• Lanie Quijano Garcia

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Me

Hello! Today's blog post is going to be something totally different that I've never done before! I go way past an introduction and get into some interesting (at least I think so) details about myself that you might not have know about me! I'd love to know some things about you that make you unique as well! Leave a comment or send me a message and let's get chatting!

1. I love cars!

I started getting into cars when I married my husband, Adrian. He had a 1994 Acura Integra that was turbocharged, which they don't come that way straight out of the factory. At first, I thought it was just a super loud, bumpy and uncomfortable car; but now I can appreciate the time and effort that he put into it! He taught me how to drive manual on his 2017 Ford Focus ST, and ever since then, I just can't stop driving. It was around the time when I needed a new car anyway because my Galant was days away from giving up the ghost. So, now I have a 2010 Mazdaspeed3! It is nowhere near a fast car, but it definitely is quick and super fun to drive!

Photo is of Adrian's ST that I took!

2. I'm adopted!

A lot of people don't know this actually, because I consider my adopted parents as my true parents. They filled every shoe that a biological parent could fill plus more. My family history story is a long and complicated one, for sure! But my adopted parents took me under their wing when I was seventeen years old, and I'm sure it was crazy hard for them to put up with a teenager they didn't raise from a baby- and for that, I am truly thankful! They've seen the horrible, ugly side of me that not even my husband has seen, and they still loved and cared for me as their own daughter. I love them dearly, and if they are reading this right now, I love you mom and dad!

Photo was taken by Kyla Jeanette Photography!

3. I'm a self taught photographer!

Everything that I have ever learned about photography has been completely self taught! I started taking photos in 2016 of my friends just because I had fun doing it and because they let me, lol! I started off on a Canon T3 Rebel shooting on auto mode and pressing "auto" for editing my images. I seriously didn't know anything about photography! But as photos of my friends grew somewhat better, people who attended my college started asking me to take their senior photos. Of course, I said yes, and I happily took payments in Starbucks coffee! Ever since then, I have been learning every day and growing. Youtube has been a huge help to me in learning Photoshop, and my husband has been an incredible resource in the marketing department! With his help and support, I built my photography business from the ground up by designing my own website, creating my own brand, and marketing for myself. It has been a crazy journey, but oh my goodness, has it been worth it! I absolutely love what I do now, and I wouldn't want it any other way!

Photo of me taken by my friend, Carlee!

4. I was a criminal justice major in college!

Ever since I was six years old, my dream has been to become a beat cop. Law enforcement made a huge impact in my life, especially in my earlier years when I was a toddler. I have always wanted to make a difference in people's lives and to be involved in the community. When I was 14 years old and lived in Peoria, Arizona, I joined the Peoria Police Explorer Program, a fantastic program for teens ages 14-21 to get involved in if they have expressed any desire in law enforcement! Sadly, I don't have any photos of me while I was in that group, so here's a photo of me next to an American Flag with my red, white, and blue crossfit shoes that I still have to this day (they're my fave). I did receive my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2018; however, after graduation, I decided not to pursue law enforcement for personal reasons and because I found a new love and desire for photography. It would still be a dream come true to become a law enforcement officer, but with the way things are today, I am perfectly happy and content in my growing photography business.

5. I had a Justin Bieber hair style!

I saved the best for last! Yeah, for real, no joke, I had a Justin Bieber hair-do! There is a crazy story behind their hair-style, LOL, and I was so embarrassed of it at the time; but now that I look back at it - oh my goodness- I rocked that hair style, LOL! My hair took about two and a half years to grow to how I wear it now. Believe it or not, the Justin Bieber hair-do was crazy hard to maintain.

So there you have it- five things you probably didn't know about me! Now that you know a little bit about me, tell me about yourself! Leave a comment below and give yourself an introduction and tell me something that makes you unique!

I know most people will probably want to see more photos of the Bieber look, so here you go- hope you have a good laugh!




Lanie Garcia is a Hampton Roads based Photographer Specializing in Fine Art Weddings.

She happily serves those living in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Chesapeake and beyond by delivering timeless, heartfelt imagery for passionate people who cherish life’s most beautiful and genuine moments.

Dear Friend, 

With all my heart, thank you for taking the time out of your day to be here and explore my work and my craft. I am so grateful for my clients who have given me the privilege of stepping into their lives to capture the belly laughs, the sweet embraces and quiet moments. It would be an honor to do the same for you.