Saturday at the Park


I tagged along with my husband and son on their fishing trip to El Dorado Park this evening and brought my camera with me. Not a whole lot was going on, but I did take some time photographing the resident Geese.  They can be pretty mean, but today they were in a good mood, one spent a lot of time posing for me.

My son pointed out a Grackle on the lid of a trashcan and I got a couple shots of some Western Bluebirds, other than that, it was pretty quiet, windy and cold. There weren’t many flowers blooming in section III of the park, but a few Rock Roses and Mexican Lavender (which I didn’t bother with since there weren’t any hummingbirds feeding on them).  Other than that, it was pretty low key at the park today.

I am really wanting to venture out and explore new areas. I plan on visiting Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, Irvine Regional Park to name a few. It’s been a while since I’ve visited these beautiful places. I have a maternity session coming up, that I cannot wait. I’ve been researching some beautiful locations for this shoot to compliment such a beautiful expectant mother!  I will be sharing those within the coming weeks. 🙂

That’s all for now.  🙂

 

Renew


Every now and then I take a trip down memory lane by browsing through my huge archive of photos from the past 16 years. I started my interest in photography long before I was a mother, but as soon as my first child was born that was when my interest became a hobby, and eventually my business.  I love to reminisce through all my photos most importantly to reflect on my boy’s childhood and to (cry) marvel in how much they have grown.  There’s always a story to be told with each photo. Some photos make me laugh, others make me cry and some make me scratch my head thinking, “Why didn’t and do anything with these photos before?”.  Some photos just didn’t grab my attention back when I first shot them, but tonight I came across a few that really stood out and begged for some special touches. This series is called “Renew” which I will share here and add more as I work on them.  Working on these photos rekindled a passion for floral photography.  I guess it’s time for new projects and new memories with my new camera.

This and That…and a Frisky Cat (or 3)!


Just a few photos I wanted to share. First, our Water Hyacinths bloomed  yesterday (well one of them).  I’m glad I got the camera  out, because the blooms fade within 24 hours!  They sure are pretty.

The second photo is of one of the photo disc sleeves I offer when ordering a photo disc. They are gorgeous keepsakes. Love the quote on this one.  ❤

My cat Cristo, the Black and White Tuxedo Cat, decided to stalk me while I edit photos. He was laying directly above me on top of my desk (which is a re-purposed amoire).  He was posing for me and I had my camera right there so I had to get a couple shots of him.  He’s gorgeous and I love him, but he’s sure a feisty thing!  I think you can tell he has a feisty streak in him..it’s in the eyes. 🙂

The other photos are of my son Jonathan saying hello to the neighborhood Tom, a new favorite photo of mine

Tomorrow I will be a secondary photographer at my friend’s, daughter’s wedding so I will be sharing the photos here next week. Stay tuned. Have a great weekend everyone!

New Camera New Material


I recently added a new camera to my arsenal.  I took it out for a “Test Drive” today. I’m still figuring out all the new features compared to my old but trusty Canon 5D. I’m amazed at the quality of images, just in the few I took today.  Here are some of my favorites.  🙂

Faded Beauty


Who would’ve thought a fading flower could be beautiful?  It’s a sad part of life, but life blooms eternal right? Indeed, as a bloom fades, others blossom.

Pond Life


Having a water garden is so much fun. It’s fun to create an ecosystem with aquatic plants, fish and to watch all the visitors to the pond throughout the year. During the winter it quiets down with the lilies going dormant, the fish aren’t as active and we get Yellow Rumped Warblers stopping in for a drink and a bath in the waterfall.  During the spring and summer the fish are very active with their spawning and taking care of their babies (fry).  With spring & summer also comes other visitors like Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Wasps and Dragonflies.  It’s fun to photograph these visits if I’m lucky to have my camera nearby.  Today I got a couple good shots of a big orange dragonfly.  I also played around with a water lily bloom in Photoshop.  I’m excited for the next visit, just as long as it’s not a predator like a Heron or Raccoon.  Our location isn’t easily accessible to the big birds and animals, but you never know. 🙂

 

 

Peaceful Evening…


It’s quiet here at my house, the lighting is beautiful and the Plumerias, Parasol Flowers & Princess Diana Tea Rose wanted their photos taken. Here’s a few to share with you. ❤