Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Findings: Goodbye 2011!!


Well, the year is ending and it seems inevitable to look back and wonder what these past 12 months have contributed to each of our lives. I wish I could say that I had accomplished everything that I'd set out to do, or that I finally found the man of my dreams, but I can't. But where 2011 has fallen short, it has also exceeded many of my expectations. I am still sitting in disbelief that I am in the midst of recording some of my songs professionally. Even more in disbelief that one of my songs is for sale on iTunes. But most of all, this year that showed me who I can and who I can't count on. It's been a learning process, it's been painful, but as I am now a quarter of a century old... it's nice to see that I continue to learn and shape myself to be the woman who I hope my friends and family would be proud of.

Sorry, the new year always gets me in deep thought.

I want to end this by saying that I hope that this past year has treated you well. I hope you're happy, healthy, and well on your way to achieving your wildest dreams.

And to end this on the ridiculous note that Friday's seem to bring out of me... here's a little end of the year review I found, brought to you as only the guys at Jibjab could.

Happy Friday!! (and Happy New year too! ;)

Sunday, December 25, 2011


So it's Christmas morning, and I am sitting in bed waiting for everyone to be ready to open up the presents. I have to admit that this year has been a crazy one to get everything planned. Las night after all the presents had been bought and wrapped and the delicious dinner had been made and eaten, I suddenly realized that I had spent so much time this year preparing that I hadn't found the time to spend time celebrating. I needed to focus on what was important. I also knew that throughout the planning there had been a lot of time spent on Facebook. So in the end I figured I would share this quirky video I saw a couple days ago. I feel like the nativity story has already been told a million times, and without wanting to take away from that, I thought that this was an interesting way of narrating it. Let's not forget to remember the reason for the season! ;)

Merry Christmas!! (Hope you spend it with the ones you love)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Findings::: Christmas Prank!


You've probably noticed by now that I appreciate a good prank. Nothing too embarrassing, and nothing mean, just a good surprise or something obvious being overlooked. I ran into this video today and I have to admit that these guys have waaaaaay too much time on their hands!

Happy Friday!! (And Merry Christmas!)

Monday, December 19, 2011

"Photography Behind The Scenes"


Photography doesn't just happen, you have to make it happen. If you're a photographer you know how often someone takes one quick look at your camera and says "Wow, no wonder your pictures look great!" This week I guess I am rebelling against that thought. I am friends with many many photographers, and I have to admit that we are special creatures. When you would find most people enjoying themselves on a weekend night, chilling on their couch, or hanging out with friends... the photographer is often staying home catching up on some editing, or out shooting. Sometimes we even shoot just for practice. Why? Because the camera takes the picture, but the photographer has to create it first. So in honor of all of that hard work that is often overlooked, I just wanted to share a few behind the scenes photos from the past. Just to get it out of my system! ;)








Thanks to Peio, Montana, Chris, Josh, Anna, Lydia, Ghill, and Amber. For all the fun we've had rocking out behind the scenes! Even if we're all just a little bit misunderstood. ;)

Monday, December 12, 2011

"Buy Me For 0.99 cents!!"

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I don't even know where to start. I am happily a member of an amazing community called The Showiteers. We are all united under having our websites being hosted by the amazing Showit, and there is a Facebook group that we are all super active on. We are always giving advice, sharing resources, and just making friends and building connections all over the world!

One of the Showiteers is Jim Davis-Hicks. He also started a wonderful little thing called Thirst Relief. Their mission is to provide clean drinking water to the thousands upon thousands of people around the world who don't have access to something as simple as that. Thousands of lives are changed for the better. Thousands of diseases prevented. And what does this cost? About $5 to save a life, to save a town.



So what does this have to do with anything?

Well, about 3 weeks ago one happy Showiteer (can't remember who) had the amazing idea to get all of us musicians to record Christmas songs for a CD to sell and give the profit to Thirst Relief and they then use it to bring more clean water to the desperately thirsty. As soon as I read it I was totally in to help out in whatever way possible. Soon enough, someone had the idea that we should have an original song in there. Someone else asked who in the Showiteers was a songwriter. I came home one day to people tagging my name in there. What-the-what?!

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I have never even thought about writing a Christmas song, but I couldn't give up without trying! To make everything more challenging, I was given about 5 days from writing, to recording, to everything being fully mixed and mastered! What-the-what: The Sequel!!

I partnered up with a lyricist and we wrote the lyrics 50-50% (dare to guess who tells Rudolph to go take a hike?) and with the help of my amazing music producer, James Morgan at Magicbox Musika, we managed to rock it out in the 5 days!

So now what?

Well, now you can happily go on iTunes and buy an album full of photographers singing!! Don't be stingy and just buy my song, buy the whole thing, because you're gonna spend more than $7 on coffee anyway, and it's for a good cause. And if you can't afford it... then at least buy my song for the 0.99 and help make a huge difference to a small town in the world. There's also a digital booklet full of fun facts abut the artists, hilarious Christmas photos, and more information on how Thirst Relief and you can work together to change the world!

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Check out our super fun official website!

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Click here to purchase on iTunes!

One more thing: I really want to point out that cranking out this project from idea to finish in just 3 weeks is SUCH an accomplishment and that I am so super happy of all of my Showiteers who helped pitch in on all of this!! It was an obstacle-ridden path but we finally made it! Mental high-fives everyone! :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Findings::: Christmas = Mission Impossible!!

Christmas Tree

We got the tree out of the box, spread out the plastic branches, got the christmas decoration boxes out... and even managed to untangle the christmas lights. Set them carefully on the tree. Then was when we found out two of the three sets of lights were out. Of course, now I know to test the lights before putting them on the tree. Still, I couldn't help but feel slightly frustrated but mostly sorry for the sad little tree.

