{looking back} flower bunch

It's still so hot here in California! Why is it 100 degrees? It's supposed to be autumn!

Looking back to six years ago when I lived at home in Virginia. October 2010.


{looking back} the huntington gardens

Looking back to two years ago when I visited the The Huntington Gardens for the first time with my sister-in-law, niece and nephew. I've been another time since with my husband who could spend all day sitting in the Japanese Gardens. They are so peaceful.


{for sale} new in the shop

Remember a few months ago when I introduced something new I was working on and how I had a few other ideas? Well, here they are! For lack of better words, they are necklaces that represent different hobbies or loves: drinking tea, taking pictures, listening to music, being in nature, gardening, sewing, and traveling or teaching. They are available to purchase in the jewelry section of my Etsy shop. You can choose from six different colors of gems, or choose no gem at all. Enjoy!


{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.