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As you might have seen in the last few blog posts there has been A LOT to be excited about in 2018. I got engaged, got married in a WRESTLING WEDDING (yes seriously), went on a honeymoon and am now embarking on a scary new chapter, STUDIO LIFE!!! This year has definitely been one for the books! That being said everything in the world has been far from peachy so I want to do my part to make sure that 2018 goes out with a bang for everyone.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I want 2019 to be like and I know with certainty I want it to be filled with love, encouragement, and much more building up then tearing down so here is what I am offering to round out the year, get us all in fighting shape for 2019 and kick this studio off in the best way!
These packages are for the creatives in Los Angeles who have been busting their asses, putting themselves and their talents out there, day after day and who deserve a break and some recognition. I can’t promise you the moon (I mean I can give you a sticker I made w/ the moon on it?) but I do know the power of a good image and a good discount for good people, so here it is.
Get Ready for 2019 + New Studio Deals
The ‘Bring your Biz into the Future’ - $275 regularly $350
I’m leading with this because it’s not only my most discounted package, but the one I hope most people take advantage of. Small businesses are the heart of our community and I want to help that heart thrive. Maybe you are an artist who makes ceramics, maybe a second language tutor, maybe you took over your family’s business and are trying to attract a wider audience or maybe you have a great idea you are trying to get off the ground- this is for you.
Pre-shoot consultation, phone, facetime or in person to develop your brand strategy and how we will illustrate it
(1) hour shoot featuring portrait of you, details of product or topic and brand specific qualities (colors/logos/textures) that speak to elevate your narrative.
(10) finished images for use in all personal branding mediums (website/social media/newsletters/press kits/etc just no print advertising)
add on (15) shots $100
The ‘Crush The Algorithm’ Lifestyle package - $200 regularly $260
We all know social media is a necessary evil these days, and while cell phone snaps will get us all a long way, professional photos will set you apart and push you over the finish line with your audience. Maybe you are a veteran blogger, a new to the game influencer, a style aficionado, or just want to finally have some non-selfie shots, why not treat yourself right in 2019 and honor exactly how cool you really are. I think you are wicked cool. These sets are so much fun!
(45) minute shoot in studio or surrounding area (DTLA/Santee Alley/ Flower District/Echo Park)
(10) finished images for use in all personal branding mediums (website/social media/newsletters/press kits/etc just no print advertising- if you tag brands in your post and they re-post just make sure there is a tag/credit no extra charge)
Double your trouble (Or success? Maybe that? Yeah that!) (90) min + (20) shots $300
The ‘Update Your Look/ Lemmie See That Rad Face’ Portrait package- $150 regularly $200
The world needs more photos of your face, it just does. I could stop right there but I clearly am not going to. I really want to see your face, and I really want to see it IRL. Let’s take a portrait, maybe a headshot so you can land that leading role (and I can brag to everyone I know you), a bangin’ portrait for a dating site (I met my HUSBAND on Tinder hellooo), a bio photo for your website or author’s photo for the book jacket of your definitely 2019 bestseller, or maybe a photo of you and your cat..because…some people need photos w their cats. Whatever it is, show off that beautiful mug. It’s about time to be proud of your face, it’s yours and it’s awesome.
(1) look (about 30 min)
(2) retouched finals (detailed skin/makeup work included)
Add on a look and (2) more finals for $50 (regularly $75)
Ok So How Do I Book?
It’s easy! Just email me what you’d like to reserve at: Rebecca@RebeccaPeloquin
Once we have a game plan I will shoot you over a contract with the package you decided on and an invoice to pay. If you know when you’d like to shoot awesome! If not you have 90 days to book your date!
To secure these rates, promos need to be booked by Dec 31, with signed contract, paid in full by credit card, paypal or venmo or cash if you literally want to find me and hand me actual dollar bills.
Can I buy a shoot as a gift?
Sure thing! Follow the same procedures as if it was for you but let me know who your special someone is and I will make them a badass gift certificate for you to wrap up and present like the real winner of Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice/ Kwanzaa you are.
What’s the deal w/ the contract aka. are you going to sue me?
Nah who has time for that, also, you know, I like you. Our contract is an agreement to make sure we are on the same page about all the nitty gritty stuff like where images can be used, what package you bought and how many images you will get, along with when you’ll get them and all that fun stuff. It’s a handy cheat sheet for answers that sometimes get lost in the excitement of "oh my god what are you going to wear for your photos!?!” As always if you have any questions about anything at all, just ask! I am here to help!
Anything else RP?
Why yes! While this will likely be the only promo I offer for 2019 I wanted to offer it right at the start so we can all have a fresh and fun start. I sincerely hope this gives me a chance to work with those of you who I haven’t gotten the privilege of working with yet, and another round with some of my most favorite faces! I know 2019 is going to be the best one yet!
Happy holidays from my family to yours,
This is it, the last food story of 2017! I had no idea this year would have turned into the year of the food story but am so glad it did. It has been a really amazing privilege to check out everyone's cool kitchens and play with their pets (and also snack I guess too).
Last week as I geared up for Christmas I got to take a tiny break from the pressures of finding the perfect gifts, drowning in wrapping paper and thinking of the most decadent holiday snacks I would never end up making to go adventure to Pasadena to hang with Kiara.
