A Minimalist Christmas – Gift Ideas

(This post was originally published on Orange County Moms Blog)

Back in October I was in the hardware store and there were Christmas decorations that greeted us as we walked through the sliding doors. We as a family totally love Christmas and really the whole season, so it never bothers me when all the decor comes out, even if it’s before Halloween.

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The sign on the bench said to take a selfie.

We live in a time where everything is so easily accessible. Literally at our finger tips! If I can order it online and not have to leave the comfort of my home? Ummm, who can say no to that? Not this mama!

I wanted to talk about Christmas now because November is “the deal month” where all the stores are thankful for you so here’s another “deal to show our appreciation…” I’m not saying this is a bad thing. For sure if it’s something you’ve had your eye on and just been waiting for the sale, it’s a good thing. I just wanted to bring up another way to approach the season of giving without loading your house with more stuff.

We have 8 people in our home… we’ve got some stuff… It’s really unavoidable to accumulate stuff. But it’s also mentally draining to be surrounded by stuff! So my kids and I (actually mostly my kids) came up with a list of non toy/stuff gift ideas. I basically asked them what things they would like to receive. They are 3, 6,9, 11 and 13. My 3 year old didn’t help with this list but you’ll see some suggestions for that age as well.

So hide those gift catalogs when they come in the mail and check out this minimalist list instead.

Gift Cards! Money is fun but gift cards make you go to that specific place which makes it feel like a special outing for your kids. So here are some places that my 6 year old said he would like gift cards from.

In N Out, Home Depot, Costco, Bass Pro Shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Savers.

Special Treats! We very rarely buy candy since one of mine is allergic to food dyes and dye free candy is expensive so my kids look forward to their stockings filled with special treats. These are things my 13 year old said.

Licorice, cookies, gummies, chocolate coins (from Trader Joe’s)

Tools! Not much needs to be explained here. All boys and girls need tools and they have kids kits at hardware stores.

Plants! Cleaning the air and adding beauty to the home. Good idea son!

Carving Kits! There’s stamp carving, soap carving and for those more advanced, wood carving.

Books! We’re a Charlotte Mason homeschooling family so good books are the best! Not more to say here.

Arts and Crafts Supplies! We’re talking journals, gel pens, paints, stamps, colored pencils, canvases, nice paper, face paints, glitter glue, paint brushes, etc. We bought our 3 year old a pack of colorful glitter glue and she was the happiest little person ever!

Army/Survival/Camping Gear! This was mostly from my boys who wear camouflage attire more often than not. We just took some family pictures and I had to prepare my 11 year old before hand that he would not be dressed in his army fatigues. My request was met with disappointment but he got over it and put a button up shirt on for his mama.

Army watch, straw filters, hand pump, tent, chairs, rope, grappling hook, flash light, first aid kit, canteen, walkie talkies, hydro packs.

Bible/Devotionals! There’s devotionals for all ages and my 9 year old just reminded me that he needs his own bible (his older brother and sister got one for their birthdays with their names on them).

Camera! My 13 year old said a film camera and I also thought about sun print paper.

Season Passes! Some places that came to mind are, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, Aquarium, Zoo, Legoland.

Skill Lessons! Archery, instruments, sewing, painting/drawing, climbing, etc. Do your kids have an interest in something specific? A lot of times there’s deals for the first lesson for them to try it out.

Experiences! Ziplining, road trips, camping, family game night (new board games?), family story night (new books?), cruise.

Subscription Boxes! There’s so many great subscription boxes now that come with science experiment, history or art supplies. They’re basically like a unit study in a box and the kids get a new one every month. Fun!

The idea behind these non toy things is, they’re dual purpose, open ended, foster creativity and encourage time together. That was the hope in putting this list together.

I would love to hear how you have a minimalist Christmas!

Blessings,

Alaina

 

Alaina Nunez is the professional photographer who specializes in documenting unforgettable moments in a lifestyle and documentary way. Home is in sunny Southern California with her husband and 6 children. They love to travel on road trips together so if you’re not in the area and looking to have Alaina document your newborn, family or intimate wedding Contact her to see if she’ll be passing through your area.

