A Gorgeous Sunday in Oceanside

When my husband said he needed to head into Oceanside proper to get a haircut this afternoon, I jumped at the chance to take a walk down to the Oceanside Pier and through a bit of downtown with him. Usually, he heads to the barber alone, but the weather was too nice to not take advantage of the opportunity! Plus, I was itching to play around with the Holga lens I have.

We stopped for lunch at Dominic’s at the Harbor and shared a delicious pizza with prosciutto, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts on it. Then we headed to Oceanside. I headed down to the beach when he turned up the street for his haircut, then we met up near the pedestrian underpass before heading home.

It was amazing to spend such a gorgeous afternoon with him on a leisurely stroll, and I captured some fun images with my Holga to boot! Here are a handful of my faves!


Photosanity – Winter 2012

Do you remember my post about Photosanity a while back? Or catch my interview on the NestingNYC blog earlier this week?

Well, I’m really happy to let you know that I’ll be mentoring a local San Diego group of Photosanity participants with the Winter 2012 round of Photosanity! This time, the workshop is broken into a 4-week Intro to Photosanity course and an 8-week follow-up course called More Photosanity. The Intro class starts on January 31 and finishes up on February 21, so it’s a great way to kick-start your resolution to take more (and better!) photos in 2012! The More course will take place March 6 through April 24.

Photo by Photosanity Fall 2011 member Sarah Vos

With the Intro course, you will learn what to look for to get the best photos, get tips on how to get your children to cooperate, understand how to look for the best light for photos, know how to make the most of low light situations, and start a photo-a-day project! For more information on this course, click here: Intro to Photosanity.

Photo by Photosanity Fall 2011 member Natalie Silverstein

The More Photosanity course will help you learn all about ISO, aperture and shutter speed, give you easy photo editing tips, help you set up a photo organization system, help you create a beautiful portrait wall gallery using your photos, learn about photo prints and products to share your photos with family and friends, and continue your photo-a-day project. For more information on this course, click here: More Photosanity.

If you’re ready for the time of your life, go ahead and sign up for both the Intro to Photosanity AND the More Photosanity courses by clicking here: The Photosanity Bundle. By purchasing the bundle up front, you’ll save $90!

So where do I come in? I will be the mentor for the San Diego local group, which means I’ll be moderating and commenting on all photos posted to a specific Facebook group just for participating photographers in San Diego! (Ok, it’s not limited to those of us in the San Diego area, but most group members will be in or around here!) If you’re a follower of mine from afar, don’t fret! Photosanity will have also groups in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.  AND if you’re not in or near any of those cities, you can join any of the groups you wish! For more information on how the city groups will work, check out this page on the Photosanity website.


Sign up now and use my discount code “LNP20” to save 20% on the already-discounted price of the Photosanity Bundle! Act now–this code is only good through January 31!

I hope to see you there!


Our Anniversary

Third time’s the charm!

My husband and I are celebrating our 3rd anniversary today, and it’s the first one we’ve been able to spend together! The Marine Corps sent Clay to Bridgeport for our first anniversary, so I spent it watching a Chargers game with some friends here in San Diego. Last year, Clay was packing up to head out to 29 Palms for a month of pre-deployment training, and I was soaking up as much information as I could at the Professional Photographers of America‘s (PPA) Annual convention, Imaging USA. I’m so excited to spend this one with him!

Here’s one of the few images we have from our wedding day. (Why just a few? It’s a long story!! You’ll have to ask me about it sometime.)

Happy Anniversary, my love!


p.s. Did you see that I was featured on the NestingNYC blog yesterday? Go here to check it out! :)

Thank you, 2011!

Well, I wrapped up my busiest holiday season yet just in time to unplug and welcome in the New Year with my hubby! 2011 was filled with amazing families, couples, and friends who allowed me to photograph, hang out, and have fun! Now that the year is coming to an end, I just wanted to send out a great, big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and encouraged me over the past several months. Here are just a handful of photos that have been taken in the past month or so.

I will be officially unplugged for the rest of 2011, starting NOW. I won’t have my phone on and I won’t be getting online until after January 1. If you try to get a hold of me between now and 2012, you’re going to have to leave a message at the beep, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

I hope everyone has an incredibly joyous holiday season! Until next year… *BEEP!*


Texas in November

Since my husband recently got back from a deployment in Afghanistan, we decided that Thanksgiving would be an awesome time to head back to Texas to see our families. Even though he was born and finished high school out here in San Diego, most of his family lives in Texas, where both of his parents grew up. In fact, his mother’s parents live within walking distance of my parents’ house in San Antonio!

We headed home the day before Thanksgiving and stayed long enough to see everyone in and around San Antonio and make a trip down to Bay City (south of Houston) to see more of my husband’s family down there. It was a really awesome time, filled with tasty food, good times, and great fun.

Here’s a little of our Thanksgiving spread.

And, yes, we did get to celebrate Clay’s birthday several times! This cake came from the bakery where my mom had ordered cupcakes for our wedding. It was delicious!

The best part was being able to see practically all of our family! Below are my aunt, my mom’s parents, and my mom.

My little sister is always down for a mini photo session. :)

Meanwhile, there was a football game happening at the other end of the yard…

One day, I gave my dad my camera so he could take a photo of my siblings and I for my parents’ Christmas card. Mom made for a really good photo assistant! See that flash? It’s all her! ;) Don’t worry–this isn’t the photo they’ll actually be using! I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for those who are going to be on the receiving end of one of their cards! This is just one of the bloopers. :)

And I did a short 10-minute session with my brother and his gorgeous girlfriend!

That’s it for now! Have a great weekend!