Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration 

I never really used to think of myself as an artistic person. My younger sister definitely got the natural talent gene in our family when it comes to art. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that there are so many different ways to express yourself and my way is by using a camera. I have always loved taking pictures and have owned a number of different point-and-shoot cameras before I bought my DSLR camera. My first one was this little hot pink Polaroid digital camera I got for Christmas one year. It had the most horrible battery life of any camera I have ever owned but I clung to that thing because it was my own! I’ve had my Nikon DSLR for 2 years now and it still inspires me. It inspires me to look at the world differently and gives me the opportunity to express that. I love photography and hope to be continuously inspired by it!

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¡Bienvenido a Miami!

Hello, good people! I want to share a few pics from my quick trip to Miami Beach, Florida about 2 weeks ago.

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I had to take the cliche plane picture…I mean, how could you not?? The sky was perfect that day!

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You know you’re in paradise when you’re surrounded by palm trees!

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The pools at our complex overlooked the bay and we had an awesome view of the Downtown Miami Skyline.

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What pure bliss looks like :)

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We had brunch one morning at the Front Porch Cafe on Ocean Drive and the french toast is one of their specialties. SO GOOD!

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Espanola Way is this quaint little street that is lined with all kinds of restaurants and shops.

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Our giant plate of Paella at Tapas Y Tintos Restaurant on Espanola Way

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The lovely view from our AirBnB condo. I was a little nervous about using AirBnB for the first time but I must say that we had an amazing host and such a great experience! I highly recommend going this route versus a hotel if you can help it.

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Cool stained glass windows at MIA International Airport.

Overall, it was a great trip! Unfortunately it rained more than I would have liked it to, which kinda put a damper on things like going to the beach :(  :(  But we made the best of our time there and will just have to plan a trip back soon!

-H

Oops!

Soooo…..it would appear as though I have taken a 2 month long blogging hiatus, which was totally unintended. In my last blog post I jokingly said that I wanted to hibernate until April but I never thought it would actually happen! I just wanted to write a quick post to say hi blogosphere and I haven’t given up on you!! I’ve got some fun stuff coming up at the end of this month that I’m excited to blog about and now that it’s spring, I can’t wait to get back to photography too. So until then, here’s a pic I took last Easter :)  

Happy Monday!

-H

iMovie Magic

Happy Tuesday, Blogosphere! I hope your week is off to a great start. I just wanted to share a silly little 35 second movie I made while playing around with the video editing software on my computer. Disclaimer: I’m a total novice at this hence the shaky camera work but I thought it would be fun to try something new!

 

I’ll admit, it took me almost an hour to figure out how to edit all the footage down to this 35 second clip :P but now that I have a little experience, I’m excited to make more movies! Oh, and in case you were wondering, I used my Nikon D3100 camera to shoot, edited with iMovie on my Mac and the song is California English by the band Vampire Weekend :)

-H

 

A Life of its Own

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Does your hair have a life of its own? Mine sure does. Some days it cooperates with me and other days it’s simply a rebel. But I’m doing my best to love it just the way it is; translation- without using heat tools like blow dryers and flat irons. As curly girls know, maintaining healthy hair can be quite the process and requires commitment but it’s definitely worth it. One of my goals for 2015 is to improve my overall health and that includes taking care of the lovely coils on my head! Although they drive me crazy at times, I love my curls and wouldn’t trade ’em for anything!
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See ya, 2014!

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IMG_0985.JPGWe’re in the last few days of 2014 and it seems like this year went by in somewhat of a blur. But, it was a pretty productive blur if I do say so myself. I finished 3 semesters of grad school, which puts me roughly at the midpoint of the program. I definitely think this was my biggest accomplishment of the year. I also went on some fun adventures like sailing for the first time ever and beach trips to Florida and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I also got to spend a lot of time with my family like when S visited this summer, which was a lot of fun! In retrospect, 2014 was a pretty great year and I think 2015 will be even better. Looking forward to finishing school, more traveling and new adventures. I’m also excited to bring some new things to the blog next year so keep an eye on this space! Until then, have a Happy New Year and see you all in 2015!!

xoxo

-H