{personal} get your green on

I've been playing around with my new juicer and this green juice was too pretty not to photograph!


1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup pineapple
2 green apples


{personal} descanso gardens part 4

Plant life from the Descanso Gardens in classic black and white. I secretly had to resist turning every single picture I took that day into black and white (especially the tulips). It's always such a hard choice choosing between black and white or color!

You can view the rest of my pictures from Descanso Gardens here.


{personal} descanso gardens part 3

The grounds of the Descanso Gardens featured a few ponds teaming with giant koi. I loved watching the crescent curves of their bodies as they glided through the water.

You can view the rest of my pictures from Descanso Gardens here.


{personal} descanso gardens part 2

Some more pictures from our trip to Descanso Gardens. The camellias were just as beautiful as the tulips. In fact, the tiny little dots of unopened buds were my favorites from the whole day!

You can view the rest of my pictures from Descanso Gardens here.


{personal} descanso gardens part 1

A few weeks ago my (future) sister-in-law called me to let me know that the tulips were in bloom at Descanso Gardens, a botanical garden in Los Angeles. I couldn't resist hopping in my car and heading over! There were so many tulips, and in such a breathtaking array of vivid colors! Stay tuned for more pictures from the day...


{looking back} shower curtain shenanigans

I shot these during my second semester of college when I was first getting into digital photography. I remember taking out one of the digital cameras from school so that I could work on an assignment. I was messing around with it, learning the camera, taking test shots in my dorm room. I remember being so excited when I took these - they reminded me of some sort of UFO. November 2005.


{personal} los angeles warehouse

This past week I had the opportunity to shoot some photos for a local band. I'll share them when I can, but for now here are some shots from behind the scenes. We shot in this really awesome warehouse in the Los Angeles Arts District - such a dream location and such wonderful light!


{for sale} in the shop

New prints are available in my Etsy shop! You can browse my shop here or view each image by clicking on the links below:

1. The Cemetery
2. Ocracoke Lighthouse
3. Palm Trees
4. Still Life with Eggs Number 2
5. Legion of Honor Number 1
6. Legion of Honor Number 3
7. Golden Gate Bridge Number 4
8. Legion of Honor Number 2
9. Conservatory of Flowers Number 2


{personal} southern california storm part 4

More rain...


{personal} southern california storm part 3

More rainy photographs from the storm that hit us here in Southern California.


{personal} southern california storm part 2

It's so cozy in our apartment...

Honestly, I'm loving the rain. I miss the thunderstorms that frequent the east coast where I grew up. One of my favorite things to do is stay inside on a rainy day and curl up with a good book.


{personal} southern california storm part 1

It never rains here in Los Angeles. In fact, I count on one hand the amount of times it's rained since we moved here six months ago. But after dealing with forest fires (which fortunately haven't affected us) and California's worst drought in a hundred years, we are now being tormented by heavy rains. It's been raining off and on for three days, but there doesn't seem to be any chance of the storm clearing. Luckily, I haven't had to go to work for the past three days. Instead, I've been hibernating with a few good books and eating grilled cheese and tomato soup as I safely chronicle the storm's progress from our window.


{personal} goleta butterfly grove

On New Year's Day Sean and I headed to the Goleta Butterfly Grove with his brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. The grove is where thousands of monarch butterflies migrate for a few months each year. They nestle in the grove of this one wooded area and hang in clusters from the branches. According to previous visitors, the monarchs usually put on quite a magical show with thousands of butterflies hanging and fluttering all around you... This year wasn't so spectacular. But if you looked very closely, you could see clusters of butterflies hanging onto the branches! I've never seen so many butterflies in one small space, so it was still very cool to witness.


{personal} screen shot

A view outside our apartment window. The play of light on the Verdugo Mountains and the gradient in the sky as the sun sets are always so beautiful. I'm loving southern California...


{personal} chalkboard snowflakes

We have a chalkboard wall in our kitchen, so I drew some snowflakes! I love Christmas and I'm really enjoying decorating our tiny apartment. We have our four-foot tree up and decorated, stockings hung, snowflakes on the wall, wrapping paper framed as art, and presents already under the tree.