Referral Program – La Mirada Photographer


I love that you are so happy with your session and photographs that you want to share with all your family and friends!

Did you know that I have a referral program? That’s right! For each family member or friend that books a session with me I will send you a $50 gift certificate.

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There is no limit to the amount of credits you can earn or any expiration date so you can use each one right away or save them up and redeem them all at once.

Need some referral cards to pass out to your friend getting married? Heading to a baby shower soon? Contact and we can get you a stack to have on hand so you can start receiving those studio credits!

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Specialty – Southern California Photographer

Lately I’ve really been thinking about what my specialty is, what is my “niche”. I’ve been thinking about it because people are asking, “What kind of photographer are you?” Which is a totally valid question.


I find myself listing off what I love to photograph; families, babies, birth, couples, weddings… That doesn’t sound very specialized and I hear over and over I need to specialize. I’m sure you’ve heard it, “jack of all trades and master of none.” How are people going to take me serious as a professional photographer if my specialty is so broad?


Let me tell you a bit about me. I’m the girl who in my first semester in college took auto mechanics, voice, gymnastics and photography. I received my degree in music education and I played competitive softball for 10 years. I went to vocational school and got my medical assisting (MA) certificate for back office and took preliminary classes to become a respiratory therapist (I had severe asthma growing up which is what inspired me to want to help people breathe).  I was homeschooled which means I had extra time to pursue things that interested me, like creating mini wreaths from the weeds that grew in our backyard or teaching myself how to play the piano because lessons were too expensive. I organized an overnight camp for the young girls at church at 11, I wrote newsletters on my grandma’s typewriter and charged for just the postage when I was 13, and I had a lot more birthday parties than my brothers because, truth be told, I liked planning my own parties and all my mom had to do was say yes because I took care of ALL the details.


I’ve come to realize, my photography niche can’t be narrowed down to one or even two categories if it is mine. So what do I specialize in? I specialize in capturing moments. I specialize in documenting genuine expressions. I specialize in creating photographs that stop time for that second, that fraction of a second and make it unforgettable. I am not strictly a documentary photographer but I have a documentary style. I am not strictly a lifestyle photographer as I enjoy posing people (in a natural way). I am not a portrait photographer though I do like to get up close and personal and will definitely take the time to adjust little details especially when I photograph newborns.


I will let you in on a secret. I laugh, pretty much all the time, if I’m not laughing you’ll probably see me smiling from behind my camera. It’s my weakness and my strength all wrapped into one (anyone else a nervous laugher?). I think that is part of my “brand” and my “style”.


So, back to my answer. I’m an “in the moment” photographer, that is what I specialize in. Creating photographs with your genuine, loving, frustrated, contemplative, vulnerable, real moments. This is my passion and my ministry. I am incredibly blessed to be given the opportunity to create photographs of my friends and clients during their amazing moments. If that is the kind of photographs you are looking to have of your own, I would love to create them for you!


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Spring Tea & Boutique – Southern California Photographer


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We’re so excited to be able to host the Spring Tea & Boutique on the 21st of this month!

Make sure to come early as we’re going to have special guest speakers from 10am-11am. The Pregnancy Care Clinic will be talking about all the important services they offer to women, children, families and the community. Alaina Nunez Photography will be giving everyone some photography tips and how to’s for taking better pictures and Joyful__Fitness boot camp will be sharing some get healthy and fit tips with us!

Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets when you check in for a chance to win any of the great raffle prizes all the vendors have donated to help raise funds for the Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic in Whittier.

While you’re shopping make sure to stop by our complimentary refreshments table with yummy things like teas, cakes and cookies.

And before you go don’t forget to stop by our styled photo booth for shoppers and business owners to use for fun memories or a quick head shot for your business. Twine and Sparkle will be providing the adorable decorations!

So mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!

If you’re on Facebook you can RSVP to the event HERE


Here’s the line up of businesses that will have booths AND a product you could win at the raffle table!

*Damsel in Defense
*Origami Owl
*Celia’s Reloved
*Mary Kay
*Pretty Little Treasures
*Northern Clover
*Young Living EO
*Pure Body Labs
*Ruby Ribbon
*Pamper Galore
*Rodan & Fields
*Terri’s Creative Sewing
*Alaina Nunez Photography
*Alice’s Embroidery Studio
*Splendor Gifts
*Pretty Little Treasures

And still more!!


We’re raising funds for the Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic of Whittier! It’s going to be a great day!

Raffle tickets! Receive a bonus raffle ticket when you pre-purchase them. Go to: Spring Tea & Boutique Raffle Tickets




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Styled Wedding Session – Southern California Photographer

So you know how facebook reminds us about our posts that we made “this day” a year or so ago? Well, I was reminded about this styled wedding shoot I did with my sister in law Nancy, and the models were Brian and Julie (my brother and sis in law) the same year they were celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

Nancy and I were going to start our own wedding photography company called Our Hearts Photography but having too many business names was getting overwhelming and confusing so now I have Alaina Nunez Photography and Nancy will be my primary 2nd shooter for events.

It was a great day and we had so much fun. Here are some of my favorites.


It was really neat that we were able to create these photographs for Brian and Julie as I had been one of the photographers for their wedding 10 years prior. I’ve learned a lot since then!


The beautiful wedding gowns were from Ferndales Bridal in Orange, CA

The cakes were provided by Gilbert and Irene of Sugar and Spice Bakery in La Mirada, CA

If you want to see the feature with more images check out The Frosted Petticoat.

Thanks for reminiscing with me!



