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Happy New Year!!

1 Jan

072_12131_fullHappy New Year!! 2015 was a CRAZY year, both personally and for the business! Hubby (the cute one, pictured here) was gone for the first part of the year (which was only half of the the deployment) and I was discovering San Diego on my own, with my baby puppy Widdle. The last half has been a whirlwind, including losing Widdle, getting two new baby puppies, Wicket and Weechee, moving to a new place, much more exploring, and becoming a member of Spanish Village and figuring out what to do with my business. At the beginning of the year, I was going to pursue photojournalism, but I had no idea that I would get the opportunity to be one of the artists at Spanish Village! I am excited to continue to photograph the things that I love the most, and for 2016, the current plan is to expand into product photography. I love capturing interesting details, angles, etc. when I take photos, so I would love to be able to use my perspective to try to take great photos of people’s products!

This is me sorta making New Year’s resolutions, because I’ve never been into that. So it’s my business goal for the year; product photography! My other goal is to enjoy life as much this year as last year, and even more!  I am also going to try to be better at posting on here. 🙂  I hope all of you had wonderful 2015’s and have even better 2016’s ahead!

Thank you to Robyn Icks Photography for the amazing photo!

Spanish Village Art Center

18 Aug

spanish village (1 of 6)I updated my business address on Facebook to show that I am located at Spanish Village Art Center! I have been setting up there on and off for a few weeks now. I love it! I am trying to be there Tuesdays, Fridays, and then either Saturday or Sunday. For those of you that actually want to seek me out, I am going to try to tweet the days that I will be here, because I don’t want to crowd this page with those posts. Find me on twitter here or @bluelily52

Thank you all for your support, and I can’t wait to see you at Spanish Village! 🙂

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!

Click any of the photos to view them larger.

Happy Holidays!

3 Jan

I’ve been bad at posting, so I figured I should post these photos before it was TOO far past Christmas…they are my “Merry Christmas from San Diego and Portland!” photos. 🙂  I hope you all had wonderful holidays and enjoyed them, however you spent them!

Additionally, I have an announcement!  I had an epic realization yesterday; that what I choose to do normally in life – go to EVERYTHING I can go to (fun events, restaurants, locations, etc.) and take photos of all of it – is exactly what newspaper photographers do.  I’m currently in love with the newspaper in San Diego (U-T San Diego), they’re fantastic.  So my goal is to get a job doing that, ideally for them, or if I can do that freelance too, that’s fine.  What actually started all of this was my email from San Diego Fashion Week about ways to get involved, and one of them was to get a press pass.  I’m sure I could get one if I actually worked for the newspaper, but I can also get one just as a blogger, so what I am going to do is to continue to do what I do, but I will actually be more proactive about it and ESPECIALLY more proactive about posting them on here.  So this blog will start getting a lot more posts about awesome stuff in San Diego!  Please follow, if you aren’t already, so I will be deemed worthy enough to get a press pass to Fashion Week!  That is my goal for 2015, my resolution if you will, and I would DIE to have one.  Thank you all so much for your support!christmas (1 of 1)-2christmas (1 of 1)

What’s in a name?

19 Nov

This is me trying to be clever with my post title. Also, I am doing this new thing called “just writing a post”, instead of posting photos and writing about them, or giving you an update on things. I wanted to share my thoughts with you all on what it means to be a Photographer.

When I first started selling my photos at street fairs/craft fairs, I was only selling photos I took with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.  I had also never previously considered myself a “photographer”,  because I had always only taken photos for my own personal enjoyment, so I was pretty insecure in my validity as a “photographer”.  People would always ask me how I took the photos, what I used, etc.  I was very hesitant to tell people I took them on my phone, for fear they would think less of me.  Most didn’t seem to care, and thought it was cool, but some did in fact think less of me.

The one I always remember, and the one responsible for my introspection and self-realization (thank you, sir), was an older man.  He said something along the lines of, “so anyone with an iPhone could take photos like these.”  It really bothered me at the time; I probably said something agreeing with him, but it didn’t help me feel like a photographer.

So I spent a lot of time thinking about that.  I’m not sure how long it took, but at some point, I realized that, along his line of reasoning, anyone that just buys fancy photography equipment can take the same photos as a professional photographer.  As I’m sure you all know, that is completely ridiculous and not true.  It helped me to understand, however, that equipment a photographer makes not – as Yoda might say.  A Photographer is someone that has that extra special touch – an eye for composition, lighting, anything that makes a photo “good”.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the equipment, although with progressively better equipment, you should be able to get progressively better quality photos, or be able to do some cool things, etc.  People that can’t take good photos with nice equipment also won’t be able to take good photos with iPhones – at least not consistently, and vice versa.  Good photography has very little to do with the equipment and much more to do with all those things that cameras can’t do themselves, and need a person to do.

I have also heard of/from people that use old equipment – such as fancy film camera set-ups and develop their own film – that they look down on people that use digital cameras and probably especially iPhones, and think it isn’t real photography.  This goes along completely with my previous paragraph…if the equipment is what is important, then you yourself are not really a photographer.  If you have to have a certain type of equipment, and you can’t take photos with any other type of camera, then your equipment is doing all the work for you.  If you prefer a certain process, that’s great, but you shouldn’t look down on anyone that prefers something else.  The only thing that defines a photographer is their ability to capture a good shot, no matter what they use.  And if someone fancies himself/herself a photographer because they take millions of photos on Instagram, but they aren’t actually good, they’re still not a photographer.  Yes, there is way more access for people to take photos now, but there is still a level of skill that makes someone a good photographer, and it doesn’t matter if they are using Instagram or not.

For me, I finally decided I was a Photographer because enough people told me that they liked my photos, and that I had a good eye.  I don’t know where the actual line is, or how to define it, but it is certainly not equipment.

I don’t even know.

10 May


The above title is due to the fact that I have no idea what to title this post.  The pictures above are obviously of a runner.  It was actually my first collaboration I was asked to do with/for a friend for something he is working on.  However, long story short, this friend was more of an acquaintance, and I did not make a contract, and it did not go well.  He had no understanding of how to interact with a photographer, and it basically just blew up.  I have no idea if he is even going to use the photos now.  So, first experience shooting action shots, and lesson learned: always make a contract.  Now, to work on a generic contract…

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