Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My photos are on Etsy!

[Click image to visit shop.]

I finally got my Etsy store set up! I didn't talk about it very much here, but it was a lot of work. I still have a long way to go because I have ideas for more photos and other products I want to sell! But it feels good to have it started, and now it's a bit more fun since I can share it with people. Please go have a look, and check back as I add more stuff!

If you feel like helping me promote the shop, I'd love for you to Favorite/Follow the shop or individual photos, and feel ever so free to pin your favorites on Pinterest (and tag me, if you don't mind).

I will be sharing discounts, giveaways and some other fun things related to my shop soon. Right now I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed with so many projects and things to get done. That means I probably won't blog more of my trip photos this week like I had originally wanted. Oh well!

Anyway, thanks for reading. And thanks in advance for checking out the shop. :) I really appreciate it. I'm excited and hope I get some customers soon!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Oh yeah, I have a blog! I've meant to post here several times, but there's always so much to do in my free time that the blog gets bumped to last place (well, maybe not *last*). But I recently got back from a trip to the Albuquerque area to visit my sister's family. Big news: I now have a new niece! She was born March 27th, and of course she's adorable because my sister has a habit of creating adorable daughters.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may be already burnt out on photos from my trip. I will post some duplicates here, but also several new ones. I have a ton, and I don't even know how to organize them, but I think I'll just start with some of my new niece, S, plus a few others of her sisters.

I have been doing more black and white lately, so bear with me.

Is she nervous? No, she just loves having her hands near her face whenever possible!

With her daddy's hand.

I kept one in color for you, and here's a funny face I caught. Babies! They're pretty cute.

I was so happy that I got to take pictures of all the sisters together, and individually, in their Easter dresses. Aren't they beauties? I do have some with E's face toward the camera, but I think it's adorable how she's gazing up at L, who is holding little S. Group photos are hard to do, which is why I generally avoid them, so I was very happy to get a few even though the pose is nothing special. It was hard enough just getting every girl outside at the same time and all in a good mood with hair fixed! But the older they get, the easier it is...of course the olders--L and K--are a breeze, but you never know how cooperative the youngers are going to be.

Now a few individuals, but many more to come. Here's L! We took most of the pictures out in the backyard, but she went with me down the street so I could get that purple tree in a few. I had never been to ABQ in the spring and wanted to capture some of the blossoms.

I took a whole set of K in her new bedroom. My sister's husband is very handy and they were able to convert part of the garage into a bedroom to accommodate their growing family. This is K's first time having her own bedroom, and I love it so much! The colors, lighting and peacefulness made it ideal for taking some indoor photos (many of little S were taken on K's bed). Also, it was my guest room while I stayed there, and she slept in her sister's room--wasn't that sweet?

Here's N looking darling. I can't wait to show you more.

And E. I have plenty of photos of E. She's 3, so she's right at that age where almost everything she does and says is adorable! I couldn't help having the camera out all the time. She was actually sick with Strep the entire time, but would go in and out of good moments when the medicine was working. She's so sweet!! You can kind of see in her eyes that she's not feeling well, though.

Another from K's bedroom--that window and the curtains made a nice dreamy backdrop.

N also got sick later on, but I got a lot of photos of her before that. She and E are great at playing together and goofing around for the camera. I loved spending time with them.

These girls were my first nieces and I have loved watching them grow up. They are at that age (14 and almost 16) where they aren't very excited to pose together for pictures, which makes this candid extra cute because clearly they can still stand to be in each other's presence. ;) I was so happy we got the chance to take a little drive without the younger girls, because of course the youngers tend to take more of my attention. The olders and I also got to stay up late watching TV and making jokes about it (I'm sort of a bad influence in being critical of everything I watch). I feel like I got a lot of good quality time in with my nieces, even though some of them were sick!

More to come! I may separate it by niece, or I could just do several posts with all of them. I am open to suggestions!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


If you are reading this on Friday the 20th, it is officially spring in the northern hemisphere! But it has felt like spring for quite awhile now. We are being spoiled with sun this year, like I've probably told you a hundred times now. It's like finally being with a reliable guy who keeps his word after being with a bunch of flakes. I can actually count on sun and feel secure that it won't leave after five minutes. It's been so nice. Hopefully next winter doesn't make up for it. (Or this spring, for that matter!)

Like last time, I'm just going to pick a handful of images that stand out to me tonight as I go through them. I have hundreds and hundreds more to sift through for future posts. I've posted a few of these on Instagram, but you can see the original crop here.

I've continued to have an obsession with tree blossoms. I can't seem to stop taking pictures of every new type of blossom I see. It's been so fun and satisfying to practice and try new things and sometimes get photos I'm really excited about.

The other day I had my camera and decided to stop at a Jehovah's Witness church that had a bunch of beautiful trees out front. It was on a semi-busy street and I kept wondering if anyone I knew had driven by and seen me (embarrassing!).

So often I come across something and don't think much of it in terms of photography, but then I'll give it a chance and pretty soon I've taken dozens of photos and can't seem to quit. That happened with this one particular tree. The full blossoms combined with the blue sky made some nice color combos.

Sometimes I like to move the watermark around.

I came across him accidentally when I saw his blurry figure moving up a branch in the background while I was taking a photo.
Oh hello thick, fluffy blossoms all tumbling down like you're in some sort of wedding dream. I think I'll make curtains out of you.

I mixed these up so you wouldn't have to endure the same subject several times in a row, but I am sorry for a lot of similarities anyway. Kind of. :)

I loooove that spring green color that can be captured from sunlit grass or certain plants in the background. And how hot does it look with the pink?

I was at Bush Park tonight and it was so perfect. The weather was awesome, the blooms were killing me, and then the light just kept getting better and better. I was in such a good mood that I actually spoke to three different strangers at the park! It was as if I was friendly!

This caught my eye when the sun made all the little vines stand out.
Happy spring! I hope yours is full of productivity, inspiration, refreshment and fun surprises. :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Marchy March

I've been taking so many pictures. In my neighborhood, at the park, at work...I don't want to miss anything. Even though I've taken pictures of the same flowers for years, I keep thinking I can do a better job this time. In many cases, I do think I improve each year, but I also just have a weird addiction to photographing pretty things over and over. I have to make sure I get the shot! ;)

Right now my March folder has 384 photos, but that's after I have gone through and narrowed them down a ton (I usually keep fewer than half of what I take, and I really need to be even more ruthless about it). For being early March, that's a lot. Wait until things really get going in a few weeks!

Anyway, I thought I'd pick a few favs to post here, since I'll never actually catch up. These were chosen without much thought--just whatever struck my fancy tonight.

I'm hooked on blossom photos lately, so you'll see a lot of those. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this!

I just love how smooth these look at this stage.

There were lots of cute little spirals at a park I went to the other day. I didn't get any good photos, but had to show you the cuteness.

This squirrel let me get pretty close before it ran off. It just sat there eating whatever that is, knowing I was about 8 feet away taking pictures. Those are tulips behind him, which I didn't get good photos of. Later, I will! I didn't even know tulips were blooming yet!

Enjoy your weekend, if I don't talk to you! My friend and I discovered there are three "holidays" this weekend: Friday the 13th, Pi Day and the Ides of March (which is also my cousin's birthday)! My friend Dania suggested celebrating with a Jason movie, a piece of pie and a Caesar salad. :D Feel free to enjoy one or more of those. I will take a giant piece of apple pie a la mode, please!


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