Extra! Extra! // Tacoma, WA

Soooo once again I have been a HUGE slacker on my blog but I do I have my reasons! Listen up because you're about to read up on some truly exciting news!!! Aside from being a mommy to my busy 3-year-old who jumps off of everything and starting a new RN job which is been overloading my brain with tons of new information, I have also been in the middle of making a huge transition from having a home studio, to an actual studio space in the heart of Downtown Tacoma! Come on, do a happy dance with me! I've been blessed with two amazing photographer friends and all three of us decided to join forces and take a leap into creating and sharing a space where we can provide the best possible services to our wonderful clients. The studio is slowly becoming our second home and this month we're working together on making it cozy and beautiful! I can't wait to capture more of my beautiful clients' faces in there! Big windows with a view of the water, centered in the art district, and surrounded by some of the most delicious food hot spots in town, it's a photographer's dream and a client's fun getaway! 

Another big piece of news is that I'll be participating in the Clutter & Charm Vintage Flea Market this Saturday, October 18th at the Station House 726 located in Puyallup, WA. Details can be found here. Be sure to stop by if you can! There will be a ton of local vendors and I'm telling you brides-to-be that this is the place to be if you're looking for some fantastic vendors to be part of your special day!! To top it off, I juuuuust might be doing some fabulous promos that will only be available that day so be sure to visit me at the Ribbon & Lace Photography booth upstairs!! 

Well ladies and gents, it's time to relax with my little man while getting some more work done for this Saturday! With that, I leave you this captivating photo from my very first shoot in our brand new studio...details to come!

Xoxo,
April

Hair & Makeup by Shyla
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Smile and Be Happy!

Have you ever met someone who just has one of those beautiful contagious smiles? There's just something about those smiles that shows how genuine someone truly is and so you can't help but be drawn to them. I love meeting people like that, which is why when I met Carrie, I knew we'd be fast friends! We had so much fun during her photo shoot outside, looking for secluded spots, and trying to avoid bug bites which unfortunately, didn't work out too well for her! (Sorry Carrie!) Either way, you'd never be able to tell she was being eaten alive since she was such a natural in front of my cam. If these photos don't make you smile, I don't know what will! Smile and be happy friends! 

XOXO,
April

Hair & Makeup by Tatiana 

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Birthday Shoot and Taking Chances

Life has taken me for a whirlwind once again which is why it has nearly taken me a month to blog again! I will do my best not to have you all wait so long for another post again! So, this next shoot I'm about to blog about was one of my most fun and spontaneous shoots I've done.  I was contacted by my dear old friend Kristine, whom I've known since we were still in elementary school, because was looking to have her photos taken to ring in her 29th birthday. I knew right away, we were going to be a perfect photographer/client match because I already know she's beautiful inside and out and she knows how to celebrate who she is! I loved the fact that she was doing this shoot for herself. Not only is she a gorgeous wife and mommy, but she's big into health and fitness, serves in the United States Air Force, and is in grad school...she definitely deserves to take a moment in her wonderful life to treat herself!  

Earlier I also said that this shoot was spontaneous and let me tell you why! We were mostly planning on shooting indoors but the night before, I took a walk around my neighborhood and spotted an empty lot between two houses that was full of overgrown weeds and grass. The lot was small but since photography is really good at challenging ones' creative eye, I forced myself to think outside of the box and pictured it to be a beautiful backdrop for Kristine's shoot. The next day I was still on the fence about shooting in that lot but took a chance anyways! I'm soooo glad I did and I'm even more glad that Kristine and my makeup artist Shyla were such good sports about being under the hot son! The shots came out even better than how I had envisioned them in my mind and Kristine got to be a beautiful girly-girl who couldn't help but laugh as I had her twirl around in our DIY tulle dress and headpiece. It just goes to show that it's always great to take chances and to believe in your vision!

Hope you all enjoy these three very contrasting sets of photos featuring our gorgeous birthday girl! 

Xoxo,
April

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By the way, anyone who has worked with me knows that I love me a good hair flip! lol

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Hair and Makeup by Shy Marie

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Roarin 20's in 2014

Isn't it amazing how time changes so many things? Looking back at past decades, it's incredible how people continue to evolve. Whether it's through fashion, world views, personal values, etc., each decade has created its own identity, influencing the future decades to come. With this shoot, we decided to capture the essence of the 1920's which embodied just how much strength women had back then. Without the strong females of this time fighting for rights, who knows where women would be placed in society now? 

My talented makeup artist Erica, beautiful model Elena, and I have decided to dedicate this shoot to the strong and beautiful women of the 1920's...along with a little celebration that included some moonshine! Ok, ok, it's really water but just go with it!

A little side note: I already knew I wanted to do a 1920's inspired shoot before I met Elena, but it was like fate brought us together since the 1920's happened to be her all-time favorite decade! She already had a variety of authentic 1920's clothing passed down from her grandmother and other items that she procured on her own with that 1920's touch. This shoot was everything I had hoped for and more! Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Xoxo,
April

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Hair and Makeup by Erica Jane

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Smize...

     The word "smize" has got to be one of my most used words during a shoot and also one of the most important directions I give to my clients. I'd like to thank Tyra Banks for this one. Haha Smizing, for those of you who aren't avid ANTM fans, is when you smile with your eyes. One simply goes from deer-in-headlights to fierce model status. It shows an instant connection between the client and my lens and it truly does make all the difference.

     I'd like you to meet Tina! She was an absolute ball to work with. Easy going, took direction so well, and has a smile to die for. The reason I titled this post as "Smize" is because it ended up becoming her favorite word today, and it's probably because she truly owned it! It got to a point where I didn't even have to say the word because she had already said it out loud to herself and was ready for me to shoot. Her fun personality was so easy to capture! Thanks for the laughs Tina! You are beautiful!

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Hair and Makeup by the lovely Erica Jane

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