Slowing down, when life give you an opportunity

Written and Photography by Monica Lopez / Model: Hannah Rangel submitted piece to Bella Grace Magazine It’s nice when you get a chance to stop and take life in, sometimes it can look like a set back; unemployment, or even an accomplishment; the day after graduating school, or sometimes it’s something beyond your control. LastContinue reading “Slowing down, when life give you an opportunity”

Lessons from a baby

I’ve always been a person who tries to learn lessons from life around me. It’s probably years of Sunday school classes and trying to find the lesson in the Bible stories. I just started feeding my daughter, Portland solid foods. It’s been fun seeing her facial reactions to different vegetables and fruit. Her first reactionContinue reading “Lessons from a baby”

Middle of No Where

I’ve always wondered why people fled the city life to go hang out in the middle of no where for their vacations. Every paid vacation from work is like fine gold, every moment must be used to have the highest level of fun and inspiration. My ideal vacation is to travel thousands of miles awayContinue reading “Middle of No Where”

The Importance of Being Prepared

When I think about the photoshoots I’ve done in the past, the ones that were the most stressful where the ones I took getting prepared lightly. Usually this would happen after I hit a home run with a shoot, I’d just grab my camera bag with not many thoughts about preparing for the shoot. A number of problems neverContinue reading “The Importance of Being Prepared”

Thanksgiving with the Family

The holidays require a lot of energy – of course the setting up, cooking and so on, but the talking seems to be the most challenging. Just being in the same room with other people takes work. Of course, I often get stuck in my head and yes…I am an introvert. Have you seen that youtube video ofContinue reading “Thanksgiving with the Family”

Good-bye Uncle

When it comes down to it, it’s the small insignificant moments we appreciate most about life. Yesterday, I sat and listened to my father speak at my uncle’s memorial. He told stories of looking for something to eat after they had partied together, he remembered when he lent his little brother his car when theyContinue reading “Good-bye Uncle”

Photos: Christmas Time

For some reason, our culture treats the word, “Christmas” like its a bad word, covering it with a generic, “Happy Holidays” greeting. I find it strange since they advertise aggressively all of November and December for the day they aren’t even allowed to say. And maybe that’s okay, since they don’t know the meaning ofContinue reading “Photos: Christmas Time”

Pics: Christmas Tree Farm

The best part of Christmas is preparing for it. Last year I was so busy that I didn’t take the time to enjoy the season. I decided this year to start Christmas early. My family and I went to a tree farm for the first time to get a fresh tree. It was exciting checkingContinue reading “Pics: Christmas Tree Farm”

Photos: Capturing the Everydays

My favorite pictures to take are of my nephews. I love watching them play and interact with each other. They remind me of life’s greatest joy, having each other. When I arrived at my sister’s house I told David I was there to play and visit with him and Jacob (instead of using the babysittingContinue reading “Photos: Capturing the Everydays”

Holiday Photos with a New Camera

I saved up this year to buy a fancy point and shoot camera, the Nikon CoolPix P300. As a photographer, no point and shoot camera will ever be good enough but what makes it special, are the people in the pictures. Here are my holiday photos. The drive home from Big Bear I told myContinue reading “Holiday Photos with a New Camera”

Audio: Thoughts Behind the Music

I asked my cousin Isaiah to do an interview with me. I wasn’t sure what we were going to talk about but I knew it was going to be something interesting. To my surprise we ended up talking about music. So many times we hear of success stories from the finish line, but what aboutContinue reading “Audio: Thoughts Behind the Music”

Audio: Advice to a New Editor

<<back to tutorial Archives Duration 20 minutes (Audio doesn’t work on mobiles) Audio Notes: After Effects – Motion Graphics & Effects – Free Basic Training Final Cut Pro – Video Editing software – Paid Basic Training Ask yourself: What is your goal? Learning software and try out what you want to do. Be honest withContinue reading “Audio: Advice to a New Editor”

Audio: Old Family Photos

audio player not available for mobiles Intro Photo 1 – My Grandfather Photo 2 – The Funeral Photo 3 – The Older Sister Photo 4 – Baby Boomer Generation (my mom: the fourth child) Photo 5 – I Felt Sorry for Him Story – The Dishes (my mom: the top left) What Did She TeachContinue reading “Audio: Old Family Photos”

Video: The Story of a Fallen Hero

The past few months I have been working on a special project for a family from my church. They asked me to create a video about the life of their son. I don’t do very many side video projects because the time it takes but when the father asked me, I could see it inContinue reading “Video: The Story of a Fallen Hero”