Sunday, May 31, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 31

I have literally dragged myself from the couch and up the stairs to write this post...

This cocktail flu (as Christine calls it) is kicking my butt! This is the best I can do under the circumstances... Let's just say this photo says it all (courtesy of Jeana). Should have more photos later on the week.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who came out to help me celebrate my's been a rockin' 31 days!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 30

Wholly cow! Ok - I'm basically throwing this photo up as place holder (it's 12:49am on Friday night/Saturday morning). Officially Day 30 (Happy Birthday to me)! I'm thinking ahead and if I celebrated my birthday means I'm not really in any shape to post right now... And it also means someone else (namely Emi) took all the photos last night and she'll have to share them with me so I can post 'em!

Jeez...all that sounds like it's straight from John Conner meets Momento. Talking about the future during the present and using photographs as place holders...hmmm... I feel another fine art project coming on.

These are my birthday balloons from Amber, Ivory, Jenny and Bobby...

Good times...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 29

What an absolutely HYSTERICAL day! Seriously... A one-eyed, overweight pirate, in a really tight trench coat sang "Isn't She Lovely" and "Happy Birthday" to me... I know it sounds crazy - but I guess you just had to be there... We recorded it (I think)...or at least someone did...I'll have to share it with you when I get a copy. Thank you Amber, Ivory, Jenny and Bobby for such a great Birthday surprise... Chocolate cupcakes,, balloons and an autographed copy of Jen's book all = big smile on my face. The month-long birthday clues were well worth the wait!

Jessica - the Snookies cookies are gone! heard me...the entire pound of them!!! You're the best - thank you for thinking of me from thousands of miles away.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!! That's right - my Mom's birthday is the day before mine...and certainly without her birthday - there wouldn't be my birthday! Mom - here's wishing you the best of everything life has to're beautiful, smart, talented and super clever. I love you!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 28

So I'm rockin' the bangs and racing to the finish line with only two shots (of my final project) remaining... Will I make it?

During the last 28 days it's been really hard sometimes to actually stay committed to posting daily. Even when I've had things to say and I just didn't feel like saying them... But it was all about the commitment. Staying committed to my words and my words in an email and my promises to myself.

My Birthday Month has truly been fun and exciting - only three more days left - who knows what lies just around the corner???

Thanks Debby Deb for the burger, fries and yummy conversation...

I'm in love with my 50mm 1.4 and these fries had a mind of their own...but not for long!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 27

I'm telling you right now - I had every intention of shooting the "Loss of Family" scene and coming right home to edit... But then...well - Christine wanted to go and get a drink to celebrate my Birthday Month and what sensible birthday girl turns down an offer to get a drink when the drink is within walking distance...not me! I'm sooooo extremely happy with the shots I got tonight for my final project... Thanks Christine, Richard and Brock for all of your support and cooperation - I think the series is turning out to be quite powerful!

OH! Got my hair cut today - let's just say the front is much, much shorter than it used to be - 8 inches shorter to be exact! I'VE GOT BANGS!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 26

Didn't go out tonight... Nicole wasn't feeling well so we decided to reschedule. No worries - left plenty of time for me to continue working on my final project (which is proving to be more difficult than I ever imagined...)

In the's a little something I'm working on. I hope to put up the entire post before the weekend.

She's such a rock star! And I'm not just saying that because she's my sister...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 25

EGADS! Boy am I tired...there's only 6 days left...will I make it? Can I make it?!

On another note - at the beginning of this year I vowed to enter more photo contests. Well - I've entered two so far... One of them I didn't win... But! Instaproofs put out a call for images from any one of its' clients that wanted to be considered for a spot on their redesigned corporate website... I sent in five images and two were chosen!

This one... You may remember this little cutie from my No Fear post back in December of 2008:

...and these two handsome dudes from my Happiness = The Larsen Family post:

8 more contests to go...can't stop now - I'm on a roll...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 24

Let me see if I can briefly recap today...

Today was the day we (me, Mary and Helen) were headed to see the Avedon collection in Riverside... But then Helen realized it was Memorial Day weekend, so we rescheduled... No worries because Lora decided we should go bowling at Lucky Strike! But then by Thursday, she too realized it was Memorial Day weekend, so - we rescheduled... See where I'm going with this? So I resigned myself to actually staying home today and working on my website... But...

Last Thursday evening (15 mins after Lora rescheduled) Robert called and wanted to know if I was avail on Sunday to shoot Jill during one of her Yoga Tune Up teacher trainings... "I sure am" (I said) - book 'em Dano... I'm always down for shooting Jill - she can do amazing things with her body. And she can teach others to do amazing things with their bodies...

Here's the thing - I'm also in the process of conceiving and shooting my final project for school (more on the concept later) - there is one scene in particular I needed to shoot - so why not shoot it today (or tonight)! So began the process of calling the models to check their avail, finding a raunchy, seedy motel and packing up the car...

