I love Portland. Thankfully, my best friend lives there and I can visit her whenever I want now that I'm back on the west coast! We made a quick trip up to Seattle on one of my recent trips up north...and we managed to find farmers markets in both cities! I also fell in love with a maple spice latte at Sisters Coffee...I want to learn how to recreate that magical cup o' joe.
I can't believe it's been two months since I completed my cross country roadtrip...I'm almost done editing my thousands of photos. I am super excited to share some of the greatest experiences I've had in my life! Here's a placeholder until then...
My mother was born and raised in Lima, Peru and last summer I had the opportunity to accompany her on a reunion trip to South America. She and I stole away for a weekend and visited Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba) and Machu Picchu. It was definitely one of my most favorite and memorable trips. Here are just a few shots...I'm backlogged on all of my editing, so this was a delight to process :)
After over 4 years in this amazing city...it is time to say goodbye. There are so many memories in the buildings, streets, parks, and subways, that it's hard to imagine anywhere greater than NYC.
In my 5 years in NYC, I never made it to Coney Island. I knew that this was one iconic New York spot that I couldn't miss, so I grabbed a friend, and set off for a few hours. We went to the aquarium, though they didn't have polar bears, their jellyfish sufficed for me. We went to the Original Nathan's Hot Dogs...and cruised the boardwalk. It was definitely a life experience, the people, the sounds, the sights...everything.
It's Spring Break for NYC public schools, so I did what any other school child would do...go to the movies. And, indeed, it is what EVERY school child and their mom did. Granted, I went and saw the new animated movie, Rio, where the average audience age was 6 at my theater. I sat in the back row, laughed throughout the movie...alone, and reminisced over my trip to Rio and South America a couple of years ago. I am constantly amazed by digital animation and its ability to capture the true essence of a place. After getting home from that movie, I decided to go through my 2,000 photos of Argentina and Brazil, and re-edit and downsize them. This is what it came down to, a collaboration of my family's cameras and a mixture of the sights. Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Cristo, Sugar Loaf, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, El Calafate...the list goes on.
After a quick trip to San Francisco a couple of weekends ago, I fell in love with the city. The weather was amazing, the sun was out every day, and I got to see lots of old friends. I took as many photos as I could, and was really excited with the outcome. Most of my touring was done by car, so some of these shots were taken while driving... My only frustration with the city is that it's not as fun to say as San Diaaaaaagggoooo ( via Anchorman). If someone can say San Francisco like that, then I'll be sold. But til then, I will continue saying San Diaaaaaaggggoooooo whenever I'm there. Thank you, Will Ferrell.
As many know, Central Park has been my backyard for the last few years. I am incredibly lucky to have a ginormous park with countless cool things to do in it right infront of my building. This spring season has been a bit late, later than what I'm used to, and I started to worry that I would miss the cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are quite possibly the most beautiful types of trees to stumble upon. They have the ability to turn your frown upside down, and though they only last a couple of weeks, their presence is noted by all. I was able to spot them across the reservoir, infront of the Guggenheim museum, and knew that if I didn't photograph them now, the flowers may fall before I could go again. I took a nice long walk through the park, and noticed the many varieties of flower that littered the paths and park areas. The trees are still struggling to grow leaves, but the flowers are doing a great job of keeping the park alive. Another favorite of mine are magnolia trees; their color and size of flower are just so impressive.
Enjoy some springtime glory!
About a year ago, I was perusing a friend's Facebook photos and noticed a photo from a wedding he attended. I clicked on the link to the photographer, Heather Kincaid, and spent the next few hours reading all of her blogposts. I was intrigued, someone my age, having that much fun, taking gorgeous photos...I had to know more! She referenced her good friend and fellow photographer, Meg Perotti a lot...so I spent another day reading her blog from start to finish; coincidentally, Meg went to the same high school that my best friends mom teaches at, and even had her as a teacher. I added them to my google reader, and kept up to date with their blogposts. A few months later, Heather started blogging about a trip she took with a bunch of photographers...A Traveling Heart, they called themselves. I immediately added them all to my google reader, and spent the next year feeling more inspired and excited about pursuing photography as a career, instead of a hobby. One of the girls, Mary Frances of Floataway Studios, became a fast favorite of mine. I watched all of her videos, gawked over her photos, and just plain admired this girl. When she tweeted that she'd be in NY in April (this month) I responded to her...and then she replied back...and so on for a few weeks. She was coming to NY with 3 other female photographers, all of whom's blogs I followed, Nessa of Nessa K Photography, Julie of Julie Harmsen Photography, and Jill of Jill DeVries Photography. And, they would all be staying with me.
Mary and I skyped a week before they arrived, I felt like I had known her forever, she had such a sweet disposition and was incredibly personable...it's hard to get that feeling through video chat, but she did.
The terms were, they could stay with me, and in return they would photograph me. I have no professional photos of myself, and what better way to get that out of the way, than to have 4 professional photographers take them? There is no better way. We had such an awesome time together, touring the city, photographing everything, and even bowling, dancing, and rocking out at the Brooklyn Bowl on a stormy Tuesday night. We ran in the rain for 15 minutes to the nearest subway...soaking, but laughing the entire way. The rest of that night was unforgettable, and I will cherish that memory.
One of the places we visited was the Ace Hotel and Stumptown Coffee Roasters, both gorgeous places to shoot...My favorite was the basement of the Ace, it was like a retro music basement from the 70's.
Mary also made this amazing stop motion video of their time here...I make a small cameo in the last 10 seconds, jumping up behind her :)
Here are some of the photos I took this week:
My apartment view is of the reservoir in Central Park...since I face East, I get to see the sunrise every morning. This is both a good and bad thing, the good thing is that it's always breathtakingly beautiful, the bad part is, I'm waking up around 6 am. When I am not in a rush to work, I stop, recognize how lucky I am, and then shoot a few photos. These are some of the stockpiled photos I have taken in the past few weeks...
A few days ago, I got the opportunity to photograph a hair presentation at Bumble & Bumble's huge downtown location. Bumble & Bumble hairstylist, Tashina Tantalos, had to give her final presentation to a huge audience of acclaimed hairstylist and peers. When Tashina and I spoke before the shoot, she informed me that her theme would be "hippie, psychadelic, seance..." three adjectives I would not normally use in the same sentence, so I was eager to see what she had planned. She had four models, all displaying a unique hair style and ensemble. I love these shots, I think of old school psychadelic glamour when I see them. Thanks Tashina for having me document your special day!