Thru the Lens of Auey Santos

.what as I see as my camera captures it.

Meeting Dr. Frank November 5, 2009

Filed under: Personal,Portraits — aueysantos @ 5:17 am

So my other hobby is reading. And lately, I’ve been averaging 4-6 books a month, largely because I’m a reviewer for San Francisco Book Review and Sacramento Book Review. One of the perks of the job, aside from the advanced reader copies and free books, is the chance to meet cool authors like Frank Portman. Music geeks might remember him as the frontman for the Mr. T. Experience, but he also wrote this book called King Dork (which was yummy) and the latest release Andromeda Klein.  The hubby joined me in Berkeley and we had the chance to interview him. And he didn’t seemed annoyed when I started shooting him.Which was cool.

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Here’s me being a fangirl.

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The universe was giving me signs to order the Andromeda pizza. I ignored them. Wonder what the repercussions would be?

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And Andreas taking a picture of Frank taking a picture of me.

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Links to the review and podcast coming soon!

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Sofia @ 7 Days October 6, 2009

Filed under: Babies,Portraits — aueysantos @ 5:07 am

Newborn alert! A bundle of cuteness, swaddled in pink! I had just photographed a very ready-to-pop Trish a few weeks earlier and loved that I could revisit their home once more to get a glimpse of their latest baby model – Addie 2.0. Rather, Sofia. This 7 day old baby was perhaps one of most cooperative newborns ever. She didn’t poop when we took off her diaper. She didn’t cry when we lay her down on the floor to have her photo taken. She didn’t even flinch when we stuffed her in a crochet cocoon wrap. What a trooper! Now if only all models would be so cooperative. More photos to come, but here are my early faves.

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Seeing Double

Filed under: Portraits,Toddlers to Teens — aueysantos @ 4:13 am

OMG! Such pretty  four year old twin girls were the focus of my attention (and my camera) one fine morning in Palo Alto. Now one may ask how does a photographer handle two active and fast little subjects? The answer is to be fast and active too!  I. and S. definitely kept me on my toes. This portrait session was full of laughter, chasing and clowning around. I love it when portrait sessions feel more like extended playdates. Gives me a chance to feel like a four year old blonde myself. Oh I wish.

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Meet Baby Reese July 18, 2009

Filed under: Babies,Portraits — aueysantos @ 7:40 am

This beautiful girl is two days old and already lifting her head to explore the world! Congratulations to my friends Bing, Cliff, “Ate” Marcy on the newest addition to their family. Here she is – head to each cutesy toe!

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Behind the Scenes May 26, 2009

Filed under: Fun Stuff,Personal,Portraits,Toddlers to Teens — aueysantos @ 10:55 pm

Or perhaps this post should be entitled “aka My backside.”

As a stereotypical photographer, I am rarely in photos. It’s not that I am shy to be in front of the camera. It’s just there aren’t a lot of opportunities.  So one big question I’ve had (and perhaps a bit narcissistic of me) is “What do  I look like while I am working?”  Well finally, I got my answer. During a recent pictorial of three beautiful tween models, my friend and one of the goregous moms (thanks Kaye!) took photos of me in action. And here they are. Hey, my butt doesn’t look that bad. *wink*

Oh in case you are interested, here are some photos of what I was shooting as well.

So here’s our take on High School Musical poster.

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Here’s our take on a Sweet Valley High book cover.

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And my son tagged along for the shoot, so I snapped him as well.

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Daisy + Tuan + Keiko = One fun E-shoot! May 16, 2009

Filed under: Engagement,Portraits — aueysantos @ 1:58 am

Are you a dog person or a cat person? I’m personally a dog person, having owned three dogs in my lifetime: a Dalmatian named Dookie and two dachshunds Murphy and Malcolm. So you can only imagine my excitement when my lovely September couple Daisy and Tuan brought along their “baby” Keiko for their engagement session in downtown San Jose over the weekend. Keiko is a beautiful bichon frise and was so friendly. She obviously enjoyed the attention and being included in the pictorial. Tuan and Daisy were looking pretty hot too! Here are some of my favorites.

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It takes a village… May 4, 2009

Filed under: Personal,Portraits — aueysantos @ 9:54 am

Recently, I invited my moms group to do a picture party. I thought it was a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day early and also my chance for me to give back to a wonderful group of women who have become instrumental in keeping my sanity throughout Milo’s first year. From the time Milo was big enough to socialize (4 months), I would strap him in the carseat (or stroller) and bring him various playdates held in the park, houses and coffee shops organized by this mom’s group. The organizer Rathna became my first mom-friend and to this day, I look back at our first meeting in Panera Bread with fondness.  No holds barred- we’d discuss everything from sleep deprivation, poopy diapers and proactive husbands — looking frazzled and sleep deprived. Now that our babies are sleeping through the night and we have time to comb our hair, I look forward to more playdates and the growth of friendship (mommies and babies!)

Happy Mother’s Day, mommy friends!

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If you haven’t thought of what to give Mom for Mother’s day, consider a customized photo session! Just call or email me for details.