July 25, 2014

Shramek Family | Santa Monica Pier Family Session

Where do I begin with this amazing family.  They are truly like no other family I have photographed.  I have known Ruth since high school.  I have photographed this family since little M was 3.  I photographed their engagement session, their wedding, family sessions, and when little S was born, her newborn photos.  Now that S is a little older, we were able to squeeze in a session down by the Santa Monica Pier.

They are my biggest supporters, good friends, and I feel like I'm part of their family!  Each of them, including Ruth's parents and grandparents, hold a very special place in my heart!  Helping them document their gorgeous growing family is what I consider to be an honor!

I love you guys very dearly!


July 24, 2014

Matamoros Family | Chihuahua Portrait Photographer

This family is just utterly adorable.  Professor Matamoros is a Latin Dance instructor at the high school that I teach at.  He also has his own dance studio and being Cuban, he's got a lot of flavor to his rhythm.  Which is no surprise he was able to win the heart of such a gem like Laura.  Along with their gorgeous children, they are a fun family to be around!

Thank you so much for having photograph your family!  It was an absolute pleasure!

Esta familia es sumamente adorable.  El Profe Matamoros es instructor de Ritmos Latinos en la prepa donde trabajo.  Incluso, el Profe tiene su academia de danza y siendo Cubano, le da un pasito extra a su ritmo.  Por la cual no fue una sorpresa que capto el corazón de una gran mujer como Laura.  Junto con sus hermosos niños, son una familia divertida!

Muchas gracias por darme la dicha de fotografiar su familia!  

July 10, 2014

UVM BiCultural Class of 2014 | Senior Portrait Photographer

There is something special about teaching.  Especially when you teach the minds of high school kids.  These young adults are impressionable, moldable, and yet are fighting tooth and nail to be heard, to be their own person, and to navigate in a world where they're not sure where they fit in just yet.

These are also the same young adults that change the future.  They grow up, educate themselves, and are pushed into the world to change it.  During the last two semesters, I've had the pleasure of working with this kids.  Talking, and getting to know them as a group and as individuals.  And I will say this: they will leave their mark on this world some day.

Good luck guys, in everything that you do.  Do it with integrity, never lose your dignity, and always, always be true to who you are no matter what.  Don't give in to the naysayers and always look forward.  For the time has come for you to change the world.


May 28, 2014

Published on The Wedding Bazaar!

I am so excited to share with you that I've had the honored of being published on The Wedding Bazaar blog!  A great resource for brides to be.

Thank you Helen so much for feauting Carmen and Alonso's wedding on your blog! I feel absolutely honored and I hope that your readers enjoy the photos!

Here is the link to the article:  http://www.the-wedding-bazaar.com/romantic-glamorous-mexican-wedding/

May 8, 2014

Every love story has a beginning...

My love story may be a difficult one to believe.  Meeting someone and within minutes knowing that somehow, some way, this person was put in front of me for a reason.  That reason only God knows about.  He tested us, seeing if we really wanted it.  Seeing if we were willing to do what was necessary to stay and work hard for this love.

Every love story has a beginning.  Mine will start the second that I say "I do" in a few months.

My beautiful custom made engagement ring that my fiance had made.  It's beautiful in all of its simplicity.

May 6, 2014

Guess who's coming to California for the Summer!

Hello California clients!

I am making my way back to California to visit and prepare for my *ahem* wedding! While I'm there visiting, I would love nothing more than to update your family portraits for you!  Or if you're a senior who will be graduating, or just a sexy vixen who wants some boudoir action, I'm ready for you!

Take advantage of this super great deal on a session and digital hi-res images delivered via an online gallery.  Quick and easy to get your photos updated :).

The dates available are June 11th - June 28th.  Make sure you share this around, when you refer two new clients my way, I will shoot your session for free! Now that is a darn great deal!  Make sure you book before May 30th!

Can't wait to catch up with you and take your new photographs!  Make sure your share and have your friends book so you get your session free! ;)

Summer is calling!

