Wedding Photography: Isis + Sam

 

Last week I had the honor of capturing some beautiful moments for a friend, Isis. I met Isis when the three of us here:
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Worked at The Office Depot a few years ago:
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Goodness, I miss working with these two lovelies! It was always a joy to go in and find that I would be working with one of them. I'm fortunate to have somewhat kept in touch with these gals and see them evolve and grow in life and witness their many milestones! (Just a few months ago I photographed Christiana's wedding as well.) 

 I am so overjoyed to be able to capture these moments for friends but also grateful that I can continue do what I love, which is to be behind the camera. Photography has always been my first love, even before design. I hope to one day continue this path/journey that I may be able to grow my photography business once more. (For now, I'm just not sure San Antonio is where I want to pursue this path). For now I will take the many opportunities that I have been given in between work to be a "part-time" photographer. 

 


2017 DECEMBER DAILY | 07

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With Little Snow.. comes a Little Tiny Snowman.

The entire San Antonio was in a frenzy tonight as large flurries of snow fell from the sky. I was quite excited to, but then it made me miss Alaska and real winters even more. Ever since we left our Winter Wonderland, the holidays have been quite the adjustment. Although the hubby and I grew up in Hawaii, where we've always had tropical as our backdrop of our holiday season, I do miss EVERYTHING about enjoying a white Christmas. 

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Kai did love the shift in weather, however the other one chose to stay indoors and was not fond of the cold, let alone big flakes falling from the sky. This big guy grew up in snow and he has always loved it! I wish we could take him back to running through a big field covered with snow! I miss him doing "Krazy-Kai". 

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What an excited and interesting day though! I've been loving the shift in temperature! But I can see by the forecast that we'll be back in the 70's in no time :)


2017 DECEMBER DAILY | 06

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06 | Baby It's Cold Outside.
I've been waiting for this weather ever since I saw it in the forecast last week! So waking up this morning to a crisp 42 degrees, my oh my, I was quite smitten. Quite reminiscent of a cold Winter's Spring's Summer's Day in Alaska! (Yeah that would be relatively warm for Alaskans for sure). But it was a nice change from the constant warm temperatures of 70 degrees (I mean who can stand so much sunshine and warmth! The nerve). But it is winter, and for once, even if just a few days, I'd still like to feel the cold wind chill against my cheeks while I bundled up in a warm fleece blanket. 

The weather was the topic at work, I could not stop talking about it as I sipped my large flask of hot green tea. (But that didn't stop us from getting tacos afterwards). 

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Tonight we went with crunchy tacos (Hashtag) YASSS (Hashtag) TacosGiveMeLife (Hashtag) TacosErrday (Insert Taco Emoji, like 5 of them and worshiping hands)


Continuing.. Project Life 2017

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Continuing Project Life... as you can see I'm pretty far behind.. Considering I started this year with Week 23 (gasp). But hear me out, I am determined! I just bought more ink and more page protectors. I have to say, I'm loving this 6x8 album format. I just may keep that format for 2018. Maybe, I did enjoy a full 12x12. I do have a little more fun/play time on my hands without work being too over-bearing and plus it's my time to relax and do what I love. 

Izzy's a Freshman! Once in a while I will ask (more like beg) for photos from her camera roll just to have something to scrapbook (other than Tacos and our dogs, oh and the sky, I take a lot of sky photos). Every now and then I get a treat like this and I am thrilled that she shares them with me. Most of the time she "snaps" with her friends so none of her pics saves. This was Izzy's first Homecoming (week, game, and dance). I was super excited to (kind of) share it with her.

Looking at these, one (my age) must ask themselves, "How would've my high-school days been different with a phone (aka selfies) and social media be?" Back in 1991, jammin to the latest TLC song blasting through my bright orange Cross Colors pants or maybe with headphones. And always, always looking down because we are on our phones. Bleh, I'm glad we didn't. I'm glad that we had to have conversations in the cafeteria during lunch hours, or had to talk about our day on the walk home from school. I look at all this technology (and although I love it, I live for social media - sometimes) I'm just glad I had the priveleged to pick up a rotary phone and dial my best friends number and push back the number 9 because it took to long. "0-4-9-2"  Her last four digits were that, it just popped in my head, that 9 tho! Kids these days, don't know how much they really missed out on actually having conversations and not these text messages that you can message back when you feel like it. I could go on and on about the differences in our teen years, in fact I will for a journal entry with this photo! But for now, it's time for some shut eye.

