Spoke(n) Art & CicLAvia

Wow, what a fun weekend!  We attended two great bicycling events two days in a row!

I have been wanting to attend Spoke(n) Art forever, where you travel with a group of bicyclists to a bunch of art gallery openings, on the East Side of Los Angeles.  However, it never quite happened for one reason or another.  But we finally went!  It was a lot of fun, combining two great loves in a single evening, art and bicycling.  It was actually a little bit more hard work than I expected, since I thought it would be a leisurely ride up and down one strip of galleries.  But, no!  It covered different areas of Eagle Rock, which has a lot of hills!  Not that it was TOO hard, I just wasn't expecting it, and I was dressed for trendy art openings more than an athletic event.  Not that I was wearing high heels, however, tight non-stretch jeans and a fancy designer sweater were a bad idea.

Along the way, we stopped at the Outpost for Contemporary Art where friend and fellow set painter, Kelly Thompson was creating bicycle-themed t-shirts.

Spoke(n) Art happens every second Saturday of every month, so I think we will try to make it a regular thing whenever we can get a babysitter!

The next morning was CicLAvia, which we were super excited about.  It was amazing to see the full turn out, and I am so happy that Los Angeles is now having events like this.

Checking In

I just don't check in enough to make this blog worthwhile, but at the same time, I like having it here for the occasional time I feel like posting pics.  I actually haven't taken that many proper photos this year, since my day job has dominated my time and energy when I haven't been focused on motherhood.  I went to a friend's wedding recently and brought my camera, and it reminded me how fun it was to take photos!  The friend had a 40s theme wedding on the Queen Mary, so there were many opportunities for great shots.  Unfortunately, I was wearing a really tight dress and pointy high heels, which I am waaaaay out of practice wearing, and was SO uncomfortable...  I probably would have gotten more shots if I wasn't in so much pain!  But it was fun, and the photos I did get turned out well.

I then also took some portraits of my daughter, who I hadn't properly photographed since before Christmas last year.  Hopefully, in the coming year, I will find a balance between motherhood, my day job on film sets, and taking more photos...

The Big Monday

This past Monday was a big day for me. It started by getting my daughter to school BY 7 a.m. (no small accomplishment) so I could start Boot Camp by 7:30! I have signed up for a 2 day bike ride fundraiser for MS in October and realized I better start exercising! Never mind training, just a simple exercise routine should some how be in my life before bike riding 150 miles in 2 days! At this stage in the game, I don't think I'd survive a 30 mile bike ride. So I signed up with Brooke from Fit Happens to get a jump start. She is amazing! But the first day of getting back into shape is always the worst. (But it's a good kind of pain... At least that is what I keep telling myself...)

Then in the afternoon I had a playgroup photo session. (If you haven't seen my website, I will photograph a playgroup for $20 a mom, not counting the price of prints!). It was soooo much fun! There were nine kids and five moms - and the kids were a great age, ages 2 to 5. They are at that age that love to ham for the camera! It was so, so much fun! It was hard to believe that it was a job!

In the evening I was at King King and photographed The Moth, which is a storytelling competition. Even though I have had lots of experience photographing in nightclubs, it was my first time not using a flash in what seemed like pitch dark for a job! Thank God I bought that 1.4 Nikkor lens a few weeks ago. That was also a lot of fun, and it was great to see the show considering it is very popular and was over-sold. The place was packed! I wish I had a fast super wide-angle lens with me to capture how mobbed the place was.

All in all it was a great day... It's nice to be busy...

The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

I finally got some good practice with my new camera and took it with me to a toddler birthday party. I wasn't hired, I was their with my own toddler, but I just took my new camera with me for fun and practice. What better way to break in some experience photographing kids than to photograph about 20 toddlers at once all high on sugar and over due for a nap? It can only get easier from here!

I realize my taste is still kind of quirky and my favorite photos are not always the typical smiling cute shots. But kids, even at their most awkward moments, they are still cute! Really, even people with different tastes are going to respond to photos of kids being kids. So, ultimately, it's hard to screw up...