Tatiana

October is breast cancer awareness month and that means celebrating the all encompassing beauty of each and every single woman on this Earth. There is beauty in every glance, in every spoken word and every tender touch. Beauty knows no age, shape or background. Beauty, simply is.

This month of October I want to applaud and celebrate all the women in our lives because they all are apologetically beautiful. Thank you for the beauty of your knowledge, strength, wisdom and love. Woman, your are natures greatest gift and for that we owe everything to you.

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Alexis + Michelle Fall Session

Young love. I adore everything about it! Alexis and Michelle are celebrating  3+ years of being together. They thought that a photo session to capture their happiness and love would be the perfect way to celebrate. These moments were captured at Golden Hill Park where you can appreciate the beautiful San Diego skyline. Like the evening sunset their love is soft and tender. Happy Anniversary Alexis and Michelle. To many more years of love, laughter and happiness.

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Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyright © Margaret Paredes-Rivas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. If you wish to use my images in any way, you must have my written permission. Do not claim my work as your own.

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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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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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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Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyright © Margaret Paredes-Rivas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. If you wish to use my images in any way, you must have my written permission. Do not claim my work as your own.

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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Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyright © Margaret Paredes-Rivas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. If you wish to use my images in any way, you must have my written permission. Do not claim my work as your own.