Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lakers Week!

I'm sorry that I've been MIA for a few days now, but I have been more busy than I would want to be.

The good thing is that I am FINALLY able to fulfill my promise to Art! You see, since last year I have been promising him that I would blog my wedding anniversary gift to him.

They say that for the first wedding anniversary you need to give paper so I gave Art Lakers tickets. Front row, center court tickets, to be exact! I do not have any idea how I was able to keep it a secret for so long! When I was doing research about what seats to buy, I wanted to ask Art. When I was buying the tickets, I wanted to call Art and tell him. When I received the tickets, I wanted to call Art and tell him. When I bought the card to put the tickets in, I wanted to tell Art. You get point! I am not the type to surprise people because I always end up telling the person who I am trying to surprise! In Nataly fashion, I gave Art his gift an hour before our actual anniversary. I can't even describe Art's expression when he opened the card I had place on top of a HUGE box, which he thought was his gift, and the tickets slipped on to his lap. His eyes almost popped out! In case you were wondering what was in the box, there was absolutely nothing. I just did not want Art to have even a tiny idea that there was something inside the card.

The following weekend we were at the Lakers game and it was the best! We are hardcore Lakers fans so it was out of this world to be able to be front row! It was like watching them on Blu-Ray :P The only people between us and the Lakers were the press and the mean security guy who made me take off my zoom lens from the camera! He even measured my 50mm to make sure it was not more than 3 inches.

To make it up to my hubby, I am going to name this the official Lakers Week on my blog ;) I'll be posting images from the game all week.

Mr. 81 points, Kobe Bryant!

Derek Fisher, one of my favorite players!

Ronny Turiaf, another favorite player! His passion for the game and excitement are contagious! If only I could have got him with open eyes :P

Lamar Odom's first day back after injury.

Poor guy, he is injured...all the time!

Andrew Bynum and ex Laker, Brian Cook (Yes, that's how long ago it was!)

Luke Walton

Jordan Farmar

Check him out!

More images to come for all other Lakers fans out there!
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Total Lunar Eclipse

Did you guys get to see the total lunar eclipse? I don't know what rock I was under because I had no idea there would be an eclipse today! While Art and I were driving I told him the moon looked weird. He knew all about the eclipse :| Thankfully I had one of my cameras with me so I was able to photograph parts of it.

Here are some of the images I was able to get.

If you did not get to see it, don't worry, there will be another total lunar eclipse...in December 2010 :P
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

J'aime & Chris ~ 2nd Round

As promised, here are some more images from J'aime and Chris' engagement session at Venice Beach.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

No, Thank You!

I received this thank you card over the weekend from Kat and Leo.

Every time I get a thank you card from one of my couples, I can't help but get butterflies in my stomach! I always think to myself, "No, thank you." I love photography and when I receive a thank you from my clients it's the biggest reward I can get for doing what I love to do.

It is my joy to go to your wedding and photograph it. I put 100% of myself to capture as many emotions as possible. I cherish you for trusting me to photograph a day that means so much to you and your family.

With that said, thank YOU for allowing me to do what I love. Thank you for being so inviting. Thank you for making my job so easy. Thak you for being so kind. Thank you for complimenting our photography. Thank you for keeping in contact. Thank you for putting your trust in us. Thank you for leaving some blog love ;)

Yes, my clients rock, if I do say so myself :)
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

I'm so happy!

Today was definitely a good day! My cousin, Jennifer, had been in the hospital for 10 days! It was very difficult to see her there because she is always the life of the party. To see her just laying there in so much pain made me feel hopeless because I could not do anything to help ease her pain. I did try and be there as much as possible. The whole family was there by her side as much as possible. When something like that happens it puts things in perspective. I have a close family who is always there through difficult times. I am grateful that God blessed me with such a loving family.

Jennifer, I know that even with all your pain you visit my blog! *She called and asked why had I not posted about her* I am so happy you are out the hospital! I love you so much and it was so hard to see you in there. I am just glad you are out, little topogigio!

I look more sick than her! I was so happy to take her back home!

Also, my cousin and her fiance have requested that I post this photo in which Ron and I are doing the William Hung pose. Nobody wanted to pose with Ron so of course I offered to do it! lol Are you guys happy?

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Friday, February 15, 2008

How sweet it is!

Well, like I said, Art and I ended up having dinner at a Mexican restaurant that I love. My cousin and her fiance joined us. Thankfully Art made reservations over the phone so as soon as we got there we were seated! *Phew* People were waiting for about an hour or more!

The food was delicious! I had some yummy enchiladas! By the time we got out of there, I left with a full stomach and a free heart shaped balloon they let me have. *lol*

For someone who does not really celebrate Valentine's Day, I sure did do a lot of the "traditional" things done on Valetine's Day! I even got a sweet little present. I'll post some photos of that tomorrow.

Here are some photos from tonight.

