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A few awesome/amusing/interesting things in my world lately...

1. Slothilda. She is amazing and I love her. 

2. Jessica JonesLike most of my friends, Joel and I blew through this series. I just love the film noir touch and how well they balanced her femininity and toughness. Highly recommended to everyone - you really don't need to be a Marvel fan to enjoy because the exploration of what someone with super powers would do is so fantastic.

3. Our new scenery. Reno has been treating us really well, and I'm loving everything about it so far. I'm definitely not over seeing snow and being surrounded by gorgeous mountains (that aren't covered by smog all the time).

4. Old/new family photos. My mom recently had a bunch of my grandmother's old film scanned, and there are some real gems that we've never seen before - particularly from my parents' and grandparents' weddings! My grandmother had a huge archive; she always had her camera with her, but all the same it's crazy when we come across ones we haven't seen.

5. The Awkward Yeti. The best webcomic I've read in a long time! His stuff just cracks me up. This one on New Year's Resolutions is a particularly spot-on depiction of Joel and I. :)

Hope you're all having a wonderful start to the new year!


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There's a few things making life a little brighter around here...

1. Plants I haven't killed. My mom gifted me this big lovely mix of succulents maybe 6 weeks ago and I thought for sure it would go the way of the dodo. But I've finally accepted that there are only a few spots that get enough light inside, so I put this on the front stoop and it's been very happy. It even bloomed! :)

2. You Must Remember This podcast. Found out about this one via Hello Giggles (their daily newsletter is awesome) and loved it from the minute I read the description. Chronicling the secret and forgotten histories of Hollywood - I'm all over that! The Judy Garland episode was fascinating, and the Star Wars series is great.

2. A new taco meat recipe. For someone who makes Mexican-inspired recipes for 8 out of 10 meals, finding this deeeee-lish recipe over at Love and Olive Oil made me super happy. If I'm being super lazy I can always go back to "brown beef, dump seasoning packet", but this isn't much more work and a whole lot tastier. I use it for burritos/tacos and usually add a can of black beans into the meat once it's thickened up for extra protein. WARNING: if you're a pansy like me, cut the amount of chili powder in half (at least!).

Also, awesome dressing for everything = Ranch + salsa + lime juice + cilantro. You're welcome.

3. Shooting with an ExpoDisc. I'm SO GLAD I finally picked this up. It was a total lifesaver when I was shooting in a variety of lighting situations for my mom's projects and it saved me hours of tedious white balance adjustments in Lightroom. Plus it's so quick to set that you won't leave clients hanging.

4. Newborn snuggles. My boyfriend's third nephew came into the world a few weeks ago, all adorable and tiny and perfectly healthy. Photographing him was a dream.

5. Sense8Despite the spelling, which makes me twitchy, I blew through this Netflix show in less than a week. The biggest draw for me is how they actually film in all the different countries - a reminder of how we've become so used to green screen! The interaction between the characters is great, plus the cast is fantaaaastic.

What's been making you guys happy lately?


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It's been a crazy couple of months, what with celebrating two years with the BF, working on a complete switch and redesign of this site (ain't it perty?) as well as my mom's, and my vacation to Norway! (More on that soon...so many photos to go through...) In the midst of all this, a few things keep coming to mind that help keep me happy and sane(ish).

1. Google Keep. I don't know how I functioned without it before. No more random slips of paper crinkled at the bottom of my purse, and it's been incredibly helpful in keeping my brain from going cray-cray. I'm one of those that has to write things down when I think of them. I use this on my computer, tablet and phone constantly. (Can you tell by my list I was making a dip?)

2. Hardcore History podcast. I'm so glad my brother turned me on to this. My degree is in history, so I'm already inclined to love this podcast, and his award-winning series on WWI sold me. Meticulously researched, beautifully told from real people's perspectives and chock full of primary sources. I download them (while on WiFi, of course) using the Player FM app and then listen on my commute. I love it so much I donated. Next up is the Wrath of the Khans series!

3. Summer sandals. Here in SoCal a good pair of sandals is a must nearly year-round, and my cherished pair from Target have just about hit the dust. So I picked up this Franco Sarto pair and I looove them - buttery soft leather and just enough of an arch to give me some support (and almost sold out, sorry!).