As you can see, I'm back to this blog. I just could not part with it, I've been blogging on this 2006! And although some of its features aren't as cool or up to date as word-press, gah, I don't care, sometimes going "old-school" is the way to go. 


2017 December Daily | Day 03

Day 3 | Holoholo Often.

When I was a little girl, I would come home from school and I would see my father leaving the apartment and when I asked him, "Dey" (I never called him Dad or Daddy, it was always, Dey. My mom always called him that, but I think it was a combination of Dad and Teddy, his nickname.) Anyway, back to the story. My father would always reply, "I go Holoholo!" Holoholo is a term us locals from Hawaii used to describe to go out and enjoy the day, either for a walk, ride, or sail. In other words, to go out for pleasure. The more you holoholo , the easier it is for you to stay positive. I've realized when I compare the lifestyle and people here in San Antonio vs the locals in Hawaii. The people of Hawaii seem to be happier, more laid back, and generally more positive. In fact, Hawaii consistently ranks as one of the happiest states in the country. It literally stems from its unique mixture of culture, the authentic spirit of aloha, and our carp diem lifestyle.

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So on my drive home today, I took a snap shot of the sun setting in the distance, and I remembered chasing the sunset in Ala Moana Blvd leaving us in awe of such beauty. Sure sunsets are not the same here and we at times we count the days till we can gather all our belongings and move back on the rock in the middle of the ocean. But for now, we need to embrace where I am, make the most of it, in other words, holoholo often and lasting happiness will follow. Today I stopped by Starbucks to grab one of my absolute favorite desserts of the season. But I didn't get a good pic, so that will be saved for another day in my December Daily. But I did manage to get a coffee sleeve (as I do every year) to put in my album. :)

2017 December Daily (In Progress)

The last time I did this project was back in 2012! It's been a tradition since the kids were little (when Santa used to crawl to our chimney, or rather enter from the back door to drop off their presents). But things started getting busier for all of us (well mainly me, I let work and school take over) and I've been itching to get crafty ever since. One of my favorites was this:

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Way back when we made an effort to do a family photoshoot and I actually sewed on my pages! Not only that, but check out the dimension in this layout with that button! This layout 6x12 was so much fun to work with! I loved the challenge of not doing the traditional 12x12, 8x8, or 6x6! But I do have to say, I do enjoy the concept of what the Project Life has introduced to us avid scrapbookers! Since the introduction to the simplicity of scrapbooking that way, it has reshaped the entire scrapbooking community. I'm quite excited that I've been attempting to keep up with this first love of mine. I'm starting to find that balance between what's important and what feeds my soul.


Confessions Of A Closet Gangsta Rap Listener...

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There are some days I can't wait to get in the car and turn up my own music! I have this playlist that only a select few have (had the honor or a have good laugh) of witnessing me jamming to.

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And this playlist, Yo! this playlist... has got me through lots of late night work! I used to "study" to this playlist! That Big Sean "I Don't F**k With You gave me life (and still does). And no joke, I get ready for work with Shmurda! Lately, Kendrick Lamar has been on repeat. Not to mention, Post Malone's new song, "Rockstar". Rake It Up with my girl Nicki Minaj. Hey, you can take a girl from the hood, but not the hood from the girl!


Etch(ing) & Sketch(ing) Life

There is a silent struggle I've been trying to deal with for the past few months and it is the constant struggle between, "Where I Thought I Would Be In Life Vs. Where I Actually Am." A year ago, I was so sure of where I wanted to be, what I wanted to be doing, and how I would do it. Today, in the quiet corners of my mind, I often ask myself, "What am I doing with my life? Where am I headed? What is my plan? Hashtag, Looser". Then I get to sulking, just answering myself, "I don't know.. anymore." I know that I can't let one bad apple hinder my growth or question my ability to achieve my goals, but, yet, it weighs me down. I can't help but to think, maybe I don't have what it takes to become that version of me I thought I would be a year ago. So then I begin to re-evaluate everything, starting all over again from scratch,  kind of like shaking the etch-and-sketch. With that an overwhelming feeling of starting over, or more like moving on to the next chapter,  with a clean slate (canvas) forward. Times like these, (my little moments of epiphany) where there is a lot of soul searching involved, I cannot deny there is so much to be thankful for. IMG_5017

