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Hello World!

I haven’t posted or uploaded any new designs / photography for awhile.

Today I added a few new packages and photos of a maternity shoot I did earlier this month.

When I design packages, it involves product photography, background removal and color correction before I can start designing each face of the box.

Feel free to take a look at the new designs and photography and let me know your thoughts.

You can find me on Instagram , Twitter and FaceBook

Check out my full line of services.

Thank you,

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Memorial weekend fun!

This memorial weekend was a busy one. I started with graduation photos on Saturday in Irvine, CA which I will have up as soon as I finish editing. Sunday we headed down to Long Beach to eat at The Attic. The attic is famous for its mac n cheetos. (Jalapeno, OG and Reggae) I’ve been here 3 times and the mac n cheetos is a must.

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From the Attic we headed to my favorite spot, The Queen Mary. Every time I visit the Queen Mary it never disappoints! The history of this ship fascinates me along with its ghosts. We spent a few hours on board walking around the ship, visiting the famous B deck and other areas of the ship. This time we did not do a paid tour. I managed to capture this shot of the Long Beach city light.

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If you are ever in the Long Beach area, the Queen Mary is a must, but first get some lunch at The Attic. 🙂

 

5/16/17

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Attention southern California (Inland Empire and surrounding) photography enthusiasts! Don’t miss out on these free on-going photography workshops. It does not matter what your experience level is, you don’t even need to have a camera. This workshop is designed to get local photographers together to talk about all subjects regarding photography, techniques and equipment.

If you are looking to purchase your 1st camera and you need help deciding which one to buy, than head on over to the workshop. Are you looking to get out of Auto mode? This workshop is for you too! Are you a professional photographer and you are looking to take your photography to the next level?  This workshop will be perfect for you as well.

Again these workshops are free, provided by city of Ontario, CA library programs, so take advantage of them and pass this information out to your friends and family. The host of these workshops is local photographer Ruben Rodriguez. Ruben has tremendous passion for photography and loves to teach it. He always says, if I can help just one person learn one thing from my class, my time has been well spent.

Next workshop is Tuesday 5/16/17 for location click here

 

Artists know your worth…

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During last night’s photography class, my teacher said something that truly impacted me in a positive way. A student asked about how much he should be charging people for events. I find myself in the same situation, so this question was perfect.

The teacher said that we should not under charge even if we are still students. The reason is you don’t want to devalue your work. At the same time, we should not be over charge because we are still in the learning phase. The teachers said people don’t realize how much work goes into photography or any creative field.

When it comes to photography, customers don’t understand that the price you are quoting them is not only for the time spent taking photos, it also includes the hours spent doing the photo editing. Photo editing is a must, no image no matter how good your equipment maybe is ready out of camera, you need to edit it. Editing makes a huge difference colors are more vibrant, blemishes on the face are covered and the image is sharpened. Every step done in editing is with the sole purpose of presenting the best image possible to your customer.

The same applies for quotes I give for graphic design projects, it takes work and it takes time. I work full time as a designer for a company, but I am also a freelance designer, so I am working on projects on my free time, and time to everyone is valuable! My rates on design projects are on the low side compared to other designers, but I can see firsthand why they charge what they charge. They deserve it! You as an artist are providing them with a creative service.

So if you are a creative of some kind remember do not hesitate to charge what you in your heart feels like a fair rate for the work you can provide.

If you are interested in attending the free photography workshop you can check out the events page for dates, times and locations.

Keep creating,

-Alondra

 

Motivation

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Everyone has moments in life where you just feel like giving up or not wanting to move forward. When we get in that funk, it is very important to do everything possible to quickly get out of it. Why? Because life is too short and beautiful to take for granted.

I will admit I’ve had my fair share of low moments, but I will quickly block the negative by thinking of all the positive in my life. I am healthy and alive; there are many people who are sick or have some physical limitations. That gets me thinking “Alondra, you have no illness, you have all of your limbs, you have a wonderful family, a place to sleep and a career you love.”

We live in a world that give the focus and spotlight to negativity, don’t believe me, just watch the news or go on social media. We see this daily 24/7 so we think it is OK to think negative about everything and everyone. We as a culture need to change, and start promoting positive actions and by doing so we will change the way we think and act. That in turn will help change your life.

When I cross paths with someone I smile and say hello, because you never know when that free yet simple smile will help brighten up someone’s day. Smiling also makes you feel happier. Another thing I do is I listen to motivation podcasts, because sometimes you have to hear it from someone that you are valuable and are capable of achieving anything. Books are another one of my favorite sources of staying inspired and motivated. There is so much information out there to learn from! So many different topics, so I encourage you to pick up a book and read 5 minutes or a few pages per day and you will see a difference, plus you will develop a positive habit (reading). Hobby’s are another great way to get creative and they are a wonderful way to relive some stress. Go hike, spend some time surround by nature.

Those are just a few ways that help me stay inspired. You might have other forms, but just remember that the best way to stay inspired, motivated and happy is to live life to the fullest in the most positive direction you can.

Rise and Shine!

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Early start….

How do you start you day? What is your routine? For me, I like to be an early bird even on the weekends.

Monday – Friday I am up at 5:30. I make myself breakfast: oatmeal, a chocolate protein shake or a fruit and veggie shake are my typical go to meals. Friday’s and the weekend I allow myself coffee J

While I eat breakfast, I read a book on self improvement; my goal is to read at least 1 book a month. I switch over to watching or listening to motivational speakers like: Gary Vee, Chase Jarvis, Tony Robbins, Shaun T and others.

I start getting ready for work around 6:10 – 6:15. In the background I put on a podcast of the above speakers.

I leave my house around 7:35 to go in at 8. During my two 10 min breaks I go outside to walk and read more of the book from the morning.  On my lunch after I eat, I again pick up the book. Once 5pm comes around I head home.

I change into my gym cloths, because I love working out in the evening. I do a 30 – 40 min cardio or resistance workout and possibly a 30 min walk.

Once I am all showered and have packed my lunch for the next day, I start working on any freelance design or photography projects I have pending. If I don’t have anything I will read, watch YouTube or just relax. Those nights are not common. There are nights were I have photography class so I go to that.

All in all my daily week routine is pretty basic, but I am always trying to work on something that will help me improve in my designs, photography or marketing strategies. Even on the weekend you will catch me working. I try and give myself at least one day of just relaxing or fun with family and friends. Everyone needs that distraction/break here and there.  But honestly working makes me happy, I enjoy what I do.

So waking up early allows me to mentally prepare my mind and enjoy my cup of tea or coffee without feeling rushed.

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Do you have a question regarding photography, Cameras, equipment or photo techniques? Join the Photography workshop on 4/4/17 in Ontario, CA. If you can’t make it do to distance, no problem send me your question here and I will be more than happy to assist you by getting your question answered by local professional photographers.

To make things fun, I might even go live on Instagram with your question, so make sure you follow 🙂

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-Alondra

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