Friday, June 29, 2012

Photo Journal

I have an OCD when it comes to documenting my life in images.  Some people can't live without their cars, without TV, or without connection to the Internet; I can't live without a camera.  Well, it's more like I don't want to.  Sometimes I catch myself instinctively reaching for the camera instead of simply savoring a special moment, and I still can't decide if that's good or bad...  In any case, I end up taking lots and lots of pictures, and I can reference almost any event in my life in the past, say, 5 years, with a photographic evidence.

That comes handy when you move often, or when little babies are involved.  If it isn't for the images, I wouldn't believe that I once used to live in London - and not so long ago, at that!  And at the speed Johnny grows and changes, I cherish every single iPhone snapshot of his adorable little face.

Besides, I really dig the idea of a photo-diary.  Pictures are not just captured instances, they also have the potential to tell stories.  For I like taking photos, but I love telling stories.

Here are a few Instagrams of the last couple of weeks.  

In order of appearance: sunset over Suburbia at the end of the longest day of the year; Johnny in harmony with the Great Outdoors; Shelby has a sweet tooth; summertime is easy living; John gave me farmers' market flowers for the first time since Johnny was born; Mom and I went shopping for seeds last weekend so that she can plant California flowers when she returns to Bulgaria; and my new running shoes serve me well when house hunting (pool is optional).


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Browse This!

I just found out that my portfolio will appear much different than it is when using anything other than Google Chrome. I have long had issues with formatting while blogging, but this is something new. I guess some browsers just don't like to acknowledge the fonts I've chosen, and too bad for you guys if you still surf the web with (gasp!) Internet Explorer. Firefox behaves closest to Chrome, but Iron also totally confuses my layout. Not that there's a chance that you would both use Iron AND browse a photography blog at the same time.... Unless you are my geeky husband, that is.

The last image shows how things are supposed to look around here:

Monday, June 25, 2012

One must love a cat on its own terms.

~Paul Gray 

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that an old photo of mine has been featured in National Geographic's My Shot web page.  It was pleasant, because come on, who doesn't want to be in National Geographic, but also quite surprised that they used the shot without even notifying me.  In any case, it's a good news.  I found out through my cousin in Bulgaria, who is a big animal lover and browses regularly through different Facebook groups dedicated to the cause against animal cruelty.  She saw my image and informed me that almost 2 thousand people had "liked" it (I am not on Facebook so I had to create an account in order to leave a comment and explain that even though Bobby Pfeiffer sounds like a man's name, it actually isn't :)

The image of the strange-eyed kitten was taken in Lovech, Bulgaria in the summer of 2009.  Here's another outtake with more recent editing:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sitting Pretty

Today I had a family portrait session for the occasion of my client's mother's 70th jubilee. It was a splendid event - the birthday lady was very photogenic, and somehow everyone knew spontaneously where to stand and how to pose, which made my job so easy. I haven't been shooting professionally since Johnny was born, and I had lots of fun.

The flare in this shot is considered a defect when it comes to client proofing, but it's artistic enough for this blog.  You know I am the queen of flare!  I also love what was happening with the light in the second image - it was so bright and white it sort of spilled from below my lens.

Behind the scenes photo courtesy of John who came along to assist me. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Here are three portraits of three fathers: my Dad, my Father-in-law, and my husband John, who celebrates this day for the first time this year.

Dad in a pedal boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

John Sr. in his forest kingdom of Tassajara.

John in Big Sur.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bird's the Word

Bird watching can be a tedious business.  I loaded my camera with my 300 mm lens, put it in remote shutter mode, hung it on my tripod, and positioned it next to the big livingroom window three days ago, but ever since I am waiting and waiting to almost no avail.  Most of the time a nice bird lands on the feeder I appear to be either too far for the remote to trigger the shutter, or too close, which scares the bird away.  Or I am nursing Johnny, and can't even reach for the remote.  Or miss the birds altogether, because I am in the other room, and I only catch their gleeful chirping as they fly off.

Nevertheless, I managed a few shots, yet don't ask me what kind of birds are these.  I haven't a clue!  All I know is that they are tricky, tricky birds, and I am one sloppy wildlife photographer.

I am particularly proud of the empty bird feeder pictures, though.  I have quite many of those, in different light and angle.

Also, please enjoy a few behind the scenes shots I took trying not to get bored while I was waiting for the birds:

Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner.

~ Author unknown.

I agree.  It's all about keeping your eyes open for the world.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Small Camera, Big Picture

Once upon a time I was using a point & shoot Kodak that was a present from my mom-in-law.  She wanted me to have a camera when John and I moved in London so that I can send her photos.  Her plan worked really well - not only I kept my family and friends in the loop of my life's latest adventures (and during those times the adventures were abundant), but I also took enough shots to first master and then outgrow the little camera.  Soon afterwards I procured my first DSLR Nikon and the rest is history (and some other time I'll tell you my ancient history of photography, aka "the analog times").

Here are some of my favorite London images taken with the KODAK C875.

Also, here are a few other galleries from my photo archives:


Still Life.


...and Other Beverages.

It's a Blur.

At Lovers Point.

Behind the Scenes at Lovers Point.

Kitty Was Here.

Camera Toss.

More of London.

A Football Game.

A Santa Cruz Trip.

Shelby and Strawflowers.

My Life in Film.

A Family Photoshoot.

And more posts labeled "photography".

Monday, June 11, 2012

Have You Seen This Baby? Because He Is Awesome!

The many faces of Johnny V.

I am currently stalking some robins with my 300mm, but for now I only got shots of the empty feeder so far - it's too hot even for the birds!  Also, I have a birthday shoot the weekend after the next!  It's my first gig since the baby came, and I am excited to go back to work.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Behold Shelby, a very tired from chasing little birdies cat.  

A note to self: clean up your iPhone camera lens before you take photos.  Still, the  finger smudge almost looks like a tilt-shift effect.  Almost.