Film Family Session – Melbourne, Florida

December 12, 2018

This was a fun family session shot entirely on film for a dear photographer friend of mine, Jessica Bellinger and her family. I shot it mostly on 35mm Fuji Superia film using a canon 1N and a 50 1.2 lens. I also used some 120mm Kodak Portra using a Mamiya 645 and an 80mm 2.8 lens, (I left all my digital gear at home for this one). The film was processed and developed by the find lab.

Shooting a young family on film has its challenges in and of itself, combined with three boys ages 4-7 and a cat on a leash, plus the mild pressure of knowing I was shooting it for another hybrid photographer that loves film as much as I do, I can honestly say it was my most challenging and rewarding family session to date!

Choosing the location was simple, she requested it and I had shot there several times before! The family’s wardrobe was simple & casual with a touch of elegance, put together by Jessica, of course! Sounds easy so far, great location, great looking family, but they had a surprise up their sleeve! They decide to bring their cat on a leash and their boys were more interested in chasing squirrels than taking pictures. I had my work cut out for me!

The cat was actually cool and collected for the most part, but the boys were a little wild, so I used a variety of methods to get them to cooperate for some group shots (mostly bribing with sweet tarts) and just let them be and worked around the craziness, intentionally selecting what to capture since unlike digital, I had a limited number of shots!

They were a fun group to work with! Kept me on my toes the whole time and really gave me a run for my money! After getting the film scans back, I couldn’t be happier with the results! This is a small part of their session!

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Janel and Eric’s classic, fun and romantic Miami wedding

June 29, 2018

 

Janel and Eric first met in high school during a camping trip. They both played (and still play) guitar and immediately bonded over music by the campfire (insert all the heart eyes here)! Well, believe it or not despite all the sparks on that camping trip, they parted ways, but fate had other plans! They kept running into each other at random places after that and chatted from time to time, but were still in the “friend zone!” They even ended up sitting one behind the other at a Jack Johnson concert (click the link for some of his greatest hits on youtube) without having planned it!! Well, fast forward six years later and they eventually started dating! After a year and 9 months of dating, Eric finally popped the big question with a surprise seaside engagement! “He told me we were going to have breakfast and blindfolded me in the car as we got close. The proposal was perfect; with the ocean in the background and an empty beach for miles,” is what Janel had to say about it! Of course besides the ring, he also brought along a bouquet of Janel’s favorite flowers, sunflowers, so come on, she couldn’t say no!

With their chemistry and compatibility planning their wedding and being together has been easy! “Picking out things with him is so easy because we have the same taste. From music to decor, to cars. We can talk about anything and have a good time. He says he loves my silliness. I’m the wild one, he’s the quiet one😉 lol. I love that he pays attention to detail. Always remembers details about me like my favorite things. ”

They are truly the sweetest couple ever!

Their Miami wedding was classic, romantic, fun and heart-warming! It was filled with surprises and lots of dancing! I stayed until the very end and enjoyed every minute of it! As both their engagement and wedding photographer, it was my sincere pleasure and privilege to be able to capture this important part of their love story! Now, I will leave it to my pictures to tell the rest of the story! Enjoy!

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Here’s a list of the vendors they used with links to their website or instagram for you!

Photography by me, of course;  Arlene Jacobs. I used a mixture of film and digital photography. For the film I used canon and Mamiya film cameras and Photovision Prints for developing and scanning. Digital images, I used canon 5d3 with sigma and canon prime lenses.

Video by Ninja Monkey Weddings.

Dress designer Essense of Australia.

Dress purchased at Bellissima Bridal Design.

Nails by Nails by Janel

Flowers by Glady’s Flowers Inc.

Cake by Edda’s Cake Designs.

Shoes by Nina Shoes.

Bridal accessories from USA Bride.

Hair by Sandy scissorhands.

Makeup by EMG Artristry.

Venue Vista Lago Ballroom.

Rachel + Jesus, a simple kind of love.

May 18, 2018

I first had the pleasure of meeting Rachel and Chuchito when I photographed their Key Biscayne Elopement at Bill Braggs State Park a couple months before their church wedding (it was featured on Trendy Bride by the way in case you want to check it out). They are one of the kindest, most gracious, and happiest couples I have ever met and it was indeed a great pleasure and blessing to capture their special day twice! Their elopement was beautiful and intimate and took place on the beach with only a handful of their closest family members. For their formal church wedding, they chose First Miami Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. It’s a historic church built in 1945 in the classic Mediterranean revival architecture popular in south Florida, and it’s congregation dates back to the original founding of the city of Miami in 1896. The building is simply gorgeous inside and out! It’s classic and sophisticated and it was the perfect choice for this happy couple’s formal “I-do’s!”

