City of Riverside Sunset

City of Riverside Sunset

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City of Riverside Sunset

Take the time to view the Sunset

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City of Riverside Sunset

Just had to pull over and capture the sunset!

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Jasmine + Senior Photos

Jasmine Senior Photos

Jasmine Senior Photos

Jasmine Senior Photos

Jasmine Senior Photos ~ Rocks her Letterman jacket!

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Jasmine rock’n her Letterman jacket!

Jasmine Senior Photos ~ “Old Hollywood Glamour”

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Jasmine definitely has the look of “Old Hollywood Glamour”!

Jasmine senior photos takes it all the way to Old Hollywood with all her glamour and beauty, she’s definitely a star!

 

Dancing in the Rain / Riverside Family Photographer

Dancing in the rain / Riverside Family Photographer

This little guy of mine, he just loves to test the waters….and anything else he might dare to do! You just can help but let him try, cuz he’s going to do it anyway!

 Dancing in the rain / Riverside Family Photographer

Riverside Family Photographer

Boys will be boys!

Luckily, on this beautiful rainy day he was wearing his rain boots.  Actually, I’m going to say, “mud boots”.  He found his puddle, put on a great big smile and let us know he would be dancing in the rain!

Testing the water

Dancing in the rain / Riverside Family Photographer

dancing in the rain, riverside family photographer

Testing the water!

Is that somewhat a precautionary measure? Maybe the water will be too cold for dancing in the rain!

 Feels pretty good dancing in the rain!

dancing in the rain

feels just right

This was the highlight of my day.  Just watching this little guy dancing in the rain and having so much fun, unbelievable for him and I!

 One step dancing in the rain

dancing in the rain

First step to dancing in the rain

 Two step dancing in the rain

dancing in the rain

Two step dancing in the rain

Splish-splash dancing in the rain

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Dancing in the rain

Unfortunately, it all ended with the last splash climbing up his “mud boot” and down into the warm soles of his feet.  Testing the waters and dancing in the rain came to an immediate stop.

 Who’s for dancing in the rain / Riverside Family Photographer?

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Who’s for dancing in the rain?

  Thank you Lord for a beautiful rainy day, slushy mud puddles and my little Elijah bear for your smiles, joy and performance of dancing in the rain! I love you!!!

Rami + Lindsey Wedding / Los Willows Wedding Photography

Los Willows Wedding Photography

Fallbrook wedding bride and groom

Bride Groom Kiss

What amazing venue for your wedding!

 

 

Los Willows wedding photography

Los Willows wedding photographer

 

Rami & Lindsey

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David + Jackie Engagement

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David + Jackie Engagement

Yesterday’s engagement session of David & Jackie Trejo is very close to my heart. David is like a son to me, I have known him all his life. Definitely a couple hand-picked by God. David and Jackie have been married for eight years now and have four children but never had a wedding ceremony. Next weekend Jackie will marry the man of her dreams and wear the dress she’s always imagined in an intimate wedding ceremony.

Linzie + Rami / Engagement Photos

 Engagement Photos / Orange County / Corona del Mar Beach

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Orange County Beach Engagement Photos

“Their Story”

Our Story

For anyone who doesn’t know this, Rami and I are high-school sweet hearts. We met in high school the summer of 2004. I can remember seeing Rami around campus between classes and asking “who is THAT guy!!” I was completely smitten and thought he was super hot!! Rami had just had surgery on his shoulder and was walking around school with his arm in a cast. I can remember exactly what he was wearing and what he looked like the first day I laid eyes on him. I had just entered my sophomore year of high school and Rami his junior year. Rami and Josh, my brother, were in the same grade and had classes together. Naturally, Rami and I crossed each other’s paths, as Rami started coming over to hang out with Josh after school. We actually lived directly across the street from each other. After hanging out after school and getting to know each other for a few months, we officially became boyfriend & girlfriend on November 3, 2004. We have been inseparable ever since!!

We have literally grown up together and love each other more and more each day. We started out as young 16 & 17-year-old kids. We have grown together into adults and now parents. Hand in hand, we have conquered some of life’s toughest trials and have enjoyed some of life’s greatest adventures together. We are one heck of a team and cannot wait to spend our lives together as a united force of Husband & Wife.

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He Loves Her!

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Beach Engagement Photos

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The Kiss

Engagement Photos ~ Hello My Love

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Engagement Photos

Engagement Photos ~ Inseperable

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Beach Engagement Photos

Azaria + Gerry Wedding / Temecula Wedding / Pechanga Resort & Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino Eagle's Nest Temecula Wedding

This beautiful bride is so ready for her Temecula wedding day!

Not all brides can take on their wedding day with such assurance and poise as this glamorus bombshell bride.

 Today, TWO was best!

Two are better than one for this bride.

This beautiful bride just couldn’t make up her mind in choosing the perfect dress.

I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful Temecula wedding bride!

Azaria was cool, calm and collective from the very start of her wedding day.

Pechanga Resort / Eagle's Nest

Pechanga Resort & Casino / Eagle’s Nest is a spectacular venue for a Temecula Wedding!

Check out more of this beautiful couple’s Temecula wedding photos on video!

Fashion Style Photo Shoot / Ghost Town

 

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Playing in the Sun

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The Perfect Model

Fashion Style Photo Shoot ~ Finding the Ideal Location

Fashion style photo shoot was at the top of my priority list while on my journey to WPPI (Wedding Professional Photographer International) at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this past month.  I knew I was going to somehow do this desert fashion style photo shoot.  What I did not know was who, what or where. I first started researching great places to do the shoot out and around Las Vegas.  A place that was not too common.  A place that is unique.  A place that would be amazing.  With the help of one of my dear comrades, Randy Green, I was directed to the most ideal location.

