Royal Wedding Fever?? I HAVE it! & Picture of the Week | Week 17

Tivo set for 1am recording? Check.

Will & Kate mug? Check.

Scones in the oven? Check.

5:30am wake up call? Check.

I have been so excited for this wedding and I can’t believe it’s finally here! My wonderful sister brought home this celebratory mug for me from England! With mug in hand, scones in the oven, and my tivo set I was ready to begin my morning entranced by the beautiful bride! Um, seriously stunning! And the trees in the church? Why didn’t I think of that! 

While I may have lost the prediction on her train, (i guessed 13 ft), I couldn’t be happier for this day to finally be here….anyone want to take the day off to enjoy the rest of the coverage??!

Thanks to Cupcakes & Cashmere for the reminder on the scones….Recipe for the Orange Cranberry scones can be found here


Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 16

Isn’t she looooove-ly (in Stevie Wonder singing voice)?! Best part of all, she is my sister. She is a fierce, beautiful, little bundle of compassion and love. She does not care what the rest of the world thinks about her decisions and in fact, I am not sure she even cares what she thinks about them. She is decisive (something I cannot even remotely relate to) and lives with that choice whether good or bad.  Although she is my little sister, she teaches me things she does not even know — such as thrill of living for the moment and not thinking about saving for tomorrow or the joy of messy Jeep hair.

As I write this, I know she is busy working studying for law school with her little pups by her side hoping to achieve what we all know is possible for her….Elle Woods glory! Entertainment Weekly said she is “blond, bubbly, and carries a a tiny Chihuahua…” and I am pretty sure they were talking about my sister (although we will swap out Bruiser for her lhasa apso and bullenese).

I love you sis and thanks for posing for this beautiful picture for me taken with FILM! 


Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 15

Opps, Friday came and went without a picture of the week because I was too busy enjoying a much needed trip home!  This is a picture I took of one of the fabulous pink sunsets we had last week —  pink is always a welcome color especially when it comes in the way of nature.


Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 12

Anyone know the name of this plant? Heck for all I know, this could even be a weed. I remember the day my Mom told me the yellow dandelions we carefully picked from the backyard and brought to her were really weeds. Each time bringing them to her in small bundles with our little hands and proud smiles.  She would find a little vase and carefully place them in water so they would last an extra two hours.  How did we not know that those were WEEDS?  More importantly, how did she not have the heart to tell us to stop bringing these WEEDS into her house?

Weed or no weed? I guess it doesn’t really matter because I still love the soft velvety texture and the creamy, muted tones of this plant and imagine somewhere kids are bringing these leaves to their Mom to show their love in the only way they know how…



Cayden | 5 month | Photoshoot


My Friday picture of the week goes to this adorable, little guy named Cayden. Last Sunday, I woke up to a gorgeous spring day and had the pleasure of spending my morning with this beautiful family. After seeing Queen Isabel’s photography session, Lisa and Brandon asked me to photography their adorable son, Cayden. Cayden is 5 months old and so cuddly and full of smiles.








Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 10 & [Tsunami Watch 2011 Plus in HD]

I headed down to the beach this morning to grab a Friday Picture of the Week. After about 15 minutes on the beach, I received a visit from the lifeguard who warned me that as a result of the earthquake in Japan the entire coast was being shut down due to tsunami warnings. Ah ha – that explained the closed parking lot in El Porto and the police office standing guard blocking access to the pier! Immediately I thought, wait, Ryan is running on the beach right now – will he know?! Turns out the surge wasn’t scheduled to hit for another 45 minutes, so all was good.

Although we didn’t see any surge, I decided one weird wave was definitely “the one” and videoed it!  After deciding that was “the wave”, I declared victory and we headed off start our work day.

* As for the title, you may only get that if you live in Southern California and have to watch “Storm Watch” on the doppler 7000 Plus in HD – thanks Channel 7!


Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 7

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Riding bikes? Nah, not for me.

Crusing the beach on a strand cruiser? Now that is something I can do! Although I did not grow up in Southern California, I have lived here long enough to learn a few cruising musts: 1) wear a bathing suit under whatever you are wearing; 2) grab your sunglasses; 3)  if you break a sweat you should probably slow down!

Enjoy the weekend!


Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 6

This week’s picture is not my usual style of soft, romantic, wedding, or flowers — but yes, instead I decided to photograph a glass of milk! I wanted to try and expand my technical skills and work with the shutter speed and flash.  Because I used a flash to capture this picture I could not put the camera on continuous shooting mode, so each time I attempted the splash down I only got one shot to get it right! I’m sure you are wondering, but this picture was attempt number four —  the other three I had great timing but I was working out the camera settings still!

Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 5

Ryan’s work schedule left us staying a few nights in the city.  enjoying each other.  the lights.  the energy.

My Friday picture of the week was taken on our walk to dinner. I wanted to capture the energy of the city while preventing Ryan from getting lost among the crowd, the buildings, and the lights.

The rest of the pictures were taken while walking around or from inside the California Club.

Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 3

This picture of the week business is much harder than I thought. I find Friday’s are just coming quicker and quicker and it’s only week 3! Since the days are still so short if I don’t photograph a picture on the weekend I am subject to photographing indoors or at night.

This picture of the tulips, a sweet present from Ry, was taken on our dining room table with no flash only our hideous, industrial, it-came-with-the-apartment ceiling light.  I used our favorite Nikkor 35mm lens at f/4, 1/50, ISO 1600.

Happy weekend to all!

Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 2

As you can probably tell, this picture was taken in Downtown LA. Some of the pedestrian bridges offer fantastic views of the streets below.  While this picture was taken during the day, I hope to bring my tripod one day and get a picture of same view at night.  Happy Friday!

Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 1

With the start of the new year, many photo enthusiasts like to start a 365 Project, which requires them to take a picture everyday! At this point, I do not have the time to create an interesting photograph everyday of the year (especially because I spend the best part of the day in a florescent lit office). So, instead I am going to try a 52 week project and will post 1 picture every Friday. So…….Ta-Da- here is my first picture!

While in Cambria, Ry and I decided to take  little drive around the town and Mark Epstein recommended this boat launching area near Moonstone Beach. It was raining so we both scrambled under the bridge to get some cover and I snapped this picture. I love the lighting and the  emotion of the black and white capture.