Friday, August 15, 2014

Cap & Gown

I couldn't help but do one more comparison set while I was going through old pictures.

My nephew Thaddeus and my brother Dave at Mt. Carmel's graduation this year.

 My graduation 14 years earlier at the same high school. 

 Jen, Larinna, Rhiannon, and Andre in the background.

John's graduation in Denver at the Red Rocks Amphitheater (what a cool location!). One of his best friends, John Jensen, is on the left. Isn't it weird how John's school colors were the exact same as my high school in San Diego?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seniors and some funny comparisons

When my nephew Matthew was in town from Denver, he asked me to take some senior pictures for him. I was  more than happy to oblige as that meant more family hang-out time.  Unfortunately it was the day that it started raining that month so we spent the first hour or so at Red Robin downing burgers and fries while waiting for the storm clouds to pass.  Luckily we got a quick hour in before the sunset.  I'm not putting all of Matthew's pictures up yet, but while I was shooting I kept remembering John's seniors in the back of my head and I could not resist posing Matthew similarly for a couple frames. So, for your enjoyment . . .

I love how Matthew looks like he's actually a senior and John looks like he's 12! Hahaha! John completely agrees so I promise I'm not being mean.  Here are a couple more of sweet 17 year old John.

A picture with his dog Nikki. Sadly, Nikki passed away during the first few days when we were dating. I remember I was on an overnight birding field trip down in St. George for one of my college classes and texted John eagerly to see how he was doing (I was so excited that we were dating!) and he replied that his dog had died and how sad he was about it. It was kind of sweet because I realized we were both big animal lovers.

John is a deacon's quorum advisor and a scout assistant right now. I'd bet his scouts would love to see this one!

And for your entertainment, here's my senior picture.  We don't do the fancy, out in the wild type pictures in southern California. There's a studio and all seniors have to go to the same place, so I feel like mine is kind of boring in comparison.  If I had a picture of my hobbies and location it probably would have been in a field surrounded by rabbits! Do you think I look as young as John did at the same age?

Friday, August 8, 2014

35mm film from San Francisco

Since I'm not doing any paid photo gigs right now I'm trying to be economical with my causal 35mm film snapshots, but, darn it, they just told me that Walgreens is going to be shipping their film out to Fuji soon for developing. CVS already does something similar. This is not good for the frugal film enthusiast. I have a feeling that it's going to cost more than the tradition drugstore 1 hr. develop and scan and the price of film has already gone up in the short amount of time that I've been shooting it.

We shot with a digital medium format camera (Mamiya 645 DF) in my PLE class last week and it was nerve wracking handling something that costs as much as a car, but also so awesome!

And, completely unrelated, my hair has been driving me crazy! It's been a bumpy ride growing it out. It wings out all over the place, hits at weird places on my face, and can't really be pulled back but is too long to solve with a headband. Curses!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Otso Otso O!

Which is the name of a Filipino song that was very popular while I was on my mission. Watch at your own risk! I always thought that dance, which you can see when it hits the chorus, was a little odd and it was even more so when 5 year old kids were doing it in the streets. Otso = ocho = eight which is number of years we've been married!

John was at scout camp on our actual anniversary. Then he got sick and then I got sick and other obligations kept popping up. So finally, 3 weeks later we went out to celebrate.

Matterhorn food truck French toast and reading in a shady spot in the grass by a favorite pond made up our morning. In the afternoon we packed a picnic and headed down to Utah Lake to canoe.  This fulfilled so many of my weird bayou, Jungle Cruise, Tom Sawyer fantasies that I was in pure heaven even if I wasn't a very helpful rower.  There were a few loud groups of dating twenty-somethings, but we steered clear of them and were able to see some wildlife: muskrat, weasel, and a turtle.

Having an hour or so to spare before dinner at Communal, John gave me a grand tour of his various apartments from his college days including the old part of King Henry, the School House, the Mine Shaft, the darn Amarilla, Southridge, and someplace on condo row.  Some were ghetto and I'm pretty proud of him for being so frugal when he was younger, but some of those places were scarily rundown.

Can't you imagine alligators, hippos, and manatees lurking beneath the surface? Or Amazon dolphins? I'm such a nerd. Jungle Cruise really was one of my favorite rides as a kid and for awhile I thought those mechanical animals in the water were real.

The School House. They tore down Joaquin Elementary and the field next to it and replaced it with a behemoth of an apartment complex complete with mini shopping center.

The Mineshaft, whose entrance is the lower door with the couches on the roof.

We busted out the tripod on Center Street so we could finally get a picture of the two of us together. You'll notice that I just brought a skirt to throw on after canoeing. I don't know if the results were so great.

Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity

That seems like a mouthful! But I guess it's no less so than The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, right? Back in May we drove to Huntsville to visit the Trappist Abbey and pick up some jam, which is actually made at a different Trappist abbey back East. We were hoping to get the local grown honey but the abbey stopped selling it awhile ago because there are not enough monks left to take care of the bees and run the farm. I find other religions and their practices fascinating and even though it was not our church it was very peaceful to meditate for a bit in the silence of the Trappist chapel, with the light from the stained glass window streaming in, and to watch one of the monks slowly and meticulously lay out a table cloth in preparation for Hours.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Code Monkey

 Video of John's Development Team at BambooHR. He's second to last (00:58).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Still Life 1 Assignment

First still life with one light + softbox. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Muir Woods and Another Family Dinner

As I mentioned before, this trip was pretty short. There was a lot more we would have loved to do, but we made the most of the 2 days we had.

John and I went with my parents to Muir Woods. I kept looking for Caesar . . . we didn't find him but we did see a super cute river otter!

And then the last family dinner.

Everyone loved Uncle Tom and Aunty Betty's dog Sammy!