Family Portraits by joe randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography

Family Portraits in PV

Recently I had the great honor of shooting family portraits with some very dear friends. To make it even more special, by friends mother and sister’s family were also a part of this special afternoon. So, we had two families of 3 (mom + dad + son & dog, mom + dad + daughter)  linked together by their visiting mom from Taiwan.

The challenge was finding the right place to capture this loving family.  I was seeking texture and warm light so I chose two locations in Palos Verdes.

The first was a small private garden with a huge bougainvillea tree on a used brick patio.  The warm colors added to the serenity and it was quiet for the sake of the baby.

The second location was beautiful mall with bricks and tall arches. The angles and leading lines are exquisite. The late afternoon sun accentuated the gold light.

It was a fabulous afternoon. The young boy’s humor kept us all going.  The baby had a brief moment of crying but did great during a long shoot. I don’t have the words to describe mom/grandma.  She was delightful, so sweet and had an air about her that was sheet love and beauty.  Seeing her interact with her grandchildren was something that I really wanted to capture, I believe that I did.

Capturing generations is something that is very close to my heart.  If I can gather grandparents, kids and grandchildren in the same place and I have my camera – I’m a happy man.

I feel very lucky by being a part of these special moments.

– joe randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography


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Micah Grandma

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Family Selfie

Today we decided we needed to take a family picture and I was hired as the photographer. Problem – I’m a family member and need to be in the ‘family’ picture.  The solution was a family selfie.

Luckily it was a beautiful day, far from the rainy days we had previously.  The challenges with this photo include, the time of day and me not being able to be behind the camera.

TIME: It was 1:30 and the sun was west, over the mountains. It was nice to have a rim light but the our faces would be too dark.  To over come that, I set up a single speedlight to fill in any dark areas.

MISSING PHOTOGRAPHER: This wasn’t a huge issue as I had a trigger, BUT it wasn’t a radio trigger – to fire the shutter.  With the IR trigger and the very bright light, I had a hard time taking the shot without my arm being stretched out toward the camera.  Instead, I had to give it to my youngest.  (Notice is right hand).

Not a perfect shot but I still love it. I got my beautiful mountains, the blue sky, the suns rays (upper right corner) and the big open field that my wife was looking for.  Overall, I’m pleased.

I still prefer to be on the other side of the camera.  Looking for family portraits? Give me a call.

– joe randeen, 3 Penguins Photography

Annie and Bugsy Malone Meet On Stage

© joe randeen :: 3 Penguins PhotographyThis past weekend I had the great pleasure of photographing two middle school musical productions: “Annie” and “Bugsy Malone”.

Over 250 kids were involved in these two shows and a huge amount of volunteers made sure everything came together.  The kids were AMAZING.  The costumes, sound and lights added to the brilliance of the show.

Event photography is, probably, the most fun for me because things are always happening.  You have to anticipate what is coming up next, but you’re still surprised when it does.  Capturing life as it happens, the reactions, facial expressions is what makes this so much fun.

If you have an upcoming event: show, concert, anniversary, wedding, etc, I would love to capture it for you.

– Joe Randeen (3 Penguins Photography)

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Fun Family Portraits

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Client: Family of six
Location: Fullerton, CA

Angie was kind enough to call me about doing a family portrait session just prior to a couple of daughters going back to school.  It was the first family portraits they had one in a really long time.

I wanted to capture the essence of who they are: Fun, loving and bit of quirky sarcasm.

They are a tight-knit family who bring joy into the lives of people they touch.

Promotional Headshots

Promotional Shots - by Joe Randeen : 3 Penguins Photography


Client: Gabby – Student, actress and singer
Location: Corona, CA

Gabby’s mother contact me for some promotional shots for her daughter. They needed to be used in various situations from college applications to audition headshots.

Timelapse video – From The 23rd

Screen shot 2013-11-15 at 11.53.59 AMHere is a timelapse video created by Photographer Joe Nafis, over the course of 2 years (that’s 24 months in baby time).  Shot from his Shanghai 23rd floor apartment it captures the city and it’s life.


If you’re interested in timelapse photography here are some tips from PictureCorrect.