As I close out the last week of April, I am just filled with just gratitude.
Today is my birthday, which is it's what I like to think of as the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new chapter as May rolls in. This month had so many highlights for my business and I'm so glad you're here to reminisce with me as I go through everything amazing that happened.
End of an Era!
I woke up one morning and realized it was mid-March and wondered what's next for me and my business, and well..my life?
As always, in order for one to know where we are going, we need to know where we are right now.
A I'm closing in on March 2018 already and I cannot even believe time is just zooming right by (even more so that I didn't even see the end of February)! Since I didn't get a chance to do a Month in Review for February alone last month, I thought I'd give write up a TWO months in review and explain what's all the chaos been about: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Here we go...
It's no secret, I don't always have my camera on me. *GASP*
I know! It's terrible.
What's a photographer without a camera? (Well, still a photographer just without a camera. Haha.)
Despite not having my camera with me everywhere I go, I do however carry my iPhone everywhere I go. And rest assured all those photo-ops I sometimes feel like I'm missing out on because I don't have my DSLR, are still being taken on my smartphone. Although smartphone photo quality isn't a replacement for a decent DSLR, it does a quick job of capturing what I want to capture...most of the time at least.
To stay consistent in my work, social media feeds (personal + professional), I use a few different iPhone photo editing apps to really keep the aesthetic of my work looking just the way I like.
Due to some of you asking me what editing tools and apps I use to edit, I thought I would simply show you by giving you my top picks for iPhone editing apps and how to use them.
You're going to wanna see...
Don't beat yourself up. It takes everyone time to know who they really are.
I was sitting at my computer desk in our tiny studio apartment with a cup of coffee I've reheated twice already while staring at photos I shot just a few years ago. Thoughts of "this isn't my style anymore", "your work really wasn't that great", and "what was I thinking?" came shouting down the stairs of self-doubt and self-worth as I stared at my own work.
As I sat there on the first day of 2018, my girlfriend said these words...
I couldn't sleep, my palms were sweaty, and my heart was racing. Did I have everything ready and packed up? Did I get the location right? What time am I leaving? Three-hundred and eighty-two questions later, I knocked out.
Ready or not, I was shooting my first wedding.
We've all been a part of a large group photo before at one point of another. We stand there and smile until our cheeks give out and with a no longer genuine smile at that. It's tiring, I get it. But if you're on the other end of the camera, you'll understand why sometimes it just take a little bit more time to get that perfect shot.
Welcome to another installment of How to Take Better Photos! This week in the blog: Group Photos!
As photographers we are expected to have a eye for details. But even if you not a professional, that doesn't mean you don't have to.
Here are the Top 5 things to consider when taking group photos to take better group photos:
Wanna know something about taking pictures that a lot of people don't know? Always wonder why some photographers take photos in the shadows instead of in the light where "there's more light"?
Well you're in luck, friends. I gotchu! ;) I've collected tips which stem from the same topic: How to Take Better Photos. With this mini-series I intend to educate my clients in what my reasoning for working the way I do as well as teaching you simple tips and tricks in creating better images for your everyday photo taking. Go on, keep reading!
Have you ever seen a wedding blog or magazine and fell instantly in love with the decor or floral arrangements? Or the way the makeup and hair on the bride looks so flawless? If you answered yes to all of the above, chances are you're either getting married or you're like me and love wedding magazines a little too much. No judgment here!
In my years of shooting weddings, I've learned one major fact: When searching for your wedding vendors, you need to be selective.
Just as you search for your wedding photographer, you want to be sure your cake and floral arrangements suite your style as well.
Here's something I wish I would've told my first couples in the past:
I am a...
Los Angeles native.