10 Things

The weather here is starting to feel like spring, and I’m trying to ignore the fact that we’re two months into the year and focus on a renewed sense of self. What is it about joining a new online dating site that makes you reevaluate your whole life while trying to fill in those “about me” boxes? At any rate, here’s what’s been making me happy / thankful lately…

1. Walks around the lake. My neighbors told me about a shortcut that we can take to avoid the busy street that Dante isn’t such a fan of, and now we’ve been walking there and back almost every day. There’s always lots of people fishing and walking their dogs, and Dante loves lunging at watching all the birds.

Ellingsen Photography Lake Walk via Instagram

2. Celebrating Star Wars. My friend Jeff and I spent a day earlier this month exploring the Star Wars exhibit at the Discovery Science Center and watching The Phantom Menace in 3D. It was really a pretty perfect geek-out day. The exhibit is not cheap but so worth it – they had ship models, costumes, Yoda, AT-ATs, and a bunch of fun hands-on things for kids to do. And speaking of the Wars, I think this R2 shirt will be my next geeky purchase!

Ellingsen Photography Instagram Star Wars Day

3. The Oscars. We’ll be having some friends over to watch again this year, and I’m hoping I’ll finally beat Nikki at guessing the most winners! (But don’t bet on me.) We’ll be using these ballots from How About Orange (and probably playing her Oscar bingo game too). I love watching them so much more now that we have a DVR.;)

4. Snuggling with Dante. It just doesn’t get old. Somehow it never fails to be comforting, especially now when the nights are still chilly. In the summer, I don’t want his blazing hot little body anywhere near me!

Ellingsen Photography Dante in Bed

5. My old, beat up, trusty Converse. I’m wearing them right now, in fact. You just can’t go wrong.

Ellingsen Photography Converse

6. These brilliant words. I first saw this Twain quote on Pinterest, but decided to play with it over one of my photos and put it up on the fridge as a reminder. I think maybe we all have several points in our life where we find out why, don’t you think? That there isn’t only one?

Whats Your Why Ellingsen Photo web

(You can click the photo for a 4×6 downloadable version if you want it!)

7. Cozying up at my desk with a drink and some photo processing. Sometimes it’s kind of like running – it can be tough to put on your shoes and get out the door, but once you’re going you feel awesome about it.

Ellingsen Photography Messy Desk

8. Creatively funny things. Like this Tumblr I just discovered called T-Rex Trying… by Hugh Murphy. It’s hard not to giggle at every one!

T Rex Trying by Hugh Murphy

9. Shooting more film. I’m halfway through a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 and can’t wait to see the results!

10. Easy plant DIYs. I’m such a plant killer, but I’d really like more greenery indoors and I think even I can handle something like a terrarium! This article at Refinery 29 makes it look so easy.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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KristineFebruary 24, 2012 - 4:36 pm

I love this post! It’s full of so many happy, loverly things. I just joined Pinterest as well and now I wish I could just pin your entire website.
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JacquelineFebruary 28, 2012 - 9:25 pm

always love your 10 things list. i watched this oscars this year too! so happy “the artist” won — i loved it so.

[…] Previously I mentioned that my friend Jeff and I spent an afternoon geeking out at the Star Wars exhibit at the Discovery Science Center, and I was happy to relive that awesome feeling when I got my film scans back this week. Again, I have to say I’m so impressed with how the Kodak Ektar 100 film handled low light! Especially for this shot of an AT-AT model that must’ve been at least a foot tall: […]

Happy Anniversary Giveaway!

It’s officially been a year since I launched my website and business, and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway? I really want to give back to those who have been so supportive of me, both in person and here on the interwebs.

Ellingsen Photography Free Session Giveaway Feb 2012

Winner(s) will receive:

  • A two hour photo session with moi, at the location of their choice
  • DVD of at least 20 high-res images
  • 11 x 14 print

Now here’s the fun part – for me, anyway! To enter, email trude@ellingsenphoto.com a photo of you / your pet / your family, along with a short message about why you deserve to win. Have you only ever been to Sears photo studio? Have you added family members (four or two legged) recently? Are you newly engaged? Have your kids finally lost their patience with your constant avoidance of any portraits that include you? Dish, friend! :)

I’ll be back with a blog post showcasing all the entries and whomever gets the most votes (via blog comments) is the winner! You can send everyone you know to vote for you, but please only one comment per person (honesty please, karma is a beeotch).

You must send in your entry by Tuesday, February 28th at midnight PST. I’ll blog the entries on March 1st and voting will run through the 5th at midnight PST. Winner will be announced March 6th!

The Rules:

  1. You must love photos
  2. You must love each other

Okay, okay, seriously this time:

  1. Entries from those living outside Southern California are acceptable, but you are responsible for coming here or shipping me to you! (By plane, not parcel post, preferably.)
  2. By entering, you grant permission to Ellingsen Photography to use your image and entry story on this blog for promotional use. Your session will also be featured on this blog.
  3. Maximum of six persons or pets for the session.

Good luck and I can’t wait to read your entries! And thanks especially to my close friends and family for putting up with a camera constantly in their faces and me going on ad nauseum about f-stops and good light.


(P.S. That’s Katie in the photo above, a shelter pup that was adopted before I could blog her adorable photos.)

