Lorie came to my photography studio after her mom passed away. She mentioned to me saying she could not find a picture of her mother for her funeral, she had to go to her mom's employer to get a picture of her. Lorie was devastated that she could not find a picture of her mom that showed her beauty, strength and love.
Lorie decided she was Not going to leave that legacy behind for her children and so we got to work. Lorie wrote to us explaining her story & her experience with us.
Lorie says, "My experience with Carla & Besame Mucho Photography was something I’ve never experienced. I’ve never felt so pretty, it was almost overwhelming. My mother passed away a few months back now & it was very hard to find pictures of her. Not being able to see pictures of her in the light that we all saw her was heartbreaking to say the least. I started thinking about how my children will have the same problem... no pictures of their mom other than terrible selfies because as moms we’re often behind the camera & never the subject. I had reached out to Carla previously but was never able to pull the trigger. About a month after my moms passing, I decided that my kids need a good pic of their mama & I deserve to shine, even if it's just for a moment. Riddled with insecurities & self doubt, I never imagined I’d have an experience like the one I had. Carla sat & talked with me and knew exactly why I was doing this, for my kids. She explained the whole process from start to finish. She offered suggestions on what type of dress to wear along with accessories. She went over every detail with ease & patience as I asked 347 questions. She worked tirelessly to make sure I felt comfortable working with her. She made sure I had all info and was able to prep myself for the big day. Photo shoot day came and I was a nervous wreck. I’m a family photographer. I’m used to chasing small children thru my lens... being in front of the camera is completely out of my comfort zone to say the least. I walked in to her home with tears already welling up because I was so nervous. I sat with her glam team, who is your beauty guru, & OMG what talent! I was shown a mirror & was shocked. I don’t get gussied up often, I hardly recognized myself. The bags under my eyes were gone & for the first time in a long time I wasn’t sad to see my reflection. Then comes the photo shoot. Carla had me stand in front of a long mirror to embrace what she saw, a lovely woman who desperately needed to like what she saw, & I did. For the first time in years... YEARS... I felt pretty. I felt like I was worthy of a second glance. Thats hard to come by nowadays especially when your day consists of cleaning up messes tiny humans leave everywhere (mom life am I right?). I burst into tears and was reminded not to mess up my makeup. After I reeled back my emotions we got to work... and work you will. You will be stretched, posed, & twisted like you’ve never been before. This is def a workout and you will be sore for a few days after but there's good reason for it. In Carla’s outstanding talent, she has an “eye” for sillouettes, for shadows, for angles and poses. She is meticulous & methodical in her shooting. If your pinky finger needs to move 1/2 cm toward your ring finger, she’ll tell you. She wants to make sure its right and if its not she works diligently to make sure it is. Whats amazing about this is not just that she is so particular, it's that she makes it feel easy. From a photographers point, that is so incredibly hard! Its damn near impossible. Her stress of making sure she was getting what she liked was never ever shown or transferred to me. She allowed me to be myself, to smile, and to embrace the loveliness of the experience. We spent hours together & I couldn’t have been more grateful to be one of her subjects. My experience with Carla was unparalleled & one that I would do over again if given the opportunity. She is a wonderful human & I’m sure her mama is bragging in heaven about her."
WOW! I cannot hold my tears back. I am so grateful that I got to meet you, photograph you & I can call you my friend. I am impressed with your strength & beauty that shines through you. You are a remarkable strong woman who can conquer the world. Your children will always remember you, your strength, your patience and all of your beauty. They will forever be in aww of you. It is beautiful gift you will pass down to your children & their children who will always remember you. I know your mom is always with you, guiding you and giving you that extra push. You are making her beam with pride. Love You my dear friend, Thank YOU for taking a moment of your busy day to write this extraordinary review about your experience with me. I am filled with joy, full of love. GRACIAS
Besame Mucho Photography has a little picture shout out from LaPrensa de LosAngeles, CEO Mario Oporto, who attended the National Latina Business Women Association - Los Angeles (NLBWA-LA) Gala, He shares with our Local Latino Community the importance to acknowledge the new empowered Latina Leaders in our community & the difference NLBWA is making. GRACIAS!
Gracias NLBWA for this amazing experience, I will never forget & I will always cherish all of you for lifting us up while you guys climb the ladder. Love you!!
I am truly grateful for the National Latina Business Women Associaiton for awarding me and Besame Mucho Photography as Member of The Year 2018.
Four years ago I created Besame Mucho Photography along side my handsome husband. My vision has been to empower women of all ages, all walks of life & sizes by photographing them and showing them how beautiful they are. I want to represent & showcase my perspective of what beauty is and it's not one size fits all, It is US! It is You. We are Real women who also deserve to feel, look and be empowered by our beauty.
