Sedona, while well known for it’s red rock formations and off-road jeep tours, has so much to offer everyone. There are great wineries, spas, hiking trails and even rock sliding for the kids. North of Sedona, is Oak Creek Canyon which contains several campgrounds, recreational areas and hiking trails that follow the beautiful creek at the bottom of the canyon. You can swim, fish or simply relax by the creek to escape the summer heat. I have been to these places several times, but had never really taken the time to photograph the beautiful landscapes. I made sure to remedy that this summer and below are some of the images from the trip.
Last year, my cousins and I decided to recreate an old family photo. We discussed the many photos we would love to replicate, but decided as there were the four of us girls, we would redo our four Aunts’ glamour photo from 1992.
One weekend last month, my cousins Cassie and Jessica came to Tucson from Phoenix and I set up the set in our entryway. We all did our makeup and made our hair as large as possible. However, our hair was not large enough until my mom came at us with a comb and teased our hair to new heights.
We decided who we each looked closest to and arranged ourselves into the appropriate positions. We had a lot of fun trying to perfect the smiles and expressions of our aunts in the older photo. After about one hundred photos, the very last turned out to be almost perfect in comparison. The bottom photo is the final photo we chose out of the camera.
After I took the photo into Photoshop, I was able to adjust the colors and clean up the photo to more resemble the older photograph. I ended up grabbing the boa from the original and placing it in our photo to better match the original. Other than the boa, everything else was captured in camera. After working on our photo and cleaning up the original a bit, the result was remarkably close.
We had originally planned to give the photos as Christmas gifts, but within days there was already a rumor going around the family that there was a surprise gift. We knew the secret would not remain much longer and decided to give the photographs as Easter presents. I printed both the original and replica photos and we framed them together. My sister wrapped the frames and we handed out the gifts. Our aunts opened the gifts at the same time and their reactions were priceless. They were so happy to see the remake and the original.
My sister Shandra and her husband Michael are almost six months pregnant with their first child. It is a very exciting time for all of us, but I am especially looking forward to being an aunt. As I am hosting her baby shower this April (April Showers), I wanted to take some photos for the invites, but also for sentimental reasons. We are having the shower in Tucson, AZ so I wanted to incorporate the desert landscape and also my sister loves the desert. Here are some of my favorites.
This weekend I went with my family to the Yuma Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo. Going to the rodeo every year is a tradition in my family and it is always a great event. As I only had my 50mm lens with me, I had to get up close to the arena. I got covered in dirt and scared by a bull, but it was a lot of fun to shoot.
After leaving Baltimore, my cousin Jessica and I headed for Savannah, GA. It was wonderful to get out of the cold weather and explore the beautiful city. Savannah was amazing and with all the parks, fountains, and plazas, our walk around the city kept turning into a photo shoot. Thank goodness my cousin is such a good sport when it comes to my photography,
I have finished the Professional Photography Program at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts and it is time for me to move back to Arizona. Now, in order to do this, I have to drive from Boston to Tucson. I love road trips and visiting new places so I have been looking forward to this trip. Also, my cousin Jessica has flown to Boston to drive back with me. Not only will she keep me company and help me drive, she is also an excellent model to have with me at all times.
This journey of ours began on Thursday. After packing and loading my car, which I can tell you was no picnic, we headed from Boston to Baltimore. We spent the whole next day in DC and we definitely packed a lot into that day. We went to the Capital, the botanical gardens, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Memorial, and the White House. After such a grueling day, we also killed a few hours before our train back to Baltimore at an amazing Irish Pub called Fado.
As I have been staying in Yuma, AZ for the holidays, I decided to take my cousins Cassie and Jessica and do an impromptu photo shoot. We live way out in the country surrounded by lettuce fields so I had them trekking through the mud and lettuce, but I got some amazing photographs. My beautiful cousins were great models and the whole shoot was a lot of fun. These photos are lightly edited, but I love the natural, bright look.
Last week, my fellow photographer friends and I got together with our graphic designer friends to decorate some Christmas cookies. Decorating the cookies was a lot of fun, even though Jay only made inappropriate ones. Somehow, one cookie ended up having a whole orange on top. It was very relaxing and a great time spent with the friends I have made here. Later that day, we all went to Liz’s home for dinner before heading out to see the Boston Pops Christmas show at Symphony Hall. The venue was beautiful and the show was amazing. The orchestra played Christmas classics with a few new twists.