Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

I was so excited to shoot a wedding at The Field Club in Sarasota.  I’ve always loved this exclusive country club in town.  I was awestruck the first time I saw the bride getting ready at The Ritz Sarasota.  I couldn’t get over how beautiful she was and her flawless ivory skin.  Andrea’s dress, oh my goodness…. a Vera Wang creation with an off shoulder tulle twist, was just perfect and elegant.   I loved how she partnered it with Lamb wedding shoes to show off her artistic side.

There were so many things I loved about this wedding and until today I still remember how much fun it was.  The bridesmaids dresses were so unique, the most elegant and fruity centerpieces … created using oranges,  the family style table, the amount of guests,  the dancing and the music.  The music … most I’ve never heard of before, but I still can’t get over and wish that I had access to one of the bridesmaids playlist.   I also had the pleasure of spending time with the groom, Randall and his groomsmen… all very funny and perfect gentlemen.

Thank you Andrea & Randall Morris for allowing us to capture and celebrate your wedding day with you.



Special thanks to Julie Brewer of Brewer Photography & Videography for letting me shoot with you.   You can see her images HERE in her blog post.



November 17, 2011

This quote was from a new show on ABC that has recently caught my attention…. once upon a time.   In this episode Emma tries to talk to Ella (Cinderella) into not giving up on her unborn child.   I can’t relate to this particular life event but the words that Emma spoke resonated with me.  I had to listen to it a few times.   I think all of my life I have been told who I was,  what I was going to be and what I was going to do or not do.   For 22 years of my life I was this girl.

January 1, 2004 changed my life forever.  I made a leap of faith….I moved back to CA from the Philippines to start a new life.   I remember telling my cousin Joanna when she picked me up at LAX,  I could now breathe.   She told me a year prior that as long as I got myself a ticket, I could stay with her and her family.  They took me in… I got a job in San Diego (well 2)… a room mate and the rest was history.  I had nothing….I had a few amazing people who supported me and believed in me, when I didn’t believe in myself.

There are no Fairy God Mothers in real life (harsh, I know).  It’s up to us to make a change in our lives.  Life is so short to live a normal life.  Why strive to be normal when you can be AMAZING, MAGNIFICENT or GREAT.  Sometimes I even like to say “abnormal”  it’s still better than normal.   Our supporters will always push us… but thats all they can really do… we have to do the rest.

So in anything that you do… do it better than good… strive for excellence.  You can carve out your own story… anybody can.  You can be whoever you want to be or do whatever it is you want to do.  In everything that you do, remember that there will be those who tell you, you can’t.  But make sure to tell yourself you can, even when you doubt it.   I promise you, as long as little bit of blood, sweat and tears don’t scare you off, you know in your heart who you are and where you want to go…. you will get there.

I’ve done it… and I continue to do this everyday.  So can you!

Consider this post as my “push” to you . . . .  what have you been dreaming of doing all your life?  Go do it!


*Thank you so much to all those who became cheerleaders in my life.  Thank you for the “push” that made me into who I’m today.   You all know exactly who you are.  I love you.



November 16, 2011

I’ve been busy shooting weddings lately that family portraits have had to take a step back.  Last Saturday reminded me why family photography can be so much fun.   I definitely love the feeling of being included in their family for an hour.  I’ve known Maria for almost 6 years now and when she asked me to take pictures of her grand babies… I couldn’t say no.

I have so much respect for parents and grand parents who take care of young children.   For about an hour and half I was with two 4 year olds and one 5 year old.   I was exhausted by the end of the session.  These adorable kids really made me work for their smile.

Last Saturday, also happened to be Maria and her husband’s anniversary, 7 years married and 15 years together.   Anything over 5 to me I think is spectacular…. and they still look so cute together after all these years.

Now meet the grand babies:  Daniel (5 years old) loves pizza, Nintendo DS & dinosaurs.   Ariel (4 years old) loves bugs, Barbies, Spiderman and is an adorable tomboy princess.  I loved her red dress and her smile!  Then Taylor… oh her cute pout makes my heart melt.  She loves her sister Ariel, babies and Barbies.   These 3 had such big personalities and they weren’t afraid to show them.

Thank you Maria for picking me to capture you and Bernie’s love during your anniversary.  Thank you so much for trusting me with your grand babies and for choosing me to take pictures of them.  Daniel, Ariel & Taylor… can we play red light green light again next time I see you three?