Category Archives: Photos

Stay tuned for posts featuring some of the photos I’ve taken! As a full-time student and part-time employee, this growing hobby often takes a backseat right now, but when I do get to use my lovely D-SLR, it’s a happy day for me, and I look forward to sharing it with you!

Kitties, Galore!

Our outdoor cats had kitties in the past couple of weeks, and I got a chance to play with them & take some pictures! Aren’t they adorable? We’re looking for good homes for them right now — hopefully some will turn up, because once they start running around, they’ll probably get into everyone’s way in the complex! I was thinking of keeping one as an indoor kitty for myself, but I’m so allergic — hope to get on those allergy shots soon and get me a fur-ball to cuddle with 🙂

Photo Scavenger Hunt #2

Although the linky for this past week’s scavenger hunt is already closed, I still want to post my five photos for this past week’s Sunday Scavenger Hunt!

I’m preemptively freaking out about school and a new internship starting up next week, and thus I’m worried that my participation in these scavenger hunts will become much more sporadic, but I will do my very best – I know loads of the participants are busy multi-tasking moms and career women, and I’m hoping to keep up with the multi-tasking photo enthusiasts.

Without further ado, my five photos!

1.  This is Me

At first, I tried taking a self-portrait, but none came out too well for my tastes. Then I remember that I took a photo in November when I was visiting my family in New Jersey that I absolutely loved and thought it captured who I see myself as. This photo is a fairly candid one – we were on our way to the park, my grandparents and I, and I opened my visor’s mirror so I could see my grandma sitting behind me. This is what it looked like :). My grandma’s been one of the strongest women in my life; I grew up in her arms and she was more of a best friend than a grandma. Together we watched many Spanish soap operas (dubbed in Russian of course) and ate bowlfuls of sunflower seeds. She really is my second mom, and she’s with me always.  She is my number one fan! I wouldn’t be anyone or anywhere without her.

2.  Resolutions

Ah, those dreaded resolutions. This year I’m more bitter about that term than I think I ever have been. I see how consumerist it has become (diet pills, weight loss miracle cures, etc) and more than anything I want not to make any resolutions (although I do need to lose weight….). Well, upon thinking of what I could do to represent resolutions, I turned to look at the end of my desk, and noticed my resolution staring right at me. These photo albums are the last of a bigger stack of albums that I’ve been working on for more than a year. They’re photos that my mom has compiled of her youth, my childhood, my brother’s childhood, and of our family. They are precious to me, and I’ve had the determination to scan each one onto my computer and archive them. I’ve finished about 7 albums worth, and scanning these last albums will be my resolution for this year!

3. Treasured

Every person in my life is treasured; my parents, grandparents, brother, my boyfriend, my friends. I take photos of these people all the time, and I myself have carried on the photo album tradition – I’ve already amassed about 9 or 10 of my own since I’ve turned 18 (and I’m 22 now…). Well, today’s treasured photo is of my beautiful mom, who was waking up from a nap on New Years Eve, when my brother cuddled up next to her. Loved it!

4. Innocence

Once again, this is from New Years Eve, when my mom was waking up from a nap. She’s so beautiful, and in her sleep she’s nothing if not innocent (as she is in life, too!). No matter what life brings my mom, she’s always the sweetest person; I take lessons from her, and I love her so very much!

5.  Primitive

You’re probably thinking that I chose this photo because of the so-called primitive subject. This is not the case — I chose it because of the “primitive” camera that I was using – if you can call it that. My brother got the iPod touch for Christmas/New Year, and I was playing around with an app that has cool vintage filters on it, and I took this photo of one of our lovely cats, Albino. He’s always been my favorite, since his very birth, and although he’s quite enormous now (doesn’t he look like a sheep?) and sleeps 20 or more hours of the day, I still love him!

Photo Scavenger Hunt #1!

A friend of mine has embarked on a photography project to take one photo a day – regardless of quality or content. I think that’s a fantastic idea to keep practicing and to improve, but as you can see with this blog – I’m not the most diligent. So, I’m going to try a similar challenge – a weekly photo scavenger hunt, courtesy of Ashley Sisk! Essentially, she posts a blog with five words as prompts at the beginning of the week, and you have that whole week to interpret each word in a photograph. Below are mine for this week! I hope this gets the ball rolling for me to update this site more often – stay tuned!

1. Family

My family and I toasting to a new year!

2.  Motion Blur

 

My boyfriend's mom's dog, Buddy, relaxing on Christmas.

3. Pretty Package

I love surprising my family with goodies in these personalized stockings 🙂

4. Glow

 

 

Love the orange glow of the moon rising! If only I had my tripod, and a closer zoom!

5. Sparkly

Sparkly holiday lights behind inviting, warm candlelight

OMG, OM-1

A couple weekends ago, my boyfriend went up north to the Prescott area to visit his mom and step-dad. I was intending to go, but at the end was scheduled to work the entire weekend. While he was up there, he kept hinting at something that they were cooking up for me as a graduation present…now, I must tell you: I’m notoriously good at guessing gifts. I don’t mean to be, and in fact I consider it to be somewhat of a curse because I love to be surprised (with gifts, anyway)! But I could never have guessed this one!

Well, so while at work on Sunday, I kept wondering what they were going to give me. All my hints were that a) I’d love it. b) I’d absolutely it. and c) Dave’s mom did some sort of intricate packing job. As we both came home (he from his trip and I from work), I was giddy to open the present! He immediately went for my camera – they told him to take pictures as opened…and I soon realized why! It had to have been one of the most difficult gifts to open, ever. But SO well worth it!!!

Among about 15 of these adorable little graduation ducks, there lay an incredible gift. An historic piece of machinery that I had marveled over more than once at their home…in this sea of cute ducks, there was the OM-1. The OM-1 is a photographer’s holy grail, and as an aspiring hobbyist photographer, it’s certainly an incredible camera to own! It was released in the early 70s, and is considered one of the best SLRs in history. Aaaaand, might I add, the one I got is pretty much in mint condition! They gave me a huge lens to go with it, as well as a flash & other neato accessories! I cannot wait to use it!! Once again, thank you both SO much for the gift! I will cherish it!

(Disclaimer: I’ve once again received an immunity deal from the Evil Eye on any excitement on the received gift mentioned herein).