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Things That She Would Never Say

Happy Friday, Everyone! In case you've been living under a rock (or maybe you're just a little out of the loop), Ale's been out of town this week. But as you may have noticed, she has entrusted me to keep all of you up to date on everything that's been going on here at Imaginale Design. So while she is single-handedly hampering camp hormones, I thought you might like to hear a little something that Ale would never tell you herself: what makes Ale so good at what she does?

But first things first - who knows what today is?

It's ALE's 26th BIRTHDAY!!

Yep, my beautiful bride is year older, more stunning, and more stylish than ever (see below). Happy Birthday, sweetheart. I look forward to every step we'll take together and to watching you grow and mature in love and happiness. I love you!!! (Please don't hate me for posting this picture - just trying to keep it real!) :)

The very first Outfit Chronicles! Let's say her taste has matured a little since then!

Now - back to the task at hand. I would love to tell you that Ale asked me to guest post for you guys, but that simply isn't true. Honestly, when she told me she was looking for guest bloggers, my hand shot up like the nerdy kid in school. Pick me! Pick me! Why was I so excited to write on her blog? Sure, it might be because she has a much larger following than I do; but shameless plugs aside, it really was because I wanted a chance to brag on her a little bit.

If you've been following Ale's work at all over the past year, I hope that you would agree that her work is incredible and that her style is becoming more clear and refined with each shoot. When I look at her work - it's evident; but as an insider, I get to see her process. I'm her sounding board (and occasional second shooter), and as such I see her creativity in action on a daily basis. As a result, I appreciate her work more and more each day; and I believe without a doubt that she will be so much more than just another creative. Not because of what she knows, but because of who she is, particularly the following four key traits:

1) Giving: So much of human interaction is about personality. What makes Ale's personality so attractive is her willingness to satisfy the other person. It welcomes people in and eases down their walls. It allows her to easily build trust, because the other person knows that she has their best interest at heart. This trust is evident in her work and it permits Ale to exhibit her client's inner beauty along side their outer beauty.

2) Visual Storyteller: All photos/videos tell a story, but few truly capture the essence of the moment. Photographers are a dime a dozen - but a photographer who knows exactly how to capture a series of moments is truly valuable. Ale does just that - her brain is like a web of connections that is capable of syncing words, imagery, and music with emotion. She visualizes the finished product as she works - allowing her to know exactly what she needs bring that vision to life.

3) Capable: I had previously written inspired instead of capable, but all photographers are inspired. Inspiration is nothing without capability. Ale is inspired by everything (don't believe me, check out her Pinterest!), but even more importantly she is capable of realizing her inspirations. She understands lighting, angles, motion, transitions, and most other technical details of her work. Furthermore, she has the aptitude to continue learning new techniques.

4) Dreamer: Last, but not least, Ale is not afraid to dream. She believes in herself. She knows she has the talent and charisma to be a world class photographer/videographer (although, she may be too modest to admit it). So she chases that goal; and while she may be afraid of failing, she is always willing to dust herself off and keep on moving. On top of it all, she trusts her success to God, knowing that he has her best interest in mind and will work all things for her good.

Those four traits are what, I believe, make Ale so good at what she does. More specifically, its her unique combination of those traits that make her the artist that she is and that attract her friends and clients. For those who know her, would you agree? Are there any I didn't mention? Let her know in the comments what you think! That would be the best birthday gift you could ever give her (and it would let her know that I didn't scare away all of her readers...gulp!). Seriously. Until next time, thank you for letting me brag on my wife a little, and I hope that it serves to motivate you to harness those traits that make you the best at what you do!