Archive for 2012


This Christmas we spent ten days dogsitting for a Goldendoodle named Mollie. Very smart and sweet dog, my daughter loved her and went around the house looking for her the morning after she went home. Having Mollie around reminded me what it was like to have a dog in the house again [I grew up with dogs, Labradors and an English Springer Spaniel]; it made me miss my dog living back home with my family in Cambodia. Maybe we can get a dog soon, I know that Aria is definitely on my side. :]

We haven't been getting much snow over here in Chicago, but we did manage to get a couple inches over Christmas, which Mollie thoroughly enjoyed.

All tuckered out from her fun in the snow...

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The Rubio Family

About a month ago my cousin April hired me to take photos of a family she knows; she thought they needed a new family photo so she surprised them with a photoshoot. The Rubio family - Yolanda, Leo, Mauricio, Mariana and Coral - was very welcoming, they invited us in to their home for lunch and then after the photoshoot they shared a white chocolate cake with us. Yum. Jaime, Yolanda's husband was working that day so he wasn't able to join in but the rest of the family had a great time. Even their new dog joined in on the photoshoot. 

above: Yolanda 
below: Coral


"Rock, Paper, Scissors" to decide who gets the soccer ball first.

above: Yolanda's 17-year-old autistic son, Leo.


above: Mariana and her mom
below: Mauricio

The Rubio's new dog, all the family members call him by a different name because they've only had him a few months and haven't decided on a permanent name yet. A neighbor gave them the dog for free because he was completely flea-ridden, so they took him in and gave him baths and got rid of his fleas and now is a member of the family. A very sweet little dog.


And to finish it off, a couple photos of April and her boyfriend, Tim, who were there as well.

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Maria and Israel's Wedding

On September 14th our friends Maria and Israel got married. Maria decided to just get officially married at City Hall, and then have a big reception later that same evening. I met her downtown in the morning to photograph her getting officially married; as well as to get some family portraits. 

Officially married.

Group photo with their family and friends.

Their reception was held later in the evening at a banquet hall. I was there to capture getting ready photos, some decor details, candids of friends and family, as well as dancing of course.

 Maria did all the centerpieces and decor herself, her color scheme was red, white and black.

 The bouquet was red roses and baby's breath with a single white rose in the center.

Although Maria opted to have a very budget-friendly wedding, her one splurge was her gown. According to her, it was definitely worth it. Seeing her in the dress, you could see why. This dress was absolutely perfect for her, it fit her personality and she looked gorgeous in it.

Maria's mother helped her with her garter, which of course was also red.

Maria's maid of honor helping with her veil.

Maria had a very large bridal party, but some of them arrived earlier than others.
Her maid of honor is in the center, with a couple bridesmaids on either side. They all picked their own dresses, they just all had to be bright red - except for the maid of honor of course.

Since we didn't do portraits before her reception, we also didn't do an official first look, but I did manage to capture the look of her now-husband when he saw Maria in her dress for the first time. 

Bridesmaids going over last minute details.

For the first hour of dancing they had a live mariachi band perform.

First dance.

After the first dance they took turns dancing with other people.

It's a Mexican tradition to throw money while the couple is dancing. 

Another tradition is to have the bride and groom stand on chairs with bridal party members holding them up, and the bride and groom hold a white cloth between them [or hold hands] while guests run under. The guests running through and around also knock into them and try to knock them off their chairs. First went all the single female guests.

The bouquet toss.

Next went all the single male guests.


The removal of the garter. 

Followed by the garter toss.

Then dancing the night away...

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