Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Kids Got Soul

A True Sanctuary

Here is a sneak preview of the wedding I photographed at one of my favorite hotels in Arizona, The Sanctuary Resort. It was a sunset affair & the officiant had a very emotional and beautiful ceremony. I loved it very much! Congrats! 
{ the dress! }

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wedding Shoe Game

I photographed a wedding this week that had some fabulous guests with some pretty amazing shoes! Just wanted to share the fabulously with y'all! 
{ Here were my shoes, the beautiful Via Spigas but not ideal for running around on grass! }

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's Very Simple: Be Kind

"When I am being nice, I feel better. Be kind to one another. As a drug addict that no longer uses drugs, one day at a time, I find for me to survive is very simple. What I have to do is tune into the part of me that is compassionate and kind. Don't get distracted, don't live in desire and fear the most negative aspects of nature, tend toward the better aspects of yourself and you'll build connections and communities based on those frequencies. " - Russell Brand

I think I've said on my blog before that I love Russell Brand. As a comedian and as a political activist. I watched this video last night and if you have the time it's very interesting and brings up some current issues about many things like voting, living wages and the criminalization of drugs and the effect it has worldwide. I wanted to share it with you darlings because I personally enjoy listening to political debates in a British accent, it's much more pleasant, no?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Le Backyard Bleu

I absolutely LOVED the home I photographed today...not only was it beautiful on the interior, the backyard was amazing! I can completely imagine myself reading in the Arizona sunlight or lounging in the shade, having romantic dinners outside under the twinkle lights and midnight swims. J'adore! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Put A Ring On It!

I found a really cool explanation from ancient Chinese history on why engagement and wedding rings are worn on "the ring finger". On another note, my mother bought me a book on the healing properties of crystals...and I completely realize this is making me sound like a complete hippy, but I have been wearing an amethyst ring {February's birthstone} non stop for the last few days and I've noticed my energy has totally shifted. My heart chakra feels open and my creativity feels like it's overflowing! Do some research on semi precious stones and their healing powers.
{ The 5 carat amethyst (purple) ring on my index finger is especially important to me because it was the first thing I bought with my own money from my first job at a jewelry store in Santa Barbara. It was where I learned to string pearls on silk thread & basically everything else I know about making jewelry! I have been wearing it on my ring finger for significant reasons to me & my vibe it alive! }

Friday, March 20, 2015

Like the desert misses rain...

{ Trust me, you don't want to be around me when my camera gets wet. }
Here is a sneak peek at my photo shoot in Fountain Hills, AZ for The Love Bullet website. It was beautifully cloudy all day with incredible diffused light... I checked my weather app and it said NO RAIN. Perfect! I was so excited for a mini hike and discovering cool cactus and insane rock structures. But as soon as my model and I got on the trail, it started to rain. In Arizona. So Plan B took effect and we took some photos under cover on a concrete bench and it actually turned out very different than I had planned it to be, in a good way. I'm starting to embrace those moments in my life, the unplanned adventure, crazy coincidences, the workings of the Universe!
And I love it. 

All Photos ©loveandphoto

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How To: Blue Steel à la Zoolander

The other day on a dog walk with my Aunt, I had her snap some photos of me & my puppies. For one, Ralph is growing so fast I want tons of photos of this cute stage...and also because let's face it I need an #ootd pic for Instagram. Yes! So as she's snapping the pics on my iPhone, I'm doing my typical straight face with a little bit of a smile. She says " why do you never smile in photos? Oh that's right you're a Kardashian!" Burn. But spot on. As a photographer, I need all sorts of facial expressions from a model. But I never use the phrase "straight face" because they never do it right. Ever. The trick to giving natural looking face is to relax, drop your shoulders, look away but keep that sparkle in your eye like you're gazing over at a sunset, then look over at the camera like it's your lover { I'm getting a little too poetic? Good. } like "oh hey there" but not surprised.
And there you have Blue Steel.
{ Since I do this face all the time, I'll start a funny little series #notsmilingmakesmesmile inspired by the hilariously vain Kanye West on my Instagram @loveandphoto }
{ This is the Blue Steel gone a little too far, but I wanted to include it to help models. In the industry we refer to this as #eyefuckformoney excuse my French. }

Monday, March 9, 2015

How To: Prepare Your Home for Photographing

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I've been photographing real estate for about 3 years now { click here to see my website } and I even had the honor of being featured in Personal Real Estate Magazine giving a few tips to realtors and owners selling their homes. Here are just a few tips before a photographer comes to your house.

  • Put ALL products inside cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens ( i.e. dish soap, hand soap, tooth paste + tooth brush, shampoos...any clutter )
  • All LIGHTS ON and all ceiling fans OFF
  • Have dogs in backyard or arrange for one of your children to walk the dog while I'm there...they are usually very frightened of camera tripods!
  • Since I shoot in HDR... if there's a nice view outside a window, leave the blinds/curtains open so the viewers can see it