Wine Weekend.

April 11, 2011 | Post a Comment

Guys!  I’m so excited to share the photos I took while up in wine country two weeks ago with you!  The scenery was amazing, the wine was delicious, and the company was excellent  :)

Matt, Albert and I arrived in Solvang on Saturday in the evening and took a trip to The Hitching Post for dinner.  Some of you may be familiar with the interior of that restaurant from seeing it in the movie Sideways.  It’s seriously one of the best dinners I’ve ever had – if you’re ever up in Solvang looking for some good eats, The Hitching Post is the answer (and although it is a tad on the spendy side, it’s definitely worth every penny)!

Sunday was by far my favorite day of the trip.  Some of you may remember when Matt took me up to Solvang for my birthday last year and I shot a few photos at Demetria Estate.  Naturally, we felt we needed to return to enjoy the awesome view from the estate’s patio of the grape vines growing all over the hills and enjoy their delicious wine.  We ended up staying for about 3 hours talking with the guys who work there and listening to their musician serenading the folks on the patio with lovely acoustic melodies.  Oh Demetria, I miss you already!

On our last day we drove a few hours north for a separate adventure which I will share with you in my next blog post  :)  For now, I hope you guys enjoy the photos from our wine-tasting extravaganza!

(Photo creds go to Albert on this one :) )

 

Grand Canyon trip 2011

February 17, 2011 | 2 Comments

A trip to the Grand Canyon is beginning to become a necessity for Matt, Albert and I who have gone at the beginning of the year for the past three years.  The year 2011 was no different, and we took off on a Friday afternoon towards that gigantic hole in the ground that never ceases to be amazing to behold, no matter how many times you see it.

A weekend filled with snow, elk, a few games of pool, boots, giant crows, and of course, the Grand Canyon.

Hope you all enjoy the photos from our trip (I certainly enjoyed taking them)!

Mark in Big Bear and the Sole Purpose.

February 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

As some of you may remember, during the Thanksgiving holiday I went up to the mountains of Big Bear with Matt and his family and spent the weekend in a cabin in the snow.  While we were up there, surrounded by snow, trees, and tons of nature-y beauty, we realized that it was an ideal spot for a little shoot.  So Mark (Matt’s dad) broke out his guitar and banjo, and we had a quick portrait session.

Mark also asked me recently to take some photos for his band, Sole Purpose.  I haven’t shot many band portraits before, so I figured it’d be a great opportunity to practice and perhaps pick up a few tricks for next time.

So here are the photos from both Mark’s portrait shoot in Big Bear, as well as Sole Purpose.  Hope you all enjoy :)

Thanksgiving in Big Bear.

December 29, 2010 | Post a Comment

I know it’s a little late (about a month late, be specific), but now that all the holiday madness is over, I’ll finally be able to start updating my blog a little more with recent work!  That’s the plan anyway ;)

This year for Thanksgiving, I took a trip with Matt and his awesome family up to Big Bear to stay in a cabin they rented for the holiday.  Despite the fact that it was below twenty degrees during most of our stay, everyone seemed to have a wonderful time exploring the snowy woods around the cabin (it was also VERY enjoyable to thaw out by one of the two fireplaces that constantly had roaring fires going after an expedition).

We ate a ton, relaxed, played pool, and Matt even got his hair cut after 2 years, which, thanks to his cousin Erin turned out perfectly!

(The fake deer freaked Winston out a little bit.. )

(A rare photo caught of me)

Sara and Adam 10.23.10

November 16, 2010 | Post a Comment

Finally!

I’ve FINALLY finished putting together the photos I’ve wanted to share with you all from Sara and Adam’s wedding just NOW!  Between working two jobs, and trying to keep up with my photography lately, it’s definitely easy to get backed up and for that I apologize.

Sara and Adam were married on October 23rd, 2010 in Lake Arrowhead.  I was second shooter to the talented Kaitlyn Johnson (http://www.therockstudioblog.com/ <- go check out her work!) and had an absolute blast!  Gorgeous scenery, awesome and friendly guests, below zero temperatures, we handled that wedding with anything it had to throw at us ;)

Also, in honor of my first wedding blog post in quite some time, I’ve extended my selection of photos I’m going to show this post – hope you all like them!

Solvang.

November 7, 2010 | Post a Comment

Last month, I had a birthday on the 19th, as I usually do every year on that day ;)  In celebration of staying alive while the Earth took another rotation around the sun, my boyfriend Matt took me on a trip up into wine country for the first time to try out different wineries and relax.

Our first winery (Demetria) turned out to be a beautiful estate in the middle of many winding roads and rows of growing grapes.  The grounds were completely picturesque and the wine was quite tasty; what more could you ask for?

Road Trip part 3 : Lake Tahoe.

October 28, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hey guys!

I’m excited to show off my final batch of photos from Jeannie’s and my mini-road trip; I finished them quick too!

Our last day on the road ended up taking us north from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe, which is one of the biggest and clearest lakes I’ve ever been to.  It also led us to a side of the lake less visited called Emerald Bay, which was surrounded by hundreds of trees in the middle of their fall transformation.  I’ve always been a huge fan of the leaves changing color for the new season, so I was basically in heaven with all of the colors that were going on around me.

Hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them ;)

Road Trip part 2 : Yosemite.

October 27, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hi everyone!

I’ve been trying my best to finish editing all the photos I got on my and Miss Jeannie’s mini-road trip, but I’ve been a little behind lately because of all the photo shoots I’ve been on (which is definitely a good thing).

Today I’d like to bring you all the photos I took while Jeannie and I were actually in Yosemite National Park on the second day of our road trip.  Driving a terrifyingly gigantic truck (which I am definitely not used to, since I drive a crackerjack box of a car), we made our way into and around the park and picked up a few awesome shots on the way.

I hope you all enjoy my photos from Yosemite National Park!

(If you look closely at the base of the tree, there is an itty bitty Jeannie)

Road Trip part 1 : Mono Lake

October 16, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hi again, all!

I have some photos to share with you all from a road trip I took with the extremely talented Jeannie Muritas (http://www.jeanniemutrais.com/ – go check her out!) following my time spent in San Francisco.

Jeannie was nice enough to drive all the way up from Orange County to San Francisco to pick me up to go on a three day road trip to.. well, we weren’t quite sure where exactly we were going at first.  I ended up mentioning Yosemite, since it was only 6 hours east, and as it turned out neither of us had ever been there, so that’s where we headed.

The first day of our trip took us to Mono Lake, possibly one of the oldest lakes in Northern America, and there I managed to get a number of photos to share with you all today.

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!