Archive | September, 2012
27 Sep

Some of my favorite photos I’ve shot of Chelsea. The lighting was beautiful!

Brittany and I are big fans of photography and she has been talking about taking pictures with the sun setting for months. We finally got a chance to go out to the barn she rides at and used a very heavy and beautiful prop- a walking, talking (okay, he doesn’t talk but he sure does eat) horse! He was happy just grazing the entire time, I must say he is a natural in front of the camera.

(I love the way the light beams through our hair, it gives a pretty golden effect)

(This is it, the shot Britt was hoping for. She took this photo right as the sun was setting with literally seconds to spare)

(This photo goes to show that composition is everything. I love the reflection in the water as well as the weight in the bottom of the photo, it is one of my favorites)

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The Sky was on Fire

26 Sep

If you live in the bay area, you probably witnessed that incredible double rainbow sunset a few weeks ago.  I didn’t see the double rainbow but what I saw was spectacular while I was out with the horses.  Luckily, I had my camera in my car so I ran to grab it to snap a few photos of this phenomenal sunset.  This is what I saw.

The clouds were UNREAL.

It just kept getting wilder and brighter!

These are all real color, no filters…

Pretty amazing.

25 Sep

Chels and I pulled together a post in honor of our favorite fashion goddess, Gwen Stefani!! Here is an easy DIY Gwen-fabulous hair style :)!

In honor of No Doubt’s new studio album coming out today, we thought we should channel our favorite ska-rock goddess! Gwen Stefani is an undeniable style icon who can look gentle, feminine, and badass rocker all at the same time. She’s a great figure for girls to look up to and has been an idol of ours for the past 16 years. We decided to pay homage to her by trying one of her throwback hairstyles that I call the “twisty-bun-bang”. It’s super simple to do but looks really stylish which is something we love. Here’s how you can pull it off.

(Pull a large section of hair from the front of your face)

(Softly wrap that section into a wide bun, you don’t want it to be very solid)

(Secure the airy bun with bobby pins)

(Tie the rest of your hair back into a pony tail)

(Grab an…

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Fall Playlist – Music to my Ears

17 Sep

With all of the great tours happening this fall and our music inspired week we are going to have on IFL, I thought I’d share some music I’m really into right now.  Some old music, some new music but all of it is good music so turn the music up and tune everything else out for a while.

(I found this amazing piece online by Linda Sannuti)

1. Yeasayer “Damaged Goods”
2. Passion Pit “I’ll Be Alright”
3. Two Door Cinema Club “Someday”
4. Animal Kingdom “Skipping Disk”
5. Atlas Genius “Back Seat”
6. Alt-J “Breezeblocks”
7. My Name is You “We’re Alive”
8. Rubblebucket “Came out of a Lady”
9. The Lumineers “Flowers in your Hair”
10. Bombay Bicycle Club “Evening/Morning”
11. Magic Wands “Black Magic”
12. The Black Keys “The Only One” (One of the most romantic songs, just love it)
13. Mark Foster “Warrior”
14. Geographer “Lover’s Game”
15. Dragonette “Let it Go”
16. Local Natives “Wide Eyes”
17. Phantogram “When I’m Small”
18. Emiliana Torrini “Jungle Drum”
19. Miike Snow “The Wave”
20. Good Old War “Amazing Eyes”
21. Foo Fighters “Aurora” (I know this is very old but it’s amazing)

There is so much amazing music circulating these days, my ears are always perked for new tunes.  San Francisco is such a great city for music too because almost every tour stops to see us music lovers.  We are having our first ever Spotlight Artist this Wednesday on IFL so if you love music too you should definitely check it out!  I hope you all have a great week 🙂

Just like the old days

11 Sep

When I was younger, I spent hours on end out at the barn.  I was able to relive this a few weeks ago when shooting some photos for fun.  Chelsea and I wanted to shoot some pretty horse fashion photos with our great photography friend, Henry.  I’ve seen so many beautiful ones out there and I had in mind soft images at sun down but then we ended up with some crazy photos during twilight as well.  It’s best to have the crazy ideas and then try to just put them to life.  Sometimes you get what you want.  Sometimes you get more.

