Window Light Portraiture: Studio: Long Beach, CA

I have been listening to educational videos from a very renowned photographer. She shoots mainly women's portraiture and her images are gorgeous. The educational videos get us back to basics and really focus on motivation, skills and more motivation. In fact, I outright cried when I heard her speak in person at the beginning of the year at the annual photo conference I attend. She was that moving, that motivating, that amazing. I get down sometimes. I'm not good enough. I'm not worth the money I charge. I'm not better than that other photographer. But the truth is I AM good enough. I AM worth the money I charge and I AM just as good as that other photographer (just different). Everyone needs motivation especially when going out on their own. You are accountable to yourself but I also need to pay bills, feed and cloth my family.. If I work for minimum wages, I can't make ends meet. I have to charge what I charge. I don't ask my doctor or grocery store for a deal, I just have to pay what they charge. And they are worth it. I am worth it. Repeat and those who know that what I provide will know and will understand and will value their keepsakes that I am creating for their futures. My work gets to be passed down from generation to generation. How amazing is that? 

I've been working on window light, in studio portraits inspired by this photographer. The portraits below are of my eldest daughter who has been more cooperative than the youngest when it comes to being a model this summer. We painted styrofoam insulation panels and taped them together, placed them near my one window in my office / studio.  I am proud of these images. I will print them. These are special to me and she will never be 11 again. I am proud of myself for creating these images, for having the skills and strength and ability.

People ask me how's business? Well to be honest, it's slow. It's hard to transition from a "shoot and burn" photographer with inexpensive pricing to boutique, high end, supporting my family photographer but I am doing it. My wonderful clients who where with me from the beginning may not continue the journey with me and I'm sad for that but I understand. I continue to grow and get better and better and learn and I will succeed. I will open a store front office. I will support my family with my career. I will continue to create memories and heirlooms for you and for my family. 

xo, C

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The New Kia Event - San Diego

Whoa. I mean whoa. I photograph events for Kia Motors USA once or twice a year and they are always amazing. But this event  - just wow. All attendees (including yours truly) stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp District downtown right across from the convention center. When you walked in, the Kia Stinger (not on the market yet) was featured in the lobby. The first day was arrival day and everyone was greeted with a very cool name badge and Harmon portable speaker. Dinner was at this very cool restaurant down the street. The guests were transported in neat lighted up pedicabs. I ran up and down the street capturing the ride to the restaurant! The restaurant was rented out for a private event. There was a roof top patio and bar and then dinner downstairs was terrific with a little band that may or may have been speaking a foreign language. We couldn't tell. 

Cielo Roth Photography. Check in desk at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

Cielo Roth Photography. Check in desk at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

The attendees were all social media "influencers" - bloggers, vloggers, writers, video journalists who write/video/photograph all types of subjects like fashion, parenting, technology, etc. These attendees were amazing. I made so many connections and dare I say friends. I already knew a few wonderful gals from past events (Alice from Thrill of the Chases and Jen from Jab's Plethora). I fit right in. Not a fly on a the wall, but an active member of this community. Laughing and interactive, trying to not get too close sometimes so I could get the unnoticed and unposed shot but sometimes the posed shot was also wonderful and welcomed. 

Cielo Roth Photography. Alice Chase with the new Kia Stinger. 

Cielo Roth Photography. Alice Chase with the new Kia Stinger. 

 

The next day were there were 25 cars parked outside the hotel to drive around San Diego. The Optima, Niro, Soul - all eco friendly. Several groups took off and drove around the city to test drive, get photos, tell stories and enjoy being out and about with such freedom. I should have joined a group but I instead got to drive the Optima out to meet the groups to take photos at Krispy Kreme donuts (I didn't have one - I'm so proud of myself). Lunch then off to more drives. I went out with a group around Balboa Park. After that I needed to upload photos so they would be available asap to the attendees and also ready for a slide show during dinner. Now this dinner was extraordinary. It featured sushi from Nobu, tacos, curry, vegetarian options, etc. etc. Open Bar and LIVE karaoke. Yes - a band backed up singers to the most fun songs ever. Attendees signed up and it was AMAZING. I laughed, I sang, I shot. It was brilliant. The Kia group puts on a bang up program. I am so lucky to be apart of it. I say it again, I love my job. 

