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I love memories. Always a sentimental guy, I purchased my first camera at eighteen years old, with the intention of remembering a summer romance with a very special girl. Although many things in my life have changed over the years, there have always been two constants: the girl (who’s now my wife) and documenting memories.

I love my family. If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that: there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them, and they (and families, in general) are the biggest source of inspiration for my craft. It’s because of my family’s love and support that I have the chance to capture your most cherished moments — whether it be a grand celebration or just an ordinary day at home.

I love giving gifts. I’ve been known to take birthdays and Christmas very seriously, and I enjoy the pursuit of finding that perfect present for a loved one. For me, working with your family is no different: I strive to create images that are sincerely “you” that you’ll treasure and pass down for years to come.

If my work resonates with you, I'd be honored to tell your story.


 

I'm always excited to meet new people — especially families. So allow me to introduce you to mine!

 
 

Sarina

The Wife & Wordsmith

A recruiter by day and a creative by night, Sarina loves creative writing, singing, and playing the piano, and she considers herself a film purist and iPhone photography extraordinaire. Having read more books than she can count, she has an extensive vocabulary: I often find myself looking up words when we talk (which is especially humiliating during arguments). She sings like a Disney Princess, dresses like she's always going to a party, and never fails to keep it gangster — she my thug wife, fo’ real.

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Henri

The Mascot

Named after our favorite photographer, Henri is our five-pound Chihuahua-Pomeranian puppy and the official mascot of Reggie Ballesteros Photography. He looks like a squirrel, meows like a cat, hops like a rabbit — but loves unconditionally like a true puppy would. He once jumped onto our dinner table to try to take a bite of my burrito, and he was the class clown in his puppy class (he embarrassingly failed the final exam because he was too distracted by his puppy crush). He loves to lounge in “sun spots” and hide underneath blankets, and -- if you say the word “walk” around him — you better mean it!

Portraits taken by the amazing Michael James Photography.

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... They are made with the eye, heart, and head.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson