Behind the scenes | Fashion editorial for Elegant Magazine

Here are a few fun behind the scenes snapshots from my shoot with Anderson. You can see more images here.
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Cooking class with award winning chef David Hackett & Parmigiano Reggiano at the Biltmore Culinary Institute

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure to be invited, alongside other 19 bloggers, to a cooking class at the Biltmore Culinary Academy with award winning chef David Hackett and hosted by the South Florida Blogger Union and Parmigiano Regianno, Italy's King of Cheese.

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: 

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“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.” 

- Avery Aames

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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. 

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Content Creation | OOTD Daniela | Blogger Portraits

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!

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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
 

Male Portrait Session with Massimo

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.

Model: Massimo Peiret (STALK HIS IG: https://www.instagram.com/massimopeiret/)
Photographer : Monica Aguinaga (that's me! https://www.instagram.com/thisismonica/)
Gear: Canon t3i/50mm 1.4 lens
Edited in Lightroom
 

Content Creation for Bloggers | Daniela

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.

Changed by purpose: Christine Altidor

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.

The Untitled Collection | Presets for still life photography

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.

Sneak Peek: Untitled, a new preset collection

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.

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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.

Bright lights, big city | A free preset for Lightroom

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.

Every month, I give my email subscribers a free preset for Lightroom. Subscribe now to get this free preset and receive weekly updates.

7 Day Challenge!

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!

  My trusty bike, a Huffy, already getting rusty, but still a beauty.

 

My trusty bike, a Huffy, already getting rusty, but still a beauty.

  A delectable iced chai latte, at Panther coffee, a cool coffee house in Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach, FL.

 

A delectable iced chai latte, at Panther coffee, a cool coffee house in Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach, FL.

  I fell in love with this bright pink bike I spotted walking in Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL.

 

I fell in love with this bright pink bike I spotted walking in Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL.

  The Lincoln Theatre, a stunning example of art deco architecture, in Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL.

 

The Lincoln Theatre, a stunning example of art deco architecture, in Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL.

  Walking through my neighborhood, in Miami Beach, FL.

 

Walking through my neighborhood, in Miami Beach, FL.

  Teeny tiny cupcakes, in Panther Coffee, a cool coffee shop in Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach, FL.

 

Teeny tiny cupcakes, in Panther Coffee, a cool coffee shop in Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach, FL.

  Walking through Lincoln Road, at night.

 

Walking through Lincoln Road, at night.

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.

A breakfast scene

“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.

A very SoBe Christmas!

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!

Exploring St. Augustine, FL

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.