Birthday Weekend

Officially another year older… and feeling fabulous. This week, I’ve officially entered my mid thirties and I’m currently loving a week long celebration.  The highlights include hosting a couple of my oldest friends from Chicago, Shari and Nga as I shared my favorite things: Photoshoot at the Griffith Observatory, Massages at a Korean Spa, and inspirational Ted Talk.  Here are some of my favorite pictures.

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Below: a few of my favorite LA friends (Alma & Thu, and Kris)

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From the iphone collection (mostly foodie adventures around town):

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(above: post brunch at Ocean Seafood in Chinatown for dimsum.  Below: pork spring rolls at Brodards in Garden Grove, and dinner at Chosun Galbee, my favorite spot for KBBQ.)

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(Above: juice at Press Brothers Juicery, Grand Central Market.  Below, inspirational outing at a Ted Talk, Manhattan Beach.)ted talk manhattan beach 2015 photo 12235074_10103042439329299_4886949857719517056_n_zpsjteakxxf.jpg

Pictured last, is what I did on my actual birthday, commercial photoshoot in Santa Monica for office space and ice skating in Pershing Square.

Alex’s Bar Mitzvah: The House of Blues

What: Alex’s Bar Mitzvah
Where: The House of Blues, Sunset Blvd Hollywood.
Photography: Paul Esposito/Tasty Pie Photography + Sherri Johnson Photography
Entertainment: Groovy David Entertainment

It’s not everyday I get to photograph a Bar Mitzvah, and even fewer times a Bar Mitzvah at the House of Blues! Alex celebrated his special day with close friends and family.
The decoration was absolutely beautiful and fit for a teenage boy.  The place cards had guitar picks, a very cute idea!
Welcome to “Club Alex”
Tracey (Alex’s mom) with some friends during cocktail hour at the upstairs bar.
The videographers interviewed the kids from a cat’s perspective.   It made the kids curious and giggle.  There was also a photobooth set up for the kids to take home some pictures instantly!
After cocktail hour, the balcony opened up to reveal the dance floor and main party area.   You can kinda see the layout of the party in this picture, with the party photobooth area at the top left, main floor in the center, a bit of the stage on the bottom right corner, and surrounding all of that was seating for guests to enjoy the amazing dinner.  Some cool things they had for the kids was a smoothie bar, and donut station!
Groovy David Entertainment kept the energy up and the party going on the dancefloor!   On the right, 2 dancers strike an athletic pose.  Wow, they are fit!
During the hora, Alex does a quick pose for the camera.
The kids played lots of games.  The one pictured below shows the kids in teams formed into 2 lines.  Each team has to pass a ball over their heads to the person behind them, and the last person in the line runs the ball back to the front.  Everyone does this until they return to the original line position.  The first team to do that, wins!
And the last shot of the night, Alex with all his friends.   His party was so fun and I’m sure it will be a night to remember for the rest of his life.  Mazel tov Alex!

Dabsys: Portrait Family Session

On Saturday, the Dabsys family celebrated a couple of birthdays at their home in La Crescenta, California.  I had the great pleasure of spending the evening with them and taking some photographs of their closest loved ones who were visiting from both near and far.   Some members of the family drove an hour to attend the gathering, while others just so happened to be visiting from the Ukraine!  I learned a few new things about their culture, including some amazing food and spirits!
Dana wanted to supprise her husband with some family portraits.  Below are a couple of beautiful shots of father/son and mother/daughter.
Family photo!