The bottom pic is an outtake from tonight's shoot. Ignore Alexa's (fake) wrist corsage (and the bedspread) for now - it will all make sense later on...

Ok - maybe not such a brief recap!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 23

Ahhhh...Memorial Day Weekend and the home stretch for my Birthday Month! I'm thinking I may need a vacation after this month is over (hmmmm...)

We had our first photographer's forum today... Very exciting! One thing's for sure...we really need to come up with some cute little, fancy name for it (other than "forum")...any ideas?

We hung out, shared experiences and exchanged ideas & tips on and about photography. Ended up watching the Zack Arias OneLight Workshop dvd...good stuff! Hopefully we'll all be able to get together once a month - I love talking shop with my photog friends!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 22

I'm surrounded by such beautiful, smart and capable women... It blows me away...

Michelle treated me to a lovely evening of miniature golf at Sherman Oaks Castle Park and dinner at Marmalade Cafe. Don't ask about our golf scores...luckily we weren't keeping score (read: I didn't do too well). But boy did we have some laughs. We both had a few "almost in the lake" strokes...but have no fear - by the time we left - we were all dry!

I'm told some pretty big deals are made on the golf course - the biggest discussion we had was about where to eat dinner! I always enjoy talking shop and life with Michelle - she has such great insights.

Michelle - thanks for a great golf game, thanks for dinner and for all the laughs and craziness over the years...

This first photo cracks me up! That's my new motto - "Please do not take golf balls home"...

Michelle had the seared ahi tuna on a bed of mixed greens with lots of vegetables...

Ok - spinach, portabello mushrooms, red onions, roasted red peppers and a ball of crispy goat cheese... That's right - you heard me...

I will always pull the "Birthday card" in order to get chocolate cake...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 21

Smrithi, Cobras & Matadors and Malbec = one Dick Clark Rockin' Eve... How much tapas can two girls eat??? Who knows!

Smrithi it was great catching up... Just seems like there's so much to say and so little time to say it all. You are brilliant and such a rock star.

Thanks for hangin' during my Birthday Month and thank you sooooo much for the present you brought back from India... It's beautiful!!!

Ok - as's a photo of the brittle bowl (2nd photo below). My shindig with Sarah was last night (on Day 20) but the brittle bowl needed to be photographed in natural light... And you can see why! I needed to be able to expose every bit of that chocolate-y goodness. I took the brittle bowl photo this morning and the photo of the wine bottle tonight while at dinner with thinkin' what I'm thinkin'...?

Red wine and chocolate = yum!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 20

And the beat rolls on...

Sarah took me to Maru Sushi tonight - it was unbelievably good! What's even more unbelievable is that Maru is located in Valencia... Say whaaaaat? Who knew?!

I had sushi (what a surprise), but Sarah had the Filet Mignon (pictured below) over a bed of garlic, mashed potatoes - yum! This is the type of restaurant that you have to visit over and over again just to try everything - I'll be back Maru!

The best part of tonight's story is that Sarah is recently engaged, so we got to gab it up about the proposal, the wedding plans (in Maui), the dress...Oh My!...the dress - the dress is gorgeous! I feel an engagement photo session coming on...

Sarah - thank you so much for such a fun night. I would have included a photo of the brittle bowl - but I felt it needed to be photographed in better tommorrow morning in natural light...I'll try not to eat it before then...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 19

Amber needed to pick her car up today from the mechanic and I thought it best I go with her to break the news to Ali in person. Luckily...Olive Auto Center is right across the street from the we walked (yes Jessica...we walked)!

Ali is the best and most fair-minded mechanic I've ever come across. And although I was happy knowing I would no longer need to drop my car off every month (for something or other), I was also sad...

So Ali - here's a big shout out to you and to Olive Auto Center! Thanks for only changing my brakes when I needed new brakes; thanks for being honest and telling me that I did NOT need new shocks; and thanks for replacing the bulb in my back left turn signal - for free... You're the best!

Oh - BTW...I'll still need an oil change every now and then... You can't get rid of me that easily!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 18

Mets blow it; Dodgers win in 11th!

Yay... I guess...I don't really know - I'm not necessarily a baseball fan - but I gotta' say when Vicki suggested we spend the 18th day of my Birthday Month at a Dodger game - I jumped at the chance...what fun!

We ate Dodger dogs, sang "Take Me Out To the Ballgame", did the "wave" and of course cheered for the wrong team (by mistake)... Oh - let's not forget a foul ball came our way (two rows behind us) - we were terrified - LOL.

Vicki I had such a great time - we should do that more often!

Oh - I bought a new car today... It was hard to say goodbye to the Explorer - she served me well over the years (11 to be exact) - but it had to be done...

