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!

February Desktop Background

Here in Southern California I associate early spring with jasmine, one of my favorite scents. Looking back through my archives from last year, I found this in my February folder and realized that soon enough it’ll be about to pop again! My parents have a giant jasmine plant in their backyard that has really become more like a tree, and you know I’ll be stealing bunches of it for my own place.:)

I just love this quote from Will Rogers (another Southern California institution), because I think letting it’s something everybody has to tackle at least once in a while.

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Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!


P.S. Fonts are all lovely free ones that I find myself using over and over: Wisdom Script, SmallTypeWriting, Ostrich Sans, and Ribbon.

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fifth floor apartmentFebruary 6, 2012 - 6:24 am

love that quote. so often mantras about that are about staying in the present instead of looking too far ahead, but i like the sentiment of this one better :)

xo alison
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VickieFebruary 14, 2012 - 9:49 pm

such a gorgeous image, love the quote too

Happy Weekend!

Hope you enjoy your weekend as much as Dante enjoys sleeping in the sun. (That’s his I-just-woke-up face.)

Ellingsen Photography Dante Italian Greyhound Sleeping in the Sun

Some good reads this week:

  • I’m now jonesing for the wee digital Minox camera after seeing what the always-amazing Rachel Devine did with it.
  • Jacqueline’s gorgeous photos of gourmet hot chocolate made me immediately question my choice of Swiss Miss instant this morning.
  • Learning my Photoshop ABCs is one of the best things I ever did for my mouse hand. Katrina over at Pugly Pixel put together the prettiest cheat sheet for them that I’ve ever seen!
  • A wonderful tutorial on how the folks over at Yellow Brick Home frame using vintage frames they thrift. It never occurred to me you could get glass cut to size!

I’ll be hard at work on a blog/website redesign (ssshhh), finding a decent pair of jeans and taking a trip to the shelter. What are your plans?


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Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 3, 2012 - 2:33 pm

What a stunning photo of Dante and I’m so jealous of your sunshine! It’s raining yet again here. So much for our summer! Sounds like you’re going to have a fun weekend:) Give the pups at the shelter a big pat for me!
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JacquelineFebruary 5, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Thanks for the shout out! :) The weekend was relaxing for me; no big trips or anything. Sometimes you just need some R&R!

Can’t wait to see your website redesign!
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fifth floor apartmentFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:08 am

love the tail :) and the site looks great!

xo alison

Etsy Loves :: February

Let’s not even talk about how it’s already February; I’m just blaming it on the madness of the Leap Year. Either way, it seems like every other day I’m finding a new Etsy shop to fall in love with. My favorites lately have all seemed to fall into a couple main categories – vintage decor, jewelry, indoor plants I can’t kill, inspirational artwork or cute greeting cards.

Because Something Besides A Bill in Your Mailbox is Awesome


 I’m Nuts About You, $3.95, by Button Empire

Send Some Love card, $3, by Mary Kate McDevitt
Otters (Best Friends)
, $5, by Little Bunny

Something Green That I Can’t Kill


 Air Plant Pod, $12.50, by Sea & Asters

Hand Blown Glass Air Plant Terrarium, $16, by Mothrnature
Elephant Animal Planter
, $18, by BloominHappy 2009

Vintage Pieces So You Can Recycle & Be Cool


 Vintage Initial Sign Letter E, $10, from Ethan Ollie

Pair of Vintage Berggren Tile Trivets, $22, from Gallivanting Girls
Vintage Small Deer Vase
, $28, from AMradio

Pretty Things For the Magpie in All of Us


 Arrow Ring, $24, by Miju and You

White Druzy Teardrop Ring, $62, by Oh Kuol
Alain in Blue Necklace
, $35, by Elephantine

Artwork That Keeps Me Grinnin’ and Workin’


 Get Back On 8×10 Print, $20, by Laura George

If You Think You Can, You Can, $30, by I Love Doodle
The Luckier I Get Letterpress 14×20 Print, $60, by Lilco Letterpress

So what lovely things have you been sighing over, friends? If it’s one thing the internet has shown us, it’s all the heaps of amazing talent out there.


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‘Sup, Ladies?

Just because he’s almost six doesn’t mean Dante can’t still charm the ladies…

Ellingsen Photography Dante Window Slats Light

…except for when his genius mama doesn’t realize one of his ears is flipped back. So, naturally, we won’t be using this shot for his Match.com profile.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! I was down for about half of it with a migraine, but I’ve got too much to do this week so it’s just going to have to go bother someone else now.


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fifth floor apartmentJanuary 31, 2012 - 8:00 pm

oh the ear! this is beyond cute.

xo alison
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Shauna (Fido & Wino)February 2, 2012 - 8:53 am

Very handsome! :)
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Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 3, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Hmm, I don’t know, who would notice a flipped ear? Those eyes are mesmerising!
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