Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Isla La Piedra (Stone Island), just a short boat ride away. When you read about Stone Island online, it talks about feeling like you've gone back in time a little bit. That is definitely true.
We relaxed at a family owned restaurant called Cerro de los Chivos and let the kids play on the beach. Kenton's swim trunks had a few "wardrobe malfunctions" that gave us all a good belly-laugh.
I hope this little glimpse at our lives here in Mazatlan, Mexico bring a smile to your face.
And if you're thinking about a winter get away to somewhere warm and tropical, we would love to see you here on the beach!
And Kenton... I'm sorry if you stumble upon this blog post when you are older and are embarrassed by it.
But your adorable 3 year old beach bum was just too cute not to share. Love you!
Today, I had the privilege of attending a press release detailing some of the events that Cultural Mazatlan has in store for us this fall. Can I just start out by saying how impressed I am with this organization and what they offer?
Here's a short video that shows many of the great productions that will be offered over the next few months - and you are not going to believe the cost of tickets!? The average price for good seats at an opera for example - 300 pesos (about $17 US).
Jenica and I attended "Il Trovador" on Wednesday night - if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of it in our Instastory (if you don't follow us, head over here and check it out. I post a lot about our daily life here in Mexico on Instragram Stories that never makes it to facebook or the blog.)
Now, I've never considered myself much of an opera fan... in fact, I think I may have only attended one opera in my life, and that was over 15 years ago when I spent the summer in Italy.
When in Rome, ya know...
Anyhow... this opera was much more engaging. It helped immensely that they subtitled the performance in Spanish and in English so we could read what was happening instead of just relying on the actions of the performers. Even my 9 year old was able to follow the story and stay engaged during the 2+ hour performance.
If you are planning a trip to Mazatlan this fall, a show at the Angela Peralta theater is definitely something you don't want to miss.
(And if you aren't planning a trip to Mazatlan, well... you totally should! It is such a fun and affordable city to visit, plus you could see us while you are here.)
Unfortunately, they do not have the capability to sell tickets online just yet, but when you get here, you can go to the Angela Peralta Theater box office just off Plaza Machado, or to the offices of Cultura Mazatlan to get tickets. Cultura Mazatlan will also deliver tickets to your home if you pay in cash, with a 2 day or more advance notice. Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 982-4444 and ask for Lisa in Promotion.
They are also offering a fun new program this year called "Cena con Cultura" (Dinner with Cultura) where your ticket will get you 10% off at participating restaurants on the day of the show. Restaurants include Macaws, Water's Edge, Machado Grill, Pedro y Lola, Gaia, La Tramoya, La Catrina, La Bohemia, Mr. Lionso, Angelina'sKitchen, La Palapa delMar, La Mazatleca, and Il Mosto.
Just another of the many reason we are loving life here in Mazatlan, Mexico. Thanks for following our journey, and we hope to see you down here one of these days!
I have reached a point in my career where I'd rather shoot than not shoot. I love to be behind the camera. It's my passion. When I'm shooting, time stands still. I see things through my lens in a different way than most people see the world...
It's art, it's beautiful, and it's where I find my joy. I've also rediscovered my love for travel. I love to see new places, meet new people, learn about different cultures, and experience new things.
So for the next year, I'm offering my services as a second shooter FOR FREE! Yes, you read that right! If I'm in your area, I will second shoot with you (with all my own professional equipment) free of charge with no obligation. If you like what I deliver to you (high res jpeg or RAW images within 48 hours of your booking) you can purchase images individually or as a package (price for all images will not exceed $500 US.)
If I am not currently in your area (predominantly Oregon/Mexico), I would still love the opportunity to work with you, and will come to you for only the cost of airfare. That's how much I believe in my work!
I take direction well, have an artistic and creative eye, and can easily shoot 100 good quality images per hour. I get the angles and perspectives that you just aren't capable of obtaining as a single shooter.
Bottom line... I love photography. I love creating art that can be treasured and passed down for generations to come.
But right now in my career and in my personal life, I don't have the time or energy to pursue all the "other stuff" that comes with running your own photography business. The marketing, advertising, editing, client relations, etc.
So let me help you! All my images come to you free of copyright restrictions, watermarks, etc. I am your employee. I am at your beck and call. Shooting is my thing, but I will also gladly carry your equipment, set up lighting, or even grab your favorite drink from Starbucks.
