Saturday, March 27, 2010

Teaser Blog

Here are a couple teasers from two of our photo sessions last week!

...Sarah & Clint ... Maternity

...Michael & Vanessa ... Engagement

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Why take time to practice in the mirror?

Every girl does it, even if they wont admit it. Every girl practices that seductive look - the piercing eyes, the parted lips, the firm jaw line. It's the look in every Calvin Klein ad, most perfume ads, and about every pop-star and actress has it mastered. How did they master it? They practiced in the mirror, were coached on it, and tried thousands and thousands of times in front of a camera.

This look of seduction is fun to practice. Get your favorite lip gloss and try it out. Some of us girls are better at it than others. I fall in the "not-so-good" half, but Nick frequently humors me and tells me I am getting better (See... I practice). An engagement session is one of those times to practice for the camera. Of course, not every photo will have that look, but it gives you some air time to try out what you have learned thus far. We want you to, quite literally, work the camera! The more you are able to let your guard down and allow yourself to be beautifully you in front of the lens, the more it will show.

Last week Jasmine Star wrote an awesome blog about giving the woman permission to feel beautiful in front of the camera. Permission to be yourself, go for it! This is quite along the same lines. Nick and I are never judging from behind the lens. We are dying for your guards to fall and for you to "ham it up" (as we tell Kara).

This is another reason we LOVE, love engagement sessions. They are prep for the bridal session, trash the dress session and wedding.

We photographed Samantha and Mike's engagements a couple weekends ago down in the beautifully spectacular Orange County. We started at Rancho Capistrano and then headed over to Laguna Beach to catch the sunset. Samantha is one of the women that fall into the "Perfect every time" category for the seductive look. She has it nailed. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Merry Tuesday

A sneak peak from last weekend's wedding! Enjoy!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Christy & Josh - Laguna Beach

We recently took a drive down to the 1000 Stairs Beach in Laguna where we met up with an awesome couple, Christy & Josh. The day was perfect considering all the recent showers we've been having. The couple, Christy and Josh, were super fun too! He's an active Marine she's a college student. They're story is awesome, too! They've actually known each other since they were in elementary school. Josh used to live in Michigan next door to Christy's grandparents. She would come visit her grandma during her summer breaks. As they grew older, they lost contact. They later reconnected when Josh got stationed in N Carolina, the same town where Christy was going to college. They ran into each other, then started dating, then fell in love, and more recently moved to California. Talk about destiny! Sounds like the perfect date movie! :) Here is a few from their engagement session.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

WPPI 2010 - Las Vegas (Numero Dos)

We have been home from WPPI in Vegas for one week. How have things changed here at Nick Corona Photography? Well, we are head over heels in deep with ShootQ! ShootQ is a business management software that simplifies our workflow and correspondence with you, our brides. We always welcome feedback, so if you receive any correspondence through ShootQ, let us know what you liked (or didn't like) about it!

We are gearing up to launch our very own Rockin' Senior Portraits here in So Cal. Such adventures have already begun in Texas and Colorado! If you are a graduating senior of 2010 or 2011 and are interested in a free photo shoot, contact us to arrange it! The first three seniors that contact us will get a free Rock Star Senior Portraits treatment!

We actually got to meet Chenin Boutwell of Boutwell Studios. My heart was racing as I noticed her standing behind me. I was like a toddler at Disneyland giggling as I waiting in line to meet a Disney character. Yes, she is that famous in my book. She was so gracious to talk to us and even let us snap a photo with her. She is hosting another Style Lab in May - and we are saving our pennies to be able to go.

We are excited for all the amazing things we learned at WPPI to take into fruition. We are already planning our trip for next year, including our very own Trash the Dress session on the strip!

Still more to debrief... stay tuned

Liz Corona

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Monday

Just a few from this weekends photo shoot.... more to come. Enjoy!

- Nick Corona

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WPPI 2010 - Las Vegas

We left for WPPI four days ago. Six photographers, nine pieces of luggage, six camera bags, three purses and an ice chest. The four hour drive flew by as we discussed current marketing trends, recent business adventures and heart felt desires for the upcoming week at WPPI. Before we knew it we pulled into our dusty, middle-of-renovation Tropicana Hotel. WPPI was at the MGM, and Tropicana is right next across the street. Luckily, our team of photog's had a great sense of humor as we joked about choosing the power tool we would prefer to be woken up by and the awesome rustic feel the taped off windows and doorways gave us.

As soon as we got there an unloaded our Suburban full of luggage, we hiked up a couple flights of stairs and flung ourselves onto our beds. There really was no time for rest, we had our first photo shoot about an hour after we arrived. Emma Smith, in association with Pay It Forward Photography hosted a Bridal Session around the strip. Here are a few of our favorite from the shoot.

I have many posts to write about as we debrief from the sensory overload of WPPI. Being surrounded by 11,000 photographers and a couple thousand vendors was remarkable, to say the least. Besides the sheer excitement of the Canon booth (for me) and the Nikon booth (for Nick) we were like little kids on Christmas day as we walked around and met with some of the coolest people we have ever met! Trust me, I have several blogs to write about the awesome vendors we met and how they stole our hearts... stay tuned.

-Liz Corona

Monday, March 1, 2010

ExpoBridal - Bridal Gown Fashion Show

Everyone knows that I am introverted. Most people know that my preference is to be at home, snuggled up with our daughter, with a good book and probably some brownies baking in the oven. So it is a learning curve to get out of my shell and present Nick Corona Photography at a bridal show. So there I stand....Mrs. Introvert....surrounded by dozen of eager brides looking to find their perfect vendors. Luckily, ExpoBridal has some of the most fun bridal shows in Southern California! It makes it easier to let Mrs. Introvert take a rest, and force out Loud-Fun-Mrs. Nick Corona Photography!

We got to meet some more awesome vendors, and ExpoBridal has a stellar fashion show! It was great to get to meet some of the local photographers and plan some fun date nights while we are at WPPI in Vegas!

Nick was able to shoot their fashion show (while Mrs. Introvert sat quietly in the back), and they came out awesome!


Liz Corona