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Welcome to my Blog!

I'm a simple person who loves photographing people and spending time with my husband and two little girls, Ellie (4) and Emmeline (1). My girls are my world and every day I wonder how I became so blessed to be their Mama.

When I'm not behind the camera I love to knit and sew cute things for my girls and bake cookies. My husband likes to say I'm a granny at heart, but I like to say I'm a woman of many talents. ;)

I also enjoy snowboarding, traveling and immersing myself in books. One day I will conquer Cornice and get down without snowplowing my way. I dream of traveling to Greece, Italy and Paris one day, but I have yet to convince the husband that traveling abroad with two little ones would be aweome. I'd also love to go camping and show my girls the joys of a perfectly toasted marshmallow and walking barefoot through an icy cold creek bed. And although I said it would never happen, I now read most of my books on my iPhone or iPad instead of a book. Have kids and you'll soon realize the gift of a built in light and always having your book with you.

I'm based in Orange County, California and ocassionally travel for shoots.

Grand Teton, Wyoming

So much beauty to explore.

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Can’t wait to do it again.

My loves

I met Christine when she did a mentoring session with me a couple years ago and was immediately drawn to her. She has this ease about her that is both captivating and inspiring. Where does it come from? I still can’t quite put it into words, but she’s like an old soul with a warm heart of gold. She’s deep and thoughtful yet also has this quirky side that’s completely endearing. And she seems to be unaware of just how amazing she is as a person which makes her all the more awesome.

I photographed her family last year at my Mini Sessions and this year I asked her to photograph me and my girls. I’m usually the one behind the camera, but I know and value the importance of being in the pictures with my children. I’m so in love with these and how she’s captured my girls’ personalities so perfectly. I hope my girls grow up knowing just how much their Mama loves them because they are my world.

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Photographer: Christine J Pham
Red floral Liberty London romper: Milk & Honey Baby
Yellow play suits: Hand made by me
Lace tunic: Free People
Boots: Hunter
Hair : My Blow LA

Connie & Thomas’s Engagement

I am always so grateful to have such sweet couples as my clients. People who are as beautiful and kind on the inside as they are on the outside are definitely my kind of people. I think the universe must be agreement because after a summer of sweltering, unbearable heat….. it was actually under 80 degrees that day and we had the most gorgeous Southern California light a photographer could ask for. I am so in love with these images and hope you all enjoy them as well. Can’t wait to see you guys again in November for your wedding!

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Fall Mini Sessions

It’s that time of year again… Fall Mini Sessions! Time to celebrate  families, new babies, couples in love, new pets and expectant Mama’s to be. This is how it works…

Sessions will take place at an outdoor location of my choosing in Orange County. I book each 30 minute session back to back with a short buffer (10 – 15 minutes) between each session. I shoot 2 rolls of 120 (medium format) film on my Contax 645 for each family/couple. You’ll have an online gallery with all final photos delivered via online download.

I’m making it as simple and stress free as possible this year for everyone. You book, I shoot, and you get all the usable images from your session! That way there’s no extra costs, no additional files to purchase, no agonizing over which handful of files to choose, no prints to order before your credit expires and no regret over un-purchased files. Easy, right?

I shot 21 mini sessions last year and most received about 20-25 images in their gallery. Be sure to book asap!

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Sherri & Patrick are Expecting!

He may not be here yet, but there are a few things I already know for certain about Sherri and Patrick’s baby boy. He’s going to be ridiculously cute, he will grow up to be incredibly kind to all that cross his path, he will be easy going yet resilient, he will be so very loved and supported by his family, and he will grow up to be an extremely thoughtful husband to one very lucky girl. How do I know this? I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Sherri and Patrick six times now over the years and have gotten to know each of them well and have been witness to their love and commitment to each other. Its the small, seemingly insignificant things that always stand out to me when I see these two together. They just always seem to know just how to make the other feel taken care of and loved.