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2018 Holiday Harvest Boutique

It’s a new holiday season and we’re hosting another boutique!

I just love putting on these boutiques for my fellow small business owners to showcase all of their amazing products. It also makes it easier for me to get most if not all of my Christmas shopping done in one place.

This will be the 6th boutique that we have hosted and each year seems to always bring returning and new businesses and customers. We always have a raffle because, they’re fun! You get a chance to win a prize from one or more of the awesome vendors!

When you join us for this year’s boutique you’ll find…

*Unique handmade beaded jewelry!

*Usborne Books and More!

*Wooden Toys for boys and girls!

*Essential Oils and Rollers for the Family!

*Handmade Organic Soaps, Lip Balms and Linen Sprays!

*All Graced Up Screen Printed T’s and Bags!

*Hand Stamped Jewelry!

*Hand Spun Ceramics!

*Family Friendly Educational Products!

*Nunez Kids Kitchen Baked Goods Fundraiser!

and my table will be set up as well with a fun little photo booth to really get into the Holiday and Christmas spirit!

Bring your hubby, bring your kids, bring a friend!

If you’re on Facebook there’s an event on there where we will be highlighting our vendors! Holiday Harvest Boutique Event

We would also so appreciate it if you could share this page/event with all your friends and family. We’re all small business owners who rely on word of mouth referrals to help support our families. Thank you so much!

We hope to see you there!

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Blessings,

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Focusing on what’s Important this Holiday Season

The forecast mentioned rain today… but I really didn’t believe it. Was I being pessimistic or a realist? I think a pessimist is someone who says “it’s not going to happen, or won’t happen” (when referring to something good or beneficial). As oppose to a realist who makes a judgement or has an opinion based off of past experiences and logistics. So I’m going with realist! Sometimes there’s rain in the forecast and it doesn’t rain and other times it rains when no one was expecting it or there was just a slight chance that day.

The holidays are coming and that’s just a fact. There’s so many mixed emotions during the holiday season. The cooler weather, the Christmas decorations, can’t forget about Thanksgiving, yummy special food, getting together with family, doing special activities with the kids… But there is also heartache mixed in there with the loss of loved ones or the anxiety of a packed schedule, trying to figure out how to spread yourself and your family evenly (aka way to thin). This is real life.

Our youngest little one will be 8 months old this month and our eldest just turned 13 years. I have this almost urgency in my soul that is wanting these moments saved. Our days are number yet we don’t know what that number is. I want to make sure to spend my limited number of days the best that I can. Every day we pray for God to direct our days and He does so beautifully, though not always the way envisioned.

So what does this have to do with the holiday season? Maybe you’re asking. Focus on what’s important. Usually the most important thing you already have or is looking you in the face and saying, “I love you.”

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This is why I’m telling you this…

For the month of November and December I am booking documentary sessions (this includes birth and Fresh 48). What’s a documentary session? It’s real life. It’s together with your loved ones. It’s belly laughs and crocodile tears. It’s hand washing, hand holding, stop teasing your sister, feeding your family, can you help your brother, visiting grandpa and grandma, making tamales, wrapping presents, decorating the tree, baking cookies, running errands, kind of days. It’s not about the perfect outfit or the hair in the right place. Family coming in from out of town? This would be perfect for that!

It’s focusing on what’s important

Do you have family traditions? Does family get together for a day of baking or making tamales? When do you decorate your tree? Do you go caroling around your neighborhood (we plan to this year!). Maybe you celebrate Hanukkah instead! I want to document these moments for you! It’s such a treat to be invited into your home so that you can be fully present and not have to worry about pulling out your phone or your camera to document the moments.

For those looking to get that updated family portrait for Christmas cards… I’ve saved a couple dates for some mini sessions! You can pick your time here: Rustic Christmas Mini Sessions

So think about the holiday season you have coming up… What would you love to be fully present in? That is what you should have documented and then Contact me so that you can simply enjoy.