I loved the simplicity of their love and their wedding details. They met in Cuba, fell in love, maintained a long distance relationship for years and finally got their “Happily ever after!” Rachel mentioned she read a lot of blogs about simple brides where their only accessory was the dress, so she wanted to her dress to be the “showstopper” and keep everything else simple and subtle. It was perfect! Although, her dress was beautiful, her best accessory was her smile! It was radiant and contagious and she kept it on ALL DAY!!

Rachel and her bridesmaids made the bouquets and one of her sweet girl friends surprised her with pretty pink spray roses to pair up with the succulents at her reception inside the Sevilla room at Bulla Gastropub in Coral Gables.

Chuchito was just happy to be marrying Rachel and went with the flow.  He wore a blue suit, white dress shirt with a skinny light grey tie and  a pretty pink boutonniere made by his lovely bride adorned his suit pocket. His attire was classic and simple.

They met in Cuba while Rachel was on a sabbatical working on her writing on the island and learning Spanish. They hit it off right away and had carried on a long distance relationship for several years before eloping and finally being able to be together, so to say they were happy on their wedding day is kind of an understatement! Here are a few highlights of their beautiful Miami and Coral Gables Wedding! It was about time I shared this one with you guys! Although I love working with all my couples, Rachel and Chuchito will forever hold a special place in my heart! It was so awesome to be a part of their special day TWICE! In addition to my photography, here’s a list of wedding vendors and friends that helped make their day as special as it was!

Hair: Christine Sheu/DIY (by her best friend, this link goes to her furniture line)
Makeup: DIY
Flowers: DIY, flowers from Berkeley Florist Supply
Stationary: Target (the link goes to the cards)

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Their final exit shot was a simple kiss in the elevator as they exited their reception. It was unique, intimate and uncomplicated; fit them and their special day perfectly!

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

February 20, 2018

To say that I am behind on my blogging, is by far an understatement! I am a photographer and a creative and I love to write, but as of late I have found it hard to sit down and focus  and really put “pen to paper” (as they used to say back in my day). I tend to leave the story telling to my pictures! My camera and I have had the pleasure of capturing SO MANY BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORIES and it’s time I start sharing them with the world!

These pictures are from Ankita and Raj’s romantic and intimate San Francisco City Hall Wedding that I had the pleasure of being a part of back in December of 2016, yes that’s right, I said 2016! As long as it’s been, seeing the photos refresh my memory and bring me back to that cool and rainy San Francisco morning. For a wedding photographer there is nothing more exciting than the morning of a wedding, especially when it involves such an iconic landmark as a venue and such am amazingly photogenic couple that is madly in love like Ankita and Raj.

The night before I also photographed them by the gorgeous coastline of Half Moon Bay for a stunning styled elopement session.

This was more subtle. Simple, classic and elegant are the best words I can think of to describe their San Francisco city hall wedding. I know my pictures do a much better job of telling the story of that day, so I will leave it to them. I chose to use all classic black and white images on this since their Half Moon Bay Elopement was filled with so much color and with such a classic couple and  such a classic venue, timeless black and white images just seemed so right for this! I hope you agree!

San Francisco city hall boasts beautiful architecture.

An art lover’s dream for sure!

It’s hard not to stop looking up with so much loveliness all around!

The Christmas tree is always massive and beautifully staged a top the grand staircase every year.

Like I said the tree was huge!

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First order of business is meeting with the judge which in this case is also the officiant.

This part isn’t very glamorous, but it’s very important of course!

Once that part was over, we all had over to the little wedding ceremony a top the grand staircase.

Such a beautiful staircase by the way!

Ankita was thrilled to make it to the top!

Now the official ceremony can commence!

They exchanged vows.

And they exchanged rings.

And they were pronounced husband and wife!

And he kissed his bride……..

For a long time!

Making our way to the couple’s portraits, but first some more stunning architecture!

Just look at this dome!

And this hallway!

So pretty!

It’s no wonder why this place is always filled with people!

Ankita looking like a work of art!

Raj couldn’t keep his eyes off her!

I don’t blame him! Ankita is gorgeous!

They are just perfect together!

Need I say more?

And these next couple images are my favorite!

Both are 35mm film using Ilford 3200. I love the texture on these!

And for the grand finally……

So much beauty and so much love! Congratulations once again Ankita and Raj!

