Silver Lake Sand Dunes
It was our fist time ever four wheeling, and I would 10/10 recommend for anyone to do it at least once even if it isn't their specialty. We were pretty much chickens most of the time avoiding the big hills, but the adventure was still such a big rush for us newcomers. I want to go back and try a different vehicle on the dunes, but the "Quads" were a good starting vehicle for us.
As much as I would recommend going to the dunes, I would NOT rent from Parrots Landing again. They were extremely rude and degrading to us. I had never experienced such disrespect to a paying customer. I would go back to Silver Lake Sand Dunes, but rent from a different place.
We had so much fun rejuvenating in the sun, and getting our tan on. With sunscreen of course! We probably saw two people at any given time of the day, which was amazing because we got to have peace and quiet to relax and have fun in the sun.
Our stay was at a beautiful Airbnb condo! It was a two second walk to the beach and pool area, so that was an insane convenience. We were able to walk back at any time to grab water or food, without having to worry about packing for the beach at all. And not to mention the view from the back porch was perfection. The location was perfect with it being right on the water, and only a 10 minute drive to the downtown area where everythign was popping, and where we would grab dinner.
Link to Airbnb condo : https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16825343
We checked out of our condo, and headed on to our adventure in down town Traverse City.
But first we did a wine tasting at the Chateau Chantal. Driving up to into the Peninsula we had magnificent views or the water, and layers upon layers of beautiful vineyards. It was so soothing.
We spent the rest of the day exploring each store in the downtown area. It was fun walking around, grabbing coffee and treats. We were happy we didn't get poured on, so it still made for a beautiful summer day.
We walked into this antique shop for fun, and also those shops always call my name. I noticed some rings in the display, and thought a few of them were beautiful. Including this one that looked similar in shape and size to the ring Meghan Markle wore in her second outfit at the royal wedding. We pointed that out to the lovely lady that worked there, and we were having fun trying on these different rings that made us feel like princesses. I went on to tell her oh well not everyone can be a princess. Then an amazing thing happened... She says you know... God says that we are daughters of the King therefor we are all His princesses. Cue the tears...even though I knew that already, hearing a complete stranger say it to us was so beautiful. And it was a blast trying the rings on with her. One day I will go back when I can afford one of those!
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Angel Rijina Photography// BLOG
Model | @alexissusalla
Bridal Makeup and Hair
One of my mottos to live by is that if you look good you feel good. On your wedding day make sure you choose people you trust to get you glammed up for the most important, and photographed day of your life!
This bride took it one step further...and I was IN LOVE! Chantal's get ready outfit was a long beautiful white dress with long sleeves, and a train! I would recommend to get ready in an outfit that makes you feel like a bride whether its a bridal robe or an all white outfit that matches your veil!
How he did it? Vincent surprised her while she thought she was taking her sister onto a modeling shoot in Birmingham. They were walking by when she was led into the hallway to Cafe Via. Katherine was greeted by her soon to be Fiancee, and he led her down the isle that was adorned by many red rose petals. As her eyes shed tears of happiness, we could all feel her surprise!
Forever & Always
Vincent and Katherine saw each other for the first time years ago at a mutual friends party. They just exchanged conversation that day and didn't see each other again. Katherine must have stayed on Vincent's mind because a couple years later he reached out to her and asked her on a date, the rest is history! They created many fun memories and grew together as one. Naturally their love brought them to become best friends and now soulmates.
You can just see the magic between them and I surely felt it while shooting!
Elegance on another level!
This sweet little family was a joy to shoot as usual! We went for a classic look from head to toe to location. All topped off with sleek sleeves, and three bow ties!
Family Photo Tips
1. Choose a theme, and stick to it! Try choosing a color that can be woven throughout everyones look. Outfits make a big difference in how you feel about yourself, your family, and then eventually the photos. Be sure to try on the clothes ahead of time.
2. Consider your kids ages! Each family is a little bit different, with different, ages, genders, and amount of kids. Think about this while deciding the type of session you want, and what location. No one knows your kids better than you. For example, a newborn or young child would not do very well in the featured photoshoot below. The little stud muffins below are old enough to understand, but still young enough to throw a fit, so we were well prepared with the candy hiding in my pocket (winky face emoji)!
3. Glam! Getting your hair and makeup done makes a big difference in how you feel, and it shows in the photos. Always look your best for the photos being taken. Everyone loves to get pampered every once in a while!
- Kids Outfits - @zeegbaby
- Hair - @eyepaintbeauty
- Makeup - @glambyrena
- Dress - @thefabricboutique
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Man, it has really been a while since I uploaded a blog post, but here I am trying to keep up with it again! I've been so busy constantly editing, shooting, and stopping at the post office. Thats summer for you! I love it, BUT I now have so many pretty little babies, families, and couples to share, that have been hiding in my computer! SO, something about this session just made me really want to share it! I hope you enjoy! I shot this cutie when she was a newborn, and it is just amazing to see how much she's grown, and how even more beautiful her and her sister got!
