{looking back} quad cam

When I was in college and still living in Florida, my boyfriend (now soon-to-be husband) bought me a little plastic camera called a "quad cam" that takes a sequence of four images on one negative. I took these the week of my college graduation when my family came to visit. The top four are from the airport and the bottom two are from the hotel.

The bottom one gets to me. It wasn't taken at the same moment, but it brings back the memory of saying an extremely tearful goodbye to Sean. We'd only been dating nine months and I'd decided to move back home to Virginia after college to live rent-free and job search. We were so in love and had no idea when we would be together again. I remember saying goodbye to him, both of us crying as I drove away as he stood in his front yard. I drove the fifteen or twenty minutes to the hotel my family was staying at. I'd calmed down a little by then. I was walking into the hotel as they were walking out and I burst into tears as soon as I saw them. Turns out it would be four years until we lived together again. But we made it!

June 2007.


{looking back} winter walk

When I lived back home in Virginia, I used to go on morning walks with my dad and our dog. These are some film shots I took during one icy morning in early 2005; six months before heading off to college to get my degree in photography! Circa January 2005.

PS. You can see our dog, Cynthia, in the fourth picture down. She was such a good dog...


{personal} pasadena city hall

City Hall, Pasadena, California.


{personal} the getty villa

A few months ago I spent a sunny afternoon oohing and awing over the architecture at The Getty Villa. Here are some very high contrast photographs from that day. I really do miss the lovely, diffused lighting of foggy San Francisco; it's taking me awhile to get used to sunny Los Angeles.

PS. The last photograph has a neat sort of yin and yang thing going on, don't you think?


{music} rose's pawn shop kickstarter campaign

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to photograph and assist in the making of Rose's Pawn Shop's Kickstarter video. They are raising money to release their third album. Please help support them by checking out the video below and visiting their Kickstarter page here!


{personal} los angeles

From the rooftop of a building looking toward downtown Los Angeles.


{personal} around the apartment

Views from around our apartment: the view from our window overlooking the freeway, and the view of the pool area.


{personal} the happiest place on earth

Having grown up on the east coast, I've been to Disney World a couple of times. But this was my first time going to Disneyland. (In my honest opinion, Disney World is much better. I don't know if it's because of a familiar fondness I have for the one I grew up with, or because the designers got it "better" on the second try.)

1. Sleeping Beauty's Castle
2. Sleeping Beauty's Castle
3. Details from Sleeping Beauty's Castle
4. The back of Sleeping Beauty's Castle
5. New Orleans
6. Tomorrowland


{san francisco} holga series 37

A week before we moved from San Francisco, my friends treated Sean and I to dinner at the Ferry Building where we ate our very first oysters (I'm officially a fan!).

And that's it. These are my last Holga pictures from San Francisco. Hopefully I'll visit again someday and take more! But for now you can view the series in its entirety here.


{san francisco} holga series 36

Some random shots from the city:

1. At the corner of Beale and Mission in Downtown San Francisco
2. Looking south at the corner of Sacramento and Hyde
3. Looking west at the corner of Sacramento and Hyde
4. Looking toward the Pacific Gas and Electric building from the corner of Front and Pine

You can view the rest of my San Francisco Holga series here.


{san francisco} holga series 35

My most recent Holga film went on a trip around the country: I sent it to be developed in Florida, they then sent it to my old address in San Francisco, it was sent back to them in Florida, and finally made it's way back to me in Los Angeles. It's funny to look back on now, but at the time I was freaking out that I'd lost three rolls of film forever. It would have been especially sad because my last pictures of living in San Francisco and my first pictures of living in Los Angeles were on there.

But they were found. And after eight months of leaving that beautiful city (I can't believe it's already been that long), I'm finally able to share my last photographs. The ones above were taken back in August on my route to work. This is what I saw almost every day for two years.

1. After getting off the Presidio Shuttle and at the beginning of my mile walk to work, with the Palace of Fine Arts in the distance
2. Walking through Lucasfilm and ILM (Industrial Light and Magic)
3. Williams-Sonoma, where I worked, at the corner of Chestnut and Fillmore

You can view the rest of my San Francisco Holga series here.


{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.