Manhattan Beach Photographer
Graham and Graham Photography is based in beautiful Manhattan Beach, California, at 2209 Laurel Avenue, in the heart of the 90266.
The city they sometimes call MB has 35,000 residents, and is divided into three main sections: the Sand, Hill and Trees.
The first offers life at the beach, either on the Strand or nearby, on a quiet, and homey walk-street.
No. 2 gives you a killer view from above, looking down at the water, and then finally, there's life in the trees, in neighborhoods that are a short walk down to the sand.
MB attracts top sports stars and executives who fly a lot--we're just 3 miles from LAX and a $10 cab/Uber ride away.
We're also home to some of the top restaurants around--including MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite and Little Sister. Personally, we like the homey feel of the Kettle.
Many of our engagement and family portrait shoots are down at the beach, where everybody is always in a good mood!
Manhattan Beach is one of the 4 beach communities of the Los Angeles South Bay (MB, Hermosa, Redondo and El Segundo) and the one that's closest to the airport.
Once upon a time the city was best known as a summer vacation spot, but now it's year-round fun and frolic, with great public schools, virtually non-existent crime rate and a small town community atmosphere that's unheard of in Los Angeles County.
The Unified School District consists of 5 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school, Mira Costa.
The city was founded in 1901 when John Merrill bought the land that became the current city, and he named it after his old home, the most populous borough in New York City. The official date of incorporation was December 2, 1912.
The Pier that dominates the city at the foot of Manhattan Beach Blvd. was completed and dedicated on July 5, 1920. According to the local historical society, "After World War II a large influx of people came as a result of the desirability of the area for year-round living. Servicemen visiting during the war returned to live here. The development of the defense industry brought many people to the South Bay to reside and work. Much of the land east of Sepulveda was developed to house the influx of people."
The city consists of 3.81 square miles, which is why population hasn't grown much. There isn't room to build--instead homes are torn down and remodeled.
Our favorite 90266 party spot:
--The Belamar Hotel is right off busy Sepulveda Blvd., but seems miles away. Wedding ceremonies and receptions and Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties are held in the quiet courtyard, a cozy, comfy setting for family affairs. The hotel itself describes the Belamar as a place with "Retro Swag...a hip hideaway that fuses modern design with retro motifs for a Manhattan Beach boutique hotel experience like no other."
The Belamar has 127 guestrooms and 7 suites, and is popular with folks who work in the airline industry, or who travel in and out often--it's just 3 miles from LAX and a short walk or bike ride to the beach.
We have photographed hundreds of Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties and weddings at the Belamar over the years--call us if we can help you with your next event.
Manhattan Beach demographics:
--49.9% female, 50.1% male.
--AGES: Under 5 years: 2,114
5 to 19 years: 6,912
20 to 29 years: 3,462
30 to 49 years: 10,768
50 to 59 years: 5,382
60 to 64 years: 2,386
65 +: 5,027
--AVERAGE FAMILY INCOME: $68,589
--MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $650,000
--EDUCATION: (25 years and older): High School or higher 96.8%
Bachelor’s or higher 67.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree 28.6%
(15 years and older): Never Married 30.6%