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June 10, 2014
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Blog_Victoria_Ruan_Photography_BabyDominic-12 Anna and Joe were my first wedding clients in 2011 and I was super excited to photograph them as new parents last October.  An early Happy Father’s Day to Joe and all my friends and clients celebrating their first year as a parent.  You’re all superheros and rockstars in my book.

 

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June 04, 2014
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I went to visit family and friends in Los Angeles last March and had a roll of black and white film I needed to finish up.  I walked around Hotel Maya at the Long Beach harbor and saw very few people, so I turned to my next favorite subject: nature.  I forgot how interesting trees in desert climates can be!  And since I was using black and white film, I focused on textures.  The sun was high in the sky so it gave me some great shadows to play with.  I’m so impressed with how well my sister’s Canon AE-1  every time I use it.  I used a much narrower depth of field than I normally do and I love the results!   I think these look best in the slideshow when viewed in full screen- so do it!

 

 

 

I also went walking around Torrance where my sister lives. Who knew they had a nature preserve?  I’m always drawn to contrasting things, like huge trees that look like they belong in a field but are in a strip mall.  Or trees lined up outside the electric plant in Torrance.  At least I think it’s an electric plant.  I walked down there around dinner time and was skeptical about trying to catch that infamous southern California golden hour light with black and white film, but I’m glad I tried.  Can you see it?

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June 04, 2014
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A few of my favorites from Anne and Tom’s bridal portraits in Meridian Hill Park and their wedding at Josephine Butler Parks Center.   It was such a gift for me to witness how deep their love is for their family and friends.  Lula Mae Special Events did a gorgeous job with the space and Eat & Smile Catering put together a really yummy menu, and every person on their team that night was so friendly.  You can view the full gallery here.

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February 26, 2014
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Last week, I had an incredible experience photographing the attendees of Bossed Up Bootcamp in Washington, DC.

I can’t explain it….but when women get together in a space where they feel supported, empowered, and connected- there is this palpable, positive energy that comes out of that is amazing and beautiful and that’s the energy I was trying to capture with these headshots- can you sense it?

Thank you to all of the attendees for trusting me as their photographer and opening up their beautiful selves to my lens.

And thank you to the wonderful @EmilieAries for inviting me to participate in this electric conference.  I am so excited to have your ingenuity and leadership in this city.  If you’re a woman looking to take steps to bring about positive changes in your life- whether that be in your career or personal life-  I highly encourage you to check out Bossed Up !  They have a conference coming up in Boston in a few weeks.  Check it out here: http://bossedup.org/register/bossed-up-bootcamp-boston/