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.
Check out these testimonials of customers that are loving the Limelight Collection!
Head over to Filter Grade and start shopping now!
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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Hello, dear friends! Today, I bring to you a quick guide to get started on using shortcuts in Lightroom. Perhaps you've been using Lightroom for a while and haven't gotten in the habit of using shortcuts. Or maybe you're new to Lightroom and want to learn every trick this wonderful program has to offer. Either way, you want to start using shorcuts and I'll explain why.
Why use shortcuts in Lightroom?
- Using shortcuts will cut down your editing time.
- Your workflow will be smoother.
- Switching between tools have never been easier.
Using shortcuts in Lightroom will cut down your editing time, speed up your workflow and make switching from tools quick and smooth.
I've found other shortcut cheat sheets to be overwhelming because they list every possible shortcut and it's nearly impossible to learn all of them at once. So, I made a quick guide on the ones I use the most. You can get started with these ones and once you master these, we will move on to more.
For the longest time, I've looked for presets specifically made for still life photography; I wanted my images to look saturated, with high contrast, and a hint of painterly look. I couldn't find anything that I liked so I created my own set of presets. The Untitled Collection offers 6 presets plus 2 graduated filters that give light and/or shadows, and a adjustment brush for high detail and contrast.
Check out these examples using Untitled!
All images edited in Lightroom the Untitled Collection.
Flowers edited with Scene , Rose edited with Depiction, Garlic in pan edited with Scene, Carrots edited with Study.
For the past few months, I've been working on a new collection of presets designed for still life images. Inspired by the great works of artists like Adriaen van der Spelt , these presets inject your photography with light, drama and saturated colors. I've been brainstorming names for this collection, and I've been calling it the Untitled collection for weeks and now the name feels so fitting and perfect. So, here's a sneak peek of Untitled.
Stay tuned! This collection will be available at the end of May 2016. Get early bird access and a VIP introductory price when you sign up to my mailing list down below.
Oh, how I love Miami Beach! Sure, it's chaotic and loud at times, but it's also vibrant and inspiring. One of my favorite places in South Beach is the 11/11 building at the intersection of Lincoln Road and Alton Road. It's the perfect place to watch the sun go down and witness the city come alive.
When I edited this set of images, I decided to go with a teal hue for the shadows and an added warmth to the highlights, that made for a lovely over-all result.
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Last week, I challenged myself to carry my camera everywhere I went. I was pleasantly surprised at how my eye was always searching for photo-worthy moments, and most importantly, I felt incredibly inspired and creative. I took hundreds of pictures and picked my 7 favorites that I also posted on my Tumblr, Facebook and Flickr. Check them out!
Camera gear: Canon Rebel t3i, lens 50mm f1.4.
Edited in Adobe Lightroom. Cupcakes and Chai latte edited with the Limelight Collection, Huffy Bike and Walking through my neighborhood edited with the Velour Colors Collection, Lincoln Theatre, Bright Pink Bike and Lincoln Road at night edited with the Sunset's Fringe of Gold Collection.
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”
― A.A. Milne
I'm a breakfast enthusiast. Last weekend, I made some eggs & soldiers, Greek yogurt with almonds and honey, and some tea. It was simple, delicious and very nourishing.
Edited in Adobe Lightroom with the Limelight Collection.
Miami Beach is completely decked out in lights! There's a wonderful festive spirit everywhere that has me definitely excited about Christmas (Is it next week, already?).
Every year, I leave all my gift shopping until the last minute, and this year is not the exception! But hopefully, I'll get everything done this weekend, so I can relax and enjoy the holiday.
In the meantime, this is how South Beach looks during Christmas season. Enjoy!
Visiting St. Augustine, FL has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I finally got the chance to explore this wonderful city.
I was there for just a weekend, and there's so much to do and see that I'm already planning to return. Below, some highlights of the trip:
St George St, a pedestrian only street full of restaurants, shops, art galleries and tourist attractions.
The Oldest Wooden School House; such a charming look into the past.
Lunch at Columbia; amazing Spanish food. I had gambas al ajillo and tortilla espanola.
If St. Augustine is delightful during the daytime, at night is simply magical. I was incredibly lucky and was there during the Nights of Lights, which is a festival were the city puts up the Holiday Lights. The whole town looks like out of a fairy tale.
I've read great reviews of Crucial Coffee, in Charlotte St, and I wanted to check it out. This is probably the cutest coffee shop I've ever been too.
I had to visit the Oldest House, built in the 16th century. It was so interesting to see how people lived back in the day.
It truly was a weekend to remember and if you have to chance to visit, please do. You won't regret it!
Images: Monica Aguinaga
Shot with a Canon T3i/50mm 1.4 lens
Edited in Lightroom with the Limelight Collection.