alejandra amador vidal

Distraction: Babies and Children

I have a problem. Keep your children away. FAR away if you want them back. Honestly, I don't know what's going to happen when I'm blessed with children one day. Will I still be as obsessed? It's the most insanely magnetic feeling when I'm around kids and babies that I have to focus on the task at hand. My arms start to automatically reach out towards the baby (stranger or not) before I'm even aware I'm doing it! Thus my mind has to send my arms a message to chill out. Or maybe that's Jose's loud voice actually saying "chill out girl!"

I'll leave you with an example. My friend Hannah hired me to take photos of her beautiful baby shower last weekend and what is most likely to be at baby showers? Babies and children. And the game of bingo... but I digress. It only took seconds for my attention to drift...

Girls crack me up. Whether you want to attribute it to genetics or mimicking what we see socially, I'm amazed at how nurturing little girls are.

This little cutie took a stuffed lion that Hannah received with her gifts and decided it was her baby. I look over and see her wrapping the lion up with one of the tissue papers that littered the floor from opened gifts.

I was cracking up at her crafted blanket and the way she would cradle her lion. You better believe I was one of those little girls. Obsessed with babies then just like I am now.

Then apparently it was lion's nap time. Tucked in by his new mama lion ;)

So, really... do you BLAME me for being distracted?!

And Jose wants to put a quota on the number of photos I take when we have our own kids? At this rate you might as well come tie my hands. OUT OF CONTROL. I'm out of control.

Happy Friday ;)

Rustic Winterland Fashion: Jeannie

It all started here, and now is ending here. My Rustic Winterland series that is. Some of you might wonder, why did she split all the models up into individual posts?

Because... they each represented such different styles and I photographed each of them differently. As models, they might be dressed with similar a "theme" -- but they certainly don't have the same look. Jeannie is a perfect example...

I can't even begin to tell you how natural this girl is in front of the camera!

Some of my absolute favorites..

Ana and I kept making America's Next Top Model jokes like, "Now we know how Tyra feels!" because I literally would take 2 frames and Jeannie just nailed it.

It is the best feeling as a photographer to have a model bring to life the exact concept you had in mind...

Model: Jeannie (The Agency AZ), Styling: Whitney Alexandra, Make up: Kristy Brown, Hair: Michelle Fink

With that, I have to give huge props to Jeannie and the entire crew for pulling together a vision that I could only hope would come close to this. A thank you to photographer Michelle Herrick for believing in my vision and helping me bring this concept to life.

I came home elated and exhausted. Since moving to Phoenix I've had to put myself out there and with that comes rejection and success. By no means has it been easy, but it's moments like these that motivate me to continue pushing forward. Are there risks you're wanting to take? DO IT! Because even if you just get a 'no' -- you were willing to take the risk, and that alone is a victory. Just don't let the no stop you.

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be. -Karen Ravn

Alejandra Amador Vidal

First and foremost, I am a dreamer and a storyteller.

It has been incredible journey to where I am today -- married in Phoenix, Arizona. Photography and design have always been a huge part of my life but became an even bigger part of me as I was planning my wedding. As a result, I began to blog about my experiences, sharing my life openly and offering up photoshoot ideas, DIY projects, and tutorials. As my creativity developed, I couldn't put my camera or my hands down... I needed to keep creating. Thus, Imaginale Design took on life.

In just these past few years my business has evolved from stills to motion. While I pursued film in college, I never felt that I connected with those techy video guys (well, a majority were guys). I was never a dabbler of video as a kid. But the truth is, I connected intensely with video - with movement. There's something about a song that seeps into my heart and moves me. I feel the story - the narrative. After developing my storytelling style in photography, I started to incorporate video. And not much later, I knew that motion and I were meant to be. Combining my desire to help artists articulate their strengths/style and video - I now specialize in creating Motion Brand Films.

My faith is my foundation. I have lived my life with this verse embedded deep within me: "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart" -Psalm 37:4. When I pick up my camera, I ask God for his direction and everything that comes out of it is for his glory.

I'm blessed to have a husband who encourages me day and night. His faith in me is what motivates me to take risks -- to allow myself to make mistakes but keep moving forward. I don't think anyone challenges or pushes me as much as he does -- which sometimes means I lose MORE hours of sleep!

Something else I love intensely is teaching. If one person can take away something from me that will contribute to their growth -- I will always feel successful. Thank you, thank YOU, thank you reader. Without you I would lose a big piece of my motivation.

For more, check out my website!