Yearly Archives: 2012

Birthdays & New Beginnings…

Wow, wow, wow-ee, wow… it has been awhile.  A good, long while.

I have no apology, only a small explanation as to my absence.  I was done burnt out, people.

Seriously, I needed a break.  From photography.  From computers.  From boredom.  From stress.  From life.  I needed to unplug for a bit.  So that’s what I did.  I put the photo business on hiatus and got a regular 9-5 job again.  I go to work Monday through Friday and every two weeks, I bring home that steady paycheck from The Man.  You know what?  It feels good.  It’s nice knowing that I’m going to be able to eat that week and grab a beer from time to time and maybe afford to pick up something at the farmer’s market.  It’s nice to focus on my own life and nurture my own relationships for a change instead of always thinking in terms of “clients” and hustling for that next job.  Things were bleak for awhile after the move and I had to just step back and take a deep breath and….. exhale.

You know what?  It turns out that was exactly what I needed.  These days, I’m excited to pick up a camera again.  I’m slowly getting back into the photography world by freelancing for a local studio, second shooting for friends (old & new), and booking a very, very small number of weddings of my own.  After traveling to Yellowstone last month, I’m restless for the next trip, so I can photograph new faces and places to my heart’s content.  I’m meeting some amazing people and I’m at a place again where I feel I can empathize and connect with them.  I feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and re-inspired.  Gosh darn it… I think I’m happy.

As I ease back into the blogging world, I figured I would share a few photos from my low-key, but absolutely-perfect-in-every-way birthday.  An awesome spaghetti dinner, a beautiful homemade cake, and someone special to fuss over me for a day… and let it spill over into the weekend.  Here’s to another year and a new beginning!  xoxoxo

A Shift in Priorities…

This space has been so quiet lately…. not because I don’t want to share, but because things have changed so, so much, I’m not even sure where to begin.  I moved to Portland a year ago… this weekend was my 1 year anniversary.  It’s been incredibly hard to leave San Diego behind and I miss my family and friends terribly.  Besides being lonely, I’ve also been broke, bored, restless, sad, conflicted, introspective, giddy, content, happy, independent, and adventurous.  The spectrum of experiences in the past year has been vast and it’s made me a stronger, better person for having gone through it.  It’s also shifted my priorities to a degree I never could have imagined, even just one short year ago.  While I may or may not elaborate on all of those experiences in this space, I do want to make my stories and photos here more personal… less about work and marketability and more about life and living it.

And in that light, here is a small snippet from this afternoon.  A bit of peace found in a small Sunday moment.  xoxoxo

Friday Favorites // #6

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last Friday Favorites installation.  Sorry ’bout that, yo…

I’m moving!  I’ll miss living in the country and being on a first-name-basis with the chicken-folk at the feed store, but I am excited about living closer to the city and having a guestroom so y’all can come crash at my place!  I’m also excited about having a new space to decorate.  Right now, I am in love with blue and indigo.  This palette is providing me with inspiration and I consider this wall near perfection.  Now, which wall to paint first?

If someone asked me my favorite color, I would show this photo.  Or this palette.  Man-oh-man, these colors make me happy.  I guess even moving 1100 miles away, you can’t take the San Diego out of the girl.  What’s your favorite color?

This collection of photos makes me want to start planning for summer, pronto.

I have a special place in my heart for Wes Anderson movies… I love the quirky charm.  Which means I was super excited to see this trailer!  Who’s with me?

If you know me, then you know I love words.  I spent some time this week going through a notebook where I’ve been saving all kinds of quotes and poems.  I’d love to make something like this as a way to display some of them in my home.

Though print magazines will always be my first love, this online zine is definitely worth taking a look through.  Especially since the featured house tour is so swoon-worthy.

And finally, one of my very favorite things in the whole wide world is when I get film back from the lab.  Here are a few images from a sweet session with two dear friends and their little girls…  xoxoxxo

Discomfort // NW Industrial Portland

A few months ago, I took a photo walk with my friend, Ben.  I challenged myself to do something completely different… to break out of that zone.

Canon EOS-3 35mm

85mm f/1.8

1 roll of B&W film (Tri-X, I believe.)

None of my favorite, go-to gear.  Gritty.  Industrial.  Urban.  So totally out of my element, that I’m still not sure how I feel about them.



I can’t wait to do it again.

Seaside, Oregon + a Very Happy 2012!

I was so happy to kick 2011 to the curb and usher in the new year at the Oregon coast….  Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy 2012!