{looking back} world photo day

Happy World Photo Day! One hundred and seventy-seven years ago today (in 1839), the French Academy of Sciences first announced to the world the photographic technique known as the daguerreotype. In honor of this day, I thought I'd share these two photographs from the first roll of film that I processed and printed myself in the darkroom.

Southern Virginia. Circa 2004/2005.


{personal} toys in hollywoodland

Since moving to Los Angeles, my husband and I have been working on a fun little nothing sort of project. He's a collector of action figures and I'm a photographer. So we've collaborated by taking pictures of his toys at different filming locations around Los Angeles. It's been really fun! We have a few more ideas up our sleeves.

1. The Rocketeer, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
2. The Planet of the Apes, Point Dume State Beach, Malibu
3. Star Trek, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Santa Clarita
4. Star Trek, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Santa Clarita


{personal} holga goodness

Some more Holga goodness:

1. At the Corner of Oak Glen Road and Wilshire Shed Road while apple picking in 2015
2. My nephew's "mud spot" in his backyard (note all the toys)


{personal} around the apartment

Just a few pictures from around the apartment.


{personal} life is a highway

In the spirit of posting pictures from our old apartment, these are the same view just a little lower and to the right. The beautiful, loud, building-shaking, twelve-lane freeway. Amazing what cropping can do! It was still a good view though.


{personal} the view

This week marks one year living at our new apartment. Everything about it is so much better than our old place! It's more spacious (one bedroom instead of a studio), it's way cheaper (and I mean way cheaper), we have a landlord that oversees seven buildings rather than management that oversees several hundred, and, best of all, the rent wasn't raised! We feel so fortunate to have lucked out with this place and look forward to living here for years to come. The one downside: it certainly doesn't have the view that the old place had... I loved documenting the ever-changing sky and the way the light played on the mountains.


{personal} griffith observatory

This should really be more of a "looking back" post because these images are from almost two years ago and were taken the same time as these. It always take me a long time to get my Holga film processed, so I'm just now getting around to posting them.

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California.


{looking back} let them eat oranges

When I had my full-time job at the printing company in Virginia I had full access to a photography studio with backdrop and strobe lights and soft-boxes. Oh how I miss those days when there would be no projects and I could work on my own stuff. Not sure if I was technically supposed to do that, but no one ever said anything. I miss those days of laying awake at night with an idea in my head and I could actually see it to fruition (no pun intended).

Circa January 2009.


{personal} valentine's day carnations

My husband surprised me a few days early for Valentine's Day this year by giving me these beautiful carnations! Their burst of color made me so happy. I wish I could have a bundle of fresh flowers sitting on the dining table all the time.


{for sale} something new

I'm trying a little something new by introducing jewelry to my Etsy shop. I was inspired by my mother who makes jewelry and my mother-in-law who loves tea and who was the first recipient of this sweet little necklace. I stumbled across some adorable little charms and so I have a few more ideas for other themes. We'll see how it goes! For now, this tea lover necklace is available to purchase via this link.

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis