One of my favorite things to do is find new spots to shoot. Steady State Roasting Co. is a hidden gem in Carlsbad. Go visit it and support your local businesses!
Ever since I watched the documentary Made in Los Angeles, I decided to shop more sustainably and support more local businesses that sell ethically sourced products. This can be pretty difficult given that I am a fresh college graduate without a full-time job. However, after watching this film and having many long talks with my sister on the topic, I realized how important it is for me to try and shop in businesses that use fair labor and use conflict-free resources. Buying from stores like Forever 21 and H&M perpetuates poor labor conditions by increasing the demand for cheap clothes, which is then made in substandard working conditions to subsidize the cost. Buying local, however, can have the opposite effect.
Kaleidos is a small independently-run online shop that is a great example of how a business can be run both ethically and sustainably. This shop is owned by one of my sister's friends Amanda, who is an inspiring business woman that has set a great example of how to run an independent business in an sustainable way. All of the goods she carries in her shop are ethically sourced. Plus they're cute! Check out her site. Support small businesses. Buy some goodies. It's definitely worth the investment.
The Burning Man Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery was one if the prettiest museum exhibits I have ever seen.
I first met Joely in high school because I had a crush on her brother. I was so awkward and weird about it (as I was with all of my high school crushes), and I'm sure she thought I was a freak. Since then, I hadn't spoken to her much until I found that she had started her own floral business, Rooted Florals. I ended up going to her first Valentine's Day pop-up floral shop, last year, at Bear Coast Coffee in attempt to take some photos. By the time I had shown up, all her bouquets had sold out, however we ended up catching up about her business and my interested in photography. A few months later, she reached out to me to take some photos of her floral setup at a wedding. I tagged along and we ended up having a really great time. Fast forward to Valentine's Day this year and I was finally able to take some photos of Joely at her pop-up shop.
To Joely: Your work is incredibly amazing and I find it inspiring to see a young person pursue career in a society with a very narrow definition of success. I am glad you didn't remember me as that awkward high school girl that had a crush on your older brother and have let me be play a small part in capturing your business.
Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone!
It's amazing what a simple background, a camera, and some friends can do.
To Scott and Claudia, "Yo quiero mucho. Thank you for being my impromptu models and for taking some photos of me as well. I am not often found on the other side of the camera."
I know, there is a lot going on in these photos. So I'm going to break it down for you in a list.
- Fifth-wheeling is not so bad, especially when you have sick-ass friends, and it is golden hour in Carlsbad.
- I do not condone smoking. However, when an opportunity for a photo arises, I'm going to take it.
- Yes, Impeach Trump.
- Sorry Alina, all the portrait shots I got of you were blurry :/
The Goods is a doughnut shop that just opened up in Downtown Carlsbad, and your girl loves doughnuts. Also my good friend Scott just moved to Carlsbad! Yewww! Showing friends the spots.
When I started my job at Nike a couple years ago, I had little expectations other than the sick discount. Many Nike shoes later, I have met some of the greatest people I know. Each person I work with is incredibly sweet and caring. I honestly look forward to going to work everyday. I mean look at these people. How can you not be excited to see them? To my Nike fam, if you're reading this. I love you a lot. Ahhhhh Swoooooosh!!!!
I've seen a lot of bouquets and thought that I would never be able to make my own. I tried in the past and it did not turn out that well. Trader Joe's has some of the most beautiful flowers so today I decided to give it another try! I'm pleased with the result.
When I was eleven years old, I was an awkward ass kid. Plump, nerdy, and a little too excited. Not knowing how to properly make friends, I screamed at people "Wanna be my best friend???" Luckily someone said yes. Ten years later, we're still going strong. The same two awkward ass girls glowed up; chillin', taking polaroids on the beach.
Venice Beach is everything I expected it to be. Walking through the streets I saw a variety of people from rich white people to homeless people, all under a lingering smell of weed. The area is essentially an exaggeration of what I assume people visualize California to be. Palm trees blowing in the wind; people on roller skates; the sound of beach waves; Venice is a unique and amazing place.