.
If you represent a charitable or community organization and have a project we can help with, let us know! In the past, we've been approached for event coverage, creative "portrait parties", and gift certificate donations, and have been happy to do what we could in all cases. Over the last 5 years, we have donated hundreds of portrait sessions and helped raise well over $25,000 for schools & charities in the area!
We also see direct giving is an important part of our charitable philosophy. So even if you're just a parent seeing hard times, but still want quality portraits of your family, we welcome your call or email. We promise to do whatever we can to help you.
There are so many moments in a childs life that we may notice fleetingly, but soon forget: the way their little hands fumble with their shoelaces, the way they hold their mouth when they are thinking about something, their eyes when they are excited. I believe the purpose of family photography is to capture these little moments so you can look at them years in the future and remember not just what your child looked like, but what made them so precious and unique.
I want to spend time with your family and let your kids get comfortable around me so I can catch those little moments. I want you to look at my pictures years in the future and be transported back to this time right now.
I keep the amount of portraits I do relatively small because I want to focus on each and every family. I dont just show up and snap a few pictures, I come over to play! When kids relax and forget they are having their picture taken is when I can really get the images that transcend photographs and become memories.