Every 5 months I get the pleasure of shooting grads celebrating their success! Congrats Courtney! :)
Tiffany and Orlando fell in love, eloped and are now expecting the gift of a lifetime: a little girl. The process leading up to this discovery was a humble yet elegant event! I love small events because they show that the simplest things in life can be the most beautiful. Welcome Baby Hayley!
If you're planning on having a small event (15-50 people) and hiring a photographer, keep these special tips in mind:
1. Find a location: locations are extremely important because they require good thought. How much will it be? Will it have good lighting? Will it match my theme or the event?
Something I really appreciated about Tiffany and Orlando's baby reveal was their location. Their home! It was an economical location, no conflicting issues with photo permits, great outdoor lighting, and YES! they were prepared for an August event. It was all held and hosted under a huge terrace. Also, they rented a small tent to extend the terrace area. This kept everyone happy, in perfect light and most importantly: DRY!!!
2. Ask for help: You don't need to hire a planner. There is such thing as asking a friend for help, a close relative or even your very own momma!
Once you guys are both on board, it will be easier to set a date, scroll through Pinterest and get things done... TOGETHER. It makes the process much easier. Not to mention a lot funner (is that even a word?!)
3. Set a time: When selecting a time, choose one that compliments the event that is being hosted.
If its outdoors be careful to not set it at noon when the sun is boiling right above (Not to mention the sun creates serious shadows) rather selected a later time, perhaps 2 or 4 o'clock.
Also, depending on your event, choose whether you want to show up 15 minutes late or already be there while people begin showing up. For bridal showers, engagement parties and even baby showers people prefer to show up after a good amount of people have already been there.
4. Purpose: Ask yourself what the purpose of the event is.
Purpose and motive is everything. If you know what you event is based on its easier to see clearly on what needs to be purchased, borrowed or even created. In this case the purpose was to celebrate the gender of their new adventure.
With that said: decor, food and anything that resembled this event was easier to focus on. Now if this event was a baby shower AND gender reveal, it would have been more complicated to plan because you have to hit multiple angles. Plan different and relevant activities.
5. Find your WOW moment: Yes, just like books and movies, there is a climax AKA a wow moment. Its what beings everything together.
This is the kiss on a wedding day, the blowing of candles on a birthday and in this case a LITERAL pop to reveal the whole reason everyone came together.
WELCOME BABY HAYLEY!!!
6. Enjoy the moment: Don't forget to forget the stress & enjoy your event. It won't happen again.
Yes, something might be forgotten or go wrong. BUT ignore that! Everything happens the way its meant to. ENJOY your event when its finally here, PLUS it looks GREAT in pictures ;)
Two kids in love.
One thing I truly love about my job is getting to know the different stories behind every couple. Marc & Sav are two young-ins who recognized love at an early age. They eloped and couldn't be happier with their story. There was one thing missing! PICTURES! Engagement pictures 3 months after their wedding, can't get any fresher than that.
Typically during an engagement session, I prefer locations with multiple sceneries because it amplifies the potential of the album. Sav & Marc were wise to choose the redlands for their session. It's filled with endless land, weeds, dirt roads and isles of fruit-growing trees! This allows us to create multiple looks.
I'm beginning to think I should have made 3 blogposts out of this session...So many different looks that I love!
Congratulations! You’re getting married!
This is such an exciting and overwhelming time and you may be wandering what is next between choosing a venue, your dress and so much more that comes along with the first couple of weeks. Well that’s why I’m here! To encourage you and let you know that everything is going to be BEAUTIFUL!
So what now?! Engagement session time!
Engagement sessions are a great way to get used to being in front of the camera and building a relationship with your photographer. One of my favorite parts of walking through this process with my clients is getting to know my couples prior to the wedding ceremony— An engagement session is the perfect way to do this!
Trust me, from doing this for 4 years and experiencing this for myself, I can honestly say your engagement pictures will be used OVER and OVER! From your save the dates, to your invitations, as display (for your shower, rehearsal dinner and WEDDING!) And yes even for social media purposes!
This post is for anyone who booked an engagement session with me or is just curious on this topic. Whether you’re uncertain about what to wear to your session or how prepare for it.
Here is a list of quick tips to help you:
1. Choose your outfits
This is SOOO important… Its why its my number 1 on this list. Find outfits that will look flattering, great on camera and that will compliment one another! Notice, I said compliment… NOT match :) Also, brides: pay attention to your grooms’ attire. Sometimes we get so caught up in our outfit that we forget his. We want to make sure this session reflects both of you successfully! So here is my inspo board for Engagement Session Attire.
