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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lachman Family : Whenever

I know I've mentioned this before but since the beginning of my business, I've had a tremendous amount of support from my husband, my family and friends. What I haven't mentioned too often is the support I've received from my extended family, which to me, are the people I've built relationships with throughout the years. People that randomly send me messages for no reason at all that they enjoy what I'm doing. Or they can't wait to get married so I can document their love story. Or that when they move back to California, a photoshoot is a must. Most of these emails come from my college relationships - my sorority sisters! I heart these girls so much and I can't thank them enough for following, supporting and encouraged. TFJ!

One of those girls is Stephanie. She is getting married in less than three weeks and although I won't be photographing her wedding, she asked if I'd take some family portraits. Kinda like a last family photo before she starts a new family with her new husband. I hadn't seen her or her family in years and so it was nice to catch up and make them laugh. Although it's not very hard, they're just a giggly family.

Thank you so much Jeanette, Gary, Stephanie and Heather for letting me document these special moments in your life. I can't wait to hear all the aftermath of the wedding that I'm sure is going to be a blast. xoxo

Click here to see more of the Lachman family.

P.S. 1,000 cool points to whoever can finish the lyric first "mm-mm, I wanna linger, mm-mm, a little longer, mm-mm, a little longer here with you..."

I adore the dynamic between siblings. While processing these frames, I called mine and suggested a photoshoot ASAP!

Dear Jeanette, this image should take the place of Heather's old picture you have up in your house, don't you think?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kelly & Mike : Married

A few weeks ago I had the fantastic honor to shoot alongside one of my photographer lovies - Ashley Rose. From our first email, we clicked instantly. From email, to blog comments, to twitter, then facebook, our instant connection took us to the expected next step, a meeting in real life! I tell you, I heart internet connections. They take you completely out of your comfort zone but sometimes you meet some ah-mazing and incredibly talented people.

Kelly and Mike were so much fun! The most easygoing people, with rad details, cool cars and a kick-ass dress! I mean hello? Obviously I was so stoked to be there and witness their whimsical love. As we roamed around for portraits after their ceremony, I'm pretty sure Kelly stared at Mike the whole entire time. It was so cute to see and it reminded me why I love what I do - giddy-like-a-schoolgirl-style love!

The wedding guest list was like a who's who of cars. Ferrari's, Corvette's, Lamborghini's, OH MY!

Dixie was such a cute flower girl. She was very well-behaved. More so than my own flower girl.

Everyone knows I heart rosettes so needless to say, I was obsessed with Kelly's Pura Lopez shoes.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Moving x 2

A few big things in my life took place this past week. If you missed me on the blog, I apologize. I was workin' things out in my personal life. Big. Huge. Things. They happened. And I know once I tell you, you'll be all, Ala, seriously? Lots and lots of people do that kinda stuff all the time! Yes, I realize that, but the difference is these things happened IN MY LIFE! So, therefore, they're big. K?

Moving on, last week I said goodbye (for now) to my best friend Amber. I'm pretty sure everyone is familiar with Amber, she's made several appearances on this blog and for good reason, she's one of my favorite people on earf. Yes, I just said's cooler than earth. Amber has embarked on a journey that I'm not sure the world is ready for - she's moved away to college!! Can you believe that? My little Mem, my best friend, my little sister, my maid of honor - moved away to the big city. Even though I am going to miss our cupcake runs, our trips to Penguins, our Dexter marathon days and late nights with g-ma and g-pa, she is tucked away, hours away and is ready to begin a journey that is going to rock her world. I couldn't be more thrilled for the great things she's going to do. I just know it.

