Thursday, January 27, 2011

Teasers

Just a few teasers of some recent engagement sessions (in no particular order)









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Monday, January 24, 2011

Life




Every now and then Art reminds me that I NEED to turn off the computer. That there's life outside of work. That's when I feel a pang of guilt. You see that sign above? Art bought that for me about 6 months ago to remind me to never get too busy that I forget about living our life. I promised I would take it out the newspaper it was wrapped in and put it on the night stand next to my side of the bed. It didn't get done until a couple of weeks ago. Why? Because I am always too busy (how ironic). Too busy for my husband, for my family, for my friends. I'm too busy with work to live my life. I enjoy photographing weddings and capturing the happiness that others live while with those they love that I forget that I too have family and friends that need and want me to share happiness with them. I'll admit it on here so that I can be embarrassed, at times I almost feel that life is getting in the way of business. That is a shame. Nobody should ever feel that way! I get so caught up with giving 100% of myself to the photographer side of me that I forget that I also need to give 100% of myself to being a wife, daughter, sister, cousin and friend to all those I love more than anything else in life. I need to give 100% of myself to...who else? myself! I need to work on de-stressing and doing all the things I love because I am not willing to let life pass me by!

With that said, Art and I went on our first date in a very looooong time! We decided to do something we had not done since we were like 15, miniature golfing. We also played at the arcade, shared a paleta, and he won some...how should I say this?...interesting glasses for me. Afterwards we went to In N Out (yum) and then watched a movie and shared a big bag of popcorn. Perfect date, if you ask me! This is just the start! I promised Art and myself that I will make a lot more time for us, for our life. If I don't, he can always pull this post up and hold it against me, but it won't be necessary because I value my time with Art and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!

Here are the spiffy glasses I got to rock on Saturday. Don't hate :p If anyone wants to borrow them, you know how to contact me!




Have a great week, everyone!
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session

Ashley & Kevin ~ Engaged!
Pasadena, California

Ashley and Kevin decided to have their engagement session at Pasadena. We started off at the City Hall and then moved on to the Colorado Blvd, area. Pasadena is definitely one of my very favorite spots for engagement sessions.

I had so much fun getting to know Ashley and Kevin. They are total opposites, from what I was able to tell. Ashley is super talkative, full of energy and spunky. Kevin was somewhat shy and quiet. You know what the cool thing is? They totally balance each other out. I loved how Kevin looked at Ashley when she was working it for the camera. You could see the love :)

We can't wait to photograph their wedding later on this year!

Here are some of our favorites:













Art and I couldn't decide whether to post the black & white or color of the shot below so I posted both. The b&w is my fave and the color is Art's.





I love the warm look to these images. I feel like it goes with the architecture and the lighting at the Pasadena City Hall. Looks vintage just like Ashley's dress.













I like the grungy look this spot has





I think this image completely shows Ashley and Kevin's personalities! This is totally them.











My shot



Art's shot





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Monday, January 17, 2011

Nichole & Joseph ~ Engaged!

Nichole & Joseph ~ Engaged
Los Angeles County Fair

If you live in or near Los Angeles, then you know that the LA county fair is long gone! That's how long ago we did this session. At this point Nichole and Joseph have their photos already. In fact, they are already married! BUT I still want to share their engagement session photos with you and their unique location. If you know me, you know I love bright colors and the fair was full of them! Check out some of our favorite images:

























Between Art, Joseph and Nichole they won that Keroppi for me! I was one happy photographer :P


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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy (belated) New Year!

Wow. I can't believe it's a new year already! It feels like it was just a couple of months ago since we last celebrated a new year. Where does the time go? As I get older, it seems like the months go by faster. Kind of scary, if you ask me!

For the past 3 years (or so) I have done a contest...sort of. Every January I have challenged myself to blog every single day in January and if I don't you can call me out on it and win a free portrait session. This year it will be different. As you have probably noticed, I have totally neglected my blog. Not because I want to, but because I have to. 2010 was extremely busy, which, like I always say, is a good thing. However, it leaves no time for blogging. In the past I used to feel some sort of guilt because I felt like every single wedding and portrait session had to be blogged. Now, not so much. I still wish I could blog every single wedding and portrait session but I don't think I have to do it. It's taken a lot for me to get to a place where I feel comfortable doing what I need to do in order to somewhat alleviate my workload. Now, don't get me wrong, I love blogging, but it's definitely not at the top of my priority list. Last year I must have only blogged about 25% of the year's weddings, if that. So if a wedding or portrait session doesn't get blogged, it's not because I didn't want to, the photos were not worthy or any of those things people might think...plain and simple, I'm super busy and blogging is not a major priority. As much as I want to blog every single session, at the moment it's not happening. Don't worry, though! I'll still blog weddings/portrait sessions whenever I can. I will eventually blog all the weddings, engagement & family sessions, but that will most likely be in a couple of months. Again, this is not because I just don't care to blog. I love blogging but at times it can be too time consuming. With all that said, there will be a brand blog post in a day or two :P So as you can see, I am not totally abandoning my blog...there's just a delay in blog posts :)

Come back to check out the engagement session that will be blogged soon!
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