For tax purposes, you can pay me as an independent contractor - and as long as the total in a year is under $600 you don't even have to send me a 1099 tax form at the end of the year. (Taxes... yet another hassle of being a small business owner... in my opinion.)
And you can always reach out to me via phone, text, or WhatsApp: +1.503.407.9623 (US cell phone 📱)
I'm so excited to be able to offer this service to you and can't wait to collaborate with someone like you that shares my passion and love for photography.
I believe that pictures and videos are the most important part of your wedding day.
Everything else will fade away with time, but photographs allow you to cherish the memories forever and pass precious heirlooms on to your children.
But wedding photography has become so expensive! 10 years ago, we spent $3,000 on our photography for our wedding (about 1/3 of our total wedding budget.) Today, packages with well known professional photographers can easily cost upwards of $10,000. And in this digital era when everyone has a camera phone, and many of you have professional or pro-sumer level cameras, it is easy to cut professional photography out of your budget entirely and just rely on well-meaning friends and family to document your most important day.
But what if there was another way? Did you know that a huge portion of what you pay for professional wedding photography is attributed to what we in the photo industry call "post-processing"? It's the time us photographers spend after the wedding making your pictures look perfect. Photoshopping blemishes, airbrushing skin, adding pops of color or erasing distracting details. But there is an array of free software on the market today allowing everyday people to perform this kind of editing, often times from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet.
I love shooting weddings. I love capturing candid moments, details, and the magic that happens during the first kiss. But I'm a mom of three little ones and I just don't have the time to edit hundreds of pictures right now. I've decided to pursue "second shooting" for other photographers, but I would also love to offer those services to you at a discounted rate.
If you plan to have a friend or family member photograph your wedding, but still like the idea of having some professional quality images to cherish your special day, consider hiring me to "second shoot" your wedding.
Here's what you can expect when you hire me:
I will arrive with my professional full frame Nikon DSLR, along with an assortment of high quality prime and zoom lenses. I will dress professionally and stay out of the way as much as possible so that you and your guests can fully enjoy your day.
I will shoot between 500-1000 high quality jpeg images and deliver these images to you within 2 weeks of your wedding via private online viewing gallery with unlimited download capability.
You will own the full copyright to these images. You can edit them however you wish, post them to social media, create your own custom prints and canvases, and anything else you might choose.
What will it cost?
If I'm already in the area where your wedding is taking place, the cost for my services is only $500 (includes up to 5 hours of shooting time). If you are planning a destination wedding, please contact me for special pricing. I love to travel and can often find some excellent deals on flights, so having an English speaking professional photographer at your wedding or event might be more affordable than you could imagine.
Here's a great example of how the shots a "second shooter" is able to capture can actually be so much better than what the person "behind the camera" sees.
This first image is what the person officially taking the picture was able to capture at a recent wedding I was a part of:
And here's my shot from the "second shooter" angle. Much more aesthetically pleasing and artistic (in my professional opinion).
I would love the opportunity to work with you.
Your wedding day will come and go, and while your love may last forever, the memories of that special day will fade away. If there is any one piece of advice I can give to brides and grooms, it's this... Hire a professional photographer. And now, with this exclusive opportunity, it can finally be affordable to do so!
And of course, I love to work with other pro's as well. If you are in a bind and need someone with their own equipment to second shoot a wedding or event with you, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
Last summer we had the honor of photographing the most beautiful destination wedding in the Pacific Northwest. Green Villa Gardens is located about an hour south of Portland, Oregon and is a simply stunning location to tie the knot! Out of town guests stayed at The Grand Hotel in Salem, and shuttle buses brought them on a beautiful drive out into the country in time to enjoy pre-ceremony cocktails on the lawn and bask in the beauty that this part of the country has to offer. The August weather was absolutely perfect and the lighting throughout the venue provided the quintessential ambiance for a summer's eve wedding.
The bride and the groom were the most gracious hosts I've ever witnessed at a wedding, always more concerned about their guests than themselves. They exchanged the most meaningful, handwritten vows, surrounded by friends and family from both near and far. Later in the evening, the toasts from both the bride's sister and groom's sister also brought many a tear to peoples eyes.
Dinner consisted of homemade wood fired pizza from Maiale di Volo and fresh tacos from The Taco Pedaler, served directly from the vendors "food carts". If you aren't familiar with Portland, they are quite famous for their delicious assortment of food trucks, so it was certainly a nice local touch to add to their most meaningful day.
Thanks Diana and Johnny for allowing us to be a part of such a special celebration. It was certainly a wedding to remember.