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we’re all grown up now. when did that happen? esti and i go way back to those carefree teenage summers. back when your biggest worry was getting bored or not knowing what to wear. fast forward a decade or two and she books a maternity session with me. of course, i have a million little stories of way back when, so doing this session was definitely a fun time full of ridiculous memories (like when she made me sleep in a room full of china dolls and marilyn manson posters staring at me) and it was obviously a thrill to spend some time together after all these years. we got lost in the tall grass, abandoned castle, and ended up hanging out until way past sunset, joking at each other’s flaws, and catching up on life. so it seems that maybe we haven’t grown up so much after all. 

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mays +1!


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thunderstorms. that’s what we kept seeing when we checked for the weather that day. dreadful. scary. lightning. russ, his wife sarah, and i kind of decided to give it a go anyway and we went to the lake house to try to capture the emotion during this special day. i can see how to the average bystander it would have seemed like any other rainy summer day, but to them it was a milestone. not only was it their 7th wedding anniversary. not only where they celebrating the life of their toddler and a baby girl on the way. no. they were also celebrating 15 years together. yes, they are one of those lucky couples who found each other as early as high school, fought to make things work during the college years, and now can reap the benefits. it’s a bit odd to think of having spent half of their lives together, but for them? They wouldn’t have it any other day. they make it look easy. so with all of that in mind, and scattered showers here and there, we were able to get enough of a break from the rain to do a session and enough rain to break the session into little manageable stress-free chunks. so next time they’re calling for rain and i?m around? i think I’ll just pull out my camera and start all over again.


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leire +1

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only the sun fell at the skatepark that day. it gave way to the beautiful “golden hour” making everything around us look magnificent. leire and kevin were, admittedly, nervously waiting for their maternity session to start. we thought the skatepark would be a perfect setting to show off their fun nature and rebellious spirit. not sure kids waiting to have a turn were quite on board, but that’s another story! haha. we had fun doing some jumps and dramatic posing, and just so you know, that’s a photoshop composite. in case you were wondering, no, I won’t actually let someone jump over a pregnant woman on my watch. it was a quick session for sure, but I loved the lighting, the vibe, and just being able to capture these moments of genuine nervousness and excitement. when we were done all that was left to do was enjoy the sunset, and wait…

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we skipped town. we packed the props, the cameras, even the kid, and we went to spend a photo-filled day in cantabria. oihane was so easy going in front of the camera. so clearly in love with her husband, unai, and him with her. their little trouble-maker, ekaitz and i got into tons of improvised games, and we even got time to race, jump, swing, and even end up completely soaked. but i have to say that my favorite part of this photo  shoot was the gorgeous sunset at the end, the genuine smiles, and the excitement on their faces when they talk about finally meeting baby urko. i think my heart even skipped a beat! 

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tani +1

 

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we hit the road. when i first started talking to  tani about doing a maternity session we quickly got excited about the idea of finding someplace out of town, calm, and absolutely beautiful. we found the perfect spot in noja. a nearly-deserted beach, an adjacent park, and the golden hour promising us a gorgeous sunset was definitely worth the drive. these two… they’ve definitely got a good thing going on. it was so easy to get them to be affectionate and have fun with the session because they are just overflowing with love for each other. they honestly made my job so easy and fun that i can’t wait until we get together again for some newborn photos. it’s going to be amazing!

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hello tiago!


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pack mule. that’s what i looked like on my way to this newborn session. in addition to my regular gear bag, when i shoot a newborn session i also have to bring all sorts of props along with a backdrop. because public transportation is so great in spain (and parking spots are so hard to find) i happen to be dragging all these things around the metro. you can imagine how splendid i look when i get there. but not as splendid as this little family, of course. i will always have a special place in my heart for marcos and juli. probably because i’ve known marcos ever since we were both 16 or so. it’s such an interesting thing to be able to see who you were when you met and also see how far you’ve come. and he has really turned into the family man! i was delighted when we first booked a maternity session for this firstborn hugo, and even more so when we booked our maternity session this summer for little tiago, but i have so say that my favourite so far has been this newborn session with tiago. he has the cutest cheeks, adorable little face, and tiny little fingers. and he slept like a log through the whole session. every time i look back at these photos i can’t help but smile at how genuine everything is. the love. the smiles. happiness in it’s purest form. and that definitely makes it all worth it.

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juliana +2!

