Exploring in Newport Beach, California. This is what happens when you take your Contax 645 and a few rolls of expired Agfa 100.
I have been wanting to visit Yosemite for years now. My last trip there, I was 10, so I didn't remember much besides the knowledge that I needed to go back. It was quite a long trek, but so worth it! We saw Redwood trees, and the most stunning landscapes. The entrance to the valley, is by far one of the most spectacular views, ever. I shot film and digital, and love both so much. One thing is for sure, you can definitely tell there's a drought in California, many of the rivers and lakes were almost dried up.
My first real vacation of the year was in September. I visited Sardinia, Italy and then made my way over to Spain for my cousin's wedding. I shot mostly film on this trip, threw in a few digital when I had to, but overall, I can say that Sardinia is a very photogenic island. The mixture of classic Italian foliage with desert-like blooms was overwhelming. And the light, oh the light. I only wish I had models to place in the shots because that would be real love right there. All film processed by RPL. You can purchase prints HERE.
You can purchase prints HERE.
I recently went on another Traveling Hearts Society trip. We went to Palm Springs, and had such a blast. These trips are intended to relax, have fun, and bond...all of which we did :) I went on a mini-trip to Joshua Tree with a few of the ladies, and though it was absolutely freeeeeezing, Em and Megan powered through it and modeled. I had never been to Joshua Tree, so it was pretty special driving through it and admiring all of California's natural beauty. I am an avid landscape photographer, and this spot was definitely one of my favorites I've visited, I can't wait to go back...this time when it's not 40 degrees! I shot mostly film, but there are a few digitals mixed in.
For those that don't know...I started my own camera strap line. Cinta is a 100% leather, super comfortable strap line made for use with film and digital cameras. Online store coming this spring. Thank you Megan for modeling for me!
I feel so blessed to have been able to transition into full time photography and to have met so many amazing photographers. Megan and Mary came to visit a few weeks ago, so I made sure to take them to some of my favorite spots in San Francisco. We started our day at Brenda's, amazing beignets to power us through the day. I wanted to shoot only film throughout the day, and am still so excited by the results! Our next stop were the Sutro Baths because they are so fun to shoot around, they're bordered by the petrified forrest (I made that part up, but the trees do look scared), and the weather is always a mystery until you get there. Lastly, we headed to Tartine for some pastries, a rendezvous in Dolores Park with Gladys, and then a quick tour of the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park. All in all, a very successful day in the city by the bay.
The second half of my trip to Spain over the holidays was spent in Madrid. I spent most of my time with family, and only brought the camera out a bit. I knew I wanted to capture some of the holiday magic that Madrid is so good at displaying, so I snapped some night shots that make me super happy. We went to the Mercado de San Miguel, a favorite of Anthony Bourdain. It's right by the Plaza Mayor, where everyone was buying lotto tickets for new year, and in the busiest section of the city. A few hours before my flight home, I spent some time in the Parque el Retiro, Madrid's version of Central Park. It was a perfect day, relaxing and warm, and I was able to get some shots of the last leaves of fall. Most of my landscape photography is for sale, be sure to check it out if you need some new prints!
I consider Spain to be a second home. It's my happy place, and also where half of my family lives. I've been traveling there at least once year since I was born, and am always extra pumped when that happens to be during the holiday season. This past Christmas we spent the holidays in Segovia and Madrid, and I brought my camera along to capture the amazing landscapes. Landscape photography is one of my true passions, much of my work is for sale online, and I'm always looking for new places to shoot. My uncle has a gorgeous estate in Segovia with the most beautiful outdoor settings. We spent Christmas day walking around the country side, and then ventured off into the city. The aqueduct in Segovia is a Roman aqueduct and one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments. It is definitely the tourist attraction of Segovia.
My cousin Beroiz, is a successful jewelry maker in Spain, she's phenomenal. She was recently interviewed by Cosmopolitan magazine.
This is one of my favorite shots of all time. The black and white. The sheep. The crosses.