Tag Archives: For The Mommas

Get To Kno Me!

3 Apr

Many of you… my blog followers… my Facebook fans… clients… acquaintances… some friends… distant family members… know very little about me.

A friend of mine once told me that people want to know you [or at least think they really know you], and relate to you, your problems, your happiness…

Well, my friend… take a sit, grab a glass of wine, relax… and enjoy the ride!

[For the safety of my own and family… I might not disclose certain personal info such as names and locations – lot of creepy people out there! LOL]

Born and raised [up to my 16th birthday] in Brazil. Moved to Florida in 2000. We had nothing [my dad brought very little $ in his pocket for a family of 4]. Thankfully we had amazing friends/neighbors who helped us for months [even years]. We slept on the soft carpet for a long time. Other than groceries, the first thing my dad bought with the money he made working as a contractor was a TV. No furniture! Just an empty apartment, with blankets on the floor [our beds] and an amazing smell of garlic, onions and oil [my mom cooking!].

Mind you that we had a great life in Brazil, with an amazing [my second mom] maid, who worked for us for over 16 years! I still get teary eyes thinking of her!

I no speak engrish for a looong time! If you dared to give me a chance to talk to you… you’d better know sign language! [not the real sign language!]

My first job was at McDonald’s [We love to see your smile!] and I’m proud of it! I was promoted several times from the grill to the french fries! I quit because my boss kept on asking me to mop the floor everyday [Oh Boy! Things you do when you are a kid!]

At 18 years old I gave my life to Jesus [don’t stop readying! This will not turn into a religious subject – just get to know me!] I kid you not… my life was turned up side down – actually, I take that back and rephrase it – my life was finally turned down side up!

I was freaking out with all that was happening, but I knew I had made an important decision… and my life was never the same. I went thru ups and down… a lot of disappointments with the people who preached so highly about God and the church… but one thing kept me focused — and it was God Jesus – the One and Only – the One who has given me the strength all these years – the One who has provided all this time!

My  husband [then boyfriend] came along in 2003 [crazy little head! – all he wanted was enjoy life to the fullest – with his friends – not me! – remember… I’m just the “church girl”]. Little did he know that God had a plan! He also gave his life to Jesus – after a lot of prayer! Three years later, we were Mr. & Mrs..

Another three years went by and we were gifted with our little girl! She was born on September 1st, 2009. She is a blessing! I cant even see life without her!

In 2008… I got me a gift… I call her Miss Canon [she is my business partner! wink!] – with previous training and more training afterwards… I realized I had a talent – it became a part-time job!

It wasnt until last year that photography became my full-time job!

I’m no longer an illegal immigrant sleeping on the carpet floor. I no longer work for McDonald’s moping the floor or flipping hamburgers and french fries. I no longer cry out to God and assume His not listening… I am now a wife, a mom, a business woman… struggling everyday to provide for my family, to love my family… to be the best wife and mom I can be… I am the daughter of the King of kings. I’m a friend, I’m a sister, I’m a blogger, Facebooker

I’m not perfect, I’m human… I’m just like you… trying to strive all that I can to make my loved ones proud of me… to be able to pad on my shoulders and tell my own self – you are beautiful, you are smart, you are how you are meant to be… and I’m proud of you!

Despite all the trouble I’ve being thru, despite all the struggles I’ve gone thru [especially in the past few months]…

Im B.L.E.S.S.E.D

Partying like a BlogStar!

1 Apr

I wasn’t too sure about it… my friend from Oh Baby Boy by Clemens Design couldn’t wait! So I thought… I got a Blog, I’m a mom, I’m at home, I have a business… and I like to party!! So why not?!

5MinuteForMom is hosting the biggest blog party on the block! So get your neighbors, friends and party bloggers and join the fun!

I didn’t enter in their pool of prizes… but I sure entered to win it! LOL

So, a little about me:

*.* Wife to an awesome supportive hubs

*.* Mom of a beautiful lil girl

*.* Photographer to the celebrities people

*.* Christian – and extremely blessed

*.* Brazilian chica

*.* Blogger and Facebooker

*.* Here is my website > www.PhotosByRenata.com [in case you want proof that I can handle Miss Canon! Wink!]

*.* If I havent responded to your questions, ask me then! ;o)

Excited to hop around blogs! Hope to make some new friends!! If you are part of the party [or not] drop me a comment! Quick one… say – Hi!

If you are in South Florida [unless you pay for travel expenses!], count on me for your photography needs!!

Air kisses! Muuah!

Marching for Babies!

24 Mar

Hi there!

I’ve signed up with Stroller Strides Team to Walk 4 miles in pro of Babies at the March of Dimes in Boca Raton.

I did it last year and couldn’t wait to be part of this event again… nothing gives me more pleasure than doing something for babies [and photographing!].

Here is a pic of us last year [2010]!

If you would like to donate $ and help me help babies, please do so by making a secure donation clicking the ‘donate now’ button on my page!

If you can’t contribute with money… pray that all babies have the opportunity of a healthy life! [Prayer can move mountains my friend!]

Photos By Renata will be donating a photo shoot session to the silent auction at Melting Pot in Boca Raton hosted by Stroller Strides of Boca Raton in pro of March of Dimes. If you have a business and would like to donate too, please contact Ivie Claudio for more info. If you are interested in being part of the auction, join us on May 6, 2011 at the Melting Pot!

Hug-N-Kisses!!!

Reciprocal Love!

16 Mar

Could you be looooved, and be looooved?! * Could you be loved, wo now! – and be loved? [Bob Marley]

Thanks to my -amazing-talented-beautiful- friend I got Wednesday Love [literally]!

