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Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition

There are two things that San Diego loves: surfing and dogs. There are more things, yes, like tacos, but this is about the marriage of those two wonderful things, ergo: dog surfing. I had seen photos of San Diegan surfing dogs circulating the internet, but never witnessed it in person. When I heard about the Surf Dog Competition, I HAD to go. It was everything as promised; many surfing dogs, ranging from small to extra large, as well as some sort of buddy competition, where dogs surfed together or with their owners, as well as a dog play area, dog photo booth, and many dog-friendly vendors. We brought our sweet baby Widdle, and he had a great time! It was a little hot for him because he was a bit of a wimp, but otherwise, it is a great event for the whole fur-family! We couldn’t stay the whole time, due to Widdle’s dainty composure, but what we did get to do/see was a lot of fun!

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Joshua Tree

I had heard about Joshua Tree National Park for a long time before ever going there, which finally happened over Thanksgiving weekend! It’s obviously pretty famous, since I had heard about it a lot, and a lot (if not all) of you have probably heard about it! I hadn’t actually been into much “nature” stuff before to moving to San Diego…odd, because I was born and lived my entire life (minus college) in Portland, OR, which is well-known for being very beautiful. Maybe I didn’t appreciate it because I had it my whole life? Who knows. I did explore a fair amount up there, but didn’t really make an effort ever. Now that I’m in San Diego though, I find everything overwhelmingly beautiful and actually make an effort to explore all these different areas that are known as natural attractions. What is happening to me?? Ha, it’s obviously great though!

Joshua Tree was AMAZING and way more beautiful than I was expecting, with my prior anti-nature views. How cool can trees and rocks be? I just wanted to see it because we were in the area and it’s so famous, and people would probably like photos from there. I am IN LOVE though, completely in love! Trees and rocks are actually super amazing, FYI. You should probably go to Joshua Tree, if you haven’t. We are definitely going to go back. We unfortunately didn’t get much time there, so we are hoping to take a longer trip, maybe do some camping (gasp!), when it gets warmer of course. I hope you enjoy these photos for now though, until we go again! 🙂

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Del Mar Racetrack

Background story on this:  Several months ago, like possibly a year ago, I met a photographer at Seaport Village who was participating in a scavenger hunt as part of a Meetup group. I think I must have had my camera with me, because he told me all about the group, and recommended that I try it out. He gave me his card, but I forgot about it for a long time, and I”m not sure where exactly it is now. So I finally decided to go look for the group on Meetup.com, and I have no idea which one it was, ha. I did, however, find some great photography groups (and have since then started joining other groups, although I haven’t gone to any except this one photography group so far). The Pacific Photographic Society is AMAZING, and they have all sorts of events all the time. This was my first event with them, and it was such a great opportunity!

So, as part of the Meetup with the Pacific Photographic Society group, we got press passes for a day at the Del Mar Racetrack. We got to go early in the morning to watch the warm-ups, then a tour of a stable, and then we got to go to a bunch of special locations to take photos of the races and the horses getting ready that the general public doesn’t get to go to. I had been to the racetrack before, but definitely didn’t get this kind of special access, so it was a lot of fun. The members of the Meetup group are great too, and everyone was so helpful with tips on shooting and such. I highly recommend the group, and I can’t wait for more events like this! Also, horse racing is fun. 🙂

Huntington Beach

Surf City, USA!  One of my favorite beach towns.  I only spent a little bit of time there this trip, because I was just trying to take photos of surfers.  I got to capture a beautiful sunset too though!  I will most likely take more photos there in the future, since I love going there. 🙂

I suppose, for those of you that might travel there but have not yet, maybe you might like some recommendations on things?  I’m no expert on HB, but from what I do know, they have a Tuesday market thing, with a bunch of art and some farmer’s market type stuff also.  In addition, the surf shops have big sales, with many items 50% off.  I totally recommend going on a Tuesday. 🙂 They do have the sales other days too, but I’m not sure of the specifics on that.  Many weekends I think, possibly Fridays.  It’s a happening town. 🙂  Also, if you like sushi, I love Sushi on Fire!  That’s all for now, I have to explore it more myself 🙂

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News!! Exciting news!!