Amber, I decided to make this an open note, you know, because hopefully I'll cry less writing it. I am so proud of you. You amaze me every single day with your ability to laugh and get through whatever it is life throws at you. And let's be honest, you've dodged more balls than most people I know. Your courage inspires me on a daily basis, because I know that if you're laughing and enjoying life, I should be too. I know you've told me growing up, you wanted to follow in my footsteps, you looked up to me and were inspired by me - I mean, I know, I'm just really really cool - but let me tell you, right now, I'm looking up to you. You have the world at your fingertips and while you could have easily sat back, you're going after what you want to make your life and your earf a better place. Enjoy it, study, make friends, find yourself, LIVE! I know you will. And when you feel like it's all too much, take a step back and remember that you're inspiring me. I love you so much and we can't wait to come visit you in our favoritest city!

And on that note - I moved too! I am no longer a "valley girl". Well, okay, so the valley girl will always live inside me. But I'm just not a practicing valley girl. I've finally moved to Steven's neck of the woods, the South Bay! I don't really know what South Bay means, I just know all the cool kids say it down 'round these parts. I realize it's not that far from my hometown but I've always needed my parents at arm's reach for my own reasons and remember the part where IT'S HAPPENING TO ME? Things are always bigger and more dramatic when they happen to me people! But anyway, I must say, it's so fun to experience new things especially when you have a really cute man that you love by your side. Yesterday, Steven drove me around town to teach me all I'd need to know, the mall's here, there's a frozen yogurt place there, you know, things that are vital to my survival on a daily basis. I'm so excited to get fully settled in and live life with my lovely! And if you're in the South Bay, I'd love to make some new friends, get out and shoot, possibly grab a cupcake...holler!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lindsay & Tony : Darling

Throughout the last 10 years I have met and become close to a very special circle of friends. Destiny brought us all together through a silly little thing called a "sorority". And though college is but a distant memory of our past, it warms my heart to know that over the years, a few of us girls have remained close, despite all the hustle and bustle of life.

Lindsay is one of those special girls. From the sorority house, to our 5-bedroom rented houses (where we came across the most sheisty landlord to ever walk this planet plus a DJ rapper plumber, but I digress...) to our weddings, our friendship has endured and my heart holds a special space for her.

Lindsay, Tony and his two boys Dylan and Ryan are soon going to welcome a third beautiful boy into their family and I coudln't be happier for them! If there's one thing about Linds that stands out the most, it's that she was made to be a mom from the day she was born. I can't wait to see her transform from my friend to MOM. Thank you guys for trusting me. For walking barefoot and for standing on ants. Sooooo excited for the next few weeks! xoxo

Click here to see more of Lindsay & Tony.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

FAQ : My words of advice.

I have to start this post off with a disclaimer: I know I'm not a magician photographer or been around the block long enough to have a FAQ post. To be honest, most of the time I feel like I'm still learning with each day that passes. However, I've received a considerable amount of questions regarding myself/my photography preferences from lovely, amazing, talented blog readers. And hey, what my blog readers want, my blog readers get. So, although others may see/do things differently, these are my answers from my perspective, from my experiences.

How did you get started?
I have always been shooting. For as long as I can remember I've had a camera in my hands. While studying art and graphic design in college, I picked up a camera for a typography project. The project called for different type treatments and I chose to relate typography to the female figure. To do so, I asked my friends to pose nude for me. (Unknowingly I was already starting my boudoir career like, 7 years ago!) Naturally, I had to take the photos and that was it - my love for creative, portrait photography was born. I shot everyone, everywhere, anytime. When my friends started getting engaged, the photography of love just kinda found me.

Any tips for getting started?
I'm going to paraphrase the advice I received when the thought of actually doing this for people other than my friends surfaced. It was the best, most honest advice and really helped me put myself out there.

If you're truly interested in pursuing any kind of photography (professionally or as a hobby), I'd encourage you to do the following:

* Buy a professional camera (the Canon 20d or 50d is a GREAT start!)
* Start shooting everything and anything
* Take some classes at your local community college
* Get a blog

That's it! I thought it was too simple and too scary, but there's absolutely no other way of doing it. Practice, practice, practice until you feel comfortable behind a digital camera and begin to create your style. When I first started, I shot everything that came my way. I was determined to master composition and learn manual mode. And when I set my mind to something, I'll stop at nothing to figure it out!

