Young Love // Tacoma, WA

After almost 3 months of not seeing my beautiful sister, I was ecstatic when she came home from college to visit for our cousin's wedding this past weekend!! Not only did she come, but so did her boyfriend and all I can say is these two make me sick in the most cute and cuddly way! haha We all had a very busy weekend but were able to squeeze in a few minutes for a mini shoot, just to capture the fun and sweet love these two share. 

Before I share pics, I've got to talk about my sis and our relationship really quick. While we're 8 years apart in age, she is honestly my very best friend and one of the rare few I can count on for anything. We're very different and yet so alike, so when someone new comes in her life I can tell almost instantly if they'll be able to handle her free-spirited, crazy, and witty personality. (It takes a very special type of person to understand girls like my sis and I. If you know me, you know my sister...we are very weird and proud of it!) Well, so far her man hasn't been scared off by  her silly antics and almost seems to be just as weird as she is. lol Either way, he gets her and that's enough to get the big sis approval. (Mati, don't let this get to your head now.) 

Hope you all feel warm and fuzzy after seeing these photos! 

XOXO,
April

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She is soooo weird! I swear he's thinking, "what did I get myself into?" in the second pic below! LOL

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And yet he loves her anyway...ahhh young love. 

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

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City Love // Tacoma, WA

There isn't much I can say about this next post except for how happy and honored I felt for being able to capture these two sweethearts for their 4th year anniversary! Love comes in so many forms and at the end of the day, love is truly what brings us all together right? Yes, yes I know it's cheesy but I'm cheesy so get over it. LOL With that being said, I'd like to announce that Ribbon & Lace Photography is excited to be entering the engagement and wedding world! I absolutely love women's portraiture so I won't be straying away from that, but I also love LOVE and capturing the moments that make life that much sweeter when shared between two people. I've been juggling the idea of whether or not to jump in to this genre of photography but after receiving a number of inquiries and words of encouragement, I finally decided to take them all as a sign that maybe, just maybe, this may be another notch I can add to my "passions in life" belt. So what do you say? Come celebrate your special day with Ribbon & Lace Photography: I Do!

Xoxo,
April

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I mean, seriously...could they BE any cuter?? *sigh* Oh Love....

 

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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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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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