Here is a photo that I just printed to sell, to catch your attention :)

Here is a photo that I just printed to sell, to catch your attention 🙂

Alright, first off, I haven’t been doing much (well, anything really) for about a month.  I mean, photography/business-wise; I’ve been doing quite a lot of other things.  My husband came home from deployment a month ago, and I had a bunch of business craziness right before that, so I took a break to get ready for him to come home, and I guess I’ve been on vacation pretty much since then. 🙂  It’s about time to get going again, as I will hopefully be starting a new “chapter” (I hate clichés, but oh well) ASAP!  This also relates to my craziness a month ago, which leads me to…

I have been accepted into the Spanish Village Art Center at Balboa Park!! I applied in April-ish, and the jury was May 30, right after my RAW show, and right before my husband came home.  So I knew since then, but I just haven’t posted anything.  I am still waiting on one more thing so I can start selling there, which is maybe good that it has taken so long, so that I got my nice little break.  I did buy a couple more things to get my set-up prepared, so I worked a TINY bit, but I don’t really need to do anything else until I actually start selling photos there, so I’m just waiting on my last piece.  Hopefully it will come soon!  I’m REALLY hoping for next week, because I really want to get started out there!

For you San Diego people or people that are familiar with Balboa Park/Spanish Village, you probably understand how excited I am about this.  If you have no idea what it is, it is an AMAZING opportunity.  I posted before about how I was going to look into becoming a photojournalist, but this opportunity actually gives me the chance to do what I’ve been doing all along, and do what I love most, which is taking photos of whatever I want to take photos of, and selling them.  Balboa Park is basically tourist central of San Diego, besides the beaches.  And since San Diego is already a pretty tourist-y area, that’s a very high traffic location for me.  I will be just setting up on the patio, so while setting up and taking down every day isn’t exactly my favorite thing to do, I get to just sell photos pretty much whenever I want to.  I have no idea how it will go, but it has AMAZING potential and is basically the best chance I personally can think of to do what I want to do, but do it full time and possibly actually be able to make a living off of it.  And I’m still my own boss!  I was sooooo worried I wasn’t going to be accepted, because the opportunity seems too good to be true.  Like I said, I hope I get that last piece so I can start selling there and see how it actually goes!

I am not sure what days I will be there yet, but I am going to try to be there most days.  If I work out a set schedule, I will post it on here.  Hopefully any of you that are in the area will come visit me though!

Dapper Day Spring 2015

I discovered Dapper Day through the clothing store Unique Vintage, and I’m super excited that I did. They do it in 3 different locations, but the one I went to is the one at Disneyland.  This one worked out great for me because I was already heading up to Santa Ana to shoot a fashion show the same day.  So I unfortunately didn’t get to dress up, since I didn’t want to draw attention to myself as a photographer at the fashion show later, but I got to attend the expo and see a bunch of cute outfits, watch some dancing with a live band, and do a little bit of shopping.  We are already working on plans to actually go to Disneyland for the fall Dapper Day, and I’m super excited!  The hubby needs a vintage outfit though, I’ve got plenty. 🙂

I would totally recommend checking out their website and attending one!

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San Diego Pet Expo

The San Diego Pet Expo is a great event for pet owners!  It is definitely mostly geared towards dogs, as we are a HUGE dog-loving city, and then cats, but as you can see from the photos, other pets are welcome. 🙂  I was there with my puppy, Widdle, who had a great time, met some friends, and got some doggy ice cream!

San Diego Tet Festival

Working my way through some more photos!  This is the San Diego Tet Festival, the Vietnamese lunar new year celebration.  I went to it the same day as I went to the Chinese New Year festival, but the weather got substantially worse, and there weren’t very many people there.  It was the last day, so hopefully more people went to the previous days!  I also did not spend much time there, since it was so miserable, but it looked like it was a good festival.  There were many fun decorations, and there was a singing contest going on while I was there.  There was also a tiny goat petting area, and a lot of tasty looking food!  I wished I had more room in my stomach, but I had also gotten food at the Chinese New Year festival.  From their website, it looks like they had a lot of different events going on throughout the festival.  I am looking forward to going back again when hopefully the weather is a lot better!  Bonus: there was a rainbow, though. 🙂

International Dance Festival

I’m working on old photos!  The International Dance Festival was put on by the International Dance Association of San Diego County, on February 15.  I wasn’t there for the entire thing, but I got to see a few different styles of dance, and it was great fun!  The members demonstrated their style of dance, and then opened up the floor to everyone and taught a few steps.  They have classes for pretty cheap prices, so if you’re in the San Diego area, check out their website!

La Jolla

I’m finally finishing my photography day trip!  I mean, I finished the trip, but I posted some of the photos (here and here) a while ago and I’m finally posting the final set.  I kept putting off editing these because I love them so much, I wanted to spend the time making sure they were all perfect.  I’m SO happy with how they turned out!  Not trying to brag or anything, sometimes you love your photos so much that you’re amazed that you even took them.  I think maybe they took themselves?  🙂  Anyways, this is my favorite set of photos to date, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

The beginning is from Windansea, because I didn’t finish editing those before I posted the last set.

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