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Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about “boring beach portraits”, so I have to take a stand PRO beach!  I think there’s nothing boring about the beach and I love it anytime of the year 🙂 .  Boring or fun portraits can be made anywhere and I love every second I spend at the beach.  So here is a recent session:






  • Jennifer L. - How FUN!! Love them!

  • Noel - me too! i totally agree. the beach is different every single time i go. love the name picture, these are so great. but the dad running with the kids is a perfect shot!

  • Cindy - These are so fun Mali!! Another fabulous session at the beach!

  • Wendy Valenzuela - soooo not boring! 🙂 very beautiful work Mali!

  • - These are so sweet!!!! LOVE the family name image…I want one:) And the last photo of the little guy with the curls…IS adorable!!!!

  • Liz - Jackie hasn’t sent me these yet! I can’t believe how blond (and BIG) Ethan has gotten 🙂 Love them!

  • Lindsey (aka modchik) - It was so great to meet you today and I had to leave a comment about this first photo – that is probably one of if not THE best beach shot I have seen. I love the perspective the shadows that foam at the shoreline the silhouette so much to love you are so so so talented!

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If you are thinking about Holiday Photos this year, think quick!  All my weekends in November are already booked.  Please call me ASAP if you are interested in booking a session! And because I’m booking lots of repeat clients (I love repeat clients, so I usually give them a special gift for coming back 🙂 ), this holiday season I’m giving everyone 25 FREE holiday cards.

Just for fun, here are some images from Brazil that never got blogged (if you want to see more, click here and here):



The local market:






  • nicole - These pics are amazing! You should apply for a job at National Geographic or Travel Magazine. Seriously!

  • noel - oh i love the boat picture with the dunes in the back! so beautiful each and every one of these images!!!

  • Kristine Lammers - Hi,
    Do you work during the week? We don’t need a weekend if you have any openings in November, we’re interested.
    Do you offer mini-sessions? I have two young boys: 3 & 4 years old. I would like a few shots for our holiday card.

    Please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Kristine Lammers

This session was extra fun because Dr. K from Seaview Pediatrics is almost a celebrity in South Orange County, where I live 🙂 .  If he’s not your kid’s pediatrician, you probably have at least heard of him.    It was fun to meet the whole family and see Dr. K’s “daddy side”.  Here are some of my favorite images from the session:







Thank you guys for being such great clients!  I hope you love these images a little more every year, and that when your girls are grown, you can look at your book and feel the sweetness of their childhood.  And thank you for sharing a little bit of your lives with me!

  • elsie - beautiful images!!! (but I have to say I’m kind of disappointed that after all the build up I didn’t get to see the face of pediatric “greatness”!)

  • noel - absolutely beautiful! so many great ones. love so many of them, but the girls on the grass are gorgeous!!great work mali!

  • Jen Johnson - Dang, these are just gorgeous!

  • mali - Thanks girls! Elsie, you so high maintenance! I’m going to ask him for permission to send one just for you 🙂

  • suzanne - Gorgeous!!!!

  • Jackie - what beautiful girls… love all the pictures!

  • Adrienne Gunde - These are so sweet and will definitely be treasured for years! 🙂 Really love that last one!

  • nicole r - Wow Mali! Every single one of these photos just makes me go, “wow”! The girls laying in the grass with the flowers, just so beautiful! You really know how to capture the moment!

  • Christie - I just found your blog through the park blog, and had to comment … your work is beautiful! And Dr. K is our kids Ped … in fact we will see him next Wednesday, LOL! His girls are beautiful, love these images!

Our school (the one my kids go to) has an amazing kindergarten team.  The way they teach and care about each child is really above and beyond anyone’s expectation.  They truly make for an awesome kindergarten experience for all families and I’m so looking forward to having Derek be part of it next year!

Recently they brought their families for a portrait session, so here are the Devlins:





And here are the Kazahayas:





  • noel - Brock! We miss you! Love these Mali… Great family bonding pics.