My friend from the barn, Lynn, was so kind to let us use her beautiful horse Amante for the shoot.  He was such a trooper and for a few extra cookies behaved extra well for us.

I took a broken bracelet and made a hand piece out of it!

Keeping the talent happy 🙂

I don’t know what it is about horses but they are just amazing.

Then the sun went behind the hills.  Here’s Chels with Amante.  She was really good with him considering she has no horse handling experience.  She’s very calm and he really liked her.  I have a few exceptional shots of her and him that we will post on I.F.L.

I love this one.

It was a full moon.  I can’t believe how light these photos came out because it was pretty dark out by this point.

This was so fun to play around with lighting and exposures out at the barn.  It’s definitely more challenging working with an animal but we were lucky to have a very well behaved horse with us.  I also love that no matter how crazy my ideas are, Chelsea and Henry are always game to help make them happen.

 Chelsea and I have recently decided to put all of our shenanigans out there in a new blog, IFL Blog.  It’s more stories and musings than just simply photos.  However, we do keep up with the photos as well.  I can’t tell you how hard I laugh sometimes at the things that end up popping up on that blog and the things to come.  It’s been keeping us busy and I’m excited to keep it going!

What happens when the Sun goes down

6 Sep

Earlier in the week, I talked about the amazing night time adventure I had with Emily and Matt up to the top of Watson Peak in North Lake Tahoe to watch the sun drop and the moon come up.  I snapped a bunch of photos and here they are!

This was the moon on my drive up to Tahoe, the night before our ATV adventures.

Our awesome driver, Matt!

The sun slowly dropping.

Huge tree uprooted!

Beautiful.

I love all the shadows.

Matt climbing some boulders on the ATV.

Watson Peak.

I love these two!

Sun flare.

The sun was almost all the way down which left this gorgeous pink afterglow.

The moon slowly started creeping up.

You got the whole moon in your hand.

Lights started sparkling on all around the lake.  It was gorgeous.

Did everyone else catch the full moon last week?  Where did you see it?

Make a wish. Make it count.

4 Sep

I tend to gauge my life on “moments” where I can recount back and remember exact moments and feelings I had at a specific time.  Cheesy as it may be, it’s these moments that change my life in one way or another.  This past year has been a year of moments and growth in my life and it’s been my friends and family standing by my side that have really given me the courage to finally go full throttle on life experiences.  Working in such a bustling city has been so inspiring but it’s also the moments when I am in the middle of nowhere with two of my best friends that I can find inspiration as well.

This past weekend, I was up with Emily and Matt in Tahoe.  We decided to go on a nighttime adventure to the top of the nearest peak to watch the sun go down and the extremely large moon come up.  It was insanely beautiful and I felt so lucky to be there with my friends.  I have some great photos to share from it this week but on the way up to the top of the peak, we stopped in this gorgeous meadow where Emily found the one and only dandelion.  I love that she loves photos too so she let me snap some photos of her and I just love how they came out.  When I was little if you found a dandelion, you would pluck it and blow all of the petals off of the stem to make a wish.  The idea of making a wish is so simple and almost magical because although we all know that wishes don’t just typically happen, it’s a lot of hard work usually that pays off to get a certain reward.

After this dandelion turned to just a stem, we searched and searched this meadow for another one.  We could not find another one anywhere.  Em managed to find the only dandelion.  It was beautiful and a sign of the seasons changing.  I thought I’d want to hang on to this summer forever since it’s been such a great one but I’m actually looking forward to the Fall.  Pumpkin, Ginger, hooded sweatshirts, and most of all the changing of all the colors outdoors.  It’s transitional and beautiful.

Next time you find a dandelion, pick it up and make a wish.  It’s the little things and moments that count 🙂