 

 

Sophia and Isabella paint the town

November 20, 2017

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Sophia and Isabella’s birthday parties for the last three years now and every year they get better and better! Since this was their big 1-0, the first of many double digit numbers in their life, their awesome mom, Marisol wanted to make it the most memorable! Marisol is originally from Colombia and in Latin culture there is no point in throwing a small party, it’s either go big or go home! It’s either a celebration or it’s not! There are two reasons to work hard for, to play hard and to support and love on your family! This was a combination of both and it was so PERFECT! My daughter Daniella, was invited as well and got to join in on the party and go with Mommy to “work!” We both had a blast and it was my sincerely pleasure to capture these memorable moments for Sofia and Isabella!

The day started with all the girls meeting at Cinema World for a movie!

Everyone got Icees and popcorn!

They all watched the movie Wonder with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. As dark as it was, I still snuck in a photo before enjoying the movie myself. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, such a great film!

Following the movie Marisol surprised the girls with a spectacularly huge Escalade from Luxury Limousines in Melbourne, Florida.

 

This is one hot and fabulous Momma right here!

The limo and the service were both top of the line!

Look at how shinny it was!

Of course, we had to get a group shot right next to it!

Everyone was excited to get in!

Things started off quite inside the limo.

They all wore their new unicorn eye patches they got as party favors. Sofia and Isabella picked those out in a market in London while traveling with their mom over the summer.

Who’s kid is this? Lol! That’s my girl! Staring the dancing inside the limo! YOLO!

Because there’s no such thing as too much sugar on your birthday, first stop, Menchie’s!

Aren’t they adorable?!

 

Back to the fun limo ride!

Cheers to the birthday girls!

In case your wondering, they drank juice and water!

It was such a fun ride!

The last stop was at River Rocks for dinner!

They all had dinner and enjoyed each other’s company after a very exciting ride together!

Just before the sunset, I was able to take some pictures of the birthday girls on the dock behind River Rocks.

After singing the birthday song, we all had some cake and called it a night!

The cakes where almost too cute to eat! They were delicious and made by Miss Cuppy Cakes Bakery.

I am Frida

October 31, 2017

The whole idea behind the “I am Frida” project is to showcase real women that know the true meaning of struggle and perseverance. It’s women that have gone through or are going through a rough time in their life, yet they refuse to give up and they don’t just show up on a daily basis, they show up with lipstick and a flower crown on, if you know what I mean!? If you aren’t familiar with Frida Kahlo, she was a Mexican painter and creative writer known mostly for her self portraits, her passionate love letters to her husband, Diego Rivera, and her painful lifelong struggle after having sustained serious injuries in a bus accident in Mexico City. I won’t go into more details on her life and struggles but I will say that no matter the pain she was in or the personal struggle she was in, you wouldn’t know it if you saw her. In her famous portraits both on film and canvas she almost always wore a colorful dress or skirt,  she had her hair up, red lipstick on and her signature flower crown. She struggled immensely throughout her life and although she was very open about her struggles both physically and emotionally expressing herself through not only her paintings, but her writing as well, you never saw her in a state of despair or not “put together,” she carried herself like royalty and held her head up high.

With that said, I am honored to bring you my first “I am Frida” feature; my cousin Nancy. Her struggle is close to me and all of my family’s heart since it involves her son Gavino. Born with a rare genetic abnormality of which most babies don’t survive outside their mother’s womb, the doctors told Nancy her newborn baby boy was not likely to live past infancy, that he would never eat on his own, that he would never walk, the list goes on! Nancy and her family would not just accept that, they fought for Gavino and being the champ that he is, he overcame many medical procedures and surgeries and is now 5 and half years old and is able to walk and eat without any feeding tubes. As a mom, I know the struggles of parenting, but nothing like Nancy does, her struggle is real and ongoing and she doesn’t give up, she shows up on a daily basis, she is there for her son and her family supports her and is behind her and Gavino everyday. Nancy admits it has been hard and it will continue to be a hard for her as a mother and a health advocate for her handsome little man, but she puts her best foot forward, pulls herself together, slaps that lipstick on, and is ready to battle the world for her son and his well being.

 


Rifle Paper Co’s Side Walk Sale in Winter Park, FL

October 18, 2017

 

I had the pleasure of attending Rifle Paper Co’s “Sidewalk Sale” at their flagship store in Winter Park, Florida this past weekend and it was quite the pretty paper and flower lover’s dream!

In case you are wondering what Rifle Paper Co is, like my husband was when I told him about our weekend plans, it is not a shop that sells paper guns! Contrary to what it sounds like, it is a unique stationary company based in Winter Park, Florida. It offers everything from custom wedding invitation suites to Easter, Birthday and Thank you cards. They also have calendars, meal planners, agendas, notebooks, sketch pads, recipe cards, you name it!

