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Remembering 9/11
Sunday, September 11, 2016
By Rhonda Samuels Photography
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Never Forget - My tribute to 9/11

15 years ago today, our country was changed forever.  We all became witnesses to the hatred that is in this world.  I will never forget where I was and what I was doing that horrible day.  I was glued to the television in shock and disbelief that this was actually happening right here in our country.  To me, things like this just didn't happen here, but now, sadly, this has become our new reality.  

 

This last October, I had the honor to visit New York and Ground Zero.  It definitely felt like sacred ground.  All those images that I remembered from TV that day came flooding back.  To walk around the reflection pools and see the thousands of names and know that they are someone's mother, father, brother, sister, daughter, son, friend, colleague, hero was almost too hard to imagine.  To walk through the 9/11 Museum and see the devastation that took place was overwhelming and emotional.  To watch someone being escorted through the museum, who was there that day, and to watch the emotions on their face brought tears to my eyes.  People were so united after 9/11, but it seems like so many have forgotten which breaks my heart.  My prayer is that all of us who call ourselves Americans, whether we are black, white, or whoever we are, or wherever we came from, would stand together and support each other in love and unity and remember those who are no longer with us because because of someone's hatred.  

Now we have the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center as a reminder that we don't forget the sacrifices that you made for us that day.  I love that we didn't let those who hate us, and tried to destroy us, also defeat us.  We stand strong against those that hate us and want to bring us down.  We may not defeat them in my lifetime, but rest assured, God will have the last word.  I will never forget.......EVER!!

 
Fun Family Session
Sunday, August 21, 2016
By Rhonda Samuels Photography
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Family Photo Shoot at the Awesome Hawk Ranch, Murrieta, CA

Justin, Lisa and little baby Kimer Lily were so fun to photograph.  Despite the wind, animals running amok, and a baby, we ended up having a great photo shoot.  Little Kimber barely made a sound and even the dog cooperated better than some humans!  We chose this location of beautiful Hawk Ranch in Murrieta because number one it's absolutely beautiful to photograph and number two, they wanted their dog Stella to be in the family pictures.  

They were such a sweet, fun-loving couple and you could just see the love they had for each other and for their brand new baby.  And what's not to love;  Kimber Lily was absolutely adorable and we barely heard a peep out of her the whole time.  

I hope to be able to photograph this family for years to come and be able to watch Kimber grow up.  Thank you Vidal family for allowing me to capture your memories!

If you need family pictures taken, please give me a call at 951-206-6863 or visit my website at:  http://www.rhondasamuelsphotography.com

 
Beautiul Maternity Session
Sunday, August 14, 2016
By Rhonda Samuels Photography
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Maternity Session at Grand Traditions Estate, Fallbrook, CA

I absolutely loved doing this maternity session!!  Mike, or Big Mike as I've always called him, and Krisi were so much fun to work with and I'm so glad they chose me to do their maternity photos.  I've known Mike since he was in junior high school as he and my son have been friends since then.  It sure made me feel old to think that my son's friends are married and starting families.  I met Krisi when they were in high school and then I didn't see either of them for awhile since Mike went into the Marines and had to move out of state.  It's good to have them back and reconnect again.  

Kaiden James was born on July 7, 2016 and he is the cutest little guy you have ever seen!!  I see the love that Mike and Krisi have for him and I know they are going to be the best parents.  Congratulations you two and thanks for letting me document a small part of it!  I am honored!

If you are looking for a photographer for your maternity or family session, please give me a call at 951-206-6863.  You may visit my website at http://www.rhondasamuelsphotography.com

 
I love my daughter!
Sunday, July 03, 2016
By Rhonda Samuels Photography
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Photograhing Your Daughter is Easy When She's so Beautiful

I love that my daughter is always so willing to pose for me!  She's been my test subject while I was in school, my subject when I needed to build my portfolio, and my subject when I just feel like photographing her because she's beautiful.  I never grow tired of seeing images of my family around my house, at my desk, or on my computer screen.  I encourage all of you to get out your cameras and start snapping away!  Don't let those moments slip away.

Last week I blogged about my trip to Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyards.  Well I took my daughter along with me and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a few shots of her in the beautiful surroundings of the vineyard.  I sure wish that the vineyard wasn't so far away.  I would love to be able to shoot my seniors and families there.  There is just something special about that place.  

So thank you to my daughter for always being willing to model for me.  And thank you to Karen and Ginger for creating such a special place.  

If you need me to photograph your high school seniors, your families or your events, please give me a call at (951) 206-6863 or you can reach me via my website at:  http://www.rhondasamuelsphotography.com

 
Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyard
Sunday, June 26, 2016
By Rhonda Samuels Photography
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Northern California Wines - Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyards

Wine, beautiful landscape, and family make for a very peaceful weekend at Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyards which is located in Mount Aukum in Northern California.  The owners, Karen and Ginger, have created a little slice of paradise at the Ranch with their love of family, wine, and animals.  I've never felt so welcome anywhere, ever!

 

I was given the opportunity by Karen and Ginger to photograph the Annual Release Party that they were hosting to showcase the new releases of their wine.  The new releases that were being sampled that day were the 2012 Petite Sirah, 2012 Syrah, 2013 Viognier, and 2012 Sangiovese.  I couldn't have asked for a better day than being able to drink wine and take pictures!!  There was much laughter and fellowship that day and I was very thankful to be able to be a part of it and I can't wait to go back again!  

Here is a link to their website if you'd like to try out some of their delicious wine:  http://www.cedarcreekranchwinery.com/index.html

 

If you'd like me to photograph your event, please give me a call at (951) 206-6863 or you may contact me through my website at:  http://www.rhondasamuelsphotography.com