You will never know it from the images below, but Sherri’s been battling horrible  morning all day/night sickness throughout her entire pregnancy. It was the biggest compliment when she said she only trusted me to make her look and feel beautiful for her maternity session when her body was making her feel anything but. Despite what Sherri was feeling inside, on the outside she was absolutely glowing and gorgeous. I hope you feel beautiful looking at these… xo

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Email Issues

It’s come to my attention that people have been having problems trying to email me! Please contact me at skc.fineart@gmail.com for the time being until I am back in the office to resolve the issue. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Also, why does this stuff always happen when you’re on vacation?

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Out of Office until August 30th

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We’re being crazy brave and taking our girls (2 & 5 years) on a little road trip this week. We’ll be heading to the Bay Area for a few days and then driving to Wyoming to tent camp 8-9 days in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park along with my parents. Have I mentioned that we’ve only been camping once before? It was one night. In Riverside. And we were so tired the next day.

But if you know me, I’m always up for an adventure! I’m very much like my Dad in that sense. I’m exciting to be taking my girls on an outdoor adventure where I hope they will learn to love and appreciate nature, find amazement in the wild animals they see, and see the world as wondrous to discover and experience. And I hope we survive the 45 hours round trip in the car with a 2 year old and 5 year old.

Do you want to know how I’m very different I am from my Dad? I’ve been meticulously trying to plan this trip, researching places to stay along the way to Wyoming, weather at elevation, the best family friendly hikes, which campgrounds and sites are best, what food to make, and he’s very… “Let’s leave Saturday morning.” As in that’s his entire plan. We wing the rest of it.  Can’t find a place to stay after the first day of driving 8-10 hours? Sleep in the car! No campgrounds available in Grand Teton when we arrive since it’s first come first serve only? There’s back country! Food? Ramen and protein bars. :)

All this to say that I’ll be out of the office starting today until Aug 30th.  Wish us luck!

August 11, 2014 - 2:34 pm Lovella Bridal - Wyoming is so amazing! Do enjoy. :)

Beach Day

I first met the Hoang family when they booked me for their son’s first birthday and then later for a family portrait session. We live close by so we carpooled to the family session location and on the drive down fell into easy conversation. I know how stressful the day of a shoot can be, but Jean and Robert were incredibly loving, kind and patient with each other and their children the entire time. I really admired that about them and their family.  Jean and I became fast friends through emails…talking about our children, current sewing projects, and future play dates. I don’t think we ever had that play date, but we ran into each other at dinner one night and our husbands and kids totally hit it off. We left the restaurant with Jeff asking to hang out with their family again soon. Fast forward to this summer and our girls are now taking gymnastics together. Each week after class we all do dinner, dessert and then let the kids play until night fall. It’s been the perfect summer and I am so glad to have befriended this family. I love watching our kids grow and play together and having adult conversations while the kids entertain themselves has been priceless.

These images are from our first trip to the beach. It didn’t go exactly as planned though…The kids were afraid of the ocean and complained about the sand stuck to their skin and inside their suits until we changed them into their regular clothes, but it was a good warm up and they were all more adventurous on our subsequent trip.

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August 8, 2014 - 1:00 pm Mariana Maya - Love these! Awesome story about a friendship! I too have made some awesome friends through photography!! Question: how do you manage to always get perfectly lit images without harsh shadows in what looks like full sun?

Montira and Chat’s Maternity Session at LA Arboretum

I am loving that so many of my past couples are expecting this year! I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Montira and Chat’s engagement session and pre-wedding portraits in 2011 and this year I had the honor of photographing them as they await their precious baby boy. These two are going to make such amazing parents to one ridiculously cute little boy. Montira looks so beautiful pregnant and I loved seeing Chat dote on his wife through the entirety of our shoot. He’s going to make an awesome Daddy and excellent role model for his boy. Thank you both for entrusting me to capture such important moments in your lives over the years. It’s been such a beautiful journey to be on with you two.

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Danielle & Eric’s Maternity Session

I still remember Danielle and Eric’s enthusiasm when we first met years ago. They were newly engaged and in search of a photographer for their wedding. Since that time I’ve photographed their engagement, Danielle’s boudoir, their wedding, and now their maternity session as they await the arrival of their baby girl. I love that I know these two so well and have been witness to so many important times in their lives. They’re a dream to photograph, always have me laughing through sessions and are two of nicest, most down to earth people you will ever meet. Thank you Danielle and Eric for entrusting me with such important memories!

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