A while back, I had the pleasure to photograph Chez in the beautiful Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. It was a pretty windy day but it made for some dramatic skirt swirls and romantic hair blowing in the air!
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I was recently in NYC for Fashion Week, alongside my dear friend Karol. We shot a lot of content together and these were some of my favorite images running around in SOHO. I love it when the sky is overcast; it makes for the perfect pictures!
a visual story
See some before/afters below using The Brickhouse Preset Collection!
Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with jewelry brand Made by Mel creating some gorgeous lifestyle photography for their social media.
Our location was Espanola Way, with Nat and Savie, two super cute models. These are some of my favorite images from the shoot!
Creating eye-catching content for your social media is crucial to stand out! I have packages especially tailored for social media. Contact me for rates and availability.
Also, check out Made by Mel on their IG! Their cute bracelets are a perfect gift for friends this Galentines Day!
I'm so excited to start a new feature on the blog: Blogger Spotlight, where I showcase talented bloggers and photographers using the Limelight Preset Collection for Lightroom to make their photography shine!
For our first installment, I want to introduce to you to Amy from Amy in the Kitchen!
Amy started this blog to share her love for baking and food photography. Her seasonal recipes are all about comfort food that bring back sweet memories. Browse her recipes and you will feel inspired to cook or bake something special for you loved ones! Isn't that what soulful cooking is all about?
See some before and after of Amy's gorgeous photography edited using the Limelight Preset Collection! Specifically made for food photography, these presets give your images sharpness, crips colors and a lovely finish.
Parmigiano Reggiano dates back from the Middle Ages, and nowadays it's made using the same method as it did many centuries ago. Another important fact I learned it that it's lactose free so that makes it healthier.
This cooking class such a fun experience! Cooking with and for other people is such a engaging experience and I learned so much, not only about the history of cheese but how versatile a wedge of cheese can be. It can be used on main dishes, salads, soups and even dessert! We were organized by teams and my team was in charge of dessert. How lucky! Check out the delicious menu we prepared:
“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.”
- Avery Aames
Coconut Parmigiano Reggiano Rice Pudding with Grilled Pineapple
Our dessert came out beautifully!
We had such an amazing time! Many thanks to Parmigiano Reggiano, the Biltmore Culinary Institute and The South Florida Blogger Association for having us.
What an honor to see my photography published in one of my favorite magazines: Elegant Magazine September issue Men #2 featuring Anderson Djeemo as "The Gentleman".
Being published is a photographer's dream and the fact that this happened so early in my career is an absolute dream and it's only going to push me to work harder and improve my craft.
This was only my 2nd shoot ever and my first shoot with a model. Funny back story: Anderson and I met in a Uber pool ride where he was wearing this amazing velvet suit. Talk about happenstance! It took us months of planning and coordinating to finally be able to do this session.
I'm excited about creating more editorials like this, and I'm especially eager in working with more male models. The best is yet to come!!!
I had an amazing time photographing my favorite stylist Daniela for the second time around! Our location was Collins Avenue & 23rd St in Miami Beach, and we did two outfits + accessories details.
Creating original content for your blog and social media is crucial nowadays to stand out. I love to collaborate with bloggers, stylists and influencers creating custom photography showcasing their style.
Contact me if you want to get your blog and social media to the next level with my photography services. I'd love to create with you!
Model: Daniela (https://www.instagram.com/dressucan/)
Photographer : Monica Aguinaga (that's me! https://www.instagram.com/thisismonica/)
Gear: Canon t3i/50mm 1.4 lens
Edited in Lightroom
Last Saturday, Wishbone & Clover Media, a digital agency created by Rebeca Zavaleta Ulch hosted an amazing group of Miami bloggers, photographers and content creators at the Freehand Hotel and I had the absolute honor to be invited to the celebration!
It was the perfect girls weekend! I love the spirit of community among the bloggers in Miami and I left feeling so inspired by these talented (and gorgeous) young women!
Rebeca Zulch | IG: https://www.instagram.com/rebecazulch/
Karol Velazquez | IG: https://www.instagram.com/iamfasholica/
Vanessa Zambito | IG: https://www.instagram.com/vanessazambito/
Jocelyn Castillo | IG: https://www.instagram.com/jocelynfotografia/
Daniella Gomez | IG: https://www.instagram.com/belowthesamesun/
Shayne Arantxa | IG: https://www.instagram.com/helloarantxa/
A few weeks ago, there was a crazy STORM here in Miami. Massimo and I headed out to 1111 Lincoln Road for a quick photoshoot before the storm hit the beach.
We managed to get some cool shots before the rain got out of control and actually started to flood the city! Don't worry, we made it out alive.
I had a fun photoshoot with Daniela, who is a very talented Italian stylist and personal shopper based in Miami.
Check out her Instagram; she has amazing style! https://www.instagram.com/dressucan/
Photographer: Monica Aguinaga
Model: Daniela Solametide
Location: Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL
Edited in Lightroom.
