Sunday, January 19, 2014

Wild Geese


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

-Mary Oliver


Monday, October 07, 2013

And it rained

Found here.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

4 Years



Four years, we've filled them up with goodness. Headed to the coast to soak in some quiet time by the sea. Photo by Sarah Neal.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Trouble

 found here.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dream Living // Houseboat


That last picture has everything I want. Rain on the water, a dock, a body of water out your window. Or in this case, outside your wall of glass. Via Inthralld. Alternatively, you could go to Berlin rent it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

America's Best Idea


I love this image. Found here.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Business of a Failed DIY Photo Booth... and 10% Off!

E and I at a wedding we shot last year, looking fantastic.

When we were planning our wedding back in 2009 I really wanted to make a photo booth happen at our reception. I loved the idea of all of our friends clicking away at the camera and having fun pictures to share and remember all of the faces we love by. The problem was, we were planning in 3 months and had absolutely no time to figure out how to make one work and what to use. So, when the day came, it ended up being a tripod set up in a corner sporting my old point and shoot, a couple chairs... and a dead battery.

Fast forward almost four years later. I have my own photography business, and people ask me all the time if I offer photo booths. My automatic answer is "no!" "maybe in the future!" or "I'd be happy to refer you to someone else!" Aside from my silly fear that history will repeat itself and I'll fail miserably, it's not that hard to make a successful booth.

So, when a company recently got in touch with me asking if I'd review one of their products... and it just so happened to be a portable photography backdrop... it was just too perfect to pass up. I had been keeping my eye out for one that would be lightweight and easy enough to lug around. It also needed to be able to hang any of my hand crafted backdrops that will (someday, when I make them) look amazing. And since the back drop is obviously the most important thing in a photo booth, minus the camera and flash system, I figured it's the perfect place to start. And The LA Shop pulled through. They quickly sent me the backdrop, which compacts down way smaller than I expected and is super easy to put together. I set it up fairly quickly the first time, and now that I've done it once I figure it'll take me under 5 minutes to do again. The kit includes clamps to hold the fabric which makes it way easier than I expected and quick to adjust. It also extends to 10 feet wide, which is perfect for large groups of weddings guests/college buddies trying to squeeze into one photo. Once you break it down it tucks away nicely in a little carrying case that can be slung over your shoulder, which is perfect for me when I'm trying to haul all my gear out in one load. It's sturdy, efficient, and simple. Not much else needed!

If anyone is interested in a full post explaining an easy DIY photo booth setup, let me know in the comments or via email, and I'll put one together! In the meantime, if you're looking for a good spot to get photo gear and more (so much more), head on over to The LA Shop and use the coupon code "BLOGGERS" they graciously extended to all my lovely readers.

If I'm successful, hopefully I'll have many more images to share... which might not neccessarily be a good thing.

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Thailand // Elephants

A few images from our stay at the Elephant Nature Park. To see and learn more you can head over to my photography blog. This place was amazing, if you ever have the opportunity it's worth making a visit happen. So many rescued beauties, it was a pretty powerful experience.
 














Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Without Warning



I wish I could have been at Crater Lake when the northern lights hit a few days ago. It's one of the most beautiful things you could ever watch, and I can never get enough. More found here.

From the man behind the magic above:

"I drove to Crater Lake National Park on the night of May 31, 2013 to photograph the Milky Way rising above the rim. I’ve waited months for the roads to open and spring storms to pass, so I could spend a solitude night with the stars. Near 11pm, I was staring upward towards a clear night sky when suddenly, without warning, an unmistakable faint glow of the aurora borealis began erupting in front of me. I quickly packed up my gear, hiked down to my truck, and sped to a north facing location. With adrenaline pumping, I raced to the edge of the caldera, set up a time-lapse sequence, and watched the northern lights dance until sunrise. The moon rose around 2am and blanketed the surrounding landscape with a faint glow, adding depth and texture to the shot. The last image in the sequence above shows the route of the International Space Station (ISS) which flew over at 2:35am."

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Campfire Skylight


Before we left Wrightwood last year we went camping for our anniversary. The spot was just up the road on a mountain behind the town, and we could look out and almost see our house beneath us. I'm happy we moved, but that's one place I'll regret not going to enough. It was perfect for starry night shots, and one of the most peaceful nights I had in the 2 years of living there. Can't wait for the weather to warm up again so we can get out and go on an adventure.
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