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50 & Fabulous

Carlos Alvarado Photography © Carlos Alvarado Photography

It all began back in 2011. I was feeling really down after the loss of my cosmetic company that was affected by Super Storm Sandy. I was working really hard and very long hours building a business and a life style brand. This was my baby at that time and all of my heart and soul was completely invested.  During that period, I was only photographing Stills of cosmetics and gradually added before and after shots of client makeovers as a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist.  I thought I had everything in my life a woman could every want, including a wonderful husband.

For as long as I could remember since I was a little girl, I always had this feeling inside that I was never ever good enough. I kept busy to drown out my own negative chatter in my head. I secretly began to beat myself down and became extremely critical of the things I did not like about myself.  I was constantly looking outside of myself for validation. Me of course, I didn’t let anyone know, including my husband, what I was really feeling inside because I didn’t allow myself to appear vulnerable to the outside world. I isolated myself and started to feel extremely lonely. I felt like such a failure and I was no longer enjoying the things I once loved and lost my passion and taste for life!

I started seeing a therapist who practices life-coaching and counseling. I learned in therapy that the secret to happiness is how we choose to perceive what we see in the world and how we choose to view ourselves.  Our thoughts dictate what we feel and we can choose what we put into our own heads. What I’ve learned thus far is: The Happiness of Life is about acceptance and gratitude from a place of love.

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and I felt like my world was coming to an end! I have always had a struggle with my weight since I was a teen, but now felt that the task was going to be near impossible to achieve getting the weight off.  One day, I just stopped comparing myself and relinquished what I thought society wanted me to be.  I accepted myself as I am and began taking baby steps of loving myself again by taking better care of my body and doing the things I love.  I put myself first without guilt so that I can give the best quality of myself to all that I love around me. I started out with diet and exercise and changing my eating habits and moved around a little more.  Most importantly, I stopped looking outside of myself for validation, doubting my own talent and self-worth.  I imagined the words in my mind saying: “I am good enough right now!”

Something inside me shifted and I started to lose weight and feeling better about myself.  I started taking my time with all the things I love to do.  I find myself in good place now in my mind and in my heart.  I am now able to start giving back to the world from a place of love and self-acceptance.  My goal is to photograph as many woman as possible that has ever had a critical thought about who they are and how they perceive themselves in photos.  I want to show them and the world from the inside out how beautiful they really are!

So, to set the example, I did not wait until I lost 50 pounds, or worried about how fat my arms were going to look in the photo, how frizzy my hair is, how shiny I become when I start sweating during a hot flash, or cringed at the sight of my double chin.  I celebrated my 50th birthday with my husband at my side and I had my first professional portrait taken since 2007! I celebrated my life with a 50 & Fabulous Portrait that was captured by my friend and Wedding Photographer, Carlos Alvarado.

So let’s us not waste another moment on being perfect and live our life to the fullest here and now in the moment and document our celebrations with beautiful portraits for our friends and family to remember us as we are.  Exist in photos for generations to come and let my camera be your witness, tell your story and show your true beauty from the inside out through my lens.

Honor all that you are with acceptance, gratitude and with love,
Betty

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The Forbidden Fruit

Apple & Eve

Hey It’s Betty from Grab Photography!

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a project as part of a submission to a photo competition to win a scholarship to pay off my tuition for achieving a degree in photography.  I started a class in Fine Art Photography called “Photographing People.”

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My First Cover Shoot

Milks Alive Cover

Milks Alive was my very first cover shoot and a lot of time and consideration for many factors for this project came into play.  First thing, my client is located in California.  After many email and chats on the phone, I was able to put together an image composition in my mind and presented the idea to the client.  Once the concept was approved and confirmed, the fun part of the process began!  I then went shopping and purchased all the necessary food and set props and began the creating process.

I understand as a photographer, we love capturing images that express our sense of style as an artist of an image maker.  However, working on a commercial project is all about the client’s vision and what they wish to convey to the world.  Branding, color palette, mood, framing and most important, the composition plays a huge part in the final image because the image is most likely going to have company like text and particular fonts styles and in some cases other images are added into the mix.  Everything needs to fit in a particular place in the frame, with, around or on the image.  This is the part where working with an Art Director and/or Graphic Designer, in this case, Diane Rigoli came in to play because the Graphic Designer knows where everything is going to be, what size frame the image needs to be and where the text is going to be placed on the image.  The photographer and the graphic designer have to be in complete harmony with one another to create a the perfect composition of the final image.

This project was a wonderful experience and I am very proud to have been part of such a great team of people.  I had the image matted and framed and it is now hanging in my office.  I recently received my own copy of the book from the author Rita Rivera the creator of Milks Alive and I really look forward to starting a new journey of healthy eating and share this special image with you.  We hope that if you are looking for someone that has the experience of Still Life/Product Photography and need a Photographer to work with you on your next commercial idea, we hope you choose GRAB PHOTOGRAPHY for your next project and look forward to working with you.

Created as a team player,
Betty

 

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Bridal Earrings

Bridal Earrings

I really enjoyed shooting this one!  These are the earring for the “Something New” the bride wore on her wedding day.

Created artistically,
Betty

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Painting Restored

Nina Restored

Richie and I wanted to give my mother-in-law, Nina a unique Mother’s Day gift.  On one of my visits with Nina, we were having a discussion about her life post World War ll.  Nina went into her bedroom and came out with this beautiful portrait of her by a German Artist.  I took a shot of the painting, uploaded to my computer and into Photoshop and worked my magic.  I then had the image printed on canvas and gave it to Nina on Mother’s Day.  Overwhelmed with speechless joy, I knew Nina was very happy!

Created with love,
Betty

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A Classic Restored

Remastered

Here is an image of a loved one a client of mine needed to be completely restored and color added back into the image.  I call this one A Classic Restored!

Created with integrity,
Betty

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Style of Scent

Style of Scent

A friend of mine needed some images taken for her website and this was one of the items I photographed.  I call this one, Style of Scent.

Created with Style,
Betty

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Time to Hustle

Time to Hustle

I shot this for a business that was selling sterling silver watches for men and wanted to create a masculine theme to showcase the watch.  I call this one “Time to Hustle”.

Created with a heart of a Winner!
Betty

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The Proposal

The Proposal

I remember when my husband, Richie first proposed to me.  I remember it well because the day he popped the question, I was home sick with the flu and didn’t want anyone near me for concern of getting them sick.  Richie surprised me with a visit and a bag of takeout of my favorite soup and a beautiful single long stem red rose.

As I was hacking uncontrollably in the kitchen, the door bell rang and he handed me the takeout and the rose.  As I proceeded to put the rose in water, that was when I noticed something shiny intertwined in the rose and said YES!

Created with fond memories,
Betty

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Chinaberry Bliss Lipstick

Chinaberry Bliss Lipstick

This was a product I shot for our other company Beauricua Cosmetics Inc. to showcase a custom blended lipstick that was created for a Valentine’s Day launch.

Created with moisturized lips,
Betty

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