Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category
In the spirit of the beautiful weather we’ve had lately, today’s photo is from our trip to Mexico last summer.
I’ve found it difficult to get in the holiday mood this year, what with it being 85 degrees and sunny everyday. Last year, my parents were coming to visit so I wanted to make sure I got everything decorated and ready for their arrival. This year, its been a much slower process, taking a while to be convinced that Christmas is coming so soon. Well, now its December and by the amount of people in all the stores and the gift wrap lines getting long, I’m starting to feel it more. I hope to get our tree up this week so we’ll have time to enjoy it before travelling. In the meantime, I’m hosting to post everday until Christmas. So to start, enjoy a picture from San Cristobal on one of the clearest days in a long time.
One of my goals(#19) on my 50 in 501 list was to do a photoshoot with my brother (something my mom has been wanting as well). We have such a good time together and I wish that we could spend more time together on a regular basis. So when I was home in July we did a quick shoot one evening and here are some of my favorites.
I like this next one because anyone who knows my brother knows he is a big goofball, so this was him trying really hard to be serious.
This is a little better…
And one last one of the true Shawn…
As some of you may remember, back in November I posted my list of 50 in 501. 50 goals to complete in 501 days. So as a quick break in between photo session posts, I thought I’d do a review here. I’ve been working on getting things accomplished, but haven’t really had the chance to post them all individually. So here’s a round up of some of the goals met.
#5: Find my own apartment
-Back in January I started renting my own mini 35 square meter apartment. It’s got a nice little kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom and its been fun making new apartment purchases(and realizing how quickly they add up) and I spent much of January making new curtains (and they actually came out quite stylishly). It also has an awesome view of the mountains from the roof.
#6: Visit a college friend
I did better than just visit one college friend- I spent 4th of July in Milwaukee with all of my favorite college people. I had such a great time catching up, eating out, visiting all there new apartments in the suburbs, and enjoying custard(can’t go to Wisconsin without it). I even finally made it to the world famous Summerfest after years of living in Milwaukee but never getting to go.
#11 Send out Christmas Carsd
-You can tell I haven’t posted much about this list in a while. I did send out Christmas cards in December. Email me if you want to get on the list for this year;-) Here was this year’s picture, taken by our friend Christian:
#15-Take a salsa class
-For Hugo’s birthday, I gave him salsa classes, which was a great excuse for us to get out, relearn how to salsa and spend some time together. We took classes for 3 months, learned a ton, and remember a very small percentage of it. But it is nice to have more than the same 2 moves to choose from. Now we just need to get out and practice more.
As many of you may know, I volunteer once a month taking pictures at a local orphanage/foster home so that the kids will have a record of their first few years when they get adopted or return to their families. You can read more about the experience here. It has been a really fulfilling and worthwhile experience. I have been going for 8 months now and its touching to see the growth of the kids. Some of them were just newborns when I met them and are now crawling, teething and interacting. The older kids who were shy in front of the camera now jump all over me the moment I arrive, wanting to see their pictures and help me take more. I was touched when one little girl asked to see her photo and then kissed the view screen. I can’t share most of the photos I take in order to maintain the privacy and safety of the kids, but I caught this one when I was there last week and hopefully it gives a glimpse into this special experience.
Como algunos ya saben, trabajo de voluntario una vez al mes sacando fotos en una casa de lactancia. Las fotos sirven como recuerdo de sus años formativos cuando vuelvan a sus familias o sean adoptados. Puede leer mas de la experiencia aqui. Ha sido muy buena y lida la experiencia. He estado yendo por 8 meses ya y es especial ver el crecimiento de los niños. Algunos eran recien nacidos cuando los conoci y ahora estan saliendo sus dientes y interactuando conmigo. Los niños grandes que eran timidos enfrente de la camera ahora me acercan y quieren ver sus fotos y ayudarme en mi trabajo. Una niña me pidio ver si foto y despues beso a la pantalla donde mostro su imagen. No puedo mostrar la mayoria de fotos para mantener la privacidad y seguridad de los niños, pero vi ese la semana pasada y ojala que de una oportunidad de ver un poco de la experiencia.
I will be offering sessions in the U.S. this summer both in Connecticut/Northeast and in Milwaukee/Midwest (and who knows, maybe somewhere else too!). All types of sessions are up for grabs: maternity, newborn, kids and family, couples and high school seniors at the location of your choice.
Dates and details coming soon, but if you are interested in participating or receiving more information, please sign up here so I can plan the dates for each place. Please pass this along to friends and family who might be interested. Any other questions, please contact me at info (at) medianaranjaphotography.com
If for some reason the form doesn’t work, you can also access it here.
I’m hoping to start a new feature on the blog talking about some of my top picks. Right now, one of my favorite things is Google Reader. Those familiar to the blogging world probably use this regularly, but for those who don’t, it’s great. I started using it a couple months ago and quickly filled it up with all my favorite blogs. Its so nice to be able to log-in and see who has new posts right away instead of having to go to each individual blog itself and hope that they have a new post up.
If you already have a Gmail account, it is super easy to get started(just click on reader in the top left hadn corner of your gmail account. If you don´t have Gmail, you can still setup a reader account at www.gmail.com/reader.
Give it a try and be sure to add: www.medianaranjaphotography.com/blog to your list of subscriptions to see my latest posts.
Some other great blogs I follow and find entertaining(photography and non photography related)
Melissa Jill: www.melissajill.com/blog
Betsy King: www.betsykingphoto.com/blog
Cake Wrecks: www.cakewrecks.com
Jasmine Star: www.jasminestarblog.com
And because every post is better with a picture, here´s a quick shot from a birthday party a photographed a little while back.
Have a great weekend!
I’m a little behind on posting, but will have New Year’s and some client posts up soon. In the meantime, here are some fun memories from my nephew Francisco’s first Christmas.
These pictures were taken with my new 50mm 1.4 lens, my Christmas present to myself and goal #25 of my 51 in 501 list. Well, the goal was to try it out, but I figured I’d go ahead and buy myself a Christmas present after all the hard work that has gone into this year and starting a business. I’m so happy I did because I absolutely love the lens and the great results it produces and am excited to use it in some of my sessions coming up.
Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad to everyone. I hope that you enjoy this holiday creating special moments with those you love.
For me, being in Chile, this is my first warm weather Christmas, and while it does take some getting used to, I do have to say that it has its perks. After Christmas eve dinner and presents last night, we went out to see Christmas lights at 1 am without having to worry about being cold. It was really nice to go out to the plaza in Providencia and see all sorts of people sharing and enjoying the beautiful display. I missed being with my family but at least had some good subsitute company with Hugo´s family.
More to come soon. Happy holidays everyone!