Favorite Things – Things You Should Know

I’m a simple girl, really. I have a few favorite things that I love after God, my husband, family, and dog, of course.

While this is not a comprehensive list, I would say these are my top favorites. Things you should know if we’re going to be friends.

Favorite TV Shows:

  • How I Met Your Mother – It was a good run…9 years, and although I still have mixed feelings about the final episode, it’s still one of the few TV shows I can watch all the time.
  • Parenthood – This show is just so…real. I feel with the characters. And the music is so good too. Not to mention they’re located in the Bay Area.
  • Gilmore Girls – One of my all time favorites. Yes they talk fast and have crazy conversations, but that’s the best part of it. And I think it would be so fun to live in a town like Stars Hollow.

Favorite Movies:

  • Midnight in Paris – It’s based in Paris. And Owen Wilson travels back in time to hang out with some of the greats like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. While Rachel McAdams is pretty annoying in the movie, I’m content with just watching the scenery.
  • Mean Girls – Seems even more appropriate now that I work exclusively with high school senior girls. Although, my clients are far from the Plastics. Oh the days when Lindsay Lohan had so much promise and potential.
  • Oceans 11 – The George Clooney and Brad Pitt version. A band of good looking men (mostly anyway) outsmarting a giant casino? Enough said.

Favorite Foods:

  • Nutella – This counts as a food right? Well, it should. It makes pretty much anything taste better. Although, it’s too bad it doesn’t really work for vegetables…
  • Red Velvet Cake – I think there’s a special place in my heart for this cake because I didn’t discover it until I met Cent. I had never heard of Red Velvet Cake and my roommates at Disney World made one. Life changed. I’m long overdue for a cupcake. Get your Red Velvet Cake/Cupcake in Dallas from Low Country Quisine.
  • Iced Caramel Machiatto – My Starbucks drink of choice. Although, I’ve found that I can get the same fix from a caramel iced coffee with cream (plus it’s cheaper!)
  • Things made in a crockpot – So not “technically” a food, but any appliance that takes all the work out of cooking is my best friend. I’ve made some pretty good chilis and stews in our crockpot…I just have to remember to get all the ingredients together!

Catie Ronquillo Photography Favorite ThingsFavorite Places:

  • France – Duh. If there’s one thing you should TOTALLY know about me, it’s that I love France. I lived there for three years as a little girl, one year studying abroad in college, and I want to go back. ALL. THE. TIME. It helps that I speak French.
  • California – My home state. It’s where I want to be when the summer is stifling here in Texas. I’m lucky that I can go back and visit my family whenever I get a little bit homesick.
  • New York City – I’ve had the chance to go a handful of times and it’s one of those special places. To me, it has the closest vibe to Europe – mostly because of the awesome Subway system and not needing a car to explore. That, and you can pretty much find something to do 24/7.

Favorite Must-Haves:

  • Burt’s Bees – This stuff is the best. For someone like me who often finds herself without makeup, let alone lip gloss or something similar, Burt’s Bees is perfect for dry lips, without that heavy lip balm feeling.
  • Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion – A total must-have. Seriously, the best stuff in the world if you’re going to wear makeup. I don’t know how they do it, but this Eye Primer is magic and will help your eye makeup stay all day and all night long. Pair it with one of their eye liners and you’re set – the eye liner doesn’t budge! Worth every penny.
  • Rainbow Sandals – I discovered Rainbows when I was in college in San Diego. It’s like the standard flip flop. They are a little pricey, but totally worth it. They last forever pretty much. Plus, they are made with leather, so once you break them in, they conform to your feet. That sounds weird, but it’s a good thing!

What are some of your favorite things?

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Make No Comparisons


It feels like something harmless. But it’s kind of like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Ready to pounce on you when you least expect it.

Comparison steals joy. It’ll knock the wind straight out of you. It will catch you off guard before you even have the chance to stand your ground.

I struggle with comparison.

I think, “Well, if only I had this or that…like her, THEN I would be able to do or have x, y, or z.”

“She’s so lucky to have that.”

“I wish I looked like that. I wish I had that. I wish I could be more like…”

But we need to stop.

We all have a purpose of our own that cannot be compared with anyone else’s. Yes, we can turn to friends and family for advice and assistance, but in the long run, we need to stop comparing ourselves to others. No matter who it is, what they have, how they look, or where they are. We’re each running our own race in life. Against ourselves. Let’s not defeat ourselves, but help ourselves win. Because you’re playing against yourself. No one else.

Be the best version of yourself.

You’ll thank yourself later.