Blessings,

Alaina

Note: Documentary sessions include intimate events such as baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers and surprise parties.

Documentary sessions are partial Day In the Life sessions that are approx. 3 hours of photography coverage.  Get in touch! And we’ll fill you in on the details for these sessions for the holiday season.

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Vendor Application for Holiday Harvest Boutique

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Hi there! Thanks for your interest in being a part of our Holiday Harvest Boutique this year!

This boutique will provide an opportunity for the local home business owners to showcase their products to new and current customers and holiday shoppers!

We’re looking for friendly, joyful and creative business owners to participate in this event. Vendor spaces are available for $25.

For raffle and showcasing purposes, we’re asking that you donate a product valued at $20 to display at your table during the boutique. We will gladly accept donations of product if you don’t wish to participate in this event as well.

Details:

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Time: 9am-2pm

Where: La Mirada Residence

Please fill out the vendor application form and we will get back to you by October 11th to let you know if you’ve been selected as a vendor.

Please contact Alaina if you have any questions at: info@alainanunez.com

If you know of other business owners who would love this opportunity please share this page with them.

Thanks and have a blessed day!

 

Fall Family Limited Edition Sessions

It’s that time of year to book a Limited Edition Session!

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I want you to remember this moment. I want your children to be able to re-live this moment. And if they’re too young to remember, I want them to be able to see how much they were and are loved through these moments, through these photographs.

Collection Includes: $799 Book Your Session Here
*45 Minute Storytelling Session
*10 Artistically Edited Digital Photographs

By purchasing one of these promotional sessions you are agreeing to:
*Complete an In person reveal/ordering appointment approximately 2 weeks after your session date.
*Understand there are no refunds. You must let Alaina Nunez Photography know at least 48 hours before your session date if you need to reschedule.
*Additional images can be purchase for $80 each or complete gallery for $600
*Other prints and products will be available to purchase during the ordering appointment.
*Session needs to be completed by Saturday, November 24th, 2018
*Session location limited to 15 miles from La Mirada, CA.

Don’t delay in reserving your session! There’s only a handful of these available at this Limited price.

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Our School Year at a Glance – Morning Time

I have had numerous mamas ask me what our school day looks like and what we use as our curriculum. So I figured it would be easier if I wrote a few posts and walk you through it.

Our school approach is a mix between Charlotte Mason, unit studies and unschooling. I know those don’t seem to go together at all but I figured the best way to describe our school is to give some method titles.

For curriculum we use a wide variety of things. We do use Ambleside Online as our basic reference as far as book lists go and we mostly follow the scheduled composers, hymns, folk songs, poets, artists and nature studies for the year, but not always. We do not follow the specific “years” because I have such a broad range of ages. When my daughter was in year 3 and my son was in year 1 I quickly (or not so quickly) realized splitting up what we were studying was NOT going to work for our family. So for a time I just picked a year that was usually between the two and we followed that. But then I would feel defeated when we would fall “behind” the weekly schedule. I kind of laugh now because, how can you be behind if you (as the teacher) are the one setting up the curriculum and expectations? It’s the homeschool mama struggle, for sure.

Teachers guides are just that, a guide. They are not meant to be followed to a T. They are merely suggestions to help us mamas who need some guidance and direction from other moms who have done more reading and studying (than I have) or who have already graduated their children. The curriculum needs to work for us, not the other way around.

Back to what I was saying about splitting up our topics and why we combine them. When my daughter was in 3rd grade, school would start like this. I would say, “Here’s your work, make sure to do this and then finish up that. Let me know if you need any help.” and then walk away. I would come back to a perfectly capable self worker (she was an early reader) having done nothing other than draw doodles all over her paper. Seriously! What was the problem! I figured out (after many tears of frustration from my daughter and myself) that she functions better in a group setting. She loves the community aspect of sharing in stories and discussions (I recently realized that I am the same way!). Poor thing, that’s how education had looked to her from the beginning. We did “school” together and then now all of a sudden she felt pushed away so I could focus on teaching her brother who was not an early reader.