Sometimes getting ready for Christmas is super fun, especially as a kid, but as the years go by it seems to get increasingly difficult until you go home to the tangled-twinkly-light mess one day and suddenly you feel like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. While I wait until the shops open up for business again, I sit here cozy in a blanket enjoying seeing this little guy have an ever more challenging christmas than I am. Shame on me.

Happy Friday!! (BTW, you can buy that costume on amazon here)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Blues'N'Breakers::: Concert


While other people were trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, or attending horror-themed parties, I met up with my brother and friends and spent Halloween night at an Irish Tavern. We were there to watch the Blues'N'Breakers play through the night. I have to admit that I've never been much of a blues fan, it's just not my cup of tea. I also have to admit that these guys were amazing! I brought my camera in case I felt like taking a couple shots, and you can bet your bucket-full-of-candy that I did.






This guy actually walked out halfway through the show and left the rest of the band playing because "I didn't get a chance to have a drink and a cigarette..." Crazy man!





Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Findings::: Christmas Countdown!!


December is finally here, and that always gives me two things to smile about. First off, my birthday! I will be turning 25 years old (for the first time) tomorrow, and I am excited to see how as the years go by I will start to continuously turn 25 again and again! HA! On the other hand, there's Christmas. I love pretty much everything about it. Traditions, decorations, having an excuse to go out and spend a ton of money on pretty things the take people smile. Even though every year I promise to start buying presents in late October, I never do. I think deep down I love the crazy hectic thrill of going out on the last few days and trying to find something good. I've always liked a good challenge! :P

Anyway, I figured this month I would devote entirely to Christmas. Why? Because I can't get away with playing Christmas carols the rest of the year. Well... I couldn't until I got an iPod! ;)

Happy Friday!! (You might want to start shopping soon...)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Anytime::: Ninja!!


At some point in the mid summer I decided to go out and do some fun shots with my new lighting set up. It's always a good idea to go out, not on assignment, and just practice different ways of lighting a scene. I was actually expecting this practice shoot to be quite boring. I am a photojournalist and I love taking photos of things as they happen... here I am stuck in a scene with nothing actually happening. Go figure.

So I brought my handy-dandy adorable-lovable little miss assistant Anna. She also happens to be my little sister.
We were abandoned at the scene for about 3 hours, and what started out as a simple portrait session turned into what is now known as "The Ninja Shoot!"

Brace yourself.










Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Findings::: Happy Thanksgiving!!


Living in Spain, every year I find myself having to explain the story of the first thanksgiving to many people. The questions come from all people of all ages,often wanting to know why we are so obsessed with eating turkey. It's especially funny because here you can only buy sliced turkey, (like the kind you eat in sandwiches), and if you want a whole turkey you have to special order it and people look at you like you're nuts.

Yesterday, in good yearly tradition, I found myself explaining the story once more.

It's always a bit odd being in Spain when everyone else is celebrating thanksgiving. Having to go to work when everyone else is eating delicious snacks and watching football or the Macy's parade. I miss it.

Even just getting to prepare for the season by watching some preschool thanksgiving day play sounds like fun. Especially if it's half as entertaining or inaccurate as this one! I seriously can't wait until I can celebrate some thanksgivings of my own, make a disastrous turkey and end up eating turkey&cheese sandwiches.

Happy Thanksgiving!! (I hope you survive black friday)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Event::: EuskalGym 2011


I walked up the last of the steps in a hurry. My VIP pass was swinging back and forth and constantly beating against my chest, which in a competitive way counteracted by having my heart beat back. A million steps. When I finally made it to the top, I followed the crowd. I was excited. I walked around the building to meet a very long line. Arriving to one of the alternate entrances I innocently asked one of the guards where I had to enter. He took one quick look at my pass and said "VIP's can enter through their favorite door!" and made a gesture for me to walk in. I have to admit that it was a great feeling to bypass the giant crowd. Now I just had to find a good vantage point and get to work!

I was invited to shoot the EuskalGym, an international gymnastics exhibition. The previous days had gone by quickly through a series of phone calls, quick plan changes, and anticipation. I had even gone to the airport with David, Alejandro, and Urtzi, to shoot some video footage of some of the international gymnasts arriving in Bilbao. My first time shooting video for a professional event, or anything else for that matter. It was quite the creative stretch, but I think we got some good shooting in and am now impatiently waiting to see the results.

After doing some brief translations, and more last-minute plans, we were on our way. Everything was really fast paced, and everything was leading to this event. And I was there.

The 3 hour exhibition went by way too fast. Every move, choreography, and seemingly impossible stretch was remarkably impressive, and while I had a great time getting these shots, my mom (holding on to my extra VIP pass) had an even better time watching all the flips, the loops, and the dances.






Hard to believe that this is the same girl that I picked up from the airport the day before...





Experimenting with long exposures...






The most memorable part of the evening came when Almudena Cid, made a special performance. Almudena is now a retired spanish gymnast and is best known for being the only gymnast in history to ever compete in 4 Olympic Game finals. Her performance was a collaboration with "Protect" who help fight against children sexual exploitation in Cambodia. The performance made the crowd go wild.




Traslation: "@adinanoel: It's beautiful!! I love it! Even though it looks bad for me to say so myself..."
It is fair to say that her tweet about this photo made my day! :)


Special thanks to David at MotionThinks, videographer Alejandro Negeruela, and photographer Urtzi MardarĂ¡s, for making me a part of the team. I look forward to doing more projects together soon.