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Announcement time!

15 Jan

joshua tree w (3 of 10)Hello to my wonderful followers, all 200+ of you!  I just recently passed the 200 mark, and I was super excited but also have been very busy, and couldn’t figure out exactly how I should announce it/celebrate, so I didn’t post anything about it yet.  Today’s post is actually to announce something else… That my main website is now hosted with a different company, so this is no longer lysbleudesigns.com, and that website is different, although mostly the same.  I installed WordPress over there and imported everything from here over to there, but I am in process of updating the site, so some things will be changing.  My Hipstamatic photos are only available on here, not there.  I will be making all my posts over there though, and not really doing anything new here.  So, please GO THERE AND FOLLOW ME!!  The one thing I didn’t think about when switching everything is that now that I finally hit the lovely 200 follower mark, I am losing every single one of you and starting over at zero there.  BOOOOOOO!!  So please, please, please spread the love over to the new site!

I am going to try to repost my posts over there on here, so that I don’t abruptly cut everything off for you all, but I have not tried that yet so I cannot guarantee that it will work.  I think it should though, but just follow the new one now and you won’t have to worry about it! 🙂

I love you all and you are wonderful, thank you for your support here!

*I included a lovely photo from our recent trip to Joshua Tree, to further tempt you over to the new site, because I will be making a post there with more of those photos. 🙂

Huntington Beach

9 Oct

Surf City, USA!  One of my favorite beach towns.  I only spent a little bit of time there this trip, because I was just trying to take photos of surfers.  I got to capture a beautiful sunset too though!  I will most likely take more photos there in the future, since I love going there. 🙂

I suppose, for those of you that might travel there but have not yet, maybe you might like some recommendations on things?  I’m no expert on HB, but from what I do know, they have a Tuesday market thing, with a bunch of art and some farmer’s market type stuff also.  In addition, the surf shops have big sales, with many items 50% off.  I totally recommend going on a Tuesday. 🙂 They do have the sales other days too, but I’m not sure of the specifics on that.  Many weekends I think, possibly Fridays.  It’s a happening town. 🙂  Also, if you like sushi, I love Sushi on Fire!  That’s all for now, I have to explore it more myself 🙂

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News!! Exciting news!!

3 Jul
Here is a photo that I just printed to sell, to catch your attention :)

Here is a photo that I just printed to sell, to catch your attention 🙂

Alright, first off, I haven’t been doing much (well, anything really) for about a month.  I mean, photography/business-wise; I’ve been doing quite a lot of other things.  My husband came home from deployment a month ago, and I had a bunch of business craziness right before that, so I took a break to get ready for him to come home, and I guess I’ve been on vacation pretty much since then. 🙂  It’s about time to get going again, as I will hopefully be starting a new “chapter” (I hate clichés, but oh well) ASAP!  This also relates to my craziness a month ago, which leads me to…

I have been accepted into the Spanish Village Art Center at Balboa Park!! I applied in April-ish, and the jury was May 30, right after my RAW show, and right before my husband came home.  So I knew since then, but I just haven’t posted anything.  I am still waiting on one more thing so I can start selling there, which is maybe good that it has taken so long, so that I got my nice little break.  I did buy a couple more things to get my set-up prepared, so I worked a TINY bit, but I don’t really need to do anything else until I actually start selling photos there, so I’m just waiting on my last piece.  Hopefully it will come soon!  I’m REALLY hoping for next week, because I really want to get started out there!

For you San Diego people or people that are familiar with Balboa Park/Spanish Village, you probably understand how excited I am about this.  If you have no idea what it is, it is an AMAZING opportunity.  I posted before about how I was going to look into becoming a photojournalist, but this opportunity actually gives me the chance to do what I’ve been doing all along, and do what I love most, which is taking photos of whatever I want to take photos of, and selling them.  Balboa Park is basically tourist central of San Diego, besides the beaches.  And since San Diego is already a pretty tourist-y area, that’s a very high traffic location for me.  I will be just setting up on the patio, so while setting up and taking down every day isn’t exactly my favorite thing to do, I get to just sell photos pretty much whenever I want to.  I have no idea how it will go, but it has AMAZING potential and is basically the best chance I personally can think of to do what I want to do, but do it full time and possibly actually be able to make a living off of it.  And I’m still my own boss!  I was sooooo worried I wasn’t going to be accepted, because the opportunity seems too good to be true.  Like I said, I hope I get that last piece so I can start selling there and see how it actually goes!

