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How do most of you photogs scout your locations? When visiting a new town I don’t have much time to explore as my schedule is usually pretty full and my transportation is limited, most of the time I’m just ubering everywhere. Thankfully San Diego is just beautiful everywhere you go. It also helps to work with models who share your same vision. Stephany took us to Mission Valley and we saw this old abandoned building on the side of the highway which worked out beautifully.

Shorts: Re-Claim Sole

Stylist: Styled by Astrid

Instagram: @stephanyymoreno @reclaimsole @ask_astrid

Lee Ann Womack
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Didn't know too much of Lee Ann Womack, but I knew her one song "I Hope You Dance". I remember my mom would listen to this burned country CD on long road trips and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" would be the last song. The Grammy award winner put on an amazing show of pure vocal talent and the fact that she's been doing it for 22 years and still going strong is a testament to that. She was just so gracious and nice to meet and work with. I was honored I got to hear her voice and see her perform. And she ended with "I Hope You Dance"! Thank you for bringing back all road trip memories!

WWE Live | SummerSlam Heat Wave Tour
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Such an awesome show top to bottom, it's always amazing to see the superstars live and up close, they really are real life superheroes and performers. We got to see a street fight, two title matches, and Alicia Fox told me to shut up to my face, haaaaaaaa. Hey Vince or Triple H, sign me as an official WWE photographer please!

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Lauren Alaina
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I remember watching the 10th season of American Idol back in the day with Lauren Alaina on it and saying she definitely should have won over Scotty McCreery. Seeing and hearing Lauren perform live just reaffirmed that thought 100 times over. Lauren was just an overall amazing performer and her voice was freaking magical! I caught myself at times not shooting and just watching and listening to the show. She performed different songs from her albums and her latest single that reached #1 "What Ifs" which I was super excited to hear. She sang a medley of songs that influenced her which included both past and current rock, country, and pop hits. She even belted out an acapella Alicia Keys ballad which was gorgeous, the girl got pipes! Congrats to Lauren on her recent engagement and her upcoming tour opening for Cole Swindell on the "Reason to Drink" fall tour. Hope to see you soon!

The Shine Project Foundation | 2nd Annual Beach Fun Day | 06.28.18
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The Shine Project Foundation Beach Fun Day is one of my most favorite and most fulfilling events that I am blessed to be able to cover each year. Not only do I get to see and work along my sister and family from the west coast, but I get to partake in such a fun event and service. My sister Cheryl and her husband Rob started and currently operate The Shine Project Foundation out of Carlsbad, CA. Their mission is to help bridge the gap between families with children with special needs and local communities by partnering with businesses and organizations to provide special enrichment events and opportunities. They started the inaugural The Shine Project Foundation Beach Fun Day last year in their hometown of Virginia Beach and look to make this an annual event on this coast. This year they teamed up with VB Surf Sessions to help the special needs kids have an amazing surf and beach day in Croatan. Thanks to all the volunteers and participants for making this such a special day!

Learn more about The Shine Project Foundation and how you can get involved at http://theshineprojectfoundation.org