Their sidewalk sale consists of samples and left over printed fabric pieces, loose cards, coasters, calendars and wall art. They didn’t have any wedding invites because those are customized to match a particular wedding theme and are sold on a per order basis. However, this doesn’t mean it wasn’t the perfect place for the discerning Central Florida bride to be! They had fabulous gifts any bridesmaid would love! The planners and notebooks were perfect for a busy bride to be to keep it together during the wedding planning process!

As for me, I stocked up on my Thank you cards, Christmas cards, coasters, and also bought a couple wall calendars for 2018, a planner, a few file folders, three wall art floral pieces, a notebook and piece of cute fabric just because! I got everything at 50-70% off and despite them being samples, everything was in great condition, I could not see any signs of damage on anything! I made out like a bandit in my opinion and so did many more savvy shoppers!

According to a super friendly sales associate, Rifle Paper Co in Winter Park has a sidewalk sale about three times per year and the best way to find out about it is to follow them on Instagram and like them on Facebook. If you perhaps are from my home state of California or another part of the world and can’t ever make it to their flagship store in Winter Park, Florida, don’t worry, they run fabulous sales and fulfill custom wedding invitation orders online at their website, Riflepaperco.com

Here are a few pictures of the Sidewalk Sale and some of the goodies I brought home with me! Please enjoy and feel free to Pin away!

 

And below are some of the goodies I brought home with me!

 

Pictures for a Purpose

October 9, 2017

 

 

 

As many of you know, I was just all over Mexico this past summer and had such a wonderful time with my family! I also spent a few days in Mexico City with my cousin. It’s by far one of my favorite cities in the world! Being originally from Northern California and now living in Central Florida, I also have a lot of friends from Puerto Rico; naturally when the two major earth quakes and hurricanes Irma and Maria hit, they hit me hard as well! I lost sleep thinking of the loss and the devastation those natural disasters had caused.

I wanted to help, but didn’t know how. My first thought was to grab a flight to Mexico and just pick up a shovel, but being a wife, mother and a business owner, I couldn’t just drop everything and do that, plus that wouldn’t help anyone in Puerto Rico either! So, after a couple days, it finally came to me, I can find a charity that is reputable and that has people in both Mexico and Puerto Rico that is helping those that need it most! I found Direct Relief and was literally relieved!

I came up with a clever idea and called it “Pictures for a Purpose.” I reached out to a couple of my “Friendors” (wedding vendor friends) and within two weeks, I was able to secure a gorgeous venue for the event, get another photographer on board to help take more pictures and draw out more people! Together, we were able to get 16 families/couples to donate to Direct Relief and come out and get some awesome pictures in exchange! A huge thank you to Joanne from the Banyan Estate for being such a gracious host and not only letting us use The Banyan Estate, but also providing some yummy treats and refreshments as well! Thanks as well to Akili from Sassy a la Mode for giving Me some awesome event planning tips and being there to meet and greet folks for the first hour of the event. Another thank you to Nick and Lauren from Nick and Lauren Photography for joining me in this project! And of course, to my Hubby for coming along with the kids, supporting me and always encouraging me throughout the planning process and during the event! Most importantly, thank you to all who donated and supported such a worthy cause! We raised six hundred and fifteen dollars and blessed a lot of people in the process! These are some of the pictures that I took throughout the day!

Muchas gracias a todos!

 

 

Joanne setting up the yummy snacks for the guests!

Beautiful calligraphy by Flax + Wool Designs

Adorable details throughout the whole place! How cute is this glitter Mr. & Mrs. sign?!

I couldn’t resist a photographer’s selfie in front of this huge mirror!

I DIYed this flower crown with flowers I bought from Walmart the night before and I found the perfect little princess to wear it!

She was just the cutest!

Fashionable Mommy bought their Mommy and Me dresses from Auguste the Label, love them!!

This little cutie was wearing an adorable dress from Old Navy!

She thought my DIY flower arrangement looked so GOOD, you could EAT IT!

So, she took a bite! Aahh, memories! She’ll look back at this and laugh! I know we all did!

And how cute are these guys? Love the fall colors!

All Mom had to say was chicken pot pie and it brought a huge smile to this little guy’s face!

Look at that smile! He’s one handsome little guy and you can tell where he gets it from!

Classic Father and Son portrait! Melts my heart!

So many nice places to take a stroll throughout the Banyan!

Of course, they had to break out the “Big Guns.” Watch out!

That smile says a whole lot!

Hand in hand from now until forever!