Alex proposed to his wonderful girlfriend, now fiance at the retreat center that they met at. They have gone there various weeks in a row to talk, and pray in adoration. Naturally Natalia didn't expect anything out of the ordinary that day. To her surprise Alex got on his knee and asked her to marry him, with her loved ones cheering them on. Every perfect scenario comes with a complication, and that makes their proposal even more special. Watch the video below to see their love story unfold, with an unexpected twist.
Let me start off by saying this was a crazy and fun day! Not everything went as smoothly as planned, but it all worked out perfectly and we reached our goal!
If you ever want to learn how to pull off a surprise birthday follow these steps!
1. Have an awesome family willing to set this all up
2. Know a great makeup artist
3. Have a photographer best friend that can do a fake photoshoot
4. Convince the Birthday Girl that you have an assignment that she HAS to model for, or else you'll fail. (an offer she cannot refuse) And make sure ahead of time that she doesn't have to work that day.
5. Have your birthday elves set up fun birthday decorations while she's at the photoshoot!
If you follow all of these steps the result will be...
A beautiful girl will be convinced she's getting GLAMED UP, complete with makeup, hair, and outfits, all for a photoshoot! Not suspecting a thing!
The fake photoshoot had to happen to make everything more convincing, and I wanted to share the photos with you guys! Please enjoy!
I was in love with this photoshoot while we were shooting. I got one of those feelings where I felt so full of love and light! I just had to share all of the images, and maybe some of you guys could experience some of the feelings I had!
Me, myself, and I needed a break. Taking a weekend break was definitely worth it. The weather was amazing downtown and it was the perfect way to end the summer. Back to school on Tuesday, but now I’m ready.
I brought along one of my cameras and a 50mm lens, attempting to make it easier to carry around and still get fun shots. Im sure a lot of photographers can relate with the fact that it can get annoying lugging a bunch of equipment around. My camera is basically my life, and I couldn’t part with it for a whole weekend, but I did want to make it easier to travel with. I did my best with a prime lens and had fun with it! We have our architecture shots, random shots, and annoying tourist shots, but we HAD to do it…sorry..not sorry.
Roma Sposa's newest addition...Galia Lahav
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HI! I know this is not technically photography related, but I still wanted to share a tiny bit about my time enjoying good music, and dancing at Pitbull's concert!
Honestly, I was ready for a good night. And this night completely exceeded my expectations. Well I didn't really know what to expect, except that when we were buying our tickets months ago the security guard told us that Pitbull is his favorite because his concert is like a "big party". So I guess thats what I had in mind. His concert was like a big party thats for sure, and we danced around in our seats all through the concert, but that wasn't all. I never in a million years expected him to speak so thoroughly about his life experiences and give inspiring advice. Every time his song ended he would speak out about breaking down barriers in each culture to be able to come together as one. AND... whats a better way to bring people together than the universal language of music! He spoke about racism, politics, money, happiness, hard work, and more. He was truly inspiring, and I was blessed to be able to see him and experience something like that. I would also like to add something my friends and I noticed, was how professional he was! He started each song in the center of the stage, and always came back to it at the end of each song. When he stopped singing he would just pause and pose, standing perfectly straight, holding his microphone in one hand, and then clenched his hand into a fist with the other, holding it up to his stomach. It was the same with each and every song, and we just though it was so cute that he had this routine! To top it all off he stayed in a completely all black suit, shirt, and tie the whole time with the exception of a quick outfit change to a white suit jacket (which he took off later). Although it was burning hot, he stuck it out with his long sleeves.
I definitely learned to appreciate the people around me and cherish every moment with the ones I love, because when it comes down to it thats all anyone has. No matter the amount of money the world gives or takes away from you. There will always be the ones that are close to your heart, that are there for you, and with you to enjoy this crazy life. And always make the best out of what you have even if you start with nothing. - Pitbull started with nothing and now...He's Mr. Worldwide, he's one of the best examples of making the best of any situation. - If you read about his life its interesting to see his journey and where he came from.
SOOOO for the part everyone (if anyone...) looks for in my posts is PHOTOS! "Pics or it didn't happen" is usually the saying. BUT. I am one of those people that likes to enjoy the moments and not have to watch it through my phone. If I throughly enjoy it I'll have real memories instead of blurry screaming videos annoying everyone on snapchat. (no shade if you do that btw. to each their own) Now I can remember my feelings that I had during the concert, the music, and the way that the crowd responded with the artistry. When you put away the phone, you can utilize your senses in a way people have really forgotten. I won't leave everyone high and dry though, I looooooove Polaroid's so I brought it along, and we took selfies until the show started. Printed photos that are kept forever are a great way to cherish memories, in my opinion.
