Maternity Session at Coronado

This summer/fall maternity session was captured at Coronado. The dark navy colors definitely reflect the beginning of fall while the summer beach theme segment captures the closing of another summer season. A precious baby boy is on the way and Ricardo and  Angelina cannot be more excited about their first born. Get ready San Diego a new superhero is in the making!

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Rolando + Daphne Wedding

“I will spend an eternity loving you, caring for you, respecting you, showing you every day that I hold you as high as the stars.”
―Steve Maraboli

This beautiful intimate wedding took place in at the Cabrillo National Monument, California on August 29th, 2015. Cabrillo is a top wedding location for San Diego residents and non-residents as well. This California historical landmark is located at the Southern tip of Point Loma where you can appreciate a gorgeous view of San Diego’s skyline, harbor and Pacific Ocean.

The reception was comprised of close family and friends who gathered to witness the union between Rolando and Daphne. A year ago on the same day you were gazing into each other’s eyes and saying I do. One whole year has passed and you still haven’t stop gazing. Happy first anniversary Rolando and Daphne!

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Summer Nights

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”-Susan P. Schutz

As a dancer, you are one with your body, with movement and with nature all around you. You utilize your surroundings to create art pieces that show feelings that words sometimes can’t express. Dancers, in the same way that flowers bloom, grow with each passing second. Their light-the new music they dance to, their water-techniques learned  inside or outside their studio and the seed-the passion in their soul.

Enid, our beautiful model, dancer and performer wanted to capture the moments of a dancer on a warm summer night. The lighting during the summer time is perfect to capture the softness without loosing the brightness of the sun. Enid wanted to include flowers for their beauty as  well as a representation of a dancers growth. Thank you Enid for choosing me to capture such beautiful moments.

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Romeo

“Let me love you a little more before you’re not little anymore”

Thank you Jacqueline and Cesar for letting me capture and share such a special moment of you and your family. The baptism of baby Romeo took place at St. Jude Shrine of the West where he received his first blessed sacrament. This intimate moment was later followed by family photos at Presidio Park. Thank you Cesar and Jacqueline for letting me be a part of such a special moment.

Photos are in order of occurrence.

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Ambitious Project Leads Artists to Build 47 Monuments Along the 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border

It’s no secret that deep within the roots of the U.S.-Mexico border lies a history that’s shared across school textbooks and documentaries; mainly known to those that live in U.S. border cities. The U.S.- Mexico border that we know today was established in 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Prior to that treaty however, there used to be a border, now forgotten, that dictated Mexico’s land ownership one that limited the United States’s expansion and Manifest Destiny.

Twenty years later, the United States would claim authority over, what are now the states of, California, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico all the way to Texas. In light of restoring forgotten history a group of ambitious photographers set off on a road trip to remap the 1821 U.S.-Mexico border. Their project is named “DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border” where a 6-foot-6-inch obelisks was placed all throughout the West and the South to mark the ghost border of 1821.

As a photographer I understand the importance of restoring destroyed or lost images. There are gems hidden in every inch of this Earth and we must save and treasure as much as we possibly can. These two artists understood the importance of restoring (or at least identifying) the old border between two great nations. Of reliving history or of making it again.  DeLIMITations is a great project to showcase that art is not simply a form of expression but of history itself. For art will remain even if dirt lines are erased and redrawn.

Watch their video.

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Photo: Courtesy of the artists, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Collection/Museum purchase.

Maternity Session in Baja

I may not enjoy the heat that comes with summer but I sure love the beautiful lighting we get. With longer daylight hours during summer time I am able to extend my photo shoots an extra thirty minutes or even an hour to capture the gorgeous sunsets of the Pacific.

There is something quite special about maternity sessions. I think it’s the realization that at one point in our lives we were extremely vulnerable and dependent on a human being much larger than ourselves. As we grow older we seek our independence and seldom remember that we were guided and protected every step of the way for many years.

This why I absolutely love to shoot maternity sessions like the one below. There is purity, tenderness and love. This session was shot in beautiful Baja California, Mexico in a remote beach in Rosarito. Far away from any tourist location I was able to photograph the intimate moments of a mother and her twin children. The beauty of Baja California is like no other. Aside from all the tourist locations and crowded streets, there are still places full of purity and tranquility.

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Wonder Why Cameras Add a Few Extra Pounds?

Have you ever wondered why celebrities look thinner in person then they do on TV? Or why is it that when you take a picture, the camera seems to accentuate every inch of your face and/or body? In short, it’s all because of Focal Length.

I found a short informative article where photographer Dan Vojtech shot a series of 9 portraits with different millimeter lenses to explain the distortion that occurs when you increase the focal length on the image that is being captured. This is because focal length is determined by two factors: 1) how much of an image you want to capture and 2) the size of the image. The closer the image, the larger the magnification.

You can check out Dan Vojtech’s portraits here to see the difference that focal length can make on a person’s portrait. If you have any portraits of your own, or that you’ve taken, that were shot with varying focal lengths feel free to share them with us.

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Image credits: Photographs by Dan Vojtech 

Article Source: PetaPixel.com

 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I’ve been waiting for the perfect photo shoot to finally put my Petzval lens to use! My fingers were itching to go outside and capture some beautiful images. For this photo shoot I wanted to base it around the theme of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, the famous Shakespeare Comedy. Some of the most iconic characters in his play are the fairies who inhabit the forest and who control the main characters.

In the play, the fairies are constantly surrounded by flowers and nature and I wanted to portray that in this photo shoot. Mischievous as they are, the fairies create magical juices and the entire play is set within a whimsical backdrop. My Petzval lens was a great way to create a curved vignette effect for a magical and whimsical feel. It’s as if the fairies were in a parallel reality where a distorted transparent wall allows them to peek into the outside world without anyone noticing their beautiful presence.

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It’s time for Comic-Con International

It’s that time of the year…Comic-Con International season is here! Every year the beautiful city of San Diego hosts the largest Comic convention worldwide. Thousands of people, local and international, reside in SD for a week while they enjoy the festivities taking place inside and outside the convention center.

My family has attended Comic-Con without fail for the past 18 years and we can’t wait to see what’s planned for this years convention. Although Comic-Con has now expanded to include more of the Hollywood scene it still preserves its original comic-lover audience. Attendees can cosplay throughout the week, enjoy animated films and panels, and many times are able to meet the creators of their favorite comics.

For those who enjoy super hero movies and manga series but do not consider themselves complete fanatics can also enjoy from several Hollywood movies/TV series booths and panels as well. If you didn’t have the chance to purchase a ticket this year still come on down to the Convention Center and Gaslpamp Quarter because there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.

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The Atlas of Beauty

“BEAUTY IS DIVERSITY AND I TRAVEL THE WORLD TO DISCOVER IT”

Michaela Noroc, a Romanian backpacker photographer, created The Atlas of Beauty three years ago. The Atlas of Beauty is a project that focuses on photographing women around the globe. Noroc has visited more than 50 countries already where she has met incredible women and has listened to their life stories, experiences and thoughts. Michaela’s project is now known world-wide for celebrating the diversity of the world through photographs of women.
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Michaela hopes to showcase and transmit to her audience that beauty knows no age, trends or colors because beauty is simply about being who you are. In a world where war and attacks are breaking out in every corner of the world it’s important to remember that yes, we are all different but rather than letting those differences tear us apart we should use them to bring us together. As a photographer, I strive to showcase the individuality of each of my models, at the end it’s not just about freezing a moment in time but capturing the richness of our own uniqueness and diversity.
  • “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
    Robert Frank
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