Such a sweet couple!

This family was not the posy type, so I just let them be!

Brotherly love!

We let the boys run around and I grabbed a portrait of Mom and Dad alone for a change!

This little family was just the cutest! More fall colors!!

I seriously don’t think these two can get any cuter!

I can’t take it! This makes me want to have another little munchkin!

I ended the sessions with this super rad couple!

And they are expecting! Baby is coming this December! How exciting!

The Banyan tree from which The Banyan Estate got it’s name made the perfect backdrop for this Baby Bump!

Adeline + Gabriel; Florida Destination Wedding

June 24, 2017

 

Adeline and Gabriel flew down from the Big Apple to sunny central Florida for their lovely Coastal Florida Destination Wedding.  I used both digital and film to capture their day. Here’s a brief summary of their lovely wedding day! I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it and tell the story of their day with beautiful, timeless images! The film images were scanned by Photovision Prints.

 They had a simple, yet elegant invite that fit perfectly with their coastal Florida destination wedding.

The day began with the wedding party getting ready at the Double Tree by Hilton Beach side Hotel in Indialantic, Florida.

She had a cute custom wedding dress hanger with Mrs. Wagner written on it!

The beach view through this hall way window was a lovely backdrop for the wedding dress shot!

The Bride kept her details simple and timeless. Here’s a soft 35mm film shot of her earrings and her something blue.

Continuing with the theme of simplicity, the bride kept her makeup to a minimal and did it herself.

When it came to her hair, she left it up to Michelle Meyer from Styling by Michelle M.

Her simple and elegant up-do looked gorgeous and kept her cool on a warm Central Florida Spring day.

Adeline chose to honor an ancient and beautiful Indian tradition of using henna to symbolize a woman’s transformation into a bride.

All her bridesmaids were in awe!

Keeping with tradition and the merging of cultures; Adeline and Gabriel said their “I do’s” at Ascension Catholic Church.

The groom kept it classy as well!

Adeline’s wedding dress was from David’s Bridal.

Henna art by Space Coast Henna.

That look! So cute!

DIY wedding bouquet! All the heart eyes!!

Yellow Dog Cafe is the perfect venue for a Coastal Florida Destination Wedding.

It was beautifully decorated with DIY flower arrangements made by a family friend!

The guests enjoyed a beautiful view of the Indian River Lagoon.

A Coastal  Florida destination wedding would not be complete without starfish and seashells!

Their first Dance with a gorgeous view!

Those blues and pinks! LOVE IT!

Cake by the Ocean!!

Cake by Publix Bakery.

He didn’t play nice, but they had fun with it!

Adorable details for the Bride and Groom!

Lemon Raspberry Martini? Yes, Please!

Very lively crowd! Everyone made it to the dance floor at one point or another!

The view of Yellow Dog Cafe from their dock!

I love this shot of their hands intertwined!

We took advantage of the gorgeous weather and went out on the dock for some couple portraits during the reception!

It was breezy and beautiful!

A beautiful rainbow flare caught on my lens!

The light was magical here!!

Thank you Adeline and Gabriel! It was my pleasure to capture your special day! Cheers to you!!

 

Northern California Romantic Seaside Elopement

May 9, 2017

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Ankita and Raj wanted an intimate elopement before their big Indian wedding that took place the first weekend in May! They had a simple civil ceremony at San Francisco city hall, and celebrated with this coastal elopement shoot that was just as beautiful and romantic as their love story! They had to overcome many barriers to finally be together and they wanted a happily ever after that reflected their story and embraced their love for each other! This took place on the beautiful, yet rough Northern California coastline. The wind stirred up the waves, the salty air created a misty haze so strong the sun could not break through and the breeze was as cold as ice, yet the thrill of their love kept them warm! To give these images an extra special touch, I shot almost all of them in 35mm film using the magical Fuji 400H. I had the pleasure of styling the couple by picking their wardrobe for their session and I also got to collaborate with some very talented vendors to make this all come together so beautifully! I hope you guys enjoy these magical images! Congratulations once again to Ankita and Raj! Wishing all the happiness this world has to offer! A Link to all the vendor’s websites is located at the bottom of this entry! Be sure to check them out, especially if you’re a NorCal Bride to Be!

I love that golden hour light and her beautiful smile!
The groom’s details were on point! From the boutonniere to the suspenders, the cuff links, the watch, the skinny tie, and the shoes!
So many lovely details shot on 35mm film! I love the grain, the color tones and the contrast! That shimmering light bouncing off the water is gorgeous!

Talk about a beautiful cake, and those roses were actually edible!! (more…)

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