It’s been awhile since we blogged, tweeted, or posted anything on our FB page. Truth is, there have been a lot of changes over the past few months and we were all feeling a bit burnt out. Long story short, we shot a couple of portrait and event sessions, helped get my parents’ house ready for sale (continued to be a work in progress), and I went for a 2nd laparoscopy for endometriosis while Lucia decided to quit her full-time day job at Mattel to further pursue our photography business as well as her other dream to start a family. Since a baby is in the plan and Lucia’s doctor wants her to minimize stress (FYI, she’s not pregnant yet), we have decided to temporarily hold off on accepting any more weddings for now, and instead shift our focus onto doing more events (birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, etc.) and portrait sessions (individual, couple, family, children, baby, pet, etc.), and if there’s free time left, we would like to devote those on creating some personal projects, and continue to update ourselves with new knowledge by taking workshops and seminars.
A few weeks ago we held our first in-studio maternity portrait session.
We first met Reena and Hero at a Halloween dance party at CSULA several years ago. They are one of the most creative, down-to-earth, and fun-loving couples we’ve ever known. Over the years we’ve grown to become close friends, and often marveled at each others’ creative hand-made ensembles at Halloweens. I remember one year Reena made her own Cleopatra costume, while Hero made his Iron Man one (complete with gadget/light too!) And last year Hero put together a darn cool Halo costume (fruit of more than a year of designing and labor). Costumes this cool demand to be seen by the world; therefore, we have planned to do a Halo-themed photo session later on this year, and are very looking forward to all the fun time we are gonna have with this Cosplay shoot!
Alright, let’s get back to talking about the main topic of this post. Hero contacted us about the idea of doing a maternity session for Reena. He had planned to surprise Reena on her birthday by buying a cake that’s the same as the one they had for their wedding. Having surprised Reena with a hand-made canopy bed the prior year (don’t ask me how he managed to hide something of this scale and scope from her), Hero’s plan this year was sure to be a continual success. That is — until Reena accidentally discovered the receipt for the cake! (note to all: hide your receipt well – burn it, swallow it, mail it to the IRS – leave no traces at home!) Unwilling to let this little mishap ruin his plan, Hero thought about purchasing a maternity session with us and give it to Reena as a gift. Together we came up with a customized maternity series photo package, which includes a mini 30-min studio session every month to document the changes during pregnancy, as well as a full portrait session outdoors to celebrate and capture the couple’s love for each other at this especially exciting time of their lives. We had a blast at the first mini session. Below are some images from the set. Enjoy, and stay tuned for Part II of the series in the coming months!