What camera and lenses do you use?
I use all Canon equipment and I adore it. I worked crazy hard to save up lots of pennies to purchase my 5d bodies and they've done the job for me and served me well. My glass of choice is prime lenses. My first lens was purchased as a gift by my husband - 17-40mm 4.0. At the time, I barely knew anything about lenses other than the part that they were expensive. So I was super appreciative and rocked that bad boy like nobody's business. For about 8 months, it was my ONLY lens. Until I was introduced to the beauty of primes.

At the moment, my most used lenses are 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.8 and 28mm 1.8. I can't recommend these primes enough. They get you involved with your subjects and the low aperture produces some yummy images. And when in doubt, don't forget that you can rent lenses before you purchase them. It doesn't get any better than that!

I was wondering who you did your slide shows through?
I currently use Showit Web for my slideshows. It's like the ultimate tool. It's so easy to use I could probably create slideshows blindfolded. It's that simple. I can't recommend it enough. It's ability to tie all your photos together to tell a story is indescribable.

I see your background is in design, do you still offer design services?
I am taking a limited number of design projects. Please email me if you're interested.

What is the name of the font used for the word "modern" in your logo?
The name of the font I used is called "ala's handwriting", aka, my own hand wrote the font. I wish I had a cooler answer but really, I wrote it out in 2005 and it just kinda stuck.

Here are a few images we took the other day on Steven's quest to conquer manual mode. He's getting so good, I told him I may have to make him his own logo/watermark.

Here's a few I snagged of him. My original photography guinea pig.

Marlene & Rudy : Darling

I'll say it again. And again. And again. Maternity sessions allow me a special opportunity to make women feel beautiful. A pregnant woman is so much different than a bride on her wedding day, a bride on an engagement session, a mother after birth. From my experience, a pregnant woman isn't able to see her beauty as her body changes. She needs to see how beautiful she is through someone else's eyes. And usually, in any light, she glows.

Marlene was no exception. From the second we met up, I saw what she couldn't see. I continuously tried to remind her how amazing she looked. I mean look at her! Look at how Rudy looks at her. I had a great time wandering around Valencia with them, as they walked hand in hand, in excited anticipation for little Asiah's arrival. With parents as beautiful as these two, I'm positive she's going to be a little cutie. Thank you both a million zillion for hanging out with me and letting me document this very special moment in your lives. I know how precious this pregnancy is for you and I'm honored I was a small part of it. xoxo

Click here to see more of Marlene & Rudy.

Adore this photo. The peacefulness just gets to me.

Love when a girl can just let go and rock it!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Katie & Justin : Married

He holds her hand and guides her. She plans for the next laugh. He's the calm to her storm. And well, she just rocks his world. It's hard to deny the chemistry between Katie and Justin. Together on their wedding day, they danced in unison. Together in life, they just work. Her sister said it best, Other than family, there's no one that has been able to better nurture and enjoy Katie...until Justin walked into the picture. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I truly believe in little love realization moments like that.

I was thrilled to be a part of Katie and Justin's wedding day along with their family and friends. The day was gorgeous, filled with love and jam packed with great dancers. Even Justin's 93 year old grandfather was up shakin' his thang. Yep, all in the name of love.

Katie and Justin - thanks so much for having me at your wedding! I feel incredibly grateful when I leave a wedding feeling like a friend. You are the sweetest couple and I can't tell you how much fun I had at your wedding! I know your future holds zillions of bright possibilities and I can't wait to hear them all. xoxo

Click here to see more of Katie & Justin.

A special thanks to my good friend Ashley Rose for coming out to shoot with me. Thanks love!

Not your typical shoe shot, but the moment was real. And well, I love In-n-out.

Special thanks to the brides friend, Katie Garcia, for beautifying all the ladies.

Their officiant had them face their guests for the entire ceremony which was really cool since guests come to see the happy couple.

FourQuickClicks was there to capture some silliness. LOVE photo booths at weddings!