#febphotoaday: Week 2

Actually made it through another week!


Day 14: the Valentine's post, I assume. But the topic was "Heart."


(what Valentine's Day actually looked like for me)


Day 13 was blue. It was also a day after rain, so the sky was the perfect choice.


Day 12: Inside my closet. The rest of it is a mess, but a stack of baseball caps was perfect.


Day 11: what makes me happy. No shoes. Long drives. Coming back from a wedding in Riverside.


Day 10: self-portrait. This was hard to do with my phone!


Day 9: a front door. To the school where I teach.


Day 8: Sun. Easy.

Photo a Day…for a month

I’m going to skip the obligatory why-I-haven’t-posted-in-a-month post and just jump right in and say that after failing at a 365 photo project a couple of years ago (I think I lasted 3 days), I think I might have found a project I can stick with. First, it only lasts a month (although, I assume it can be done again next month as there was one in January). Second, you’re given topics for each day. I know that seems like the lazy way to go about it, but in some ways I do believe that it stretches your creativity to interpret and execute a prompt (at least, I have to think that because I’m a teacher). And third, I was introduced to it by a friend on Instagram (you can follow me at: janateresa). That makes it very easy and very convenient–no extra camera, no uploading, no fuss.

So, this is the first week of February:


My View






A Stranger




10 a.m.




I was trying to edit wedding pictures today when I got sidetracked by the overabundance of pictures I had of the musicians at the wedding. This wedding featured a mariachi band, a live DJ, and a traditional rock-type band. I had a lot of fun playing with the pictures and presets in Lightroom.

And all the while my one major thought was: If I could have a beer with any two people in the world, it would be David Hidalgo and Louie Perez.

Shameless Self Promotion

I ordered some notecards the other day with a picture that I had taken across the front. I chose to write the word “kiss” in the bottom right hand corner. It was just the perfect word to describe how I feel about the sun.

At the same time, I was having a conversation with my business partner about starting an Etsy account for our photography. As always, I set up a personal account just to try it out. That’s probably why I have an subscription to every blogging site, twitter site, and artwork selling site under the sun, but I digress.

The image for my note card was still on my desktop so I threw it up there along with a couple of other things, so here we go:

janateresa by janateresa on Etsy

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First Newborn Photo Shoot!

We’ve been looking to move 643 from shooting primarily weddings to also shooting portraits. It’s a hard thing to do because people want to see samples. And you can’t get samples until people let you shoot them. It’s a vicious circle.

That being said, I was so thrilled when a friend asked if I would mind bringing my camera along with me when I visited her. She wanted photos for the birth announcments of her 2-week old son.

I had a great deal of fun during the shoot because her son is positively adorable. And although I had taken several hundred pictures, I was still nervous that there might not be exactly what she was looking for.

I am very happy to say that not only did my friend love the pictures, but I am also quite happy with them.


And one of my absolute favorite pictures….



I used to watch this show called Cybill. The main character had a teenage daughter who would climb up to the Hollywood sign and sit in the “O.”  (The first ‘O’ in case you’re wondering. Not one of those in the ‘OO’ succession.) Anyways, I’ve wanted to do that for years and years.

I didn’t wake up this morning with the intention of doing it. Or even knowing that I would be anywhere near it.

Ah, but life is a wonderfully funny little thing.

We had a photo shoot today. It occurred right at the base of the trail that leads up to that grand sign. So, of course, I thought no time like the present. Fortunately, I have two wonderful friends who (a) didn’t laugh and (b) were willing to take pictures.

I knew that the sign was off limits. I remember watching a TV show that said that. But, well, I don’t know. It just seemed that there would be a way.

We hiked up for a good hour before we were right behind the sign. We found an opening in the fence and were just about to wander under it when we headed down the path a little ways. They’re not joking about this not getting near the sign situation. Nine different cameras pointed on the sign, one on each letter. AND security cameras from the tops of each letter.

Considering certain other situations that have occurred in my life in the past couple of months, I figured it was not a good time to test out my luck.

I did, however, slide under the fence and have my picture taken somewhat close to the backside of the letters. And…there’s always next time.

Prior the the "O" part of the day....this was a lot steeper than the pictures shows.

Prior to the "O" part of the day....this was a lot steeper than the pictures shows.

This series of pictures is my favorite ever in life.

This series of pictures is my favorite ever in life.

So close.....this was really a ridiculous amount of fun.

So close.....this was really a ridiculous amount of fun.

Bridal Shows & Other Insanities

Ever since I left my job, I feel like I’ve been working four times as hard. While this is probably entirely true, it feels strange. It’s even stranger to think about how much things are backing up.

I finally finished the ranking of the 100 songs. I’m currently testing out two alternate blogging platforms for that one. I’m honestly considering making that blog anonymous per Tanaya’s suggestion. As I was grouping the songs into life categories, I realized some will probably make me cry or laugh or a variety of other things. I’m not entirely sure how comfortable I am yet with putting all of that out there in the cyber-universe.

I have been substitute teaching at Westridge School for the past three weeks. I’m definitely enjoying the work. It’s been a long time since I’ve been give the opportunity to just do a job. It’s a lot of fun to “create” in the realm of technology.

And…643 Photography has finally decided to enter a bridal show. June 28th is the date. We sent in the registration materials first thing yesterday, and I’m personally looking forward to it! In case you’re planning a wedding….here’s the place to go :

Fullerton Marriott front