Posts Tagged ‘Torrance’

We named him after our dads

It’s been a crazy couple weeks. I don’t typically share a lot of personal family stuff on my blog, but with all that’s going on it’s hard to ignore.  A few months ago our landlord informed us he needed to move back into his house. At the time Robin was about seven months pregnant and the idea of finding a new home and moving while pregnant, or with a newborn, sounded like a death sentence. We poked around the south bay for a new rental and came up short. There wasn’t a lot available at the time and what we saw didn’t measure up to the great house we had lived in for the past couple years. 
Despite the fact that I left the investment banking industry years ago, I’m still attuned to economics and the market. Buying a house after the past couple years coupled with my feeling that we will most likely see Southern California real estate prices at or below these levels for another year didn’t add up to us buying. I was wrong and we found a great house in our neighborhood that made sense for us (I figure I just locked in my rent for the next 30 years). We closed on the house on Monday November 19th and moved in the weekend after Thanksgiving. Robin was due with our son December 4th.

On Saturday November 27th the movers drove off around 4 PM and left us with a house full of boxes. We went to bed exhausted but grateful we made it into the new house before the baby arrived. We woke up the next morning and Robin was in labor. Six hours later, at 12:21 PM we had our son Charlie. We named him Charles Marc after our dads.

Grace had been at the grandparents all day. When she woke up from her nap it was time to meet her baby brother for the first time. She was ecstatic, loving and proud, just like we were.

Grace meets Charlie for the first time

Grace meets Charlie for the first time

Grace and Charlie

Grace and Charlie

My son Charlie - 21 minutes old

My son Charlie - 21 minutes old

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Manhattan Beach Family Portraits and Holiday Cards 9/26, 9/27 & 10/11

A few months ago I was introduced to Phyllis Calza who owns broadcastingbaby.com, an online stationary store based in Manhattan beach.  We talked about several ideas to offer our customers a great value in holiday cards and professional photography and after I shot her family portraits she was convinced that we would compliment each other well and that we should work together.

Together we have put together packages that will enable our clients to get a great family photo and send out unique holiday cards to their friends and family. Packages start as low as $210 and includes the cards and the photo shoot.  Packages vary based on the number and type of cards ordered.

We will be hosting the family portrait event at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on September 26th and 27th and at the Beach on Saturday October 10th. The following page will provide some details on the shoots and examples of the cards offered http://chuckespinoza.com/holidaycards/

Please call me at 310.922.5094 to schedule your appointment.

El Segundo - Boyce Family

El Segundo - Boyce Family

Tracey and Carley - Polliwog Park

Tracey and Carley - Polliwog Park

Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach Pier

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Hospital visit baby photography

Newborn Photos shot at the Hospital
Before Grace was born I rationalized to Robin that I needed a $1500 lens that would enable me to get really great shots in low-light conditions, without needing a flash. My rationalization and investment worked out great and we got so many incredible the images that will always touch our heart.

Since then I have had the pleasure of visiting and photographing several newborn babies while they were still in the hospital. This is a very intimate shoot. Let’s face it; mom’s been working hard for nine months, dad’s been sleeping in a chair for a couple days and the baby is trying to figure out why everything is so different. This isn’t exactly the best time for a photo session. That being said the images I’ve shot of grandparents or big sister seeing the newborn for the first time are the most cherished by my clients.

If you think this type of shoot and the resulting images are for you, please give me a call to discuss the session. Chuck Espinoza 310.922.5094

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