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5 Tips to take great holiday portraits of your children

San Francisco Bay Area, California | Family portraits Holiday portraits sneak up on us each year and as much as we vow to book a family portrait session early it falls off our to-do list. I totally get it!  There are so many other priorities and especially with this weird covid-flu season. But don’t worry- You can take great portraits of your children and have your cards printed in time!  This week is a perfect opportunity to capture some great photos of you children, and possibly with a few loved ones. After all Thanksgiving dinner is a time to gather and depending on where you live the leaves outside could make for a beautiful; Fall portrait session of your kids.    Here are 5 tips to take great holiday portraits of your children for some last minute holiday cards. Tip 1:  The best time to take your children’s portraits. I find that between 9 am and before noon, or between 1-3:30pm works best.  During the Fall season you have great light, and you will also have children who are not cranky. After breakfast they are fed, wide awake and tend to be happy. The same goes for after lunch. A full

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Deadlift and Truck pull charity event to fight cancer

Manteca, California | Event photography I am lucky to be able to give back to the community through my event photography and even luckier to know people who put on awesome events to raise funds for great causes like the fight against cancer. The community really came together for this event to participate, volunteer and have fun. Be sure to read all the way to the end to watch the Strong-boys and Strong-girls as they lead the race to becoming the next generation of Strongmen and Strongwomen competitors.  Pulln’ 4You raises funds that help support  different Cancer organizations by putting on

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Maddie & Emie Birthday Celebration

Morgan Hill, California | Event photography Quinceañera photography has always had a special place in my heart. It’s a celebration filled with tradition and family. And I mean who doesn’t love cake and dancing too? But it’s even more special when the birthday girls are humans I seen grow up, since they were beans in their mom’s belly and for family portraits along the way. I will admit however that “abuelita” (grandmother) was the shining star of the day. She beamed with joy, love and happiness to be able to celebrate the day with her babies. She is such an

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My adventures at Inbound 22 in Boston, MA

Inbound 2022, in Boston, MA, was inspiring this year. Some of the highlights were listening to President Barack Obama, Viola Davis and my childhood hero Jane Goodall.

As a lifelong learner, not just as a photographer or as a business owner but also for personal growth I enjoy conferences and workshops. I attended from a Marketing perspective to learn more about Hubspot, however I definitely walked away being truly inspired to learn more and continue to grow.

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Check out the StrongMan-Woman competition | Branding Portraits

Letia Competes in The Beauty and the Beast StrongMan/Woman event in Hayward, California A while back I was honored to have Letia call me and ask if I would tag along for a StrongMan/Woman competition in Hayward, CA and shoot some branding content for her, but mainly document her journey. This event was a qualifying event for Masters nationals competition which takes place during Olympia weekend. If that means nothing to you- Think The Super Bowl of Weightlifting. It’s a big deal!  I had an amazing Saturday at the Beauty and the Beast event organized by Mike West fitness.  The

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It’s a Birthday Celebration in Yountville, CA

I am a huge advocate to the belief that a birthday deserves a CELEBRATION, especially when it’s a milestone birthday. If you are Latina then one of the biggest birthday celebration milestones of your life is your 15th birthday! And Latins know how to PARTY! If you don’t believe me check out the video at the end. I have known this young lady since she was just a tiny little kid, to see her becoming the young lady that she is makes my heart swell with happiness. But of course the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Her mom

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A million years ago I met up with this family for portraits.  I love love love shooting their portraits each year and watching this little

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Brains & Beauty!

I had the great fortune of photographing Miss TR! We had a great time chatting between shooting!   I love doing professional fun headshots! I

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Startup Bus 2011

Did you follow the Startup bus? Six buses arrived in Austin, Texas at SXSW (South by Southwest) and popped into Vast.com as the first of

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