Reno Portrait Photographer | 80s Inspiration

One of the photographers I follow, Jessica Drossin, is celebrating her birthday this month and has invited her fellow photographers to participate in a three-week self portrait challenge. I thought this sounded exciting and a great opportunity to do something different, so I told her I would participate. (Figuring out the time to complete these assignments would become another challenge in and of itself!)

This first assignment focused on the decade I was born and I’m a child of the 80s and the 80s were a lot of fun…or so it appeared! I had some help in the wardrobe department and a few friends brought in a few items for me to pick and choose from, but when it came down to it, time was against me, so I decided to go the Flashdance route. I’m not sure how much my readers know about me, but I love to dance and perform. It’s another great passion of mine and I think I was more than happy to remake the look/feel of this!

Anyone ever complete a self portrait project while your husband and 2-year old are running around? It was definitely a challenge to not break into laughter as my husband sat there and uttered smart remarks like, “oh yeah, that’s the money shot”, “what are you pointing at?” and my favorite, “your butt is showing”. As I was working on a few last shots, my 2-year old came running towards me and said it was bedtime. I said, “okay, one more shot” and he sprinted towards me, leaped into my lap and yelled “okay mama!”. I had to include him in that last shot. How could I not?

After doing this tiny shoot, I remembered how much I enjoy being in front of the camera! Yes, even with my husband trying to distract me from my focus. It was a lot of fun and I got to do fun makeup and big hair. Who doesn’t like to play dress up? I’m pretty happy with how this first assignment turned out and with the post processing, it really does feel like a bit of a step back in time. I’m a little apprehensive about the second assignment, which focuses on vulnerability. I have an idea in mind and think it will be quite successful, but it’s just a matter of letting go of myself enough and just doing it! Stay tuned for next’s week’s post.

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


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Reno Landscape Photographer | Beauty of Zephyr Cove

My family spent a wonderful day with friends at Zephyr Cove today. We love this place. My husband and I were married here and we love these friends very dearly–they are an extension of our family. My little boys were wiped from the sun, sand and water, so I had a chance to sneak away and capture a bit of why I love this place as the sun was setting over the mountains. I love how the images turned out! The two photos featured below are SOOC (straight out of the camera). Who needs post-production work when something is this incredible?

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


Are we connected?
LIKE me on Facebook.
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FOLLOW my idea boards on Pinterest.
FOLLOW my life in photos via Instagram
SHOP my health and wellness products at Try My Wraps
Please send me an email at any time or call me at 775.233.8382 if you would like to discuss an upcoming portrait opportunity.

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Winners of the Great Expectations Giveaway

I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting the big announcement and we are finally ready! Thank you so much for being patient as we verified our winners’ entries. On behalf of Starfish Lactation, Nevada Breastfeeds, Baby Bumps Boutique and Design by Huong, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the giveaway. And because we like for everyone to win something, as a thank you for entering the giveaway you will receive a special offer towards your own custom portrait session. A complimentary 8″x10″ print ($25.00 value) is yours when you book a future session with me, just because you entered this giveaway!

Well, we sifted through the comments, generated the numbers on random.org, counted, recounted and counted a third time just for good measure and verified that the winners did indeed follow all the rules. Without further adieu…drumroll please!

2nd Runner Up – Lisa Perez

  • One FREE mini session (maternity or family) and one 8″x10″ print from Design by Huong { Graphic Design + Photography } $75.00 value
  • One $20 gift certificate to Baby Bumps Boutique to help outfit your needs as an expecting mother
  • Three complimentary Forum sessions at Starfish Lactation

1st Runner Up – Crystal Kennedy

  • One FREE mini session (maternity or family) and one 8″x10″ print from Design by Huong { Graphic Design + Photography } $75.00 value
  • One $30 gift certificate to Baby Bumps Boutique to help outfit your needs as an expecting mother
  • Four complimentary Forum sessions at Starfish Lactation

Grand Prize – Adam Hoppe

  • One FREE session (maternity, family or newborn) and one 16″x20″ gallery wrapped canvas from Design by Huong { Graphic Design + Photography } $450.00 value
  • One $50 gift certificate to Baby Bumps Boutique to help outfit your needs as an expecting mother
  • One 1-hour prenatal consultation at Starfish Lactation

Congratulations to our winners! And, I know it’s a holiday weekend, but please remember to contact each vendor within 24 hours to claim your prize, otherwise we will draw another winner.

