Road Trip

We wanted to take advantage of a week off of school over Thanksgiving.  So we loaded up the car and drove to San Diego.  We took a slight detour on the way there to see the Grand Canyon and on the way back we checked out Vegas.  My daughter and I had seen the Canyon before but it was the first time for my husband and son.  They were impressed!  We rolled in just in time for sunset and left in the morning so it was short but sweet.  I loved the varied terrain surrounding the Canyon too.  Just steps away and the environment looks like it could be in an entirely different state.  I must admit that the edge of the Canyon makes me a bit queasy.  No mountain climbing for me!  Hiking yes, but if ropes are needed, I'm outta there!  We really need to make it back to the Canyon soon for some more quality time and day hikes.

 

Although I packed lots of photography equipment I was too busy spending quality time with the family to have many photos to show for it.  I couldn't resist a few though.  My parents live on a beautiful golf course just inland from Del Mar.  The smell of the Eucalyptus and Pepper trees in the early mornings makes me feel like I'm at a spa.  The week was full of lots of good food, plenty of sunshine and pool time. I hardly took my camera out in Vegas.  We had planned on taking in a show with the kids but they were pooped from the week spent with cousins.  After a satisfying bowl of Ramen at Momofuku's, and watching the lights and fountain show at the Bellagio, we fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow.  I'm going to make it a point to take advantage of that gorgeous light they have west of the Rockies and take more photos...next time!

First post, favorite photos

Welcome!  This is where I will share a more diverse collection of my work.  The first few posts will likely center around favorite photos taken, some portraits, obviously, but also some landscapes and still life.  I hope you enjoy getting to know what I love to capture!

Of course, the best place to start might be with my initial muse--my first born.  She has been a bit reclusive as of late(we're talking snow leopard status here), and therefore I'll have to go back a little further in history to show off my favorite images of her.

As you can see, we used to live in New York City.  One of the reasons I love to include a lot of environment in my photos is that I really want my kids to remember what it was like to live in the city.  I want them to remember the parks that we frequented and all the unique parts of our former neighborhood that made up city living.  Now that we have traded NYC pigeons for Colorado magpies, I hope my daughter remembers her childhood school, her neighborhood, our apartment, and her pink bedroom.

 

Is there anything more beautiful and soft than window light?  Especially when you are up on the twentieth floor with all white walls!

Is there anything more beautiful and soft than window light?  Especially when you are up on the twentieth floor with all white walls!

She would never go for pink walls these days!

She would never go for pink walls these days!

Although my daughter can do a serious face like no one else, sometimes she just enjoys herself and I love to capture that as well.  Movement in a photo can make for captivating imagery. This image was taken on a California vacation.

Although my daughter can do a serious face like no one else, sometimes she just enjoys herself and I love to capture that as well.  Movement in a photo can make for captivating imagery. This image was taken on a California vacation.

Here are some more recent photographs since our move to the incredibly beautiful state of Colorado.

I always want to remember her obsession with handstands!  Washing the car was a novelty that first summer.

I always want to remember her obsession with handstands!  Washing the car was a novelty that first summer.

The next couple of images mark my first foray into artificial light...  

Thanks for taking a look around.  I'll be back with a blog post showing off my faves of my second born!