Sunday, September 26, 2010

drumroll please...

"They say nothing lasts forever: dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style." - Carrie Bradshaw

I really am not going to say more than you aren't gonna wanna miss it! I know the girls needed a group shoot just as much as I did. And, WOW. We followed through in our plans, which happens only 65% of the time let me tell ya. I am so delighted to be editing this big project. For a special sneak peak, first look or what not, click here. I hope you all have enjoyed your weekend as much as I have. Tomorrow's personal blog post topic is going to be HOT! Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Canvas Wraps

I'm often asked what is my favorite option for printing pictures. My answer 99% of the time is in a canvas wrap. Ordering them, receiving them, or putting them on my wall makes me happy. Not to mention how excited my clients are to take them home. Only the best materials are used ensure high-end quality in these precious keepsakes. If you are looking at showing off your favorite photos of your session in your home, a canvas wrap is definitely my recommendation. They come ready to hang and are available in multiple sizes to display alone or in a cluster. I will bring a sample along in our meets for you to see. Absolutely my favorite ordering item.
I am working from outside today, because the weather is just so lovely. That's one of the best perks of working from home. Your office can be anywhere... this morning, I am in the porch answering emails, preparing blog posts and admiring my mom's obsession with gardening. That and knitting is what you will find my busy little bee of mother doing in her spare time. Coco is laying in the sun taking it all in. I am taking tomorrow morning off to go soak up some sun myself at the beach. Fall weather is fast approaching, the heat will be gone and it won't be months before the beach is crowded again. Unless we include the snowbirds and the Europeans, they will flood the area before long. My shoot planned for this weekend is going to be stellar. I cannot wait for Saturday. I am getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Yay! Details coming soon.
SOTD: I Like It by Enrique Iglesias. One of my favorites this year.

Monday, September 20, 2010

"...dance like no one is watching..."

I had a long list of things to do today. In the very bottom was: remember it's personal blog day. CHECK. I am so glad that I woke up with all the energy in the world to complete all my items on the list. Lately I applaud myself when things like that happen, because trust me, it is 'so' rare. On another note, if you are a facebook friend/fan you may of read this morning I put out a notice: "I need willing subjects for the following categories: maternity, family (2 children or more) & a young couple for advertising & promotional purposes. You get a shoot... this isn't a contest. Email/MSG me if you or someone you know is interested in knowing more. MIAMI friends only. Sorry guys. :)". I am extending it out to anyone that fits the criteria and reads the blog as well. If you happened to land here by coincidence and like the idea, then by all means this means you too. I want get them done as soon as possible, so please your help and efforts are really appreciated. Pass the message along. Going back to the picture above... random right? I was skimming through my folders for something that I hadn't posted before and this caught my attention. I do that lifting my foot just slightly ALL THE TIME. I am posing too, sorta, while I am working. I also sing and dance all to myself. So there is no reason for you to be nervous during a session, just look at what I am doing and that will probably cheer you up. HAPPY MONDAY! I hope the week flies by for you all and you receive some warm and delicious sunshine.
SOTD: If You Could Only See by Tonic.
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones.

Friday, September 17, 2010

announcing...

Just a tid-bit of news to share with you all. Send me an email if you are interested in booking a session while I'm there. I look forward to some cool breeze in November, hopefully all this heat will be gone. The weekend is finally here! I don't know about you all but this week seems to of flown by. Enjoy the mini vacation, Monday will be here soon. :)
SOTD: Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ashley's Bridal Session Preview

