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L.A. Shoot This! – January 2012   Leave a comment

I recently attended an event for the L.A. Shoot This! photography event which was held at Studio OC in Fountain Valley, CA and hosted by Joelle Leder. The theme for the event was Valentine’s Day – Red, White & Pink with a twist of sweetness, vintage and love. Kerry Garrison from and was at the studio to inform and educate photographers on basic studio portrait lighting.  Hair Stylist by Kreisson and Make Up Artist By Denise.



Models seen in the photos below were Devon, Drew, Ryan, and Mera. More photos from the L.A. Shoot This! event can be seen here.


Posted February 2, 2012 by Anastasia in Events, Fashion, Portraits

Anjannet   Leave a comment

I recently had a pleasure to work with Anjannet and her family for a maternity session. They are seven months along and are expecting a girl!

To see more photos from this session, click here to visit.

Posted October 4, 2011 by Anastasia in Family, Maternity, Portraits

OC Smug Meeting July 2011 – John Mireles   Leave a comment

“The most important things that a photographer should carry are her/his feelings and emotions, because you can make a great picture with your soul, not your eyes. You can’t make images that affect others if you aren’t in some way affected while making them.” ~Brenda Tharp

That is one of my favorite quotes. It was also very fitting to the OC Smug Meeting in Costa Mesa that I went to last night where the speaker was John Mireles and the topic was on “Getting The Clients You Want And The Money You Dreamed Of“. He basically discussed how to stay true to yourself…how to make your work unique and stand out from the rest. You can follow the latest trends and have all the latest camera equipment, but your personal vision has to come from your heart.

A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s  happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal.

Posted July 29, 2011 by Anastasia in Meeting, Photographic Education, SMUG Meetings

Thank You   Leave a comment

I would like to thank everyone who participated in a charity portrait session and donated to Red Cross to benefit the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief. Because of your generosity and contributions, $350 was raised.

I have met many great people in the process and it was a fun journey.

Posted April 1, 2011 by Anastasia in Charity and Fundraisers

Riverside & IE SmugMug – Studio Lighting Workshop   Leave a comment

I attended the Riverside & Inland Empire SmugMug meeting this afternoon in Rivserside, CA where the topic was on Studio Lighting. It was more of a photographic educational workshop than just a meeting.

One thing I learned from this workshop was that “cowboy studios” (a type of wireless flash/light trigger) were incompatible with my hotshoe converter (thanks to Sony for being different from Canon and Nikon). Pocket wizards (another type of wireless flash/light trigger) work just fine with my hotshoe adaptor. Some things just aren’t meant to be! But nevertheless, learning about studio lighting is fun and I can learn how to direct models better when using studio lights. This makes me want to go get some pocket wizards and studio lighting so I can experiment some more. Who wants to play with me?

Dalton in left photo and Lisa in right photo.

Kellie   Leave a comment

Kellie and I had been friends and talked about doing a photo session together for awhile now. We finally got a chance and recently went to a train station in Fullerton for a photo session. We had fun and talked non-stopped.

Click here to view more photos from the session.

Posted March 18, 2011 by Anastasia in Portraits

Charity Portrait Sessions   Leave a comment

As we all know, Japan was recently hit by an 8.9 quake followed by several tsunamis and aftershocks. After the 8.9 quake, Northern Japan was hit by a 7.2 quake! This makes me want to cry for them. It’s very devastating and heartbreaking!

I’m offering 30 minute portrait sessions to those who donate $25 to Red Cross to benefit the Japan Earthquake Relief. Sessions include photo CD with 10 to 15 digital images and one 8×10 print. Must book by March 31, 2011 and sessions completed within 30 days. Date/time and location can be discussed between those interested and I based on availablility and you must be within 45 miles from 91789 zip code. Online donations will recieve first priority on dates/time for sessions.

Posted March 11, 2011 by Anastasia in Charity and Fundraisers, Portraits