summer golden light + baby Peyton.

Happy Summer!

My friend Nicole’s baby Peyton is 9 months old! I can’t believe it. I’ve been sure to do a shoot with her every 3 months so I have her first year for my photography portfolio (plus I can’t help it- I see a cute baby & I have to photograph + snuggle it). I really love how these photos came out. The golden late summer day lighting + the field I recently found + some cute props + adorable baby Peyton= happy photographer Michelle :)

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With every shoot I do, I feel more comfortable and confident, and I see my work getting better. My editing flow is coming more naturally (I only recently learned Lightroom), and every shoot is starting to look more like me. I’m happy with how my portfolio is coming along!

xo, Michelle

PS. If you’re interested in a low-rate portfolio-building session for you and/or your kids in Orange County, CA, email me :)

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Meet the artist: a Q&A with myself!

photo credit: Mariah Milan

photo credit: Mariah Milan

 

I’ve been doing some major business organization and really focusing on what I’m doing in my business, how I’m doing it, and why I’m doing it. I’m constantly reading material & taking classes about creative business. In all of these venues of learning, they ask you questions to help guide your business. So I thought I would share some of them with you so you can get to know me better!

Who are you? 

I’m a wanderer and a daydreamer. I’m an artist and a photographer and a writer. Everyone calls me a baby-whisperer, and I now call myself that too. I’m a thinker. I’m a reader. I’m a frolicker. I’m a lover of too many things to keep track of. I’m an extroverted introvert & a hermit. I’m a major family girl; I’m a daughter and a sister. I’m a night owl. I’m a music lover & a spontaneous dancer. I’m an observer.

When did you start creating?

Art always came naturally to me, since I was a little kid. I always took art classes in between sports & school stuff, but I think junior year of high school is when I really thought I may pursue it. I firmly decided on being an artist after my freshman year of college ended.

What drives you to create?

Mostly my imagination. It needs to come out. I see things in my head and I need to put it on paper. And following that creative urge is good for my emotional well-being. I just really love to draw & paint & design! But further than that, I love knowing that things I made are in other people’s rooms, making their space happy & cozy.

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Why are you compelled to do what you do?

It’s extremely important to me to do what I love and what I’m passionate about. It always has been. I’m motivated by my love for something, not by money and status. I don’t get things done when I don’t enjoy them (unless it’s for my business, then I know there’s a purpose for the boring business stuff- I have to do it in order to be an artist!). I want to live a creative life, something different and interesting to me where I create my own path and my own rules. I’ve always done things a little differently than other people, and I see now that I operate best that way- improvising. It’s never boring and I have a lot of control to change things I don’t like. I love possibilities! Being an artist in the way I’ve chosen to be works for me: I get to do what I love, put more beauty in the world, be a happy human (which always makes the world a better place), and I create a lifestyle that suits me perfectly. It’s a very powerful thing to know that you can make the life you dream become a reality.

What does the process feel like to you?

When I create art, it feels like meditation. Everything goes quiet around me, and I’m so focused, it’s almost like a trance. I focus on each line, each patch of color, one at a time. I pull back and look at it. Then I focus again. I become unaware of the fact that I’m even working. It feels like I’m allowing my thoughts to pour out of me.

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What emotions does your work evoke?

To me, it evokes a feeling of quiet, simplicity, home, happy little things, freedom, whimsy, nostalgia, and wistfulness.

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Where do you find inspiration?

It seems that it’s everywhere when you’re open to it. Ideas hit me at the weirdest times. But here’s what I can pin it down to: photography, animation concept sketches, childhood, countryside, landscapes, travelling, stories, wild animals, weather & seasons, other artists, people I love, little moments and details, and light.

One last fun one: what do you fangirl over?

Too. many. things. Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Disney, so many singer-songwriters and actors and TV shows. I’m really easily excited by many things.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this self-conducted interview! I’ve never really seen it done before, but I thought it would be a fun thing to do! 

xo, Michelle

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little pieces: my new way of doodling.

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I came across this quote some time ago & wanted to write it because it felt so true for me.

And I quite like this little habit I’ve formed of making little 4×6 pieces as a kind of a doodle/creative release for me, to share with you in between the bigger pieces I make. I’ve categorized my past ones under “little pieces.”

xo, Michelle

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Last week I was in Hawaii, and it was so lovely to be away from my to-do list for a week! I focused on really being in the moment and just taking photos. I only allowed myself phone time at the end of each day, and I was often posting a photo to instagram the day after it was taken because I just wanted to absorb that day. I think that’s an important thing I tend to do when I’m traveling- it helps me experience the place I’m visiting more thoroughly & to feel like I’m really there. Taking photos doesn’t take me out of the moment, posting them does.

I’ll have art to share next week. Until then, enjoy the dreaminess of Maui. Maybe you’ll be able to feel the tropical air :)

 

love cloud-scapes.

love cloud-scapes.

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Ka’anapali beach

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love dark blue skies.

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when nature creates a frame.

we were able to help my dad surprise my mom with a vow renewal!

we were able to help my dad surprise my mom with a vow renewal!

rainy

rainy

29 years married!

29 years married!

a family trip: my aunt & uncle are book-ending me, my parents, and my 2 sisters.

a family trip: my aunt & uncle are book-ending me, my parents, and my 2 sisters.

Maui plantation exploring

Maui plantation exploring

sister selfies during car rides around the island.

sister selfies during car rides around the island.

what much of the island looks like next to the coast.

what much of the island looks like next to the coast.

I love all the trees.

I love all the trees.

maui plantation

maui plantation

more maui plantation

more maui plantation

another maui planation photo

another maui planation photo

shells hanging from palm trees, what fun decor.

shells hanging from palm trees, what fun decor.

Lahaina sunset. So dreamy.

Lahaina sunset. So dreamy.

golden hour perfection.

golden hour perfection.

another beautiful Lahaina sunset.

another beautiful Lahaina sunset.

Wailea, the day we were attacked by sand.

Wailea, the day we were attacked by sand.

double rainbow!

double rainbow!

panorama of the double rainbow, full arches!

panorama of the double rainbow, full arches!

Napili is perfect.

Napili is perfect.

gluten free chocolate (white & milk) macadamia nut pancakes. ARE YOU KIDDING. So delicious.

gluten free chocolate (white & milk) macadamia nut pancakes. ARE YOU KIDDING. So delicious.

me + twirly dresses= love

me + twirly dresses= love

our hotel beach :)

our hotel beach :)

the rainbow state is aptly named.

the rainbow state is aptly named.

MANGO GELATO.

MANGO GELATO.

falling light on fallen flowers. melting me!

falling light on fallen flowers. melting me!

perfect beach path.

perfect beach path.

like the tikki torch is setting the sky on fire.

like the tikki torch is setting the sky on fire.

loved this window of a shop :)

loved this window of a shop :)

give me trees all day.

give me trees all day.

new phone case with one of my favorite quotes.

new phone case with one of my favorite quotes.

Lahaina sunset. (always remember to look the opposite direction of the sun for more pretty clouds!)

Lahaina sunset. (always remember to look the opposite direction of the sun for more pretty clouds!)

last night in Maui, sunset.

last night in Maui, sunset.

Lahaina sunset.

Lahaina sunset.

xo, Michelle

PS. many of these were posted on my personal instagram, @michelleelaluna, if you’d like to find me :)