How's your weekend: collective photography project

Friday, April 30, 2010
How's your weekend is a collective photography project by Laura Tjitradjaja of See Hear Say. It is dedicated to sharing your weekend with people all around the world through the medium of photography. Peer into the lives and cultures of different people from various countries and celebrate the weekend as an opportunity try something exciting and new!
How's your weekend
(Anna Paramita, Melbourne, Australia)
How's your weekend
(Angelica Salinas-Jones, Blacksburg, Virginia)
How's your weekend
(Famapa, London, UK)
How's your weekend
(Sundari Carmody, Adelaide, Australia / Bali, Indonesia)
How's your weekend
(Sandra Juto, Gothenburg, Sweden)

"Most of us spend most of our time on daily routines, be it at work, studio or school. And weekend becomes a precious time to enjoy with friends or family or well, a me-time sounds nice too. Everyone has a story, share your weekend with us and see what others do too."

Read more about this project and find out how you can participate here or browse through past submissions here.

P.S. I'm guest blogging for my dear friend Tina of English Muse while she is away. Stop by my first post here about our blogger meet-up and say hello :)

Oh film, you've captured my heart

Thursday, April 29, 2010
I love film photography. A lot. Which is ironic because I hardly ever use film. Digital's just easier I guess. But it still doesn't replace film.
Oh film film film
Oh film film film
There's something about film, the way it captures light (ha here I go with lighting again!) and digital does not come remotely close to competing.
Oh film film film
Oh film film film
Oh film film film
Click on photos for sources. Second and last photo sources unknown. Please comment if you know. Such a shame because I just love the last one. Everything about it-the shadows, her face, her eyes-is just perfect. The more I stare at it, the more I love it.

I've made a goal to incorporate the use of film more in my photo shoots. So I'm going to use black and white film in my next photo shoot with Kelcie! I'm a little bit nervous because I hope it comes out okay. I really don't like the idea of not having the instant gratification of seeing what pictures you just took. But I guess with anything worthwhile, you have to be patient.

Aubrey says hello!

This is my dog, Aubrey. Yes, I know I've posted about her before, but I'm a bit of a crazy dog lady, so just bear with me here!
Aubrey says hello!
Aubrey says hello!
She was looking so cute on my bed yesterday, I took these pictures of her. I have 375 pictures of her saved on my computer! Does this qualify as certifiably nuts? Perhaps...

Eruca Japanese clothing

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Eruca Japanese clothing:
Eruca Japanese clothing
I really do wish Google Translate would help me out more in understanding the Japanese, but alas. It took me so long to figure out how to navigate the website. I started clicking on random links and came across these clothes. I'm not even sure if they have a lookbook or if I somehow missed it.
Eruca Japanese clothing
I love these little hats:
Eruca Japanese clothing
Eruca Japanese clothing
Sometimes I think you would lose all respect for me as a fashion blogger (not really fashion blogger, more like occasional fashion blogger I guess). Like yesterday, I was out all morning and early afternoon in the rain (seriously San Francisco, when's the rain gonna stop?). When I got home, all I could think about was shedding my wet clothes and climbing into my lovely grey sweatshirt and sweatpants combo. So that's what I wore for the duration of the afternoon and slept in. And that's what I'm writing this post in this morning too! So stylish :) I need some comfy and pretty clothes!

P.S. Can you tell I like floral patterns? :)

Lavender and lace

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Lavendar and lace
Lavendar and lace
Lavendar and lace
Lavendar and lace
click on photos for sources.

Lavender is one of my favorite colors! When I was little and people asked me what my favorite color was, I'd always say lavender because I didn't want to come across too girly and say pink (even though I really really liked pink)!

Anyway, the photographer is from Lithuania which I think is pretty amazing and such a faraway place (for me, at least!). I wonder what it's like there... probably not too much different from where I live I guess.

P.S. The giveaway winner of the Embellished by Jessica giveaway is (drum roll please...) comment #80: Sabrina Holly Vintage! Congrats :) Please email me with your postal address so that Jessica and I can get you your print.

Prairie Girl

Monday, April 26, 2010
Prairie girl
Prairie girl

Click on photos for sources.

Love the dreamy aesthetic of these beautiful shots. The colors and lighting are just lovely (ha, it's always about colors and lighting for me!) and what pretty girls too! I'm very happy because the model (in the second two pictures-Jessica Jean) happens to live relatively close to me (2 hours away) and I'd love to do a photo shoot with her... I'm thinking maybe something by the beach.

Reminds me of Little House on the Prairie. Those used to be my favorite books; my mother would read them to me before I went to bed. I remember thinking of how even the youngest of the sisters, Carrie-who was ten-was so much older than me! How things have changed!

Dreamers of dreams

Dreamers of dreams
Dreamers of dreams
photos by mike bailey-gates.

I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So many great quotes (although this is my favorite)! Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka in the original movie, used to live down the street from me. Of course I never saw him or anything and I don't think it was his main residence. But it was still fun to drive by and think "Gene Wilder could be there right at this moment!"

Interesting fact: This quote was not originally from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it was from a poem named Ode written by English poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy. Maybe you already knew that. Maybe you didn't (I didn't!). Guess you learn a new thing everyday :)

Cecilia Austin

Friday, April 23, 2010
Cecilia Austin
Cecilia Austin
Cecilia Austin
Cecilia Austin
A few days ago, Cecilia, a fellow San Francisco-based photographer (not that I would exactly call myself a photographer) contacted me about her work. One visit to her website and my oh my, it was so gorgeous, I just had to share it with y'alls.