Kiara Ana Perico is a musician, yoga teacher, chakra candle making extraordinaire. She invited me to a much needed yoga class the morning of our food shoot where I arrived a little nervous, a little groggy (hi mornings are not my thing), probably parked in the wrong parking spot, but fully ready for some de-stressing exercise. If you've followed my exercise journey you might know I have a love/hate relationship with yoga (mostly bc I never know if I'm getting in a relaxing session or a workout) but a love/love relationship with routine physical activity to maintain good mental health. I always feel my best emotionally and mentally when I get regular exercise so I didn't need to be persuaded to check out Kiara's class. It was an excellent journey into some tough poses but nothing felt impossible or excessive with her guidance. Definitely check out one of her sessions if you get a chance.
I left for our food shoot feeling energized, rejuvenated and very ready for some of her famous Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies!
As we found out the night before when I did a check in text, we both grew up in the glamorous 413 area code of Western Massachusetts. Kiara hails from only about a 20 minute drive from where my parents still live, which is a pretty cool coincidence to find out 3,000+ miles away. She even had a wooden bowl from the same guy who was vending at a tiny craft fair I went to, whose work I agonized over and then finally admitted would not fit in my suitcase.
Her choice to make Oatmeal Breakfast cookies hearkens back to those days of New England family breakfast duty, modernized for her adult life. From Kiara:
"Family traditions can take many forms. My papa made me breakfast every day. The meals rotated through oatmeal, french toast and scrambled eggs. Oatmeal has been an incredible staple through my whole life. It's warming, nutrient-dense and full of memories with my father. Because I travel so much and even when I'm home, I'm on the move. I wanted to develop a breakfast cookie made with the same ingredients as that favorite childhood oatmeal so I could have breakfast on the go wherever I am in the world! These are 100% Vegan and gluten free so everyone can enjoy!"
Ushering me into the kitchen Kiara gave me one of her recent gingerbread breakfast cookies to sample (the recipe for those are on her blog linked at the end!) and got to work on measuring out everything she would need. Plopping the oats into her mixer, she chatted with me about life in this city compared to life back east, how to be healthy on the go and about redoing her kitchen.
The last of the ingredients go into the mixer and Kiara makes some special green tea for us that was indeed very special and I have entirely forgotten it's name. Sorry tea.
With everything mixed up it's time for our oatmeal mix to get scooped out onto trays to become it's final glorious breakfast cookie form.
With our little cookie friends in the oven we hang out in the warm sunlight of the kitchen, play with Kiara's dog sitting charge, Mooch, and I get to learn about how life brought her from the east coast all the way to this house and all the cool ways she and her husband have started to modify it to really make it home.
Finally we sit down on Kiara's brand new couch (it's awesome guys) with our mugs of fancy tea, some of her chakra candles lighting the way and these warm, perfectly crumbly oatmeal breakfast cookies. She also brings out a jar of her homemade Meyer lemon marmalade to liberally top our bites of breakfast and little Mooch runs around trying to live up to her namesake and sneak a taste. These cookies are incredible. The not overtly tart marmalade plays off the hearty sweet notes in the oatmeal cookies and it feels friendly and substantial and full of good intentions.
Thanks Kiara for sharing your taste of home with me! You can check out more of her recipes, yoga suggestions and general tips for a cool life on her blog at: kikisway.com
Until next time, have a happy New Year and I'll catch you all in 2018.
Sorry this is a little late but I wanted to share a new food experience from last week.
The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is traditionally a harvest festival centered around the full moon. This year it took place around the full moon of October 4th. Originally celebrated in China and Vietnam, it has spread to many parts of Asia and found some attention from communities in the United States as the diaspora of tradition unfolds. The Mid-Autumn Festival seems to mean a little bit of a different thing to each community but the major ideas are family, gathering together and celebrating the harvest. One of the shared treats of this festival are Mooncakes.
These small cakes are stamped with intricate designs and filled with a variety of flavors like red bean, lotus paste, and mixed nuts, and often have one or two egg yolks in the center, which are sometimes salted duck yolks. Most commonly these cakes are circular with a flour crust and have imprints special to the bakery or relevant to the festival, but in some places are made of a jelly type exterior. There are such a range of types and specialties, from sweet to savory they are a beauty to experience.
In my Mooncake mission I sought out some advice and was recommended to a great bakery in my neighborhood. I can't tell you how many times I must have driven by not knowing what was inside, but was thrilled to stop in and see. Kien Giang Bakery (1471 Echo Park Ave) was in an incredible flurry of mooncakes! They had beautiful gold tins of different flavors stacked up, and a bakery shelf full of different individual variations. Since I was the only one snacking I tried to exercise the smallest restraint but it was basically impossible, there were so many things to taste! I settled on two "mini" mooncakes without egg, one lotus paste and one mixed nuts and a full sized, special flavor Abalone and mixed nuts which had one yolk inside. If you still have time to go bakery hunting I'd highly recommend checking out this spot!
Lotus Paste and Mixed Nut "Minis"
Abalone and Mixed Nut with One Yolk
These little cakes were sweet, dense and hearty, one slice packs a punch! It is reccomended to eat them with tea to balance the flavors. The yolk was not overpowering and added a nice savory quality. The abalone cake was sweet with a light taste of the ocean. I think the lotus paste was my favorite out of all of them but one thing is for sure, these little cakes are a beauty to behold!
Happy Mid-Autumn festival everyone!
For everyone interested:
Kien Giang Bakery, Inc.
1471 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026