Monday, February 28, 2011

Before & After

Here's another before & after post. More from this session later on this week :)

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Sneak Peek

Today we had a session that turned out to be a rainy session. Here's a sneak peek. More to come!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Union Station Engagement Session

I am so proud of this engagement session, for a couple of reasons. Linda & Anthony had a 30 minute mini session booked with us. That alone is very little time, but on the day of their e-session Anthony was not able to make it until 30 minutes after their e-session was supposed to start, which means they used up all their time. I felt bad sending them on their way so I decided to do a super fast 5 minute session, since I had another engagement session right after their e-session. Art and I literally ran around posing Linda & Anthony. At the end of the 5 minute session we had really good images.

I am very proud that Art and I were able to work efficiently and successfully under such a stressful circumstance. To top it off, we were still able to get beautiful images, if I do say so myself :) Of course I would have rather had the full amount of time but I am was very happy that we managed to work with what we were given to work with.

Check out what our photos under time restrictions look like ;)

PLEASE NOTE: This does not mean you should get to your session late! :P
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is Valentine's Day?

I won't deny that Valentine's Day has no real special meaning for me, BUT I won't deny that I still enjoy getting gifts and being pampered! As long as I can remember, Art and I have never gone all out for Valentine's Day. As a matter of fact, there have been a few years that we've done absolutely nothing for V-Day. And that's okay. I know he loves me and he knows I love him every day of the year. But, like I said, I do enjoy getting a gift or two! We never plan anything out and we for sure never go out to dinner, because I am just not about to go make myself miserable by waiting a long time to get into a busy and chaotic restaurant just to be rushed out! So this year was no different.

There were a few surprises from Art, nonetheless. After midnight I was busy doing homework. I was so busy that it took a whole 45 minutes for me to notice a small gift Art had placed right next to me on the bed. When I realized that there was a gift, I must have screamed so loud that I woke up the whole neighborhood :P Although the gift was super cute, I think the best part was being surprised :) I am not easily surprised so this was huge for Art!

In the afternoon all we did was watch the Laker game, which was a bummer! If you don't know, they lost. Enough said. I made dinner for two, which came out pretty good, if I do say so myself. Then to top it off, Art baked me some goodies! That was major 'cause the guy does not get near the least not to cook, and definitely not to bake!

By the end of the night, my wonderful husband had gifted me a Hello Kitty phone case and two books that I've been wanting but have not wanted to cash out my money for them, since I consider them guilty pleasures. Yes, he got me the Kendra memoir and even more embarrassing, he got me the Kardashian Konfidential book. There, I said it! I am hooked to reality tv and I even read their books! Oh my. Even worse, my husband feeds my addiction!

For two people who do not celebrate Valentine's Day, we had a fab one! So to answer my question, Valentine's Day is any normal ol' day, but that doesn't mean that you can't continue to express your love, and maybe even throw in a couple of extras, just because it's a commercialized holiday that someone invented. If there is a day that is dedicated for love and is celebrated by many around the world, it just gives me another reason to celebrate my love for my husband. Yes, I don't need a reason, but at the same time, it's pretty cool that so many people are feeling the love just like you.

So, whether it's just another day for you, you don't want to "give in" to commercialism, you go all out, or you are in between, I hope you had a fabulous day with the one you love 24/7/365.

*DISCLAIMER: I do read more mature and educational literature, but, man, do I enjoy pointless reads, too!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Before & After

I'm really liking before & after posts! Hope you like them, too!

The top photo is the before and the bottom is the after.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meli & Miguel ~ Anniversary!

Melissa & Miguel ~ Anniversary Session
Pasadena, California

Melissa and Miguel. Miguel and Melissa. M&M. No matter how I put it, this couple is perfect for each other. If you follow my blog regularly, you might recognize them from their wedding or engagement session. If you haven't seen them, check out these links:



Meli and Miguel have a special place in my heart. Over 2 years ago I e-mailed back and forth with a girl who wanted to book an engagement session. I recall thinking that usually couples want to first book the wedding, but I didn't give it much thought. She ended up booking the e-session online and we didn't meet until the day of the engagement session. That same day they let us know that they already knew they wanted us as their wedding photographers and they had known that since their initial e-mail. I was more than happy because they were such a sweet couple. We have been blessed to have them in our lives since that December 2008.

Fast forward two years...Melissa and Miguel are now happily married and even celebrating their 1 year anniversary! They have become more than just clients. We genuinely consider them friends. We can hang out with them and feel like we've known them for years. I love the way they care for each other. They never have to try hard, it's just who they are.

Beautiful lady!

You might recognize this spot from a recent shoot. Since we had just been there , we tried to limit the spots already used and find new places. We ended up finding a lot of cool spots.

I had to include this animated version!

I also included the actual images, so you can check them out at a better quality than the animated version.

My favorite series

I'll leave you with a group shot <3

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Before & After

I don't know about you, but I, personally, love before/after posts. I like to see how a photographer's vision and editing can take a nice photo, straight from the camera, and make it look more "alive," for lack of a better word.

I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing to share the image straight from the camera. Some people don't like to do it, but I don't really mind. I actually like the photo below, which has no editing, not even sharpening.

As you can probably tell, the top photo is the before image. It has no editing whatsoever. All I did was size it for the blog and frame it. The photo on the bottom, which was edited, has some warming, saturation of the colors, curves bump, and some sharpening.

Happy Friday! I hope you all enjoy your weekend!
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tao & Taka ~ Engaged!

Tao and Taka ~ E-Session

This wonderful couple decided to do their engagement session near Venice Beach on Abbot Kinney Street. There were so many cute little stores with brick walls and bright colors. We walked a lot and even out kicked out of a business area. Oops!

Tao and Taka were so comfortable showing their love in front of the camera, which made my job super easy! So thanks for that, you guys!

Check out a few of our faves:

I couldn't decide between color or b&w so I posted both below

Taka requested some silly shots and Taka had that covered. He is one silly guy :P Tao was a little reserved but Taka made her smile from ear to ear, as you can see below.

Can't wait for the wedding!
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