Love For Lomography 04


Oh man oh man! How has it been almost a year since I last shared some prints using the Diana Mini?? It's one of those light hearted cameras meant for fun and mistakes -- don't mind me though, I'll just be justifying the cost to develop them. It's like.... you're paying a premium on developing film to see which mistakes you made (which is kind of all the time!) #lifedilemma

One of my favorite pictures is of my sister-in-law (as seen in the image above) where I had big plans to double expose with flowers. I don't know how I managed to completely get it all wrong but I still love how it turned out.  


A snapshot from our flight from LAX to Cabo San Lucas back in February of this year. I'm really digging the hot pink flare on the bottom. On this trip, I took most photos with the Diana and the Instax (as seen here).


Remember the flowers I was talking about that were supposed to be double exposed? These were those but here they are displayed all by itself. Still happy with the results.


Beach photos were meant for toy cameras! Or is it the other way around? 

Really into this color combination. It reminds me of conceptual abstract colorful dreamy summers.

I'm playing catch up on what's been going on these past two months! Meanwhile, how's it going? How was your summer? I'm so excited for the next few months! :)

Flowers and Light: Peonies in B&W II

I know what you are thinking. Peonies, again?! The internet is full of them! But here we are. :) These flowers were a vibrant pink color as seen here. They were lovely and different from the usual peonies I take home and I appreciated the many differences between them.

If you were wondering why this is labeled "II", it's because I did a post  similar to this last year. This time around I wanted to see how the mood changed if I used a white backdrop. Which do you prefer? Do you like black and white edits? They seem almost timeless to me. Anyway, one of my friends asked if I could turn the photo below into a shirt. I wasn't sure if he was serious or not so I uploaded it on Society 6. Turns out, he was! Anyway, if you would also like this in a shirt, or anything else, you can get it here. Please note that any purchase made come with hundreds of virtual hugs from me. 

In other news, my husband and I are moving to LA this weekend! We've been living on the border of LA and Orange County for far too long now and it was always hard to explain how close we are to the city but how far we were at the same time. I'm a little nervous about this change but then I'm reminded that life begins at the edge of our comfort zone. That's the quote by Robert Frost right? :)

Lastly, I shared a little personal post on being vegetarian on Natalie's lovely blog, La Designerie. Check it out for more peony love but more for her beautiful blog!

Okay wow! That was a lot of information to take in for one post! Anyway, I hope you have a lovely week and weekend ahead! Do you have any upcoming travel plans? We're heading out on a road trip next month and couldn't be more excited (and stressed!) for it. 

Recent Frames and Prints

Frames-6 Frames-5

I recently had the opportunity to donate a print to the Coalition of Humane Rights of LA. It was a 10" x 10" print with a 12" x 12" frame. I then dabbled with some smaller prints that are 5" x 5". What do you think? I rather like the white frame more than the black but go figure, right?


In other news, I shared a little Floral Study on Claire's lovely blog south by north. Hop on over for some still life's of dahlias and phloxes. Would love to hear your favorite floral arrangements. It is summer after all and what are seasons if not shown by seasonal flora? :)

Rosy Instaxes

Pink Roses2

Is it silly that I'm just now posting these images that were taken in February? Okay maybe a little bit but I finally organized and streamlined my process for editing photos. Teaching myself Lightroom a couple of years ago seemed okay at the time but quite disastrous once I found out how to actually organize files using catalogs! Gone are the days of using one catalog for every single shoot. LOL.

Pink Roses

I almost always use Lightroom now and Photoshop only if there's something extra I need to photoshop out of an image. Why? Because...

  • you can edit photos in batches
  • you can use a  preset for one photos and use the same edits for other images
  • you can export images in batches with a numerical order (for example: if I wanted to save these two photos, I simply export them and LR automatically numbers them in order of export)
What about you? What editing software do you use and how do you organize your files?

Everyday Flavors

I have a kitchen I can call my own for the last 13 months now. It's been an interesting process understanding what systems to use to stock groceries, which meal to cook depending on how much time we have, and what ingredients to have at all times.

I finally started realizing that these were the three essential ingredients I use quite frequently:
(1) Lemons- Whether it's for making lemon water or for sprinkling on salads and meals, this is such a perfect and purifying ingredient
(2) Ginger - Perfect for masala chai, ginger tea, and for cooking basically anything. It's great for recovering from a cold and a great anti-inflammatory ingredient
(3) Chili - I kind of just need this in anything. It's like Sriracha to the rest of the world.

So now I keep a bowl with all three ingredients ready to use in a moment's notice. Curious to know, what are your everyday flavors?

P.S. Thank you so so so  much for your kind words on my last post! xoxoxoxo^infinity