Photography: Dominguez Family

   I secretly love 10 minute photo sessions. When you do something right, there’s no need to stay there longer than needed. My cousin Sasha and her family has been growing non-stop these past few 4 years. I’ve photographed a couple of her milestone (clink on the events below to see) and this was no different, now that she’s expecting baby number 3.
Contrary to the pictures because of all the pink, she’s expecting another boy! Dad Ramgy was hoping for a girl, but Sasha was pretty content knowing she was going to be the only queen in the house!

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Photography: Five Months and Counting, Luis & Jen

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As the unofficial photographer of the family, I’m always ready to get behind the camera to capture the moments that matter. If I can do this for everyone else, why should my own family have to deal with crappy cell phone pictures ( I secretly hate those).
My brother Luis and girlfriend Jen are expecting, and only being 5 months in, I wanted to be able to remember the middle stages of the pregnancy. That way when she’s really showing, we can have round two and compare.
During our Father’s Day barbecue (you can read that post HERE) I told the couple to take a quick walk with me. They really weren’t expecting this happen today, so It’s not like there was any time to prepare. This session lasted about 12 minutes and because we didn’t want to be away for too long and leave the food on the grill waiting for us, we hurried back. For such a quick walk, I think we did pretty damn well!
Looking forward to session number 2, with a bigger belly,

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Family: Gender Reveal, Luis or Jenna?

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My brother Luis and my new sister in law Jen are expecting. Which is pretty exciting, especially since this will be baby number 5 for my siblings. Everyone kept asking each other what they wanted the baby to be.  I personally had no preference, as long as the baby is healthy. I now have 2 nieces and 2 nephews, so this baby would have been a tie breaker anyway…. we just want to see you here!

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The couple wanted to something pretty small and intimate for the gender reveal, and since everyone is a fan of burgers and beers, a BBQ it was. (We love those)
The cake was adorable with a “twinkle twinkle little star theme”… I personally was a big fan of the yuca with red onions and carne that was being served. Gotta love latin food.

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When it was time to reveal the gender, I absolutely loved my brother’s reaction… especially since he was team girl. Now we all can’t wait until baby Jenna is here so we can smother her with kisses.
Check out his priceless reaction in the video below!

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Family: Fractured & Hungry

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A couple of weeks ago now, my brother was hit by car. By the grace of God, he’s with us alive and well, just limping a little bit. Since he’s been on bed rest for a little while, and probably bored out of his mind–One of his close friends, Alex wanted to throw him a little barbecue to get him out of the house… even if it may it be only a few feet away.
It was a nice night, and such a nice gesture. I woke up early to  clean the back yard a bit, and a few moments later, Alex and I were in Costco stocking up on supplies (and yes I made him push me in the cart all over the store)
Here’s to happy healing, and being grateful for blessings,

Illustration: Dislocated

   It’s been a hell of week. My brother is out of commission due to an accident. It’s been scary thinking about what if?
   We’re all so grateful he’s alive. Right now he’s taking it slow since it’s time for healing.
This illustration came naturally, seeing as he had one dislocated toe that needed to snapped back into place, and a fractured ankle that we’re waiting for the selling to go down.
See you guys soon, it’s time to slow down a bit.

Photography: Mommy & Amaury

Capture all the memories. Yes, I’m the aunt running around with a camera, trying to make sure I catch it all. These kids are growing so fast, and it’s my job to make sure we never forget the little fingers, the innocent smiles, and the adorable little dimples. Since Amaury will be turning one soon, My sister Jula wanted me to photograph her mini me.
I’ve been dipping my toe in studio photography, and it’s a different world from natural lighting (out door photography). I have to learn how to manipulate and create light where it didn’t exist before. Not to mention, doing that while I have a squirming baby who wasn’t really in the mood to stay still. I told Jula to hop in the picture to make Ama feel a little more comfortable, and will you look at that, it actually worked!
I still have a lot to learn, and I’ll get there in due time, but for now, I’m pretty happy that my sister loved all the pictures, and I get to call that a win!
PS. Amaury’s all white outfit was provided by my trip to Cuba last year, and he has finally grown into it, pero que caballero! 
Muchos besos,

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Family: Yes, Another One

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In between all of the drawings and photography sessions in my life, I try my best to always make time for family. The kiddies are growing a little too quickly. My niece Harlie is one and already walking, running everywhere. and my nephew Amaury is turning 1 soon, and is still working on trying to get his first tooth.
I try my best to take advantage when everyone is a bit dressed up, and set my camera close to me. There’s something personal about catching loved ones candidly. I’m a big fan of having your personality shine through.  And since babies grow so quickly, I try to catch all of their innocent moments before it’s too late.
Today we got the big news that we’ll be having another little rugrat to spoil, and I’m so eager to have another little to capture and give all my hugs to.