Thursday, June 30, 2011

Roger's Garden part 2

I'm sure that you've noticed that my style is kind of dark and sad. I think most photographers prefer a white background on their blogs, and they mostly edit their pictures sort of over exposed to give everything a nice glow. But i prefer a Black background on my blog, and I think I do because most of my images are edited very dark. It's funny too because I start off with a picture of a flower, and the exposure is perfect and it looks really pretty, but I guess I just want something more from it. I guess it's not so much about showing people these beautiful pictures of flowers, maybe it's more about personifying them as lonely flowers. I guess in a sense you can even look at it as cohesive with my children's photography; the innocent being encompassed in darkness. Or maybe I'm just being too analytical and none of this represents anything at all.

This one isn't really a flower, I'll admit that. I really like this plant though, it looks sort of like something you'd find growing on the titanic in the bottom of the sea. I love the chaos of all the branches it's almost like they're reaching out for us.

I feel like this flower is unlike the rest. It looks sort of beautiful in a very unusual way. The petals make up a ball of flames. I don't know, I just think it's beautiful. I guess that's why I'm not a writer, I can't put my feelings down in words, but hopefully you can feel what I'm trying to say with my pictures.

I was going to post all these pictures together, but as I began creating this post it kind of took on form without my giving it any. So, now the pictures below don't seem cohesive with the rest. They look exactly like the images I spoke of before, brightly lit and beautiful. I suppose this is the yin's yang. couldn't it be?

well, I think that they are really pretty. I wish I could walk through a field with just these flowers.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Roger's Garden part 1

So, Here's a couple of picture from Roger's Garden. I usually like to split up pictures from one event into separate posts because they don't always go together. So, this post will be about orbs.

When we arrived, I walked through the shop area and I instantly noticed these glass (i don't know what they are, or what to call them, sorry) jars and they had glass ball stoppers. They looked so interesting, I couldn't pass up photographing them. In fact, I came back 3 different times and photographed them (kind of neurotic, isn't it?)
They also had these glass perfume bottles. I just love the many highlights the glass gives off because of the way they are cut.
I'm not sure what these are, probably paper weights or something. The lighting was hitting them just perfect. To me it looks like what you would find if you opened a treasure chest. do you know what I mean? Anyway, I thought they were rather interesting.
here's another variation.
now for the more organic orbs. Obviously since it's a garden, they often water all the plants to keep them fat and healthy. So, I noticed all the plants had the little balls of water on them. After photographing 6 different plants because of this, I think I got bored of it, and stopped doing so.
but I really liked this fallen rose petal. It's a little strange to me that it was on the floor, away from everything else with all these water drops still perfectly placed. it was almost as if someone had carefully placed it there for me, or does that sound self centered?
I like this one too. probably because I'm obsessed with the rising sun design, and this sort of resembles it.

anyway, that's if for the orb post. I hope it was thematically cohesive enough.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I apologize to anyone who checked my blog this last week. I've been really busy, and also to be honest, i've been kind of lazy. I've been going a lot of places and when I get home all Iwant to do is rest, which is a very poor excuse, I agree! Anyway, Jeff and I have been going on some fun dates as of late (see what I did there?). Jeff and I went to Intelligentsia the other day. If your life goal is to be cool, all you have to do is go there. Every single person there looks like they own a fixed gear bike and a pair of Tom's shoes*, if you know what i mean. So, Jeff and I went, and it was great!
this is what the floor looks like. I think it's pretty special.
we ordered this apple danish, and it's one of the most fantastic things I've ever eaten.
poor Jeff hardly got any of it. I ate it like a squirrel in the corner hiding it's nuts from other animals.
Jeff ordered this beautiful cappuccino.

and I ordered this espresso, which I'll tell you is always a bad idea. have you seen me on coffee? people at school buy me coffees just to watch how i act on it. My body thinks it's cocaine.

so anyway, that's it!

here are some future posts you can look forward to:

my visit to Roger's Garden
my very first trip to Las Vegas
Jeff's and my trip to Los Angeles' walls
a drag queen party I attended.

*if you own both of those, I apologize for my snide comment**.
**i'm crossing my fingers

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Bloomsday!

Well today is the 107th anniversary of Bloomsday. It's Jeff's and my favorite holiday. Well, it's really Jeff's favorite holiday, and so it's my favorite too, because that's how things work. Last year we went to the park and read Ulysses while drinking Guinness. Unfortunately I have other plans this year. but next year, just you wait!

