Birthday Extravaganza

Baby Ethan had his first birthday party this last weekend, and it was quite the extravaganza. My sister baked a cake and about 150 cupcakes, and I had the task of decorating them! I had fun decorating, but the final product was much simpler than I had imagined. I thought it was cutesy nonetheless.

Oh. I also made this poster and decorated it with construction paper. I like monkey puppets. :)

BFF

I went to New York a while back in October with my friend Katy and my sister-in-law, Alison. Now the thing I love about these two ladies is they are best friends forever. I think it’s the cutest thing.

I’ve known Katy since my freshman year of college when my brother and I drove down with her; our car broke down and being the amazing woman she is, Katy changed our tire by the side of the road.. (I think my brother might have assisted?). I’ve known Alison since I was a high schooler going to summer camp where she was my cabin camp counselor. I just love how I’ve known them separately and now I get to see them be besties together.

Just so you know… Katy is reason I crave adventure. When we were in college, it was Katy who was always organizing fun trips around SLO. She organized trips to go camping and kayaking and ballroom dancing…. fun times!

Here are some pics of my dear buddies!

Getting Lost.

DC/Seattle Trip Day 2

When I found out my good friend, Liz, was out in Washington, DC for an internship, a handful of us decided to head out to visit her. My first day in DC I arrived at night and was welcomed by Liz.  With my flexible schedule, I went a little earlier than everyone else, so I would be spending my first day alone.  Liz equipped me information about all the wonderful places I should visit, including the White House which was literally down the street from her apartment.

I took the following pictures with a combo of my dslr and my point-and-shoot.  Click on the images for a larger view!

The path around the White House was covered in fallen leaves.

I took a picture of myself with the White House in the background.  You can’t tell.. but I swear it’s there.

You can’t tell, but the White House is much, much smaller than I had imagined.

Somewhere along my adventure through DC, I got lost… very lost.  It was glorious when I found this cute street.

I love gingko leaves!

Riding the subway reminded me of the Bay Area’s BART system, just like my friend, Katy described.  The actually subway stations created a very unique experience.  The escalators scaled deep, deep down underground and the platforms were both serene and eerily dark.

Oh, how I love flying….

Yikes!

I was hacked.  Time to change my password!

Vote for Me!

Bobby Earle is having a contest on his blog. Vote for my picture and I can get free web-hosting from Show-it Sites. If you leave a comment on his blog, you’re entered to win Smugmug Pro and get unlimited file storage for a year!!!!! All you need to do is leave a comment on his blog that my picture (below) is your favorite!!! Help a girl out!

Giveaway one: This is for the attendants of the recent RPTE that we took to Thailand and Cambodia. The winner gets a free year of Showit Sites compliments of David Jay :) All they need is YOUR vote!

Showit is probably the most integral part of my business. I would be hard-pressed to think of a company that has benefited me more. If you can think it, you can do it with Showit (without needing to know html/flash/css code). I have a hard time figuring out why someone would use the other website options, to be honest…

Giveaway two: The next giveaway is for all of you who vote with a comment below (only on the blog — not facebook or twitter). One commenter, chosen at random, will get a free year of Smugmug Pro! Compliments of Markham at Smugmug ;)

I’ve been using Smugmug for about 3 or 4 years now — and I can’t say a bad thing about them. In fact, I can only say great things about them! Their customer service is out of this world. I remember having some question at like 3am one time a few years ago — within the hour I had an answer from a top Smugmug guy (Andy) on the Dgrin forum. I’ve met personally with the people who run Smugmug and I can tell you that they care about one thing: Doing what they do to the best of their abilities so that photographers who use them can have more success. They’re amazing people.

Now, for those of you that don’t know, here’s a few quick reasons that I love Smugmug…
Store (literally) UNLIMITED photos. Backed up by Amazon.
Upload and display stunning Hi-Definition video clips.
Powerful image protection including custom watermarking.
Set your own prices for prints & gifts and earn profit from sales.

Editing.

I think I am a pretty swell photo editor.

Here’s the thing, though. I don’t edit my own pictures as well as I’d like because I don’t have a clear vision of what I want my pictures to look like. I believe that since other photographers have such a strong style their editing is so much more compelling. However, if I’m given clear parameters, I think I can do a pretty awesome job. So when I edit for other people … I think I’m a pretty amazing editor.

Feeding my ego, and boasting way more than I should… here’s a before and after picture.

BEFORE!

AFTER! note the missing windows.

Not my gumdrop buttons.