10 on 10: February – Flowers for Love

For this month’s 10 on 10 post, I decided to photograph flowers. I was feeling a bit low on Sunday and went a little crazy cheering myself with flowers, plus, with this Friday being Valentine’ Day, I thought the timing was fitting.

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Ideally, I knew that I would make images with my purchase of pink tulips, red ranunculus, a red gerbera daisy, and hydrangea. Creating always takes me out of my funk, bringing me straight into the moment.

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I am thoughtful and careful in my styling, just as I am in my people portrait shoots, and I had no idea how exhausting it can be! I was on my belly a lot, changed lenses a lot and tried many different vases and positioning, all the while making sure the natural light was sufficiently bounced back onto them with a reflector or foam board. All in all, it was a full-on shoot.

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I enjoyed it tremendously though, and had been wanting so much to experiment more with textures and some of my photoshop skills to create these images.

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Because my Mom was on my mind the entire time I worked with these flowers, I am dedicating all these photos to her. I see how much of who I am came from her. She is the one who taught me about style, creativity and about beauty. These things have always been so important to her in the way she cooks, wraps presents, quilts, dresses, you name it! The petal doesn’t fall far from the flower! Because she doesn’t live close to me, this is my way of sending her flowers — flowers that will last forever! Big love to Mom!

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And just in case anyone reading isn’t familiar with the 10 on 10 project, there are 10ish of us women who take 10 photos on the 10th of each month. We post them, with a link to the next woman in the circle, and we gain inspiration from each other, while at the same time, many who wouldn’t normally get to see each person’s work now will get to through the sharing we do!

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Please follow around the circle and get acquainted with some amazing photographers, starting with Kristina.

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The Angel Within

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It was a couple of weeks ago during the warmest part of our winter here in San Diego, that Ana hired me to create some images of her. She wanted portraits and hoped to have a photo that made her look like a butterfly. She wanted it to show freedom and her personal flight to a new chapter in her life.

I did create the butterfly image, not shown here, and though I loved it, it felt forced – like I had to make it literally look like a butterfly, something I didn’t realize until I got to the editing, but I figured my client would still like it. She did. But then I edited this one. This was inspired by a photo I saw somewhere on-line, but it looks absolutely nothing like it.

This is usually what I do at the end of my client shoots if time allows, is ask them if they’re willing to try something else. Ana always agrees, bless her heart, and this photo is what came. It’s about 4 or 5 images combined and the sky came from Tulum, Mexico. When I completed it, it felt so true to me, and it felt so true to who I know my client, Ana, to be.

When I posted it on Flickr, the word ‘Angel’ came up many times over. I thought it was so interesting because the photo I borrowed from was more of a sexy, wrapped goddess, with lots of darkness around her, but this was how my version emerged.

I ask myself where it came from and all I can say is somewhere inside of me. I’m one who believes in angels and ask for their guidance a lot. I also feel I have angels on earth and one of them is Ana. I suppose it was natural for me to create her this way.

When we’re really true to what feels right to us as we create, the truth is there, right in front of us and sometimes it’s really a beautiful surprise!

This, by the way, was her favorite too, and the one she is using to represent who she is and where she is in her life.

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10 on 10: January – Just us Two

I’m so happy to be back to our 10 on 10 posts this year with a lot of new, talented women! I welcome them all and look forward to expanding our circle!

For this month’s post, Phil and I took a break from our hectic work schedules and headed out for a stroll on the beach in La Jolla. It’s one of my favorite places to be, plus it’s been feeling a bit like Summer here in San Diego.

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I’ve had a couple of rough days this week and I am definitely cheered by Phil’s love and always…the ocean!

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Please follow the circle around starting with Kathleen Ries’ post here!

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Goodbye and Thank You, 2013!

I was happy to put together this montage of images I created in 2013. Sometimes I forget where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished, and the experiences I’ve had until I take a good look back. Last year took me to Savannah, Georgia to study with one of my favorite photographers, Heather Evans Smith. It was such a beautiful city, I only wished I’d had more time there and more time with the few amazing women I met there.

One of my favorite experiences of the year was taking a workshop with another favorite photographer in Los Angeles, Brooke Shaden. My favorite image of the year came from this workshop. Brooke is so down-to-earth, and so willing to give information. I learned a lot and look forward to working with her again!

I also went to Tulum, Mexico to photograph my second wedding. It was a great experience for me because I learned, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that weddings are not work that I want to pursue. I love the subject matter but I don’t love the smart phones and ipads and the myriad of cameras that the guests have that get in the way and have to be edited out of the most pivotal shots. Also, I’m more fond of portrait sessions where I can control the time and environment and take my time to create the magic that I envision. What a beautiful place Tulum is though. I took a few of my favorite photos on the white sand beaches with the beautiful turquoise waters on the horizon.

