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Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to write about and invite you to take a look at the available Photography Classes that the City of Ontario, CA provides for FREE.

These classes are on-going and only 4 times a month for 2 hrs (5:30pm – 7:30pm).

Every first and third Tuesday of the month we meet at Colony High School (in the library).

Every second and fourth Monday of the month we meet at the Ontario Senior Center.

We talk about:

  • Photography
  • Techniques
  • Equipment
  • How to become a better photographer.
  • And any questions you have.

What and how will you learn:

  • We do hands on training / camera manipulation (you dial in the camera setting).
  • You will learn what the buttons on your camera do.
  • You will learn about all the camera settings (auto, manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and program mode).
  • You will learn about editing software and how to edit.
  • You will learn about Flash / off camera flash / studio lights.
  • Most importantly you will learn how to use your camera on manual (no more auto).

Again these classes are FREE, because this is a city program. The instructor Ruben Rodriguez is an educated and professional photographer who is donating his time to teach/offer these classes because he has a true passion for photography.

I am so grateful my mom came across a flyer in the library promoting this class and she gave it to me. Since then, I’ve been attending for the last 3 years. In every class, I always learn something new that I can apply to better improve my photos.

Here are a few reasons why I am extremely grateful for this class and why I want to help promote it:

  1. I’ve found a mentor, someone who has the results I seek and is willing to teach me.
  2. My photography has improved, but there is still much more to learn and improve.
  3. I am more comfortable manipulating my camera.
  4. I am more confident now accepting requests for photo shoots.
  5. I enjoy practicing and learning.
  6. It’s a funny class and great environment.

So if you are interested in these classes and you want to attend or get more info, please feel free to reach out! All skill levels are welcome! No camera is required!

If you know anyone that could benefit from this class, please share this post with them. We want to spread the word out to as many people as possible so that they to can learn from a professional and improve their photography skills.

I will post the class dates/locations on my Facebook page if that is easier for you 🙂

Best regards,

A.L. Designs

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Let’s work together!

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Let work together this year on any projects you have been putting off for years. This is the year to get things done! I am here to help 🙂

Check out my list of services and let’s talk!

A.L.Designs

2018: Another year of challenges

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I want to try something new.

This year I have committed to writing down my goals daily in the AM and PM.

I have also written down all my general goals for 2018 in the areas of personal, health and finance.

I have committed to starting a vision board and to continuously update it.

I have written down how I want 2018 to look and feel, as well as my top priority for this year.

It’s seriously time to move!

It’s time to go out and change!

It’s time to go out and hustle!

I hope you all have a productive and successful new year.

Below is a list of a few questions I took the time to answer for myself. These might help you or someone else.

Fill them out today (copy & paste to a word doc).

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How do you want 2018 to look and feel?

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Who do you want to be in this upcoming year?

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What do you want your days to look like?

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What do you want to accomplish?

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What is my top priority for 2018?

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What do you need more of in your life / less of?

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What are you not available for? (Negative peeps)

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What is one thing that holds you back that you are willing to let go of?

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What is 1 new habit that you will introduce to make yourself better?

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Let me know your thoughts.

Best regards,

A.L. Designs

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Hustling!

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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,

Contact A.L.Designs

The first 100!

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Hey guys! I just wanted to share this cute photo of baby Aaron that I took on Sunday. I posted this photo late last night on IG with the quote: Smile “It’s a language which we all understand” the amount of love this image got in such a short amount of time was incredible!

This photo got 100 + likes, I know that’s not much, but for me that is! It was an amazing feeling to reach my first 100 hearts! My images usually get 30 – 70 likes after a few hours, this little guy reached 100+ in less than 10 mins!

My main goal is to continue to improve so that one day my work can reach 1,000s of viewers. I want to share my images with the world.

If you currently don’t follow me, I would appreciate it dearly if you to visit my instagram page and for those who are already following me THANK YOU!!!

-A.L.

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