alejandra amador

Cause I love pretty pictures

via One Love Photo

I have some fun stuff to post for the upcoming weeks!!

1) My horrible wedding cake experience

2) MY SAVE THE DATES! I know not many of my friends have photoshop, but in case anyone out there does -- I'm actually going to tell you EXACTLY how I made mine! This way, if you have photoshop... you can experiment with what I did and make your own invites (for babyshowers, parties, birthdays, weddings, etc.).

3) Groom goodies

4) CONVINCE my fiance to be a guest blogger (yeaaaa!!! ;)

But in the mean time... take a break with some of these links!

+ There are 2 looks I am "collecting" for a surprise (you will find out eventually). This one and this one.. now, to find the clothes at a thrift store or make a modern twist with my own..

+ DIY snowglobes!! via Creative Odds n' Ends

+On second thought, screw the cake and let's bring these!

+What are your thoughts on splits? I just don't look very good in them, but others pull it off... do you?

+You're not going to believe this... after much consideration, I am HONESTLY going to attempt making one of these. And YES, you will be updated on my progress. I already have some "beginning the ridiculous project" pictures!

+Speaking of DIY -- how about a simple bow? What if I attached a clip and made my ring bearer's bow tie like this?

+Then I could use the fabric I am obsessed with!!

+Now this is a gorgeous alternative to wedding hair pieces. Stunning!

+Interesting read... what if you didn't love your wedding? Would you admit it?

+Or "You'll seeeee" via A Practical Wedding

+Ok, this was WAY more fun than I expected. This Freud like character asks you 4 q's, jots his notes, and reveals your "type." Apparently I am "architype" which was a font I did not like and don't think reflects me. But it was still fun -- I laughed at the "discipline" question. What is your type? Via How About Orange

Going on a date tonight with Jose! We're going ice skating at Centennial Park. I'm pretty bad at it, so I hope I don't come back with too many bruises on my butt :)

Alive By It

I have loved this quote since the day I read it:

"Photographers may or may not make a living by photography, but they are alive by it." - Robert Adams

Then, I came across these stories from Zack Arias' blog. Unbelievable. My fiance told me that my photography should not define me. That at one point in time, if God asked me to drop my camera and all of my photography -- I could do it. Can I? Could I pursue something else in life that keeps me up at night? That makes me anxious and excited to do?

If you aren't reading all of them, at least read this one:

I write this from the coffee shop where I was with Samantha the day she told me she quit her job. Her corporate job. Her well paying corporate job. She told me she couldn’t do it anymore or perhaps more accurately — she couldn’t not do photography anymore. Samantha had enjoyed her life behind a camera for decades. Arguably since the day she was born. Now, she told me, she was going to do it.

She was very clear about this.

I thought she had lost her freaking mind.

Before and since this day at the coffee shop I have watched friends and strangers alike admire Samantha’s work. But, since that day I have seen what so many of her admirers do not – the incomprehensible sacrifices she makes to do it.

I have seen her sell her furniture, her possessions, her car, her bed. I have watched her not go out. Not get another drink. I have watched her knowing that she knows, that corporate job, that stable paycheck – are all a phone call away. In the times where I feel she might just put everything on Craig’s List I have tried mentioning this to her. I mention the 401K, the health insurance, the stability, the stress free lifestyle, the SALARY.

But, Samantha – just puts more things on Craig’s List.

Recently, her house went up there.

This is Samantha.

Samantha is true. True to herself. True to others. True to her art. It is through the camera that Samantha shows the world her (and other’s) truth and I feel there is no better representation of this truth and this honesty with which she lives than with her — Project. A project that records the last moments of living. A project in which she takes photographs of those in hospice, those who have been diagnosed as terminally ill, and those who, at times, have only hours remaining in their lives.

