The minute you meet Marc, you can't help it. You will break into a huge smile. At only 12 years old, he already lights up the whole room when he enters it!
We first met Marc a few years ago, when his mom brought him to Prasad Photography for a headshot session. Since then, we've become great friends, and a few weeks ago he was back to update his resume with some new headshots.
We love working with Marc - he is a good sport and the camera loves him!
Everyone loves Marc and Buddy is no exception. Our Labradane just wanted to be near him the whole time!
In addition to acting, Marc is a multi-talented young man. His special skills include competitive alpine skiing (!), snowboarding, swimming, guitar, creative writing, and we could go on and on - check out his dance form!
Do we have here a future Hugh Jackman in the making?? With Marc's handsome good looks and delightful personality, we're sure he will become a big star!
Marc's got the looks, the talent, and the personality to succeed in any venture he decides eventually to pursue. We're looking forward to sharing the journey with him!
He's already a big star in our eyes -- and Buddy's too!
Hugs, kisses, love - the joy of time spent with loved ones. We are so lucky to have a job where these are the experiences we share with our clients every day! We spent 2012 photographing a variety of sessions, from babies to families to couples and everything in between. What other way to welcome the new year than with fond memories of the year passed?
If we had room to post all of our favorites, this blog would go on for days. So we sifted through our photographs from 2012 and chose a sampling of our favorite shots taken outdoors and in, sure to be inspiration for sessions to come.
How lucky we are! We get to work with the most wonderful people! We recently had a fabulous time creating some gorgeous portraits for Sujata.
The beautiful and talented Sujata came back to see us after much too long an absence! We first met her family when she brought her tiny daughter to us for a photography session. Now, two more daughters and years later, we had the opportunity to photograph her and her husband again. Although we have continued to photograph the family over the years, after they moved to Dallas, Texas, the photo opportunities were few and far between.
I am pretty sure not a day has passed for Sujata since we last met - she still looks as young and gorgeous as ever! She is radiant, and it is extremely difficult to believe she is the mother of college-aged children!
After raising three delightful girls, she now has some time to explore her own talents as an oil painter and is currently taking art classes.
Over the past few years, she has been perfecting her craft. Her artistic talent blows us away. For one of her assignments, she needed a headshot and, while searching for a photographer in Dallas, her husband said, "You already know who will give you the best headshot!" So off to California they came, and chose Prasad Photography to do the honors!
In addition to a headshot we photographed the beautiful couple. They are a striking pair, so young at heart, charming, stylish, creative... there are not enough wonderful words to describe them!
We were honored to be invited there to take photographs of many of the couples and families attending. As you can see, the AFSC set up a backdrop to go along with their theme of a "Garden Paradise." We brought in our lights and camera equipment and went to work (or should I say, "Play!")!
One of the beautiful folks we were honored to photograph was Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Executive Director of the center. She is undeniably dedicated to the well-being of her participants, helping them to age successfully in the context of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia. She is such an extraordinary person and has touched countless lives doing what she does. What a beautiful soul!
Our team was fantastic - thank you, Hayley, Adam and Dave! They were also excited to be there, helping others, and helping everything to run smoothly. We could not have done it without them. We photographed over 60 groups of people during the two hour cocktail hour. So many warm, friendly and simply wonderful people - what a joy!
A little bit about the organization: Alzheimer’s Family Services Center is one of the most inspiring nonprofit organizations we love to support. AFSC is located in Huntington Beach, California and offers a warm and welcoming environment where people living with Alzheimer's and other dementia are able to spend each day. The people who run this organization (many of which are volunteers!) are absolutely phenomenal. They are gracious and so devoted to helping make their participants' lives as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. It truly brought me to tears, seeing how dedicated they are to their members.
Here's Prasad working with several of the AFSC staff:
After cocktail hour was over and our job was finished, we attended the elegant dinner where the organization honored their "Participant of the Year," honoring her with a slideshow and her beautiful story. We were all brought to tears, it was such a lovely and moving story. It really brought home the fact that most people with Alzheimer's and other such illnesses are normal, often brilliant people who can no longer function as they once did. AFSC is the only Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Center in Orange County, and many people we've spoken to about this have expressed their wish that they had such a place in their area, with its state-of-the art facility, expert staff, and programs based on the latest research.
Everyone we met was just phenomenal and we are honored to have worked with them!
An Arioso is a song, and there are two women out there who know how to make quite a song.
Cindy Ellis and Michelle Temple are two of the most gifted musicians we know. Both Cindy and her husband Tony (who plays trumpet) play for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, and have been friends and clients for many years. Cindy is a blast. She keeps us laughing the entire time we are photographing her. We always have such an amazing time with her!
Cindy brought her incredibly talented musical partner, Michelle Temple, a harpist for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, for a session,prasadphoto.com/headshots.html and not only do these two make beautiful music, they make beautiful subjects! We had such a great time photographing these very talented and very fun gals!
Their portraits were stunning, and everyone was extremely pleased with the session. However, getting that humongous harp up the stairs and into the studio was no small task! But leave it not for us to be daunted. We love a challenge...even one as, er, huge as that!
Women as gorgeous and playful as these two make our job entirely too easy. I think that's why they brought the harp. They wanted to make sure we earned our keep.
This stunning young woman recently came to us for a headshot. Her aunt, Dr. Sangeeta Patel, is a longtime client and friend and a well-known and loved pediatrician in Tustin. Over the years, we have had the privilege of photographing Sangeeta's daughter's arangetram as well as several sessions of the family. On a recent trip to India, Sangeeta took a DVD of our images to share with her family there. Nikita saw the DVD and loved our work! Lucky for us, because she traveled all the way here just to have us photograph her!
Okay, so maybe she was planning a visit to her family in the US and it just so happened we photographed her while she was here, but it all worked out very nicely regardless!
Nikita is a lovely and sweet young lady who actually spends most of her time behind the camera. In India she studies filmography and would like to become a film director. She has a great appreciation for the art of photography which made it a lot of fun to work with her. Her experience and background in the film industry makes her very comfortable being photographed and the camera loved her!
Because she told us her family in India is fairly traditional, we also photographed Nikita in classic Indian clothing. Once we got that out of the way, she dressed into her western clothes, where she felt completely comfortable and had a blast modeling for us as the modern, young woman that she is! With her brains, great personality, and unmistakeable charm, we are sure she will be quite a success in the world of Bollywood films!
It doesn't matter how this young woman dresses. She is beautiful in every way, inside and out, and it was a joy to spend some time with her and capture some fantastic images!