My Branding Shoot with Picture This Forever Photography

This shoot will always have a very special place in my heart. I reached out to Jeanette with Picture This Forever Photography in early July because I really needed some “hands on” photos of myself for my website and portfolio. I honestly could not have chosen anyone better to photograph this shoot. Jeanette’s demeanor made me feel comfortable, like I have known her my entire life!

This was going to be the first time that I actually made an installation for myself, so I had to get some of my favorite blooms, which include Quicksand Roses and O’Hara Garden Roses. The fragrance of these flowers is always amazing, but the way they bloom is something I enjoyed, even more because I would get to enjoy them for longer than the usual. It made me even more excited knowing that they were all for me! I wanted to create something amazing, unique, organic, and feminine, so I decided to build this floating installation. I love challenging myself with installations and this one in particular was extra challenging. I wanted to create something that would give off the look of it floating in air, so with the right mechanics, this piece was created. It started turning and twisting on me, but we managed to make it stay in place after adding a little more greenery. Flowering is beautiful, but it is not always easy.

Here is the outcome of the shoot:

 

A special thanks to my Hair and Make-Up Guru: Wendy. You worked wonders on this hot mess mama!

Tough Week

I am absolutely appreciative with all of the inquiries I have been receiving, especially after posting the images from Wendy’s baby shower (link below). Unexpectedly, with the rush of emails received, I responded to as many as I could, but I know I missed a few as well and the reason why is very close to my heart:

I have been incredibly lucky to be a stay at home mom, but also to be able to run my business during the free moments. I try my best to prioritize tasks depending on the time of the day and day of the week, just in case you are wondering how I “do it all”. Being a mom is a 24/7 job,  especially when our little ones are ill. So, here I go:  Just at the end of last year, my son began having seizures when his fever would spike up. These seizures are called “febrile seizures” and they are supposed to grow out of them by the age of five (I wish it was by the age of two). We have been told that we should not be worried about the seizures, that they are very common, but this time my husband and I were very concerned. We had gone almost five months without a fever or a seizure, but just last week my boy had two within the week, which had never happened. If you have seen a seizure before, they are extremely scary while they are happening and even more so once they have passed. The main thing to do when our son has a fever is to find the source causing the temperature to spike up. We found the source of the fever, thought it would help reduce the fever, but it only caused another seizure to happen (this was the second one in four days). I became incredibly stressed trying to manage it all, and so did my husband. We were focusing on getting our son to feel better, that we forgot to do so many things, which for me included running my business. We had no other choice than to wait and hope/pray that our son would go back to being his little active self again. By the grace of god, he did become better and we were able to get back on track with our tasks. Once our son was okay, we ran into another issue: Our foster dog, Valentine, had reached my migraine pills from the counter while we were in the urgent care with our son. I had to call the organization he is with to see what we had to do. Of course he had to get his stomach pumped out, so I had to meet with one of their volunteers so they could get him to the vet as soon as possible. The icing on the cake, lol! Well, our foster baby is also  back to normal, but it is most certainly true what they say: “When it rains, it pours”.

Just yesterday for the first time since everything happened,  I felt that I finally had a full night of sleep. I am all caught up with emails, and I know this post is incredibly personal, but I wanted to share that I deal with the same stresses and obstacles of many. So I am extremely appreciative with those who waited patiently for a response, a receipt, an invoice, or a proposal. I love, LOVE, what I do as much as I love my family (fur babies included),  it truly meant the world to me that many of you were so understanding with my situation. And again, if you emailed me and I have not responded, PLEASE resend that message to me, I promise I am not ignoring you.

Side Note:

In the midst of it all, I collaborated with many amazing vendors in a styled shoot. I hope to share these images with you all very soon!

XOXO!

Photo Credit: Moni & Adri Photography

 

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Hello World!

I am extremely excited to finally launch my blog, YAYYYY! Get ready for the many “exclamation” marks…

I could not think of a better topic to launch my blog other than my intimate wedding/anniversary wedding! As many know, my husband and I just got married through the catholic church in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico! It was such a great day, full of many happy, hectic, and AMAZING memories. I have to admit that planning a wedding, even as small as ours was, in two months was crazy, but I always love a little challenge (this is actually something I am really good at so, come at me, bro).

Believe it or not, our neighbor is a travel agent (his details will be posted below) and he helped us book the flight, hotel, and transportation for our family with ease, which was a big help! We booked all of these details before even telling our parents about our plans, so surprising the “viejitos” (old folk) was so much fun! There is just way too much to the way we planned, enjoyed, and executed this amazing anniversary wedding, but I do not want to bore you all (just kidding, I prefer to keep some of those details in our hearts).

Well, knowing how particular I am with everything, I literally spend night and day searching for the perfect vendors. Not only in style, but also personality, because myself and my family just love to becoming friends with the world and I needed vendors who would be warm and welcoming with my family. I always believe god puts certain people in your path for a reason, but so does instagram and hashtags! So, I was looking into the hashtag “CancunDestinationWeddings” and BAM! Along comes Moni and Adri Photography… I was instantly blown away by her work, and then I started viewing some of her instagram stories. WOW! This woman is a mother, a photographer, hispanic, bilingual, just WOW! I instantly loved her energy and sent her an email because I just had to have her capture our day. So, with Moni and Adri came my other vendors: ST Makeup and Hair Artistry, and Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design. They tend to work together often, and I noticed they were tagged on many of Moni’s photos, so I immediately knew that this would be a great team.

I know, many of you are thinking “Jackie, why didn’t you do your own wedding flowers?” Well, yes, I did want to do my own flowers, but I did not have the time to really set a plan to execute this since my November and December agenda was pretty busy with the holidays, weddings, and corporate events. But you know what, in all honesty, I am glad that I did not do my own florals because Vanessa Jaimes did her thang, and we were all blown away!

I could go on and on, but I do not want to bore you all.  So, with that said, enjoy a couple of photos from our day:

Photos: Moni and Adri Photography

Flowers: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design

Hair/Makeup: ST Hair and Makeup Artistry

Travel Agent: Grand Travel & Cruise (Pepper Munoz)

Hotel: Grand Oasis

Church: Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

Dress: Enzoani

Shoes: Vince Camuto

Suit: Jos A. Bank

Shoes: Kenneth Cole

XOXO