Dreamland…

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There’s something so touching about watching those you love sleep. Today when I picked up the camera to fiddle around a bit I found three little angles in dreamland.

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The last time I photographed her sleeping I believe she was about 3 years old. Time sure does fly.

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Fergie was napping only a few inches away from my daughter, which was quite convenient.

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All I had to do was follow the sound of a chainsaw to find this sleepy old guy snoring like a lumberjack.

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Week 1 in Photos

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Just snippets of everyday life over the past week. I’m surprised that although I was a little challenged for time between work, the holidays and a few hiccups that life tend to toss at you, I was still able to mess around with the camera a bit.

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Good Morning, City of Trees!Image

Looking up.Image

Frank the Gecko.Image

Ricky the Raccoon and Chimp Chimp. (photo taken by Erik)Image

Fergie, Dutchess of her domain and the handbag Julia carries her in.Image

View of the I Street Bridge taken from the 18th floor of my building. 

Back in April…

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We ventured to the San Francisco Zoo…

Our trip back in April fulfilled two wants.

1. To experience the oldest continually operating motel in San Francisco after reading about it in Sunset Magazine. Here is the online version of the article I found in one of their newstand issues called “Top 20 Beach Hotels.” I am a little bit of a hotel snob so staying at a (cough, cough) motel, is not what I usually go for but Sunset Magazine had included it in an article so of course it perked my curiosity. Another plus was the price point and the location.

The Ocean Park Motel is located at 2690 46th Street, San Francisco. This place has a nice charm about it, was clean, and only a block away from the San Francisco Zoo and a couple blocks from Ocean Beach, which by the way is pooch friendly! The quiet neighborhood (if you don’t count the L-Taraval streetcar running down the street every so often) is also pretty safe so we didn’t shy away from heading down to the beach after sundown to let the kids conquer the dunes to get the last bit of energy exhausted before bedtime.

The rooms themselves are pretty minimal, and don’t expect all the amenities of the W Hotel or even a Holiday Inn Express, but it was comfy, clean, and made me feel as if I was back in the year 1936, which by the way, is the year the Ocean Park Motel was built. It was kinda funny to find the fridge in the closet, but it serves it purpose and it’s nice to have that option. We opted for the two room, one bath suite, each room sporting a queen bed, closet, t.v with cable, and a nice view of the garden. For $135 a night and free parking I’d say it was a good choice and I’ll be back for our next trip to the SF Zoo. For more information about the Ocean Park Motel check out their website!

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2. Our second reason -To visit the SF Zoo!

It was a great weekend getaway for all of us. We got to explore a part of San Francisco that is not the usual tourist trap, it was educational, relaxing, and we got to have some much needed (and fun) family time, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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He has been known to toss around 14 syllable scientific dino names.DSC_0008Awesome. Right off the bat the kids are greeted by the things that they are so passionate about. for Julia it’s all about the cats.

SFIcePlantThe Zoo’s horticulture department does an amazing job at creating an authentic experience with the use of exotic plants intermingled with the native flora.

DSC_0046DSC_0102DSC_0105DSC_0084Erik took the camera to get some shots of the penguins. He loved the fact that this one looks like a headless penguin.DSC_0109Every time she made a deep guttural sound or roar I was grateful for the opportunity to experience her beauty… From the other side of the moat and fence.
DSC_0130DSC_0189It was a little chilly that day. Luckily he could zip up his face AND slurp a slushy.DSC_0227DSC_0232DSC_0153DSC_0263DSC_0284DSC_0316GiraffAll. Most. Got. It……
DSC_0122Too cool for school.DSC_0195DSC_0239PAPERMe: “Erik, pleeeeaaaase unzip your face!”

If you’ve never been to the San Francisco Zoo check out their website, make plans and go! Plan to be there all day, have fun, spend lots of money on food (although once you buy the big slushy refills are free!), and did I say have fun? Bring a jacket and stay at the Ocean Park Motel.

Fort Ross

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A few weeks ago we decided to head up to Salt Point again, but this time we were going to make Fort Ross our focus. Fort Ross is located on Highway 1 along California’s beautiful Sonoma Coast, just 2 1/2 hours North of San Francisco. Fort Ross is a great place for adults and kids! The Fort it’s self is amazing with California’s first windmill, living history actors/historians, cannons, trading post, and beautiful scenery. You can easily make a whole day of it between the fort and the cove below. My kids enjoyed running around the big grassy area, asking the Living History folks questions, and being able to touch everything in trading post – including all the hides.