I promise to reduce my carbon footprint elsewhere in my life...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 17

Yoga Tune Up is a head-to-toe health and fitness system combining Yoga, Calisthenics and Body Therapy. It was created by internationally renowned health and fitness instructor Jill Miller.

Jill and Robert (her husband) have turned Yoga Tune Up into a huge business. Robert founded the Los Angeles Film Festival and turns everything he touches into gold! Jill is amazingly gifted and such a great business woman...

Why am I talking about this on the 17th day of my Birthday Month??? Because Robert & Jill recently completed the company website and packaging of their Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls... The good news??? My photo of Jill (holding the YTU Therapy Balls) made the cover of the packaging!!!

Find out more about Yoga Tune Up here.

Congratulations again Robert & Jill and thanks for including me during such an exciting time!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 16

Ahhhhh... Great, great day! Rich and Hiroko treated me to a day at the Getty Villa and then of course off to Dukes in Malibu for dinner and drinks!

One thing's for sure - when you're with Rich and Hiroko there's never a dull moment... Between the "wine leaves" (read as grape vines), the "shark" (read as dolphin) and giving folks a "dirty eye" (read as a dirty look) - there were plenty of laughs to go around.

Chocolate Fudge, Macadamia Nuts, Vanilla Ice Cream & Oreo Crust = Hula Pie & One Big Sugar Rush!!!

Thanks for a splendid day...

These are two displays in particular that caught my eye...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 15

So the Birthday-Month marches on strong!

Robert and I went for dinner and then off to a screening of State of Play at Paramount. The second shot is somewhat abstract (of the inside of the theatre). I just really liked it and wanted to include it.

The first shot was taken at the end of the movie as the credits rolled. I initally liked the photograph because the white words on screen are actually being refracted and reflected back upside down (green writing bottom left). I also like the people's heads sticking up from the seats. Then I got the image home and started looking at it more closely - I read the names of the crew - the set dressers more specifically and realized that Dean Lakoff was on this list...

I just think that's hysterical considering Dean is my friend Ilka's brother-n-law... I didn't know Dean worked on the movie, so how random is it that I just happened to take this shot as his name scrolled by...??? It's going to be even more hysterical if Ilka reads this post and informs me that Dean didn't work on State of Play...

BTW - thanks Rob for all the fun today at Outwater Productions...had a blast on the shoot!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 14

So I think the question has become... How much sushi can one birthday girl eat in one month? Ok seriously...somebody stop me!!! Ok - no...don't... I'm good.

Imagine my disappointment when I went to the gallery opening today only to find out it's been moved to next Thursday! Ugh... Hello?

No worries - got over it rather quickly when I met up with Lora for a much needed gab session...loved it!

Ok - off to bed. Gotta' get up early. Big day tomorrow over at Outwater Productions (more on that later).

No - don't ask me about my website... I'm working on it. LOL

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 13

It's only 10:59pm and I'm literally sitting here yawning... How could this be??? Could I be sooooo pooped-out only 1/2 way through my Birthday Month??? No - say it isn't so... Damn it Jim...I'm a doctor not a mechanic... Ok - so clearly I'm tired...

Jessica! Danielle! I laughed soooo much tonight... Thank you for such a special time and I'm seriously looking forward to the profile station on May could totally be life-changing. Jessica - you could take all the credit! LOL

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 12

I'm super excited!

On the 14th day of my Birthday Month (this coming Thursday) my work will be displayed in the Annual Student Show at Glendale College.

The pieces are chosen by the faculty and the gallery showcases the artwork of advanced students from the school's art departments...

Here are the details:

The Annual Student Show
May 14 - June 6, 2009
Reception - May 14th, 2009 from 12-1pm

Here are the photos...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 11

How absolutely cool is our President... I was watching his speech during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner (the dinner was on Saturday - but I just got around to watching it today)... Have you seen it? It's hysterical. The humor is smart (of course) and well delivered (without the help of a teleprompter). Check it out here.

During his speech he talked about/joked about his accomplishments over the last 100 days. He then went on to talk about what he hopes to accomplish in the next 100 days - which includes...strongly considering to lose his "cool"... You gotta' watch it for's funny!

Oh - what did I do today? Well - besides freakin' out that my website won't be ready in time for my Birthday - I cut the grass!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Birthday Month - Day 10

I couldn't get enough of this family (hence the 11 photos in one post)...

And - I tried not to post every single image as black & white - but I almost couldn't help myself - there's something so nostalgic about these moments they just seem to lend themselves to b&w...

I've spent the entire weekend devoted to editing this photo shoot (with the exception of the much needed three hours I spent visiting Deb). It may not sound like a great way to spend two days out of my Birthday Month (working)...but I think it was well worth it... I had a smile on my face the entire time!

Who can resist those eyes...

What a great big brother!

How precious is that!