Alaina's Pepperdine senior portraits were a meaningful opportunity to commemorate her four years studying, living, growing, and playing in this beautiful beachside town. Though the coronavirus pandemic cut her time on campus short, she (wisely) made sure to schedule some portraits in Malibu before the beaches and trails closed. The simple backdrop of a canyon trail in springtime allows Alaina's natural and youthful beauty to glow.
Congratulations Alaina, to you and your 2020 classmates on all you have worked for an accomplished!!
Here we've got a beautiful set of event coverage photos, showcasing one of the many awesome events Pepperdine University held to encourage students, staff and the broader community to build community around a common goal: fundraising. For Pepperdine's annual Give2Pepp day, a week full of festivities rolls out, bringing the community together and encouraging individuals to make their gifts—large and small—count for a bigger purpose.
One of these events was free In-N-Out for all takers. Students and staff lined up to have fun giving to the university and scarf down double-doubles in return.
You can support Pepperdine University's Give2Pepp campaign year round by donating via Venmo to @give2pepp
Okay, I know it's not cool to brag, but this maternity photoshoot with the Thomases represents a first for me:
across the country
from New Jersey
for this photoshoot
I still can't believe it. They wanted to do a photo shoot, they looked around (on Instagram, I might add, where there are countless other worthy and talented photographers), they saw my work and liked it and decided they wanted to invest in the cross-country travel (from New Jersey) to have a photo session at El Matador with me. To say I felt both honored and unworthy at the same time would be a contradictory but totally accurate statement.
After I learned they traveled for the express purpose of this shoot, I was determined to make it knock their socks off. And it did.
We shot at the world-famous, always photo-worthy, and always crowded El Matador State Beach. So why, you ask, are there no human beings in sight in the Thomas' photos? Because we shot at sunrise (didn't I say this couple is cool?!) We also shot this session right in the midst of the scare before the coronavirus shutdown, so I'm so glad this maternity session was scheduled for the day it was and not a week later..... then this gorgeousness might not have happened.
They came. They saw. They picked out pants and then immediately ran into the ocean while wearing them. This crew of awesome active ladies (and one exuberant boy) went for a beach run and impromptu yoga sesh to test out lululemon athletica's latest innovation in stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric technology. (Spoiler alert: the pants passed, and I couldn't stop myself from picking out a pair too.)
I don't know how he kept it a secret, but Nishant's Malibu proposal (while on vacation) went perfectly—even though he had never been to this beach, even though he somehow managed to get Pooja dressed up and get her a manicure, and even though it was a busy spring weekend in LA with everyone enjoying the beach at the same time.
Congrats to these two as they plan their wedding (and carve out some time from their busy double-med-school-resident schedules to celebrate)!
Bev and Korey's Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center wedding was so delightful and easygoing, full of sweet touches from family and friends and their shared church community. This was my first time shooting a wedding at this awesome venue, and I hope to return many more times! This location is set up for photography, with lots of beautiful textures, landscaping, and a gorgeous valley view. Korey and Bev opted to share a first look and exchange personal vows before their ceremony, on a grassy hillside near the event center and it was the perfect way to calm the pre-ceremony jitters as well as nab some knockout couple photos beneath a moody, almost-rainy sky.
Venue: Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center
Photographer: Cecily Breeding (that's me!)
Officiants: Gary and Tammy Selby (personal friends of the bride and groom)
Wedding coordinator: Rebecca Elkins (family friend)
Flowers: Claire Reynolds (friend of the bride and groom)
Bev's dress: Terry Costa, Dallas, TX
DJ/MC: friend of the bride
Food/Beverage/Catering: local favorite Wood Ranch BBQ
Dessert: Blue Bell ice cream
This set of photojournalist-style event photos showcases the details, setting, and experience of an event at Pepperdine's Caruso School of Law back in March. Pepperdine University relies on gifts from individual donors to support scholarships and the many meaningful programs they offer their students. To that end, once a year, the university encourages its community (students, staff, and friends) to give back through the Give2Pepp campaign. These images will be used for digital and print storytelling, social media, and to promote giving in future years.
Learn more about the Give2Pepp campaign here >>
Pasea Hotel is a resort and spa located in Orange County's Huntington Beach, California. Their commercial photography needs included social media content, high-resolution images for use in web banners, digital campaigns, emails, and print pieces.
These photos were captured by me and my husband (assistant photographer for these purposes) during a one-night stay. The purpose of the shoot was to document setting and detail images from the perspective of the hotel's clientele. To that end we enjoyed all the amenities the hotel had to offer, from the restaurant to the pool to the many lounges and cafe spaces, as well as a suite.
Honestly I didn't even know 3-day-old babies could smile. But Baby Goldie can! What a precious family photo session at home this was, with a new baby in the house and two doting older siblings and two more loving parents. This family is amazing and I so enjoy photographing them through the years and capturing moments like this at home with the kids.
As a photographer, I work with families, couples, and brands in Southern California. As a graphic and website designer, I work with rad companies and humans around the world.