Monthly Archives: September 2012

My Birthday!

macro dahlia earrings

My birthday was last week, and it was sprinkled with joy throughout the entire day. I’m actually calling it my birthday month, trying to focus more on my well-being instead of just the needs of others. It’s good to find that balance.

My morning started off with breakfast in bed, complete with a card my daughter made that features a rainbow with me under it with a camera. Ah, she knows me too well.

Years back, one of my friends told me that the ukuklele is one of the easiest instruments to learn, and I’ve always kept that in mind, especially since I have a guitar collecting dust in my closet because those six steel strings are too intimidating for me. So when I expressed interest a few months ago in taking up the ukulele, my daughter immediately told her dad that’s what they were going to get me for my birthday. And lo and behold, my daughter presented me with a beautiful ukelele of my own!

ukulele instrument

I’ve been practicing it almost every day. I’ve already learned a few chords and the tips of my fingers are getting tougher.

ukulele fret fingering

It’s really fun. How can you not enjoy that happy sound the ukulele creates?

From my photos, my sister-in-law knows how much I adore dahlias, so she gave me a pair of beautiful mint-green dahlia earrings packaged in a test tube. They are so pretty. And the color is fresh and perfect.

dahlia earrings mint green

My mom also gave me a pair of earrings. How did they both know that I’ve been coveting some new jewelry? I love the art deco feel of these. Fun!

Art deco earrings

Other birthday awesomeness include:
• slice of birthday cake, compliments of the cafe I frequent
• bouquet of irises from Hubster and Kiddo
• candlelit picnic for dinner in my bedroom, also from Hubster and Kiddo
• cocktails, a set of vintage glass tumblers, and a folk-art, cast-iron, whale bottle opener from a friend
• champagne and a super soft cowl from another friend
• gift cards to amazon and my favorite art supply store
• a ton of facebook birthday wishes! (’cause it doesn’t count if it’s not on facebook, right?!)
• lots of birthday hugs from my friends and family!

Who would dread getting older when you’re treated like this?

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Castro Photoshoot

san francisco skyline downtown
Monday I found myself at a photoshoot doing some last-minute assisting for one of my photo partners, Mike Wang. He was updating some corporate portraits for a local SF biz and asked if I could come over for some last minute help. The shoot location was at a luxuriously beautiful Spanish-style home in the Castro, with a stunning view of the city.

This home has been used as a filming location in the past, and rumor has it that it’ll be featured in a reality TV-show, premiering in the fall on Bravo. Craziness!

I only had time to snap a couple photos with my iPhone since I was busy holding up reflectors overhead in the wind, getting a great workout for my arms, as well as figuring out lighting and some photo troubleshooting.

Two types of shots were taken of each person, one with the amazing city backdrop, the other with a plain blue backdrop (to compliment the company’s website colors). Here’s Mike in action:

Mike Wang

I haven’t seen the images yet, but I know Mike did an excellent job!

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Lodi, California

Some loveliness found in Lodi.

Lodi orchard

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Dahlia, up close

I signed up for a macro photography workshop at the Conservatory of Flowers and the Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park for this Wednesday. Unfortunately, the photography instructor had a recent fall with injuries, and thankfully he’s going to be okay, but he won’t be in teaching condition in time for the workshop. So it’s postponed until sometime next month. In the meantime, I’m brushing up with more practice on macro flower work.

I really love creating abstract images with macro. Those dreamy images invites you to create your own story…

Sometimes the story is light and airy.

Sometimes moody and brooding.

Sometimes mysterious.

Sometimes curious.

I look forward to sharing more stories with you.

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