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Self Portrait: March


So it’s almost the end of March. When did that happen?!

My friend Karyn, who photographs babies, kids, and families, took this photo of me when we got together earlier this month to play with some lighting. I went over to her house, set up a background and a strobe and had some fun. I had some ideas for creating images with a certain editorial feeling to them…like what you see in a magazine. Some test shots of our model Ashley coming to the blog soon.

As a photographer, it’s super fun to exercise your creative brain and play around…even if you have no idea what you’re doing. Practice, practice, practice!

Happy Wednesday!


For Brides: Online inspiration for your wedding


Now I love me some magazines, but I’m also a big fan of online wedding inspiration. When I was envisioning the look of our wedding, I would totally scour for photos, ideas, and traditions online…while at work. It was a way less obvious way of browsing for wedding inspiration than flipping through a wedding magazine. I used to work in a cubicle, staring at a computer screen all day, so a little respite into the blogosphere was very welcome.

Are you looking for online inspiration for your wedding beyond The Knot?

Well good news! A brand spanking new online wedding magazine launched today! Introducing Nonpareil Magazine:

Nonpareil Online Wedding Magazine
It has tons of DIY goodness, affordable, yet stylish centerpieces, and tutorials!

Another online wedding magazine that I’m a big fan of is Utterly Engaged. Having launched last year, they are now in their seventh issue:

And of course, it wouldn’t be a blog post of mine if I didn’t offer a few more blogs to peruse for inspiration and entertainment galore!

Happy Tuesday!

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It’s a love story


I’ve always been a fan of stories. Stories about people. Fictional and real. But it was usually the real stories that actually happened that would steal my heart and keep my interest. Make me want to know more.

And now, more than just any stories, I love listening to people’s love stories. How they met. Where they had their first date. How long they’ve been together and adventures they’ve shared. I love hearing couples talk about the quirks and idiosyncrasies of their better halves. How they fell in love and what keeps the love alive. All of it.

That’s why I love what I do. I not only get to listen to love stories, I get to document them too. For a lifetime of memories to share for years to come.

I get to witness happy couples who are excited about having found their love, excited about being in love, and looking forward to building a marriage to last a lifetime. Now who wouldn’t LOVE that?

Want to read ours? Read about Cent and I, and how it all began.

Want another? Read a real, true-life love story about my grandparents, written by my Auntie Kathleen who is a fantastic storyteller.

And just for good measure, here’s Taylor Swift’s song Love Story. I think Cent likes this song just as much as I do. Just sayin’.

Happy Friday!

What’s your love story? I’ve love to hear it and document it!


Fun Shoot: Ashley & Tod | Part 2


Before the holiday madness, I took part in a Shoot Out with other local photographers. Our awesome engaged couple, Ashley and Tod, were great to work with and rocked it out in spite of having fifteen cameras in their faces. Plus a couple of flash strobes.

One of the great things about shooting in a group environment with other photographers is learning from each other. I’m still learning a great deal about off-camera flash, so this was an ideal setting to learn new tips and tricks. While I prefer shooting in all natural light, daylight savings time sometimes puts a damper on things. So off-camera lighting it is!

I love the way these turned out. Thanks again Ashley and Tod, you made this photo shoot so easy!

Off-camera lighting allows for some dramatic engagement photos.

I’m loving the drama of this shot, with half of Tod’s face in the shadows.

This shot was partially lit up by the theatre we stood next too. It was sweet.

I have no idea what “The Decade Club” is, but there were a lot of people going in to go see it!

I like how off-camera flash can spice up a session. While I love natural lighting, it’s fun to mix it up and try new things!

Happy Thursday!

Interested in participating in a Shoot Out with other local DFW photographers? Shoot me an email! blog {at} catieronquillo {dot} com.


Getting lost on the Internet…


I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, I’m a blog-a-holic. I read far too many blogs for anyone to keep straight, and yet I still keep my Google Reader jam packed. I’ve had the (1000+) post notice from Google before. Er, several times. This is when Google Reader gives up counting. Sometimes, I’ve had to just hit “Mark all as read.” But if I can get away with it, I’ll try to skim through and/or read all the good stuff.

Believe it or not, I still spend time reading wedding blogs. Why? Market research, of course. I love seeing what trends are in style, going out of style, and simply timeless. And no, I’m not longing to plan another wedding. Trust me, I’ll leave that to the wedding planners. But with a handful of friends springing up engaged, I thought I’d share my favorite wedding blogs.

So where do I spend my time in blog land when it’s not related to weddings? It’s a mix between business and fun.



So, there are more, but this is what is currently living in my Google Reader. I try not to subscribe to everything, otherwise I’d inevitably be glued to my laptop. All. the. time. And Cent enjoys interacting with me every now and then.

What are your favorite blog picks?

And because a picture will spice this post up, here’s my sister’s bouquet from the wedding.


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