So we changed it up and have combined as many subjects as possible since then.  We’ve added more students/siblings to the mix and they seem to just slide right into the routine because that’s what they’ve seen from the beginning. This is what a lot of people refer to as morning time.

I love the concept of the one room school house, that is real life to us.

Our Morning Time varies a little but it typically includes Bible, hymns and the “riches” as Charlotte Mason calls them and usually some literature or science. This year our morning time will include: Bible, Hymn, Spanish, Literature and rotate between Composer, Artist and Poet(ry). Sometimes our morning time includes nature journaling and other times it includes solfege singing. When I say rotate between composer, artist and poet that means Monday we learn about our composer, then on Tuesday we would study our artist and now on Thursday we would study our poet. Wednesday we participate in a co-op and Friday we have nature studies. But say we only got to our composer on Tuesday so then Thursday we would study our artist and the poet would be studied the following week on Monday. I hope that make sense. That is what is called a loop schedule and that is the only part of our morning time that is on a loop.

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This year we’ll also be doing an overview from Medieval to Modern times for composers, artists, painters, sculptures, architects and poets with our weekly co-op. I’m excited because we’ll actually get to put together our time line/book of centuries! I have the perfect wall for it, just need to move the tv. 😉 It’s not plugged in so it’s not that big of a deal. haha

Hymns at Home

September: Children of the Heavenly Father
October: Like A River Glorious
November: All Hail the Power
December: Amazing Grace
January: All My Hope on God is Founded
February: Crown Him with Many Crowns
March: What Wondrous Love
April: Savior Like Shepherd Lead Us
May: A Child of the King
June: I Need Thee Every Hour
July: In the Sweet By and By
August: Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Here is our 2018-2019 Schedule that I put together for myself and for my kids so that we can all see what’s expected or the goal for the week. My kids ages are 13, 11, 8 (almost 9), 6 and 3. The only reason the 3 year old is on the schedule is because she wants to be a part of “school” and she’s a great little helper and wants a “job” like I give the rest of the kids.

This is the schedule we used last year Mon-Tue-Thurs Schedule I would print one up per week per kid and they would check off as we went through our day.

And this is our 2018-2019 Weekly Schedule. Notice how I put space between a lot of our end times and start times? I just wanted to give us all a little more breathing room and leeway. So far so good!

 

Let me know if you have any questions or if I need to clarify anything. I will write more about how we cover each subject per age/grade and what our afternoons look like. Would that be helpful? What age group are you wanting to hear about?

Blessings,

Alaina

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Homeschool Photography Class

Photography 101 

This is a 9 week class that meets once a week starting in October, from 3pm-4:30pm. See below for more details.

 

Photography is such a great way to express yourself while also being a life documentarian, you just need the right tools.

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Class Description:

My students will learn how to properly adjust their camera’s manual settings. They will also learn about, the exposure triangle, depth of field, white balance, numerous lighting techniques and scenarios, history of great photographers, composition, storytelling and much more.

We start with the very basics but progress quickly so by the end of the class the students’ creativity blossoms as they have learned how to use their cameras to create the art and images that they want. They will have also learned to capture the world how they see it, which is just as unique as the person.

There is plenty of time to practice the new skill taught during the class time so the students can go home knowing how to work on the assignment for the week.

Examples of past students work:

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Thoughts from Alaina on the benefits of learning the art of photography.

“Photography is a great art medium. It can be moody and dark or bright and airy. I love giving my students the tools (knowledge) they need to express themselves in a way that won’t only lift their spirits (empower them) but can impact others’ lives in the process as well.”

All the Details:

* Class is for 8th-12th grade students.

* We meet for 1 1/2 hours, once a week for 9 weeks.

* Class size is limited to 10 students

* There is a midterm and final along with a grade given for the class.

* No textbook required, handouts will be given.

* DSLR camera/camera with adjustable manual settings is required.

