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Obuljen Family Pictures December 7, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Today I met the Obuljen’s at Balboa Park for their family pictures.  I love Balboa Park to begin with, but I fell in love with it even more during December!!!  Balboa really gets into the Christmas decorations.  I had a lot of fun with it and of course, had wonderful subjects to photograph.  I actually work with the Dad Stanko and have met his family a few times over the years.  When he approached me about taking pictures, I was so excited.  They are just a beautiful and fun family!  Stanko’s ethnicity is Croatian, with a name like his, you know you were wondering!!!  I will never forget the day he first started working for the company I work for.  We heard his name and I thought, wow, this guy is going to have some cool accent.  With a name like Stanko Obuljen, I imagined some Russian guy with a thick accent.  Much to my disappointment, he did not have an accent.  🙁  He was born and raised here in California and has a thick California accent.  Just kidding, I don’t think Californian’s have an accent?  Maybe people on the east coast would disagree…  Anyways, I had a lot of fun photographing this family.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the sesh.


The Obuljen’s of Whoville! 😉  Ok, so this tree was pretty awesome!














Brother & Sisterly Love December 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Yesterday, I met up with my husband’s cousins Kelly & Dustin, to take a few pictures for their Mom.  I love taking pictures of these two.  They are such hams and Kelly is so photogenic.


Smile Kelly!


The night before, their Mom Kris, sent me a picture that she loved when they were kids.  So naturally, we just had to re-create it!!!  Of course it didn’t turn out exactly like the original picture, but it was close enough.



Photo Contest Results April 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Thank you everyone for playing my photo contest.  Everyone that played got all the answers right so I had to do a name drawing out of all those people.  The winner is………  Allie Milne!!!  I can’t wait to do your photo shoot Allie. :o)  Here are all the answers:

1. San Diego Zoo 2/10
2. Randy & Katie 1/09
3. randy & Katie Session II 4/09
4. Lisa & Nick Wedding 7/09
5. Jessica & Pete’s Wedding 9/09
6. Baby Nicholas 10/09
7. Justin & Hayley’s Engagement 11/09
8. The Smith Girls! 3/10
9. The Olsen Family 3/10
10. Deering Family 3/10

Rainy Day March 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

I love rain, and in San Diego we have been getting plenty of it since January.  In fact we are getting the most rain we have seen in over 15 years.  Even a rain lover like me is starting to miss the sun a little.  But I know once the summer comes, I will be missing it again so I soak up what I can… no pun intended…  :o)  Since the rains have been here so often this year, our dirt backyard has turned into a jungle!  The foliage is up to our knees!  We will definitely be needing to do some yard work soon.  As I walked back there today I decided to take advantage of it and capture the rain drops on the foliage…  I call it foliage, but in reality it is weeds.  I like to make it sound pretty. :o)  It makes me feel like we tried growing all that pretty greenery back there instead of being lazy and not pulling our weeds.

So here are a few pictures from my backyard.  I even took a picture of our roses.  I actually can’t stand our rose bush and I can’t wait to pull it out, but it was pretty today so I guess it served a purpose other than annoy me.  You would think the drought we had last year would have killed it, but apparently the large amount of rain we have been getting brought it back to life…












This tree is across the street from our house.  I thought it captured the feeling of a cold, dark, winter day.  In the fall this tree is so pretty.  They have these big maple leaves that are orange and green.  Next fall I will have to get some pictures of the leaves.  And who says San Diego doesn’t have seasons!  Ok maybe not quite like it is back East, but it’s the closest we are going to get this year.


The San Diego Zoo February 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Yesterday was Jackson’s first trip to the zoo.  We had lots of fun and of course I enjoyed taking pictures.  I could hang out there all day doing that. Here are a few of my favorites.












Embarcadero October 15, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I have been taking a photography class for the past month and tonight we got to do a fun photo scavenger hunt of everything we have learned thus far.  My favorite part was the last hour of the class…  That was spent on taking night shots of the boats.  My favorite!!!  I am such a fan of night shots.  They are so much fun to do and the results are always fun to see.  They always look different from what you see in person.  The colors become more vivid and the light seems to dance on the photograph.  It is just mesmerizing to me.  Here are two of my favorite shots that I took for this exercise.  The first one is of the U.S.S. Midway.  Kind of looks like the Starship Enterprise… 🙂  Than the 2nd one are boats that were docked at Seaport Village.



Hotel Del Coronado September 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

On Friday & Saturday One of my Arizona friends from High School came out to San Diego and we got to hang out and be tourists.  We had a ton of fun!  We went to House of Blues, Coronado Island, Balboa Park and had breakfast on Mission Beach.  It was a great weekend and of course I brought my camera along just for the fun of it!  Here are a few pictures of Hotel Del Coronado at night.  And for the last picture…  I think I will keep everyone guessing on where it is and what it is. 🙂  Here is a clue…  It is located at one of the places I mentioned earlier in this post.




We Will Never Forget! September 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I wanted to write a quick post in honor of all the victims and heroes who were apart of 9/11.  Even though I am not from New York, nor do I have any friends or family that are from there, I still felt deeply affected by 9/11 as I am sure most Americans did.  My heart still goes out to those people.  Every day there is a missing void in their lives.  I can not imagine the horrors the people in the twin towers, or in the airplanes that were hijacked experienced.

I was thousands of miles away from New York when it happened and I was still in shock.  I remember I was in my first semester of college and I was on my way to school.  I was in such a hurry to get to class that I didn’t even bother turning on the news in the morning.  As I was driving to school I was listening to my local radio station and to my surprise everyone was so somber.  I was so confused on what was going on.  As I tried to understand what had just happened, I remembered being in almost a state of shock.  It was as if everything I believed was falling apart.  My whole sense of security was gone and I was so sad and angry.  It will be a day I will never forget.

I have a deep respect for the military as well as the police force and firemen/women.  I come from a military family and my own father was deployed to the Gulf war in the early 90’s.  I know what that does to a family and how hard it is when a loved one is sent off to war.  I sometimes think that the families are the unspoken heroes too.   So to every military personnel, to every policeman or woman and to every fireman or woman, I say thank you…  Thank you to your families too, thank you for sacrificing your men and women to serve and protect our country.  Words can not begin to express my deep appreciation.

I was going through some pictures I took awhile ago at Balboa Park and I came across this one.  I thought this picture of the flower below is so patriotic!  At the time that I took the picture I did not plan on it being patriotic, but the colors of the flowers in the background just so happened to be red and blue.  This picture has all the colors of the American flag.  That’s what I like to call… a happy accident!  So this will be my picture of the day.


Here are a few other fun ones I came across from that same day.