Monday, November 23, 2009

I Heart Faces--Sun flare

So, this is my first time EVER submitting something to the Fabulous I Heart Faces photo challenge. I have been a huge fan of theirs for a while now, frequenting their blog often for inspiration!! I love seeing what so many other photographers out there are doin'! Not to mention as a new photographer its awesome to have a place to go for tips and helpful links! Seriously, I could go on forever about how much I love these guys! But I have never felt brave enough to submit anything of mine...until now I guess. I felt I had to the second I saw the challenge... "Sun flares" are sort of my soft spot. I LOVE, love, LOVE them! I'm constantly drawn to these shots. There's really just nothing more romantic to me then some great light and a magical sun glare! Anyway, right away I knew deep down just the picture I had to use. (I tried to tell myself to use other new ones I have taken but kept going back to this one...and Brent's reassurance that it was the right one helped too) I took this image over the summer when I was lucky enough to shoot my friends Amanda and Todd's e-session. This is one of those images that I just sort of fell in love with for some reason. It just spoke to me! (haha, I know...I'm a goof!) I suppose it just so perfectly captured the love of Amanda and Todd. If I could some how put their love into a bottle and drop it in the ocean for others to find...I would roll this picture up and put it inside! Yeah, again...GOOF, ya'll gotta get used to that! ;D Anyway, I know their faces aren't totally visible, but I think their profiles and expressions are so perfectly highlighted by the glare of the sun...So, I'm hoping it counts! Again, being my first entry, I'm not 100% sure if that's ok??? I hope so! So with all that said, Happy Turkey day Fellow inter-webbers in the fabulous blogosphere! Oh, and P.S. I HEART FACES!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Cards

Hello fellow inter-webbers in the blogosphere! So, the Holidays are JUST around the corner...sneaking up on us faster then I can blink! SO, I have decided to create something special for anyone interested in sending out holiday cards this year! Here's what's up: I will be scheduling photo shoots from now until December 5th. For $ 75 you will get an hour long photo session with Yours truly, a disk 25+ edited images, and a set of 35 custom made holiday cards delivered right to your door! That means you will not have to worry about going out and getting the holiday cards yourself...cause I'll to it all for ya!! This means more time to shop for other fun toys, or more time to enjoy your loved ones by an open fire, or just plain more time to yourself with one less thing to worry about during the busy holiday season!! Please feel free to contact me if you have ANY questions or if you would like to book a session!
Here's how to get a hold of me: e-mail me: OR call me up at : (619) 203-9681. I live in San Diego and can do photo shoots down here anytime and I am also available to do photo sessions in Orange county if booked on a weekend. Can't wait to see ya'll! :D

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stay tuned for the fabulous Wright family...

Hi Izabella!

Ok, Seriously you guys, I my heart melts every single time I hear this little girl say "Hi, Megan!!" I wish that I could have some how recorded her saying that and then posted it to the blog, so that ya'll could hear it...its the most adorable little voice in the world! I had so much fun at Balboa park with Izabella and her mom, Julia! (whom just so happens to be a fabulous friend of mine from work!) Here are a few of my favorite shots from our fun adventures at the park...
Love this shot of Izabella in front of the fountain!
Thanks so much Julia and Izabella for such a fun day at the park!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Izabella sneak peek...

Here is a quick peek at the super fun shoot in Balboa Park with the ADORABLE little Izabella! Stay tuned for more....

Seriously...Is she not the most adorable little bug you've ever seen!!!?? The rest of our super FAB day at the park will be up later in the week....You guys will MELT! I swear!

Friday, November 6, 2009

First Smugmug meeting and The Quintero's

Hello bloggers and happy FRIDAY! Before I start talking about my fabulous sister and her beautiful family, I want to talk about last night. SO, last night I had the opportunity to attend my first ever OC smug mug meeting. This was HUGE for me! If you know me at all (and you all do because lets be real, I don't have many followers...YET! ;D) Anyhow, if ya know me you know that I am INSANELY shy and a little ridiculously introverted. Which, I know what you are thinking next: How am I doing Photography and talking to people, getting THEM to come out of their shells when I myself, am this shy? Well the answer is I force myself out of my shell...and it pays off every time. Just like it did last night; when I forced myself to step outside of my usual shy-self and drive me and my fantastic boyfriend up to Orange County to sit in a room full of other awesome photographers and listen to the FABULOUS JStar* (Jasmine Star!) share her fabulous insight in her world of "Netmaking." Netmaking is a word that Jasmine made up in place of a word that she shared she had a common hatred for...Networking! Netmaking, as Jasmine so beautifully put it, is: "The desire to put one's needs before your own as a way to help, invest, and grow another business." She continued to tell us all of the ways we could help others...not to boost ourselves or our own businesses but rather, to help others. And maybe, watch as Karma works its beautiful magic. (as my new friend Crystal Le put it: "the good old "do unto others as you would have others do unto you"")Naturally Jasmine (and Crystal) put it much better then I did, but as I sat there (at the edge of my seat, said Brent) I just kept thinking "Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to help others...But what can I give? I hardly have knowledge myself and I just barely taught myself how to work my Nikon D60 on manual....surely no one needs MY help" And then she kept going and kept reminding us that she too was once in the same boat, with the same fears and that she always found a way to make herself helpful to anyone in ANY way she could. So, needless to say I drove home all wide eyed and excited like a little kid on Christmas morning. Imagining all of the ways I can try to be of help to ANYONE! So my goal from now on is to find ways that I can help others, and ANY way that I can! To end the fabulous night we were instructed to talk to at least three other photographers in the room and netmake...not to be confused with network. We were to really get to know them, try to offer our help to them and actually go home with a new contact that you follow through with. I was NERVOUS to say the least...but was so thrilled that AGAIN I pushed myself to not think in the old Megan mind set....and was so grateful to have met some fantastic photographers and great people to learn from and hopefully help in some way! ALSO there, was the ever fabulous Ryel J! I met Ryel just a few weeks ago at my friends wedding that I practically forced my friend to hire as her photographer. (I am kidding, actually Ayelet was in love the second she saw Ryel's work!!!) Anyway, I bring Ryel up because I would literally kick myself if I didn't share with my fellow inter-webbers how FABULOUS, SWEET, INVITING and TALENTED Ryel is. She not only recognized me from Ayelet's wedding but ran over and gave me a huge hug making a nervous me feel so very welcome in a place that I was so nervous to be at. Ryel has been an incredible inspiration to me in these first few months as I try to find who I want to become as a photographer and artist....And I can only hope that some day I make another photographer feel as welcome and comforted as Ryel has made me feel! (ok, don't tease me...but I literally DO NOT know how to link people's websites yet, otherwise, I would have linked both Jasmine and Ryel's blogs to my page....but I promise I will learn soon!) If you do want to see their work just shoot me an e-mail and I will send you their links! Anyway after dreaming last night of ways to NETMAKE and push myself in more ways as a photographer I felt that I had to post something about my experience last night! IT was fabulous thanks to Jasmine, smug mug, Ryel J and all of the other rad photographers there!

Now, onto the Quinteros! My sister and her hubby actually made their big BLOG Debut a few months ago when I just got my camera...but the holidays are rolling around and I am working on a little something that I will share with you all next week...So again my sister graciously agreed to gather her beautiful family for me to photograph in what is my favorite place in San Diego...Balboa Park! I had a blast shooting my fun, goofy, spirited, HILARIOUS, super sweet nieces and nephew and my beautiful sister and her oober awesome hubby (brother in law as he is referred to by me and Angie) Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon...Stay tuned next week for what fun ideas we have coming for the Holidays (Hint---Think Holiday cards!)