Thru the Lens of Auey Santos

.what as I see as my camera captures it.

My Other New Baby – the Nikon D300! January 25, 2008

Filed under: Babies,Family Portraiture,Gear,Portraits — aueysantos @ 6:03 pm

Dee Dee. Delivered January 17, 2008. 2 lbs (with battery)

Yes, I’ve already told you about my new baby Milo. But two days before I went into labor and delivery, the UPS man delivered my new Nikon D300 digital SLR! I had barely finished reading through the manual when my life went topsy-turvy so I haven’t had time to “get-to-know” the D300, whom I’ve named Deidre. Dee Dee for short.

But finally, after a week — I found the time to shoot some practice shots with the camera and acquaint myself with my newest baby. The camera, I mean. And I am amazed by the quality and color. The shots below were just resized for web viewing, but the color and exposure is straight out of the camera. Full auto settings – P priority, Auto White balance at ISO 1600 using natural light. I used my favorite prime lens for these shots – the Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 micro. Pretty, eh?

My baby is 5 days old in these shots.





This is the only exception of an image with post production. I did a simple B&W conversion here.



Our Latest Acquisition January 21, 2008

Filed under: Babies,Family Portraiture,Personal — aueysantos @ 7:41 am

We finally gave birth! Baby came one week early, on the eve of our photo exhibit reception! Yikes – but friends we stood up at the reception understood when we were a no-show at Paddy’s. Our valid reason came in the form of Milo Antonio, 7 lbs 1 oz, 19 inches of cuteness. I don’t have the whole story but a friend told me we won in all the photo categories! *big grin*

Anyway, the full length baby story to follow…soon. Now to get some rest.




3rd Annual Union City Photo Contest January 12, 2008

Filed under: Personal,Raves — aueysantos @ 11:02 am

My husband and I have four photo entries that will be on exhibit at Paddy’s Coffee House (3900 Smith Street) in Union City. Get directions here. The exhibit runs through January 14 to February 15, 2008. If you’re in the area, please do check it out! To make your trip worthwhile, afterwards, you can pop into Toppings next door for some yummy grilled tocino or to Bronco Billy’s if you’re craving some good ol’ pizza..

The awarding ceremony is on January 18 from 7-8pm and do wish us luck! Cross your fingers for us! We’ll see you there as long as our baby doesn’t pop out first!


My First Kiss January 4, 2008

Filed under: Album Layouts,Business,Specials and Promos,Weddings — aueysantos @ 6:43 pm

…Wedding book that is.

I got big news for my 2008 brides. I am now adding simply bee-you-tee-ful handmade pure Italian leather albums from a homegrown company called KISS to my album offerings. Available in five funky colors, the leather is extremely supple and soft. The sample below is in Redlight Red. Isn’t it yummy looking?

And while the leather is amazing, what I love the most about it is the binding. When compared with a standard flushmount album, the binding of the spine is sturdy and tight. Plus, the prints which allow for a seamless 12X24 inch spread, no gutter in the middle!

I am totally psyched to start showing the sample around! I also plan on offering these leather albums to those who avail of premium family portrait sessions. Just ask me about them!