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Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 23, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary, Trude:) What an awesome prize you are offering, I wonder if I can move to Southern California in a week so I can enter? No, probably not:( Katie looks like a real doll, I’m not surprised she was adopted quickly!
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10 Things | Ellingsen PhotographyFebruary 24, 2012 - 10:54 am

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NancyFebruary 29, 2012 - 9:16 am

Congrats, amiga! Just keep on truckin’. xo

[…] that the entry period has closed, it’s time to share the awesome entries for the giveaway! Remember, the winner will be determined by the number of blog comments they receive. Whoever gets […]

SBACC Adoptables :: February

While Sarah and I were hard at work at the shelter last weekend, we had the pleasure of seeing not one, but two dogs from the shelter go home with their new families! (Eddie and Jake, from our last trip.) Needless to say we were working with even bigger smiles than usual. :)

{Click any image to learn more about adopting that dog!}

Speaking of bigger than usual, mister Brewser here is a Saint Bernard mix who has lots of puppy energy but was also great at mugging for the camera.

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Brewser

And then there’s Diesel. Whose eyes are like those spiral hypnotic joke glasses – because honestly, I couldn’t stop looking at him! If you’re looking for a Husky, don’t wait to go see him because with his calm demeanor he won’t be at the shelter much longer!

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Diesel

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Diesel Husky

Is it wrong that I just want to bury my face in his fur? I don’t even care how much it would make me sneeze.

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Diesel 4

Pretty shepherd mix Jasmine was a bit shy with us at first, but she warmed up to Sarah pretty quickly and it turns out she thinks she’s a lap dog. Which I’m all for, no matter what size they are!

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Jasmine

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Jasmine-2

Speaking of dogs who think they fit in your lap, meet Jackson. He’s super friendly and playful, and good with cats too!

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Jackson 2

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Jackson

Jessie is kind of the matriarch of the bunch at nine years old, and Sarah and I just loved how calm and gentle she was with us – I can easily picture her adopting the kids of any family as her own and tolerating all sorts of toddler abuse. (Like Linus the Boxer and his family.)

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Jessie

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Jessie 2

I just love seeing dogs that have that two-tone caramel coloring, so I was a very happy girl working with sweet Lizzie, a Manchester terrier. You’d never know she came in with a case of mange – she’s recovered beautifully!

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Lizzie

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Lizzie-2

London is a super cute Fox Terrier mix, and still a puppy. But I have my fingers crossed that those ears keep growing with her!

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-London Fox Terrier

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-London Fox Terrier

London’s roomie is Roscoe, who, in case you were wondering, is proof that Doxie + Corgi = adorable. He’s only ten months and such a sweetie! Also: floppy ears.

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Roscoe

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Roscoe 2

And then we have Thelma and Louise. These two are too bonded to be adopted separately, but who would want to split up a pair like this? Quick – somebody find a pint-size convertible for them to ride around in!

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Thelma & Louise

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Thelma

Ellingsen Photography SBACC Adoptable Dogs-Louise

Until next time…


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Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 22, 2012 - 1:14 am

Awww, what a huge amount of cuteness there! I could bring them all home. How could anyone give up such lovely looking dogs? You’ve done a wonderful job with their pictures and I hope they all find their forever homes very soon. They all look like they will make some lucky people very happy:)
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KristinOFebruary 23, 2012 - 9:16 am

What a beautiful group! I especially love the second shot of Lizzie – wow!

Shauna (Fido & Wino)February 23, 2012 - 10:35 am

The eyes! I always get pulled in to their beautiful eyes… your photography does that. Such gorgeous pups :)
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Instagram Love :: Winter in SoCal

They don’t call it sunny Southern California for nothin’, and this winter has been especially mild, even for us! Just a few rainy days, some cold days in December but otherwise pretty mild. And today it’s supposed to get up to 80! No complaints here, I just wish daylight savings would hurry up so we could enjoy the weather more.:)

Here’s what my iPhone has been seeing lately (I’m @ellingsenphoto on Instagram)…

  • Dante showing off our new inside welcome mat (well, it’s more of a goodbye mat and always gets this song in my head)
  • On our dam adventure
  • I tried out a local ranch market and got all of this for $4.52!
  • I was a bad, bad girl
  • Happy first birthday to Cassidy!
  • On laundry day, a fuchsia sundress + sweater tights is totally acceptable

  • It poured for hours one Saturday morning, so Dante and I snuggled under the electric blanket and watched movies on Netflix
  • Attempting to beat my friends at Settlers of Catan…not successful. But it’s a super fun game!
  • Peekaboo!
  • We had a few pea soup mornings
  • Perfect weather for a long walk with my mom and Dante
  • He makes for good migraine day company

When I’m at home on the computer, I use Webstagram to keep up with my feed. And I’m really thinking about ordering some Stickygrams – fridge magnets out of Instagrams! :)


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JacquelineFebruary 9, 2012 - 10:19 pm

oooh this new layout… snazzy!

also, i am so digging that instagram shot of the foggy street.

and hasn’t the weather been so weirdly mild? even up north here. even the like 1.3 days of rain we had was so mild.


Welcome to the new & improved EllingsenPhoto.com! Since I’m such an avid blogger, I decided it was way past due that I combine everything into one place. I believe the appropriate word is blogsite.:)

So take a peek around, and let me know what you think! I’ve still got some tinkering to do and some galleries to update, but there’s lots of fresh blog content heading your way. I’m thrilled with how easy ProPhoto has made this transition, I can’t say enough good things about their product.

Thanks for checking out my new corner of the interwebs!


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nikkiFebruary 7, 2012 - 5:39 pm

I love it… it looks fantastic. :)

NancyFebruary 7, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Very nice, love it. It’s totally you. And really like the fonts!

Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 8, 2012 - 12:18 am

I’m here early:) This looks wonderful:) Very professional but friendly too:) Will go update my RSS feed now!

ElizabethFebruary 9, 2012 - 2:03 pm

What an awesome new site! I love the colors and those big, interesting social icons. :) Saved to Feedly!