Embrace Your Unique Artistic Style – Orange County Photography

I’ve been decorating our living room over the past few weeks (and it’s about time since we moved in almost exactly one year ago). One of the things we realized when we moved into our new home was that we really wanted to fill the walls with things that are MEANINGFUL to us. Things that we love, that tell a story, that we LOVE.

Don’t get me wrong… I have a crazy addiction to Kirkland’s Home and Home Goods like most people… but I was falling into the trap of putting up art that “matched” the space rather than putting up things that matched US.

I am almost done with my decorating (maybe), and one of the last things I did was to put up a collection of industrial/rustic shots I took a while back and have been wanting to have printed. I printed them on metallic paper (and I completely broke my rule of not framing anything printed on metallic). And I love them.

I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with things (and people for that matter) that make you happy. It doesn’t matter what it costs, who made it, where it came from. If it makes you happy, put it up on your walls, out on a table, etc. Don’t hide it in a drawer. Don’t be afraid to display it.

Is this type of photography what you would hang in your home? Maybe… maybe not. The point is to pick what’s uniquely you. What reflects your style, your creativity, your vision. No matter what it is, just find a way to make it your own.

Embrace your artistic style and you will be rewarded everyday with little spaces around you that bring you a little bit of joy everyday.

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Macro Photography – Orange County Photographer

If you are a follower of my blog, you probably know by now how much I LOVE macro photography. There is something about being able to capture something up close; to get a truly intimate view of something. I’m always enthralled with how I can look at something everyday and not really see it until I bring out my beloved macro lens.

You probably also know how much respect I have for my friend and mentor, Nick Carver. He is someone who not only is incredibly talented and takes mind-blowing pictures… he is also someone who is a phenomenal teacher who teaches his students the right way to shoot. The right way being — get your shot right when you’re shooting and don’t rely on post-processing to make it right. If you’re interested in taking one of his workshops, head over to his website and sign up.I can’t recommend his teaching enough.

When Nick offerred his first Macro Photography class at his new studio, I think I was the first one online signing up.

Here is some of my most recent macro work, which definitely improved after taking Nick’s class.


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Saint-Onge Family – Irvine Family Photographer

This is my 3rd year photographing this beautiful family. When we first started, they were a threesome…. now they are a foursome! Taylor has always been one of my favorite subjects to shoot… not only is she beautiful, but she is a sweetheart. And now with the addition of their sweet little Kendall, their shoots are twice as fun! Not to mention the fact that Kelly always finds the cutest darn clothing and accessories for her two little fashionistas! And unlike my own girls, Taylor and Kendall LIKE wearing it all, and they look adorable.

I love watching families grow from year to year – especially watching kids go from being an “only” to a sibling. It’s such an awesome transition, and it brings with it so much love and emotion. Taylor is an awesome big sister, and Kendall is always watching to see where she is. It’s so darn sweet!

Thanks so much Saint-Onge Family!

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Edie Layland - April 7, 2013 - 4:31 pm

These are lovely family portraits!

admin - April 9, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Thanks so much!

Petrie Family – Orange County Family Photographer


The Petries are such an awesome family… full of fun, lots of love, and loads of personality! I always have such a great time on our shoots together – so much so that this year I brought along two of my best helpers to join in the fun!:-) (see last picture to see what I mean!).

We did this shoot at the Camp in Costa Mesa. If you haven’t been there, it’s an awesome (but very small) outdoor shopping mall with independent shops and restaurants. The backdrops and walls are filled with woods, metals, and lots of environmentally-inspired materials. It was the perfect backdrop for this family and the shoot turned out exactly as I had hoped.

As it turned out, some of my favorite shots were at the end of the shoot in the parking lot where everyone got to pick out which parking spot saying fit them the best!

Thanks so much Petrie family!


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judy - March 20, 2013 - 10:12 am

im interested in maternity photos in april.
and newborn photos in may.
and senior portraits in june.

we can drive to locations except for the newborn photos.

somewhere in there i want to get the family together. im thinking at the maternity shoot
can you send your pricing or packages.
and if you give multiple discounts?

Judy Camarena