April 30, 2014

Maternity Session Penelope + Gerardo = 4 | Chihuahua Portrait Photographer

Maternity sessions are so fun for me.  I discovered that they could probably be my favorite kind of portrait session.  It could be the fact that there is something undeniably sexy about a pregnant woman.  Sexy and magical all at the same time.  It is also temporary, which makes photographing maternity sessions a special and momentous occasion.  Many woman have commented, usually after their family sessions, that they either never wanted maternity photos or just never thought of it until it was too late.  I high recommend getting them done, even if you're not a big fan.  The reason is because of how temporary being pregnant is.  I myself have yet to go through pregnancy, however, many clients have expressed that each child is different in the womb.  No pregnancy is the same.  Which is why I stress that they are a must have.  Not all maternity sessions need to have the belly out; it's all about what you're comfortable with.  And I am more than happy to guide you on wardrobe and location ideas.  Just get the darn session done ;).

Penelope + Gerardo decided to have half of the session indoors, with a more serious studio feel, and the other half outdoors.  I love this combo for maternity photos.  It creates lots of variety and allows us to really get a great mix of serious and happy photos.  For the studio, we dressed Penelope in two pieces of fabric.  Yep, good old fabric with nothing special to it.  Tied it to the back to cascade and boom! Instant maternity wardrobe.  This can be done with any kind of fabric, sheer, white, black, and even a soft rose o blue.  Penelope chose white, and she looked gorgeous!

The rest of the session was pure fun! A little park then some hills and absolutely perfect.

April 23, 2014

Vista Previa | Sesion de Amigas!

Una vista previa solo para emocionar las chicas quienes me encantó fotografiar!

Despues, les compartire mas fotos de esta divertida sesión!

April 14, 2014

On a personal note...

This may be the most personal post I have ever written.  Just a warning in case you want to skip ahead to the photos and maybe go back to stalking others on facebook.

About five years ago, I was sitting in my car crying.  I had gone through a really horrible breakup and I was sad, among many other emotions.  Long story short, I sat there feeling so helpless, as one normally does during those trying times, and I began to pray.  I put my hands together, closed my eyes, and said, "God, if you exist, please give me some peace.  I am tired of feeling like this and want it to be over."

It may have been a small gesture at first but I found peace that day.  The tears stopped rolling down my cheeks and little by little, I began to see that when I prayed, magical things would happen.  I then shifted from saying, "God if you exist..." to "God..."  And slowly, my faith began to grow.  I never had religion or faith in my life before.  I never had anyone tell me to believe one thing or another.  I was just a person who always tried to live a good life.So when I began to see changes, real tangible changes, my faith grew.  It was something that I kept to myself at first.  Something that I didn't really reveal to others or mention for fear that they would criticize me in saying that why, or how, because I wasn't known to be much of a believer.

About three years ago, my mother told me something that I, at the time, wasn't ready for.  That I needed to go to church because this way, I was only living my faith halfway.  Which at the time, I thought that having a relationship with God was such a big step that I didn't want others to ruin it for me.  Simply, I wasn't ready.  Fast forward to two  years ago, I began to feel like she was right.  I needed guidance so that my faith could grow, so I could know more about God.

Last year, I went to church.  I felt this burst of heat in my chest blast me with so much love.  I don't know how else to describe it... Love seems to be the only thing I can compare the feeling that I got.  And it was then that I went, talked to a priest, and began my 8 month journey to where I am now.

This Saturday,  I will get baptized.  It has been such an incredible journey learning so much about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and becoming a part of a community where I feel I belong.  In a place where I can put my faith to work.  On Saturday, I will become new, begin again.

This Saturday, my life will change.

I don't normally share such personal things on my blog nor do I write often about my religious views... however, I believe that putting this out there for the world to see makes it that much more special.  This is a special and one of a kind event for me and so I wanted to share my story with you, and everyone else that may have gone through something similar.

Some behind the scenes photos from a recent shoot :).

April 11, 2014

Studio Photography | Teaching

February 10th marked the start of my 2nd year of teaching photography.  It has been such a wonderful experience trying out new techniques to inspire the creative minds at the high school I teach.  It is really rewarding to see them progress and really learn something along the way.

This past week we learned studio.  I set up my strobe in the classroom, had Douglas, our model come and sit for us, and starting to show the kids different light setups using only one light.  Instructed them on how to create moody light or high key lighting. 

Here are a couple of Douglas doing what he does best.  I can't remember if one or both of the photos were taken by a student- either way, great, great job!  I edited the photos to enhance them just a tad.  Which is what the students are learning as well this semester!