The photos are kinda bright and kinda blurry, but thats what makes them perfect to me. Don't mind my fairy lashes, never wearing them again, and once we got to the restaurant I ripped them off. Best. Feeling. Ever.
We stayed in L.A. from Mon-Wed, and midday Wednesday we were on our way home! It was such a short trip, but truly so fulfilling. We made the best of our time, and I was really happy to go home. Its true when they say home is where the heart is, because we were both aching to see our families. It was paradise in California, but I would never trade PURE MICHIGAN for all of that. Some might say I’m crazy but what can I say, I love Michigan.
Our last day was really short because we had to head down to the airport in time for our plane. Which we almost missed…but we made it, and with time to spare to grab some food!
Rewind a little bit. We went to Naimie’sin the morning and spent our life savings…maybe not, but close! I loved being able to see all of the brands in person that I usually have to view online. Then we had a goose chase across Hollywood trying to find somewhere quick to eat on our way to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. So now I can say I saw Hollywood, even though it was nothing special compared to what I thought! I saw Marilyn Monroe’s Star on my way into Mcdonalds. What more could I want? The LACMA was closed but we went around it and saw the lights. We took photos there then headed on our mission to the airport!
Now all of the craziness from the trip is over! I created a video compilation of whatever footage I had. Honestly I’m not a pro at handling the GoPro, and half the time it was dead but I still got something! Ill get better at “Vlogging” one day. So go ahead and watch the short video! Please Enjoy!
She said "JUMP!" so I took the risk of falling on my face.
I have to say this day was full of glam. Rena Shamoon, my partner in travel, took an amazing one-on-one class with Elizabeth Seropian A.K.A. ElloJello. Her makeup application is flawless, so it was exciting to see Rena perfect her own techniques! I had the pleasure of taking some behind the scenes images from her experience! I am not a makeup artist in any way, but I do have a love for beauty. Being in the photography business I see it all, whether its fashion, makeup, fitness, or models. Its just in my nature to love it and make it work!
I can go days with no makeup, but when I do wear it I like to do it right! Which leads me to the next makeup class! Arm Caradanian was hosting a makeup seminar later that day, and I decided why not? It was open to everyone to sign up whether they were certified or not, so it was perfect! I had sooooooooo much fun in that class. I learned a lot, and I really can’t wait to try those looks out on myself for a wedding or maybe just a night out..who knows! The model looked gorgeous at the end and standing next to her I was just in awe of her face and the artistry of Arm. She’s so cute and personable, she made us feel comfortable and she answered all of the questions we had (especially me because I ask a million and one) with grace!
The day was really a success! In between the two classes we had some time so we decided to check out the Morphe store and purchased some new brushes! Just a side note- everything in L.A. looks so amazing and cool on social media but once you’re there its not as big of a deal as one might have thought. The outside of it was just in a regular plaza that you could find in Sterling Heights, MI, but the inside was Morphe heaven. I’m really happy for everything that I had to experience from the makeup portion of our day. The only super disappointment was that I didn’t get to meet Lilit Caradanian (makeupbylilit) herself. She is very busy, and with that being said she wasn’t able to stop by the seminar, but its okay I still love her.
We jam packed our days to really get the most out of our short trip. So after the seminar we headed out to the Griffith Observatory! We had no idea what it was going to be like, so we were surprised when we found ourselves driving up a mountain! It was really scary at first, but honestly Im blessed to have seen such a sight!
Here are some images I was able to capture with my phone! Featuring some selfies, Arm herself, and the goodies from the goodie bags!
Breakfast, Morphe, and of course the shoes. via iPhone
Rena said to me while we were on the top of the observatory,
"Put down the cameras, and phone, and just look. Just take it all in for a second."
I will never forget that moment and her wise words. I have definitely learned a lot about enjoying life with my own eyes, and not only through my lens.
Today was full of exploration and impulsive decisions. Through this Rena and I were able to accomplish a lot through the day! Started off with breakfast of course, then headed out to Rodeo Drive. Scoped out the beautiful houses and buildings till we found a parking spot....the rest was walking and taking everything in...felt like we walked miles though.
We shoot each other because we're cool like that.
Yay, next stop was the Santa Monica Pier!
It was my first time, and I liked it.
Ps. Ill probably show a mash up of whatever we took on our phones later. Thanks for watching guys! (If anyone actually is)
"Lightning, strikes every time she moves"
Oh, the candid moments!
The black & white edition of their love!