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Spaghetti & Sensory

Child Psychologists suggest that sensory play is a crucial component in early childhood development. As adults we are well aware of the senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing but can we actually recall at what age we discovered that soap is completely different than a candy bar. The answer in most cases is, No. Children need sensory activities to facilitate and encourage them to use scientific processes while they explore this world. Allowing children to participate in sensory activities enables them to stimulate their senses and develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively. Thus it is crucial that every child experience sensory integration activities early.
On this day, it was Baby Mason’s first sensory experience with spaghetti. As he began to slowly take his chances on the taste of spaghetti, it was obvious that one of two options were looming, the complete dissatisfaction and the abandonment of spaghetti forever or the absolute spaghetti onslaught. I was quite compelled to see what the future for this bowl of spaghetti would be. He soon dug his baby hands into the bowl and indulged. Noodle-by-noodle he slurped his way through the bowl allowing for quite some memorable photo’s to be captured from this sensory experience. To say the least, Mason’s senses were stimulated as his experience with Spaghetti & Sensory came to a filling end.

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All the Leaves were brown on this fall day when Baby Alexander gave us a reason to gaze into his adorable eyes as he counted down the days till he was 1. Turning 1 is a big deal for every infant as this is the time they begin to walk, talk, and zip around. Before the big hoorah, it was vital that I capture the essence of fall. As we know fall brings the holiday season full swing. As such it was only fitting to capture details pertaining to the fall season and holidays. Brown leaves, apples, Halloween pumpkins, and Thanksgiving Indians. The natural sun setting beyond the trees was the cherry on top to allow for a warmer tone. The warm tone accentuated the colors of fall. After the fall shoot, the time had come for Baby Alexander to demolish his cake. Fortunately for table manners, Alexander politely ate the cake with his index finger and thumb. He ate the cake in gracious manner at first but once the flavor of sugar sparked his taste buds, he dug right in which resulted in a successful smash the cake session full of laughter, fun, and a sugary mess.

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Film School Habits Die Hard

Sketching is an artist’s way of presenting his/her thoughts, ideas, and inspiration on paper. When it comes to a photo shoot, I find it best to scribble abstracts on how I’d like the photo to look like prior to going on scene. Much like storyboards in film, pre-shoot sketches conceptualize three vital elements that provide the photographer a visualization of the scene, subject, and composition. The scene comprises of everything in the foreground, center, and background of the subject. The scene includes all things natural and unnatural that corresponds with the photo shoot and subject. The subject or main subject is the reason for the photo shoot. The adorable baby, the romantic couple, or the composed model are all examples of the main subject. The composition or framing is the type of shot you’re looking to get out of each set-up. The most common framing techniques used in photography are the rule of third’s, empty space, and simplicity. Some photographers capture an image and adjust framing in post-production while others take their time to adjust each as they shoot. There is no right and wrong way to compose an image. Personally I find it more effective to adjust framing during the shoot which allows me to have a variety of photo’s to choose from in post-production. If you think about it, sketching is like preparing for what’s to come. Sketching in photography or electronic arts is similar to a grocery list, financial planning, and life in the sense that you make a sketch of what you want to accomplish prior to beginning your journey instead of diving head first without any sense of direction. As an old habit from film school, I have realized sketching is definitely a habit worth keeping.

2014 I Do! Bridal Event

Wedding season is in full swing, and what better way to get a taste of the glitz and glamor then to have the opportunity to have shot the I Do! Bridal Event by Fancy That! Events, at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, California. It was a day similar to kindergarten show-and-tell, as the exuberant vendors showcased their artistry. It was vital to capture the detail that had gone into making each vendor’s booth extravagant and individually special. The finesse transcended from the beautiful wedding gowns to the tiered wedding cakes. The Floral’s bloomed vibrantly as guests filled the ballroom. Soon enough the fashion show was underway as the gorgeous Lovella Bridal models strutted down the runway with their Spray LA glow, showcasing the magnificent wedding gowns, garters, veil’s, and more. Such dedication and compassion was exuded by all the vendors that day as It was a true pleasure to be part of such a spectacular event.

For more photos of the event, please visit the Bridal Events Section on the Photography Page.