* Class fee is $165 per student (ask about sibling discount)

* Starts: Tuesday, October 9th and Ends: December 11th (no class October 23rd)

* Time: 3pm-4:30pm

* Location: will be in La Mirada and emailed once enrolled

E-mail: info@alainanunez.com or fill out the Contact Form or Register Here!

 

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Mom’s with Cameras

Mom, it’s time you learned to use that nice camera.

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You want to be able to take pictures of your children and family and you don’t want them dark and blurry. Now is the perfect time to pull out your camera and start documenting this life and these moments!

Already know how to use your camera in manual mode? Scroll down to Course II!

Join us for the Moms with Camera Workshop!

Course I: Learn Your Camera

Details:

  • 3 Hour Class
  • Cost: $165
  • Saturday, July 14th 9am-12pm
  • La Mirada, CA

*Bring your camera and camera manual. DSLR preferred but any camera will work for documenting your day.

What will you get out of this?
You’ll learn…
*HOW to use your camera.
*The three basic ingredients to create a photograph.
*Indoor and outdoor photography tips and tricks.
*Storytelling composition.
*And more helpful ideas to get you going on documenting your beautiful, messy, everyday ordinary, extraordinary moments!

Course II: Becoming the Storyteller

Details:

  • 3 Hour Class
  • Cost: $165
  • Saturday, July 14th 5pm-8pm
  • La Mirada, CA

What will you get out of this?
You’ll learn…
*Using those three basic ingredients to create a storytelling image.
*Working with low light.
*Outdoor photography fun such as panning and silhouettes.
*Basic editing to help you create the photograph you envision.
*We’ll also discuss IPhone Photography and best ways to preserve our memories in print!

Note: Even though this workshop is geared toward teaching moms and dads (or grandparents), you don’t have to be a parent to join us.

Refreshments will be provided and all attendees will receive a workbook and goody bag!

Preregistration is required and save $50 when you register for both classses!        You can Reserve your Seat here!

What a past workshop attendee said:

“If you are a hands-on type person, it’s a wonderful class to take. And if you are a note taker, take some. You’ll be sure to leave wanting to connect more with your camera and anxious to start taking pictures :)”

Come learn from Alaina Nunez who specializes in storytelling photography for her clients as well as her own family.

 

“Alaina Nunez is the professional photographer who specializes in documenting unforgettable moments in a lifestyle and documentary way. Home is in sunny Southern California with her husband and 6 children. They love to travel on road trips together so if you’re not in the area and looking to have Alaina document your family or intimate wedding contact her to see if she’ll be passing through your area.”

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Featured – Bodhi’s Birth Story

I strongly believe a woman should birth wherever she feels the safest and most comfortable to do so. And if your birthing location has a pretty great view then that’s definitely a bonus. 😉

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Aimee and I only met less than a month before her due date. This was her 5th little one and she originally wanted a home birth, but as the time for her little guy to enter this world she felt better about welcoming him while at the hospital.

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Birth is one of those things that you can plan and make the best educated guesses on how long labor is going to take but babies come when they come and they definitely don’t follow a clock. So mid morning I entered Aimee’s birth space while the nurse was checking on her and the baby. We chatted a bit and then I left to let her do her thing and to rest as much as possible.

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I rejoined everyone after the sun had gone down. Then I met Aimee’s youngest (soon to be 3 year old), her mom and sister who had joined.

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I just love this one of Aimee’s mom giving her words of encouragement or maybe just a quick pep talk. The conversation was just between the two of them but it was just what Aimee needed to hear to finish up this long labor journey strong.

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And I just love that her sister kept her calm and laughing.

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Mom was going to leave so that this little guy would go to sleep but the time just seemed to be getting too close of baby’s arrival so he climbed in bed with mama and was out within minutes.

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Good thing mama didn’t leave because we were right, birth time was soon.

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Some calm and swift hands took care of sweet little Bodhi right after he was born.

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You could feel the relief

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First snuggles ❤

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And this little guy stayed asleep while his little brother was being born. We used some sheets to make a little tent around him so the lights wouldn’t wake him up once it was push time. Seemed to work well!

