Thursday, November 25, 2010

sunny side up | Miami Family Photographer

As I loaded these from this morning, I couldn't help but want to share one! We found a matching lifeguard shack, what are the odds! Enjoy the weekend every one. I am steadily working trying to get everyone's order done before the holidays. Such a little busy bee I have once again become. Tootles!
SOTD: What's My Name? by Rihanna & Drake

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

show me the snowman | Baton Rouge Family Photographer

This little munchkin and I share a bond. The kind that only he and I understand. Mom & Dad may believe that he has telepathic senses as to when is picture day, because there is never any sleep or smooth sailing in the getting ready part... but when we come together... the sun rises and there is clear bright skies. Haha. I am laughing at myself for saying that. It's true! He is one of my birth session babies, and I believe that babies might have a thing for those who where there during the delivery. As if he were to remember me being there cheering on his arrival. You can see more of him - here here and here. Here are my favorites of our session together. (Mom isn't this a quick timely preview?!?! I am so proud of my blogging achievement . Another big point for me.)
I don't know which one I like more, the above or the below, because his face is equally as amusing and OMG-I'm-going-to-eat-you to me in both. Mason you make me wanna pinch your cheeks and give you kisses kisses and more kisses!!
Thank you guys for being so great every time we work together. It's such a pleasure to do so over and over again. Especially since I get to see baby Mason grow up, I feel part of the family. The Cuban aunt who makes loud noises and rolls around in the grass for Mason's amusement. Love it! :) And for everyone else... Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the rest of your short work week, can you believe November is almost over? Whew!
SOTD: Show Me What I'm Looking For by Carolina Liar

Monday, November 15, 2010

checking in...

Hiya folks! I wanted to check in for a quick sneak peak. I know that my family's are anxious to see a preview... and I am ready to get back home to start editing. These all happen to be families that I have shot a birth session for and I am so excited to of revisited them after one year. Louisiana weather has been kicking my butt, all this sudden hot/cold change... I am bearing through it all and trying not to get sick. I will be back to my normal schedule soon. As always - have a great week my lovely blog readers. Stay tuned for more from these sessions and those to come. :)
SOTD: Here We Go by Joshua Radin - it's been on replay for a long long time...

Monday, November 8, 2010

a bit of movie talk

Good morning my lovely blog readers! I woke up today very excited for today's post, since last week I skipped on the blog-me-Monday deal. I had a friend request a movie-themed post. If you know me by now, movies are a big deal. I rarely watch TV... other than my three favorite shows (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice & Castle). So that means that everything else is either a favorite classic or whatever is new and out on rental. I am going to start by quoting one of my favorite films (I love the book too though ... by Nicholas Sparks, actually more than the movie.), The Notebook. It's the scene where Allie and Noah have gone out for a boat-ride and it starts to rain. Perfect timing. Actually, I found the movie clip, click here to see it if you would like.
(starting with Allie) "Why didn't you write me? Why? It wasn't over for me. I waited for you for seven years. And now it's too late." - "I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year." - "You wrote me?" - "Yes." - "You..." - "It wasn't over. It still isn't over."
... commence the kissing and the means of releasing all the frustrated build up of emotion. But that scene is not the only reason why I like the movie so much... it's because of the immense sense of passion and love in the story. I've read the book twice and seen the movie countless of times, and still get chills. Cry every time. That reminds me of my other favorite part from the movie... the fight scene where Allie is deciding whether to leave Noah's house to go meet up with Lon.
(starting with Noah) ... "Hate you if you leave here." - "Have you been paying attention to anything that's been happening?" - "I guess not. I think I must have misread all of those signals." - "I guess you did." - "You're bored! You're bored and you know it. You wouldn't be here if there wasn't something missing." - "You arrogant son of a -----!" - "Would you just stay with me?" - "Stay with you? What for? Look at us, we're already fighting." - "Well, that's what we do. We fight. You tell me when I'm being an arrogant son of a ----- and I tell you when you're being a pain in the ---. Which you are, 99 percent of the time. I'm not afraid to hurt your feelings. They have like a two second rebound rate and you're back at doing the next pain in the --- thing." - "So what?" - "So, it's not going to be easy. It's gonna be really hard. And we're gonna have to work at this every day but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday. Will you do something for me? Please? Will you just picture your life for me? Thirty years from now. Forty years from now, what's it look like? If it's with that guy, go. Go! I lost you once, I think I could do it again, if I thought it's what you really wanted. But don't you take the easy way out." - "What easy way? There is no easy way, no matter what I do, somebody gets hurt." - "Would you stop thinking about what everyone wants. Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, what your parents want. What do you want? What do you want?" - "It's not that simple." - "What do you want?"- "I have to go."
Yes, definitely one of my favorites. I think most girls that are into romantic movies have this one on their list. The next movie I wanted to talk about is an upcoming one. Another Rachel McAdams, which I've realized that I really like her as an actress, in theaters this week, Morning Glory. Here is the trailer:
Really looking forward to seeing this one. It's been a while since I have done a movie post. I have skipped the movie going routine lately, the last film I watched at the theatre I believe it was Eat Pray Love, so it's time to jump back on the wagon. Another upcoming film I want to see is Burlesque. Mainly because of Cher and Christina... but I do like music and theatre related films. Here is that trailer:
So that is my picks for this month's new releases. What are you looking forward to seeing? This past weekend was so perfect for snuggling at home watching movies. The cold has started to creep in. We had excellent weather. The kind that you are happy to be outside even in the sun because your hair will stay in tact. Awesome! I am off to Louisiana folks. I wanted to post something before the trip just to let you all know that I will still be available through phone or email. I am looking forward to all the wonderful stuff planned. Seeing some familiar faces and meeting new ones. So excited! Have a great week everyone.
SOTD: The Fear You Won't Fall by Joshua Radin
Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

