Beach Day with my Babes – Catch Up & Chit Chat

Today was actually a beach day.. It was so beautiful out! The weather was amazingly warm, cloudy but clear enough to travel on over to the beach. Though it was a short trip, it was an adventurous one. Ned (my cat) was able to escape the house for a bit, and I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed his time out.

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Here’s a few pics from our trip to one of my favorite beaches on the North Shore! We initially went to see the seals, sunbathing on the rocks not too far from the coast, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to take Ned out for some exploring. At first, he was skeptic — he didn’t particularly enjoy the seagulls’ screaming at him — and decided to run at Pat and climb his leg to safety because of all of the new noises. Though after some time, he loved smelling EVERYTHING and running about. Beach day was a definitely a success!

It was nice to get out and be at the beach again, I’m definitely counting down the days until Spring!! I can’t stand the snow & cold weather… It’s too grey and it gets boring. Today was a good reminder that Spring is coming up sooner than later, and I cannot wait.

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Currently I’m working on a few projects, as well as doing homework for classes & freelancing (am I crazy yet?), I can’t wait to share more about all of this! For now, I hope these cat pictures make your day. Isn’t Ned the sweetest? He’s the only cat that I know who likes walks on the beach & car drives!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I hope you’re having a great start of the new week!

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#MoodMonday – Refresh and Unwind Photography

I’ve been seeing some posts on Instagram where someone will dedicate a day out of the week to posting a mood board or inspiration board. I thought YES, this would be so much fun and it’ll keep me on track with taking photos more frequently. Being a full time student and working when I’m not at school makes it difficult to take photos during the day, missing the natural light. With that said- here’s my first #MoodMonday. 🙂 BTW there are affiliate links in this post~ read more about them here.

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The Photos

Let me start off by saying thank you to my love, Pat, for dealing with my “WAIT YOU NEED TO PULL OVER RIGHT NOW” moments. We were driving to one of our favorite beaches after taking the pup for a walk when we happened upon this clearing with the sun just starting to set. Below is the result of one of those “PLEASE PULL OVER I’LL BE QUICK” moments, (little did he know quick meant almost 200 images later) and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.


The Process

The photos were developed in Adobe Lightroom CC and fine tuned in Adobe Photoshop CC. Being a #MoodMonday, found below is the photograph taken with a select few colors I found in the image that definitely describe my week perfectly. I love my purples (my favorite color is wisteria after all) and deep reds/pinks and it definitely gives this photo just what it needs. The original photograph came out very warm and filled with rich yellows (found above) which I loved but felt like it was missing something: colors! Keeping the warmth from the original photo and adding some reds and purples is just what it needed.

The Mood Board

#917b90, #b96b78, #894850, #965c74, #3c2c36

Posted are only a few of my favorites from the many photos that I took. The mood I’ve chosen for this week, from these colors, is very mellow and cozy. Being that these colors are a mix of reds and blues, we’re in between hot and cold which I’d say is pretty cozy. My favorite part about this set is the very subtle bokeh effect caused from the sun glare. To me, bokeh can make such a difference in photography. I especially find myself using bokeh in the background of portrait photography, it’s more interesting than just a blur.

The Camera & Settings

Basic camera info can be found on my Resources Page
Focal Length: 220.0 mm
Aperture: ƒ/5.0
Exposure Time: 1/800
ISO: 400

I’m going to be playing around with the layout of #MoodMonday posts for the future. It’s exciting to finally be sharing my photography that’s in some way useful to other photographers. There is some VERY big news that I can’t exactly share yet, but it’s an amazing opportunity. I’m really looking forward to sharing this with you so keep an eye out! Don’t worry, I won’t let you miss it. 😉

If you have other questions regarding how I took what, please leave a comment below or email me! I’m happy to help.

#FridayFavorites – Photography at Wintergreen Resort

Happy Friday which also happens to be World Photo Day! I’ve been exploring around Wintergreen Resort in Virginia these past few days and my camera has been killing it. Between portrait shots of family and friends, landscapes of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and macro shots of wildlife- everything photography has been on my side. I will be going home on Saturday but I’d really like to quickly share some of my favorite photos from this trip taken so far. Please know that this post contains affiliate links, to learn more visit my Sponsors page.

Starting with the family shots I cannot get over.

Here’s a pic right before his hiking adventure!
E-0149iZip line on the side of a mountain = unbelievable view. (p.s. I uploaded a vid of me going down on Twitter! Click here.)
E-0218iStill found a way to go tubing down a mountain without any snow, haha.

The first photo of my youngest cousin is actually edited… a lot.

It was a photo of him and my brother, posed for a photo, smiling and all- but my brother was a bit too blurry so I used the techniques used in my Photo Restoration post to take him out and replace him with the background. Did you notice? After perfecting the background I moved on to his eyes- I love little kids with sparkly eyes. I used the Sharpening tool and the Dodge tool to bring them out more. Isn’t he adorable? Everything was processed through Adobe Lightroom first and if needed I’d bring it into Adobe Photoshop to remove dust and add my initials where I liked it most.

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…and of course, all things nature.

EDSC_0062iLove taking this pretty lil guy’s photo! He knew what he was doing.
E-0112iNot exactly wisteria but I’ll take another pretty purple flower when I see it 😉

All of these photos can be found in high resolution on my Flickr page.

The photo of the butterfly was actually taken just like that, I only edited a piece of grass out (it took too much focus away from the details in the wings) and messed around with the color and the lighting. In the second photo of the flower I only lightened it up and added some contrast. I really enjoy the color pop of the purple against all of those neutrals it’s surrounded by.

I’m sorry I’ve been slow- I’m in Virginia until Saturday night and then I’ll be posting regularly again. I’m on Instagram and Twitter for quick shares of the trip so be sure to follow me there!

Happy World Photo Day!


A Few Photography Favorites

I was going through my pictures and found these two, I couldn’t stop laughing! Even though I’m sure they only wanted me for food, I took it as an opportunity to take their picture- I’m sure they’d be super happy with it, I’d print it out for them but they’d probably only eat that too. Sign of appreciation? Besides these cuties from the Long Island Game Farm, I have a couple of shots I really like from the Washington D.C. trip I took last weekend. Here are some of my photography favorites from over the summer.



The pretty birdie was taken at the D.C. zoo, although it was wild and not actually apart of the zoo. The second photo is of the Thomas Jefferson memorial, touched up A LOT because I didn’t want any of the people who were there in the image. Restoration editing at its best 🙂 I love restoring photos because I always love comparing it to the original and actually seeing all of the differences between the two. You can see the comparing here on my Flickr page. I use Adobe Photoshop to edit individual photos like the above and have been using Photoshop for about 4-ish years now, it’s definitely my go-to editing software.

Anyways, Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there (including mine who I’m sure reads these)! I’ll be around with family today, and the rest of the week is pretty busy but I’m sure you’ll hear from me. Be sure to follow my Instagram for quick posts!


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