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Starfish Lactation { Facebook Page } Nevada Breastfeeds { Facebook Profile }  { Email }

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


Are we connected?
LIKE me on Facebook.
FOLLOW me on Twitter for a fun and quirky look into me and my business.
FOLLOW my idea boards on Pinterest.
FOLLOW my life in photos via Instagram
SHOP my health and wellness products at Try My Wraps
Please send me an email at any time or call me at 775.233.8382 if you would like to discuss an upcoming portrait opportunity.

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Katrina - bummed I didn’t win, but congrats to the winners. =)

Reno Children’s Photographer | Boys & Fire Trucks

We live very close to a fire station and noticed they were doing a “boot drive” this weekend to raise money for an area Muscular Dystrophy Association camp. It costs $800 to send a child with MDA to this camp and the proceeds from this weekend’s events benefit the campers directly. We were more than happy to donate and in return, my boys had a very memorable morning.

Brady is obsessed with cars, trucks and especially fire trucks, so naturally, Derek is as well. They have many fire trucks and every time he hears sirens, he runs to the sliding glass doors and wants to be lifted as high as possible so he can peer over the fence line towards the street beyond our home. He was beyond ecstatic this morning as we pulled into the fire station lot and he got a glimpse of the older fire engine and then he went haywire when he was allowed to step into a real fire truck. It was so fun to watch him and just see how incredibly excited he was. Derek wasn’t that into it, but he was a willing participant for some of the photos.

I normally tuck my little camera into my bag when I’m out and about with my boys, but since the P&S has been out of commission thanks to my little photographer-wannabe (aka Brady), I’m lucky I had my DSLR with me to capture these memories. I always have a camera on hand–whether it be DSLR, a P&S, or a camera phone. Memories captured are better than none at all.

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


Are we connected?
LIKE me on Facebook.
FOLLOW me on Twitter for a fun and quirky look into me and my business.
FOLLOW my idea boards on Pinterest.
FOLLOW my life in photos via Instagram
SHOP my health and wellness products at Try My Wraps
Please send me an email at any time or call me at 775.233.8382 if you would like to discuss an upcoming portrait opportunity.

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Rochelle - I think you and your family are making great impressions both physcially & photogetically too! Glad to see your putting your dreams, talents & abilities to use for the greater good of people! Your boys are adorable too! Were expecting a boy in October! 1st boy, & he’ll be mixed too! im filipina/white & hubbys is white/mexican! Awsome huh? Well thanks for sharing! keep up the pics! they bring hope & smiles to me & others too!

Reno Children’s Photographer | Naomi { 3 Months }

I adore this little girl and her parents! I can’t believe little Miss Naomi is already 3 months. It sure went by quickly. I photographed Naomi when she was a newborn and I recall having such a wonderful newborn session with her. She was uber cooperative and made it so easy for me to capture some incredible memories. Today was no different. The weather was perfect, the light was beautiful and such a gorgeous family. Who can argue with Naomi’s sweet little face and boy, does she smile and “talk” a lot! Here’s a look into our session and come back in a couple of months when I meet up with Naomi for her 6-months session. I’m sure she will have so many more stories for me then!

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


Are we connected?
LIKE me on Facebook.
FOLLOW me on Twitter for a fun and quirky look into me and my business.
FOLLOW my idea boards on Pinterest.
FOLLOW my life in photos via Instagram
SHOP my health and wellness products at Try My Wraps
Please send me an email at any time or call me at 775.233.8382 if you would like to discuss an upcoming portrait opportunity.

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