Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rocky | Pet Photography

I had forgotten to post about this precious little man - meet Rocky. Turns out that Rocky's parents got him right around the same time James and I got Coco... and we are both in the same situation... with itty bitty spoiled chihuahuas. Rocky is a cuban chihuahua - he even drinks Cuban Coffee! No wonder he doesn't get any rest. I love it when people want to have more pictures of their pets. I have a whole documentary of Coco... I even took his first-ever pictures after he was born. So, when Rocky's mom came by to show him off we knew that he would get the special "I LOVE DOGS" treatment. [Coco, my love you have a new friend here in Miami waiting to play with you]. I was trying to get some alone shots of him and also some that would work as wallpapers for their desktop. The one above... I am in love with his happy little face - I've made it my temporary desktop photo until I get to see my little Coco again. I know that mom & dad will love these of their little pooch!
That sad little look wins me over... Coco does it all the time when he wants something... my spoiled little brat. I hope James is taking good care of him while I'm gone. Oh and if you were wondering... Coco is coming with us to Miami for Rex's wedding... he wouldn't miss it! I can see Rex loving it... she hasn't quite developed her full loving potential for pets YET. Hopefully Denny will fix that.

Coming Back Home | Newborn Preview

This is my last update (I believe) before I am back home in LA. These are from the newborn session I had the day after I arrived. A really laid back & "cozy at home" feeling session. This little one had [according to mom] great reputation for sleeping and being the greatest little one.. well she had different plans for me that morning. Not an ounce of sleep left in her and the most active little one I have seen in a while. She kept crawling & pushing her self backwards like a crab when ever I would set her down - didn't lay still long enough for me to click the shutter button the whole time she was in front of the camera. The couple that we did get of her with BOTH her eyes closed sleeping took lots of work - she wanted to know what was going on at all times. Kayla you are one smart little cookie! Big Sister/Brother were awesome with her - she is definitely the new little princess of the house. Just wanted to post some before I start packing to go back home. Enjoy!
Next week I return to all my regular activity. My parents will be visiting for two weeks, so it will be a full house. As a reminder - I am still taking entries for the 2009 Wedding Giveaway & looking for 2010 Senior Representatives. Guys come on and sign up! The gals are always easy... its these senior boys that always wait till the last minute. Boys will be boys. I am so excited to start shooting seniors again. 
[ Babe, I am finally coming home. I bet you like the sound of that! ;) goodbye Miami - until next time... July 14th is right around the corner! It's wedding time ~ YAY ]

Saturday, June 27, 2009

FIRST LOOK | Rexy & Denny Engagements

Ahem... where can I begin with this lovely couple. You might remember them from their first impression shoot- back in December. Rex has been my best friend forever... . She knows everything about me - and vice-versa. We used to live next to each other ever since we were little girls and ride to school together. Sleepovers, dollhouses, make-up/dress-up, climbing trees/roofs/cars/monkey bars, riding skates/bike, first loves and crushes, heartbreaks, getting into trouble, trying new foods/clothes/trends/eye color, puppies/cats, dancing Britney/backstreet boys/n*sync/98^/everything right now, beach/park/city/home/travel -- can I say more... we have done it all together. So now that she is getting married - I am quite a bit of jealous - she never had anyone so close for so long... except ME. But of course I couldn't be happier, she has found someone that makes her laugh and loves her more than anything. With the wedding 20 days away [they are keeping close count] we had to come up with some type of engagement session to have pictures of them for the wedding. Rex and I have always been into the whole picture taking so I knew we wouldn't have a problem - I am always worried for the guys... how was he going to like it? WELL... all I am going to say is that I have never worked with a man that enjoyed it so much. [wink] This is Rex & Denny - they are getting married July 18th in Naples, FL. These were all taken in the Lover's Key & vicinity [fitting right?].
These two love action shots - as you can tell - jumping, swirling, dancing, biting... yeah [we wanted some kind of reaction from Rex]. The beach was gorgeous. Warm and with very little waves... my favorite kind to relax and take a dip. If you live near the water now... take advantage of it... you don't know how much you will miss it until you move away like I did. Now all I want to do is be at the beach.
Denny kept running around carrying Rex and I kept thinking...."please don't drop her.. we still have more shots I want to try before she is soaking wet". They were OK with all the wet stuff though - I made sure that my camera was in no danger and followed them in. This was a cross between engagement and trash the dress [or in this case my white skirt] session - so much fun to have them get in the water!
This next one I think is my favorite... I was in love with all the drift wood. I can see it big hanging somewhere in my living room along with Steph & Leo's dock one. Beach pictures always make my heart smile - there is something special about the sand, water and beautiful sunny sky that gets me every time. The weather was perfect for this kind of thing.
I seem to like all of these... [smiling]. We had quite a crew at the beach helping out with the pictures - to those of you who helped block sun, shine sunlight, hold shoes/camera/lens/bags and all our stuff THANK YOU!! And like the true Cubans that we are... give us a little space and some music and we are ready to dance... Denny can even dance without music... [that's Rose & Jael in the back]
My loving dear Rex: I know I have told you so many times before, I love you and wish you the best with the wedding and everything that comes after. I will be there to make sure that all the groomsmen are lined up and no one is missing lipstick or breathmints. Keeping your dad and all the goofs in the family together and keeping Kleenex nearby for the occasional tears. Let's try to keep this one HAPPY, OK!! Today after talking about the whole wedding and best man issue - aren't you glad you didn't have to think twice about yours... it's me! it's me! I can't wait for the wedding to see you all dressed up and looking gorgeous... me and my HOT pink dress. I love it & LOVE YOU! These two were the last ones before we had to run to the car because it started raining... we couldn't of timed it better. Enjoy all the pictures... we have to pick the ones for the wedding!!!! AHH only 20 days left! :) Denny is saying to himself "yay!"
Next post - my little newborn session in Miami... stay tuned. I will be here until late next week - if you are trying to reach me or waiting for me to come home... shoot me an email or call - I am working while on "vacation" its no big deal! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

FIRST LOOK | Make-up by Yeily

First LOOK into what I am doing in MIAMI- This was really the first thing that I did when I got off the plane.... off to my friend Yeily's to take pictures of her beautiful make-up work. Yeily is a make-up artist and she is looking to build a rockin' portfolio of her work. If you are in Miami and need to a make-up artist for any kind of event - let me know I will give you her contact info. So, we wanted to do a dark/light theme for the shoot and it was... AWESOME. It was super hot outside and about to rain so we had to POW-WOW with the time. But our models endured and played their innocent and devilish looks. Here is some of the pics- I am still editing and fixing things but I wanted to show a little bit of what I have been up to. I am staying in Miami longer - interested in a session let me know - I AM HERE!!!! 
It's very rare for me to ever get a picture of myself while I'm working.... I am always too busy behind the lens - but this time - I had so much help that my cousin Jael was able to sneak in a couple of shots of me in action...
More coming soon - I promise!