Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ahem...

...just a friendly reminder for all my Louisiana folks. I am so excited to be coming so soon again. I am ready to pack my jacket and boots, because by the looks of it, there will be no such thing as winter in Miami this year. So woohoo for some cold weather! Last night it rained and I was inspired for upcoming shoot ideas. Another chapter of SATC girls shoot is fast approaching. Can't wait to work with a new set of best friends, it's so much fun! Time to go get my morning fix of juju... ICED PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE - 6 pumps of spice please. They will be out out of season before long, so I've got to squirrel away as many as I can. Hehe :)
SOTD: Weight of the World by Chantal Kreviazuk

Monday, October 25, 2010

such and such | Blog Me Monday


I look forward to every showcase of blog me Monday. Yesterday as I was editing, I had ideas flowing around of what I could possibly talk about today. I figured that a good break in cycle would be to sum up my past week. I watched one of my favorite chick flicks - How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days- and one of the quotes in the movie aroused my curiosity to elaborate further in such topic. "All is fair in love and war". Whether it was John Lyly who first spoke of the proverb or Kate Hudson in her charming character for the movie, it possibly may be one of my favorite sayings of all time. Even though it is often used to justify behavior that is not accepted, or to sum up the volatile matters of the heart, I feel it is too commonly disregarded as false judgement. Love and war are two circumstances where you act upon instinct and repeatedly have no control over the outcome. How details and proceedings are executed are solely dependent of who is in charge, and such person's views of what is considered admissible. Why are we so quick to judge when it comes to matters of love and war? Mainly because our conscious is trained to form judgment of the situation. Unless we were all free spirits that believed that everyone acts upon the best interest of others, there is questionable room for doubting inspiration. So, what is my take? Fairness is subjectable. I have been taught to act favorably towards others. Even if sometimes things don't always seem that way, only he who knows the motives of the heart can be the judge of actions. We may hurt others in the process of life, because who really hasn't had a misfortune when it comes down to love? Whether it's that boy you liked in high school who broke your heart or saying no to the freak that keeps annoying your existence - there is always a two-sided coin to every story and one who appears to get the shaft. When it comes to love and war, love fully and fight with your heart. Strive to act lovingly towards others. Wish for the best and deal with the aftermath with utter passion. Mistakes, problems, fears and crap will happen that will bring contention with those around you. Forgiveness is never required but most often taken advantage of or misused when given; don't let that be the end of your love. Make a war of proving yourself. The astonishment in humanity may change the views of the other party and turn everything around. Or at least we are hoping so.
Whew, how did I come around making this a full on discussion escapes me. Maybe it's the music I am listening to that is juicing me up. That and reading Pride and Prejudice... will stir up all sense of emotions. I wanted to share two out-takes of my most recent session. As I am lying in the grass surrounded by the hungry beastly ducks, this happened.
Julian's face just makes me laugh. Where did this duck come from? And why did it almost attack me? The procession of images in between weren't taken because the duck was in my face... That's what I get for yapping about how much I love the feathered friends. Let's just say that this experience with the flying freaks did not go so well. Haha... more on this session soon. To conclude this blog me Monday segment, lets talk about SOTD. The other day I picked songs of one of my favorite artists, Joshua Radin. His music really lulls me. I am not quite sure if it's his soothing voice or the soft melodious songs... but I find myself turning up the volume every morning to his stuff. On days like today, when a venti just won't be enough, I turn to tunes that help the day go by quicker. If you ever feel overwhelmed by the chaos of what the morning has thrown your way... try it. Listen to him sing to you. It WORKS!! Have an exceptionally detailed week full of events that will make you love the end of October my friends. I am off now to 'be bold and jump in the cold water'... tootles.
SOTD: [ I'm not picking today. Explore Joshua Radin's work and let me know what you like...]

