San Francisco kittens.

October 11, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hello :)

So I have a short little post to share with you guys today.  A couple of weeks ago, I took my first plane ride (in 12 years) up to San Francisco to visit Matt’s little sister Lindsay at her new apartment on 19th Street.

Lucky for me, the flight was only an hour, and although going into the airport, my nerves were as good as shot, I quite enjoyed myself once we made it to our takeoff.  The feeling of flying is quite an amazing thing, and being one who’s been doing most of her traveling by car recently, it was a pretty exciting change; I definitely can’t wait to do it again!

Although we were there for 3 days, and attended a number of memorable events, I only used my camera for the first few hours after we arrived at Lindsay’s apartment.  Lindsay and her roommate Kadee had just adopted a pair of kittens, so of course I had to snap a number of photos of the adorable duo.  So for those of you prepared for a mega-kitten-adorableness-overload, here ya go!

Havasu in August.

September 13, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hi all.  Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve posted last – I’ve been fairly busy with all sorts of work lately, and sadly haven’t found much time to make another blog post until now.

So lets get back into it! Last month I took a trip out to Lake Havasu in Arizona with Matt’s family to visit his grandpa Ed and spend a couple of days in 113 degree heat floating around in the lake.

Despite a few setbacks (minor and some major) throughout the trip, it was still very enjoyable, and I was sad to leave the relaxation behind when it was time to go.

I brought my camera on the trip with me (no surprise there), but was a little hesitant to take it out on the lake.  ”What if the heat melts some vital organ inside of it?” “What if I drop it in the lake while I’m trying to take photos by the water?” “What if a gust of wind carries it to a faraway land?” Drawbacks as such kept me from bringing it anywhere outside of the house for the first few days, until I finally decided that since I brought it, I might as well get some use out of it.

So here are the photos I took while on our adventure in Lake Havasu City, Arizona!

(This was the gentleman that saved us when the car broke down after lunch in Blythe.  Marshall was his name – so claims his shirt.. )

The Wild Animal Park.

July 31, 2010 | 7 Comments

Hello again everybody (I hope more than one of you read this post, otherwise that will sound pretty silly)!

Recently Matt and I took a trip down to Coronado in San Diego for a couple of days to take it easy and enjoy both the cities of Coronado and downtown San Diego.  As we meant it to be, the trip was very relaxing, and we even had a celebrity sighting (Will Ferrell) while hanging out on the boardwalk in front of the Hotel Del on the last day we were there.  It definitely got me revved up to go on more mini vacations down there in the future (the entire vacation that is, not just seeing WF).

In any case, I brought a pair of San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park tickets with us that were going to expire in a few months, so we put them to good use.  I’ll admit, I was a bad photographer and completely forgot to pack my camera’s battery charger (I was so elated to get out of town for a few days, I frolicked past it without a second glance when I was leaving).  So, the photos I took at the Wild Animal Park are the only photos I have from the trip; shortly after we left my camera gave up on trying to stay alive.  I am pleased with the turn out though, and would like to share them with you all.

Part 2 : The Beach House.

July 20, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hi again, and yes, so soon!  I’ve got part two of the Santa Barbara trip to share with you guys today : the beach house!

The beach house we stayed in for the week was an adorable minuscule vintage building.  It was built in the 1920′s and reached a grand total of 600 square feet; 300 upstairs and 300 downstairs (apparently people in the 1920′s didn’t need a lot of space).  It was quite cozy.  Despite its size though, there were a ton of different things to see, secret rooms to explore, and it was about 50 feet away from the ocean.  So, whenever we decided to hang out on a balcony (upstairs or downstairs), we were able to watch and listen to the waves constantly crashing in and then slipping back, which was very relaxing.

Read : the first two photos were taken before we actually left for Santa Barbara, making this post a little backwards, but I hope you enjoy, all the same!

(Ours was the one with the white umbrella)

The Northwest Road Trip.

June 13, 2010 | Post a Comment

As many of you already know, I went on a road trip with Matt and Jared two weeks ago through the Northwest.  This being my first official road trip, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  As a kid, family trips consisted of picking a destination during the planning process months before the actual trip, and then spending our vacation in that specific area, exploring the new territory until it became familiar.  On some sort of subconscious level, I think I was partially expecting something similar to the trips I used to take as a child.

Yet apparently road trips are nothing like that.

Typically, we figured out a destination for the following day at dinner the evening before, we spent about 5-8 hours a day driving to the next city, which meant a lot of time in the car (thanks again for letting us borrow the Durango, Sherri!), and because of all the time spent driving to get to the next destination before everything was closed for the night, we usually had less than 24 hours in each city to explore and get to know the area.

DON’T GET ME WRONG!  The above is not meant to be negative, or come across that way at all.  I had so much fun on this trip, and am so glad that I went and didn’t decide (for some crazy reason) to stay at home and work.  We saw so many awesome things on this trip, I got to visit places I’ve never been to before, and it really opened up my eyes to all the places I’d maybe someday like to live in.

So now that I’ve included enough text to create a short novel, I’d like to share with you all what I’ve been itching to show for the past two weeks : the photos from our trip to the Northwest!

At The Ace Hotel in Portland.

Rest stop on our way to Seattle; shortly after I took this photo, we picked up a hitchhiker heading to Olympia to play in a folk festival on her accordion.

Coins left on Bruce Lee’s grave in the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, Washington.

On a tour of the Pendleton Woolen Mills factory.

This is my favorite photo from the whole trip.

Note : It was incredibly difficult to not put all 130 of my favorite images into this post, but I managed to narrow it down to the top 20.  Hope you guys liked ‘em!

Craig Park and Robot-Ninja-Dirtbike-Riders.