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Bird of Prey – Southern California Photographer

We were out at the baseball field, since two of my boys are playing this year, and while we were waiting to the game to start my daughter noticed a red tailed hawk overhead. I went to grab my camera out of the stroller and the bigger hawk flew out of the tree and practically right above us.


Fortunately I already had my camera ready with my zoom lens on for the game.


It was a nice little pre-game show.



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February Fun and Motherhood Memories


In Home Maternity

Lately I have been able to document some beautiful baby bumps! I love when my clients want to do an In Home session!

Have you every thought about having a session in your home?

I offer two different styles one is a Lifestyle session which is what my Photography sessions usually are. Posed and non-posed, directed in a natural way. My goal during these sessions is to capture a great family portrait and genuine expressions and never forgetting the details.
During the Documentary sessions there is no posing, no directing, I am not a “fly on the wall” but a trusted individual who is observing and creating the memories you are living into printed memories for all to remember.

Here is Joy’s In Home Maternity Session.


Engagement Session

You have to go check out Tra and Joy’s Engagement Session!

I’m hoping to capture more engaged couples and their special day this year so if you know of anyone that you think would be a good fit please send them my way.


Motherhood Memories

I’m really excited about these sessions as I feel strongly that mamas need to be in pictures with their children whether they are wee little ones or already grown and have their own little ones.

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Motherhood Memories sessions can take place in your home or at an outdoor location.

So whether this is your first Mother’s Day (with that beautiful baby bump) or your 30th, I would love to document how beautiful motherhood looks on you.

This is a Mother’s Day promotion that is only valid from April and May. Distance limitations and travel fees may apply.

Email or call the studio to check availability and schedule your Motherhood Memories.


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Joy and Tra Engaged – OC Photographer

I have known Joy since Jr. High youth group and I was so excited when I found out she was engaged that I had to do their engagement session. Joy was reminding me that she had modeled for me for one of my photography assignments in college.


Joy and Tra met randomly through a mutual friend at a coffee shop gathering and just hit it off right from the beginning.


I created some family photos for them as well with their sweet girl Aaleyah .


The love and respect they have for each other is very apparent. I love it!


Tra and Joy, I wish you many blessed years together! Enjoy the excitement of your engagement and wedding planning and don’t forget to call me when you are expecting. 😉



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A Look Back at 2015

In no particular order, here are some highlights from the sessions that I was able to create last year. You can see my Bump, Birth, Baby images at Simply Sweet Moments Photography.


Mary had contacted me in early November to see if I would be able to document some family memories for them during the Christmas break. People were coming in from out of town for Christmas so a couple days we met down at the beach and it was such a perfect day! Mary said it had been at least 10 years since the last time they had taken professional photographs and they all enjoyed the session we had together.


My friend Sabrina asked if I could do their family session at their new home. We were going to do some pictures inside but their kitchen was non existent due to a remodel so we just hung out in their backyard. I love In (at) home sessions as it just seems to add that extra bit of personal touch to their images.


Taryn contacted me during my maternity break from having our little Charlotte, to see if I would be able to capture some 1st birthday pictures of her little Declan. We made it into a 1st Birth/Mommy and Me (it was close to Mother’s Day) kind of session. We caught some sweet moments for her!


I met up with Audriana right before she graduated from High School to start her new education adventure at Hope University. She’s such a neat a driven young lady!


Irene had contacted me to do a session of her and her husband Vinny. They had never had professional photographs taken of them, not even on their wedding day so I was totally honored to be able to create some sweet images for them close to their 6 year anniversary; and isn’t her ring gorgeous! She left me some amazingly sweet words that I will have to ask her if I can share.


We’ve known the Fileto family for quite some time (my husband grew up with Cesar) so it’s always nice to get together and document some sweet memories for them when they ask me to. I’m so excited for them as during this shoot I learned that Jennie was expecting their third! I can’t wait to photograph her baby bump and their baby girl!


Mini sessions are great for having a Best Friend session! I’ve photographed Joy and Jen’s little girls when they were newborns. I think they came out so sweet and I hope they do this yearly! 😉


Suzi told me that they hadn’t had professional pictures taken since her and Dan were married and even those pictures were not what she had hoped they would be. I asked Suzi if their son Owen had a favorite toy and she told me that he just loves his new golf club. Isn’t that the cutest thing!?


I’ve been able to photograph my friend Tess’ family since her oldest was about a year old (she’s now 8!) and the last couple years the sessions have been with their extended families. This year it was the 6 of them and when I asked her where she wanted to go for their session she said “not nature” so we met in a non naturey location. The Benson’s are always fun to hangout with and always up for any suggestions I make in documenting their family and the kids are adorable.


I met up with the Mattey family who had not had family pictures taken since their youngest (Jude) was just a baby. Melissa is an amazing midwife (she caught our Charlotte) and if you’re curious you should check her out at Little Twig Midwifery.

If you have an account I’m on Instagram and I created a new Facebook page for this page.

Be on the lookout for announcements on The Motherhood Memories sessions that I will be offering soon.

Today I’m looking forward to meeting my students and sharing my love of photography with them during the Photo 101 class!

Have a blessed week!


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Hello and Welcome!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site where I will be sharing my photography posts and sessions.

I will be updating and adding stuff throughout this next month or two so please bare with me as I am transitioning some of my work over here.

If you are looking to book a maternity, birth or newborn session, please head over to my site Simply Sweet Moments Photography .

Here is where I was this past weekend, down at the beach, and it was just perfect! There was surprisingly no wind and the sun was an unexpected plus.

Please send me an e-mail with any session inquiries at, info@alainanunez.comAlainaNunez.12-27-15WEB-1



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