Tijuana Urban-Retro

“Imagine having a city full of things that no other city had”- Bill Bryson, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Tijuana, Baja California, MX is a border city that captures time and treasure. Even though Tijuana and San Diego are many times considered to be one-in-the-same, Tijuana holds many key locations that embody Mexico and showcase Tijuana as a leading retro-yet-urban city. With time, Tijuana has adapted to fit our every changing modern world while treasuring its original retro style.

For example, you can still find several murals across the city in local and tourist areas. Traditional ice cream shops such as, “Michoacana” are still well distributed across the city where you can enjoy a delicious ice cream cone on a hot summers day. Telephone booths are still visible across the city  and while coins can still be used to operate the phone booths, the city has now moved to rechargeable phone cards while maintaining the original red “TELNOR” logo.

Tijuana is a beautiful city like no other. Explore it. Know it. Love it.

See the full gallery here.

Watch our behind the scenes video here.

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Model: Daniela
Video By : Empty Room Productions
Hair & Makeup: Azul Hair & Spa Salon

SPECIAL THANKS TO: La Rola Records Tijuana, La Michoacana Paleteria Calle 4ta, Palacio Jai Alai,  Plaza Fiesta, and Restaurante Giuseppis Revolucion

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Lomography New Petzval 85 Art Lens

From the page of Microsites.Lomography.com

The totally distinctive look of Petzval photos is all about the fantastic lens design that gives you the satisfaction of the instant optic experience that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters. The New Petzval 85 Lens is the perfect portrait lens for when you want your photographic subject to be the centre of attention. Photos shot with the New Petzval 85 Lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect. Shoot with an open aperture for soft photos with strong bokeh, or close your aperture for super-sharp, clear images.

The Lomography New Petzval 85 Art Lens can create photos with truly beautiful Bokeh. Get it right and your shots will be bursting with wonderful out-of-focus areas. But to reach the level of swirly skill you aspire to, you must first learn Zen-like control over the lens and how best to get this amazing effect. Read these tips and you will be well on the way to Bokeh and other enlightenments!

After reading and hearing so many great things about the Petzval lens I went ahead and ordered mine. Finally my lens arrived and of course I went out a shot a couple of tests. Given, I need more practice but so far I love the results.

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Wild Love

Back in early spring I had the opportunity to work alongside local Designer Jacqueline Guerra from Love War & Fashion.

Wild Love was inspired by the spring bloom, the green, and flowy dresses! Our beautiful Miss Teen Universe contestant-model, Amor Guerra,  communicates to young teens to embrace their wild side. To be free-spirits and to pursue their dreams.

I couldn’t have asked for more. On the day of our shoot we had the perfect trifecta: weather, location, and model. The rest is history!

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Free Spirit

“I am a free spirit…either admire me from the ground or fly with me…but don’t ever try to cage me”

What does it mean to be a free spirit? It means, embracing your uniqueness in a world that constantly reminds you not to. It means indulging in self-love and care. Loving the qualities of the life you live and celebrating it for everything that it is. Let your hair be blown by the wind and your face feel the soft caresses of the night breeze.

Many of us who live in San Diego enjoy walking around the bay  at night. We allow the city’s skyline to transport us to a tranquil world. The night, the lights, the bay all come together to provide us with a sense of liberation.

So don’t forget to walk in comfortable shoes and smile at the joys of life.

See the full gallery here.IMG_6006-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_6059-PSD 12X18IMG_5851-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_5905-PSD 12X18IMG_6062-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_5849-PSD 12X18 copy© Margaret Paredes-Rivas / All Rights Reserved
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Tea Time at Lake Hodges

MPR Studio Photography is excited to announce this beautiful Alice in Wonderland collaboration with Ms. Enid Ceceña.

These beautiful portraits are Ceceña’s interpretation of the 1865 novel written by the English author Lewis Carroll. This shoot is meant to reflect the fun and adventurous life of a young girl, Alice, exploring the back hills of California.

“Come, we shall have fun now!”

“You don’t want to be late for Tea!”

Hair/Makeup by: Teresa Anzar from Azul Salon Hair & Spa

Outfits by: Enid Ceceña.

Watch our behind the scenes video here.

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Vid Esencial Cosmética Orgánica Vegana

Meet Vid Esencial, an organic and vegan cosmetic line based in Tijuana, Mexico. Martha Alicia Piña, owner and founder of Vid Esencial, understands the need of natural makeup for the natural woman. Her products are hand crafted with the highest quality natural ingredients that nourish the skin from the inside out. Their mission statement revolves around the idea of understanding the inherent details of life, the authentic, the essentials.

Todo lo que hacemos se elabora con dedicación y amor, creemos totalmente en esto y por eso somos Vid Esencial. Creemos en lo autentico, en lo Esencial de la vida y siempre buscamos gente como tu que comprenda los detalles inherentes de esta vida.”

Be Happy. Be Natural.IMG_4085-PSD 12X18IMG_4182-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_4203-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_4250-PSD 12X18IMG_4276-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_4325-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_4243-PSD 12X18IMG_4516-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_4435-PSD 12X18 copyIMG_4401-PSD 12X18

See the behind the scenes video here.

Models: Andrea, Daniela, Giselle & Martha
Video By : Empty Room Productions
Styling: Carolina Bañuelos

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Maternity Session at Balboa Park

One of the benefits of living in San Diego, CA. is our fabulous year round weather. Along with that, summer time is gorgeous for early morning sessions.

I was drawn to our beautiful Balboa Park (it might sound like a cliché) and its Architecture for this maternity session. This must-visit San Diego location holds a traditional romantic ambiance to its structure and environment. This landmark reminds the viewer of a Spanish European landscape mixed with the treasures of California. Balboa Park was the perfect location to reflect my romantic style and bring out the soft pastel colors that I enjoy including in my photographs.

Lastly, this gorgeous flower headpiece was created by  Kristie Hall Gottesman. You can check out her page here KirahleyKreations.

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