Monday, August 22, 2011

USC Engagement Session

Cecilia & David ~ Engaged
USC ~ Los Angeles, California

We made plans to do Cecy & David's engagement session at L.A. Live, since that is where they met. Of course, things don't always go as planned. Less than an hour before we were supposed to start I get a call from David telling me that parts of L.A. Live were closed. So we decided to do the session at USC instead. It worked out well because prior to their engagement session, Cecy and David had been debating between LA Live and USC.

I was so excited to be photographing Cecy & David's engagement session because Cecy actually found me a few a years ago for her friend's (Susana) wedding. When I photographed Susana's wedding, Cecy told me she had referred me to her and that she loved our work. So, needless to say, when Cecy contacted me about her wedding I was very excited! I can't wait to photograph their wedding.

Of course I was just as excited to photograph their e-session since that is when we usually get to know our couples a lot better. We had an awesome time walking around USC, taking photos, and chatting with Cecy & David. They are such a sweet couple! I don't know how Art and I get so lucky to get amazing clients. All. the. time.

Now that you know a little about Cecilia & David, check out their e-session:





































My view:



Art's view:






An action shot, of course!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Contest Winner!

Sorry it took me a while to let you guys know who the winner of the contest is, but they were nominated and I had to make sure it was okay to post their story on here!

Sooooooo the winners are the Trujillo Family! They were nominated by Elena G. Here is what she wrote in (minus the girls' names):

"Nat and Art,

Let me 1st start by saying I think it's awesome that you'd have a contest like this. You two are an amazing couple with wonderful hearts which is why you have so many clients turned friends! (me)

The instant I read your post about this contest I immediately thought of the Trujillo Family. I'd like you to meet them:

*Photo courtesy of M&M Photo Booth*

Gabby and Julio are the proud parents of 3 beautiful girls!

They are an amazing, fun, outgoing, adventurous family that inspire me in so many ways. You see, J was born with a rare disorder that affects the way her body grows. Because of this J has lost the ability to walk and to speak and eat normally. She is such a fragile little lady that she has had to spend lots of time in and out of hospitals and Dr.'s offices.

What is so incredibly amazing about this family is that they do everything in their power to treat J like a normal 14 year old. All of them join together and help to take care of J. While in a wheelchair, J still goes everywhere with her family! The beach, amusement parks, family vacations and anywhere else they can have fun together as a family! What I love is that these parents are determined to show their girls the world and teach them that there are no obstacles in life that you cannot break through. Nothing in life that can stop you from experiencing the joys that being a family can bring.

Since they are such wonderful parents, Gabby and Julio are also very protective of their girls. Especially J. People can be so judgemental now days. So harsh and so inconsiderate. Because of this, it has been difficult for them to trust someone enough to take family photos for them. Someone that they feel comfortable with. Someone that they know will see J for the beautiful, kind, funny girl she is.

J will be turning 15 this coming fall. There have been many times when Gabby and Julio thought they would lose their daughter. Many times when they hoped and prayed should would make it to 15. They are so grateful to be able to celebrate J and her Quinceanera this fall. That is why I am nominating them, in the hopes that they can finally have the family photos they deserve. With caring, understanding, warm hearted photographers like Nataly and Art. I could not think of anyone else I could trust more to capture this family than Nataly Lemus Photography.

Thank you for the opportunity to enter your contest!
xoxoxoxox
Elena"


Now, I know I said get creative with the photo and all that and there were some AMAZING photos which I thank you all who entered for. The stories that went with the photos were also touching and super special, every single one, but at the end of the day, the Trujillo's photo might not have out beat many of the photos you guys e-mailed us (as far as creativity) but their story truly touched our hearts. That was what it was all about and I am very happy they were nominated. I didn't want you think I just disregarded all the amazing work some of you put into the contest., because we totally appreciate all the hard work you put into your photos and how open you all were with your stories. Thank you so, so, so, so much!