  • leigh - Oh Mali… we LOVE them!! Thanks so much for capturing our kids, your work is amazing!

  • Todd - Mali,
    The pictures look fantastic! We can not wait to see th rest of them. Thank you again for taking time out of schedule and taking those pictures for us. They truly are amazing!
    The Kazahayas

  • jen smith - love them! as usual! love the pose with the three kids lying on one another — adorable! i miss you and want to talk to you about some pics while my mom and niece are visiting this month.

I’ve already said this a million times, but I feel VERY LUCKY about the clients who hire me.  For some reason I always end up working with people who are very smart, kind, and just fun to be around.  This family was no different.  First of all, look at this little bundle of sweetness 8 days after his birth:



And his proud parentstrey6

It’s almost unfair to the rest of us that a new mom can look like this:




I think the proudest one of all is his big brother!  Nothing makes me happier than documenting a loving sibling moment 🙂


  • nicole - These pics are AMAZING! (all of them) I think you get better with each session, if that is even possible.

  • Cindy - Mali, these are stunning and absolutely gorgeous. What a beautiful family. I love that sibling shot… You can already tell how much his brother loves him and will protect him.

  • - Oh Mali…these are beautiful!!! My fav are the last 3…just gorgeous!!!

  • Grandma C - Beautiful pictures, love them all good job..

  • Jackie - beautiful!

  • Noel - yup, see i did miss this post. where was i? that boy and baby picture is beautiful. i loved it as a canvas, and love it here too! so sweet!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Serena - Beautiful!

This is another family I really enjoyed working with.  The parents are just super easy going  –  My favorite trait in a client! 🙂   and the kids are as adorable as can be.  Here are some of my favs from their session:


I love when kids just play in front of my camera



Relaxed family moments make me smile 🙂


  • Cindy - Such an amazing session Mali!! I love the joy you captured!

  • Jackie - love the first shot!

Last weekend I had the privilege of shooting lots of portraits at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano.  The Mission is a photographers dream, with so much texture, gorgeous colors and perfect light everywhere.  To make it even better all the kids who came were so happy to be there and just so fun to work with. I’m tempted to write a little description of each family, but I’ll leave it to the images…. and hope that they show something special and unique about each one of them.  Here are some of my favorites from the day:














  • nicole - Beautiful families and beautiful photos!

  • noel - so beautiful indeed. you did an amazing job mali!

  • - Mali…you have a beautiful heart…I am so happy I can call you my friend! These are just beautiful!!!!!

  • Adrienne Gunde - You have such a gift for capturing children’s emotions & personalities! These are all so beautiful and fun, love them all!

OK, I’m getting over my nephew being the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I mean, he’s still the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, but after 3 weeks, I’m starting to see other things too :).  So getting back to the normal swing of things, I want to post some images from this awesome family.  I always have a great time with my clients, but certain families are just extra fun, and this is why:


Loving boys and sassy girls!!!

Beautiful looking parents:



Adorable boy:


And look at this beauty!


I just love this family 🙂



  • Cindy - LOVE!!! What a gorgeous session of a beautiful family. I can’t even pick a favorite. Love them all!

  • noel - wow, these are all great, but you are a rock star for taking that first picture. love it!

  • Jackie - love the first family shot!

  • - Mali…how did I miss this post!!! You know I already love these…such a beautiful family…and gorgeous images!!!!

I can’t get enough of this little guy!




  • Yuli - LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!!!!! Can’t stop looking at them, thank you!

  • Toshiro - Inacreditavel a beleza do Baby Troy e talento da fotografa !

  • - Mali…these are so sweet! The first one is my fav:)

  • Jennifer L. - These are just so awesome Mali!! Troy is a dream!

  • Cindy Chen - So sweet!!! Love them!

  • ginny - MALI!!!
    A Bisa-Avo Thereza achou suas fotografias uma obra de arte…ela disse que sao fabulosas!!!!