Life Alive- Behind the Scenes

Welcome to Life Alive Photography's Blog! This is where I get the chance to share details about each photography session. Every person I photograph has a story, and I love getting to know each of them and sharing a bit about them here. I also post previews from each session here so you get the chance to see pictures from the session before I am done editing all of them! I love reading your feedback, so please let me know what you think! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! 

Friday, September 08, 2017
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Floppy prints are what we call unprotected loose prints, before they are matted, framed, or properly stored. You've just spent money hiring a professional photographer, buying prints, and of course want these archival quality photos to last multiple generations, so make sure to follow these care tips to protect your precious memories! The best option is going to a local framer to have your prints framed, but the following are some at-home steps you can take now to help preserve your prints. 


Handling: Try your best to not touch the face of the photo; handle around the edges with clean hands when necessary, or use microfiber or nitrile gloves. Please don't mark on the back of your photos! There are other really great ways to organize them and remember dates, but marking on them can cause the acid from the pen ink to harm the photo ink. 


Storing: For many families, especially military families, moving frequently is a part of life, and photos are taken from their displays and stored for the big move. For proper storing in a box, make sure it's an acid-free box. Keep photos in a dry, cool (preferably 70*F and below) environment, away from humidity. Keeping your photos out of humidity is the single most important factor in preserving your photographs! There are paper enclosures and boxes that are made to store photographs that are acid and lignin-free! They can be found at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or on Amazon. Any mats used to frame around your photo should also be acid free! Make sure to store the photos flat, not curved, to prevent warping. 


Displaying: Again, I do recommend going to a professional framer, but sometimes clients have special frames that have personal meaning or find frames that they love at budget stores. A quick caution: these frames are usually not made for archival prints. Ensure the print face does not touch the glass! A framer will do this for you, but if you're DIYing, you can buy spacers for this. If your frame doesn't specify that it is acid-free, it most likely isn't. If you choose to use a frame that is not archival quality, you can put a piece of acid-free scrapbook paper behind your photo to help shield it from the acids in the cardboard. Most importantly, your frame should have protective glass. Think about it this way: if your child (or friend!) was running around the house with a slurpee in hand and they tripped and fell, would glass be easier to clean, or the face of a photo? Yes, glass protects images, even with its sometimes irritating glare (there is an option of museum-quality acrylic instead of glass that will completely eliminate glare, but that's a topic for another day!) Additionally, do your best to keep your prints out of the sunlight (direct or indirect) to preserve them!


If you have any questions, Life Alive Photography is here to help, so please comment below, email, or call!

Monday, September 04, 2017
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Briana is a beautiful woman with a love of the ocean and surfing. She was planning on having a natural water birth, so of course a water maternity session was the most appropriate! She heard about Life Alive Photography at Best Start Birth Center in San Diego, Ca. Although she was nervous at first, she did so well striking poses underwater and her images turned out perfectly! You can see a video of the before/after editing of her videos on YouTube here

Sunday, May 14, 2017
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On this Mother's Day, I'd like to pause and reflect a bit on some of the things my mother has taught me. She is a selfless person; the most generous soul I have ever met. She taught me by example to give with open arms without expecting something in return. She taught me to show empathy and have compassion; in her eyes, even the problem children she teaches are just reaching out for attention and seeking love. She looks past their tough and troubled exteriors and sees a soul in need. She taught me (well, tried to teach me,) patience. Somehow, she has no problem waiting in the slower driving lanes because she knows swerving around traffic won't get you there that much faster (I haven't quite grasped this yet). She taught me the power of a well-educated woman, always pushing me to take school and my education seriously. Working full time, taking care of me, and active in her church community, she taught me how to be independent, successful, and goal-oriented. (Though she would never say it,) she fully embodies the "do no harm but take no shit" mentality. She taught me to be brave and to stand up for myself, especially when no one else would. Most importantly, she taught me how to love fiercely. I will never know how she put up with me, my strong-headedness, or my overwhelmingly independent spirit, but I know I wouldn't be half the woman I am today without her love, guidance, and friendship. Here's to you, Mom. Thank you for all you have done for me, all you have taught me, and all you continue to do for me. I love you. 

Oh, and by the way, you're beautiful. 

Friday, April 28, 2017
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Have you ever heard of the national brunch movement? Intrigued? Thinking about how much you like brunch? You're in the right place! So, there's this group that began in Virginia called Gals That Brunch. "Gals That Brunch (GTB) is the remarkable community of diverse women from all walks of life who embrace femininity, style, grace and (of course) BRUNCH! Our mission is to create a positive, authentic and empowering atmosphere where women can connect with each other and find community within their city" -Tiffany Accardi. The movement is actually growing! So far, they have Gals that Brunch groups in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Boise, Idaho, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas, Texas, Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado, Glens Falls and New York, New York, New Haven, Connecticut, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Orange County, California, Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, and (of course) San Diego, California! These girls mostly find out about Gals That Brunch on local Meetup websites, and go just to meet new friends, but end up staying connected because of the love and camaraderie they receive.

I was introduced to Tiffany Accardi of Gals That Brunch in an online group for local creatives. She proposed a styled brunch shoot to help promote her community of wonderful women and Gals That Brunch. There were three themed tables: European, Boho / Bohemian, and a colorful, glittery Mimosa Bar! With a group of about 20 other creatives and vendors, and a TON of hard work from Tiffany, we pulled this amazing shoot together and you can see some of our amazingness in the images below. Sooo, what do you say, wouldn't you want to brunch with these ladies?! 

You can see the entire gallery at Life Alive Photography/ Gals That Brunch


Vendor list: 

Event Coordinator: Tiffany Accardi

Hair and Makeup (HMUAs) Katellyn McCullough of EC Style Bar, Alexis NoelleAlex Nikole

Flowers: Petals & Pollen Floral Design

Cakes/ Baked goods: The Cake Pop Shop

Food: KoKo's Catering

Table sets: House of Andaloo

Calligraphy: The Vintage Nib

Jewelry: Wild Cloud and Stella and Dot

Wine: One Hope Wine

Cutting boards: Totally Bamboo

Photographers: Life Alive Photography, Studio FreyjaShari Premo



Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Here's a dose of photography advice from Life Alive Photography!

Sometimes in life, situations don't go as you planned them. My advice: roll with it. When Ashley first contacted me to do a portrait shoot, we were both brimming with creative ideas that would be away from the normal and make for a fun shoot. We settled on playing in the spray water fountains at Waterfront Park in Down Town San Diego, across from the USS Midway Museum and the Star of India ships. Well when we arrived early on a Monday morning, we learned that the spray water fountains wouldn't be turned on for 2-3 more hours! Being outdoors, we needed to be done shooting a bit before that time to avoid the harsh overhead light from the rising sun which would cause unflattering shadows on her face. As it was, we had already arrived slightly after the golden hour, when the sun gives the best light for photography. So we rolled onto another idea! Seeing the gorgeous ships docked in the down town piers, we took a few shots there before heading into the shade to finish the shoot. I spotted a couple of other opportunities to get a few silhouette shots and some back lit photos as well, which we weren't planning on doing. Overall, we both had a fantastic time shooting, talking, and laughing, all the while able to roll into other ideas, posing and photography set ups which we wouldn't have gotten to do had those fountains been on! Being fluid is a huge part of being a photographer, and Ashley did so well rolling with the morning in stride!