A little over a year ago I decided to join the NLBWA. And what a wonderful year it has been, it is largely thanks to these beautiful Latinas here at the NLBWA that my business is growing and it’s growing strong.
Since joining, I have made an abundance of connections. I have attended lovely events, attended valuable workshops and seminars that helped me learn how to run a business, but most importantly I have made phenomenal friends. Amigas who support each other, encourage each other & who build each other up.
Thank YOU NLBWA for being such a big part of Women entrepreneurs, success, helping us grow, build our connections and most importantly, meeting magnificent friends. Your love and support will always be appreciated!
Cheers to all of you, who are thinking of or who are just starting a new venture and the ones who have been entrepreneurs, NOW is your time to shine. NLBWA is the place to be. Gracias!
We proud to say we can make you SMILE from ear to ear when you see your transformation. Just like our clients.
I understand you might be wary of how you will photograph, maybe you think you are not photogenic, you look odd in pictures and so on. But I am here to tell you, that is MY job to make you photogenic, to guide you through every pose, expression and to have a really good time through out this amazing experience. I want to take the best portrait/head shot you have ever seen of yourself.
We have our glam team ready to make you look stunning, I will guide you with your wardrobe, styling and I will pose you throughout your photoshoot.
Are YOU ready for your transformation?
New Year, New Headshots.
Start the New Year with our glam team making you over. They will do your hair & makeup. At no extra cost you will have a personal shopper, stylist & a photographer, Carla Perez, guiding you through every pose & expression, so you can look & feel your absolute best in your portraits.
It is always a good idea to have your headshots updated once a year. You business, your brand and you change a bit year after year. Make sure your clients & potential clients see the best version of you. They want to know they will be well taken care of.
"Dads hold our hands for a while & hold our hearts forever."-Unknown.
This is my dad, we just celebrated his 85th birthday. A month ago he suffered a heart attack which is quite scary. So I decided to do a photoshoot with my dad to capture his super human powers. He is my hero, my man of steel. He has always been there for his family, yet he is not perfect, but he has worked so hard for his family to have everything we have ever needed. He has gone far & beyond for us. He makes us laugh & loves us no matter what.
My mom past away 7 years ago, so I know that I am going to cherish this image even more so when he is gone. Unfortunately, I didn't do a photoshoot with my mom because, I thought we would always have tomorrow. Tomorrow came & she was gone.
Don't always rely on tomorrow for something special, do it now. Make the time to make memories with the ones you love, you will always have that in your heart.
It is time for family, friends and lots of love. The holidays are upon us and we are wrapping up another loving year. It is always beautiful being surrounded by the ones you love and the ones who love you. So, this year please hug tight the ones around you, feel the love, be grateful and LAUGH.
These loving sisters sure know how to have a good time. The love shines through these beauties.
Here is what Eunice said about her experience with Besame Mucho Photography: "I don't know if I can express what a great experience we had with Carla at Besame Mucho. My mom always wanted to get dolled up and photographed, and Carla made it happened.
She was great to work with and gave us a lot of direction which we needed! Carla was very patient with us, even after adding my sister to the group. Carla has the passion and drive to be a great photographer, as well as impeccable style. She knows what looks great and what works, she is top notch, and we were delighted. The only thing my mom was concerned about was her hairstyle and make-up. It was a great and fantastic experience, and I look forward to getting my boudoir shoot soon!"
I loved having you and your amazing family over for a fantastic girls day. You guys are so sweet & loving, you guys made my day. Thank YOU so much for your kind words, My heart is full of joy & gratitude. It was a pleasure photographing you beautiful ladies.
We had the honor of photographing this amazing couple who is getting married. They are celebrating their engagement and the bride to be is gifting him something sexy for the big day. The bride to be shared her experience with us.
This is what she had to say, "Carla is an amazing, passionate, fun, talented, heart-warming, personable, and professional photographer who tremendously exceeds her client’s expectations. She has a keen eye for detail and most importantly, can make any woman feel beautiful, comfortable, and sexy! I originally requested a photography session so I could gift my fiancé a couple of sexy and fun pictures before our wedding. Needless to say, my photography session with Carla also turned into an engagement photography session, and it was highly appreciated since our original engagement photography session with our own wedding photographer had been cancelled due to gloomy weather. Carla came to our rescue! It’s no wonder Carla was picked top 14 out of 82 photographers for Best Photographers serving Irvine for 2017. My fiancé and I were impressed with the end result: timeless, high quality pictures/portraits that reflected our personality and most importantly, they were delivered in a timely manner, just as Carla had promised. Did I mention we also had a genuinely, fun time and Carla went out of her way to create a couple of personable/intimate and also public approved videos/slideshows?!?! Wow, we definitely felt the VIP treatment from the beginning to end. We highly recommend Carla for any photography needs. You will be impressed with her talented photography, communication, personable, and professional skills. She takes tremendous pride in delivering only the best quality work, genuinely cares, listens to your needs and makes appropriate recommendations. I will definitely be her lifetime client. Thank you Carla for exceeding my expectations!"
