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Photo blog for Rebecca Aranda, Los Angeles photographer who likes to travel and meet new people! Trekking with her camera across Southern California and the rest of the Southwest United States. Photography for Los Angeles and beyond!

dePorres Dinner Party @ Stage and Table in Santa Monica

My photography partner Oriana and I were invited to join the dePorres' dinner table once more, and we gladly accepted! Good food, good company, and unbelievable flavor combinations. Danielle offered wine pairings with every dish -- and these weren't just thrown together or purchased wholesale, but rather, her own wine bottles from her personal collection. What a treat!

The pop-up restaurant at Stage & Table in Santa Monica had great ambience, but that ambience came with low lighting and moody colors -- challenging conditions to photograph, but I love a good challenge. I wanted to embrace the low lighting. Photography is painting with light, but there's also a good story in the shadows.

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MissRepresentation at Junior High Gallery

I recently had the honor of being a part of this art exhibit for all-women-of-color artists at Junior High Gallery in Hollywood! The show was curated by Erika Paget and Maritza Lugo, two artists who I love to work with. In addition to having a piece of mine as a part of the show, I also took pictures for the opening reception:

These photos are featured in this write-up on the Nasty Gal blog!

And if you want to see my piece, here it is:

La Esperanza en Los Tiempos de la Desazón

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Pieology shoot for Buzzfeed

Oriana Koren brought me on board to take some of the pictures for this Buzzfeed piece on popular build-your-own pizza chains. I got to sit down with Carl Chang, CEO of Pieology, and capture him and the details he's proud of:

You can see the full article here!

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Boston trip

Took a trip to Boston! It was delightful -- we had never been before, and cousins in Connecticut asked us to come visit for the summer, so we decided to make a little East Coast tour.

Oh man, the food was incredible. I ate so much good Italian food and seafood. Clam chowder, lobster, you name it! We had the best lobster rolls EVER at this place called Alive & Kicking Lobsters, which appears to be run by a handful of nice old neighborhood guys out of a residence. When we hit the road, we got pizza in Mystic -- because of course, we had to! -- but not at Mystic Pizza (a real restaurant with apparently decent pizza), but a nearby pizza place called Pizzetta (which had a wonderful margherita pizza). The picture to the right of the pizza is of the interior of Aeronaut Brewery, which was hip but not pretentious at all.

We got to visit with our friends John and Lucy, who hosted us brilliantly with wine, roasted vegetables, and plenty of warm conversation. John's a fellow photographer who does fantastic candid and street photography; I love how immediate and personal his work is.

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting Hull, an extremely tiny island town close to Boston that reminded us of Cabot Cove from "Murder She Wrote." Except... rustier! We spent a good afternoon at an earthy local dive bar, which I couldn't possibly name; it wasn't even listed on Yelp, so I'd like to keep it a little local secret!

Kate Spencer author photos

Did a portrait session with local author Kate Spencer, who recently sold her memoir "Dead Moms Club" and needed some author photos!

Kate is such a genuine and smart person. I was so glad she booked me to take these. We decided to go with her favorite sweatshirt - "The Future is Female" - and a soft rose cardigan, both of which match her personality very well.

(And I love her dog too!)