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A Holiday Collection

You know that moment that you say something and then instantly get challenged by what you said?  Does that ever happen to you?

Well, the last week on a random night with a random conversation I was having with my husband….I told him…. “This is the year that I don’t second guess myself when I’m prompted to do something.  I’m not even going to question it or try to come up with an answer or solution, I’m just going to move on it.”

Of course, not even an hour goes by and I’m in my office working on a collection and I suddenly get this overwhelming HOLIDAY BUG!  Then a sudden PROMPT: What if I created a holiday collection?  Could I pull this off in one week?  I’m talking, looking for a couple, creating their style board, setting up location, communications etc etc?  Then came “you’re crazy Rubi, you’ve got too much on your plate, let it go and keep on working!”  

All of this to tell you that I had this conversation with myself in less than a minute, and in less than a minute I was either going to go with my gut to create something or I was going to pass it by.  I chose to CREATE.

I put it out there that I was looking for a couple with certain requirements and then in just 2 days I had 72 submissions.  In which I ended up with 5 finalist and then based on what each couple was inspiring me to create-I ended up working with 3.

JOSH + COURTNIE : A SWEET AND RUSTIC CHRISTMAS

Fun things I discovered while capturing these two beautiful people. 1. Courtnie caught the bouquet and Josh caught the garter at my sisters wedding….um hello….how cool is that!  I have fun photos to prove that!  2. They recently got engaged!  [YAY!!!!!!!!!!] 3. Josh is apparently an incredible actor and dancer [I saw the dance moves at my sisters wedding]. 4. Their fun and spontaneous nature made this session just what I’d hoped for and more!

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JORDAN + KATELYN: HOLIDAY PARTY

Fun things I discovered while capturing these two beautiful people. 1. Katelyn is a sister to 2 other beautiful women that I’ve worked with, one of her sisters-I photographed her wedding years back.  Another sister, I’ve done family portraits for.  So meeting her came natural. 2. Jordan is quite the gentleman and is a guy of many talents. 3. They used to have a youtube channel together.  4. Katelyn has a look that fits a very gorgeous sassy vibe, but she said she was completely out of her element.  Jordan said that Katelyn is very goofy. [So she’s beautiful and fun…win win].  

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ERIC + KATHY: MATCHING PJS AND MAGICAL LIGHTS
Fun things I discovered while capturing these two beautiful people.
1. Eric and Kathy met while working at the community pool as lifeguards 
in McFarland.  2. They both have huge hearts to serve their community.
3. They are so wonderful together and know have to have a lot of fun.
4. Eric used to be in a heavy metal type band-hence the ability to rock
out with his hair!  
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A note from Rubi Z:

To all of my couples who helped me to create what was in my heart…THANK YOU!  I’m truly inspired by YOU and it is a perfect ending to a wonderful year!  I wish all three couples who are in such different journeys of life-the best journey ahead!!!!  NOTHING BUT THE BEST.

Everyone….I hope this moved your soul in some way.  I hope it inspired you to take in every moment and find the magic in that moment.  When you bake, I hope you dance.  When you’re getting ready for a party I hope you look at each other with passion and love.  When you’re in your pj’s I hope you feel the warmth of the people that you love most and I hope that the lights remind you of the magic of living.

HAVE YOURSELF A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS….LET YOUR HEART FEEL LIGHT….with all my heart and soul, Rubi Z.