4. The Lunar Chronicles. I downloaded the free sample of Cinder after reading about it on Modern Mrs. Darcy's summer reading guide, and I was completely hooked. I zipped through all three books while on my vacation - just couldn't stop reading! Essentially it's a super creative, modern take on fairy tale characters, and each book adds another character to the story. I love how Meyer makes them admirable, kick ass women that are still real and vulnerable. Full disclosure: I grabbed the series in print as well, I loved them so much.

5. A new camera. Yes, I finally pulled the trigger! My old one had gasped its last breath (it was having trouble "talking" to my lenses) and there was no way I was going to Norway without one. Plus, my old camera was 8 years old, which is like 146 in digital years. I wound up choosing the Canon 6D instead of the 5D Mark III. Having worked with both, I'm glad I saved myself the extra $1500. The 6D meets my needs 90% of the time, and for the other 10% I can always rent the Mark III.

What's making you happy lately? Hope you all have a wonderful week!


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It’s finally been cold enough to wear socks to bed and use my electric blanket, the leaves that are supposed to change color or fall off finally have, and the madness of the holidays has passed. (Already?!?) There’s so much making me happy right now! Here’s the top ten:

1. A nail polish shelf. I think I ordered this shelf from UO about a year ago (similar one here), and upon discovering I needed drywall screws it kind of languished. I finally got it up on the wall recently with some help (thanks, pappa!) and couldn’t be happier now that I can see my collection in all its technicolor glory. Only downside is now I can really see the extent of my addiction. Ah, well, it’s cheaper than shoes, right?

Nail Polish Shelf by Ellingsen Photography

2. My new CrockPot. Nikki got me the coolest one ever for Christmas (six quarts, programmable count down, dishwasher safe), and I’ve been busy researching recipes all over the web. I even borrowed my mom’s old slow cooker cookbook. I’ve been trying a couple different recipes and I love just throwing it all in and letting it do the work for me! Please link me up in the comments if you have recipes you like!

New CrockPot by Ellingsen Photography

3. The Guild’s latest season. It recently finished, did you love it? Episodes are always free on YouTube.

4. Badass of the Week. I may have mentioned this awesome website before, but he just continues to crack me up with his epic expletive-infused history lessons of real life badasses. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely worth a read of you want a history lesson and good laugh in one! This feature of John Nicholson was fantastic.

5. Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Soothing Cream. It’s been really cold as far as SoCal winters go, getting down into the 30s and 40s at night, and my skin has reacted to all the dryness terribly. I’m normally pretty sensitive, plus my skin keeps getting drier the older I get. I got this face cream in desperation two weeks ago and the relief was almost immediate. Hooray for awesome moisturizer for less than $20!

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Cream by Ellingsen Photography

6. Recognizing comparison-itis. It’s a rampant disease, especially among creatives who are constantly showing the world their work, and the only cure is to remember this awesome quote. It makes me a lot more zen, that’s for sure.

7. Sending actual mail and cards. There’s really nothing like a handwritten thank you or birthday card. My mom always made us do it when we were kids, and it’s stuck. It also helps when you have fun address labels like these! (Designed them myself, TYVM!) :)

Ellingsen Photography Custom Address Labels

8. Historical Hounds. I found this article on Dog Milk about the amazing archive of old dog photos that the Boston Public Library made available on Flickr, and I must’ve lost at least an hour browsing through them. I realized that 1) people dressed up and spoiled their dogs almost as much as we do today, and 2) many were so well shot, I wondered about the photographer that was credited on all of them. Turns out Leslie Jones shot for the Boston Herald-Traveler for nearly 40 years, and his family donated his entire archive of negatives to the Boston Public Library. What a legacy! You can view the whole collection of dog photos right here. Here’s a few of my favorites:

9. Cousins that dress alike. Christmas Day is a casual day for us (we do almost everything Christmas Eve), so it was too funny when nearly all of the girls of the family came out wearing stripes. Great minds, hey? :)

Cousins in Stripes by Ellingsen Photography

10. Museum trips. My mom, my friend Melissa and I went to the Bowers Museum recently to catch the exhibit of Madeline Albright’s pins, as well as an exhibit of film costumes. I hadn’t been to the Bowers in years, but I just love how it’s on a smaller scale, so you can really see everything without your feet dying by the end. Their permanent collection of works by local artists is also worth seeing. Between that and a late lunch at The Playground, where their menu changes daily, it was pretty much the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

So what are you guys loving right now?