family: vasquez family

welcome back, my friends! i am aware that it has been almost a year since i have posted, but there were a lot of changes in my life and i couldn’t find the time to actually sit down and write it all down after every session. but, things are starting to wind down slowly but surely and with that, i have a new family photo session to post! this post actually means so much to me and i could not wait to get these photos done as soon as i got home from the session.

 if you know me, you know how much i adore my family. i was so happy when my cousin, adrienne, asked me to take her family’s photos for their christmas card this year, especially since they added a new addition to their little crew. adrienne and i grew up as close as sisters; our moms are sisters, we’re only a little under two years apart in age, we’ve traveled the world, and we attended the same school from first grade all the way through high school. we’ve shared so many memories together and we continue to do so as we’ve grown older. adrienne and her husband, luis, have done the best job raising their children. gabriella -the oldest- is smart, spunky, and full of energy. their son, jacob, is my godson and every time i see him he tells me something he’s done that makes me so proud. the youngest, lilliana, has a fierceness about her already that shows in her face every time i see her. i love this family and i am so happy to have them in my life. i don’t see them as often as i’d like to, but when i do it’s always laughs and good times. to add to the joy of our photo session, we ventured out to our other cousin’s home in northville. we are so grateful to the crampton family for allowing us to use their beautiful property for the backdrop of these family photos. family is all about helping each other and it overjoys me that mine does just that. 

have a blessed week, friends. 

family: brett & amanda

christmas is upon us. 2017 has truly flown by, hasn’t it? in a week we will be getting ready to kiss it goodbye and welcome a new year. i do hope that everyone reading this has had the best year they could have. recently, i reconnected with an old school friend. i met amanda in 7th grade - she was the new girl in our school and she’s actually told me she was scared to approach me in our art class. but i am glad that she did because we became great friends from that point and remained close throughout high school. like any people do after they graduate, we drifted apart but the connection was always still there. her parents were my godparents during my quincenera, we’ve traveled together, we have a lot of the same taste in things. i always knew that she would be there if i needed her and i would be there for her as well. i was so happy for her when she told me that she was going to have a baby this year. i’ve said it before, but my mind is still blown that so many of my friends are married now and/or have children of their own. it does seem sometimes like we just graduated from high school. she asked me to photograph her family for the holidays in their home and i was more than happy to do this. i truly had a great time spending a couple of hours photographing amanda, brett, baby daxton, and their pup fiona. i know i’ll be seeing so much more of them and i look forward to it.

i hope you all have a very merry christmas and a happy new year!

introducing me

hello! i know that there is an about me button located at the top of the page, but i really wanted to take a moment to sit down and really tell you more about myself. before i shoot with my clients i  like to take the time to have coffee with them first so we can get to know each other a little better before our actual shooting session. believe me, i get first time jitters when meeting new people too! but i feel that by writing this it will help you all also get a feel for my personality.

i’ve been interested in photography since i was a senior in high school, so a little over 12 years now. i began shooting for my high school yearbook and taking photos at concerts with my little disposable cameras and my love for capturing these moments just grew and grew. i specialize mainly in portraiture; seniors, lifestyle, and a little fashion every now and then. i feel like these three categories intertwine which makes it so fun for me. i love shooting seniors because they have their own sense of style and they know what they like and don’t like. i always try to make it a great time.

i am currently not married, nor do i have children of my own, but i do have nieces and nephews that i love more than the world. i am very family oriented. in the summer you can usually find me with my mom and my sisters or my aunt and cousins, almost always by the pool or eating some good food. we’re mexican-american and almost every get together, no matter what it is, is an event. i absolutely love it. nothing makes me happier than being with my family and friends.

i turned 30 years old this month and i have to tell you, i really struggled with this birthday. society has always told us that women should be married with at least one or two children by the time they’re even 25, however, that never happened for me. so in a way, this whole year leading up to about a week before my birthday i really felt like i had failed at life. it wasn’t until a few days after my big 3-0 that i came to realize that there is no “right way” to do life, there are no rules, and the best way to live life is to just do what makes you happy. times are changing now and women are getting married and having children later, some women choose not to do these things at all, either way - it’s all okay because we get to choose how we want to live now. to celebrate this birthday, i had my friend and fellow photographer erin mcconnell take my photos. she is amazingly talented and the raddest girl in the world. i could not ask for a better friend to make me feel confident in myself. to see more of her work, check out her website:

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