This isn't an ordinary bridal post. This is the post where Ashley will see for the first some of her bridal pictures. It's an actual preview. Most times I get around blogging after I have already shown my clients their session, not this time. I am excited, for her and for you all to see. You may recognize her from her wedding post, click here, or her engagement shoot, click here. She is one of my favorite people. But without further a do, here you go my darling, your anxiously awaited photos. Enjoy!
Ashley had a beautiful wedding, but like most brides wanted more pictures of herself in the dress. Sometimes the circumstances don't allow enough time to take all the desired pictures the actual day of the ceremony. Often brides opt to do a bridal session before the wedding. This serves as a great run through of what you will look like on your actual wedding day, and it's a perfect way to get to know your photographer if you haven't shot together before. Being in front of the camera is totally different than having client meets. For a photographer, it's not necessary but definitely easier to shoot a wedding after already knowing the couple. It's like the expression 'breaking the ice', so much more comfortable after those first few minutes, just imagine how more so after getting to know your couple during a pre-wedding session. You get a sense for who they are and what they are like together before one of the most important day of their lives. Of course, there are people like Ashley that take no time at all to become relaxed in front of the camera. Or maybe it was just because it was me shooting her. Which ever the case may be, Ashley worked her glamorous look the moment I finished adjusting my controls.
Stunning. Beautiful. Hot!!!! Rawr. Her flawless make up was done by the super hip and wonderful Quolita Scott. She is available to come to you for your prettifying needs. Email me to get her contact info. Ashley's make up stayed on perfectly without cracking or melting after we hopped all around town in the blistering heat and humidity of Louisiana on a September afternoon. A++
A while back I participated in a group shoot modeling for some photogs in New Orleans. They pitched the idea to me to lie in the sidewalk of the 'incredibly clean' city. I did. Because I know that sometimes to get a shot, the kind that you will love, you have to make sacrifices. Well, I wanted to try it too on one of my brides, because hey! I didn't get to shoot myself! With Ashley I really didn't even have to propose the idea, because that is something she wanted, woohoo for me! (At least it wasn't NOLA Ash, your dress didn't suffer one bit.) One other detail that Ashley did for her session was to change up the look. She had very natural make-up on the actual wedding day, this time she wanted it to pop. She debated on colors and decided to go with a summery green. Personalizing your make-up, shoes and accessories is a awesome way to add that 'you' touch to your photographs.
Some brides would rather have all the couple's shots done after the wedding. There is no stress and rush back and forth from ceremony-reception to your favorite picturesque place for the lovey-dovey pictures. Most photographers call this a day after session. It can be done the following day after the wedding (remember, you've already got your flowers and tux rental) or anytime after the honeymoon. This is probably my favorite option for brides that choose not to see each other before the ceremony. Like I said before, stress-free and gorgeous pictures of you and your new hubby. You finally get to go to that place that you wanted pictures at but was too far away from your reception locale. Or by all means, if you do have extra time the day of the wedding you can do a first look... This is an increasing trend among modern brides who want that precious moment beautifully captured. There are pro and cons to this option. I seriously wish I would of done it the day of my wedding. If you are considering the thought of doing so in your wedding, talk to other brides who have chosen to, I really doubt that they will tell you that they later regretted it.
Ashley mixed all of these different types of sessions into one. We had a post wedding bridal fashion scavenger hunt shoot. We had talked about it ever since before the wedding, and last week it finally came true. I really thought we were going to reschedule because of the weather. It was pouring so heavily while she was getting her make-up done that it seemed like only a dream for it to stop. But it did, skies cleared and Mr. Good Ol' Sunshine made my day.
She wanted to model by the parking meters. Knock yourself out... we are winging everything today. Honestly, Ashley just wanted to walk around downtown flaunting her gorgeous curvaceous figure having me follow her around like paparazzi. I quickly signed up for the job. :) Jeremiah is one lucky man.
She had a twist to the classic - brought some of the old (hair piece, necklace and earrings) and some new (shoes) and nothing blue (green instead... we're all about going green on this blog). Special thanks to the Hilton Hotel downtown for allowing us to use their facility to prepare for the shoot, they are always so pleasant. Oh and how could I possibly forget the security guard, I owe him bunches. Nicest old man I have encountered during a shoot. Everyone that day was in the best of moods and disposition.
There is plenty of more for Ashley to see, but as for you my loyal blog reader, this preview has come to an end. I enjoyed every minute of shooting this session and later editing it in my computer. Having such a great model to work with makes my job so delightful. I know that it won't be the last time that Ashley decides to wear her dress again. I hopefully will be there to photographer her in a totally different setting. My tough job of deciding what favorite pictures to blog for this post is done. Now Ashley will have the pleasure to go through the same struggles as she chooses hers. Bridal session... complete. Happy photographer... check.
SOTD: Follow You Down by Gin Blossoms
When You Were Young by The Killers
On Call and Radioactive by Kings of Leon

Monday, September 13, 2010

dirtified

Whew... today is going to be rough. I am a busy little bee on this wonderful Monday morning. What? It's not so wonderful for you right about now? Stuck at work? Wanting to sleep some more? I'm sorry :( - wish there was something I could do to make you feel better. Oh, but there is. GOOD MORNING :). I am a firm believer that a good morning from a friend whether it be in a call, text, email or in person can set the mood for the day. It always cheers me up. And trust me, for someone that loves the snooze button, it works miracles. I had plans of blogging bridal pictures today. That is what was on my planner. But I forgot it's blog "personal" Monday. [ I am seriously laughing to myself ] Ash, one more day won't kill ya. So, since I am sticking to "a schedule", today's tidbit is about dirt. Not the dirt as in referring to gossip/bad information/rumors, drugs, criminal activity or when you say, "Man, I feel like dirt". Because honestly, I never have the desire to talk, listen or read that kind of stuff. I'm talking about the good kind. The dirt that is in the ground. The thing also known as soil. If you haven't figured it out by now, that picture above is my best friend and I after a day of mudding. Mudding: to go out in the mud on our ATV's to spin and race until we are all covered in mud. It is the most disgusting and competitive fun I have ever had. Oh wait, there are food fights too, but that entails some version of getting "dirty" too, so I will put them as a tie. Anyway, I was talking to friends about it and they didn't see me as the kind that would do such thing. Probably because for some of you, I am way too girly to get my hands dirty. Nope. We can go riding anytime. There is one thing though, we gotta protect the hair. That is the one thing that gets special attention. You know what happens when girls with curly hair get it wet...POOF. Hello lioness. Which I don't mind either, as long as you don't care hanging out with Simba*. You know, I have been rained on three days in a row now. I think I shouldn't of been bragging about how much I love the rain, because now I am getting bucketfuls.
I have a couple of projects in the works, one of which I am ' 'so' ' excited about. These pictures and some on twitter (if you follow) may give you a hint as to the main project. I have found a new favorite shooting location, can't wait to take a couple to shoot engagements there. There is also a new thing I am going to do on the blog, which I hope will get my creative juices flowing. All this planning gets me giddy, antsy to share. I'm wishing every one's Monday flows smoothly so as to enjoy an easy week. After all, even though we aren't partying in Vegas, we can still enjoy our daily routines. Tomorrow, I promise - Ashley's Bridal preview. :)
SOTD: The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson.

