First things first: This isn't a sale pitch where I try to convince you to hire me. Really. :) I want you to hire me because you "get" me...my style, my personality, my work ethic, the value I place on documenting moments...all of it. We need to be a good match (and we might just end up being friends, if that's okay). I suppose I could try to convince you I'm some mysterious, fascinating person, but I'm really not that complicated. I'm also not just another mom with a camera. In reality, I'm a lot like you. I've been through the experiences and emotions you're feeling, too. I've been in love (and still am with the same cute guy since I was 17). I've experienced my wedding day (with the drama and joy!). I know the incredible beauty of pregnancy and the heartaches. And the amazingness of new life? Three times. The feeling of trying to remember every little detail and wanting to keep them tiny forever. Oh, yes. And now my current stage...THREE teenagers! (Couldn't keep them small.) Though the curse as a photographer means my kids usually hide from the camera or give me cheesy-have-to-please-mom grins, I know how kids operate and how to connect. It's the unscripted real moments I love most anyway. There are no perfect moments. Just moments. But I think all of life deserves to be captured. You can't get moments back.
More than this, I'm not the everyday, run-of-the-mill photographer who hands you a disc with all your images and leaves you there to hopefully print something one day. (Because "one day" rarely happens. Life gets in the way.) We may not be a great match if that's the only thing you're looking for. But, if you're looking for someone who sees with their heart, transfers that through a lens (or four), intricately edits and perfects what's already beautiful, helps you figure out your needs and what beautiful ways you can love and display (and completely show off!) your images in a very custom and personalized way, then I'm your girl. Read through the Client Wall Design Guide on this site to get a better idea of what I'm referring to. It's one of my favorite things.
Do our styles match? As a lifestyle photographer, my approach is pretty straightforward: no fuss, no muss, but always fun, beautiful and unexpected. I love capturing the real stuff. Unstaged. Candid. A cinemagraphic feel. I'll tell your story as it happens. And don't worry, the camera will love you. Posing is great, too, but best when it's natural looking. And sometimes the shot right after the pose (when you relax ;) is the one you'll love best.
My best advice: find a custom photographer whose style and personality you connect with! If you think that's me, working together will be one of the best investments in your family's life you can make. I've never heard anyone say "I wish I hadn't taken pictures." There's never going to be a "perfect" time...and waiting just lets time slip away. Let's get together to capture the beauty of your life. I promise to make you fall in love with your images.
P.S. I love cafe con leche (Hello, I'm from Miami and married a Latino!) and Friday night pizza and movie night with my kids, I make the BEST homemade kettle corn (thanks to my sister's recipe) and a mean peach cobbler. My ridiculously smart (and gorgeous) golden retriever makes me laugh every day. I love interior design and decor...always redoing something in my home. I'm a former custom, handmade sewing boutique owner and designer and most recently, I collaborated on a book about motherhood and am a published author and book cover designer. I start my day in the Word and trust the Lord to bring me through all of my life's moments.
I told you I'm not that complicated.
gail centeno photography...
Real life. Real you. Real pictures. Pretty much perfect.