April 27, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hey guys!  So, it’s been a little longer than I anticipated since my last post, and I do apologize for that.  I’ve been busy with work in general, photography and non-photography, but I promise my next post won’t take as long as this one has.

Anyways, I would like to share with you all some of my favorite photos from my most recent photoshoots : a visit to Craig Park in Fullerton where I came across a gentleman sitting with his two Macaw parrots at a picnic table, a shoot with little Mister Jack who likes to  fight giants as a robot-ninja who rides a neon green dirt bike, and a shoot of a new dish at El Cholo: Fillet Mignon fajitas.

Out of the three shoots I’m going to be posting today, taking photos of Jack was by far my favorite shoot.

When I first arrived at the house, I found Jack coloring on blank printer paper in the back room while the adults were visiting with each other out in the front of the house.  Immediately upon finding the little boy by himself, I grabbed myself a stack of printer paper, began coloring with him, and we quickly bonded.

Once we were finished coloring, Jack proceeded to inform me of my new status : I had become (in less than 5 minutes) a robot-ninja wearing ice armor, which meant that I could travel through patches of freezing cold without feeling it because of my “Ice Boots”, whereas he had become a robot ninja who was immune to hot-lava.  At first Jack was adamant about not having his picture taken, but the more we played together, the more he was willing to let me take photos of him (so long as in those photos he could make funny faces, which I was more than happy to oblige to).

So, without further ado, here are some photos for you all to enjoy!

(The crime-fighting machine)

(Jack dislikes dinner very much.)

Mustard Grass and Margaritas.

April 8, 2010 | Post a Comment

Have you ever seen those yellow flowers covering the hills after a good bout of rain?  They’re mustard grass flowers, and when they’re all blooming in the fields, they look pretty amazing.  Last week, I recollected that the hills up in Walnut are always covered in these during Spring.  Walnut isn’t TOO far from my house so I grabbed my camera and decided to go up over the hill.

Of course, upon arriving at a park surrounded by fields covered in yellow, I was approached by a man named Lee and his gigantic dog Cody.  In the back of my head, as he started talking to me about anything and everything as if I were a long lost friend, I began to envision this short friendship ending in my eminent and untimely demise (I tend to get a little nervous when I’m approached by people at the park while I’m by myself).  Luckily, he didn’t try to kidnap me.. or worse.

While I was wandering around, for the few short moments I managed to sneak away, I was able to get a few interesting shots of the trail I was on leading to the hills, as well as a few shots of my new friend’s dog Cody.  Apparently he’s 1/4 wolf, which makes for an alarming looking dog.

In any case, I’d like to share a few photos with you guys from the past week of my adventure at the park, as well as photos from a food and drink shoot for Ron Sailsbury’s new restaurant, Cafe Miaz.  The food / drink photos are not necessarily the photos the restaurant is going to use for their menu, but my own personal favorites.  Hope you all enjoy!

(This was the fence I crawled under to get into the hills.)

New camera teasers.

March 31, 2010 | Post a Comment

So as a few of you already are aware, my new camera arrived last week on Wednesday : Canon 7D!  It pretty much felt like Christmas in March at my house as I ripped the box to shreds in a hasty attempt to get to my new camera as quickly as I could.  Yet, despite all of my hastiness to get to the contents, I came across a couple drawbacks : a) the battery doesn’t come charged (why not?  It’d be so sweet of Canon if they sent out their cameras with fully charged batteries so I don’t have to wait 4 hours for it to juice up), and b) the memory card I had wasn’t compatible.  So although I physically had the camera Wednesday, the real fun didn’t begin until Thursday after I ran out to buy a CF card.

Since then, my camera hasn’t left my side, and I’ve decided to start a few projects.  I have a new camera, why not dedicate myself to a couple of projects in between shoots to stay busy and showcase my photography?

Unfortunately, for those of you interested in seeing the above mentioned projects unveiled here today, I must disappoint you.  They’re still works in progress, but I have started them.  I’ll wait until they’re complete (or close to being complete) to show everyone, and hopefully by then I’ll be sharing my blog with more people than I currently am.

In any case, I have a few teaser photos to share with you all that ARE receiving my updates : photos I’ve taken with my new camera over the past week!  Photos from shoots, on my way to shoots, getting comfortable with the new gear, etc. these are a few of my favorite photos I’ve gathered over the past week that I’d like to share.  Hope you all enjoy!

(This is my favorite!)

I’m adding this photo as a bonus because it makes me laugh.

Kitties like to roll around.

March 23, 2010 | Post a Comment

Today I woke up and did something I often see my father doing; I grabbed a yogurt from the fridge, and proceeded to eat it while standing in front of the window in our kitchen that overlooks our front yard.  For my dad, I think it’s a matter of standing while eating (something he’s become accustomed to from having to eat quickly at work), and watching his hummingbird friends zip around and drink from the feeder.  In my case, I was observing my sister poke and prod our cat Ed (who is a SHE!) with the tip of her foot.  Naturally, the cat was annoyed and an epic battle of claw and shoe proceeded to ensue.

This is how I ended up with my camera, outside, having a mini-shoot of Ed a few minutes later.

I’ve always enjoyed watching Ed while she’s outside exploring the world.  She hunts leaves, prowls around in the day lilies, takes a nap in the shade underneath the cars in the garage, stares intently at birds, and rolls around on the cement.  I don’t know what it is that makes her enjoy rolling around on the dirty driveway SO MUCH, but she loves it like it’s catnip.

Here are a few of my favorites of Edward enjoying the outdoors.  Enjoy!

(I like this photo mainly because she looks like a happy old man.  n_n)

(I don’t think you can see it, but she has a beetle under her paws.)