Wednesday, April 28, 2010

1,2,3 kiss

I received an email back in November 2009 from this young lady asking about session details for a bridal shoot. She is my uncle's wife's sister's husband's cousin (leave it up to the Cubans to have a long line of how they are related to everyone. Just wanted to throw that in there for cultural purposes) and lives in Miami. So we decided that the next time I would have a trip planned to come visit we would schedule their shoot. Well, it wasn't until last month that I was able to return to my lovely home... so guess who was excited? She got everything ready and we set a date to finally take her pictures. They never were able to do the whole wedding thing, so this was going to be the day to get all dressed up relive that lovey day feel. We went to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (my fellow Miami people know it as where everyone takes their fifteen pictures, but since I had never shot there, it was no ritual to me). I had a whole entourage with me that day.. [scroll down to see who]. Perfect Miami weather. Couldn't ask for a better day to spend with these two as they kissed and posed for my camera. Odalys, here is your long awaited preview. Enjoy!
They lovingly call Odalys' - Pocahontas.. and I can definitely see why. You looked so purrdy. Loved how natural and beautiful your make-up turned out. I think you told me... MAC? Correct me if I am wrong, but I love those guys. They are the ones that did mine for my 'trash the dress' session. Their colors totally rock!
Work it girl... I am always curious to see what kind of expressions I will get from couples when I push the sexy level. I would tell her to give Yosvany the seductive look... that plus all the comments that were coming from Denny, inspired them to break loose and show me some love.
Check out my posing while I am shooting hold my butt and leg before I fall shot. Brought to you by courtesy of Rex. hehe
Meet my entourage for the day. Rex & Denny. They kept James company so he wouldn't feel so alone. Oh how I wish that these two could come along more often! For those of you that may of just landed on my blog today... that's my best friend (forever and ever and ever) Rex and her hubby, Denny. So much fun. Denny was encouraging all the love-dovey-ness and tons of laughter - perfect to help break the ice with this shy couple of mine. Thank you so much for all the help!
To my lovely Rex: I miss you my love!!! When I was editing this session and got to these last pictures of us, I started to look closely at our faces. Why in the world I would do that, I have no idea. So I compared it to a picture of us years ago. My love, we are aging. Our laugh lines are getting deeper... and deeper. So I thought :( but then I remembered all the good times that have brought along those lines and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. They have made us - us. What would our lives be without Seminola, Johnson-Bright-Filer-MLEC, golfio, grocery coupons, rooftops, TREES, mash potatoes and vienna sausages (that sounds so gross right now), braces, "snakes", pictures, videos, sleepovers, grapes in my shoes, dancing to Britney, matching outfits, M&M's and the list goes on and on. To everyone that has a really close friend remember to treasure your friendship and never let things get in the way. Great friends are hard to find. Rex has been my best friend ever since I can remember. We would do EVERYTHING together. And if it wasn't because I moved to Louisiana, we would still be doing things together all the time. We have never been in a real fight, even though when we were little we would pull each other's hair and I would make her eat bad stuff (like grass and vegetables (cough cough - grass=lettuce)(lol) (Sorry love) ). I got her back no matter what and even when I do stupid things that I know she doesn't approve of, I go to sleep knowing that she's got my back too. I've been told that if we were blood sisters we wouldn't get along so well or be so alike. I don't know what the difference is, because to me she is more than my sister. I wish for all of you to find someone like that, be it your spouse, sibling, parent or special friend that has come a long way and knows everything about you. It's crazy, but I sometimes go by a day without talking to her, and I really can't remember if I did or not because in my head I seem to be talking to her all the time. Enough because I will start to tear up. To the rest of my girls ( you know who you are if you know what's going on with my life week to week and our conversations can go on and on ) thanks for being there as well. I am so fortunate to be blessed with such caring and loving friends. This isn't national friends day or nothing like that... no reason behind me getting all mushy. Just was watching Runaway Bride the other night and I love the friend relationship between Maggie & Peggie. Lol - yeah I know totally random. Happy Wednesday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ashley + Jeremiah | WED | March 7,2010