REAL Family Time | Miami Family Photographer

This was another installment of my favorite kind of family session. When families allow me to come to their homes and there are no props, no backgrounds, just them and I doing what 'they do' on a regular day together, I feel that the session at the end of the day will not only reflect my style, but it will be totally "them". I am so over seeing balloon backgrounds and kid-sized Crayola crayons in the little one's pictures. What do those pictures say about them? What will they remember when they look back at that picture? I know this is strictly my opinion and my liking... but who really turns down the idea of your family being captured the way that you are? Whether you choose to stay home, go to a park, the beach, the pizzeria around the corner or a combination of them all... that's your choice, and it will be about you and your family. That's who I am there to photograph. You. And them. Together. Loving each other. Playing with toys, throwing a ball, pulling each others hair, eating M&M's or ice cream. I know that's the reason I enjoy birth sessions so much. Because it cannot be more 'real' and less rehearsed than what happens in that delivery room. Raw emotion. Kind of like what has been captured here, here, and here. Love love love. So that is what we planned for this family. It may take a few moments to get used to. Kids are so used to seeing a camera and being told "CHEESE" that it's almost automatic. I kept trying to get them not to look at the camera and "play" but the black thing covering my face seemed to be much more interesting than Mickey Mouse or Buzz Lightyear. Then I realized that he was just flirting with me, being the ham he is. And in that moment I knew that we would hit it off super well. Here is your pic-preview Leti... you were all so great and I couldn't be more grateful for your trust and openness to allow me to be part of your life for one day. It was wonderful.
Blue eyes haunt me. I think I go to sleep thinking blue and wake up thinking blue. This gorgeous doll has the most 'wow' steady stare that I have ever seen in such a young baby. It definitely commands attention and keeps you captivated. And as if that wasn't enough... those chubby toes and the way she would sit... this is a hot babe in the making. So so cute!
I eventually realized that she liked looking at me and not the camera. So I was implementing the challenging game of peek-a-boo while trying to focus on her and get the shot I wanted. After many laughs... score.
They have the sweetest set up as a backyard... a park with a lake and lots of ducks. Time to go outside and play in that lovely Miami weather. It was perfect... cool, breezy and cloudy at 12:00 pm. I mean if I had a lake in my backyard... it probably would of been time to go for a dip. But that's just crazy me loving any kind body of water. One day I will get scared to death by a random animal biting me in the leg and that trust of open water will disappear.
I briefly mentioned before how I had a "duck situation" during this session. These animals were so aggressive, impatient and loud. Pecking at each other, getting really close to us - almost reaching the food out their hands. But then again they were probably freaked out that Julian wanted to show them all his miniature skateboard tricks. Which at first completely made me "lol"... but wasn't as funny as Gianna wanting to eat the stale bread. Kids... never cease to amaze me.
I will be photographing their cousins soon... and I can't wait. I am siting in Starbucks blogging today... and they have started the red cups. Which only means to me, WHERE HAS THIS YEAR SLIPPED AWAY TO? Seriously. Time is running and I don't think I am ready for December which is around the corner. 2010 has merely said hello - how are you- and it's gone. I am looking forward to the change of weather though. Woohoo for the cold. Time to snuggle and drink hot coffee again. Time for good hair days all the time and for toesocks. For potato soup and peppermint mochas. Time for me to turn another year... (I will admit that I am NOT looking forward to saying 23 instead of 22. Two-two is much better than two-three. But then again that used to be Jordan's number and Lebron James' too... even though I like him as a "6" much better. haha) Time to watch the Heat kick some butt. This time of year is good. Busy but, good. Have a wonderful rest of the week, we are past the hump and the weekend is just a glimpse away. :)
SOTD: Vuelve by Ricky Martin
Ride by Cary Brothers