All the Kias. Cielo Roth Photography.

All the Kias. Cielo Roth Photography.

Gals photobombed by Kia's James Hope. Cielo Roth Photography.

Gals photobombed by Kia's James Hope. Cielo Roth Photography.

Donuts! Cielo Roth Photography

Donuts! Cielo Roth Photography

Social Media Manager, John Dominguez. Photo by Cielo Roth Photography

Social Media Manager, John Dominguez. Photo by Cielo Roth Photography

xo, C

Father Daughter Dance - Long Beach

My daughters' elementary school has held a father daughter dance for years. Some think - why no mom/son dance? The answer - organize it and make it happen. Easy as that but it's hard to organize an event. I was involved in school events since my eldest started Kindergarten. It's a lot of work, fun, and stress. This year I took some time off from activities. Being involved is hard for me and I know it's hard work for others. Some parents do it with ease and without stress but for me, I just needed some time off. Next year my youngest will be in 4th grade and I want to be back being involved again. Not as much as I was in years past. 

I've always taken photos at events - this year I took photos and printed them on site for cute camp name badges for the kids during Library Night. I love that I can combine my love of my (and kiddos in general) and passion for photography. 

I was in a bit of a business slump so I decided to make something happen for myself. I called the new organizers of the Father Daughter Dance and asked if they needed a photographer. In the past, Lifetouch has been there but you know - they aren't always the best quality. Luckily the organizer, Ken thought it would be a great idea if I joined on as the photographer. Assistant Number 1 found instructions for large paper flowers on Pinterest and we started making giant flowers for the background of the photos. 

The night of the dance, there was a little trouble on my part handling paperwork and taking photos at the same time. Lesson learned, I needed a helper. I should have asked for help. Brian, my husband had helped me set up but I wanted to have a good time with Assistant Number 2 at the dance. Assistant Number 1 had run a race for Cross Country earlier in the day and wasn't up to helping. Should have asked a friend but again, hindsight is 20/20. It was still a wonderful event. Everyone was very happy with how the background looked and overall matched the purple and pink Princesss/King theme. I was happy with the way the photos turned out. 

xo, C

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Sorento Family Adventure Lake Tahoe and Dad 2.0 Summit

Warm and cozy inside while it rains sideways outside. Surrounded by big fluffy white pillows. I am in my room at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. I've been hired by Kia Motors USA to document the Sorento Family Winter Adventure. A lovely group of influencers (bloggers/writers) and their families were invited by Kia to drive the Kia Sorento and experience the gorgeous winter activities up in Lake Tahoe. The influencers write about their adventures - playing in the snow, skiing, snowmobiling, tubing and food! I get to photograph it all and share my photos with them and with Kia. It's quite an adventure for me too. I went snowmobiling for the first time yesterday. Wow! What an amazing experience! I feel a little intimidated by some of the great photos the influencers take themselves but I'm still happy to capture things they can't. Oh and they and their families are wonderful! Talk about a group of super people! They are all so friendly, intelligent and fun. I feel like part of their family too. 

 

Speaking of family, I also got to photograph the fantastic attendees at Dad 2.0 Summit in San Diego last week. The conference is for dad bloggers/writers, many of them stay at home dads. Of course there are women, moms, uncles and others who attend as well. Kia hired me to provide headshots. That community is amazing - so friendly, warm, inviting. This is my 3rd year at Dad. Usually I just document the event. This was my first year taking the headshots. It was an absolute blast. 

Xo, C

 

 

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Kia Dad

The set up thanks to Brian, my assistant.  

The set up thanks to Brian, my assistant.  

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Jenn Busfield, writer

Dad and writer, Patrick Quinn  

Dad and writer, Patrick Quinn  

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Snowmobiling  

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View from the top

 

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Kia Sorento  

Photo Conference

I was sitting in a class on Monday about the importance of telling my story and blogging. So here I am to tell you stories.

I attend this conference called WPPI (wedding and portrait photographers) every year. I go to get educated, to get inspired and motivated. I've been having trouble being inspired lately. I know most of you know me as happy all the time but I get down. I'm usually up and excited about the new year. This year, not so much.   