I've resorted to doing things that make my soul, my inner divinity, happy and peaceful. I've never been one to stay in the negatives for too long. I always find that good outweighs the bad. Always. I'm slowly picking up the camera, perhaps getting back out there again. Photography has always been a part of my life, capturing moments for people, and conveying my vision into the stillness of a photo is what I'm good at. There's many factors to being a good photographer besides the right equipment and having the eye for it. The personality of a photographer has a lot to do with it, because you have to deal with people. And that's what I've been realizing lately, even when I'm at work, is that I am truly a people person. I have a knack for picking up people's energy and conversing with them and making everyone feel like "ohana." If there's anything you want to know about me, is that, I have been a scrapbooker, or "Keeper of Memories" since I was like 3rd grade! The other day, I caught my daughter and her friends looking at an album I made when I was a teenager to my first trip to Disneyland, and she said, "It was so cool," and she and her friends want to do this too. Documenting life with photos and stories, has always made my soul happy, simply because I find myself "living" life and recapping them in photos + words so that I can share the moments with my family and friends.

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Moments, that's what life is about. When I sit there and remind myself of that, everything else just falls to a mere second. So I will continue to do what makes me happy, try to worry less, and stop comparing myself to others because comparison is thee ultimate thief to self love. Just so glad, that this silly man puts a smile to my face, daily.

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The Big Four...Oh

As I often do on my birthday, I'd like to share some life lessons that I've learned this year because we're always learning and growing— at least, we should be — even a year or two ago seems like another lifetime in terms of what I've learned about life, and I find it incredibly useful to write these life lessons lists — not only as potential guidance for others, but also as a way for me to reflect on how far I've come (and how far I still have to go!). This year has been a transformative one for me in so many ways, so here are just a few of the things I've taken to heart this year: 40    


Dear Izzy,

Today you begin high school... (tear, sniff, sniff, tear) Phew, where does time go?

Wasn't it just yesterday you were in Preschool or Kindergarten? Gosh, it seems like it was just yesterday you were tagging along with me everywhere I went, like when we lived in Alaska. I used to take you to the Scrapbook Store that mommy worked at and you would help me "scan" things in. We would wear matching outfits and you would pretend to put on makeup while tip toeing on a stool next to me to see what color lipstick I picked for the day. You had the cutest voice and giggle! I loved hearing you "pretend" you were cooking for a baking show as you baked us, yet another cake. You were and still are, very creative. You loved drawing! I think we had a drawing a day! You know, I was ready and prepared (mentally as a parent) for your brothers to go to high-school, because they had one another. But with you, I was not ready for it. You, on the other hand, were always ready to do all the "big kid" stuff. Look at those photos of you in Pre-K and Kindergarten, confident and always awaiting the next adventure. How I wish I could hold on to you a little longer. Even though I was a stay at home mom to you and your brothers, it doesn't seem to be long enough. I've always felt my time with you was cut a bit short, as you were going to middle school, I was trying to figure myself out to and finishing up school myself. But no matter how much I struggled to balance it all, you were always so understanding and patient with me. Now look at you, a Freshmen in high-school, entering a new chapter in your life with what seems to be the pinnacle moment for most teenagers. A time to be with your friends, join the many clubs, attend football games, go to dances, and maybe even date.. (Ask your dad about that). You've witnessed your brother's high school years (some good and some not too good) and you also saw the heartbreak of each brother when we've had to change schools in the middle of the year. So many changes for everyone, but we hope staying in one place for a little while longer, will give you the opportunity your brothers never got, to enjoy high school in its entirety, the way your dad and I did, with all of our friends! I hope this new adventure is filled with many twists and turns, I meant that in a good way. But I know, as a teenager in high school, your going to be faced with so many new situations, some that we can help you with, but I know there will be times you will have to figure out on your own. I know this is the time, where I need to step back and let you go just a bit to give you that freedom you need to be who you are. Just know that, your dad and I will be there for you no matter what. We will always listen, and I know you don't like to hear it, but we were once teenagers too. So, embrace all these milestones sweetie, this new adventure of being a high-schooler with your girlfriends. We will always be your biggest cheerleaders! We love you and are so proud of you, everyday! Love Your (Cool-Ass-Mom) and Your (Just Cool) Dad