#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.

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….


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

Friday Morning

So, I didn’t take this picture this morning. I just woke up still thinking about these pictures. Well, that’s not entirely true. I woke up jolted from a walk in the desert–at least in my dreams. I was describing my trip last night, and I think I was just so overwhelmed with the memories that it was a likely progression into my dream world. Strange because I woke up feeling simultaneously more rested and more tired than I have all week.

I have forced myself to not become “lazy” during this time. My alarm clock is still set for a fabulous 6:15, which is awesome considering I don’t have to be anywhere until noon everyday. That coupled with a bed time that has ranged from 12 on the good side to 2 on the bad side, you could say that I’m still operating on a somewhat normal schedule for myself.

What can I say? I just really like seeing the sun rise. Or at the very least, being awake as I know it’s happening. The overcast mornings make it somewhat difficult to see the actual sunrise, but I’m hoping that will clear up soon enough.

In the mean time, I think I have found sufficient projects to occupy my time.

From this morning…

just playing a little /Jana Sosnowski

just playing a little /Jana Sosnowski


I have been thinking a lot lately about things that symbolize me. Songs are a big thing. I was telling my mom last night that everyone should have to list their 100 favorite songs or books or anything. Looking at my wall and the song titles and the artists, I think you could literally look into my soul.

I also think colors have a lot to do with my personality. I don’t buy those traditional renditions of colors. Like blue is sad. Red is angry. Like everything else in life, I don’t see how you could tell me what a color means to me.

Blue is happy to me. It’s one of the most intense colors. It evokes such great memories for me. It can be twisted and shaped. It can be poured over things. It can be slipped onto images. It can highlight things and wash them away. It is the ocean and the sky.

It’s a very deep seated part of my soul. And it colors how I see things…

The way I see it.

The way I see it. Jana Sosnowski


I had the opportunity to visit my friend Danae’s classroom today. She’s pretty amazing with what she’s done with her technology curriculum. I was blown away by all the elements she incorporated into a unit plan. Technology aside, she covers marketing, finance, budgeting, self-esteem. You name it, she covers it. And I could tell how much her students love her. All in all, it was pretty awesome.

The other cool thing was she introduced me to two websites that I haven’t used before. The first I just spent an hour trying out, playing around with it like a little kid. Glogster is the name of the site. Basically, it allows you to create a poster. So, this is my first hand at a glog……