So Cal Lightning Show {So Cal Photographer}//October 25, 2016

Yesterday was a rare treat for Southern California. We had the most beautiful lightning show in the early hours of the morning. I’m NOT a morning person, but I had to get the kids up for school and, since I was up a bit earlier than usual, I saw the lightning continue to light up the sky. I finally couldn’t resist any longer. I had to get out my camera. Now then, I am not a storm photographer and would never claim to be. It is an art I know nothing about. And actually, the way I was shooting, I was quite lucky to capture anything at all. I didn’t want to waste time before going out to look into the best ways to capture lightning (because I wasn’t sure how long it would last). I took about 100 shots…and literally only TWO had lightning in them. One just lit up the sky and this one had a lightning bolt with smaller bolts to the sides. I kept shooting long after this one because it didn’t even look like much on the back of my camera. Afterward, I came inside and realized what I was lucky enough to have captured. I then looked up the best way to capture lightning and found out that I should be doing things completely different. lol. So next time, I’ll give that a shot. For now, I’ll be very grateful for the amazing part of God’s creation that I was able to capture… I hope you enjoy it as well.

 

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Flower Girl Inspiration with Renee Loiz//March 9, 2016

There is not much better professionally than getting the opportunity to work with other creative people in the industry. When Renee Loiz asked me to shoot this flower girl inspiration shoot with her, I was so excited! Then, when she wanted my daughter Maya to be one of her little models, of course I was even more excited. We got two other adorable models, Ashlynn & Elia, as well as some adorable dresses from Pippa & Julie. Renee prettied up the little girls. Flower Crowns by Christina Figueroa. To see all the details about hair & makeup, check out Renee’s blog post here. So, if  you are looking for wedding inspiration, or for a wedding photographer (psssttt…that’s ME!) or a fantastic makeup & hair artist…this is the place!

Some of my favorite shots from the shoot:

First, Renee working her magic.

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Wedding Makeup Inspiration {with Renee Loiz Makeup}//February 22, 2016

If you are in need of some gorgeous spring wedding makeup inspiration, look no further! Here, Renee Loiz has created the most fresh & fun look for our lovely model, Cherie. We had the pleasure of shooting this look at The Moon & Co. in Los Angeles, California. The exquisite floral crown was crafted by Pinky Lark Farnum. And the brand of makeup used was Jane Iredale. Make sure you head over to Renee’s blog post here to see the full post so you can get this gorgeous look for yourself! Lastly, if you love the lace top, check it out at Zara.

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For more about booking me for your shoot, contact me here! Also, feel free to check out my Facebook & Instagram!

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Oak Glen Family Photos {The Molina Kids}//January 4, 2016

Hey there! For those of you not familiar with my work, my name is Heather Molina. I’m a photographer of people. Of souls. Of love. Of life. I love to shoot weddings. I love to shoot family photos…but less in the traditional “everyone look at the camera & say cheese” way & more in the way of real interactions & true moments. Now don’t get me wrong…we’ll always try to get a few of everyone smiling at the camera. But sometimes, when the kids are…well…KIDS, they have another plan in mind. Little minds don’t always have the same ideas as grown-up minds, and that’s what I love most about family sessions! I am also ready to shoot some intimate portrait sessions this year too. Perhaps in the comfort of your own home, or in a secluded outdoor location.

For today though, I thought I’d share my HAPPY NEW YEAR thoughts for you, as well as some photos of my own kids (which include both smiles AND tears! lol).

A thoughtful quote for the year…something that touched me because it’s true…

“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living, heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” ~LR Knost

I wish you an amazing, awful, mundane, ordinary life, full of love (especially the love of God). Happy New Year, from the Molina family.

Oh…and to BOOK YOUR OWN SESSION, HURRY & CLICK HERE to contact me! I only have 4 sessions available for the rest of the month!

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Told you there were tears. Sometimes siblings are mean to one another & make each other cry. Yup…I keep on snapping. THEN, I check on said kid. ;)

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My twins were mesmerized by some horses & their riders that came by.

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Again, this is totallyyyyy real life in our ‘hood. I mean, really??? Why is he on the floor?

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I just love our So Cal landscape & my kiddos soaking up that sunshine!

Oh…and lastly, I set up the camera for my daughter to snap a few shots of me. Enjoy my lazy-day dorky hair & such. lol…

 

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