2. Use the opportunity to get dolled up.
It’s not every day that you get professional pictures taken! So enjoy the process— pamper yourselves if you can. Ladies, get your make up & hair professionally done … Grooms, go get a trim! I truly recommend this because if you feel beautiful/ handsome, it will make all the difference in your camera confidence. Brides, I REALLY recommend applying SPF free make-up because SPF make up can make your face look paler.
3. Know what to expect during the engagement session.
Worried about the poses? The creative direction? Relax. It will all be taken care of, you will quickly catch on to some of the basic poses. Also, please remember that this is a time when you two are simply spending time together as its caught on camera. Its all in the breathing and don’t be afraid of having a conversation as I shoot. It’s a time to be yourselves and relish the moment!
4. Where should we have our photos taken?
Not to worry, I have a couple of spots I love to shoot at and will suggest. Let me know the basics, are you looking for: City? Country? Bit of both? Lake? Ocean? Rocks? Generally, I love locations that can give us various scenes. I typically prefer timeless outdoor locations, with plenty of natural lighting (although indoor locations can also work great)
5. About what time should we plan to begin taking photos?
As long as the sun is not right above you two, I’m fine shooting anywhere between 10-7. However, 2 hours before sunset is usually the best time to shoot. Golden hour is very popular amongst my clients & the prettiest lighting. So, for example, if sunset is at 7:30pm, we'll usually plan to start around 5pm.
As many of you know, I work with influencers on a weekly basis. One of my Clients is Prissy Torres from The Fashion Muse. She's edgy, fierce and unafraid of shooting anywhere. Although we have shot a good amount of outfits, in a good amount of locations, I have to say that this session was so sweet. It was filled with natural color. Welcoming the spring and the matte tones to come. As an artist, I appreciate nature and how it reflects itself through my lens.
As an artist, I appreciate nature and how it reflects itself through my lens. I loved shifting through dusty pinks, burnt oranges and pearly purples.
Claudina is a vibrant Mexican Model and Blogger. She is currently building a "mommy & me" blog where you will read tips and tricks on mommy lifestyle hacks!
This blog post is a journalistic approach to a realtors day-to-day life. Nikki Alvarado, business owner and full-time realtor contracted me to follow her on one of her closing days:
As I mentioned one of my previous blog posts, The Thorntons have been one of my clients for a long time. They have a loving, creative and enthusiastic perspective on life. They have a beautiful talented daughter, Kira, who I have also shot previously. Kira is a young singer, dancer, & actress and loves the camera!
Nikki Alvarado, married to Ronnie Alvarado and mother of three is a Miami-Based realtor and house decorator. She is launching We Love the Home, a God praising, realty living, house-loving, DIY-constructing and mommy hacks blog.
Not many couples that I shoot have the chemistry that Steven Vargas and Chloé Di Pietro have. They are a Miami-based power couple that have been together for 8 years. They were looking for a lifestyle shoot that captures their relationship in a journalistic POV.
I've known the Thorntons for a couple of years now and we have made it an annual tradition to capture their home during the holiday season as it progresses.
Its always a pleasure scoping out Miami's finest events and coffee shops with this beauty. Erin has lived in 3 states and she is the epitome of glam. She is originally from Tampa, however her classy character lends its self to Miami's spunkiness.
Kira's definition is BEAM OF LIGHT! & Thats exactly accurate. She is a one of a kind upcoming actress.
Prissy Torres is a Fashion Beauty and lifestyle blogger sharing her daily style, beauty tips and life hacks.
Andrea Paul is an Artisan, Model, and Actor. She was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she learned to create crafts such as jewelry, bath and body products, candles etc.
"It all began by pursuing my daydream. I started making candles as a home hobby, then realized I had a great opportunity to live further in my purpose and use the tools I've been blessed with to do so. That being; shedding Love and Light along with connecting to Earths Main Source; Mother Nature- with the Coconut Shells."
"When a person goes home and lights a candle from A'demure--then my purpose is complete. The Candle then goes from being just that to being a piece of my heart and love and light in their home! I aim to multiply that cycle indefinitely. "
I admired watching her love and percision go into every candle.
There is a thrifty blogger coming to our social media town. She is fresh, and dedicates her time to fashion. She worked for the Webster in the design team and spends her weekends thrifting, selling, sowing and rearranging closets. She has a green thumb and she loves organic looks.