I am looking forward to exploring the beautiful scenery in central valley California. I took this in the Fall, which was peeking my curiosity with the brown, yellow, red, and orange hues softly shouting that it has arrived. I am looking forward to plenty of photo opportunities.
I took this image at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico of a local jumper who did this for a living. He relied on tips of tourists from his jumps. It was obvious that he also loved the thrill of it and I was nervous and excited to see him jump off this cliff into the water. The rocks made me even more nervous but he did a great job. And the scenery was just a great photo opportunity in itself!
So far, photography has not been the major focus of my creative work this year but I try to make an effort to take photographs whenever possible. This photograph was taken during our family day of working on our flip home project. The day was so beautiful with sunlight and a nice weathered fence, I couldn't resist a portrait of my girl.
During my photography journey, I have grown to love black and white images even more. Now, I find myself instinctively knowing what image I photograph will be a black and white one. I find black and white images evoke so much more emotion from a portrait. It is due to this love that I hope to learn film photography. I'll start slow because I am partial to the flexibility of digital, but lately, I've been drawn to film because the idea of making a photograph and having to slow down for each shot is very appealing. And quite encouraging to think that in learning film, I'll be a better photographer. So stay tune for this film photography journey I hope to take soon...
On a side note, this handsome model is my husband who is incredibly supportive. As much as he prefers not to be in front of the camera, he lovingly (sometimes with a little grumbling) helps me with of my photography vision. Happy Friday and wishing you a weekend of awesome creations.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso
Hey there, I'm hoping you have had a great start to the week as you're reading this. Over the weekend, I ended up cleaning up my computer and looking through old photographs, which is the fun part. I'm amazed at how fast the time flies and here is a sweet photo of one of my lovely nieces taken a few years ago.
Earlier this month we took a family trip with some friends and explored San Francisco in California. The bay was beautiful and viewing the old Alcatraz island from the distance gave me a sense of uncomfortable nostalgia from movies I've seen about this prison. The sunset was definitely beautiful with the light glistening on the Pacific Ocean as we made our way in search of a family friendly restaurant for dinner. This photograph was taken during our walk on the port and the structural framing was just beautiful.
These two keep me on my toes, inspire me to play more and often remind me that I'm not a very patient person. They teach me that mistakes are okay and that patient love requires practice. They fill my days with challenges, joys and frustrations. There were times when I've considered Ikea's kids drop off station as a means to escape their noise and energy. On days when I'm full doubt and concern, their lives remind me that I have a God that is bigger than my fears. I'm grateful to be given the opportunity to love them. When we found out that our first child was a boy, my husband and I thought it would be 'cool' to have twins (one boy and one girl). Fast forward about a 1 year and a half later, we were blessed with a girl, and realized that raising twins would've have had a lot more challenges since raising two kids so close apart requires lots of physical stamina and mental power we often lack on tiring days. But no matter how many children or no children in your lives, I often have to remind myself that we are meant to be where we are at and that is good enough. Enjoy your weekend folks.
Yesterday, the kiddos and I went on a little excursion at a new park in El Cajon, California called Flinn Springs County Park. It was such a beautiful park with lovely trees and places for exploration as well as a playground for fun play; a nice breath of fresh air from all the unrest in our country and this world. The restrooms were incredibly clean for being opened to the public and that was a bonus for me as my two little ones are still unhindered by germs and dirt (yikes! good for immunity booster but not good for a mom who like clean little hands). I would have to say that this park was one of my favorites. I highly recommend it if you're a local or a visitor and want a kid friendly place to visit. Go explore and have fun!
I was able to capture a lot of fun and sweet images during a beach play date with new friends and their daughters who were so sweet! Such fun memories. This photograph is one of the not-so-camera-shy eldest daughter who made it so easy for me to capture her sweet nature. I was loving every minute of photographing her beautiful eyes and curly hair; which somehow matched her spunky but sweet personality.
A photograph of one of my many handsome nephews, who surprised me with his willingness to be photographed and his eagerness to share some of his posing ideas. I don't think I can ever get tired of taking photographs of the same subject - "eyes." Mmm, would eyes be considered a subject?
“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.” -Ernst Haas
This photo was taken over the weekend at the Port of San Diego before a dinner cruise with a good friend. It seems like this Birdie wanted a quick photoshoot. I was really grateful to have captured them on my phone with the lovely lines and color.
"Blue is known as a sad color, but when I sea the ocean and its surrounding elements I am enraptured by a blissful peace."
Today is the start of our homeschooling year where I am committed to implementing a creative and fun curriculum for my 4 and 5 year old. It was a productive morning that led to a creative afternoon. The kids did a great job completing their work and engaging in today's activities. I'm quite confident and eager to begin the rest of the year. I'll have to come back and write a post in a few months to see if my confidence and eagerness are still intact, since homeschooling can be challenging at times. However, I didn't think that I would have this much fun. The above photos are images of one of our craft projects today, using fruitloops and braiding cord to make necklaces and bracelets. This craft idea is from The Letter of the Week Curriculum from The Measured Mom and there are lots of ideas and projects to keep your little ones busy and wanting more creative fun.
I thought this bible verse would be an inspiration for those of us feeling a bit uncertain, lonely or afraid. I have to constantly remind myself that God's love surpasses any understanding that I hold and His love withstands any storms I may be going through. Sending everyone a big hug and prayers for God's peace.
I took this image a few days ago with bittersweet emotions as I begin to truly embrace the new journey ahead of us, as we begin preparing for our move from our current home to wherever God will lead us, and to where we will establish a new place call home. I'm grateful to learn that home is not in the physical location but rather the memories that are made (thankful for pictures) and the people that I'm surrounded by. As long as there is love, laughter, creativity, and the freedom to express sadness, hurts and disappointments, then that is where home will always be. Wishing you all a lovely day and a home filled with love, laughter and creativity.
"Home is not a place...it's a feeling" -curiano.com
Hey all, (wow) its been a short while since I've posted and summer has been filled with fun days at the beach as well as hectic days of preparation in order to sell our home and start on new adventures. We are excited but nervous for the path that God will lead us to, and I'm grateful for moments like this to be able to work on my art and photography. The above photograph is of one of my many beautiful nieces. Wishing everyone a fun summer ending and filled with days of hope during times of uncertainty.
In case you are wondering, my name is pronounced sa-rome and welcome to my visual thread of art, digital photography and design. I'm excited that you've dropped by! My days consist of the lovely chaos of caring for two little ones (if you have any running around at home, visit my learning corner for free art activities) and my free time is dedicated to creating. Read more about me here. Happy Sweet Inspirations!
grace /grās/: the love and mercy given to us by God not because of anything we have done to earn it.