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  • Hi! I’m Elizabeth, a portrait photographer in Central California

    My portrait vision is an on location, modern style with a touch of classic portraiture. I believe natural light is most flattering and the natural environment offers the best backdrop. The photograph finish is clean with bright and rich tones. Occasionally, the light and emotion presents an opportunity for a black and white finish. In such case, I wholeheartedly comply. From time to time, natural light is inaccessible. In those instances, I use available (artificial) light in the surrounding environment to create creative portraits. I am also currently experimenting with studio light for those long winter months!

    Thank you so much for visiting and feel free to send me a note using the contact form located in the menu above regarding my work or interest in my religious conviction. God bless.

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Baby J | Waller Park, Santa Maria, California

Baby J is celebrating his first birthday and we had great fun capturing his bubbly and silly personality! It was tough to get the “classic” shots because this little guy loved to move around and did not like to sit still but in the end we managed to get his cute little quirks and some memorable shots of him with his mommy and his auntie.

Fun fact: I was the photographer at his parent’s wedding so its pretty awesome to also take portraits of their first baby reaching this milestone.:)

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A New Project

I just realized that I did not pick up my camera to take any pictures this past month. None. Zero. I feel ashamed. Disappointed. I need to get on a daily project to keep me motivated to keep picking up my camera even when my life is hectic and I feel drained after coming home from work. More so, because this past month was FULL of the Lord’s blessing. I want to use my talent to manifest that joy.

To change the depressing topic, I finally bought a bilingual bible and I cannot for the life of me figure out why I had not bought one YEARS ago! Carry two bibles or carry one? Parallel text in both English and Spanish in my preferred translation (KJV/RV 1960)! Its glorious! I have been looking for a Thompson bilingual bible with no luck and I took a chance with this Holman Bible Publishers and its great!

My goal from now on is to take ONE image a day. Doesn’t matter what it is as long as its good enough to showcase the image (i.e., not some camera phone image or some regular snapshot). I will brainstorm a theme or idea so that the images are cohesive.

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Favorites Images of 2013

So, I know I am kind of late sharing my favorite images of 2013… whoops! Some of these images are client work and some are personal. I have come to the realization that I need to work on more personal photography projects. Some of these images would not be considered “memorable” or “exceptionally creative” but I included them in my favorites because they represent a growth in my photography journey. Reflecting on the past year, I have come a long way and I hope to keep moving forward in 2014!

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U + E Engagement Session | Guadalupe Beach

This was my very first engagement session and it went wonderful! It is such a joy to capture the love between two people who are about to embark on a lifelong journey of companionship.  Mr. U had a beautiful surprise for his wife-to-be at the end of the session. She was totally not expecting it and he delivered her gift in the classic engagement pose! Sigh… young love.

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  • January 18, 2014 - 12:14 PM

    Carmen - Amazing picture Elizabeth!!ReplyCancel

    • January 18, 2014 - 2:34 PM

      admin - God pay you sister! :) ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2014 - 12:02 AM

    Susie - Beautiful…love your photographsReplyCancel