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Beauty really does show in the desert!

This place was almost like a photographer’s oasis in the desert, although it was actually a real life ghost town.  Yep, it is true!  Nelson, Nevada.  A place dating back to 1775 where the Spaniards  made the first discovery of gold in this little town they called El Dorado.

 

Fashion Style Photo Shoot ~Finding the Perfect Model

My next endeavor was to find a perfect model.  I searched and searched WPPI for two days. I scanned all the pretty models who were being photographed at the event for different vendors.  I gave a couple of them my card in case they might be interested or even have time.  I didn’t count on that as I knew they were probably pretty tired of modeling at the event for days.

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Sun kissed skin with crystal blue eyes.

 

Fashion Style Photo Shoot ~ Found in Fashion Mall!

After spending some time at the WPPI convention, it was time to shop.  I headed over to Fashion Show Mall.  Little did I know I would find the perfect model walking out of the restroom.  I sort of chased behind her to catch her before I lost her!  I approached her with my idea, handed her my business card and assured her I was not a weirdo.  She smiled and said she would let me know.  Her friend, however, did not have a smile at all.  I can only imagine what she was thinking.

Fashion Style Photo Shoot

Fashion Mall Gem!

 

Bella Mia Fotos Desert Style Photo Shoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Wedding Photography / Professional Wedding Photographer

DIY Wedding Photography ~ A Bride’s Dream Wedding

DIY Wedding Photography can be the biggest regret in planning your wedding.  Every bride has an image of what they envision their dream wedding to be. Some brides see themselves walking down a stairwell in a crystal bodice gown with a flowing tool bottom and a tiara to match. They walk into a room full of colorful flowers, (of their choice of course) and a three-tier cake fit for a queen. Some see themselves in a lacy gown with a beach reception; they can smell the seafood that complements the gorgeous beach setting. Whatever the brides sees, a dream wedding can quickly turn into a nightmare when the bride goes to opens her wedding album only to reveal blurry, unfocused pictures.

 

DIY Wedding  Photography ~ DIY Bride

Weddings are not cheap.  If you are like most brides, you are on a budget and you may not be able to afford a three-tier buttercream cake adorned with fondant crystals, with a ballroom reception and Neiman Marcus shoes! As a DIY wedding bride it is your instinct to cut as many corners as possible.  Instead of buying premade bouquets you opt to buy the flowers and arrange them yourself. Instead of ordering gourmet catering you round up grandma, mom, all your sisters and bridesmaids, share your favorite recipes and get to cooking. Instead of buying that dress that costs as much as a down payment on a house you buy a similar dress and add the beading on yourself. You are a take charge, get er’ done kind of woman!

DIY Wedding  Photography ~ Professional Wedding Photographer, Professional Camera

But trust me photos are the one area you don’t want to trim costs! I know it can be tempting with all the fancy smartphones and tabs to just grab mom or one of your bridesmaids and assign them the duty of being a photographer but DON’T DO IT! Bad lighting, awkward poses, and poorly edited photos are just some of the potential consequences of having a loved one take your pictures (and let’s not forget those awful candid shots!) Even if they agree to it, such a hefty task may be too great for them to handle and no way will your pictures be as beautiful as if a professional wedding photographer took them with a professional camera. A wedding is such a big ordeal it is very easy for your loved one to miss taking the perfect shot while they are getting caught up in the magic of your big day.

DIY Wedding  Photography ~ Importance of Getting a Professional Wedding Photographer

 

Now back to my last point, I cannot urge the importance of getting a PROFESSIONAL wedding photographer. You may have a friend who likes to take pictures, but liking something and being good at it is two different things. I love to sing but can’t carry a tune to save my life! The last thing you want is to figure out that your friend who loves taking pictures does not have the skills you thought they possessed and end up with mediocre photos. A professional wedding photographer guarantees your photos will capture the magical moments of your wedding day. The last thing you want to discover is that the beautiful image of your wedding kisses will be forever covered by your ecstatic mother’s thumb. Avoid the risk, and hire a professional photographer!

My Hair Fixation / Riverside Hair and Make-up Artist

The Model for the Hair and Make-up Artist

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The hair and make-up artist must select the perfect model.

Hard Work for the Hair and Make-up Artist

A lot of hard work goes with being a Riverside hair and make-up artist. When styling a new look there is the process of making this vision come together.  The hair and make-up artist must first select the perfect model to wear the envisioned style.  Then selecting colors and inventing a sheik cut for the model.  The hair and make-up artist uses this model as a canvas to paint that new trend she is creating for girls and guys wanting a new hair fixation.

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The hard work of a Riverside hair and make–up artist ~ Maria Santana ~ My Hair Fixation

 

The Model Must Have the Right Face Shape

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The model must have the right face shape to wear the cut.

Everyone has their own unique shape face.  Whether your face is round, triangle or square there is always a certain style of cut that is most complimenting to your face shape.

Hair and Make-up Artist & Photographer

The hair and make-up artist must choose a photographer that blends well together in style.  The photographer must be able to see the artist’s palate  and create that same image through the lens of the camera.  The photographer must then repaint the vision to explode into a new fashion trend.

Bella Mia Fotos and My Hair Fixation ~ a new style, a great edge.

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A colorful, edgy style.

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A Brand New Look

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All About Color