At the Library with Star

Meet Star. Passionate about music, super sweet, and one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever photographed.

Due to a last minute location change we met at the MLK Library and it couldn’t have been a better decision because I found out she’s a former library employee. So don’t let those killer heels fool ya, she knows her way around the books.  We tried our best to use inside voices, but it didn’t stop some nearby students to get a distracted from their engineering books.  How could you not be?

After getting kicked out of the library (only because was closing time I swear!) we had fun wandering through bamboo, throwing rose petals, and catching the sun on the roof of Spartan Stadium.  Star was so ridiculously photogenic and go with the flow, she made it super easy for me to get some great shots. I especially love the photos of her smiling with the golden sun on her burgundy hair.

Narrowing down photos from this shoot was a major pain because she looked stunning in EVERY single frame.  But I guess that’s not a bad problem for a photographer to have!  Thanks again Star for a great shoot. =)

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Fashion Shoot with Celeste at San Jose City Hall

Meet Celeste.  Two words:  energetic and amazing.  I have no idea how someone can be as adorable as a koala and as fierce as a top model at the same time.  On top of that she was super sweet and fun to be around.  I enjoyed every minute of our shoot at San Jose City Hall.

For our blogger fashion themed shoot, I asked Celeste to bring style and she Brought it… that’s no typo, she capital B Brought it.  Her feminine with an edge outfits perfectly complement the concrete walls and glass background during the afternoon hour.  I love love love the way these photos turned out.

Bay area raised, this Comm major will soon be starting the next chapter of her life in LA. I have no doubt that she’ll take over… first Cali, then the world.

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Thankful

Hello loves. Things have been a bit slow around this blog, but I promise it won’t stay that way for long.   This August I’ve been keeping busy by getting off my butt and working on my portfolio – expect to see some beautiful faces around here soon!  Plus I’m taking on a 30 day self portrait project which I can’t wait to share with you.  Here’s a quick preview.

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But instead of focusing on the emptiness, I just wanted to take some time to be thankful for all things in my life.  “Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns, I am thankful that thorns have roses.”Alphonse Karr

  • My family’s health.
  • Friends who have provided me with support and laughter through out the years.
  • My mom’s home cooking.
  • My boyfriend, who has loved me unconditionally despite my flaws.
  • My car, Brenda, who has safely gotten me from point A to B for the last decade.
  • The fact that I have a hot shower and warm comforter every night. It’s a simple thing, but I know there are others that are not as lucky.
  • The ability to hear and experience music. Concerts on the grass.
  • All those who have been a part of my life. Every single person.
  • Good memories. Especially those by the sea.
  • Laugh until it hurts moments.
  • My camera. My iphone camera. I can’t imagine a better creative outlet than photography.
  • My optimism. The ability to find beauty or humor in any situation.
  • Farmers market. Fresh vegetables. Garlic, lots of it.
  • Patience. Tolerance.
  • Smiling.
  • Sunblock.
  • Baby sloth videos on Youtube.
  • The fact that I have motivation, goals, and dreams.
  • The hot cup of tea in the morning and the cold glass of wine at the end of the night.
  • The ability to move on from failure.
  • The fact that getting older means shedding insecurities along the way.
  • The fact that everyday I’m taking steps to be the person I was meant to be.
  • My legs and lungs. The ability to dig deep and run that extra mile.
  • The ability to feel pain and sadness.
  • All the life experiences that have made me the person I am now.
  • Finding beauty in unexpected places.
  • The way my dog Jack wags his tail when I get home.
  • My happiness.
  • YOUR happiness.

So that’s my list.  What are you thankful for today?

30 Day Photo Challenge Week 4

Ah July caught up with me and I never posted the last week of my June 30 day challenge.  Well here they are, better late than never!  (Don’t worry I didn’t cheat… these were definitely photographed in June.)

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Day 24 – Pajamas

Jumping on the bed action shot.  I got a little cardio workout to get this shot. By the way, everybody needs to own a pair of these pajamas.

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Day 25 – Summer

My dog Jack is serious about UV protection this summer.  Kinda looks like a top gun dog eh?  This is pretty much the only shot I could get before he shook the glasses off.

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Day 26 – Laugh

Didn’t want to go for the toss your head back cliche laughter picture, I wanted to show a laugh without really showing it.

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Day 27 – Teeny Tiny

Little owl says who.

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Day 28 – Grass

Just a girl and her dog enjoying a lazy afternoon.

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Day 29 – My weekend

On a vegetarian kick. Made some tofu yellow curry from scratch.

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Day 30 – Hug

Jack has is own personal paramedic. Hope you’ve enjoyed all the cameos by my dog Jack.   It’s amazing how much cooperation you can get with a beef jerky bribe.

 

 

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