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This is one of my favorite images from this story. Her birth team… family.

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Heart eyes for all the wrinkly new baby toes.

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Aimee hadn’t had anything to eat in over 24 hours so daddy  got a chance to snuggle their new little guy.

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Just look at that sweet little face!

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And this is when I exited the birth space that I was honored to be invited into.

Blessings,

Alaina

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“Alaina Nunez is the professional photographer who specializes in documenting unforgettable moments in a lifestyle and documentary way. Home is in sunny Southern California with her husband and 6 children. They love to travel on road trips together so if you’re not in the area and looking to have Alaina document your family or intimate wedding contact her to see if she’ll be passing through your area.”

 

Alaina Nunez is a member of:

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Motherhood Memories

I feel very strongly about memories being documented. About mom and dad needing to be in those photographs. But us moms tend to be the ones behind the camera instead of in front.

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Photographs share a part of our history. They capture the details of our story; where we have come from and who has impacted our lives.

Without these photographs, these priceless moments documented… We would only have our memories and unfortunately, those memories become foggy as time goes by.

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This is why I do what I do and my heart behind these

Motherhood Memories Sessions.

I want you to remember this moment. I want your children to be able to re-live this moment. And if they’re too young to remember, I want them to be able to see how much they were and are loved through these moments, through these photographs.

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These Storytelling sessions are for families or for mom with her children.

Lets take the time to tell your story.

Reserve your Motherhood Memories Session HERE and not waste another moment.

I can’t wait to capture your Real, Intimate, Beautiful Moments!

Blessings,

Alaina

 

Alaina Nunez Photography
(562)400-2579
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Maternity, Birth, Newborn

“Alaina Nunez is the professional photographer who specializes in documenting unforgettable moments in a lifestyle and documentary way. Home is in sunny Southern California with her husband and 6 children. They love to travel on road trips together so if you’re not in the area and looking to have Alaina document your family or intimate wedding contact her to see if she’ll be passing through your area.”

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My Photography Journey

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An imperfect self portrait of my imperfect self. But I like it…

When I was a little girl I would take pictures of my cats. I would pose them on this little wicker end table and use almost a whole roll of film just on them.
Then when I was a little older I always took pictures of clouds. Those big fluffy clouds that had pictures in them but would change almost as soon as you saw the hidden picture.

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Channeling my inner Ansel Adams. Black and white landscape/nature photography.

When I was in high school I received my own SLR camera from my parents and soon after became the “official” photographer for my brother’s band. I played with shutter speed, shadows and low light. A lot of it was trying to figure out what kind of neat results would come with my experimenting. I still was only shooting film so I had to be patient and wait to see the end results. I remember keeping a pad of paper and pencil with me so I could write down my settings.AlainaNunezPhotography.Week3-41
I used that camera for everything! Photography projects from college, my brother’s wedding, mission trips, our honey moon, even through having our second little one!
I loved photographing landscapes and moments. Something ordinary but beautiful at the same time. Glowing light, the never ending horizon, the massiveness of a tree, swimming with the sea turtles (truthfully I was terrified!)…
I wanted to go to school to become a photojournalist, travel the world on mission trips and write these stories about lives that needed to be documented and shared. Be the voice of those who are not strong enough or able to speak for themselves.
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God had another plan for me… I fell in love with my husband when I was 18. We’ve been together now for 17 years. Even though I continued my education (which actually changed toward the medical field and music education, interesting combo right?) after getting married I always felt this pull of being home with our children.
I needed something that would fulfill this need to create, to write, to share while still being able to love on, guide and lead these precious little souls that were given to us…AlainaNunezPhotography.Week3-80
I love light and I so appreciate the shadows. They make the light warmer, welcoming, magical…
If we could live just focusing on the light and view the shadows as a way to say, yes, they are there but THIS, this right here… This is what is beautiful, what I want to focus on. Those shadows are just the background music to the main show.AlainaNunezPhotography.Week2-1
I purchased my first professional DSLR 10 years ago. This life has been filled with beams of light and numerous shadows. But what I remember most… Is the light… The shadows happened, God held my hand through them, even when they were so thick I couldn’t see the light, I knew it was there. It’s always there.