I am not sure what days I will be there yet, but I am going to try to be there most days.  If I work out a set schedule, I will post it on here.  Hopefully any of you that are in the area will come visit me though!

Dapper Day Spring 2015

12 May

I discovered Dapper Day through the clothing store Unique Vintage, and I’m super excited that I did. They do it in 3 different locations, but the one I went to is the one at Disneyland.  This one worked out great for me because I was already heading up to Santa Ana to shoot a fashion show the same day.  So I unfortunately didn’t get to dress up, since I didn’t want to draw attention to myself as a photographer at the fashion show later, but I got to attend the expo and see a bunch of cute outfits, watch some dancing with a live band, and do a little bit of shopping.  We are already working on plans to actually go to Disneyland for the fall Dapper Day, and I’m super excited!  The hubby needs a vintage outfit though, I’ve got plenty. 🙂

I would totally recommend checking out their website and attending one!

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San Diego Pet Expo

12 May

The San Diego Pet Expo is a great event for pet owners!  It is definitely mostly geared towards dogs, as we are a HUGE dog-loving city, and then cats, but as you can see from the photos, other pets are welcome. 🙂  I was there with my puppy, Widdle, who had a great time, met some friends, and got some doggy ice cream!

San Diego Tet Festival

11 May

Working my way through some more photos!  This is the San Diego Tet Festival, the Vietnamese lunar new year celebration.  I went to it the same day as I went to the Chinese New Year festival, but the weather got substantially worse, and there weren’t very many people there.  It was the last day, so hopefully more people went to the previous days!  I also did not spend much time there, since it was so miserable, but it looked like it was a good festival.  There were many fun decorations, and there was a singing contest going on while I was there.  There was also a tiny goat petting area, and a lot of tasty looking food!  I wished I had more room in my stomach, but I had also gotten food at the Chinese New Year festival.  From their website, it looks like they had a lot of different events going on throughout the festival.  I am looking forward to going back again when hopefully the weather is a lot better!  Bonus: there was a rainbow, though. 🙂

International Dance Festival

7 Apr

I’m working on old photos!  The International Dance Festival was put on by the International Dance Association of San Diego County, on February 15.  I wasn’t there for the entire thing, but I got to see a few different styles of dance, and it was great fun!  The members demonstrated their style of dance, and then opened up the floor to everyone and taught a few steps.  They have classes for pretty cheap prices, so if you’re in the San Diego area, check out their website!

La Jolla

21 Mar

I’m finally finishing my photography day trip!  I mean, I finished the trip, but I posted some of the photos (here and here) a while ago and I’m finally posting the final set.  I kept putting off editing these because I love them so much, I wanted to spend the time making sure they were all perfect.  I’m SO happy with how they turned out!  Not trying to brag or anything, sometimes you love your photos so much that you’re amazed that you even took them.  I think maybe they took themselves?  🙂  Anyways, this is my favorite set of photos to date, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

The beginning is from Windansea, because I didn’t finish editing those before I posted the last set.

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Orange County Fashion Show

3 Mar

I got a press pass to photograph this fashion show, put on by The Model Experience.  I was super excited!  I love fashion and my dreams have always centered around the fashion industry.  I wanted to be a designer, but I don’t know how to sew; I wanted to be a model, but I’m too short; I briefly entertained the idea of being a fashion photographer.  I love going to shows though, and I’m beyond thrilled if I can go for free, get a good view, and take photos!  My goal this year, as I mentioned before is actually to get a press pass to the San Diego Fashion Week, so this is progress towards my goal!

Since this was my first time photographing a fashion show, other than as an audience member, I didn’t know what to expect from my camera, and although I tried to set it up in advance as best I could, you can’t really imitate the actual show to get a perfect feel for it.  You also can’t really make adjustments as you go, because it goes fast!  So while I’m pretty pleased overall with my photos, I didn’t get every single shot I wanted.  I believe I only missed one model, so I’m sorry to that person!  My camera also decided to act up pretty much every single time the designers came out, so I have only a few of the designers.  At least I have some ideas of what to do differently next time!

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