Monday, April 23, 2012

It's a Spring Thing

You know it's Springtime around here when there is that one day of intense heat, and everyone is out in their summer shorts and flip flops. Since the summer seems to take forever to come around, you can imagine how torturous it is to see bathing suits and flowy summer dresses in every store window. And then the high temperatures finally hit. You're feeling all cool breezing by in your sundress and strappy gladiators, sipping on your iced coffee, thinking Ha! all caught up with fashion now---only to step into your favorite store already sporting Fall's newest collection --_--. You see the dilemma here? With that being said, there was a heat wave a few weeks ago that lasted a couple of days, and well you know what that means riggggght? Photoshoot!!! (Well to me it did at least =P) So my friend and I headed down to a local park around the golden hour, (right around sunset) and shot a few photos. The light and colorful flowers worked together and made a magical combination. Oh and Steph's smize and model-like behavior might have helped a bit too ;). Enjoy!!!

Rawr ;)
Fedora + Beautiful Weather + Happy Girl = Perfection. =)
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Love That Shot Flower Photo Challenge

One of my favorite things about Spring is the beautiful flowers that sprout up everywhere. The bright colors of magenta, yellow, blue, red, lilac, orange, pink....and every other color imaginable cover the gardens and lawns of all homes. It amazes me that nature can create something so simple like a flower, yet be so unbelievably beautiful. Love that Shot is having a photo challenge for a chance to be featured on the cover of their April magazine, and so here is my entry photo I captured of these pretty spring tulips. Happy Saturday! 

Monday, April 16, 2012


      For the past couple of months my grandmother had been saying how much she wanted a kitten. And so finally my dad brought her a cute ginger kitty about a month old. He saw how much we loved playing with him, so the next day he surprised us and brought home another kitty. We called her Missy. She was the cutest kitten I had ever seen, running around my living room, climbing up my pants, and playing hide and seek under our couches. We have never really had a pet before, with the exception of a parakeet named Jack and a few fishes, and so for me she was like a newborn baby longing for affection. She would wag her tail as I rubbed her tummy and once I walked away she would slowly follow me hiding behind the wall occasionally, as to make sure I wouldn't catch her. When I woke up in the morning, she was already up and wrestling with her toy penguin. 
      She loved playing with my hands (which would end up in a million scratches by the end of the day), but I didn't mind it at all. She was my Missy, and I just wanted to keep her happy. But unfortunately as the days went by my allergies got the worst of me. And so no matter how much I protested, I knew Missy couldn't stay with us any longer. I cannot tell you how unbelievably heartbroken I was when the day came for her to go. I ran down the stairs and held her for as long as I could. At that moment I became a child once again, sobbing on the floor not wanting to let go. I still tear up now when I think about her because I miss her, but I know she's happy back with her mommy. I never thought that I would grow so attached in such a short amount of time. Even though I only had her for a few days, Missy managed to steal my heart. Here are a few of my favorite pictures I took of her for the time she was with me.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lenses & Photobooths & Mustaches...Oh My!

     Lately, I have been spending a lot of time reading different photography books, soaking up as much information as my mind will allow. Things like exposure, aperture, white balance, metering, focal length, lighting situations, different lenses..... ahhh and the list goes on and on. There is just so many factors that go into taking a photo---who would have thought?!! At this point you would think i'm about ready to toss the books and just hope my pictures come out good enough. But i'm simply amazed every time I learn something new, that for me good enough is simply not enough. It's almost as if my mind is begging me for more, teach me, show me, what else is there?!! The more I read, the more it feels so natural, it fits... like a puzzle piece has been found. It does at times feel very overwhelming, but I don't mind it at all.
      I have been shooting all of my photos with the kit lens up until now, so I decided to buy the 50mm 1.8 lens. You can imagine how overly enthusiastic I was when this little guy came in the mail. I tore the box open and then held the lens in my hand in awe, like I had seriously just uncovered the blue diamond from Titanic. Then I placed it on my camera and started shooting away (cue Captain Jack Sparrow's Theme song). It took me a bit to get used to but I think we're going to be great friends =). On another note, I love photo booths and think they're so much fun, so I thought why not make one at home? Enjoy and I wish you a happy happy Easter!!
Who doesn't like mustachies?
Beautiful Spring Tulips

Oh those eyes!