Hello! I was in New Orleans recently and oh my I fell in love with this magical city! I set a goal to travel more this year and I'm happy it's becoming a reality! I spent a few wonderful days in NOLA eating, walking around and....eating some more. Food is so good here! These were my favorite spots for yummy food.
Cafe du Monde
A must if you visit NOLA. Great beignets and coffee....and that's it. That's the entire menu and all you need to start the day, to be honest. Cash only!
I've heard great things about this place! The food was exquisite and you can't beat the 25¢ martini deal at lunch. Beautiful designed interiors and impeccable service.
I had this place on my list after Bri Emery recommended it. It did not disappoint! The space is charming on itself. We had an amazing Southern anitpasti platter with chokra, Tennesse cheese, salami and olives. I had beef cheek which was so soft and delicious. Mouse chocolate for dessert and excellent Moscow Mules.
I really enjoyed my time there, and I'm already planning my next trips for this year. I feel when you start researching, you set the wheels in motion and make it happen more effortlessly.
Images: Monica Aguinaga
Edited in Lightroom.
Last week, I had an amazing photoshoot with Christine Altidor; she's a coach who helps people find their true passion and purpose in life. She blogs at Changed by Purpose and she also has a Youtube channel where she interviews people who found the courage to follow their heart and chase after their dreams.
Here are a few images of the photoshoot, I was so lucky to capture Christine's beauty; she radiates strength and confidence!
If you're a blogger/stylist/creative based in Miami and want to create fresh, original content with me, feel free to contact me for rates and availability.
Photography: Monica Aguiñaga
Model: Christine Altidor
Location: Wynwood, Miami, FL.
Gear: Canon t3i 50mm 1.4 lens
Edited in Lightroom.
This was my third time visiting Key West, FL and I fell in love with it even more. It really is my happy place. It was a super quick trip, but I managed to eat at some great restaurants and explore the city a little bit. One thing that remains constant every time I go, is the visit to Ernest Hemingway's house. It's just so charming.
Places to Eat
Ok! To start off our day, we had breakfast at this cute cafe which a police officer recommended to us. I had this amazing egg, back & cheese sandwich. It was, honestly, insane. The bread was so soft and delicious. Coffee was also excellent and we had some muffins. 10/10 I would come back.
My friend suggested we check out this place for lunch and it did not disappoint! I had the burger and it was cooked to perfection. The cocktails were so refreshing and delicious The vibe of the place is super fun and relaxed.
A must if you're in Key West. I don't have too much of a sweet tooth, but it's nice and refreshing after walking around. Pro tip: sit in the backyard, there's a pond with fishes and it's super cute.
You simply must visit it. They do free tours so you can learn the history of the house (It was the first house in Key West that had a pool!), and you can also see the six-toe cats. It's so cool to see Hemingway's studio where he worked and wrote most of his works. A must-see!
Every time I'm in Key West, I said to myself that I need to move here, even for a few months. I need to live in a conch house at least once in my life!
If you're ever in South Florida, please visit Key West!
If you signed up for my newsletter, you already know about this (and you also receive free presets every month), but I wanted to share this exciting news with everyone. A few months ago, Filter Grade approached me with the possibility to collaborate together. If case you're not familiar, Filter Grade is an awesome online shop where you can buy Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets from your favorite photographers. There's an amazing pool of talented photographers, so to be included is an absolute honor and thrill.
You can find my beloved and best selling collection The LImelight Collection for Lightroom in their site for an fabulous price. If you're into still life, product or food photography, the Limelight Collection is a must have in your arsenal of editing tools.
What is the Limelight Collection?
The Limelight Collection is a set of 7 stunning presets for Adobe Lightroom that will give your images a clean and colorful look. It's specifically designed for bloggers, online shop owners, makers and any creative person who wants beautiful images for their online presence. These presets add sharpness, impeccable color grading and a bright look to any image.
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It's not a secret that I love Lightroom; it's such a powerful photo editor and one of my favorite features is the fact that you can make changes locally in an image. Meaning, you can just make changes to a portion of the image instead to the whole image. The brush tool comes in super handy to apply changes in areas where you want extra detail or contrast.
I've been using this brush I call Carved to add extra sharpens and clarity, with just a hint of contrast. I love to use on my flower photography; it makes the petals extra crispy and vibrant. It's free for you to play.
Hey, but I never installed a brush before! How do I do that?
Quick Guide to installing brushes to Lightroom
Just follow these simple steps:
- Download your free brush Carved.
- Open Lightroom.
- Go to Edit and then click on Preferences.
- Click on the box that says Show Lightroom Presets Folder.
- Double click on Lightroom, then double click on Local Adjustments Folder.
- Copy or drag your free preset to this folder.
- Re-start Lightroom.
- Now, when you click on the Brush Tool, you select Carved from the menu and apply it where you want an extra sharpness and details.
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