30 self portraits in 30 days

Hey guys, it’s been a while huh? I’ve been busy with a very special life project. Not ready to announce it yet so I’m keeping mum for now =)

For now, I wanted to share some work that been hiding deep in the abyss of my hard drive. It’s about time these pics saw the light of day!

Last August I gave myself a photo challenge to take 30 self portraits in 30 days.  Everyday I set up my camera, tripod, and remote in order to take my picture of myself in a different way. I had a blast creating new lighting set ups and exploring my town for different shots. Most are SLR pics, but a few are iPhone shots. For anybody thinking about doing it… just do it!  It was crazy crash course in lighting and photography.

You bet by the end the month I was so sick of taking my selfe.  There’s only so many ways to picture my face.  Man I definetely have an appreciation for all those selfie artists out there.

Hope you enjoy!

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1) First hair flipping selfie in my livingroom. The background is a wood painting I made.

 

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2) Me trapped in a phone.  Inspired by phone selfies

 

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3) My favorite hat (now lost on an airplane somewhere.)

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4) A purple door at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

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5) My little buddy Jack and I.

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7) On top of the world at Almeden Quicksilver

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8) Soaking in the window light

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9) Oh hello there, just wearing some red lipstick.

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10) Feeling light as a…

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11) Catch me at the dive bar with a vodka tonic in hand

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12) Three quarters view

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13) Thinking about the sound of music here

 

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14) I had to include a mirror shot of course!

 

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15) Sometimes I wander around empty rooftop parking lots.

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16) But I prefer to wander around heavily wooded areas.

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17) Nighttime portrait

 

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18) Trying to be sexy without the sex

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19) Who hasn’t eaten ramen like this before?

 

 

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20) Just a brick wall at sunset

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21) It’s a complete coincidence that my eyeshadow matched my drink here.  That the famous Shark Tank.

 

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22) Somewhere under the 280 freeway

 

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23)   It’s all about the light. In this case it was nearby wall sconce.

 

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24) Cheers! my dear.  Let’s drink!

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25)  Livingroom portrait under a wall tree.

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26) I REALLY liked pink back then.

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27) Rocking out. Yes I like puns.

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28) Trying to make out with my dog

 

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29) This is what I look like when I’m shy, which is most of the time.

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29)  In camera double exposure!

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Morning Shoot with the lovely Shhivika

This post is embarrassingly overdue.  Sorry Shhivika, I was withholding these pics while waiting for the donut you owe me.  Just kidding!  Completely my fault for the lag.

A while back I got the chance to meet up with fellow photographer Shhivika Chuahan (shhivikachauhan.com.)  She’s a fantastically creative and inspirational photographer that recently transplanted from NYC.   I was drawn to her photography style because of her stunning light and whimsical perspective play.  She has some lovely inspirational words on her blog as well. Definetely go check out her website when you get a chance.

She was lovely in person too!  I enjoyed conversing and drinking hot chocolate with her and watching the sunrise in the wee hours of our early morning shoot.  I hope you and your kiddos are doing okay girl!

In addition to being gorgeous she took some ahhh-mazing pictures of me on her blog.   My jaw dropped when I saw them. Go check them out!

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Barrett Family Welcomes Baby Max

Confession. I talk to myself when editing photos. “Gotta adjust the exposure, add a vignette here…”   Mumbo jumbo like that.  While editing this session the only phrases coming out of my mouth were:

‘Sooooooooo friggin cute.’

“What a squishy butt!”

“Wook at those wittle feet.”

My husband gave me the strangest looks as I baby talked to my computer monitor.  It was full blown cutegasm mode. This may have been my first newborn session (and to be honest my first family session ever) but based on my reaction it certainly won’t be the last.

Thank you John and Sarah for welcoming me into your home to capture these beautiful tender moments between parents and baby.  It was an honor to photograph these early memories of the Barrett couple transforming into the Barrett family.  From my short time hanging out with you guys it was obvious that little baby Max is going to be surrounded by so much love on his journey to becoming tall and mighty Max.

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Welcome to the world baby Max!

Cherish and Laxman Japanese Garden Engagement

She went to his birthday party.

He got the best present of all…

Her phone number.

The rest is history.

The title reads engagement pictures, but they should really read ‘my camera can predict the future’ pictures. Haha. No really, even though they were not yet engaged during the time of this shoot, it was easy to see by the way that Laxman’s fingers lovingly brushed the curls out of Cherish’s eyes that this relationship was headed into forever territory.  They were so easy to photograph because not only were they gorgeous (and kind) human beings, their PDA was the perfect balance between intensity and tenderness. I just loved photographing these two.

And I’m so happy to hear about the recent engagement news! Best wishes for the both of you!  =)

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After the Tea Party

Mina absolutely mesmerized me with her eyes during our Tea Party photoshoot.  As we wrapped up, her guy joined us for a sip of tea and an impromptu couple shoot.  These two were so goofy and fun, quickly our zen little tea drinking session turned into a all out pillow fight battle. Loved it!

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