Sunday, April 20, 2014

Postcards from Coyote Point Marina

This morning we drove over to the park and walked along the bay to look at descending airplanes, docked (pirate) boats, and sunbathed succulents.  The air smelled of salt water and freedom - something Johnny isn't quite old enough to appreciate, unfortunately.  We got there early but not early enough for the good light, and everything was washed out and overexposed, so I resorted to post processing most of the photos I took in black and white.  

Enjoy!





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Family Portraits

This family's reality is my dream - they have two kids, two dogs...and two cats.  I am 3 months away of having two kids, and a couple of animals short, but I know I will get there.  

It was a pleasure to photograph Vicky and her loved ones for their Easter greeting cards, and those two girls were some of the most gorgeous models I've ever had.

The indoors images came out a bit dark, and the outdoors - a bit overexposed (it was already 10:30 am when we started the shoot), but a little touch up - and the smiles of my subjects - compensated this.

Happy Easter, everyone!







Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Life As It Happens

I think I got hooked on photography because it compliments my obsession with documenting life so well.  I like to witness how events unfold - be them big and important or just everyday - and I like to keep them.  They remind me that I am still here, still a part of things, still alive to experience them and awake enough to appreciate them.

Last weekend we met with our Bulgarian friends up in Burlingame.  We had crepes, walked about downtown, and watched our kids hold hands and play together.  What a lovely way to be!

As you can see, the bright California sunshine is back and it makes it very hard to take any photos past 10 am.  I ventured into it nevertheless, and despite that being out and about with kids made it ridiculously complicated to compose the shots properly.

Enjoy!

P.S.The last couple of images I took at home after we came back.  Shelby really wanted to go out and plop in the back yard in this gorgeous weather.  Also, I really need to take some selfies against the backdrop of the red-leafed tree there.


 







Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Have you seen my Instagram page? Because it is awesome.


I had about three thousand five previous accounts, but none to this level of success.  Which is, of course, ironic considering I get 16 "likes" at most of a given photo - almost as many as my followers.  But that's besides the point.  I am being very selective about what I post, and I feel I'm on my way to turning this into a state-of-the-art space for sharing personal images.  

It's a bit disappointing that they don't look as high-contrast on a regular computer screen (unless it's a Mac) as it does on the iPhone, but I am working on fixing that during the editing process.  I'm using the VSCOcam and Afterlight apps for filters and crop options respectively (and for some fun faux-film effects).  The good news is that the iPhone allows me to capture moments that would have required lots of work and preparation if I was using my camera.  The flexibility is wonderful, especially when photographing kids.  And in my reality, kids, cats and naturey crap is what rules.

I was thinking about this the other day - people living in big cities practically have their photographs ready made for them.  It's so easy to take good pictures in the city!  The subjects are abundant, the people don't care if you point a camera in their general direction, and the symmetry of the urban spaces provide wonderful backgrounds and multiple opportunities for composition and perspective.  It makes me proud that I manage to find something interesting or worthy to shoot even though suburbia is such a photographic (and otherwise cultural) wasteland.

So, let's connect!  That's a way to keep up both with updates from my personal life, and visually enjoy the work I do with my iPhone - images I also feature on my other blog.


P.S. Dear Blogger - you won't embed an Instagram code? Really?!  I had to actually screenshot this image...Tsk-tsk.  Google gets yet another strike, and don't be surprised that I stop complaining about it and actually migrate to Wordpress for real. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Great Expectations

Last weekend I had the chance to shoot my very first maternity session with the lovely Annabelle, her husband, and her wonderful family.  Annabelle is expecting her first child this July and I wanted to give her something unique - the gift of the memory.  My only advice to moms-to-be is this: ENJOY the moment, enjoy the quiet and the alone time and the fact that you can still wear and have nice things, and pretty much do whatever you want.  Soon this will come to an end...but the good news is that it's only going to be temporary.  

And whenever something ends, another thing begins!  I can't wait to meet Tristan Edward, this little prince who is already so loved.

As for the shoot itself, it was quite the fun.  Especially the sight of one pregnant woman photographing another at the local park (I am a month behind Annabelle)!  My most favorite shot must be the very last portrait in the series, and the only thing I regret is that the bubble images didn't quite come out as I wanted - the background was too busy I guess.  The first images are from Annabelle's home, where they are anticipating Nowrūz - the Persian New Year with a beautiful traditional table setting - the Haft Sîn.  

I enjoyed the tea and the sweets very much, Annabelle, and most of all the awesome company.  Looking forward to the Baby Shower!

Like these? Call to book a maternity photoshoot...before I enter the third trimester myself and become too big and clumsy to hold a camera! :)))









Monday, March 10, 2014

Blue Jeans

His second birthday is coming soon so I had to take a few current photos to use for the invitations.  I used an old Brownie camera both as a prop and a distraction or else he goes directly for the one I am holding.  The mini vacuum isn't a prop - he did help me clean the car that afternoon.

Nikon D90 (soon to be upgraded to a D7100) + Sigma Macro 50mm/f/2.8

If you like these and have children yourself, I'd love to take their portraits in the good spring light!







Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Saturday at CuriOdyssey

We visited CuriOdyssey yesterday and we loved it so much we decided to get a yearly membership.  It's a super cool place, with the kind of concept that is inspiring and absolutely perfect as an educational model, and it got me thinking how sad it is that Bulgarian people don't realize how much their children need something like this.

There's the interactive scientific part, the animal sanctuary part, the outdoors installations and of course, the Coyote Point park itself and the Marina.  Bonus: you can see large airplanes close up as they pass very low as they land at the nearby airport.

My favorite moment during the visit was meeting a Badger for the first time, and meeting an elderly lady who in a surreal sort of way reminded me of myself.  She kept going around saying loudly "What is this animal? It's SO fluffy.  I want to touch it!".  The Badger was extremely fluffy, and Johnny loved the River Otters (also quite fatty and cute).

The light wasn't ideal for taking photos, and my view-point was often compromised by swarms of obnoxious little children, yet I managed to take these.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-155mm + VSCO for Lightroom

iPhone 5s + VSCOcam

Enjoy!









Friday, March 7, 2014

Analog Life, part 2

I have very cool parents and one of the major downsides of living in America is that I am very very far away from them most of the time.  Once in a while, however, I go back, or one of them flies across the Pond and stays with us for a month or so.  I just learned that my Dad is up for visiting this summer, and I can't wait - I will be 8 months pregnant going on 9, but we will still find a way and time to have the greatest family adventures possible.  Dad is a physicist and I plan on taking him to an observatory among other things.  Imagine all the photos I'll have the chance to take!

To a big extend, Dad is also responsible for my affinity for photography.  He was the one always taking pictures, and thanks to him my childhood is so well preserved.  He gave me his Zenit E when I moved to the States, and the point&shoot film Olympus.  

Here are a few images from when my Mom and Dad were students.  Mom was the Golden Girl of her generation, the captain of her handball team.  Dad was a bit of a nerd whose heart belonged to rock'n'roll.  Man, they were cool!

Taken by unknown back in the 70's, most likely with a Russian camera and a 35mm black and white film.