I also went to the sand dunes of Yuma, Arizona twice. The dunes make a beautiful backdrop for the two stunning Norwegian beauties I photographed there.

Sedona, one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in the U.S., was a quick stop for me and my friend Echo, where we saw Javelinas running through the fields at dusk and where I captured one of the most magical shots of Echo near a stream, with the beautiful columns of red rocks behind her.

I’m so grateful for the experiences I had, the lessons I learned, the people I met, and all the inspiration I received.

I wish you all a very Happy, blessed, blissful New Year! Happy 2014!!

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10 on 10: December – That Time of Year!

I’ve been trying out wordpress for my blog and hope to be more prolific with my posts!

This past month has been the busiest for me ever as a photographer here in San Diego. Much of it has to do with Christmas — creating family portraits, and a lot of it I suppose is just by chance. With the variety of work I’ve taken on — from pregnancy and newborn to glamour-style portraits and gorgeous children; I have had my hands full, but gratefully so.

I chose 10 images from a few of my sessions to share here in the 10 on 10 circle for the month of December.

It was such a heart-melting joy to photograph newborn twins. They were so good! They let me pose them however I wanted without crying and the parents were so trusting! Bless their hearts, they have a 20-month old girl who I also photographed as a newborn, so they were more relaxed this time around!

And on the theme of babies, I photographed one of my best friends and her hubby-to-be in her seventh month of pregnancy. The love and joy between them and this new life that will soon be in the world brought tears to my eyes!

There is a family from Mexico who hires me to photograph them when they come out about three times a year. It started with a maternity shoot of the Mom, and now the little girl is 20 months old. It’s always a challenge to get the shots you want with children this young, but I shoot a lot to ensure I’ll get something! Here are just a couple of the images I loved of mother and daughter.

I look forward to watching little Maria grow up and enjoy the opportunity to witness it through my lens.

Another fun family shoot was with the Holiday children. The five year-old twin boys were born on Christmas Day, and their four year-old Sister was born on the 4th of July. These few shots are a select few of this beautiful and loving family.

And finally, after seeing some shots I had posted on my facebook page from these sand dunes in Yuma, Arizona–this client asked if we could trek the 2 1/2 hour drive for a photo shoot. The weather was perfect, though I suspect that most days of the year are perfect in this area. I was grateful for my assistant, Kathleen, who helped with light and reflectors, as well as wardrobe changes, as there were a lot! Thankfully, we did a good job of dodging the dune buggies!

We stuck to jewel-toned colors, which was perfect for this stunning norwegian blonde. I haven’t yet edited all these photos but here are just a couple.

Please follow the 10 on 10 circle by viewing the work of Eva! Happy Holidays, everyone! May your days be filled with color and light!

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Fall in the Adirondacks

Early last month I made it to upstate New York for the very first time. I was with my dear friend and fellow shutter bug, Bonnie, and we stayed in the town of Raquette Lake, where she has a Summer House, or what is known as a ‘camp’.

The mornings were cold, cold, cold, with the fog rolling in over the lakes, but as soon as the sun got high enough in the sky, we were warmed up as we took in the beautiful colors of red, gold, yellow and orange.

I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, having grown up and lived in Southern California my entire life, and I was definitely in a visual heaven.

We would wake up as the sun did and head straight out to photograph dew drops on the leaves and the spider’s webs, and also the mist that rolled across the lakes.


We went on hikes that nearly killed me, but the reward at the top of these climbs always made it well worth it.

One hike, to a mountain top with a name I can’t remember, took way longer to get up than Bonnie had hoped (only because of my being so slow), and once there, we looked out onto a sea of beautiful fall leaves and lakes. Heaven…truly, heaven.

We stayed until the sun set, and the scariest part of my trip to the Adirondacks came in hiking down in the dark. We had those headlight bands, but it was pretty steep! I used my tripod as my cane.

I hope to go back next year, in better shape for the amazing hikes!

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A Day in Savannah, Georgia

I recently had the pleasure of working with one of my very favorite conceptual artists, Heather Evans Smith. There were nine other super talented women in the workshop and we spent the day at the beautiful Wormsloe Plantation. The dirt roads were lined with spanish moss and although it was a sight to behold, there was an eerie feeling about it–as if you could sense the people who were there before us –over 100 years ago.

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We had two gorgeous models and a hair and make-up artist which was something new for me, and each of us created our own scenes. I learned so much, not just from Heather, but from the other talented photographers in our group. It was too short of a time, really, but in our day together we were blessed with cloudy skies that lit up our scenes beautifully.

Here are some of the images I created.

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If you ever get the chance to visit Savannah, I recommend it! I will definitely be going back to explore more of it’s beauty.

Models: Morgan Marlowe, Heather Leigh Richards
Make-Up Artist: Amanda Perkins Joiner
Hair Stylist: Samantha Fletcher

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