Being still new to the area, I am always on the lookout for a new pretty spot to shoot some photos. I just happened to see someone mention this trail on Social Media and decided to pack up and go check it out. I was not disappointed! This is a close, yet secluded open space with some great trails and beautiful scenery. I was on my bike this time and found myself pulling over every, seemingly, 10 ft for a new beautiful scene. Below are a few from that day that start to capture the scene.
And for a different perspective, here are several from my phone, the LG G6:
Coming from the deserts and beaches of California, we aren’t too familiar with snow….fast forward to us living in Colorado and that is quickly changing! We find ourselves going outside in heavy snow to just wander around and be in it, which is fun! Totally new life experiences for us that I am glad we will be able to look back on.
While out driving around seeing what I could see, I came across the Hornbek Homestead (link below). Not only is the countryside in this area beautiful, but the drive there is beautiful too. Here are a few images from one of my trips there.
I came up on this part of road unexpectedly and had to swerve off the road to capture it once I saw it, it was just so picturesque to me. I had to dodge a couple on coming cars as I was in the middle of the road trying to get this shot. I am happy I did!
This is a close up of the front door on the Hornbek Homestead I posted about here.
Random dirt road in the middle of nowhere next to a barbed wire fence at dusk.
There is a nature walk at the Hornbek Homestead that crosses this awesome little bridge. This is the view looking out into the nature to come once you cross it.
This is part of the valley you see on the nature walk as you are crossing the bridge above. As I was walking into the valley, I saw a fox running off into the canyon. It is some beautiful nature out here!
Flowers like these adorn the trail all over. I had to capture one of these, they were very pretty!
Seriously. This particular portrait session I came away with so many that I genuinely liked, that it was hard to narrow it down to these in this post! I guess that’s a good problem to have. Laguna beach rarely disappoints when it comes to golden hour photos. On this particular day, there was a high surf warning and huge (to me) waves! This made grabbing some of the shots next to the water a little hair-raising, but Darlene handled it like a pro!
This shot above was actually an “accidental” shot in that Darlene was not trying to pose. As she did her thing, I was looking for potential shots. Times like these make a pose that may not look natural seem natural because the subject is not trying or forcing a pose. I like these moments.
This image above is one of my all time favorites. This image looks great in color too, but it is just so classically beautiful in B&W to me. Love it.
You can see above that the surf is a bit feisty in the background! It was fun and we made sure to watch each others’ backs when doing these shots. There were a few times we had to stop what we were doing and brace or flee!
Having fun, a necessity on a photo shoot!
OK, is that next set of waves going to take me out or do I have time?….oh and this is fun!
So this is another one of my newly acquired all time faves. 2 from one shoot?
This was Darlene’s idea and I really like the way it turned out!
Beautiful colors going on here. This was during the last 15 minutes of sunlight.
Such a simple but powerful image.
Thank you for viewing, let me know what you think!
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend Darlene and create some awesome images. We were treated to a beautiful Southern California evening in Laguna Beach. There are a lot more from this shoot that I can’t wait to share, but for now here is one to hold you (and me!) over.
As the sun was setting it cast a beautiful golden light that really made Darlene’s eyes pop. More soon!
Well here we are 2 months into 2014 and I have been dealt my first large dose of change. I can’t say that I am entirely surprised, there was a part of me that knew this could happen any moment for the last 3 years. However, surprised or not, it is hard to be fully prepared for change…that’s why it’s called change! The best I can do is be as ready as I can with how to process a life blip.
Different can be scary, and right now it is scary.
But, there is this other part of me, deeper inside me and not in my moment to moment thoughts, that knows this is good.Why? Because I value personal growth, rebirth, newness. Not in theory, but in reality and practical terms. I know that from this tearing down of my once manicured routine, I have the opportunity to reshape and rebuild – to grow. Sure I could have done this on my own before, but I didn’t. Now, I have been lovingly ‘kicked out the door’ to make this happen, ready or not.
Well, I’m ready.
This is not a crossroads. Full steam ahead into my great unknown.
Catchy title, right? Got you in here! But hey, at least I am not lying.
So I was able to spend some time in the studio a few weeks back and I am just now having the time to share them with you. I was really happy with the way the session turned out. These two lovely ladies happen to be sisters, good genes if you ask me! For this particular session, we did not have an overall theme we were shooting for, but really just going with the flow and seeing what we could create. With that in mind, check it out below and let me know what you think!
BTW, the first and last picture are the same image, just one is B&W obviously. I felt like this particular image worked so well in both styles that I had to show both to do them justice… Poll below for which you like better, I am super curious at which is preferred in the eye of the beholder!
Last weekend I covered an adoption event being held at the local animal shelter. It was a pretty cool event with a lot of vendors, food trucks, and of course, a lot of animals that wanted a new home. I chose to edit this set in black and white because I wanted all the focus on the dog with no distraction, so you can get a glimpse into his/her personality and see the real emotion residing in these loving animals. I have not yet rescued a dog from a shelter, but you can be assured that I will when I am able.
Being at this event and seeing so many dogs (and other animals, but canines were dominant) that were in such ‘good condition’ with such sweet personalities blew me away. I suppose I have blocked out the reality of animal shelters, but this brought it home to me. These little furballs of joy only want to love and connect, how can they be locked up in a cage with no family to bring smiles to? As you look at these pictures, see yearning in their eyes, you won’t have to look hard. I don’t mean for this post to be a sad one, just to give a glimpse of the beautiful dogs that can use a helping hand. At the end you see a shot of a doggy and her brand new owners, happy day!
This small piece of grassland was sitting atop a secluded hill overlooking the ocean in Hawaii. Besides being beautiful, the winds coming off the ocean enveloped my body which was incredibly refreshing and one of a kind. For a little while, this felt like my own little paradise as hardly anyone drove by. You can read more about the reason hardly anyone drove by and why it was secluded, from my post The Road Less Travelled, Literally.
I am slowly trickling out photos from my Hawaiian trip as I go through and find the ones that mean the most to me. For me, this photo just brings a smile to my face as I place myself back in that grass atop that hill. 🙂