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Dogs just love to play

25 Mar

Over Christmas holidays in 2013, my husband and I decided to adopt a little pup.  We named her Kona.  She was 3 months old when we adopted her, an Aussie Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix (we think).  Even though she has been living on the streets with a broken leg from a hit-and-run, she has tons of character and lots of energy.


One day after Kona’s arrival

Before long, I started documenting her time with us, and eventually, her play time with all the doggie friends she has met in the park.  Here are a few of them.


Her first friend Kasumi

Since she was a stray, at first we were concerned that she wouldn’t play well with others.  Turns out that we worried too much.  Within a week of visiting the park behind our house, Kona has made more friends than I did in the five years I’ve lived here.  Kasumi was her first friend.  From the first time they met, Kasumi was like a big sister to her.  Whatever Kasumi did, Kona followed.  She learned her first tricks from Kasumi.  When these two run, they look like two flying bullets darting across the field.


Kona learned her first tricks from Kasumi



Then we met Lady, a mild-tempered red-haired Golden Retriever who shares Kona’s love of tennis balls.  


Lady and Kona share a love for tennis balls

Lady is more like a mother figure for Kona.  Whenever Kona gets too rowdy or nippy, Lady sits on top of Kona and tells her to stop.  Their play time is often gentle and fun.



We thought that Kona might be a mix of Aussie Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and maybe Border Collie or Chow chow.  Sometimes she herds us when we walk her in the park, and sometimes she prances.  Like a sheep.



Frankie is a Terrier/Bassett Hound mix.   Don’t underestimate her prowess.  She might have short legs, but she’s an expert in chasing games, and she specializes in the “Frankie Rolling Technique”, aka the somersault.


Frankie and Kona

Frankie and Kona meets almost everyday for some play time in the park.  It’s unbelievably sweet how they wait for each other at their favorite place in the park for the other one to show up.  Whenever they play, we joke that it’s the Tough Mudder for dogs, because they always end up muddy, dirty, but super happy.Image

When Kona can’t keep up with Frankie, she holds on to Frankie’s leash, harness, or even her tail.



Chasing Frankie

Usually, Kona plays with one friend at a time.  A few days ago, we ran into Frankie AND Kasumi in the park at the same time.  They all made friends.


Kona, Frankie, and Kasumi chasing tails


Timmy watched the other dogs play

Timmy is a Chihuaua and Iba Shinu mix.  He was having a slumber party at Kasumi’s house over the weekend.  A little timid and shy, he watched the three dogs play for a while. 

Finally, he decided to join the party.  Here, he is whispering something in Kona’s ears, probably sharing some tricks about hiding socks and slippers.


“Just hide one of each pair of your Daddy’s socks…”

After three months with us, Kona has settled into her life nicely, with daily walks to the park and play dates.  Everyday we discover something about each other – it’s an adventure.  Just yesterday, she discovered her own reflection in the mirror.  I grabbed my camera just in time to capture her barking at the strange dog in the mirror.  Made me smile, and also made me realize that her puppyhood will fly by SO fast!




Hip hop Dancer Naomi

26 Jan

Naomi came to me two years ago for her headshot.  On the phone, she sounds super cute and sweet.  And in person, she’s just as adorable…until she started busting out her dance moves.  It was almost surreal – she moves with such energy and sassiness that people stopped to watch.

Two years later, she found me on my website, and asked to update her headshot after she got a brand new haircut.  She had a very specific location and look in mind.  So one early Saturday morning, I met up with her on a street in Hollywood.  Her new haircut gave her a funky look.  She told me that she was booked so many jobs from her last headshots – something I ALWAYS love to hear from my clients!

Naomi with a pixie haircut

Then she pulled out her red stilettos and started dancing.  I thought I heard music…or was it just my imagination?  Cars drove by honking, people clapped, and I saw a star in the making.

Naomi Collage

For her second outfit, she picked a cute Hello Kitty shirt with a fuzzy winter hat.  Look how cute she is?!Hello Naomi!

Family tradition – Christmas photos

26 Dec

Another year has passed, and it’s time for my annual visit to photograph these girls for their Christmas portraits.  Their beautiful faces light up as they show me their favorite ornaments on the Christmas tree.  The season of love and giving – isn’t that what Christmas is all about?  I count my blessings, thankful that I have the chance to document not just their Christmases, but also their  childhood.

