Rowena //Tacoma, WA

One of the best things about summer are the number of bridal boudoir shoots I get to have! Brides come in with an idea of creating a special gift for their hubby-to-be and come out feeling like they've gifted themselves with an experience that leaves them with a bridal glow radiating with self-love and confidence! I love how no two clients are alike. I get a wide range of personalities from shy, silly, to daring, but at the end of every shoot the results are the same - these amazing ladies leave knowing and feeling just how beautiful they truly are. Whether your shoot be for your wedding or upcoming anniversary, don't forget that while this may be a sweet treat for your significant other, it's important to give yourself an experience where you get to see and feel just how sexy and beautiful you are in their eyes!

Rowena was a bride who had never ever done this type of shoot before (as is the case with nearly all my clients) so understandably she was quite nervous! I assured her that I would guide her through every pose and bring out her inner model. Well, a few shots in after some laughs and me being my usual weird self behind the cam, she started doing her own thing and working it for the camera all on her own! I would be in process of thinking of her next pose only to find her already getting into one and I'd have to yell "hold that right there! don't move!" I'd snap away and we'd be on to the next one. This shoot was too much fun and I can safely say that her hubby definitely enjoyed his special wedding day gift!

Hair & Makeup by Erica Jane Studio

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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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Bring On The Heat!

I love the rain. I'm not gonna lie. I love it and I love that it makes my beautiful state so fresh and green! With that being said, when it rains day after day, it can get a little gloomy and I find myself daydreaming about sunnier days at times...like today. It's sunny but cloudy, and mother nature can't decide if she wants to pour down or give us some good ol' Vitamin D. So the way I love reminiscing about warm, sunny days is by looking back at photos that take me back to a place where I can literally feel rays beaming down on me, the warm breeze flowing through my hair, and eating Menchie's every week because it cools me down...or maybe because it's just that good?? 

Anyways, here are my I-miss-hot-days-and-can't-wait-to-shoot-in-this-weather-again-photos. Enjoy my loves!

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Model: Lanie 
Hair/Makeup: Lanie
Location: Orting, WA

P.S. While taking those lovely photos above, my over-excited self forgot to wear SPF during the all-day outdoor photography workshop and this is the funny, yet painful result of that. Wear that sunscreen people! Might I add, I STILL have that tan line and this photo was taken last May of 2013...*smacks forehead*

New Beginnings

It's not January anymore but I'd still like to celebrate right now as a new year for me! I've recently done a little "rebranding" and have been making some major changes for my photography business. One of which is that I'm no longer exclusive to boudoir and am now specializing in women's portraiture. If you need beauty, glamour, fashion, maternity or boudoir shots, I'm your girl! These past few months have been a whirlwind of all sorts of shoots and I realized that in the end, all I want to do is help women see just how beautiful they are! We all come from so many walks of life, experiencing different challenges that make us strong and courageous in our own ways. I want to shine light on that strength so that 10, 20, 50 years from now you can remember just how unique and beautiful you were and are! Sound cheezy? Probably. But this passion is literally like a fire burning inside of me that just wants to explode!  

So, here's to a new year filled with passion, courage, and beautiful photography! 

Below are a few of my favorite shoots from this month and last that really helped start my year off with a bang. Enjoy!

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You are beautiful inside.
You are pure.
You are love.
You are peace.
You are special.
YOU ARE A SPECIAL ONE
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-words written by my beautiful mother, Cindy