"He's hot for a red head". Ashley & Jeremiah met at a Jehovah's Witness convention, but at the time he was in a previous relationship. Ashley thought... why does he have to have a girlfriend? Don't you hate it when that happens... meet the right kind of guy but he is already taken. Well soon after she comes to find out that his relationship had ended. After a dance or two at a friend's party later on these two started talking and started dating in 2007. When you watch Jeremiah look at Ashley his love for her is so evident. It's that beaming gaze. He got creative for the proposal. While they were vacationing in Destin, FL, Jeremiah took Ashley for a walk on the beach. Seemed to be quite normal according to Ashley, but then he started to joke around with her "Wouldn't it be nice to get engaged on the beach".." Too bad that couldn't happen". As they are walking back there was on the sand a rose-petal-traced heart on the sand with the words 'Marry Me'. Way to melt a girl's heart Miah. Since then it was time to plan a wedding for these two. When we met last year I was quite nervous to be shooting their wedding. But I clicked with Ashley and she became more than my client. I could relate to so much with her. So it wasn't a job anymore... it was my friend's wedding. As to add even more pressure. We broke the ice during their engagement session and I knew back then that these two were going to be one good looking bride/groom couple. We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites right by the wedding location in Metarie. This is their wedding and their first day as husband & wife.
Ash you looked so beautiful and radiant. Tears and all. Thanks to Celeste and April for doing such an awesome job on her hair & makeup. Ashley is a daddy's girl (just like me) so the thought of leaving her parents would make her choke up. It reminded me of myself 3 years ago. I cried and cried so much. Oh goodness, I still cry for my mom & dad all the time. Of course, it's different because I moved 15 hours away, but still... it's a very emotional thing. So I completely knew what Ashley was going through. The father-daughter bond is one really hard to break. I'm going to start crying again, and I haven't even made it to the dancing part. Moving right along ;) LOVE LOVE loved her hair piece. Stunning.
Jeremiah knew how to work the camera as well. Looking all handsome while getting ready.
Ha-ha I love this one of Ashley and her maid of honor/sister, Adriana as they are off to the ceremony. The ceremony and reception took place at Champagne Palace. Nerves were pretty bad... Miah was pure smiles. He kept taking deep breaths and I had his eyes fixed at the beginning of aisle waiting for Ashley. Love that anticipation. Just like a lot of folks, my eye stays on the groom to capture that first look of his bride. I will admit that I was crying along with Jeremiah at the sight of Ashley. I can't help but to become overwhelmed with emotion, part of being such a hopeless romantic.
I loved their body language. They were so excited, happy, and IN LOVE. The way that they looked at each other while standing there made me blush and all giddy inside. Ashley's smile kept turning into a laugh and I thought it was so cute. Soo Ashley. I was worried at first that I wasn't going to be able to capture her emotions through her veil... um not with Ashley. She looked absolutely gorgeous. The day cooperated so beautifully. I couldn't of asked for better weather/light during the ceremony. Just perfect.
There she goes laughing away... LOVE it. Such a happy moment. Never forget it, Ash. You two make those that are "loveless" jealous. This is the moment that I tell myself how much I love my job. To capture that look of joy on your wedding day, mission = success.
We took 5 minutes for some portraits after all the family shots. The bottom right picture turned out to be my favorite. It was time to party... so enough picture taking. Not according to me of course, I could of stayed with them out there all night. They will be doing a trash-the-dress session, so we will have plenty of more time for those kind of shots.
This father-daughter dance was as emotional as mine. I cried. I cried. They cried. My camera got foggy near the viewfinder... and I told myself "Alright you drama queen". It was so sweet and touching. It's my favorite part of weddings most of the time. [ Just because we are talking about it now - I LOVE YOU DADDY ]
Thank you Ashley & Jeremiah for allowing us to partake in your special day. We need to do it all over again so I can party with you. I wish you both the best in the years to come. You have something very special, love and treasure each other very much. I would say have fun in your trip in Cancun but you are already back... :) Love ya girl! Wanna know the best part of shooting your wedding? ... I get to keep you as my girlfriend afterwards. Hehe :)