Friday, October 22, 2010

Miss Sassy Giggles | Miami Baby Photographer

Sometimes you reconnect with people you haven't seen in a long time and it feels as if it were only yesterday that you were together. That's the case for my next mommy, we used to go to the same high school and now years later, I was photographing her new family. How cool is it to have old classmates your age doing all sorts of things in different trades. I know that in a few years I am going to look for doctors and lawyers among my class and be like, "Remember me?The skinny girl with long hair, the one sitting next to you in biology... yeah won't you please be my physician". That will be the day... until then I will continue to take pictures of every one's family and wedding engagements, because that's what people my age seem to be doing. Getting married and having babies. For the rest of the singles out there... soon enough it will be your turn, or what the heck, let's have a "single ladies" photo shoot. We can sing to Beyoncé's song the whole time through. Woohoo. I will not be one to discriminate! Alright back on track with this lovely family. So I've known the momma for a while and had only heard stories about little Izabella Sofia, and how much of a ham she was. Jenneth just said, "Wait until you meet her. You will see." I thought I knew, but I had no idea. The sassiest tiny little person I have ever met! These are my favorites from our session together. It was so hard to even pick because I loved her expressions in them all. Makes me want to pinch her chubby cheeks! And I must not forget to mention... Dad, thank you for being so supportive and at least in front of me, not complaining one bit about all the cheesy stuff we gotta do to make the little ones laugh. You have no idea how much it means to us women to get our family pictures taken. Thank you thank you!
Ahem, see what I tell you about being sassy and fabulous... work it Bella!
Thank you guys for such a lovely time together. Bella is so beautiful. I just want to steal her for the day and pretend she's my baby. Don't worry I've got a 5 hour return policy... haha. I hope to see you all soon!
It's Friday folks! Woohoo! I am probably off somewhere right now discovering new shooting locations. I have dedicated today as a scavenger hunt for 'must-go-to-places' for upcoming sessions. Somewhere between Coconut Grove and South Beach, with a Starbucks cup in hand, sunglasses on and a camera on my neck... yeah I blend in real well with the tourist. Have an exceptional weekend everyone!
SOTD: Single Ladies by Beyoncé [just because I now mentioned it, it will be stuck in my head all day.]
Like a G6 by Far East Movement (yes I am part of the crowd that likes this song. hehe)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happiness | Miami Family Photographer

There comes along in time a person that captivates your attention. That with just a look they've got a hold of you and they can either make you smile or frown in an instant. I was told beforehand that this little one was particular as to who she payed attention to... but almost immediately during our first look, I won her over. She is so expressive and totally aware of everything around her. Maybe its how I am so dedicated to my job that I really don't care if you may think I am making a fool of myself in front of the children, but it definitely works. She loved it, and I got the pictures I wanted. We had a big family session, all the cousins and parents joined in. I don't do these as often, but when I do, I remember how big my own family is and how nice it would be if one day we would do this ourselves. I love big families. This is a preview of our time together at the park.
Here are the momma's of the kiddos, three sisters, because I told them I need a picture of just them too. I really did have a fantabulous time with them. We shot the session in the park that we have all been going to as children. Which at first I forgot might of been crowded with others, but yeah that quickly wasn't the issue when we left the playground and crowds behind. Every time I shoot there I see it in a totally different way. What I once thought was fun to go bike riding, skating and feeding the ducks... has turned into my work playground. Makes me feel old... and then I remember that I still go there to ride bike, skate and feed the ducks and I don't feel old anymore. ;) This week is flying by. Which is good... I am anxious for my shoots this weekend. Can't wait to see what happens. On other note, everything for the Louisiana trip is ready for next month. Glad that all that is squared away. Today's blog post has taken me all day to write because I woke up in such a dancing mood. Today's SOTD are the kind that I will get up and dance for... the ones I am dancing to right now. (what a mix of choices...)
SOTD: Canción de Amor by Don Omar
Los Campeones de la Salsa by Willy Chirino
All I Ever Wanted by Basshunter