Lovely girls!

Lovely girls!

Looking for her favorite ornamentMom please fix my bow!

Christmas Family Photo

15 Dec

Sisterly Love

This is my third year photographing these two beautiful sisters for their Christmas portraits.  It’s truly amazing to see how much they have grown!  Here they look like little princesses from a fairytale!

Flower girls

Flower girls

Griffith Park Observatory Engagement Photo

7 Mar

Julia and Lewis share a love of food, travel, and the Japanese toy character Domo.  They are playful and exuberant, and adventurous.  See for yourself!

Julia & Lewis

Sharing a loving look on the merry-go-round.

Sharing a loving look on the merry-go-round.

Julia & Lewis

Amazing sunset overlooking Los Angeles

Amazing sunset overlooking Los Angeles

2012 Family Equality Council Awards Dinner at Universal Studios Hollywood

14 Feb

On a beautiful spring evening in Los Angeles, I photographed the annual awards dinner for Family Equality Council.  This year’s event took place at the magnificent Globe Theater, situated on top of the hill at the Universal Studios.

Globe Theater at Universal Studios

Outdoor cocktail party

The event started with a red carpet welcome, followed by a cocktail hour with live music al fresco.  The dinner and award ceremony inside the gorgeous main hall honored Todd Parr, acclaimed children’s author; Chad Griffin, the co-founder and Board President of the AMerican Foundation for Equal Rights, and Patrick Murphy, former congressman who fought to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military.  Presenters of the award include Director Rob Reiner, Commander John Armantrout, and Actor Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family.

Rob Reiner and Michele Singer

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family

As the guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal, performances by the world-acclaimed Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Jesse Tyler Ferguson entertained the crowd.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson performs

Gay Men Chorus of Los Angeles performs a medley

For a complete look at all my photos, visit the following link to Family Equality Council’s Flickr page:


Headshots in Los Angeles

4 Feb

Takuya is an acclaimed actor and model from Japan who have moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career.  Over the winter break, I shot several headshots for him with his new haircut.

Doesn’t he look familiar?  Perhaps you have seen him in a commercial or music video…?


Takuya Smoking

Takuya on the basketball court

Christmas Family Portraits Los Angeles 2011

20 Dec

Last year I photographed Judy’s family for their Christmas portraits.  This year, I was invited back to capture the family once again during the holiday festivities.  It was utterly amazing to witness how fast kids grow!

Help-Portrait LA 2011

12 Dec

On Dec. 10, 2011, I participated in one of the most meaningful and rewarding events I have been a part of – Help-Portrait!  All over the world, photographers, makeup artist, hairstylists and volunteers get together to donate their time, talent, equipment and expertise to shoot portraits for those who are less fortunate.  In Los Angeles alone, there were photographers serving at 5 different locations.  I was part of the Eagle Rock/Glassell Park location.

The photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists and volunteers at Help-Portrait LA 2011 Eagle Rock!

From 10 am – 5 pm, families arrived at the Del Principe de Paz Church, got a makeover and portraits taken by professional photographers.  Each person/family received 8×10 and 4×6 prints to take home, most everyone with a big smile on the face.

Stacks of portraits taken during the day

It was amazing to see so many talented people who have taken the time to give back to the community.  As photographer Eric Politzer said, “As soon as all the photographers arrived, we all left our egos at the door, because it’s not about us today, it’s about giving back.”

Family Portrait at the Huntington Library

31 May

Meredith was one of the first Groupon customers who contacted me after she purchased a Groupon for Marie Chao Photography.  Since she has an annual pass to the beautiful Huntington Library, she suggested that as the location for her family portrait session.  It was a perfect spring day: light breeze in the air, puffy clouds in the sky, flowers blooming… I was surprised how many people were waiting in line to get in when we arrived at 10:30 am!

Since the Groupon deal is for a 30-minute portrait session, Meredith already had a location planned – the Lily Pond.  We found a quiet corner by the pond, and off we went.  Doesn’t it look like an image from a fairytale story with his fiery red hair?!

Charlotte is a three-week old (!) beautiful baby girl.  She was super cooperative and I captured some tender moments between her and her family.

I wished that I could’ve stayed at the Huntington Library to walk around… but I had another shoot to run to!  A lady’s 90th birthday party!

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