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Photographing a Children's Birthday Party by Christian Hernandez

I recently photographed a children’s birthday party and had a blast capturing the memories. I’ve thought about my previous experiences photographing children and saw an improvement in my confidence level on this shoot, as well as with my level of skill photographing kids that are constantly moving around.

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Shooting My First Roll of 35mm Film by Christian Hernandez

A few weeks ago, I decided to purchase a film camera for a couple of reasons: To learn a new medium, stretch my creativity, and have fun continuing to learn and pursue photography. Until now, I only had experience shooting digital. With digital, you really have an unlimited amount of photos you can take - you’re only really limited by the size of your memory card. The camera will continue to shoot so long as you have battery and storage space. Film photography has a different look and feel than digital, but in addition to the aesthetics, film forces the photographer to be more careful and methodical compared to digital photography.

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Pete & Sierra - Outdoor Maternity Shoot by Christian Hernandez

Earlier this year, Pete reached out to me to let me know Sierra’s family was throwing them a baby shower in Florida. They live in New York City and have been good friends of mine for about 5 years. I hadn’t seen them in about a year, so when I heard they were coming down, I said I’d love to be there!

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NYC Family Maternity Shoot by Christian Hernandez

In late April, a good friend asked me to photograph his upcoming June engagement in New York City. I happily obliged and we captured some great images (seen here). During that trip, I took some time to walk around the city once again, as well as share some time with old friends from the church community I attended when I lived in NYC.

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Photographing a New York City Engagement by Christian Hernandez

In late April, Cecil - a good friend from church - told me he was planning on proposing to his girlfriend Ally and asked if I would photograph his engagement in June in New York City. Without hesitation, I said a big YES!

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Alpa Rama - Fashion/Style Influencer Photoshoot by Christian Hernandez

I met Alpa in July 2018 when I offered to take some photos for her blog. She's a fashion/style influencer that works with some major brands and is an expert at what she does. This time, we met up at Lake Nona for a very quick shoot around the area.

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Disney Family Photos with Southern Meets Urban - Christmas Edition by Christian Hernandez

Several months ago, MJ reached out to me for some family photos around Disney World property. We captured some great moments and when she returned for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade in December, she wanted to keep the memories alive with some photos.

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Hernandez-Nieves-Cottrell Family Christmas 2018 by Christian Hernandez

For years, our family has been opening Christmas gifts on December 24th. On the 25th, we usually go to my mom’s cousin’s house and shoot pellet guns at targets, eat some food, and be around family. This year, that’s what we did once again.

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Pet Portraits with Genevieve by Christian Hernandez

After getting together for a Walt Disney World shoot, Amanda got in touch with me again for some photos with her dog Genevieve. Genevieve is 12 years old and has cancer. Amanda has had her dog for a long time and since she is undergoing surgery soon, Amanda wanted some pet portraits prior to the surgery.

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Black Friday Beach Day Family Portraits by Christian Hernandez

This year for Black Friday, instead of shopping for things we don’t really need and can’t really afford, my family went to the beach for some family portraits. We drove about an hour to New Smyrna Beach and took some photos we’ll use for this years Christmas cards. Here is some of what we captured.

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Photographing my Godparents by Christian Hernandez

My Godparents recently came up from Puerto Rico to visit the Florida side of the family for a few days. Among the obligatory visit to Disney, they allowed me some time to capture some moments and feature them in front of the camera. They revealed at the beginning of the shoot is that they haven’t had photos of them taken since their wedding 30+ years ago. I’m glad I was able to send them with some happy memories they can keep and share for years to come.

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Photographing Doc Dean's Pools for PoolPro Magazine by Christian Hernandez

Earlier this summer, I was hired by PoolPro Magazine to photograph a pool servicing company for an upcoming issue. With excitement, I gladly accepted. My task was pretty open-ended - to follow the team (a family) and photograph their operations working on pools.

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Photographing a Hawaiian Wedding by Christian Hernandez

In October, I went to Hawaii to photograph my first destination wedding. Jackie (the bride) reached out to me in April to see if I’d be available to photograph her wedding in Hawaii. I emphatically said YES!

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay State Park, Hawaii by Christian Hernandez

While in Hawaii to photograph a wedding, my sister and I took some time to go on excursions and see the island of O’ahu. One of those excursions was to Hanauma Bay State Park, where tourists and locals alike have the ability to swim and snorkel in one of the island’s most scenic bays.

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Visiting the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites by Christian Hernandez

My sister and I came to Hawaii to photograph a friend of mine’s wedding in Honolulu. While we were here, we made some extra time to sightsee and go on some excursions. One of those was to experience the history at Pearl Harbor.

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Photographing a Traditional Bosnian Wedding by Christian Hernandez

On this day, I had the opportunity to second-shoot a traditional Bosnian wedding. Although it had familiar elements I’d seen before of a wedding ceremony, there were several traditions I had never seen before. One of which was their tradition to give servers (their own family members) large amounts of money for coffee.

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Dance for Heroes - Photographing a Charity Dance Event by Christian Hernandez

I was contracted recently to photograph a charity event for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Winter Park, FL. Dance for Heroes - a charitable event to benefit Revived Soldiers Ukraine. That night, the studio was holding a fundraiser for an organization in Ukraine that helps rehabilitate soldiers wounded while on duty.

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Things I Learned From My First Shoot with Children by Christian Hernandez

In September 2016 I was in Miami, FL for a few days. A couple of friends knew I was trying to grow my photography portfolio, so they set up a family photoshoot while I was there.

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Belkys and Nelson - Couple's Photoshoot in Central Park by Christian Hernandez

In April 2017, one of my co-workers, Belkys asked me if I would be able to take some couples photos of her and her husband. I said of course! We scheduled a date in May and met up in Central Park in New York City.

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Photographing my Grandparents at Disney by Christian Hernandez

In June of this year, my sister and I took our grandparents to Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. Disney had some special pricing for that month, and with the fact that they hadn’t been to the parks in several years, we decided to have a day of fun with them.

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