When she told me about this project it seemed painful, morbid, desperately awkward. Then she told me the story of seeing her mother in the hospital. When her mother was in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer Samantha went home to see her. When she walked in the hospital, she saw her mother lying in bed. Her mother was bald. She had tubes sticking out of her. Samantha burst into tears. Her mother looked at her – and smiled. In this moment Samantha understood sickness and death are scariest for those who watch it. It was this moment that inspired the —- Project.
Samantha does the —- Project to bring social awareness to end of life care. She does it because she sees profound beauty and peace where most would only see death. She does it because she believes in living. Because she believes in life. She does it because she believes there is as much life in the first breath as there is in the last. She does it because she believes in each moment of life and because she wants more than anything to record the beauty of these moments.

Samantha will not accept money for this project and as such finances are tight. She is not able to be with her family in Italy for the holidays. I would love nothing more than to give Samantha something to open on Christmas that would not only support her as a photographer but would celebrate how Samantha lives her life and how she unabashedly celebrates, in all of its stages, the lives of so many others.

Her photography does not define her. Her passion for celebrating life, her challenges and victories, and finding beauty define her.

So I propose to you to figure out what defines you. Because if one day you are forced to put your camera away (or whatever it is that is with you always, any piece of technology), you will need that to keep you alive. I am alive by photography, but it does not keep me alive.

Alice in Wonderland Series: Part II

So where were we?

Ah, yes. Trickery. Alice sipped and sipped until she could not get enough tea! So much so that she started hearing voices....

"Oh no! What to do?!"

"When I get home I shall write a book about this place... If I ever do get home. Maybe I should..."

"..Balance my thoughts by balancing these books?!"

"This being late. It looks quite great on me," thought Mad Hatter. "However on the path to Wonderland we must be!"

Poor Alice -- it was too late. She cleaned cup. "But I haven't used my cup!!"

Alice: ‘Drink me’. Hmmm, better look first. For if one drinks much from a bottle marked ‘poison’, it’s almost certain to disagree with one, sooner or later.

Doorknob: Beg your pardon!

Alice: I was just giving myself some good advice. But... hmm, tastes like oh... cherry tart... custard... pineapple... roast turkey... goodness! What did I do?

Doorknob: Ho ho ho ho! You almost went out like a candle!

Alice: But look! I’m just the right size!

"Yes Alice -- the right size!" shouted Mad Hatter.

Out-take of Jasmine "photo bombing" :)

Ending with Part III soon!

Alice in Wonderland Series: Part I

While I'm really excited to finally post these Alice in Wonderland photos -- my mind is racing with everything that happened these past two days. What is everything? Well, you're going to have to wait because it will require more than just a few words. It changed me. It moved me. It was an amazing experience.

Also, this weekend my fiance's sister, the talented Jasmine Vidal, posted her version and I thought "Crap! I haven't posted them yet!" And I know I have been saying over and over how these "are coming" -- so they are here! Thank you Jasmine for that final push :) Photos by Jasmine Vidal, Jose Vidal (YEP! My boy is learning quick!! ;), and me. A family collaboration!

The crazy Mad Hatter, while enjoying her tea, decides she needs some company...

"Ah, yes... Alice ... she looks naive enough"

And the Mad Hatter was right.. Alice was delighted for some tea.

However, Alice did not see what Mad Hatter's tea consisted of...

Muahahaha, TRICKERY! That's what!

But there's another stop to go... so stay tuned for Part II :)

Behind the scenes action:

Couples: Lauren & Shaun

You can't wipe the smile off this girl. Lauren is one of those people that radiates joy in the most genuine way. No, I don't mean "happy" ... I mean her smile is able to hug you without arms! While I didn't know Shaun very well, one thing I learned immediately was that as soon as he and Lauren touched by an embrace, a kiss, or even a playful nudge, Shaun's face lit up like a little kid.

Something about the image of a man protecting his love is beautiful to me. As soon as I told Shaun to hug her like "you never want to let her go. Don't let her go anywhere" -- he gave me more than that. He protected her, comforted her, and without a doubt, you know he cherishes her. How can I tell? Look at Lauren's face when she is enveloped in his arms.

Align Center

Love is beautiful ...

And to see the slide show just follow me down the yellow brick road...