Congratulations on you engagement and we wish you many happy, loving years to come. Cheers!
Monday is here & we are going to kick ass all the way through Friday.
Here is how:
Sep 1: Create your To Do list
Step 2: Prioritize
Step 3: Start checking these little mofos off your list.
Step 4: Smile, take a deep breath. Stay focus, productive and always be kind to yourself, if it doesn't get done; There is always tomorrow.
Perseverance is in this woman's genes. Despite the changes in her life, she has decided that she wants to exists in photographs, look fabulous & keep moving forward with her business, new life, new her. Life is Good!
Congratulations, you said Yes, & about to say "I Do." This is such an exciting moment in you life where you are planning not only your dream wedding, but an amazing journey with your Fiancé.
Are you thinking of a gift for your groom to be? This gorgeous photoshoot with your wedding gown & or you in sexy bridal lingerie, will be a shocking surprise for your groom. It will make his jaw drop to see his bride looking & feeling gorgeous.
This is such a beautiful memory you can always look back on for many many years of when you started your life with each other.
Also if this is something you really want, you can always register for gift cards for your photoshoot with your engagement party, bachelorette, bridal party, or wedding.
When I was 29 years old, 6 months away from getting married, my mom past way. I was supposed to see her soon so we can get ready for my wedding day. I wanted to pamper her, get her dolled up for the wedding and I wanted her to walk me down the isle with my Dad. That was 7 years ago I lost my mom ,and as crazy as it sounds, it still hurts when I think of her, but I also remember the great times we had and her wise words.
When I do these Mother and Daughter photoshoots it brings me so much joy and I do them with so much love. Because I know how special and important these images will be, not only the images, but the special day they are spending together.
Here is what Monica (daughter) wrote to us:
"I can't find the appropriate words to describe the amazing experience my mother and I had during our photo session. I had never done anything of the sort so I was very scared to be outside my comfort zone. Carla took care of any jitters we may have had. If you are thinking about it just do it. It's an experience that will leave you feeling on cloud 9. Thank you Carla for sharing your talent with my mom and I."-Monica
I feel so blessed to be able to share this moment, to be a part of it and to be able to capture it and show them what a beautiful bond they have and will always have.
I know deep down my mom is right next to me cheering me on and watching these special moments with me.
I am a photographer, and I mostly photograph women. I have not encountered one woman who loves the way she looks. There is always something they have to say about their appearance, and it's not always in a positive way. I meet women from every age, race, size, and they all have negative body images.
I want to change that, I will start with my self. I am teaching my self that every curve, scar, stretch mark, mole, frizzy hair, that I am beautiful and I am loved. I should not seek to magazines, society to help me see my own true beauty. I will NOT compare my body to any other. This body has helped me survive, tough out, walk/run on my journey. And I LOVE that my body has helped me get through all of the physically, mentally challenging journey that I a have. I am going to celebrate it by loving me through and through.
I shall not compare woman, I WILL capture their true beauty and I will change her mind on how BEAUTIFUL she really is.
I love what I do, Capturing your true beauty, so you can Conquer the World.
You are my
Voice of reason, sorty teller, advice giver, hand holder, partner-in-crime, shoulder, shopping buddy, supporter, borkern heart healer, teacher, chef, right-hand, psychologist, nerve calmer, angel, healer, sunshine, heart & soul, problem solver, comedian, doctor, peace keeper, cheerleader, twin, confidant
& MY BEST FRIEND.
Dianey is a stay at home Mom and a Momma-prenure, she runs her house and her own business. She shares her experience with Besame Mucho Photography.
Dianey says, "I loved getting my hair done and getting dressed into a gorgeous dress. As a stay at home mom I don't get dolled up all the time and that made me feel super special. I was so comfortable in my own skin thanks to your kindness and encouragement. I appreciate that you did not rush me and you found the best angles and poses to work for my body type. When it came to the photos of my girls and my family I again couldn't be happier. You were extremely patient with my little ones and again gave them time to adjust. Their photos are amazing and I love every single one of them. My favorite pictures would have to be the family photo because well aside of being gorgeous it's my family, I love every single one of the one of my girls photos. As far as mine I love them all as well but if I had to choose I would have to say the one where I"m on the couch with a slight smile. But that's only if I had to choose cause they are all amazing. I think you are amazing at what you do and will be looking forward to another session with you."
Thank you for sharing Dianey. It is wonderful as a stay at home mom to get all dolled up and being treated as a model for a day. All the was on you, feels good to be the one taken care of. I am so delighted that you and your family had a great time here with me. They were such a joy to be with and photograph.
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