Photography, Design and other artsy things.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Amber : Senior

I got a call the other day from a special, familiar voice, "Alicia? Hi, it's Amber. Emmm, I wanted to know if you could take some pictures of me..some portrait style pictures for my senior year?" I didn't know whether to faint or cry. You see, Amber is my niece. And there's no way she can possibly be a senior. Can she? Whoa, life is going by way too quick.

Roaming around town the other day with Amber, I was taken aback. Back to a time when the world was full of possibilities. Anything and everything I ever dreamed of was out there for me to discover. No cares, no worries, no obligations, no responsibilities. You could wake up one day with dreams of being a dancer and wake up the next with doctor aspirations and there weren't any consequences for changing your mind. Thats exactly the point in life this pretty young thing is at right now.

Amber is such a character. She is so full of life and has a heart of gold. You can't tell from the pictures because she wanted to give her best 'top model' face, but she giggled the whole time. This was actually a joint session with another senior from the same high school (which I'll post about next) and they spent the entire time talking about their plans to take over the world...I mean, their plans to go away to college. I loved being around these girls because they reminded me that there's still time for me to follow MY dreams.

Love you Amber and I can't wait to see what's in store for your future. Here are some of my favorites.

Apparently, this was Amber's way of telling me she was ready for the dinner I promised her. ;)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Day of all the Labor

Just wanted to let anyone out there who may be reading know that I've been such a bad blogger this week. I apologize and promise to post more next week. I have lots of things to share, including some new shoots, a huge new purchase, and a few wedding related things. But for now I wanted to wish everyone a happy 3-day weekend. Enjoy the sun, the food, and the booze if you're around any this weekend. Wait, everyone's holiday weekends have booze right? Right?

I myself am looking forward to Monday, which is UCLA's season opener against Tennessee! Can't wait to roll up to the rose bowl, eat, drink, be merry and cheer on my Bruins! **chanting 8-clap in my head**

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Andrea : Sexy

Being comfortable in your own skin is something that I try to strive for everyday. I think every woman deserves to feel sexy and beautiful but most of the time, we end up feeling uncomfortable and unhappy with our bodies. Andrea wasn't having that. She recently found out she was expecting later this year and decided to take advantage of her pre-baby body. Love! Note to self: remember to do this.

We met at Andrea's home and the light was delicious. She made several sexy outfit changes but most are not safe for this blog. I have to add that Andrea totally worked it in front of the camera. Here are just a few of my favorites.

*Edited to add*: The cigar picture was for her cigar-lovin' hubby. She did not light up. She's pregnant after all.

Monday, August 18, 2008

By Lauren : Whenever

With my own wedding hair and makeup looming over my head, I was stressing about finding the perfect person to glam me up on my big day. I had read several reviews on wedding websites but none seemed to do it for me. And then I tried Lauren Manzano of By Lauren. Lauren had contacted me about a year ago to design some business cards for her and so I decided to give her a go. Let me just say that if you're a bride looking for someone that is incredibly talented and genuinely cares about each person she works with, look no further. She is so easy to work with, she's incredibly sweet and she's definitely worth checking out!

Lauren hired me to shoot some photos for her upcoming website and this is the first of a series of projects we're working on. Thank you to my good friend Christina for lending her Sunday afternoon to us. I really think she should take up modeling as a hobby or something.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I can see it now...

I never understood it really. How girls fantasized about their wedding day since the moment they realized boys did not, in fact, have cooties. Sure, I always pictured being married, but never did I envision the big, white, fluffy, frilly celebration. Even once my good friends started planning their own weddings, I had trouble grasping the idea that so much preparation went on for just one day.

For the last 11 months we've been chipping away planning our wedding. Gorgeous church, check. Unique venue, check. Fantabulous photographer, check. Friendly coordinator, check. Yummy caterer, check. But even after finding wonderful vendors, I still couldn't wrap my mind around how it would all come together. Well, my friends, that all has changed...

I BOUGHT MY WEDDING DRESS!!! @#$%&*! Last Saturday, I went on another quest to find a wedding gown. I actually wasn't planning on purchasing a gown that day. It was a day for my mom really. It was the first day she was available to accompany me on my search and I really wanted to have the experience with her. We've been really adamant from the beginning to plan this wedding on our own, Steven and I. We wanted it to reflect our style and we wanted to be the decision makers. But for this, the dress, I wanted my mother there.

