Monday, March 30, 2015

A Day in the Life of Us

I decided to do what I do best - capture the now as it happens, and turn the seemingly mundane everyday routine of life with two kids into something special that we can treasure later on, when the boys are all grown up and out of the nest.  

Here you can find an entire day in pictures (101 pictures, to be exact), from waking up to bedtime, including almost every little ritual in between: naps, meals, games and fun, watching cartoons, chewing on stuff, chasing the cat, rolling on the floor and digging in the dirt, diaper changes and stalking the neighbors, blowing bubbles and generally being our goofy selves.  Incidentally, I didn't capture a single crying face.  I guess I was too busy turning those frowns into smiles to remember to shoot (for there were some tears).  

It's all very unpretentious.  I have included the blurry shots, the badly composed ones, the real us ones.  I hope you enjoy them!

Art is the science of the human soul.  And there's nothing more tiring and nerve-wracking...but also more pure and full of hope than the soul of a child.  Two, in our case.

Oh, and by the way, the trick to getting a good shot of your husband is to say "Make that face I hate!".


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pacific Grove on iPhone 6

Yesterday was hot, and I have a sunburned back to prove it.  We drove down to the Monterey Bay and spent the morning and the early afternoon on the beach of Pacific Grove's Lover's Point Park.  Save two dead sea lions rotting in the sand and seagulls stealing whole bags of Cheetos, it was an amazing Saturday.  The ocean was calm and clear, the sky was a deep warm blue, and the light was brilliant, promising the arrival of summer soon.  The kids slept through the entire ride there, and only whined a little bit on the way back, nothing a song or two couldn't take care of.  Also, Grandpa John stopped by and hung out with us, making the family fun complete.

I didn't bring my camera as I already had a ton of stuff to carry (traveling with kids is like a perpetual move across the country, even if it's just a day trip), but I had my phone charged and my eyes peeled for the good sights.  I am very happy with the snapshots I took home - my new year's resolution was to return to shooting for my own pleasure, and it's definitely working out great.

I hope you are having a spectacular weekend, too!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Halloween in March

Better late than never, right?  My photography is on hiatus at the moment but my backing up project is almost done and I finally got around to editing these Halloween photos.  We attended the Atlassian bash and although I admit I didn't do as good of a job photographing it as last year, it was fun and a nice change from our usual routine, which is basically all about staying at home always and going out never.  Hehe.  

Anyways, I am taking the family down to Pacific Grove this weekend, so new adventure pictures coming soon!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Visions of Spring

Obviously, my photography has been slow lately.  Too much going on, and too little time for art.  I shoot mostly with my phone these days, but I am looking forward to our next trip for some DSLR action.  Until then, here are a few random images I took with my telephoto lens in the span of the past month.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Escape to Santa Cruz

This weekend we visited Santa Cruz.  It was like coming home - suddenly I didn't look like the odd kid on the playground, but blended perfectly in the crowd.  The weather was magical, be it a little ominous in light of the snow blizzard that's engulfing the East Coast.  Temperatures in the low 80 confuse the heck out of my biological clock but I admit I enjoyed it.

Santa Cruz is an amazing place!  It is the land of the fifty year-old skateboarders.  There are beach bums, regular bums, and just people who look like bums but aren't.  Nearly everyone has tattoos and their hair is a bit too long, and they wear weird clothes.  Tie dye is very popular here.  So are VW vans in bright colors.  I saw an actual open top military Jeep pass by full of teenagers who were listening to Sublime as loud as they could.  The rich drive their vintage cars on Highway 1, and the not-so-rich ride bicycles and carry all of their earthly possessions on their backs.

There were a billion dollar view villas overlooking the Pacific, piercing parlors and record stores, liquor stores and cafes, souvenir shops, cotton candy and deep-fried everything on the Boardwalk, calliope music and arcades, yuppies and hippies, yoga moms, youths looking like gangsters, people smoking cigarettes and other stuff at street corners, beach goers and surfer dudes, and sunshine - lots and lots of sunshine!

And honestly, as crazy and unusual all of this seemed, I feel it's still more natural and organic than the wastelands of Suburbia.  In Santa Cruz there's a real sense of culture, of community.

We arrived at high noon so I resorted to taking photos countre jour.  I was shooting while pushing a stroller, so don't judge my composition technique too hard!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!