Unpopular opinion: the people who say your engagement is supposed to be “all about you” are wrong.
I’m savoring these last hot sunny days with these shots of Olivia from our last shoot together this summer. Olivia redid her website and needed fresh photos to align her current artistic energy and vision with her virtual representation. While our first shoot was a soft, spontaneous evening exploration along the coast, our press kit shoot was a direct, bold expression of Olivia’s drive and passion for her craft. She went from a casual purple floral maxi dress with sneakers to a bombshell Vera Wang gown and heels, and between these two shoots we barely covered a fraction of Olivia’s many facets. Until our next collaboration, enjoy these pics of this stunning soul, and cross your fingers she comes back from London for more shoots with me soon!
2020 is a dumpster fire of a year. No need to remind you of all that’s happened, but I think that summation is pretty fair. I spend much of my time in my head planning days to years down the line, day dreaming about all the possibilities life has to offer. Covid 19 has effectively shut down this part of my brain and forced me to live in the present constantly - it’s emotionally draining and exhausting. You know, exactly the kind of energy you want to have going into wedding planning, a famously stress-less process 🙄. It feels very weird, and at times even wrong, to spend any brain power thinking about all the little details that go into planning such a huge event (both figuratively and literally) when their significance pales against all the issues my three remaining brain cells should be working to solve.
And yet, it’s rituals and milestones like these that are all important during times of crisis to maintain and celebrate our humanity. Graduations, promotions, engagements, new homes... these are all things people have expressed feeling guilty at times about celebrating during all the chaos, but these are exactly the things we need to amplify and commemorate. Pain begets sorrow, but joy amplifies hope.
Tyler Lumar should be alive today. Plain and simple. You can sign the petition fighting for his justice, read more about his story here, here, and here, and download the images below for social media use to continue sharing what happened to him. You can also use this document with emails and tweets already composed from change.org, and demand #JusticeforTyler by contacting:
Mayor Lightfoot: (312) 744-3300
Governor Pritzker: (312) 814-2121
Chicago City Council: (312) 744-5000
Chicago Police Department: (312) 747-8730
There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said, beautifully, by those who loved and knew him much better than I did. I'm honored to contribute what I can, and hope these illustrations help in sharing Tyler's infectious smile with the world as we seek justice for him and his family.
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Links and resources compiled by trashymag.com
While my relationship status doesn't hinge on this hardware, I won't lie: I love a shiny thing. Rings have always been my jewelry of choice, and photographing this one was extra special!
One afternoon with Luna, and I'm absolutely convinced that baby fever is, indeed, a real thing. How could I not? Do you SEE that FACE? Ever since her unexpectedly grand entrance into this world, Luna's smile and energy have spread so much joy to her family and friends. To celebrate little Luna's first birthday from afar, I'm throwing it back to our shoot last year when she was just a few weeks old. She's a force these days, with a serious(ly cute) left hook and a head full of curls, so looking back on these quieter first days with her is a precious memory.
As for the baby fever, quarantine has definitely made it easier to resist... but please don't ask me what I'd do for a hit of that new baby smell right now.
Welcome! My name is Renata and I'm a photographer, content creator and marketer (among other things!) and I am honored to share my work with you. An extension of my portfolio, my blog shows more photos from each of my shoots with a little bit of context here and there. While I fully believe great imagery needs no explanation, writing has always been part of my creative expression. Porque no los dos?