Christmas 2016 by Mark Soriano

My wife's family's tradition is to have celebrate Christmas Eve with dinner and wait till midnight to open presents. The night started off with games followed by dinner and then more games! 

The first game required everyone to place a paper plate on top of their head while they were told to draw a scene on the plate without looking at it. Momma in law came out on top! The pictures that were drawn were quite interesting lol. The objective of the next game was to place a gingerbread cookie on your forehead and maneuver it down to your mouth just using your facial muscles. The last game before dinner was a memory. You had 6 seconds to look have a look at 15 items on a table and then write down as many items as you could remember.

When we had arrived to my wife's abuela's house we were already starving. I don't think I had eaten anything that day. My wife's abuela is from Nicaragua and she can throw down in the kitchen! We didn't have the typical Christmas dinner fixings, instead we had some spanish rice, tamales, roast beef, and a bunch of other tasty foods.

As I mentioned, I was super hungry so when the food came out. I put the camera away and chowed down. So unfortunately I didn't take many pictures of the food we were feasting on. And after dinner it was more games and family photos.

We spent the rest of the time just chatting and spending time with each other. And before we knew it, it was midnight and it was time to open presents!

I hope you all had a happy holiday!

Bianca and Dave's Maternity Shoot by Mark Soriano

My friends Bianca and Dave are due to have their first baby in a couple months and they wanted me to take some pictures and I was very excited when they asked me. We did the shoot at our friends' house in Virginia. 

While Bianca was putting on her outfit, I decided to have a little fun with Dave and teach him how to create a nice jawline for portraits a la Peter Hurley. He could've had his forehead down and out a bit more haha. It started the shoot off with a fun vibe and many jokes came from that for the rest of the day!

My thought process was to get wide, medium, and close shots and that's pretty much my goals for every shoot whether it be portraits, events, or any situation. From what Bianca told me, she just wanted some "chill shots" so I was thinking mainly natural light and maybe throwing in some shots with a speed light to give them some variation. 

We also wanted to go outside for some outdoor portraits, but unfortunately it was really cold that day.

Then I setup my FL-600R off camera, shooting through a 43 in Westcott Umbrella for these next shots. During this set of photos I really wanted to show their personality and both Dave and Bianca are hilarious. No matter the topic they will have you laughing.

To finish off our shoot, we decided to get a bit more creative and festive giving the holiday season we are in. With some Christmas lights we wrapped it around Bianca's belly and created some cool shots in my opinion.

Congrats Bianca and Dave! Can't wait to meet the little one :)