We feel that nominating someone was very selfless. Elena could very easily have entered her family but instead she opted to do something wonderful for the Trujillo family. We are very happy they were nominated and can't wait to give them beautiful family photos that they can cherish forever.

I want to thank all of you who entered and tell you that we enjoyed reading your stories and seeing your photos! I definitely have to put my top three on here! You guys have mad skills! I was so amazed at the response we got. We definitely need to host another contest soon!
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Contest!

If you haven't done so yet, please enter our contest!! Check out all the info by clicking HERE.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It's Our Anniversary...Almost...



If you go waaaaaaay back on our blog I am sure you can find a blog post of how Art and I met. I'm sure you can probably find MANY blog posts about our story. Every year when we get to August I get really excited because it's one more year since Art and I got together. This August 13th it will be 13 years since we became boyfriend/girlfriend. How crazy is that? We had just gotten out of jr. high when we became bf/gf.

I can't believe how time flies when you are in love. What I really can't believe is how since we got married Art decided that we no longer have to celebrate our dating anniversary! Say what?!!!! I guess our wedding anniversary overrides any other anniversary. Don't get me wrong, I get that part BUT how can we just not celebrate the date that we got together when it means soooo much! If that day would have never happened we would not be here now married. Does anyone else feel like I do? Anyway, every year in the beginning of August I remind him that I do celebrate it and that I will always celebrate it because it means so much. Somehow each year he also finds himself celebrating it, too :P

This year I want to share a little celebration with you in a form of a gift. All I ask is that you share with us YOUR story. You know what time it is? Time for a contest in honor of our anniversary!!! I want to show Mr. Lemus that August 13th is to be celebrated and even you guys, our blog readers, will join in the fun!

I am sure you want the details to the contest, here you go:

Who? This contest is open to any of our clients, past or present. People who have ever commented on the blog or on our facebook page are also able to enter regardless of whether you are one of our clients. You can also nominate someone who you feel needs this session, but the person nominating has to be a client or someone who has commented on our blog or facebook page.

What? It's a contest in honor of my dating anniversary with Art. We will be giving out either an engagement session, family session, Mr. & Mrs. session, or my fave for the occasion, an anniversary session. You will get about 1 hour of photography, all images on a CD, edited. I just want you to send me a photo (the longest side should be 800 pixels or less). The photo preferably should be of you and your fiance/spouse/family or whoever you will be doing this session with. Somewhere on the photo there should be a "Happy Anniversary." Along with the photo I want a short entry telling me why you as a couple/family are so special. There is no such thing as "there's nothing special about us!" Everyone has a unique story and I want to hear yours! The entry can be written, a video or anything creative you can come up with. You can also nominate someone who you feel needs this session, but, again, the person nominating has to be a client or someone who has commented on our blog or facebook page. In this case you will send their photo along with their story

When? The deadline is Saturday, August 13th at 11:59 p.m. E-mail your entries to natalylemusphotography@yahoo.com. Whoever we feel is the most creative with either their story or photo will win. Of course, if the story is very touching that also counts for A LOT! :) On Monday, August 15th I will announce on my blog who the winner is. You should receive a confirmation e-mail from me when I receive your entry. If you don't receive an e-mail from me, please try e-mailing it again.

You or the person nominated needs to be able to do the session within 30 days from winning the free session. You will be given location options, near the downtown LA area.

Beforehand, I want to thank everyone who decides to enter this contest. Every single one of you, whether you enter or not, make me really happy. You are either one of our couples or people who take the time to comment on our blog or posts, which means a lot to both of us. I hope to see many entries!

RESTRICTIONS: THE SHOOT IS SUBJECT TO OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS STATED IN OUR CONTRACT, AND THE DATE AND TIMES WILL BE CHOSEN BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER. THE SHOOT WILL BE DONE IN ONE EVENING DURING THE WEEK, IN LOS ANGELES, AND WILL BE WORKED OUT BEST AROUND BOTH OF OUR SCHEDULES.
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