When your photo just clicks

stars without the bucks

A few weeks ago, I took this photo at a little breakfast place in Atlanta while visiting with my friend Carey.

Being a photographer (and on Flickr), I find that so many things are subjective. Choosing what to upload and what to showcase is sometimes really hard. It’s hard to know what people will like.

But sometimes there are moments when you and the camera just click, like in this photo. I’m sure you have those photos too even if you aren’t what you consider yourself a photographer…you just feel really proud of a photo you took on a whim. It’s so nice to capture something that makes you feel good when you see it.

It’s esp. nice when you see a photo that invokes an emotion and reminds you of a good time. Even though I’m far away, the time I spend now with my friends is something I cherish and that day with Carey was really special. I relish in my moments with my far away friends even more now that I’m across the country. I’m super excited, because she’s coming next month to Laguna Beach (if you’ve been following my blog, she was here way back in February). It will be my birthday month, so I hope to get to share the week following my actual birthday (October 1st) with her. I’m really looking forward to it.

OK, I’m rambling now! I hope you have a great hump day! BTW, I have a friend who named her daughter Wednesday and I asked her if she was going to give her the nickname “hump day”. Harhar.

Until next time Swellions!


Beachy Keen!


If you listened to my little podcast yesterday, you would have heard that I went to Laguna Beach this weekend. I went to visit one of my best friends (Carey…she also took the photo above) who is staying down there for a few days with her Aunt. We went out and about in Laguna. It’s the cutest and most quaint little town. Lots of galleries and unique little shops. Yeah, it’s ritzy, but I didn’t feel out of place or anything! Everyone there is incredibly casual and laid back.

We headed down to the actual beachfront and took some pictures. The weather was perfect. It was windy + sunny, so sometimes you felt like you needed your jacket and other times you didn’t. Here’s some fun pictures of our couple hours at the beach!

writing in the sand
Here’s me drawing in the sand. I intend on doing a project based on my drawing and will feature it in the next couple of days, so tune in again tomorrow or Wednesday!

wish you were here
Here’s Carey sitting on the rocks. We took so many photos. It looks like we were the only ones there, but I just happened to take this at an opportune time! People were enjoying the weather and walking up and down the whole time we were there.

wave runner
Whoops. I went a little far out and got my pants wet. Oh well. It was fun, even though I got chilled a bit!

that's a novel idea
Carey is such a ham. I guess I am too. We are very, very silly and posey together!

eyes on display
But she can be serious too. Doesn’t she look beautiful?

wonderfully washed out
And here’s me in serious mode…

solitary subjects
Here’s my artsy attempt. Carey saw the pink balloon off in the distance and I captured it and the seagull.

We had a great time! I’m so glad I was able to hang out with her and see her! She’s always been so supportive of me!

Well back to work! Hope you Swellions have a great rest of your day!