December 07, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Press
I'm honored and thrilled to be a part of the Clickin Moms Inspire book!
For those of you who don't know about Clickin Moms, it's an awesome site for women who love taking pictures, want to learn more about photography, run their own photography businesses, etc. Everyone there is awesome, sweet and helpful. Whether you're a mom who just wants to take better pictures of your kids, or someone who wants to learn more about the business, editing, etc side of it....Clickin Moms is the place to be! Click on the banner below to join! :) My user name is julieoflot116 and I hope to see you over there!
December 06, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Press
If you have already "liked" Lot116 Photography on Facebook, then you probably already know about this holiday giveaway. If not, here is your chance to *WIN a FREE SESSION with LOT116* if I can hit 2,000 "Likes" by December 23rd, 2010 at midnight! :)
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
(1) "Like" Lot116 Photography on Facebook (if you already have, perfect...and thank you!) - link above.
(2) Suggest (by clicking on the "Suggest to Friends" link at the top left of the page - by the profile photo) Lot116's Facebook page to your friends and family.
(3) THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: Tell your friends/family/etc to POST ON THE LOT116 Facebook page and let me know that YOU sent them! :) All you need is FIVE referrals to get your name entered into the drawing. If you want to up your chances, for every 10 people who give me your name, your name will be tossed into the "hat" for every 10 people!.....so the more you send, the more chances you have. For instance, if you 30 people say you referred them, your name will go in FOUR times (once for the 5 people and then 3 more times for hitting 30).
Also, even if YOU are the one posting that someone else sent you.....all you have to do to get in the running is suggest your own friends/family/etc to "like" and do the same! :)
*ENTRIES* (Lot116 Facebook wall posts) must be posted no later than 12/23/10 so that I can announce the winner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day! :) If I hit 2,000 likes BEFORE the 23rd, then I will announce the winner sooner (which would be an awesome gift, especially if you are planning to gift/donate the session!), so the faster we hit 2,000, the faster I can announce the winner :) All of the names will go into a hat and I will let PJ pick the winner on video and post the video :)
WHAT YOU WILL WIN:
A *FREE* 1 hour photo shoot (in the San Diego area) for up to 4 people *AND* a DVD with all of the hi-res photos (valued at $950)!!
What if you aren't from San Diego? You can always gift the session to a friend/relative/charity/etc in San Diego (or anyone in Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc who is willing to come down to San Diego) OR you can *pay my travel expenses* (anywhere in the US) and I will come to you and do the shoot! Maybe you know a family who needs/deserves this? Maybe you want to give this as a gift to someone who has done a lot for you? If we can hit 2,000 a week or so before Christmas, I can even get a gift certificate to you in time for you to give it to them if you gift it :)
Oh and since I cheated and used an old photo of PJ from last year, here is an awesome video that my brother in law made from his trip to New York during Thanksgiving break. Videos of your Lot116 shoot just might be something that is offered in 2011 ;) We'll see..........
Also posted here on You Tube (a bit more clear), but the original that I saw at his house is crisp and perfect. I love this video....especially the parts with kids interacting with their parents...and of course the rad old guy dancing his ass off. He is awesome! :)
October 18, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Press
The weather this weekend was terrible. It was pretty much a constant hard drizzle and ZERO sun all.weekend.long. Luckily my two shoots on Saturday were indoors! Still though, without any sunlight, ISO was pushed to the limits ;) Anyway, because of the rain, my mini sessions (which are outdoor shoots) needed to be rescheduled. My first shoot on Saturday was at The New Children's Museum. They asked me to come shoot the "Move 'n Groove Family Dance Jam", which was a fun filled music and dance day for everyone. There were performances by Studio FX, Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, Olio and more. Everyone had a blast learning dance steps, watching the performances, singing karaoke and dancing away. Here are some *UN-edited* shots from the short time I was there........
August 26, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Press
When I was contacted by the folks at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center about doing a shoot for them, I was flattered, yet honestly a bit nervous. They had found me through the work I have done for The New Children's Museum and loved the shots I did for them. So what was the problem? Light. Lots and lots of light ;) I'm a natural light photographer by choice....and RHFSC is a science center....so it's pretty dark inside so that you can see all of the awesome exhibits light up and work. I love to use natural light because I love the look of it (ok...plus that extra pound on top of an already heavy camera and lens is pretty rough - haha), but yes, I can shoot with flash as well. RHFSC met with a few photographers and test shoots were done. As luck would have it, they chose me (the "natural light photographer" hehe) to do the shoot. It was a fun shoot and there were many times where I couldn't help myself and had to test out a few of the exhibits while I was shooting. Here are some of the shots for the shoot (all SOOC - UNedited) - some were with flash, but majority were without.......
August 23, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Press
I'm super excited that one of my photos was chosen for another Tot Trends/Kid Trends Weekly cover! Not only because it's my 7th (wow!!) cover for them, but because it's my own little one :) This is PJ's 3rd cover for them...and officially her last "Tot" cover :( From now on, if she's lucky enough to grace another cover for them, it will be in the "Kids" division :) Yep, my "baby" is no longer a baby.....
Oh and yes, although it says "Back to PreSCHOOL", PJ is indeed starting *Kindergarten* next Monday! She is SO excited for school to start.
In other news.....
I should have 2 more blog posts for you guys this week. Shoot-wise I was trying to take it easy this month since it's PJ's last few weeks of summer.....and although it might *look* like I haven't been doing much....I can assure you that even when i'm not busy....i'm busy...and still "working" ;) This past 1-2 weeks alone (besides regular shoots, answering emails, editing, etc) I did a commercial shoot, photographed my nephew's b-day party (post below), had lunch with a buddy of mine, took PJ to The New Children's museum, had dinner with friend's, had a meeting with another commercial client, did headshots/photos for our friends' restaurant, met my sister for lunch, had breakfast with my dad and his wife, took our friend (who is also PJ's awesome godfather) to dim sum for his b-day, went to a kid's birthday party, an adults' (multiple - including mine) birthday party and an anniversary party/lunch, etc, etc, etc. On top of that, I also took some photos for my sister in law (for her work), we gave both dogs baths, did the usual things like dishes, laundry, etc.....so yeah....I wish I could say i've been sitting around eating BonBons.....but i'm most definitely not ;)
So anyway, I have a shoot this evening (and can't WAIT to meet adorable little "L" and her parents) and will be blogging this week and trying to get a little work done, but I will most likely (besides blogging) be taking this week (and most definitely weekend) "off" for two REALLY good reasons. 1) PJ starts school on Monday (30th) and I really want to spend as much time with her as possible before she starts school on Monday. 2) It's my birthday on Saturday....and I think I deserve SOME kind of break :)
Speaking of my birthday. My birthday wish?....for you to VOTE FOR ME *DAILY* HERE! .....and don't worry, voting ENDS on Monday - August 30th, so this is the LAST and FINAL week to vote! :) After this I will never ask you guys to vote for me (in this contest anyway) again. Promise! :)
THANK YOU!!!!!! :) XOXO!!