The Fort Ross Compound/Visitor Center is open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays except Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. If you would like more information regarding Fort Ross, follow this link: http://www.fortrossstatepark.org

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Where Props Are Due

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Today I found that using props in children’s photos is great because it sparks imagination and the kiddos just start role playing and have fun. Most of the time they even forget you’re there, let alone taking photos of them – and you capture nice, natural smiles and energy. The flip side to all this spontinaity is that you loose a good amount of control and you just have to let go of your planning and ideas and just roll with it. I took these photos in my backyard today within an area of about 8′ X 10′. I now really want to look for a more open field location and invest in a nice, fast, 50mm or 85mm prime lens. battling the shadows and fading sun proved to be a challenge today.

From today.

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Shooting Men

So, for the most part, the majority of my photographic subjects are usually A. my children, B. lanscapes, or C. flora/fauna – The areas I feel a draw to, at home with. So when I got a special request to take a few photos of a man I was a little hesitant.

I have only done this a couple of times, and in very controlled classroom settings, so I was a little nervous. Would I be able to offer posing suggestions that were masculine? Would he feel comfortable with me? Would I be able to connect with him and pick up on his mood or nature, what makes him, him?

So he arrives and we have a little small talk, I find out he has brought a prop. His beautiful guitar, his prize possession, the baby that he hand built. Great! I love props and this should help build a connection between us because I love music! A long story short, I had a really great time. And I think he did too. We were able to get to know each other, have some laughs, and I now have a new guitar instructor.

Classic headshot.

Classic headshot.

Casual shot with prop.

Dramatic black and white.

Dramatic black and white.

Pictures you forget you have

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Funny how you sometimes take pictures and then forget about them until you use your camera again and see them as your flip through whatever was never transferred from the card. I can never understand how I might have forgotten about them in the first place, but no matter, I have found them and am definitely excited when I discover little lost treasures of time.

Some little lost treasures taken over last summer.

Julia and Erik thought the V-22 Osprey was pretty cool.

Julia and Erik thought the V-22 Osprey was pretty cool.

I think this was the C-5B Galaxy. There were two enormous cargo planes there and this was one of them.

I think this was the C-5B Galaxy. There were two enormous cargo planes there and this was one of them.

Old timers looking for a party.

Old timers looking for a party.

The kids imaginary joy ride in a Dept. of Justice Heli.

The kids imaginary joy ride in a Dept. of Justice Heli.

One heck of a plane and amazing/crazy pilot.

One heck of a plane and amazing/crazy pilot.

Nose dive.

Nose dive.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbird.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbird. Darn sexy.

Precision.

Precision.

Sorry. Gotta make aTop Gun Quote- "Communicating. You know keeping up foreign relations. Giving him the bird!"

Sorry. Gotta make aTop Gun Quote- “Communicating. You know keeping up foreign relations. Giving him the bird!”

Passing by. Fast.

Passing by. Close and Fast.

Something old and something new.

Something old and something new.

Eeehhhh!?!?

Eeehhhh!?!?

Every fly by was a bit loud and "jiggled your insides," as Erik put it.

Every fly by was a bit loud and “jiggled your insides,” as Erik put it.

Turbine.

Turbine. Taken by Erik.

Brown.

Brown. Taken By Erik.

Taken by Erik.

Taken by Erik.

Taken by Erik.

Taken by Erik.

Capital City Air Show

2012 California Capital Air Show.

It’s a Strange Thing

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When you can be in the middle of civilization and still feel alone, a little lost, and feel surprised by your surroundings. On our family hike along the American River we encountered Coyote, a River Otter, a Deer carcus, and a series of large seasonal ponds that we never knew existed. Here are a few images of what we saw.

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It’s Been a While

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Wow, I haven’t posted anything in quite a while… 7 MONTHS to be exact! A new job, Rich’s new job and two very active kids have kinda taken over and it has been hard to re-adjust and get into a new groove.

I haven’t taken very many photos over the past half a year +  and that has bummed me out a little bit. I just realized the other day that I didn’t even know where I have stored one of my fave cameras,  my Nikon F1! But it feels as if the ripples in my pond are finally starting to settle and I’m able to day dream a little more and hear a creative voice whispering again.

Yesterday I started going through some of my photo archives (while my kids are sick and in bed) and realized I had takes some photos in the not-so-distant past. Some I hadn’t even shared yet. So over the next few days, and definitely next week while the hubby is away on business, I will take the time to get back on this old horse, my blog.

Below are  a few senior portraits of Kalyn, who is the daughter of dear friends, who recently graduated from High School. Yay, Kalyn! It was really fun to hang out together and share some photo ideas and then try them out. This was my first senior portrait photoshoot and I loved it. Kalyn was energetic, trusting, and not camera shy at all. Tons of fun! Hopefully, I’ll get to do a few more of these!