Friday, September 10, 2010

my "little" men

On this lovely gray sky afternoon, I am making it casual Friday here on the blog. Yesterday was my first day back from Louisiana and it started off way too busy. It seems in every vacation I take, I promise to come back with a new schedule. A "schedule". Things never seem to follow through though. The pace never dulls and just seems to pick up at faster rate every time. This morning I decided to change courses. I can't continue to be consumed by the things that cloud my day. Time to clean the blackboard and use a fresh piece of chalk. I love that feeling. So what better way to blog "casually" than to show you what Coco has been up to lately. I missed him terribly while I was gone. Having him around is part of my day. He is not to be taken for granted. Watching him play and watch me back relaxes me. I used to never travel without him. Lately though, I have been here and there so much that it's been difficult to bring him along. That needs to change. That first picture above is his 'I am waiting for you' face. The next two are the 'I am a prince and way to important to look at your camera' face. He does that quite often.
I realized I haven't been posting my SOTD (Song of the Day) anymore. So here is a list of my recent replay-all-the-time songs. Some newer and some classics. Really depends on the mood of the day which one I'll be jamming to. If you have never heard them, check 'em out. Who knows, maybe it will climb the charts as one of your favorites.
Go Together by Jillian Edwards. Actually I have a few from her: Songbird, July & June, Try and Gullible. She is such a breath of fresh air. Today and for the past three days, her music is all I listen to.
Reasons to Love You by Meiko
Animal by Neon Trees
Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
Half of My Heart by John Mayer
Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
The Adventure by Angels & Airwaves
Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Abrazame by Camila
Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation (Always has been on replay)
Stereo Love by Edward Maya feat. Alicia
There you have it, my most played songs of the week. Honestly I really don't know what I would do without music. It's therapy. It's on all day. Coco loves it too. My mom... not so much. She has no idea what button does what on a keyboard, but she learned the volume controls expertly. How convenient.
The above picture is just for demonstration purposes. When I say he follows me EVERYWHERE, I was being 100% completely honest. This was taken the other day while I was fixing my nails. He endured the horribly strong smell of acetone and nail polish just to sit by me. I love it, the dedication and how we are attached to the hip. The picture below, Samuel caught us after he came home from school during one of my daily naps. Yes, we do sleep like that.
My two "little" men. Samuel and Coco have a love/hate relationship. These were taken after Samuel woke me up from my delicious nap. Their bond is... unique.
Coco unattended=disaster waiting to happen. He finds things that you have been searching for decades. This time it wasn't such a journey, he sniffed out my bag of jellybeans from inside my purse. But just as any innocent child, he didn't do it. "Mommy I promise, it was Samuel".
Alright, time to answer the obvious question from these pictures, What's with the jelly beans? I think it's well understood by everyone that reads the blog or that knows me that I am obsessed with Starbucks*. That generates certain compulsion for any product they sell. At the counter by the register, where all the snacking stuff purposely is, you will find this tiny little packet. For just a dollar (savvy vendor tactic) you can buy a 'tiny' bag of these sugary confectionery treats. I love jellybeans, I really do, but had never bothered to try them since I am there for the coffee and that's it. But one day, I did. Totally changed my Starbucks visiting routine. White mocha's with a side of jelly beans. Perfect combination.
Coco LOVES them. I love them*. It's quickly become a staple. Simple random serendipitous thing.
And that's his face when you try to take them away. Oh Coco, you are such a trip. I am so excited to show you all the bridal pictures that I am working on. They are so FABULOUS! I have an anxious blog stalker waiting to see her preview. Soon soon. Off I go, back to editing. Have a great and wonderful weekend everyone. I hope this rain stays clear, most days I would welcome it with open arms, not this time. We need some sun these next couple of days. And cool breeze. It's September & in South Florida... that's just asking for way too much.