I got this shot of my cousin and her fiance

This was my cousin's attempt of getting a shot of Art and me...

Too bad we could not do a re-take since I somehow managed to get chile in my eye and it took about 10 minutes to get my eye to stop tearing up! Yes, this can only happen to me!

Since I was bummed I did not get a decent photo of myself, I invaded my cousin's photo. I was screaming, "Can you see me?" For someone who does not like to be in front of the camera, I sure don't look shy here!

My cousin's fiance told me I should use this pose with my brides. Ummmm, no thanks! Don't worry, it's not happening! He IS rocking this pose, though :p

Notice how that cheesy balloon came out in every single photo I come out in! I love my free balloon :P
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! Art and I don’t have anything special planned out, but, most likely, we’ll end up having dinner and then going home to watch a movie. I like the simple things in life :)

A couple of weeks ago I met with my 2009 Valentine’s Day couple and they asked me if I already had any plans for next Valentine’s Day. Although, it’s a nice day to eat tons of chocolate and look at so many things made in my favorite color (pink), it is not a day Art and I go all out on. We will enjoy much more shooting their wedding together, because it’s something we love to do :)

My ‘09 Valentine’s Day couple called it when they said a lot of couples will be getting engaged today! Congrats to all those who get engaged today :)

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my blog readers! Let me know what you got for Valentine’s Day! Although I am not big on the whole Valentine Day thing, I will not mind getting a “just because” present *wink, wink*
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

J'aime & Chris ~ Engaged!

Venice Beach

J’aime and Chris are one of the lucky winners from my engagement session giveaways.

We met up at Venice Beach for J’aime and Chris’ engagement session. They came ready to walk and walk and walk. I even had them walking through a crummy looking alley...it was so worth it! As we were walking through the alley Art said, “Nat is probably going to post on her blog that she had you walking through here.” You were right, dude!

Here are some of my favorite images, but I still have a few more coming:

Stay tuned for more to come!
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Monday, February 11, 2008

My favorite model

On Thursday I got a new camera so of course the first thing I want to do is try it out! Art said that I should just wait for the weekend, but I had a better idea! What did I do? I grabbed Art and my cousin and we went to Downtown Los Angeles around 11:00 p.m.!

I had Art running around as my cousin and I told him where to stand, where to look, what to do. Honestly, I think I am about to lose my personal model after Thursday night! I might have kept him in the cold for way too long...maybe, I had him climb one to many stairs? Whatever it is, Art looked like he had ran a marathon! I know it's not his thing, but I am glad he never says no :)

On Sunday I met with one of my couples to scout out some locations around their wedding venue to find some nice locations for their bridal portraits after the ceremony. As I was taking some test shots I start, once again, using Art as my model. I told the bride's sister that I knew Art was starting to not like being used and abused as my model. She said, "Hey, what better than to photograph a face you love to look at." I could not agree more!

So Art, please do not quit on me :) I can't think of a better model than you.

Here are some of the images I took of Art:

Can you tell that the only light we had here was the light above Art's head and one off to the side and, of course, the moon?

This one was posed by my cousin. He might have a thing for photography!

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Not available

I will not be available today via e-mail. If you need to reach me, please call 323.252.3132.
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Thursday, February 7, 2008

2 more!

Somehow I managed to forget to post my favorite image from the b&w post yesterday, so here it is!

Because I like it so much I will also include the color version.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

More from Union Station

As promised, here are some more images from Marisa & Ruben's session at Union Station. Because Union Station has a vintage look I decided to make all these images black & white and give them a bit of an "antique" look.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Not another one!

Yesterday I had my final root canal (there were 3 in total). I must say, I am now a pro at it. That does not mean I don't get nervous when I walk into the dentist's office, but I don't get to the point in which I am ready to run out. Believe me, I've been close to nearly knocking Art down as I've made myself to the door.

Thankfully, I have an awesome dentist who is great at dealing with patients who are, well, nervous wrecks! I had been to a number of dentist until I found the one that could keep me in the chair. I really needed someone who would understand that I did not want to resort to sedatives to have dental work done, but instead all I need is a dentist who is PATIENT. Yes, that is the key word, PATIENT! It also helps when he makes sure throughout the session that I am okay and not feeling anything. I've heard horror stories!

Customer service, like with any business, is also important. It's really nice to get a call from my dentist later on in the day I've had work done just to make sure I am feeling well.

I guess this is my small praise for my awesome dentist! If you are like me and are looking for a dentist feel free to e-mail me for his info :)
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Monday, February 4, 2008

Who won?

I'm sorry it took this long for me to announce the winner, but between some personal stuff going on and a lot of meetings this weekend, I barely had time to do anything.

But without further ado, the winner is: Tiffany, one of my September brides :)

Tiffany, I will be contacting you shortly with all the info.

A big thanks to all the brides who e-mailed me! Keep on reading the blog because there are more prices to come ;)
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