The way she plays with props and lighting evokes a sense of nostalgia and vintage. Did I mention she did an entire Amélie-themed shoot?! Inspires me to make my favorite movies come to life in a photo shoot.

Check out her website here and blog here.

What are you lovelies up to this weekend? Tonight I'm going pottery painting with a friend. On Friday nights, they give you free studio fee if you show up in your PJ's!

House envy

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Living room 5
Living room 1
Living room 4
Living room 2
Living room 3

I've been having major house envy of SoBinique's lovely abode, and I'm not the only one! Laura of See Hear Say posted about her insane decorating skills as well. Isn't the neutral color palette just gorgeous? Very simple, very beautiful.

I'd love to have just one room like this, never mind a whole house! I doubt I'd be able to keep it clean, though. I wonder how she does it...

P.S. I just realized that today is Earth Day! Happy Earth Day, everyone :)

Exactly where we're from

Exactly where we're from
Exactly where we're from
Exactly where we're from
Some photos of mine I have somehow overlooked and never edited.

I have HUNDREDS of photos on my computer that I've forgotten about/never paid much attention to and now browsing through them all, there's some undiscovered shots that I actually really like! I'm thinking of setting aside a day to just go through them all and edit.

I'm also really lazy and never got film developed from like four months ago. Just think, there can be some of my best shots lying in the film canister, waiting to be discovered! I think I'll go and get the film developed this week.

I'm going to do another shoot with Kelcie soon! Something a little different than my usual style, but hopefully it will come out just as good! And how can you ever find out if you don't experiment?

GIVEAWAY: Embellished by Jessica

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
GIVEAWAY: Embellished by Jessica
Hello friends! Today's giveaway is a lovely 5x7 print entitled 'I Dreamed a Dream in Time Gone By' from Embellished by Jessica. Such a pretty photograph of Paris!

In addition to photography, Jessica also designs hair accessories and neckties, so do stop by the shop to check out her other items.

2 WAYS TO ENTER:
  • Leave a comment on this post.
  • Get an extra entry if you tweet about the giveaway-just leave a 2nd comment saying you tweeted.

  • I will draw a winner Tuesday, April 27th via random.org.

    Have fun!

    GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! THANK YOU ALL FOR ENTERING!

    Té chichi summer 2010 catalog

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010
    Té chichi summer 2010
    Japanese label Té chichi summer 2010 catalog has me dreaming of pretty little sundresses and sun-filled days. Which reminds me that I am so ready for summer.

    I have come to the conclusion that in addition to having pretty masking tape, the Japanese sure know how to style their shoots beautifully! The whole aesthetic of these photos is just stunning.

    Feeling crafty

    Feeling crafty
    click on collage for source.

    I've been feeling very crafty recently. You know that feeling where you're just itching to create something, but don't know what? That's been me for the past week. Sometimes I feel like forgetting about all responsibilities and crafting all day.

    Oh I do love to be, by the sea

    Monday, April 19, 2010
    Oh I do love to be, by the sea
    Oh I do love to be, by the sea
    Oh I do love to be, by the sea
    Oh I do love to be, by the sea
    click on photos for sources.

    Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. On Saturday, I went to the beach with a group of friends, including those two little girls. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pictures of them (but I may or may not have another photo shoot with them up my sleeve, so stay tuned). If you are familiar with San Francisco beaches, you know that they are cold and windy all the time! I had on jeans, a sweater, and a jacket and was still cold.

    We had a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. Someone even made homemade marshmallows and they were so yummy!

    Meet Nettie

    Friday, April 16, 2010
    Hello little girl
    Isn't the little girl just beautiful? Those blue eyes and that hair! Her name is Nettie; that was a picture of her when she was a wee little one-already model worthy back then! I might have a photo shoot with her in August (which seems so far away now!) and I am super excited about it!

    This is her now:
    Hello little girl
    a;lskdfjalksdjf isn't she so stinkin' gorgeous?! I would be so privileged to work with someone like her! August, please come quickly ;)

    I love looking at pictures of people when they were younger, then comparing it to how they look now. What do ya think? Does she look similar? Totally different?

    (click on photos for sources)

    Nettie's Model Mayhem and her blog.

    More I HEART Projects

    A few more people have uploaded their I HEART projects on the Flickr group since the last I HEART feature, so I figured I'd showcase the most recent ones (in no particular order).
    I HEART Projects
    By: Mila
    I HEART Projects
    By: sun_doll
    I HEART Projects
    By: SoBinique
    I HEART Projects
    By: catleone

    Aren't they just beautiful?! I hope these inspire you if you're part of the project and are stuck on what to do, if you're done with your collages and just want to look at the other peoples' work, and if you aren't part of the project to see the wonderful effort and creativity put forth into these collages.

    Please, if you've finished your project, take a picture of it or scan it into the computer, and upload it onto the Flickr group. Then, send it back to me! Any questions, feel free to email me at: thedrifterandthegypsy@yahoo.com.

    Spring cleaning

    Thursday, April 15, 2010
    Spring Cleaning
    Spring Cleaning
    click on photos for sources.

    I cleaned my room yesterday. I feel so refreshed that everything is all neat and tidy!

    I'll admit it: I'm a pack rat. I save almost everything. But isn't it liberating when you throw out a whole bunch of stuff you never use? It's therapeutic, almost. De-cluttering your mind. It's so nice to see my closet floor (and be able to close my drawers all the way!) Let's see how long it lasts :)

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