These are all the images that Josh took of me on his different film cameras during spring. I have been incredibly busy with work that I don't remember how spring went by, but thanks to these images I can recall bits and pieces. For example, he found this beautiful floral bush in the neighborhood on his way home from work one day, he came home and asked me to wear something nice so he could shoot me in front of it.
I think I wore this dress to a festival of some sort, I am thinking Pecan Festival, but to be honest I absolutely have no memory of anything else - My face tells it all on how tired I must have been, I must have been working night shifts during this time.
This was on Memorial day which fell on a Monday, we were so busy with life that didn't even notice Monday was a holiday. Since we had no plan for the long weekend, we woke and headed out to a new coffeeshop Josh wanted to show me. After we got the drinks he wanted to test couple shots on his film camera so he opened the trunk and handed me my longboard (we carry our skateboards in his car's trunk all the time).
This was on mother's day, my coworker invited us to hang out at the farmers market, sadly as soon as we arrived it started pouring rain. We probably stayed there about 5 to 6 minutes before we had to rush back to the car and leave, but it was enough time to buy some yummy tacos and bag of fresh peaches to take to my mom for lunch.
He shot these two in Los Angeles, we were on our way to his grandfather's 100th birthday party and we had a discussion about difference between digital and film photography. He wanted to test the light on film so that's why my eyes are barely open.
I took these images for a skincare line that reached out to me via instagram. This probably the second time I collaborated with a company and it is always fun. However, this day the light was not cooperating and kept changing every 10 seconds and as a result some of the colors turned out over saturated. Truthfully if I could I wished to redo the shoot, but you know how life is.
Right before heading to the airport in the Airbnb I shot Josh's niece with her toy plushie. Right after we woke up in the morning she came to our room and introduced her little sheep plushie to me and told me the story of the 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf. When I asked her if I could snap a quick shoot outside in the patio she agreed. Sometimes it stuns me how much easier it is to shoot children compared to adults, their smiles are genuine and their poses comes so natural as they seems to be actually having fun with the session.
A photoshoot in a new city is probably one of my top favorite things to do while traveling. For that I am so grateful when I get the opportunity as it usually doesn't happen. Although we stayed a day and half in LA for a family gathering, and everything moved so fast in a blur, this 7:00am photoshoot is among one of my top favorites to date. Josh found this cute coffeeshop in Echo Park neighborhood that provided many backdrops in walking distant, Christina like always was absolutely incredible. I edited these images on the Lightroom application on my phone the same day! I usually edit my own pictures on my iPhone on the go, but this is the first time I edited an actual photoshoot on my phone. I am going to re-edit the images per usual on my computer for comparison. I am excited to see how different they will turn out.
If you have not noticed, I am actively trying to be more proactive with shooting more. On my way home from work I stopped by a park to test out some features I learned on my Canon 6D. I have been exclusively shooting on my 5D Mark II for the past couple years and neglected 6D and even attempted to sell it off. However, recently I've started to appreciate it more.
This weekend we will be traveling to Lost Angeles for a family gathering. It's Josh's Grandfather's 100th birthday, how amazing is that? We squeezed a photoshoot with Christina on this trip which I am so excited about and will bring on my Canon 6D for the ride.
I am not much for magazines, but somehow Bella Grace has harped melodies to my heart, it is a charming women magazine printed quarterly, which I find so inspiring with breath-taking photography and uplifting message of self-love and random act of kindness to yourself and others. Just by looking through its pages I can’t help but the desire to grab my camera and head out the door to capture the beauties this world has to offer. I bought the newest copy while I am planning my birthday weekend. This year for the first time in many years I am staying in town. I usually like to travel on my birthday and spend the day exploring new places, however this year is different, so I am using the magazine for ideas on spending my special day to the fullest here in town.
I bought new plants for the house! The story is more like last year I bought a rattan straw basket from Ikea but kept storing other things in it . . since I don’t have a green thumb I kept waiting and researching for the most easy and manageable plant I could find which it turned out to be Snake Plant! This past weekend we went to Ikea and sadly they didn’t have a Snake Plant but they had this cute Cascade Palm which I could not resist not to buy! So while at it I bought this white pot as well for it to place them both in the said rattan basket, just to find out the white pot was too small for the palm as it needed a much larger pot. So the next day I went to Home Depot and bought a larger pot for the palm and then also bought a snake plant for the white pot. My new plan was to put the white pot with the snake plant in the rattan basket! Well that didn’t work out, because turned out the snake plant is super tiny and won’t even show in the basket except for like half an inch of its top! Pretty much the way it goes I'll be building a forest in the house trying to find a plant that fits that rattan basket. So now I am planning to take the basket with me literally to Green house trying to find something that actually fits.
I can finally check Enchanted Rock off my list, the view is gorgeous and scenery is absolutely breath-taking however, we were supposed to meet a group of friend and it never happened as the park is large with many trials paths and phone reception is non existence. I began to wonder how photographers who shoot at this park find their clients, it could be a big challenge if you don’t travel together! Also another issue I have with this park is that they don’t allow dogs go up the hill, so we only were permitted to go on the trails around the hills/rocks. That aside, I would like to have the opportunity to shoot a portrait session at this park for once.
I made this leopard print skirt myself, I bought the fabric online and used one of my old skirts as a pattern and tweaked it a little, I was planning to wear it durning our trip to Paris, unfortunately that turned to be impossible given the 30 degree weather. So the first weekend back in town I wore it for a spring picnic day and it was perfect. I loved it so much that I made one in black satin as well, thought now I am left with 2 and half yard left of the leopard print fabric not knowing exactly what to do with the remaining haha.
New love for Photography with this precious Film Camera
SXSW find - where they had a set up for a florist that designed a bouquet for you
I asked for muted natural colors, and set it for my Haftseen Table
We also went to a mini picnic at a park and I bought Kambucha and Chochlate
My Persian New Year Spread (Haftseen)
Birthday Hike for a friend's special day
I only showed up once in the office last month and that was to take professional headshots
speaking of which I just realized I am yet to receive them, so classic how us photographers are
All month long I worked an overnight shift of a nightmare, don't ask!
Best purchase of this month is this tote bag I found in Joanne Fabric of all places
Cannot live without it, it is a perfect size, comfortables straps, matches with everything