Monday, January 30, 2012

Clara Sofia: Newborn


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What can I say about this newborn shoot? I loved it. I had been impatiently waiting for months to finally get to meet Lena & Ionut's firstborn. I had an amazing time doing their very-last-minute maternity shoot 3 weeks ago. So logically I moved my schedule around a bit to be able to squeeze this shoot in just a couple hours before my trip to London last week. Clara Sofia made it clear from the very start that she is planning on running the household. As the one calling the shots, the first decision she made was that she didn't want to wake up from her nap and have pictures taken (but seriously, not like any adult would ever want photos taken first thing in the morning, right? and so the first thing she did was flash me that classic "no photos" pose!

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Then she threatened me with some Kung-Fu...

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But after that she finally relaxed and looked gorgeous the rest of the time! :)

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It was only a matter of time before we all got along, and I'm glad I finally got to meet her and take her beautiful picture. It's gonna be fun watching her grow!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lena::: Maternity



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Three years ago I met the cutest couple ever. Lena and Ionut, an adorable couple from Romania, started attending our church regularly. I found myself confiding in them right away, and hanging out during any church activity. I had noticed during church activities that they tend to carry their point-and-shoot camera (complete with gorilla pod) with them and they are always taking really cute pictures of whatever they do. It was then that we started talking about doing a photo shoot at some point in the future. But you know how it is... put something off until "tomorrow" and it never gets done.

When a couple months ago they announced that they were expecting their first child, it just seemed like the most natural and fun thing to do. After months of talking about doing a maternity shoot, we were all pretty excited when the day finally came around. We ignored the light rain and walked around the mountainside to really capture the place they call home. So here's some of my favorite images, to match some of my favorite people.


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Congratulations Lena&Ionut. I can't wait to meet her!




Sunday, January 22, 2012

"MIA"



I just wanted to write a little note and apologize for the lack of posts lately. I guess life took over. It's kind of funny because it's not like I haven't been pretty busy all along, but these past couple of months have involved a lot of emotional stress along with just general business. Ive been sick, planning a destination wedding, mourning the loss of a friend, in desperate need of more Jesus-time, songwriting at home and at the studio, meeting with clients, and working my day job the usual 6 days a week. It's not an excuse, it's just a little insight into my day-to-day life.

I do really want to blog more, I want to be consistent and I want to throw in some more personal posts along with more posts dedicated to the photography/photographer side of things. I want to thank you for sticking around to see what this crazy girl from Spain has to say or show week in and week out. I write these for you, and without you then... there would just be a bunch of words thrown out into the void. For nothing.


And because every blog post is better with a photo, here's one. This one is from earlier this month. Here you have all the medication I was on after an upper and lower respiratory infection, and a double ear infection, sent me to the emergency room!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Findings::: Siriclaus!!



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One of the perks of living in Spain is that we still have a whole week worth of Christmas break. You see, in Spanish tradition the three wise men visit and bring the children toys on the night of January 5th. There's a big parade when they march in and they throw hard candy at the children. It's kind of a big deal. You can see photos of that parade here.

I always feel a little bad for those children because, clearly, Santa is better? One of the many reasons is because by visiting on the 24th, you actually have time to play with your new toys before going back to school. It's like someone didn't think it through. Another weird thing is that in the Spanish translation the three wise men are neither old or wise. Instead they are both kings and wizards. It's like a mashup of The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. Which actually sounds kind of awesome now that I think about it.

Well, still in the holiday spirit I ran into this on Alex Beadon's facebook profile. These kids are hilarious, and I am pretty sure their parents are going on 2012's naughty list.



I need to use this on my friend's kids next year! ;)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Behind The Scenes::: Give me some video!!



Last week I posted about all the behind the scenes work that often goes unnoticed when people view a photo. I had a huge amount of positive feedback from that specific post, both by other photographers than by other people. I figured it might be a little fun if today I posted a behind the scenes video. This is behind the scenes at this an Anytime shoot I did in Anaheim, California, for gorgeous Amber. Click here to see the original post.

One of the things I would like to do this new year is to focus my posts a little more on the photography side of things, maybe even do some Q&A's, guest blog posts, basic advice on how to take better photos, and other fun things like that. Shake things up a bit! I am really looking forward to this, so I hope you will be too!