Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Photography for a Cause 2010 - Preview

Photography for a Cause is my personal baby. To me, one of the best things about being a photographer is the opportunity to give back. During its first year, I had extremely low expectations for Photography for a Cause. I was hoping to raise $50 to donate to two local charities: Boys & Girls Club and the Red Cross of Manhattan. Well, you, surprised me completely and raised $1,009! You can read all about last year's results here: Photography for a Cause 2009!

Photography for a Cause 2010 starts tomorrow and I just wanted to give you a little sneak peak of some of the photographs for sale as well as which local organizations we will be donating to this year!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Week 14: Sun

You may have noticed, but I love doing sun bursts with my photography! I think they are so much fun and they look so cool because none of it is photo-shopped! Yes, this shot was taken during St. Patty's Day, but I have not had a chance to blog about my 52 Weeks lately! So here it is. It was a crazy day in NYC with people everywhere, but I really liked how the sun positioned itself near the cathedral and backlit the American flags simultaneously. 

I was walking in the opposite direction, turned around, saw this and it becomes part of my 52 Weeks of Awesomeness project. Awesome how that works, isn't it? As they say, sometimes the best pictures are behind you. Has that ever happened to you?

Photog Info:
Natural Light - Handheld
ISO 320
SS 1/400
Canon 5DII
Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II @ 23mm
Lightroom 3 Beta

For those of you interested in participating, PLEASE do! I would LOVE to see your pictures! So please comment and leave a link to your blog/photo gallery!

Here is the full list of 52 Weeks of Awesomeness!

Week 1 Free for All
Week 2 Introduction of yourself
Week 3 Show us your Hometown
Week 4 Water
Week 5 Sports (anything related, teams, players, equipment, etc,)
Week 6 Botanical
Week 7 ONE object shot at 5 different angels/distances
Week 8 One for the road (signs, streets, traffic, etc.)
Week 9 Objects that tell something about you
Week 10 Things that make your life easier
Week 11 Your favorite color
Week 12 Household items
Week 13 Foods
Week 14 Something Slimy
Week 15 Sun (sunlight, sunset, sunrise, etc)
Week 16 Emotions
Week 17 Something old
Week 18 What you do outside the world of photography
Week 19 Weather
Week 20 Emotional attachment (heirloom/special gift, ect.)
Week 21 Pets
Week 22 Things you couldn't live without
Week 23 Habits
Week 24 Fire (candle, fireplace, etc.)
Week 25 Scrapbooking (stash, room, lo's, etc)
Week 26 Textures
Week 27 Hands
Week 28 Shoes
Week 29 Favorite Jewerly
Week 30 Generations
Week 31 Hot
Week 32 Fill the Frame (close ups)
Week 33 A week in our lives
Week 34 Faith (what you believe)
Week 35 Dance (body in motion)
Week 36 Family & Friends
Week 37 SOOC...from that to this...before & afters
Week 38 Patriotic
Week 39 Object: straight up shots and then straight down shots
Week 40 Nighttime
Week 41 Something that gives you the feeling of warmth or cold
Week 42 Pictures of words
Week 43 Chores I hate
Week 44 Animals
Week 45 Music
Week 46 Reflections/Shadows
Week 47 Flowers
Week 48 Sleep
Week 49 Action Shots
Week 50 Wheels
Week 51 Wrapping (gifts, baby, foods, etc.)
Week 52 Guilty pleasures

Check out La Brisa Photography's GEAR!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Carew Family | Joy Session | Manhattan, KS | Brandi

Life as an army spouse can be difficult, no, not difficult, just down right exhausting.The emotional strain of uncertainty and the nights alone day after day, and month after month can really take a toll on anyone. Little did I know, that one of my latest clients isn't just "anyone."  Not only has her husband been away for the last several months, she has been pregnant for most of his deployment. Liliana Carew is one of the strongest and most beautiful women I have ever met. Did I mention that we met at the dentist? Last Fall I had a wisdom tooth pulled and Liliana was one of the dental assistants. We spoke briefly about doing a maternity session and viola...great photos of an amazing experience ensued!  I was able to photograph Liliana in her home and although Bill couldn't be there I tried to ensure that the photos were intimate and entirely captured the radiance of her pregnancy. A few weeks later Bill returned for R&R and just in time for Little Bill to arrive! I was able to get a few quick shots a week after baby William was born and I am so grateful that dad got to share in those moments. 

Liliana Carew, I salute you. Thank you so much for opening your home and your lives to me and I look forward to watching "little" Bill grow!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fundraiser for HOBY -

Happy Sunday everyone! Many of you are well aware of my awesome friendship with Erica from and I wanted to share a fundraising event that she is currently doing! For those of you in/near/around the Kansas City area, Erica is offering a discounted rate for her portrait sessions and 100% of the proceeds go to young leaders who may not have the financial ability to attend the HOBY leadership conference on their own. Erica, does a FAR superior job of explaining everything, so check out her blog and support her cause!

And here are a few pics that took of Brisa and me during her recent visit to Brooklyn just in case you doubted her awesomeness! :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Springer Family | Joy Session | Rockville, MD | Chris

Recently, I traveled down to the NOVA/MD/DC area for the Springer family's awesome family session! It was a tad wet outside so we stayed indoors and had a little tea time, checked out the dad's airplane that he is building in his basement (so cool!) and of course, focused on the newest edition to the family! Such a sweet and loving family and I instantly felt right at home with them!

Thank you so much for the opportunity and I can't wait to see you again! They are all going to grow up so fast! =)


Tea time!

Yes, this photo is completely blurry and out of focus, but I love it :)

This just makes me giggle

Building an airplane in your basement makes you instantly awesome in my book. A man after my own heart!

You know me...I GOTTA include the family dog! :)

This little man rivals my nephews for cutest little boy ever!

One of my new favorite baby butt pictures =)

Always gotta take a few pictures of the happy parents! :)