Transformations

In another collaboration with Amanda and the Zumba Dolls Fitness, I got to shoot the after effects of Blanca Medrano’s results from a weightloss challenge! Blanca recently had a baby and did not let that stop her from giving her all to her health and fitness. She worked very hard for 12 weeks at the studio losing 17 pounds in the process! Congratulations Blanca!!

As a reward for all her dedication, Amanda gifted her with a makeover and photoshoot to celebrate and help her to fully realize her transformation. I thoroughly enjoyed this project. Celebrating victories and making people feel beautiful are two of the best parts of what I do.

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Zumbathon!

I was asked to be a part of this amazing charity event at the end of January and I was SO excited! It sounded fun and was benefiting a local Houston school. As a vendor, I donated 3 door prizes, hosted a small booth and while I was there got some great shots of the event.

At the forefront of the event was Zumba Dolls Fitness. Amanda and her team were simply stellar and worked seamlessly with the vendors to raise money for the kids of Heights High School in Houston. Everyone was upbeat and happy to be there. The participants turned out in full force and 80’s wear and made the event the success that it was.

The girls from Zumba Dolls Fitness gave it their all and definitely gave everyone there a great workout! I have attended her regular studio several times and I can say hands down Amanda is the best zumba teacher I have ever seen. She gives it her all every single time. Her other instructors are just as great. Her studio is located at 10301 Fulton Dr. in Houston, Texas.

The booster club from the school and kid volunteers were so very sweet too and made every one of us vendors feel so appreciated! I cannot express enough how blessed I was to be able to give to those kids and be a part of this. As Momo, of Momo Maria’s Balloons, put it, ” We have to help our own. Everyone says someone should help the kids. No, YOU should help the kids. If the kids are willing to work and put in their time and effort an no one shows up for them, what will they think? They will think no one cares. They will be discouraged and could possibly stop caring themselves.” I’m paraphrasing a bit here but this is the jist of it. Her words rang true and struck a chord with me. Those kids were amazed by all of the help that poured in. They happily helped us set up and break down. The president of the booster club was so gracious as well. It meant a lot to them that we showed up. So what does it really cost us to prove to them that someone does care? It cost us some time mostly… time and our talents… It makes me excited to look for other opportunities to give of my time and talents where I can. Thank you again to Amanda Saucedo (not related lol, I got asked that so many times!), thank you for the invitation and I hope you guys enjoy this gallery!

-Nicole

First Photo Shoot….

While it’s definitely not my first shoot, it IS the first shoot under the new name and logo annnnd it was my first Valentine’s day shoot in about 3 years! I love that it was a Valentine’s Day shoot and that it included all the kids on my side of the family.

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A photoshoot with a 17,a 6, and two 4 year olds can be challenging, but it was so worth it to get these gorgeous shots! It was a labor of love for myself and my family. Bringing them to you here on this page is very thrilling and a little terrifying!

I bought my first DSLR camera in November of 2007. I had a point and shoot Sony Cybershot, and it just wasn’t satisfying that itch I had to take better photos. I wasn’t able to recreate what I saw in my mind. (I’m still hitting walls to this day! But getting better everyday too!) So I saved up and bought my first Nikon. It was the bottom of the barrel lowest price range Nikon had that could still be called a DSLR. I still have it and still use it. I worked with it tirelessly and taught myself many things on it and upgraded it’s glass as much as I could. Almost 10 years of learning and practice has brought me here to this. ¬†And much of the journey has been learning to accept where I am and be ok with that while still striving for excellence. It’s a balancing act! I think that it’s a big part of self love though. Speaking solely for myself, I try to bring the same level of acceptance vs excellence¬†into other areas of my life. Loving and accepting where you are TODAY and yearning for where you’ll be TOMORROW are hard to reconcile sometimes.

So here is our Valentine’s Day shoot with the kids. I couldn’t think of a better way to show love than to procure and post some images I am very proud of?! I also can’t think of a better way to explain to you how much I love these 4 kiddos than to show you these images and let you see their funny personalities shine through my lens.

-Nicole

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