“Make no comparisons. Keep your head down and do your own thing.” – Torrie Asai

I came across this quote a few days ago and it struck me. As someone who is working on keeping comparisons out of the equation of life, this gives me the motivation to do my own thing. Make my own rules. Forge my own path.

I think that when you’re used to rules and regulations and “ways of doing things” that you can get caught up in doing it the “right way”. But for many things in life (especially after high school), there is no “right way”. You have to figure it out. Do your own thing.

It’s about owning it. And loving yourself enough to know that you’re doing your own thing. And it’s okay. In fact, it’s awesome.

When you do your own thing, you blaze your own trail, you become a leader in your own right.

So lead.

Don’t worry about what other people might say.

They’re stuck in the cycle of comparison.

Go on. Make things happen.

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April Goals

This year. It seems to be going by faster than I can keep up with.

It’s been a great year so far. I’m excited to see where 2014 takes me and my business.

I truly believe that when you get to do what you love every day, you’ll never feel like you have “job” because you’re thrilled to do it every day. I’m thankful to have found something I love!



- Senior Portrait season is in FULL swing with 12 shoots…oh my!
- Hanging out with my Senior Spokesmodel team! They are awesome, can’t wait to photograph them so I can share more here.
- Plan, plan, plan and shoot the 2015 Senior Spokesmodel Group Editorial Shoots…yes there are two!
- Attend a senior portrait workshop!

Catie Ronquillo Photography Senior Spokesmodel Program Shoot Inspiration


- Go to Pure Barre 2x a week. I’m on a quest to get to the 100 Club, but this month is already super busy, so I’m hoping I can make it twice a week.
- Finish our taxes…one of the joys of being an adult…for real before the deadline.
- Go on vacation, even for a few days.

My list is short and sweet, but I’ve got a lot to get done!

What are some of your goals to get done this month?

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Sneak Peek: Meredith | New Tech @ Coppell

Meredith gets to see her official senior portraits this weekend! She is a senior at New Tech @ Coppell and is going to Baylor University in the Fall to study Fashion Merchandising.

Sic’em Bears!

Meredith is one of my senior models for the Class of 2014, and she’s always so fun to photograph! I loved her cream top with jeans and green statement necklace, she looks so collegiate. I can’t wait to see where life takes her. I’m sure she will do great things!

New Tech @ Coppell Senior Portraits at Grapevine Spring Park. White top with green necklace.New Tech @ Coppell Senior Portraits at Grapevine Spring Park. Baylor University Shirt and Cowboy boots.

Thinking about a senior portrait session? Ready to book your session? NOW BOOKING SPRING 2014! Spring is also my favorite time of year to photograph in Texas! The weather is perfect – not too cold and not too warm. Golden hour really is golden. This is the perfect time of year to book your senior portrait session with Catie Ronquillo Photography!  There are only TWO spots left for April. Now booking for May & June 2014. BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

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Santa Barbara Styled Shoot

I had the incredible opportunity to lead a styled senior portrait session when I was in Santa Barbara, California last month. It was fun to show other photographers how I work with high school seniors, from posing them to interacting with them on a photo shoot.

Christy is a high school senior in Santa Barbara, and spent her afternoon with us to be our model.

Flower Crown Styled Dallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California on the Beach at the Fess Parker

Flower Crown Dallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California on the Beach at the Fess ParkerDallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California on the Beach at the Fess ParkerI love that Christy’s eyelashes match the lavender!

Dallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California in the lavender at the Fess ParkerDallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California in the Lavender at the Fess ParkerThese next two photos remind me of Pocahontas (the Disney movie version). Colors of the Wind, anyone?

Flower Crown Dallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California on the Beach at the Fess ParkerDallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California on the Beach at the Fess Parker

I was so excited about being able to photograph at the beach in Santa Barbara. There are no beaches here in Dallas, and no, I don’t think that the “beach” at the lakes count. That’s sand, but it’s no the same as the ocean. So, I tried to make the most of photographing on the beach. It was chilly and overcast, but Christy totally made it work!

Dallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California on the Beach at the Fess Parker

Thank you, Christy, for being an awesome model!

Dallas Destination Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara California on the Beach at the Fess Parker

Now, who wants senior portraits in Santa Barbara? I’m getting ready to launch Destination Senior Portrait options for those seniors who want to finish off their Senior Year in a BIG way! Locations will include San Francisco, San Diego, Savannah, New York, and Austin.

Makeup: Cassidy Zellman

Flower Crown: 2Js Photography

Dress: Thrifted by Kelly Lynne Fotos

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