 

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i got a call back. i guess it was two years ago when i ventured into the woods with marcos and his gorgeous wife juli to do a maternity photo shoot. we got completely lost, but wound up finding some perfect little spots for corners. all in all, totally worth it. so i guess it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when they wanted to do another photo shoot for baby #2, this time with big brother hugo who was sure to steal the show. so we went to a park and blew bubbles, made silly faces, and had a fabulous time just playing around and taking portraits for this growing family. and in the middle of all the silliness, somewhere, it suddenly hit me that i will be the girl behind the camera for some of the most precious photos of this young family. and for that huge honor all i can say is thank you… and congratulations! 

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marcos & juli::: maternity

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in retrospect, maybe we should have brought a map. marcos, his wife juli and i had arranged to meet up and do a fun maternity photo shoot in a specific side of the beach in sopelana. as we got in the car and started heading that way we realised… we weren’t sure which way to go. somewhere in the excitement of planning this day we had all lost track of where we were going. literally. we knew exactly where we were going but no idea how to get there. after an emergency call to my friend “who knows every beach” and many wrong turns, we decided to give up and walk around the surrounding woods, hoping to at least be able to get a few good shots in before the sun went down. oh, and the sun. the sun was sitting perfectly in between the trees, it was definitely shining down on us. it is worth mentioning that as i laid down my backpack and jacket against a tree while i took photos of these two, a nearby dog decided to mark it’s territory… on my stuff. so that was fun! haha. after a while venturing in the woods (big points to juli for venturing while 8 months pregnant!) we were eventually able to find the spot we’d been looking for. the sunset was there to welcome us and we were happy to take advantage of it and take it from there. all in all, the photos turned out great and i think that it was well worth getting lost and having to toss my jacket in the laundry! 😉

congratulations marcos and juli, i can’t wait to meet him! 🙂

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best of 2013!!

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if you’ve been a faithful follower of my blog through the years you’ve probably noticed that end-of-the year blogposts are not my forte. there’s something about looking back on the last 12 months of work that seems particularly challenging to me. i feel the need to put my best foot forward and be extra insightful. to pour something into the world that will make a difference. a legacy. and on top of that pressure i have to make a tight selection of my favourite photos. this is quite hard on every photographer i know. to put it in “muggle” terms, this would be like someone asking a parent to pick a favourite child. you like them all for different reasons, right? (at least i hope you do! :p) so you can see how it has become somewhat of a shameful tradition for me to write these posts a few weeks late. oh well…  here it is.

the first thing that comes to my mind when i think about 2013 is that i really can’t complain. not even a little bit. 2013 has been a good year for me. it has been a year of personal and creative growth. it has been a year that has brought me great new friendships and fantastic opportunities to travel around the world. i look back and it still seems a bit baffling that a random week in august i got to spend monday in berlin, tuesday back home, and saturday in tunisia! who even knew back in january that this would be the year that i could proudly reach that milestone and get to start exploring africa?! i know i didn’t. of course, as all years do, it also came with an unexpected amount of suffering, worry, and sorrow. those closest to me know exactly what i am talking about. the only reason to point this out (as vague as it is) is because i don’t want to be one of those people who pretend their life is picture perfect. it isn’t. but i do want to try to be one of those people who take it one day at a time and focus on the positive. and in the case of this wonderful year that i now lay behind me i can clearly see how i could spend the next hour typing ’till my heart’s content. i look back on all the little anecdotes that came with every opportunity to travel a few hundred or thousand miles. every minute spent behind the lens trying my very best to capture all those little things that never fail to highlight how no matter what depressing and worrisome story is on the news tonight, there are still plenty of things to be found that show that the world is still very much a quirky, fun, and love-filled place. life is beautiful.  so before i get too nostalgic i want to raise my invisible glass (or my ever-present water bottle!) and give a little toast to 2013: may 2014 be as kind, fun, and amazing as you were. cheers!

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travel::: berlin!!

day 1, day 2, day 3

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olaia::: anytime!

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john bolduan::: music!!

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travel::: edinburgh!! coming soon!!

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glenda::: maternity!

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jone::: anytime!

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endika::: baby!

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ruth & sendoa::: wedding!!

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joyce::: baby!!

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lola & ramón::: wedding!!

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julio::: anytime!!

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travel::: tunisia!! coming soon!!

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2014-01-21_0013dalal & imed::: wedding!! coming soon!!

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diego::: anytime!! coming soon!!

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ainara & juan::: wedding!!