Allied Studio Update


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There are a TON of changes going on in the world of RP right now, but here is a big one- I am leaving the rad Allied Studios space.

As you may have known, since December I have been renting an awesome studio space in downtown Los Angeles where I have been so fortunate to shoot many cool portraits, still lifes and food shots, most recently an epic, decadent oyster shoot (that I am slowly starting to share on Instagram) as well as getting to know my incredible studio mates.

In short, it’s been a great time, but it’s time for me to move on to even greener pastures, specifically greener pastures with full kitchens so we can get deep into our snack photos!

To celebrate what was truly an awesome experience, I am offering one last day of mini shoots for my friends here in LA. As I am focused on the foods these days, this will be my only portrait day of the year. Come snag a spot, each session is (30) minutes and $150 each, dress up however you want, update your linkedin, look hot for your dating profile, or just memorialize a moment! I’m about halfway booked but a few spots still remain.

Book your spot by clicking here: https://calendly.com/rpeloquin/studio-farewell-mini?month=2019-07&date=2019-07-20

Payments are due by the 12th.

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I hope to see a bunch of you there!

Happy summer!

xoxo,

RP



My top 5 tips for self care


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May is Mental Health Awareness month, and given all the garbage in the news this week it seems like a great time to hit pause and focus on what is important, taking care of ourselves. In this most recent foray back into freelancing I have definitely learned the supreme value in having a support net for those rocky days, and holy guacamole Batman, some days are rough terrain!

To each person your support group will look a little different, maybe a partner, a group of pals, other colleagues or family members, having someone around to check in when we are stuck, but for the times that we are on our own it’s just as important for us to have our own backs. I mean it’s pretty hard to scale our mountains of goals if we are too stressed to even put on our boots, so here are my top tips for self care.


MY TOP TIPS FOR SELF CARE


 
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MOVE AROUND

Like in literally in any way. Sometimes this means exercise- personally I know I need to hit a certain amount of days at the gym or I really start feeling unable to cope with stress, and sometimes it means just getting up out of your chair and walking around. When you are stuck in the scroll or frustrated at the pace of a project try just getting up and stretching you arms over your head and loosening up your back and shoulders.

BREATHE

When you are feeling stressed do you notice you hold your breath? I bet you don’t even notice but you do. When I am trying to rush through a to do list, or feeling the brunt of a bad day I tend to overdo it massively on the coffee and hold in tension. When you notice it take a 3 big breathes. Inhale for 3 counts, hold your breath at the top for one, and then exhale slowly for 3. I find repeating this even just three times helps a LOT. It’s an easy fix sometimes that can help you relax enough to troubleshoot what the problem really is and what to do about it. Maybe it’s dumb but sometimes this little gif actually helps me.

SET BOUNDARIES

Are you getting emails 24/7? Texts from people while you are eating dinner? Not sleeping because you stayed up late working on a project that could have waited until the morning? Well, me too and it sucks. I love being there for my clients and am thrilled to be flexible with scheduling or projects but sometimes we need to know how to say no, or “I’ll get to that soon”.

Most people don’t totally understand the scope of what a freelance artist or business owner does or how time consuming it is, so it’s ok to gently educate folks. Maybe try setting office hours and then actually stick to them. It’s totally ok to tell someone you will get back to them in the morning or on Monday if you don’t work weekends. If you have an event that you don’t want to be bothered at, feel free to let people know you won’t be available, or just don’t answer your phone! Always be kind and professional but let people know what the best way to work with you is and your working relationship will be that much smoother.

 
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SLEEP

Yeah ok for real. We all know we are supposed to sleep. Some of us are better at it than others but a real night’s rest actually does a lot for mental acuity. There are all sorts of tricks for getting your body to chill and wind down. Some tips I hear tossed around are limiting screen time, not eating right before bed, limiting sugar close to sleeps but being real, all too often I don’t really do any of those things and end up sitting there, staring at the ceiling retracing all my mistakes from the last 20 years all night instead of sleeping. That’s pretty dumb so don’t do that. Some things that HAVE worked for me have been setting routine times to hit the z’s when my schedule allows it, drinking water instead of stuff like soda or tea, and when I need it some over the counter melatonin. Do what works for you, but try to take notice when you end up working late and waking up early on repeat.

 
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YOUR PERSONAL RELAXATION/TIME OUT NIGHT

When you need to hit TIME OUT, do it. Only you are really going to know when enough is enough. Some days you can tackle the whole world with a backpack full of bricks strapped on and other days even getting out of bed is the biggest effort. I get it. I am all for pushing ourselves to be the best we can be but sometimes you need some time to regroup. Try thinking of things that make you relaxed and comfortable. Maybe you want to go sit on the beach, maybe you want to sit in a bath, maybe you don’t want to be around any bodies of water at all. For me it’s reading a book on the couch, getting take out from my fav spot, or doing a silly face mask.

 
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TLDR: DO YOU

Whatever self care looks like to you, I hope that you take the time to listen to yourself and regularly check in. We don’t have to wait until things get catastrophic to take change! Your health and wellbeing are integral to your success and wow I want you to succeed!

What do you do to practice self care?

I hope you have a great mental health awareness month!

xoxo

RP














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Hands Schmands, Hand Photography


If you’ve ever gotten to shake my hand in real life you probably noticed my hands are pretty distinctive. Which matches the other parts of me which are also…what is the opposite of subtle? Up until now those weird sausage fingers of mine were doing just fine in the world, living life, being fingers, until that is, I started doing food photography.

While I am definitely aiming to do more commercial food photography than food blogging, I have noticed a popular trend of food bloggers using their own hands. The best example of this is my new favorite food blogger/photographer extraordinaire turned legendary cookbook maker Nik Sharma of A Brown Table. He manages to make his hands tossing in a pinch of spice or kneading a dough look otherworldly. Also he has nice hands. So his mits inspired my mits to jump in frame.

Unfortunately or fortunately they are those aforementioned, “distinctive” hands so it was going to be real obvious when I used them that they were mine and not a models. I worried for a bit that folks might see this as unprofessional, me not hiring a hand model, but in the spirit of DIY I figured I’d give it a shot, or..a couple of shots.

The Apple Hand Test

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Wow look I did it, that wasn’t so bad? Takeaways, I would never normally stick my face that close to a knife, and also cutting an apple “normally” looks dumb on camera. Who knew? Now to eat an apple and drink some not at all hot anymore tea!

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Take Two, Fancy Scissors and Sprouts

The second I saw these scissors I knew I had to have them for a shot. These bad bois will make appearances in a bunch of my test photos. It’s like “Where’s Waldo” except Waldo is scissors from Amazon.

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Along the way I learned some tips and tricks, like things that look good on camera often feel really weird (sorry every model I have ever worked with), the correct way to do something might not look pretty, and trying to cut but not cut sprouts is kind of funny but it’s been a fun little experiment. I think these fingers did alright!

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Til next time,

Happy snacking,

xoxo

RP