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

South Beach on an early Friday morning

On Friday I checked an item off my bucket list. [Bucket list post coming soon.] I have been living in Miami most of my life and had never seen a sunrise at the beach. So simple. It's taken for granted by most South Floridians. Being on the east coast, sunrises is the way to go. I have watched plenty of sunsets, so that wouldn't be considered a must try item on the list. Even though I will admit, I am a sucker for the sun and water. Together, separate, doesn't matter in what form. I have been thinking of shooting early morning sessions at the beach, so this presented itself as the perfect opportunity to knock two things at the same time. I woke up super early, got my basket together and headed off to South Beach. Had a friendly pit-stop at my favorite breakfast place (aka *bucks) for some super yummy morning buns. (If you aren't so much into sweets, this is a perfect option.) (And yes I do realize that I seem to sell/promote Starbucks every time I write a post. I promise I have no affiliation with their advertising department. haha) Found a parking spot right away, which if you try to do later on during the day, it rarely happens. You just have to get real lucky to land a close one most times. Picked a nice looking patch of sand and plopped all my stuff down. Time to relax and enjoy.
It wasn't long before I was surrounded by the most curious little creatures. I love seagulls. Always have and probably always will until the day one attacks me. The weather was so amazing. You can tell that the air is changing, the cool breeze and wind don't speak summer anymore. The sand feels cold and almost wet. The birds almost huddle, and I laugh at how they tend to hide their legs... so cute. This time of day, even if it's early, was giving me such a beautiful display of pinkish light... wanted to call up a family and shoot right then and there. I was ooohing and ahhhing the whole time.
You might remember this little guy, the one I called Frank. Here he is, modeling for the camera. Keeping a close watch of my every move. Making sure that I don't drop a crumb of my morning bun. Because he had no personal space issues. I secretly loved that. My pigeon companion... and to make a connection - my Starbucks rewards card happens to be called birdy, has a pretty pink background with migration birds on it and yup I had not thought of this before, but I am a bird person. Not more than I am dog person, because Coco rules, but these feathered friends do have a special place in my heart.
A good book is a must. I'm always reading quite a different selection of books. I have started about five different ones and catch up on reading them depending on the mood of the day/night. I'm reading Pride and Prejudice for the third time... definitely one of my favorites if not it. I am a big Jane Austen fan. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
This friendly breakfast-eater-at-the-beach-like-me started a chaos amongst the birds. He brought along Burger King. The birds went nuts. Literally. I just sat back and watched. It was his turn to fend them off for a peaceful breakfast. Quite the show I must add... these guys aren't playing around when it comes to food. And hash-brown nonetheless.
My lovely morning at the beach concluded far too quickly. I stayed until the sun warmed my cool skin and the tourist started arriving with their beach attire. I read and I watched others. I fed the birds and shooed them away from pecking at my straw. I sat there mostly alone admiring the beautiful sunrise and completely enjoyed it. I went home feeling energized and totally refreshed. What a simple pleasure will do to ya... definitely something I will be scheduling for myself again. Soon. And while I wish that these pictures could make you feel like you were there sitting by me enjoying too, I will say that I took them in efforts to relax you too. I can't believe I lived away from this for so long. I really really really missed the ocean, and all that comes along with it. The next time that you are stressed or think "I need a vacation" if you are one of my Miami readers, plan to do something like this. If you aren't in Miami, you must come. There is a photographer that I really admire and she does this thing called a "staycation". That is where you see your current living city through the eyes of a tourist. Doing all the "it" things, without having to spend money on plane ticket, hotel or lodging... very smart idea. Living in Miami is a "staycation" all year round. Don't take that for granted! Fall or winter, who cares, go to the beach anyways; with sweaters and fleece if you must. When you do, tell me about it. I would love to hear about your relaxing escape. It's Tuesday, I know, I am a day behind - but still, HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK! I will be posting family session previews soon. So so cute. Till then, tootles my friends. [Lime green toenails... oh yes I did!]
SOTD: You Got What I Need by Joshua Radin. Also by him - I'd Rather Be With You, Closer, Sky & Paperweight ... LOVE LOVE LOVE. I'm smitten by all his music.