I was nervous at first, because my mom is the type that doesn't hold back. If she doesn't like it, she makes sure you know about it. "Ugh, I can't believe you're wearing that!" and "Whoa! Either that's too small for you or you're gaining weight!" were comments I've heard more than once in my days. I know she means well with her comments, she's just looking out for my image after-all, which on any normal day I can completely handle. But not when I'm looking for one of the most important dresses I'll ever wear in this lifetime.

I'm very happy to report that the experience was incredible! I think seeing me prance around in gown after beautiful gown sank in. Her youngest daughter is really getting married. I saw it in her eyes. She didn't say anything. She didn't have to. I think she felt like I could wear anything on my wedding day and look perfect. I wanted to make time stand still and stay in that very moment - it was priceless. I couldn't have asked for anything more from her. And since that day, I want to savor every second I have with her. Even if it means poking and bickering. (I may regret that later!) I can't wait to spend the night before my wedding and morning of with her by my side, and me in my dress.

And with that purchase, everything has changed. I don't understand why or how. Perhaps before I was picturing myself naked in a room full of people and flowers and none of it made sense? Maybe I needed that mother/daughter bonding time to help me see clearly? Whatever the case, I will now be clothed at my wedding. And in my head, I can see it now.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Minnie & Jose : Engaged

Minnie and Jose were referred to me by a good friend of mine who also happens to be Minnie's cousin, Crystal. After talking with Minnie, we discovered that our paths have crossed several times before but we had no recollection of each other. We had been in the same elementary school class for about 3 months and we both attended a friend's wedding in 2006. It's amazing how many people we pass in our lives and never even know that its not the first or last time we'll cross.

Minnie and Jose are getting married in September 2009 at the beautiful Robinson Ranch in Santa Clarita. They are preparing for their engagement party next month and needed some fun photos for the occasion. They both were a little hesitant in the beginning of the shoot not to mention burning up in the summer heat, but after a couple laughs, they got the hang of it. I don't think either of them expected to kiss as much as they did, but what the heck else is a couple in love supposed to do? Duh.

Thank you both for allowing me into your lives to capture your love story. And Jose, thanks for protecting us from the toothless, shoeless, cell phone-less carnival workers! I hope to work with you again soon!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Vanessa & Ty : Engaged

PART I of III: My friend Vanessa first contacted me to design some save-the-date announcements for her upcoming destination wedding. It was going to be held in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico and was set to be the trip of the year for her large Cuban family. We tossed around a few ideas and when we decided to include a picture of her and her fiance Ty, she mentioned that she didn't really have any pictures she liked of the two of them. She must have known how to get me worked up because I immediately jumped at the chance and offered to snap a few shots of the couple. It turned into a mini engagement session as we wandered the streets of Los Angeles. Here are some of my favorites.

Stay tuned for the rest of their story - the save-the-dates I came up with.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Jennifer : Whenever

I met Jennifer Stuler when I was a sophomore in college. Back then, we were both babies trying to figure out where our lives would take us not knowing that in a few short years, we'd both realize our passion and actually pursue them. I remember bonding with her when we moved into a house together with several other girls. We'd take the long walk to the gym on campus and talk about our lives - where we came from, our self-images, our cultures, name it, we talked about it. That's when I really got to know the girl with the big voice. Oh wait, I haven't mentioned Jen can sing?

Well, yes, she has a beautiful voice! She is working on her first album and I'm so excited for her! I know she's going to go really far in the industry because not only can she sing, but the girl is the sweetest thing you'll ever meet. Don't miss out! Check her and her music out now.

A few weeks ago, I met up with Jen and her friend/makeup artist/hair stylist Heather for a photo session. It may not be too obvious from the photos but this was one dangerous project. We stood and sat on train tracks, laid on cliffs and were offered illegal substances by randoms that we encountered. It was quite the interesting day but it was all worth it. Thanks Jen and Heather and I can't wait until we get to work together again!

This is one of my favorites. I love the grittiness of this picture.

This is my absolute favorite from the day. Perhaps its my love for black guitars and old trees...