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Welcome to my blog! Here you will find sneak peeks of the latest weddings and sessions. I am a professional photographer specializing in modern wedding and children's portraiture in Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL. All content and images copyright 2010 Odalys Mendez Photography.

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January 30, 2011

One of my dearest friends is about to have a baby. This little girl is going to be born into so much love: from an amazing, huge family of strong women, two big sisters who are so excited to meet her, and a bunch of devoted friends who are going to spoil her rotten ;) My friend is extremely blessed to have such a support system, I couldn’t be happier for her.

Today we celebrated baby B’s upcoming arrival with an intimate, relaxed baby shower. It was unusually warm for January, a beautiful, sunny day. We indulged in some scrumptious desserts and good conversation and had a truly memorable afternoon. Here are some of the details:

The decor was executed by the talented interior designer Misty Smith.

“A Piece of Cake” in Tyrone, GA made the gorgeous two tier marble cake with caramel filling that was to-die-for. Martha with “A Piece of Cake” reproduced our bird theme beautifully in this custom creation. The flavor and texture of this cake was just amazing; needless to say, it was all gone by the end of the party.

Instead of the traditional games, the guests each hand-made a bird ornament out of eclectic, mismatched fabric, and inserted a wish for the baby before closing it. These birds are going to decorate a mobile that will go in the nursery. Isn’t that the cutest idea?

And finally, just a few of the girls having fun :)

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January 7, 2011

If you saw how happy I get when the temperatures drop and the prospect of snow is on the horizon, you wouldn’t think I was born in the middle of the Caribbean. Four inches of the fluffy white stuff is forecasted for Sunday and Monday, and it’s Christmas all over again at my house. The kids are over-excited; ok, the parents are over-excited too, discussing the necessary equipment to turn my steep front-yard into a wintery slide.

At some point this afternoon I opened the doors to my front porch and found this view. For a while I thought maybe the forecast was wrong and snow would arrive earlier. I was in awe of the beauty of this angry sky and just had to shoot it. I then smiled as I remembered that sometimes there is beauty in the anticipation of a great event. There is so much beauty around us every single day.

December 24, 2010

Yesterday, someone very close to me called to tell me they had received a check for just enough to pay an outstanding debt that was about to go to collection and they had been stressing about. This is someone who has gone through a rough time, and doesn’t have the strongest faith. This friend’s words to me were: “He truly gives you exactly what you need when you need it. It’s incredible, He never abandons us and is always bailing us out.” :)

This incredible Source that we call God, our source of love, faith, hope, and everything else good, is limitless in His generosity. Thousands of years ago tomorrow, we received the greatest gift of all from His greatness, an extraordinary Son to bring us closer to Him and remind us of that goodness that still prevails in our hearts, of the awesomeness we are capable of, and the bountiful universe we live in, one of unlimited resources. A light to remind us of where we come from, what we are part of, and where we are going.

Tomorrow morning when my kids’ eyes sparkle as they open their presents I will smile and my heart will jump with joy. This is the best time of the year… a season of giving, a celebration of generosity, of the plentiful world we live in. Although we give more love, give more food, give time, and give presents, the more we give, the fuller our cup is, we never run out. And for that gift, I thank you Lord.

Cheers to giving!

November 20, 2010

I spent some time this afternoon photographing this blue-eyed beauty. She is an aspiring actress and model with some impressive roles under her belt already. Here are a couple of my favorite shots from our session:

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November 14, 2010

I love kids. I remember being in such a rush to grow up and now I long for the freedom of being a child. We think we’ll be free when we reach adulthood but little do we know that childhood is true freedom. I wish I could get that message across to my kids: enjoy that feeling of complete adventure and spontaineity that you have right now, absorb every minute of your innocence, but I sound like an adult when I say those things.

It took about a millisecond to convince these kids to lay on the grass and roll down the slope of their backyard; their parents are probably going to remember me for a long time thanks to my little idea. :)  If I could postpone twilight and hadn’t had 20 lbs. of photographic equipment on me, I would have rolled down the hill with them (again, adult thinking). In retrospect, I wish I would have and then their parents would remember me for a long time as a complete lunatic.

These kids have the most amazing personalities; we hit it off right away and although I didn’t roll down the hill with them we did hold hands and skipped down the road together. Here are some of my favorites from our afternoon.

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November 13, 2010

I just can’t stay indoors with this mild, gorgeous weather and the splashes of jewel tone colors everywhere. Fall is my favorite season and I am taking full advantage of it this year. My favorite shots of the day… :)

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November 7, 2010

Whenever I have a little bit of down time in my schedule inevitably the camera turns to my own children. Especially at the age of two just a couple of months make a huge difference in the way they look and express themselves. So this weekend me and my favorite toddler enjoyed the change in weather in our own backyard, and while she discovered leaves, acorns, and pointed out squirrels, I snapped and soaked it all in.

November 1, 2010

As a photographer, I am always behind the camera and seldom in front of the lens. So, determined to get some family photos this past weekend, I took the DIY route and captured some fun and cute moments of my troup. Here are my favorites:

October 12, 2010

Nothing melts my heart more than photographing a newborn baby. Like this proud papa said “children are a gift from God”; newborns always remind me of the amazing miracle that is life.

I spent my morning today with this sweet baby boy and his family. From our short time together I can tell that he will grow surrounded by so much love.

Thank you for welcoming me into your home and letting me photograph your little angel. Enjoy your sneak peek.

He is a fall baby so we played with pumpkins :)

Mesmerized by mom and dad…

The proud papa…

October 10, 2010

Noah’s first birthday is this month and we celebrated this important milestone with a photo session to capture what being one is all about. He is walking and exploring everything around him with curiosity and glee, from the local playground to the crunchy fallen leaves in his front yard, Noah and I had a blast playing. Here are a few of my favorites:

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