Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maternity Shoot: Kelly

I kind of want to submit this photo to a catalog, magazine, pregnancy/maternity lookbook, or something. It may be one of my favorite portraits to date. I really wanted white-on-white for this maternity shoot, a winter wonderland of sorts, and I think we nailed it. (And talk about a pregnancy glow!)

It's still surreal that my childhood best friend is married, and now has a son (I'm slacking and posted these pretty late). I couldn't be more happy for her though, and I think it's pretty special that I got to photograph such a special time in her life.

Can't wait to meet you, sweet baby Pavlos!

PS- Kelly's wedding here, and pregnancy announcements here!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maternity Shoot: Leah

I absolutely adore this photo (above). When my friend Leah got pregnant, I immediately reached out to her to see if I could take her maternity photos. Not too many of my friends here in LA are pregnant or have babies (shout-out to all my mama friends in Massachusetts: "my one friend Lynden" just had her fourth (!), Kelly just had her son, Danielle is the mama to my godson, etc.), so I wanted to jump on the opportunity to snap some maternity photos here, in LA.

After discussing an overall vibe and researching a bunch of different locations, we settled on Paramount Ranch, in Malibu--and it wound up being perfect. We were able to get photos both on set and along the hiking trails (the colors were beautiful, even if it was a bit more dry than expected), anddd I was pretty happy with the overall turnout.

Very Abercrombie & Fitch meets maternity.

Congrats, you guys!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

October 16th.

Centennial Bridge, Panama
My last blog entry. It makes sense to call it an entry, a diary of sorts, and on that date I shared a new "must make" that my then boyfriend and I really enjoyed. Superficial shit. Fluff. Accompanied by a typical food photo that totally could have been Instagrammed, pinned on Pinterest, or shared on Facebook. All that 2015 jazz.

I've struggled for quite some time with blogging, with what I want to share, who I want to "be" on here, mixed with who I really am. Those of you who know me know I have a trucker's mouth and drop F-bombs left and right; on this blog I don't think I ever have. I've done a good job at keeping things "politically correct," if you will, knowing that my family and friends and (maybe?) random folks may take a peek here or there, consciously trying not to offend anyone. Which is interesting. And I'm not sure how I feel about it.

There have been times where I do feel more authentic, sharing a small--albeit real--window into my life. It's a funny thing though, privacy, or lack there of. I can feel overwhelmed when I think about what I have put on this here space, posts like this one, allowing myself to be more vulnerable than I usually would. I can't help but to now think, Damn. I knew I shouldn't have listened to people and written that. And now it's still out there. For good.

There's been a lot that has happened in my past that really makes me think twice about allowing people direct access to my life. I question putting my life on blast voluntarily, you know? Once you do, you can't take it back. Sure, I could delete photos and posts that include my ex, or whatever, but people have already seen them. Deleting something off the Internet doesn't delete it from real life, or from memory. Sometimes I wish it were that way. But it's part of my life, part of a lesson now learned, and will be part of how I make decisions in the future. I'm not yet sure what those decisions will mean for the blog moving forward; but I think I'm going to make more of an effort to be real. More me. And that doesn't mean I won't share food photos and new recipes I love, because I really do love to cook. But maybe I'll just include the part where I praised myself out loud for my cooking skills, or when I exclaimed that my meal was "so fucking good."

PS- More photos from Panama to follow