Photography by Marina: Blog en-us (C) Photography by Marina (Photography by Marina) Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:01:00 GMT Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:01:00 GMT Photography by Marina: Blog 120 120 CHILDREN PHOTOGRAPHY, PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CALIFORNIA There's so much on my mind lately you guys! Admittedly, I cannot keep it all straight in my head and it's getting harder and harder to maintain a natural glow on my face. Although, age may be contributing to that! All this in good light. Amazing opportunities are ahead, but also a lot of hard work. To help me keep things in perspective and stay inspired, I took my girliest tomboy and cello out for a impromptu shoot. How do you stay calm & collected?


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BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU AND SURF MAKE GENTLE WAVES In my opinion, two forms of gentle art came together for a calming weekend. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and surf in San Onofre, California. Yes, it was a lot of work to pack and prep for a weekend of camp. When we came home, we were sun burnt, tired as heck and our feet reminded us how powerful the rocks, ocean and mother nature can be. And yet, our mental state felt revived. Stronger. Monday rolled around and the outlook was to tackle what is weighing on our shoulders. Only to make room for more training, building friendships and more impromptu portraits sessions that truly drive my soul.

The kind of sisterhood you approve of. These girls were phenomenal taking the younger kids out in search of the waves.
Professor Joao Silva along with coaches and students from the Aloisio Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy made sure the kids
were having fun and being safe in the water. A million thanks guys!

Listen. Learn. Respect.

When you love the gentle art that is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the training does not stop on the mat.   

Moments, moments, moments. The kind of stuff that fills our eyes with happy tears and and our hearts with joy.
She met her fear of the ocean and her son thrived because of it.


Thank you to Professor Joao Silva and Coach Summer Casebere da Silva from the 
Aloisio Silva Brazilian Academy for making this weekend happen! Everyone is waiting for the next date guys!


A bright future ahead.

If you are interested in training, check out the Aloisio Silva Brazilian Academy. They are pretty awesome!

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NEWBORN PORTRAITS IN CULVER CITY BY MARINA SANDOVAL The perfect light and neutral hues in this home newborn session in Culver City, California. Simplicity is good.   


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CINCO DE MAYO INSPIRED SESSION BY PHOTOGRAPHER MARINA SANDOVAL Impromptu session with my oldest daughter Madeline; inspired by all the Cinco de Mayo celebrations going on in Los Angeles. I figured why not use our dried & overgrown backyard before the landscape gets a lift next week. Plus, cute way to document her braces before they come off this summer... Arriba! 

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SPRING MINIS IN THE SOUTH BAY :: CALIFORNIA Fall and Spring are my two favorite seasons! Join me on March 28th for Spring minis at an outdoor location in Palos Verdes or Torrance. It's going to be blooming! Hint, hint! Look & feel details will be emailed later to those who RSVP their spot. Tell your friends! What you get: 20 minutes, 5-10 high resolution digital collection edited, print release, only 175.00. Please email your reservation to

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SISTERS PHOTO SESSION IN LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA This rocky side of Laguna Beach was begging for the Rodriguez sisters, moss + seashells. Sending all of you in freezing weather warm thoughts and a little sunshine from Southern California!

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ERICA ELIZABETH DESIGNS PHOTOS BY MARINA SANDOVAL AT PROPEL WORKSHOPS Propel Workshops by Caroline Tran Photographer | Headpieces, Shoot Designer and Stylist by Erica Elizabeth Designs | Wedding Dresses by Claire Pettibone | Hair & Makeup by Lindsey Burwell

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FAMILY PORTRAITS IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA The Lee Family were the session giveaway winners! They trekked to Los Angeles from Orange County just for a few minutes with me. How lucky am I? I loved the hints of red (inspired by Valentine's Day) and how mommy's leopard belt complimented baby's accent flower. Carefully thought out details give sweet moments that extra punch in your photos!



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FAMILY PHOTOS IN LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA Hello Southern California weather!


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M CAKES SWEETS BAKER RITA NGUYEN PHAM This piece is ridiculously late... Or could it be perfectly timed with all the Springtime celebrations brewing? Yes, lets say that since I've been meaning to share since October! Meet Rita Nguyen Pham of M Cakes Sweets. I briefly spent some time with Rita at The Hood Kitchen in Costa Mesa where she works her baking magic! As a little girl, Rita watched her mom bake shortbread cookies, raspberry cheesecake pies and brownies. It is no wonder she is so comfortable in the kitchen, keeping her demeanor easy-going, collected and passionate about each yummy-goodness she puts out. Rita may finish donuts in glaze & bacon (who doesn't like bacon?!), top blushed macarons in gold crystals, or put forth a sea inspired cake with blue ombre ruffles. And come on, her darling smile would make anyone happy to have worked with her!

Just to name a few, her creations have been featured on Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs, and 100 Layer Cake. If you are dreaming up a pretty and detailed event, contact Rita for your sweet needs.

    The above Godiva chocolate cupcakes, understatedly delicious!



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GREEN WEDDING SHOES FAMILY PHOTOS BY MARINA SANDOVAL AT PROPEL WORKSHOPS What a treat it was to spend a few minutes with Jen, of Green Wedding Shoes, and her precious family. I mean, how stinking adorable is her daughter Sienna in this beautifully styled tent by Lovely Jubilee? I am so lucky to have been part of Caroline Tran's mentoring at Propel Workshops and be surrounded by all the talent that was involved. Totally hoping for a Propel Alumni Workshop in 2015!

Propel Workshops by Caroline Tran / Event Planner Ngoc Nguyen Lay: Sky Box Event Productions / Designer, Stylist: Lovely Jubilee / Hair & Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga / Models: Jen (of Green Wedding Shoes), Jason, Sienna Campbell / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Wardrobe: Morning Lavender, Pippy Lou

Peruse on over to 100 Layer Cakelet for published photos of this set by Caroline Tran

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING Happy Thanksgiving! Hope today you are getting creative with leftover food, watching endless football with friends & family, lounging alone or taking long walks. We all have something to be greatful for. I am grateful for you and that one Sunday afternoon when we felt the slighly crisp fall weather that gave my kids the urge to play with sticks & leaves. XO

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GRATEFUL FOR OUR FRIENDSHIP :: FAMILY SESSION IN PALOS VERDES A little choked up to be so lucky to have this beautiful family in my life. I met Esther when I was a grumpy secretary at the school district (takes a lot for me to admit that by the way) and everytime I spoke to Esther, she treated me as if we had been friends for a while. She always believed in me as a person, a co-worker and now as a photographer. I'm so grateful for the "hello" that broke the ice, Dan's tolorence of my husband's cursing and Taylor's smile. XO

Taylor's Dol (Korean 1st birthday)

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FAMILY PORTRAITS IN THE PALOS VERDES WOODS First came love, then came Mia. A family session in the Palos Verdes woods. Gosh I love nature!


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PLAYA VISTA HOME FAMILY PORTRAITS If your home illuminates with good natural light, consider having your portraits taken there. I love home sessions for their simplicity, comfort, bare feet and organic flow. And when the kids need room to wiggle it out, go for a walk as you would any other day -- with hair & makeup done. TEE-HEE. And by the way, how delightful is the Talerico family? Sigh.




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CORN MAZE FAMILY PORTRAITS IN MISSION HILLS Immediately I was all in when I heard the word "corn maze". I have always wanted to go, but never realized we had one so close in distance. I loved the kid-like feeling of running and exploring the aisles and being wedged between the tall stalks. It was serene. For me at least.

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