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Our lives are meaningful… Because the lives we touch while we are here on this earth are changed. I along with my husband, raise our children and we know they will create and be something bigger and better than ourselves. I photograph stories of life… Family stories. Because all stories revolve around family… Weddings (the start of a family), maternity (the growing family), birth (a new member of the family), newborns (the little one that completes the family).

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Self portrait of my 38 week expecting (expanding!) baby belly of blessing number 6.

I’m so passionate about stories of lives being told and being documented that I created a photography curriculum so I could teach! And then I host workshops for parents so they can learn how to document their lives and see the blessings surrounding them. It is so much fun to share!

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So that has been my journey for now… We shall see what the next chapter holds in our story.

Thanks for reminiscing with me…

Blessings,

Alaina

Alaina Nunez Photography
(562)400-2579
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Maternity, Birth, Newborn

Alaina Nunez is the professional photographer who specializes in documenting unforgettable, real moments through storytelling photographs. Home is in sunny Southern California with her husband and 5 children. They love to travel on road trips and she books travel sessions each year. Contact Alaina to document your newborn, family or intimate wedding when she’ll be passing through your area.

Alaina Nunez is a member of:

Professional Photographers of America

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Family Photojournalist Association

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Learning to See, a 2018 Project 52

I’m finally saying yes to a Project 52 this year!

I never committed to one before, I think it’s because in my head I already knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it, so I basically failed before I started. Maybe I have commitment issues… Maybe I just don’t want to be held accountable… Whatever my reasons were, I say now, “I’m doing it!” I’m committing to documenting my family (at least) once a week with my big camera!

I’m doing this Project 52 to celebrate the life God has blessed me with and I feel like I am obligated, no, privileged to be able to take the time to document it in photographs.

I have a Facebook group if you’d like to join along. You definitely don’t need to use a “real” camera, phones are totally fine. I made the group so we can keep each other accountable and cheer each other on. No mama guilt for missing a week here and there. No need to catch up. Just start again. In the group I plan on giving some tips and you are welcome to ask any questions.

So what is a Project 52 exactly? It’s simple (in my head, haha) 1 photo a week, for each week of the year.

My goal is to pick up my camera once a day for 5 minutes. The times will vary. We’ll most likely be at home. The lighting will not always be wonderful or actually, probably pretty bad. And I’m sure I will miss a day here and there.

I’m taking the approach of documenting “from where I sit/stand” and capturing what is happening around me. I’m preparing to be sitting and nursing a lot with the newest blessing who will be joining us next month and I’ve been sitting a bit more lately anyways. If you decide to join the Facebook group you are more than welcome to move around to get the photographs you want.

I’ll also be posting on Instagram and the hashtag for that is #Project52_learningtosee so if you’re joining me, feel free to use that same hashtag.

Here’s my 1/52

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To actually get to enjoy the day we decided a few years back to have our own individual family Christmas on a different day. The last couple years we chose New Years morning. It definitely helps spread out the festivities and enjoy the Reason for the Season better. 🙂
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Neff gun battle surrounded by Christmas decorations… haha
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The boys asked if they could make breakfast. Nathan made pancakes and Domenic cooked up some turkey bacon.
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A bit of nighttime reading with the wee one.
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Checking out the animals in a nature center after our nature walk.

Hope you’re enjoying the first week of the new year!

Blessings,

Alaina

Alaina Nunez Photography
(562)400-2579
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Maternity, Birth, Newborn

 

Alaina Nunez is the professional photographer who specializes in documenting unforgettable, real moments through storytelling photographs. Home is in sunny Southern California with her husband and 5 children. They love to travel on road trips together so if you’re not in the area and looking to have Alaina document your newborn, family or intimate wedding Contact her to see if she’ll be passing through your area.

Alaina Nunez is a member of:

Professional Photographers of America

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Family Photojournalist Association

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