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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dave | Waco TX

Dave | Waco TX
Saturday, June 16, 2018
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It's not everyday you travel to Waco Texas for a job offer and end up photographing a barista from your favorite local coffee house... 

Meet Dave. Texas native who knows how to shake it like Paris Hilton on the front of a thunderbird, you think I'm kidding... I am, but he did offer. "Anything to get the shot..."

Dave and I met at Common Grounds two days ago when I ran into my friend Marissa from high school. It was so surreal being in a random town and not knowing a soul, but then meeting and making friends due to the universe being so small. I am so thankful we bumped into each other years later in Waco. 

Anyways, back to Dave... he's a Baylor boy (Go Bears) and is such a sweet soul. To randomly agree to a photoshoot, then to hop in the car with a total stranger, and to put up with my shenanigans, that takes a special kind of person. Although we only got to hangout for about an hour at an old gas station and then at Pinewood Roasters, I'm thankful to know that I have made another friend here in Texas. My adventures in Waco are only just beginning.

Here's to new friends, new coffee shops, and new adventures.




Sunday, December 17, 2017

Reynaga or Nada | Laura and David Reynaga

Reynaga or Nada | Laura and David Reynaga
Sunday, December 17, 2017
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That warm autumn light...that cool southern Californian breeze... it is no wonder why so many couples are getting married in the fall...

Laura and I met in middle school where we became good friends. We worked together in ASB and then later in life our paths crossed again working weddings together at a venue in Oak Glen. We both have always shared a mutual love for weddings and events, so when Laura announced she was engaged and contacted me, I was beyond ecstatic. I knew this wedding would be beautiful but I was and still am blown away by every little detail.

Anyone in the wedding industry knows that we view weddings a little differently. We see everything that goes on behind the scenes and we understand that there is a method to the matrimony. Weddings to us are not simply events, they are a representation of the characteristics that bring two unique souls together to make one. They are the beautiful beginnings that make up a forever.

Laura and David share a sweet love that makes me smile from cheek to cheek every single time I think about them. They have this tenderness about them that can only be described as gentle and calming. They complement each other in humor, wit, and playfulness, but my absolute favorite thing about them is their compassion and genuine love for others.Although this is only the beginning of their love story, I anticipate it to be absolutely magical in every way imaginable...

Congratulations to Laura and David, who not only had the sweetest love and the cutest details, but also the best wedding hashtag ever... #raynagaornada





























Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bright & Bold | Nikia Provenzano | Mad Maven

Bright & Bold | Nikia Provenzano | Mad Maven
Saturday, July 29, 2017
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Happy Saturday everyone!

I wanted to kick off the weekend with a bold and bright post featuring one of my favorite models/bloggers/fashion designers/ boss babes... the absolutely stunning Nikia Provenzano aka Mad Maven Style.

We've worked together only a handful of times but after each session I rush home to get my hands on our photos, and I am always in awe. Nikia has such a distinct style and isn't afraid to take chances when it comes to fashion. Her boldness is admirable and inspiring for so many reasons.





For me Nikia is a person who is willing to take chances not only in the fashion industry but in life. Our talks over dinners have been nothing less than motivating. She is a woman who is determined to make an impact on the world with bold statements in and outside of her photographs. Nikia stands up for what she believes in but does so with compassion and grace. 




I wanted to bring a new element to the blog, something that could connect my readers to the people of the photographs even further. Nikia is the first to have conducted a mini interview with me and I am so excited to share her answers.




Q: "You have such a unique aura in all of your images, how would you describe your signature style?" 

A: "My signature style always starts with a statement jewelry piece and ends with a bold lipstick. I like to think of my style as Vintage Islander or 90's Islander. Haha it's weird but I dig it."




Q: " Handling so many different jobs and roles as a model, a blogger, a designer, a jewelry maker... it seems like so much to handle. How do you stay constantly inspired?"

A: "The way I stay inspired is I'm always trying to stay busy. Always being inspired by my friends and others that do the same things I am. Design is an endless road of possibilities, I usually look up cool runway show photos and try to tweak and replicate certain designs to what I'd like them to be. I'm super ADD though, so I'm always hopping from one thing to the next."





Q: " Alright, now for a fun question... If you could hangout with anyone (dead or alive) for a day who would it be and why? "

A: " Oh man, what a hard question! I would want to hang out with my grandmas again, both of them. They died when I was pretty young, but I'd love to just sit and talk to them about things in their childhood and past. Fashion, love, life. Intimate things only women could discuss in full detail. Man, i'd really love that. Is that a boring answer? Haha I guess someone famous would be Estelle Getty! I mean, she was the best character in the Golden Girls."




 Love Nikia's style as much as I do? Want to treat yourself and order a pair of custom pom earrings?
Click on the links below to view her instagram accounts, blog, and shop!

Nikia's website/blog

Nikia's Instagram

The cutest pom earrings ever...




Side note... we had such an awesome response from artists and I have to share their work. One artist oliviaillustrations designed an incredible pin using inspo from our session.



And another artist vogue.illustration created and crafted this beautiful piece... swoon!



Be bright & be bold!








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