Clemens is an amazing party planner/designer, also a blogger, facebooker, student, mom and wife! Sigh… busy woman!

Today she wrote about MOI in her blog! I’m honored! Click here to check it out!

Sailor Party by Clemens

Here is how to find Clemens: * Facebook * BlogEtsy * Elo7 *

BahBye!

Fans! Keep on coming!!

11 Mar

Tah-Tah-Tah-Tah-Dah-Dah-Tah [that’s my daughter’s doll singing in spanish!]

Totally hurting my cheeks right now! Smiling so wide my dentist would run!

In celebration to reaching 200 224 Facebook fans! I would like to offer my fans.. and my fans only [that’s right! if you want this deal you better LIKE my page! Yeeeeaahhh Booooooy! – Flavor Flaaav!]…

20% Off a Portrait Session – it’s almost $35 off! Say Whaaat?!

Yup!! You must act quickly! This deal will run this weekend only [March 12 and 13, 2011] – Sessions must be schedule between March 14th and April 30th, 2011. Schedule a mid-week session and get another $10 Off!!!

Hurry! Send me an email!

On a different note… please keep our friends from Japan in your prayers, I can’t help but cry when I see the devastating images from this earthquake. Also pray for the Pacific Coast… my heart cries out for God to protect His people and comfort those who have lost their homes and loved ones.

Hugs and Kisses!

Looking for America’s Next Girly Model!

8 Mar

Well… how could I refuse to do a photo shoot for 5 lucky beautiful girly girls wearing the cutest and most adorable little big bows?!

I didn’t  have to think twice to say YES to this one –if you really know me and if you have come to my house [specifically my daughter’s room], you know that I’m addicted to bows! No Joke! I have tooons of bows — 5 minutes after my daughter was out in the world she was wearing a headband, don’t believe me? See it for yourself!

[Dont mind my – round*fat*IV filled*exausted*sleepless – face]

And then… Simply Chic Bowtique came along, and now we are looking for 5 beautiful girls – ages 0 to 10 – to pose for my lens with the cutest and most adorable bows… to be featured on www.photosbyrenata.com and www.simplychicbowtique.com

Models will receive all of their photos from the photo shoot and will be featured on our Facebook Fan Pages and Websites!

To enter the contest is VERY simple… send an email with a photo of your little girl to info@photosbyrenata.com … “Like” Photos By Renata and Simply Chic Bowtique Fan Pages… Tell ALL your friends to “Like” both pages and most important to “LIKE” your photo!!

The 5 photos with the most votes will win!! Winners will be announced on April 7th. Photo shoot date and location are yet to be decided between Broward or Palm Beach counties.

You have until April 1st to enter the contest, but the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win it!

Good Luck!!!

p.s. Happy Woman’s Day!! Can I get a Whoo-Whoo!?

Dear Baby!

6 Mar

Serious tawlk right nah! [Close your eyes and pray with me — ok, close one eye and use the other to read my prayer]

DeEr baby JeZuZ [make is sound like Will Ferrell on Talladega Nights]!  Thank you for my talent! Thank you for my Canon, my clients and baby Kaden… Thank you for an awesome Sunday photo shoot and for making me so happy allowing me to do what I love to do! In JESUS name… AMEN!

It was one of those photo shoots that you are just not sure if it’s going to come out how you envisioned in your head… It’s always a humbling pleasure to photograph a newborn that just came from a belly you photographed a couple of months ago… but a belly is so much easier than a little tiny baby [boooy – if it is!]

Long story short… here is Stacey a couple of months ago with her BEAUTIFUL belly:

Now… STOP! [Breath in…. and breath out…] here is what who came out!

Baby Kaden!

ROOAAAAR!

RIBBIT!

Making Daddy Proud!!

Big Sis McKayla [Miss little Model! – as soon as she saw me clicking and the attention was all hers and no longer her brother’s, she was all smiles! so cute!]

Big special thanks to the amazing talented Rosi from Crochet & More for the beautiful Crochet hats used by Kaden!

Now, open your arms and give me a huuuug!!

==========O=========== [thats my big hug]

Nite Nite!

Facebook Contest? Freebies Where?!

4 Mar

PhotosByRenata in partnership with DevonMarieDesign is throwing a Facebook Contest!

Would you like free professional photos to make beautiful personalized birthday invitations for your little munchkin?

Well Well, here is how you can enter the contest… can’t get any simpler than this:

Go to my Facebook Fan Page  and Lick Like it! Then… very important…. go to Devon’s Facebook Fan Page and Lick it too… I mean LIKE it!

Now tell ALL YOUR FRIENDS about the contest. Post it on your Facebook wall, send Facebook messages, send emails, text messages, phone calls, put up signs, stand on your street corner with a home-made neon pink poster, call your favorite radio station…. screeeeeaam! The more friends you refer to both pages, the more chances you’ll have to win it!

On April 1st, Lil Miss Kayla [see previous post for her adorable photo] will draw a random name. We will then announce the lucky winner! If you are the winner, your little one will receive CUSTOM BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS and a 30 MINUTE PHOTOSHOOT SESSION WITH “MOOI!” [Must be used by April 1st, 2012]

Holdup! You are not the winner BUT a friend your referred is the winner! SCREAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!! YOU ALSO WON!!! That’s right… we want to give you the gift too because of your efforts to refer your friend to us!! THANK YOU!

ATTENTION: Only Broward and Palm Beach county contestants can win the photoshoot [unless travel expenses are paid].

Wait! You aint got no kids?! NO PROBLEMA [in spanish!]! Give it to your nephew, niece, brother, sister, grandchild, neighbor or that random kid you met at the Dollar Store!

DOO IT!

Good Luck! [Wink!]