Tuesday, April 21, 2009

brother and sister (part one)

Ok, so I realize that Easter was over a week ago. However, being on vacation really takes a lot of out me! :) Since my niece and nephew were dressed up for the occasion, I seized the moment to get a few shots of them doing what comes naturally: smiling and I had so much fun with them:



This is Ashley, aged 6. She was shy at first but eventually got comfortable with me following her with my camera:

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She lovvved this hat and I lovvved the shadows it cast on her pretty little face:


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This is 8-year old Justin who is ALWAYS smiling and is never shy:

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Ashley and Justin get along so well together. He surprised both of us by picking a flower for her and giving it to her. Awwww, what a gentleman! :)

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Hopefully, I'll get to post more photos of these kiddies as well as some new stuff I'm working on very soon! Hope everyone is having a great weekend~

Friday, April 10, 2009

hometown tourist

Well, I've been home for two weeks already and I can't believe how fast time is going. Abe and I still spend lots of time eating...however, we've also taken the time to join the gym, as well as purchasing the Wii Fit. Oh boyyyy, do we love it! I've spent a few days working on my posture and balance and my abs are still sore. Woo hoo!

Last week, we went to San Diego to visit some friends from college whom we haven't seen since last summer. It's funny how much people can change in a year...our old friends all have their own places, furnished in real furniture (not futons from Ikea or hand-me-down couches!). Two of our friends in particular have a real appreciation for insects and plantlife, which was awesome for me since I wanted to try out my faithful 18-200mm lens. So we went to a hidden canyon in SD and I shot away...

I also wanted to play with different editing styles on Lightroom so that's what I used in all of the photos:


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I liked this plant because it looked like a chili plant, but it was a type of blossom:

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This next photo was tricky...the ladybug was actually upside down, but I wanted her to be right-side-up for the photo. This reminds me that I need to rent a macro lens while I'm out here!

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Something about these rocks were intriguing...

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It's been so much fun visiting familiar faces with a new 'touristy' perspective. I love that I have a dslr to capture the things I might not have noticed in the past.
Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Reunited and it feels so goooood

I've been home for almost a week, and it's been wonderful. My days have been filled with chicken burritos, the gym, and lots of sleeping (in that order too, I think!). Which is why my blog has been pretty silent lately.

However, I have some little sessions coming up that I hope to post soon. And I'm hoping to attend some photography workshops while I'm out here as well.

So for now, here's a picture of my special kitty, Sembei. (Sembei means rice cracker in Japanese). She's an Abyssinian and Abe and I got her when we lived in Tokyo and we brought her with us to L.A. a couple of years ago but due to some international regulations, we were unable to bring her back to Japan with us. We were pretty devastated. Last summer when we came home, she completely ignored us and hissed at us whenever we tried to pick her up. It was pretty sad. Well, I can happily report that this trip home, she finally overcame her grudge against us and has been our sidekick on this trip. She even slept with me in the bed last night! Awwwww! It was nice to be reunited with Sembei. :)



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Hope everyone is having a great week!