Each year I come to Las Vegas. I come and take notes. I come with one of my favorite photo gals- Maribel. She is beautiful inside and out. We laugh, we learn, we drink, gamble, get up and learn some more each day. 

The last few days have been good ones. I can feel my motivation sneaking back in. It's been fun to hang out with my photo gals. The community over competition mentality is key to feeling inspired and roaring to make beautiful images for all my amazing past, present and future clients. 

 

Xo, C

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Maribel from Farina Photography and Cielo from Cielo Roth Photography

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Community over competition  

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Photo Gals from CA

Imperfect = Perfect

Nobody is looking at the camera. One kiddo has a cute grimace. The other looking at the ground and the little beauty playing with a feather she found on the way to the session. Why do I love this image so much? It's imperfect which makes it perfect. I may have a great portrait, where everyone is looking at the camera, all hair is in place and everyone is smiling - it's just as perfect as the "slice of life" portrait. I may not love every single photo I take. You may not love every single photo I take but each one is perfect in it's way. I love what I do. I love preserving the memories for you. I know when you look back at the photo you didn't absolutely love, you will absolutely love it in the future. I know it. 

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Back to School Portraits with Kids Under Construction

Kids Under Construction and Cielo Roth Photography present Back to School Mini Sessions!

Back to School Mini Photo Sessions August 28, 2016 presented by Cielo Roth Photography and Kids Under Construction.

Back to School Mini Photo Sessions August 28, 2016 presented by Cielo Roth Photography and Kids Under Construction.

 

Kids Under Construction is a tutoring company in Naples, CA and is owned and operated by the fabulous Kristen Peters. Kids Under Construction and Cielo Roth Photography are teaming up to bring our clients (current and new) a day of portraits. Come dressed in your best new outfit or uniform. Show off  your new backpack and shiny new shoes. Kristen has a fabulous old school desk, cool props and a board to arrange your name on! Cielo will snap and deliver 4 fabulous portraits to  your email. 

This is ONE DAY only event - Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Limited sessions available - 12 to be exact! Each session is 15 minute long and is geared for school aged kiddos (preschool - college!).   Siblings can be added to session for $50 each (Adds one image - 2 kiddos $175 and 5 images instead of 4, 3 kiddos $225 and 6 images, etc). Meet us on at the parking lot at the end of the peninsula in Long Beach. The cost is only $125 with a portion of each session donated to the Assistance League of Long Beach  (Operation School Bell).

Please contact Cielo Roth at 562-857-6795 or cielo@cielorothphoto.com to reserve your session. The gmail email will work too

Mid Summer Focus

July is swiftly coming to an end. Next month, school starts up again. Have we been enjoying summer? Yes and no. Fun times and hard times - that's just how it goes with kiddos and heat and lack of focus. 

Yup, I'm out of focus right now. I had it in my head that I'd have it all scheduled - work in the morning and a summer outing or activity in the afternoon. It hasn't gone according to plan. I'm not good at jumping back when plans get derailed but somehow I pushed past that feeling (or I'm trying to talk myself into pushing past it) and moving on. Refocusing. 

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Today, I missed my beautiful cousin's baby shower. I sent Brian and the girls. I allowed myself to reset. I'm sad that I missed the celebration but I'm glad I was actually able to move forward without falling down the hole as I have been doing. I listened to a marketing podcast, I worked on a few plans, printed out a calendar. I own a business. I have full capacity to make it a success or not.  I don't usually let my shortcomings show. It's important to say - wow I've been so busy lately but truth is, this month was hard. In the future I need to plan for this month off because truth be told, I do not like to work around my birthday. Whenever I had a office job, I would always take a few days off. 

I turned 42 this month. If you have read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you know that 42 is a very important number. I took it to heart. I didn't celebrate the 21st anniversary of my 21st birthday. I didn't feel old or bad about getting older. I soaked it in and got my towel out. Now it's time to focus. There's plenty of summer left to have a great time with the assistants. Lots of time to spend with friends and family and loved ones but it's time to reset too. 

We are all awesome. If you need to reset, do it. It's never too late. 

xo, C