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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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February 20, 2011

Sometime in mid-February, my family and I get desperate for warmer weather. The holidays have passed, we get a little bit of snow to fulfill our winter cravings, and then we suddenly become impatient with the cold temperatures and the dull, grayish landscape and start dreaming of hikes, dips in the lake, and bonfires.

As if our prayers had been answered, we have had a gorgeous week, warm enough to spend our days outside. We’ve taken bike rides, dipped our feet on the lake (although it’s still freezing), and rolled around on the grass,¬†wishing it¬†back to life.

Some early morning photos of my kids and their friend enjoying our mild February:

And, as you can imagine, I got a big kick out of this… my little budding photographer, just like mama :)

Until next time! :)

February 4, 2011

My husband and I have an amazing marriage; yesterday we celebrated our 10th anniversary.

When I say amazing I don’t mean perfect. We have had our laughs, silly races around the house, pulled pranks on each other, and are like glue, always stuck together. We have also had problems and fights; but somehow we have grown better and stronger rather than apart.

We are completely different people than who we were ten years ago, yet I love him more today than I ever have. He thinks I am the smartest person in the world, he brags about me, and supports my dreams. He makes me a better person.

This is the first picture of us, ever. :)

I was 20 and he was 24. He had a motorcycle that I hated and never got on, so eventually he sold it. I was a salsa dancer and he was an all-american marine.

And these we took today… two kids, one dog, and three houses later.

So Happy Anniversary to my dear husband and I. This amazing adventure is only the beginning, and I know the best is yet to come :)

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!

December 11, 2010

My friend Stephanie was very kind to be my model yesterday. “Kind” may not be a good-enough word actually;¬†I did¬†drag her around¬†town in a huge wedding dress in the middle of Friday afternoon traffic and¬†made her the object of several whistles and a lot of curiosity. Eeeek!¬†:)

Steph, they say that everyone who enters our lives does so for a reason, and I must have entered yours to give you thick skin. Not only are you a great friend but you are also gorgeous! Enjoy looking at the images :)

The stunning wedding gown was again, from Etain Bridal Boutique in Ashley Park, Newnan.

For a complete portfolio of wedding and children’s images please visit our website.

December 3, 2010

I love having daughters; playing dress-up and princess and having tea parties. I am blessed beyond belief with my two girls, but when I was younger, I always pictured myself as the mother of boys. So it’s no surprise that despite being very girly girls, my little princesses play wizards and knights, dream about their first car being a 1969¬†Mustang GT500 in grabber blue, and can throw a football better than I ever could, all with a fuschia boa wrapped around their neck.

Yet, when I get to photograph boys, a whole new world opens up to me. I love their mischief and spunk. Their constant wrestling and fearlessness in grabbing a frog or lizzard. Boys have an appeal and beauty of their own.

These two were a little shy and as sweet as can be. Here are my favorite shots of our session.

When I first got there, this little one wanted nothing to do with me.

But we soon became friends..

This boy has the creamiest skin I have ever seen, and look at those freckles!

I love being witness to this kind of bond between siblings. These two truly love each other.

This is their spirited dog Dasher, I think she wants to be a photographer when she grows up, she kept going for the camera ;-)

Thank you for letting me document your lives. Enjoy your sneak peek!

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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… :)

For a complete portfolio of images please visit my children’s image gallery.

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: