Catchy, light, summery days kind of album. Best listened through from start to finish (Redux version), the songs blend together like a soundtrack to one of the happiest, most productive days of your life. It's been getting me through long days of editing and trips into the city, almost stress free. Visit their website here.
Listen to one of their most popular remixed and listened to songs here:
And a little blurb worth reading about some ridiculous censorship and the song listed above, here. (The video could be a little more creative, but I guess everyone enjoys their camera time.) Have a wonderful, productive Wednesday!
One year ago we taught Tucker Blue Ribbon how to swim. Cool water, hidden swimming holes, the North Carolina beauty. That's the part I miss when I think of Asheville. I don't know how much fun Tucker had, but we had a blast.
Somewhere we must have gone wrong though, because unfortunately he now prefers to do this.
Cuties. Tell me what I'm supposed to do with that.
Notice anything different? August and After has a completely new look! I've been wanting to change the blog for awhile now but hesitated at the thought of people not recognizing what I've had up for over 2 years. This morning I decided it was time and whipped this up... and I like it! Same color scheme, just without the cheesy graphics and a little bit more 'me'. If you have suggestions or anything looks funky on your screen, please feel free to let me know! For now, it's a breath of fresh air and is inspiring me to blog more often. Which is great, right? I knew you'd say that.
So, lately it's been hot in Wrightwood. Hotter than I thought it would get and way hotter than people told me it would get. That's no big deal when you have AC and plenty of fans for airflow, but we unfortunately we don't have either. When I came across this idea, I immediately began thinking of how I could convince my landlord that a huge stock tank was absolutely necessary in our backyard. The 5,000 gallons of water? No worries, we'll water the all the neighbor plants when we change it. Yes, we will haul it out with 5 gallon buckets. No, we wont dump it. Heavy? No, not at all. Liability risk? Never heard of it.
Can you imagine how wonderful this would be to slip into after a long, hard day's work? Dying right now. Dying.
Lily at bigBang studio posted this gem which is located in Joshua Tree, and said her friends purchased a short grain silo from a place in LA and sprayed it with black rubber lining. They threw together a filter and chlorine (their first try with salt water didn't work out), and wha-la! The perfect pool. At over 5'6" deep, it's tall enough to swim, stand, dive for pennies, hold a tasty drink, and stay comfortable for at least 4 hours... which is all completely necessary if you're going to have a pool. I did a quick google search and it looks like a lot of people have created similar setups, just using stock tanks instead of silo's. Cheaper, less water, a little more practical... but definitely not as cool.
This is exactly why we need to buy a house, so we can do whatever we want when the fancy strikes us. This would be first on my list, followed by at least 3 hammocks, a full outdoor patio set, bonfire pit with hand built benches, and a wood burning hot tub. Then we could start on the inside. It's obviously all about the priorities.
This is what we've been doing lately, and as you can see in the first picture, I have the camera glued to my face like usual. The course is going to open to the public in 10 days, which means Evan (above, chillin' in the middle of the line) is working 14 hour days and I'm figuring out the photo system and editing sessions for my own clients. My world right now revolves around cameras and ziplines. We all, including Tucker boy, will be happy when things settle down and we have some time to chill together. But in the meantime, it's a pretty badass business to be adding into the LA area and we couldn't be more excited to watch it explode. Plus, I get to hang out with these girls, who just so happen to be my sanity. (By the way, recognize the middle one? The magic hair doer? And the one on the right? The pretty face of the first engagement and wedding I shot? I try to keep my friends around for awhile.)
I call that one 3 girls and a zipline, it seems fitting. Oh, and did I tell you we're getting a billboard on Sunset Blvd? Well, we're getting a billboard on SUNSET BLVD. Surreal! Annnd, did I tell you that Wrightwood is only 60 miles from downtown LA and 2 hours from San Diego? So if you live in SoCal, you have no excuse not to come see me and see this craziness I'm talking about. And do it soon, because we're 20% off for the first few weeks. Believe me, if I could get all my lovely readers on for free I wouldn't hesitate, but this will have to work for now. Check it out here!
Hope you're all having a wonderful start to the first week of summer!
I grew up spending every single day outside in the fresh air for 8 years. Now I'm a photographer striving to capture the beauty I see in the world around me, but spend most of my time editing images on a computer screen. I love documenting people, the love in their lives, the excitement of diving into a new journey, using how I see the world to give them images that they will relive those moments by, but it's easy to forget to also document my life. Sometimes it's good to just get out, breathe the fresh air, and choose the things I want to capture, exactly how I want to capture them.
Evan came home last night, grabbed Tucker and I, and drove us up to a local spot called Inspiration Point. Usually you can see for miles, both the desert and out to the suburbs of LA, but yesterday evening we were surrounded by clouds rolling around us as we walked through the trails. It was beautiful, and made me feel like I could just breathe again. Relax. See clearly. Remember why I do what I do. Fall in love with it all over again. And spend time with my boys. That's something I never want to take for granted, and a pretty good thing.
It's been another crazy few weeks. I'm sitting here at the kitchen table with my behemoth computer in front of me just moved from my studio back into the house (since internet finally came available!), sipping a Corona, listening to Pandora's 'Indie Dance' and looking through photos I've recently taken. Relaxing. I went back to Alaska for my sister's graduation from the university, and it was so good to be back in that state. It was a ladies trip, including only my mom, grandma, myself, and my sis. We explored the forests, drove through mountains, slept snug in a cabin by a river, played card games, sipped on drinks, ate amazing local food, and spent time together... something that four women in four different states rarely get to do. My sister and I had time to just chill and talk in her little dry cabin that sits on the highest point in Anchorage over looking the city, a tiny red structure shared by her man and their oversized puppy dog. It made me miss sharing my life with her so much, something that we really haven't been able to do in a long time because of the thousands of miles that separate us. A week after arriving home, I hopped back on a plane and flew over to Colorado. I shot my cousin's wedding and celebrated the love and family that he had found. Now it's go time for the canopy course, Evan's working crazy hours and will begin to train the new guides and I've been figuring out the photography system that will be best for the company to use. On top of that I'm editing the past few weddings and portrait sessions and getting my new website ready to launch. It's good, through all the busyness, it feels like we're emerging into the light from a very long and dark winter. Although the work will continue to pile on I feel more revived than I have the entire winter. I'll now be able to work from home, be on the course when I need to help out, take care of Tucker dog, and help Evan by doing more of the domestic chores... something I've never really had the desire or time to do. And I'm finally starting to embrace Wrightwood, strange little town as it is. Which is good, since we might be here for awhile.
Here's a handful of pictures from my trip to give you a glimpse of where I was. I hope that you too have started to feel the warmth of the summer light, and that the adventures in your life have been good and made you feel alive. It's the feeling to chase.