{looking back} blurry snow

Blurry snowy pictures taken in Southern Virginia, February 2008. I hope you are all enjoying this magical time of year!


{for sale} 2016 photo calendar

It's almost that time of year again! Time to start thinking of a 2016 calendar! I've been offering these photo calendars in my shop for the past six years and I introduce a new collection of my favorite photographs each year, themed around the magic of darkness and light, textures and sub-textures, nature and architecture, landscapes and dreamscapes. I hope you like this one!

Each calendar set features 12 unbound sheets measuring 5x7 inches with images measuring 5x5 inches. They are perfect for sticking in a mirror or picture frame, tacking onto a bulletin board, or sliding into a book or day planner. The possibilities are endless! At the end of each month, if you wish, you can trim off the calendar section, leaving you with 12 ready-to-frame prints. The newest version is now available in my shop. Or you can view the Calendars section for the whole series!


{personal} halloween

My husband absolutely loves Halloween and has gotten me into the Halloween spirit more since I met him. Every year we decorate for Halloween and this year was our first in our new apartment. We have many more decorations, but these are a few of my favorites! I love adding to our collection each year and making it last as long as possible (we start decorating the first week of September). Happy Halloween!

PS. In continuation of our mutual love of LEGOs, we've collected almost all of the LEGO Minifigures Monsters Series (the trick-or-treating skeleton is my favorite).


{personal} the huntington gardens

Back in February we visited The Huntington gardens in San Marino. I'd been once before with my sister-in-law and niece, so I was excited to show Sean around, especially the incredibly colorful koi in the koi pond lined with copper pennies! It's such a beautiful and relaxing place. Sean said he could have spent the entire day sitting in the Japanese gardens listening to the waterfall...


{personal} still life with ranunculus part two

It's been awhile. Far too long. But I'm still taking pictures. Things are still going on. I have some photography adventures to share with you. But for now, here are a few more ranunculus shots from this past Valentine's Day.


{looking back} hands on

As I'm often saying in my looking back posts, I find that I love some of my photographs more with time. These photographs were taken way back during my first year of college. I had just received my first digital camera (a Canon point and shoot) a few months before for Christmas. I was sitting at my desk in my dorm playing around and taking snapshots of my hand in weird contorted positions. The lighting couldn't have been more unprofessional (the little built-in lamp under the shelf on my desk) but I'm so surprised by how well they turned out! The lighting is actually quite beautiful and soft, creating the perfect grey tones, and even though I couldn't adjust the aperture on my camera, the shallow depth of field in these images is perfect.

March 2006.


{personal} still life with ranunculus

Purple Valentine's Day ranunculus on my nightstand. They are making me happy.


{personal} valentine's day

Presented above are a few pictures of mine and my husband's Valentine's Day. Yes, that's right, it consisted of flowers, LEGOs, and diner food! Let me explain.

1. When I got home from work last night, Sean (and our teddy bear, Beary) gifted me with these beautiful flowers. Ranunculus are one of my absolute favorite flowers and purple is my favorite color. I hope they last!

2. We are both currently obsessed with LEGOs. In fact, both of our childhoods consisted of LEGOs. I have many fond memories of playing with them for hours and hours with my brother and sister. Currently, Sean and I are obsessed with the series of LEGO modular buildings. Sean actually gave me this little romantic date LEGO vignette a few weeks ago because he was afraid I would come across it online in my current LEGO craze. It's seriously the best Valentine's gift ever!

3. And then I gave Sean his gift early as well when he was having a particularly bad day. He's a huge fan of diners, drive-ins, and B-movies. We've both drooled over the vintage metal intermission signs (and Frosty Friend magnet) every time we go to Hobby Lobby. So, on Valentine's Day I made him our favorite sliders and homemade honey mustard sauce complete with fast food baskets, stainless steel condiment cups, soda fountain glasses (filled with his favorite banana milkshake), stainless steel straws, glass Coca-Cola bottles, movie candy, and his pick of B-movie to watch.

4. There is no picture to represent it, but we also saw a matinee of The Theory of Everything. It wasn't the perfect lighthearted romantic movie, but it was good!


{personal} the photographer on her wedding day

I never officially mentioned it here on the blog, but I got married!

As many of my readers know (from posting about getting engaged back in 2010 and moving across the country and finally being together in 2011), our wedding this past summer was the result of eight years of being together (four years spent long distance, four years spent being engaged, five years spent on the east coast, three years spent on the west coast), all of which culminated in a sort of last minute let's-just-go-to-a-courthouse-and-get-it-over-with wedding. However, as soon as we set the date and notified our families, so many of them made the effort to be there for our special day! So we ditched the courthouse plans and opted for a very simple wedding in a park near our home in California.

Not being ones to have something over-the-top and ridiculously expensive, we entered into the "planning" phase by not really having any plans at all. Instead, everything fell together so simply and perfectly... We had a small gathering on a perfect morning under the trees in Wildwood Canyon Park. We had beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres made by a friend (I always knew I wanted something purple, my favorite color). We had pictures and video taken by another friend. We had lunch reservations at The Castaway made by a sister (with an amazing view of the valley). We had an extremely delicious cake from Porto's picked up by a brother. We had the something old (my great-grandmother's engagement ring), the something new (my wedding dress from Anthropologie, the first store I tried), the something borrowed (shoes from my sister), and the something blue (twenty-nine pale blue stitches stitched into the lining of my slip in commemoration of the date).

And most importantly, we had family! I know it's cliché to say that your wedding day is perfect, but it really was. For the entire weekend, we couldn't have felt more loved or more blessed to have so many of our family members take the time and effort to fly across the country to be there. I tear up every time I look back through the pictures and recall the day. And of course I'm so happy to finally be married to this amazing man!


{personal} object vignette

At the moment I have this little vignette of items on our dining table. The composition of objects is making me very happy!

White picture frames from Pottery Barn.
Girl photographs by Caryn Drexl.
Plant photograph by me.
Glass tealight holder from IKEA.
The glass tower box was a gift from my brother and sister from Urban Outfitters.
The geo terrarium was a gift from my father-in-law and stepmother-in-law from Urban Outfitters.
The time travel ring was a gift from my husband from Etsy.
The cat statue was a gift from my parents many years ago.
The gold necklace was a gift from my paternal grandmother.


{personal} merry christmas

Merry Christmas! Here are some quick shots of our decorations around the apartment. Though it wasn't our first Christmas together, it was our first Christmas as husband and wife (hence the wedding ornaments from my mom and dad). Sean has a collection of mouse ornaments that his uncle gave him every year (though the artist mouse is mine). They remind me of my mom who loves mice and has her own collection of mouse ornaments; it's like having a little bit of home here in California.


{personal} snow day

Last week it was rainy and cold enough to snow in the mountains north of Los Angeles. So on my day off, my sister-in-law, niece, nephew and I travelled an hour north to the mountains in Frazier Park. It was the first time I'd seen snow in almost four years (and my nephew's very first time!) and it was so wonderful to see the snow-dappled mountains and pine trees. Of course, I thought my toes were going to fall off after about twenty minutes... But at one point I stood and looked around and realized that all I could hear was the sound of the wind.