Sunday, April 21, 2013


Our lil Coach House is currently being taken over by DIY wedding projects!!  It has really become a space that only creative people could stand to live in, given all the chaos, but hey we are making it work!!  And trying hard to live in the moment and really appriceate this time.

1. Creating mock arrangements for out tables.
2. Diving into hand lettering our invitations.
3. Joe cutting out the liners for the invitation envelopes.

4. Finally organized my workspace shelves!
5. Menu tasting with our caterers Wild Asparagus.
6. And our wedding website is up and running! Loved how this all came together.
Check it out at

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Thankful & Updates

  I'm so thankful for the new year and for all the good things that have seemed to be happening lately.  Sharing my dreams and visions with the universe (and anyone who is willing to listen), while abit scary is also what needs to be felt in order to move forward and not only grow but flourish into building the best life you could only have imagined in the past.  I've been carrying this quote on a post-it in my ipad case as a daily inspirational nudge to myself.

Blessings to all who have shared and continued to visit me here in this small space I am happy to call home.  

Some updates that I am happy to share is that I am growing the business into 2 different avenues. One being product photography for small business' while also continuing to grow my other love of wedding photography.  Thank you for your continued support for a helping me do what my heart has called me to do :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Guest Posting Today...

Hi friends!  Just popping in to let you know that I am guest posting today over for a dear Chicago blogger friend of mine Jillian @ Cornflake Dreams.  She is currently enjoying her newly married life by celebrating in Paris!  So happy to be a part of her guest post lineup this week while she is away with her love. Drop by and check it out as well as other fun blogger guests.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Me, Unscripted

* This year is turing out to be the most challenging, most fun, and stressful year of my life!
And I wouldn't have it any other way!

* Launching CHP has been so exciting and scary at the same time.

* I get worried that I'm missing out.

* Joe and I are talking about moving into a work/live space in the near future! Maybe even this summer!!
Fingers crossed!!

* I just got an iphone (Joe's old 3gs, no less). It's jail broken so I could stay with T-mobile!!

* Who knew that product photography was in such high demand for small businesses!? Currently taking on a few jobs that I'll be happy to share soon, thanks to this sweet lady!

* Currently I'm watching Felicity from the beginning!

* I have naturally curly hair, that refuses to hold curl like it used to :(

* Getting rid of cable is the best thing we ever canceled! I get my Bravo and Food Network fill at the gym.

* I give myself pep talks to keep me positive on cloudy days.

* I am born and raised in Chicago but dream about packing up and moving to the West Coast someday.

* Joe and I can only listen to NPR in the car when we are together. Our tastes in music is so completely opposite!

* If there was one thing I could splurge on it would be a house cleaner.

* I'm 4'11.

* Sometimes I feel guilty for having a gym membership.

* My parents moved to this country from El Salvador to live a better life.  They are my single motivation to live a happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life.

Thanks to Theresa for starting this wave of Jess's Thing's I'm afraid to Tell You post.  Check out Theresa's blog to see who else is participating in this very open and authentic tell all post too!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Blogsite Launched!

Hi folks!  I've been focusing and putting my energy towards my passion, Coach House Pictures for the past 2 weeks.  And my goal was to merge the 2 platforms (blog + website) together to help create a more cohesive brand.  I also wanted one place to direct clients, bloggers, and friends to come and connect as well.  So after much thought I finally found a blogsite platform that seamlessly has everything I was looking for!  I was a bit scared and hesitant at first because it runs on Wordpress (I'm still feeling my way around) but the more and more I use it I find it to be as equally user friendly as blogger is. Joe and I are passionate about getting our photo business to flourish and re branding our site is just one of the steps we feel will help us take that next step in the right direction.  

With a heavy heart I have decided to step away from posting on this blog (for now) so I can focus my energy and time to blogging over at the Coach House Pictures blog.  On the new blog I  will still be posting about inspirations but with more of a focus on the business of photography and of course our photography as well. 

I feel like I am leaving my first baby, because I've worked hard and passionately for the past few years  to build and grow this blog to where is it today.  But at the same time I am over the moon excited to focus my energy on what I love to do and share and connect with a great supportive online community!  I love what I have built here and I am not deleting this blog, I am simply stepping away for a while to dedicate more of my time to CHP.  I'd love to stay connected with you!  To help me do this as well I've already added a friends list on my sidebar so we can continue to exchange ideas, thoughts, and inspirations.  You can also connect with me through twitter, facebook, and Instagram @coachhousepictures.  

I want to give a BIG thanks to Theresa, Leah, Tori, and Lauren for inspiring me to focus and follow my heart! You ladies are inspirational and I am so glad you are in my life! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Free Photo Download for Earth Month!

Maybe it's the Eco conscious, earth loving side of me that really stops and thinks about ways to be kinder more gentler to the planet especially as Earth Day is fast approaching! Besides recycling everything, using reusable water bottles, using real cutlery at work for lunch, shopping second hand for furniture, taking the train to work, and buying organic/local when possible what else would you recommend I add to the daily earth friendly rotation?

As a reminder to stay green and to do your share for this beautiful planet that gives us such enjoyment I'm including this free moss heart print as a free download today. Click here to find it in my flickr album. Continue to live green lovelies!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

IKEA Family Live

Have you heard of this great source of interior inspiration known as IKEA Family Live?  I just found out about it last week and am excited to be sharing some of my favorite interior shots with you today!  My favorite thing about this site is that all the homes are real! You can tell, too..they just feel so comfy and lived in, love it!  All of these images can be found under the home stories page, where you can see and read in more detail about the singles, couples, and families that have transformed there spaces to work for them and their living needs.  I find it so fascinating to see how people from around the world set up their homes.  Don't you? Enjoy browsing through these archives!