This morning I woke up and Jeff had left me a bloomsday gift. It was James Joyce's Novella The Dead, annotated by Jeff for me. Isn't that so cute? He even did drawings! I really can't wait to read it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maybe he'll spot her once again

A while back we went to LA for the night. My friend was in town from Arizona and he wanted to photograph the figures at the wax museum. So Him, these two and I went. I photographed the wax figures as well. I dont have enough pizaz to put them up because they're rather boring. Tristan and Karina were swell enough to let me photograph them. I really am fond of that first picture though. Can i say that about my own pictures? well, hopefully I can, because I just did.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lauren's Bridal Shower

So, last weekend we celebrated Lauren's Bridal Shower. That's Lauren in the picture above. She's making a silly face. I've never been to an actual bridal shower, at least I don't think I have. although, I did go to an informal one once, you can find images here from it. but then again now that I think of it, that was a baby shower. So, I guess they are different. Obviously, I'm not very up to date on showering. I prefer baths.
The morning started off with beautiful refreshments. They had lemonade, margaritas (on the rocks) and iced tea. They even had hydrangeas set up on each table, which just so happens to be my favorite flower. look at how beautiful they are. Oh, I just love them so much.
they had lemons for the refreshments, sugar for the iced tea, spoons for mixing and glasses (obviously for the drinking).
This is pauline. She held the Bridal Shower at her house.
I love this wind chime. isn't it fantastic? i had just a week or so previous told Jeff how I wanted to make something like this. Then to my surprise Pauline had one! It's like i always say, great minds think like me. No, I only jest.
Isn't this dinnerware incredibly beautiful. I considered stealing them. but alas, I didn't. but now I wish I had.
This was the food selection. My mom made the fruit salad. It had just about every fruit you could think of in it. My Aunt marylyn made a Chicken Caesar Salad. There was also a pasta salad with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, basil, feta and olives. My Aunt Pauline made a rice salad (I can't be sure what the name really is, sorry) it is made with brown rice, barley, onions (several types I think), bell peppers and other stuff too, I'm sure. Anyway, it was a very healthy and delicious lunch. This was a feast! I couldn't have been happier with the selection.

Lauren opened ALL of her presents. and there were a lot. She got a lot of great things for her house. here's just a couple things.
I think towards the end of the presents they thought we were getting kind of restless, so they told us we could help ourselves to the desserts. above are the lemon cupcakes. yummy. Olivia made the whole dessert bar. You can contact her here if you want her to make you delicious things. I always want her to make me delicious things. yummy.
she made these chocolate covered strawberries.
and she made the tastiest cake. it was simple and elegant.

the grid of this series of pictures looks a little silly, I'll admit, I apologize for that. I know i could go back and fix it, but to be honest, I'm much to lazy. This was pictures of the dessert bar. in the top left corner we have sour patch watermelons, hershey kisses, Lauren and Tyler pops, skittles, M&Ms, and I don't really know the name of the candy in the left bottom corner. sorry. I should. I don't know why I don't. Olivia put all this together as well.
So each person got to grab a baggy and make a good bag to take home of all the candy and desserts. Everyone was really excited about that. The best part of it was I got to take all the left overs home.

So anyway, that was it. Hopefully Lauren and Tyler can move into their new home soon and enjoy all their new things.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Time has told me No

my oldest sister, Holly.
My youngest Mother, Cathy.

We were having lunch with my grandparents at Jolly Rogers which is overlooking a harbor full of boats. While doing so I spotted these two older men eating at a booth and they both had bright white hair and sailor beards, they were probably in their late 70's or early 80's and I envisioned the perfect portrait of them. So, I ask them if I could take their portrait, but they said no. So, sadly I cannot post that, because I didn't even take it! I can only imagine what it would have looked like though! luckily my Mom and Sister, who are two of the people that are most willing to let me photograph them without any fuss (thank you so much to them) let me do so. I've noticed that a lot of my images lately are very symmetrical. It's sort of cool when you subconsciously like something but you don't realize it till you see yourself doing it all the time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Revolutionary Road

Jeff and I were walking by the beach in Carlsbad and we found these road reflectors. I had passed them several times on walks that my family and I had gone on, and each time I saw them I got that feeling. I knew I had to photograph them, and I'm really glad that I did. These pictures reminded me of Revolutionary Road, in a way. things that have stood the test of time, but eventually crack and break. what can I say, I am an optimistic pessimist.