Make Your Own Color Palette!

I found the most fun new online toy! Sherwin-Williams, the paint brand, has this awesome new tool called “Let’s Chip It”. Basically what it does is gives you a color palette (of Sherwin-Williams paint colors) for a photo you choose! You can see an example I did below.

(On a side note, isn’t that kiddo precious? I took that in the hospital when she was one and a half days old.)
This tool has endless possibilities for a creative type of person! For example, you could use it the way that Sherwin-Williams intended: use it to find great colors to paint a room or your whole house. Or maybe someone took an amazing photo of your children and you’d like to decorate their playroom around the photo. Now you can paint and decorate with the right colors! Or maybe you went to Hawaii and took a stunning photo at a crystal clear blue, sandy beach and now you want to redecorate your dining room to remind yourself of your trip…EASY…now! Other great uses for this took could be picking out a color palette for a wedding or even for finding out new colors to infuse into your wardrobe. Go ahead and check it out, it’s super fun!

Venice, Italy Print on Display!

I am so excited! I have my first piece of artwork on display. I never think of myself as an artist, because I typically work with people on their portraits. But when I travel, I take my camera everywhere and end up taking many more landscapes or “artsy” photos then I do at home.

Back in 2005 I traveled to Italy with some friends, an experience I will not soon forget. While in Venice (my favorite part if Italy as of yet) I took this photo:

As soon as I saw it (even on the teeny tiny screen I had on my camera back then), I knew it was a winner. It took me a few years to eventually print it to hang in my own house, but once I did, I fell in love with it again.

Now, hopefully other people will fall in love with it too! This week I hung up an canvas wrap of  Venice at Night in Dominic’s at the Oceanside Harbor! The walls in Dominic’s just happen to be an awesome shade of burnt orange, so the blue from the photo pops RIGHT off the wall. Pretty lovely if I do say so myself! Please forgive the awful phone photo, but I actually forgot my camera the day I hung it up (I was too excited!).

If you are local to San Diego and are at the Oceanside Harbor, go check out Dominic’s for yummy Italian/Pizza and you can see Venice at Night in person! Let me know how it looks : )

Vegas Baby!

Vegas Baby! Oh, how I love Vegas! Which is honestly kind of strange because to know me, you wouldn’t think I would be the kind of person to love Vegas. I think I love the idea of people not judging me for staying up until all hours of the night/next morning!  : )  Last time I was there, I took out my camera and tripod for a little night shoot. This first photo was my fav of the bunch! Yeah, it’s a little obvious, but I don’t care! (Click the photos to see them larger.)

If you’ve been to Vegas, why do YOU love it?


I’ve always heard and seen in pictures/movies/TV how beautiful Hawaii is, but WOW, it really is! I recently made my first trip to Hawaii, to the island of Oahu. The weather? Forget about it! Hawaii has ruined San Diego for me!  Just thinking about the warm ocean water makes me feel more relaxed…ahhhhhhh. I can not WAIT to go back. Hopefully someday very soon, because the little 3 day tease I had, well, that was just mean!

As you probably know, I usually don’t take too many landscapes or artsy images, but occasionally it does happen! Like in New York City and Hawaii, because it is just too beautiful!

We went for an ATV tour (yes, I drove an ATV!) on Kualoa Ranch. They do lots of things there, including filming for movies and TV. This is where they did a lot of filming for LOST. It was so pretty, although when the tour was over we were DIRTY, covered head to toe in dirt from the ATVs!

This crazy looking dish will start the “food” portion of our tour. From what I gather, this is a traditional Hawaiian dish (please correct me if I am wrong) that was invented for hungry surfers and is high in protein and carbs. It is basically white rice, a hamburger patty, an egg and gravy. It’s called “Loco-Moco”…crazy!

I had to share this image because it was THE best shave ice I had in Hawaii and I’m sad because I didn’t order it! It came from Hawaiian Island X-treme Smoothie & Shaved Ice, a food truck next to the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. And yes, for those wondering, it is called shave ice, not shaved. After a little research I found that shave ice is different then what we call snow cones in that shave ice is finer (like a powder) as opposed to chunky like a snow cone.

Giovanni’s Shrimp came highly recommended! Personally, I don’t like shrimp, but my travel companions said this really was amazing shrimp! So instead of eating, I documented!

All the colors were so vivid!

I’d like to close out this post with this photo that I call “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh….”  ; )

Christmas In (Almost) July!

Christmas in July!? Well, almost July anyway!

Yeah, Yeah, I know the holidays are over…as a matter of fact, we are getting closer to Holidays 2011, can you believe it? YIKES! Before it gets even later in the year, I wanted to post some photos I took in New York, Holidays 2010. I went home to see my family and acted like a TOURIST! <Gasp!>  I hate looking like a tourist anywhere, but especially my home state! Luckily it resulted in some really nice images, so I feel OK about the tourist thing!

Upon arrive in Grand Central station, I walked past Junior’s.  Actually, it’s a baby Junior’s, meaning it’s just a small shop where you get dessert to-go. They also have several full restaurants around NYC. They are famous for their cheesecake, which is the ONE dessert I don’t eat (although I eat everything else!). I could not help but take a photo of the boxes and boxes of cheesecakes stacked in the tiny shop for all of the holiday travelers!

The Empire State Building is styled in Art Deco, which I love! From this angle though, it’s hard to tell, but I do love how you get the feeling that the building is just so big.

I’m pretty sure that if I had lived in the city when I was in high school learning photography, I would have taken these subway photos back then : )

Per their website, Mcsorley’s “can boast of being New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon” as it opened in 1854! What the what? Yes, 1854! We stopped in to check it out, how could we not!

You can’t go to NYC around the holidays and not go into FAO Schwarz, come on, am I right? This was by FAR the biggest stuffed animal I have seen in my whole life!

Remember the movie “Big”? If you grew up the 80′s like I did, this next photo will both excite you and make you want to cry an little (because if you don’t win the lottery, you probably will never own one, sorry!).

The snow makes everything so quiet…