A few more photos from last weekend. I'm telling you, I just might milk these til Saturday. :)-
We updated our website with images from the wedding. Again, I cannot say enough about Jason from In Good Company. If anyone is planning an event, I would not hesitate to recommend him. He is so friendly, professional, and even though this isn't my favorite word to use, pleasing. As I said in a previous post, he was EVERYWHERE he needed to be and then some and he never showed ANY sign of stress. From the way he spoke to us, to the guests, to the staff setting up the tables - he was just a class act. We received the nicest e-mail from him. Jason, if you're reading this, we would LOVE to work with you again as well. Everyone on your team was just top-notch. I hope to see them all again soon! More of Jason's details coming later this week...
The bride and groom had a relative taking pictures of the day, but Jason asked them if they'd like us to take photos as well. We offered to put them on our proofing site and if they liked them, they could purchase them. Jason had them sign our release so we were able to take and post these images.
I absolutely love this shot of Soo in the bridal room.
One of the views that I liked.
And this is becoming a signature Kymberli image I hear. I know it's done by others, but I seem to always want to crop off heads in EVERY session I have. LOL
Monday, March 31, 2008
A few more photos from last weekend. I'm telling you, I just might milk these til Saturday. :)-
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Just a few more images from yesterday's event. I might be using these images for a few days. :) Everything was just so pretty. I'll post more about Jason and his company and the woman who created the flower arrangements, but too much stuff to do today!
I cannot tell you how great this cake smelled!!!!!! Al looked at this image and said, "I can still smell that cake!" So can I!!!! I can only imagine what it tasted like. We didn't stick around long enough to see...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
We had an amazing morning! We teamed up with a new friend to take some photos to help him promote his event planning business. Jason Rhee and his team from in good company were wonderful! Jason created beautiful details from the invitations to coasters to favors and this guy is on fire! He was not only in every single place at one time, but he was also so accommodating and pleasant to everyone he dealt with!
We're about to get ready for the George Strait concert, so I'll post some more info and images tomorrow.
Friday, March 28, 2008
This park is almost in our backyard. Well, we don't have a backyard, but if we did, it would almost be there. ;)
My hubby LOVES, LOVES, LOVES this park. I prefer the nature center across the street, but tonight I think I might have fallen back in love with this park. It is beautiful, clean, and just the right size. I might have to visit it more often.
And I just had to post this because I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE lens flare and I don't think I've ever "captured" it. Tonight my camera and the sun blessed me with the lens flare that I love so much - and I think they made up for the times they didn't give it to me.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This post feels stupid after posting about important topics like yesterday's post, but it is a day in my life and it sums up how some of the time was spent tonight.
Al and I usually make a stop to Subway and Golden Spoon after the gym. I bought all the ingredients necessary to make our OWN subs last week, but something about that yellow sign always draws us back in. :) There is a little store called "Tsunami" right by Golden Spoon. It is going out of business since they slowed down around September. We talked to the owner (really nice man) and he is having to close 4 stores. It's such a bummer for small business owners trying to make it in the big city. :(
Anyway, Quackmaster and I were able to get some cool stuff for 50-60% off the original price! I picked up these two awesome "girly" shirts (the white one has the Famous Stars and Straps logo stiched into the shirt so you really can't see it) and Al bought a couple of t-shirts and a kick-a$$ hat. The guy was selling everything from awesome sunglasses to surfboards to shoes - even the signs! We are going back tomorrow night to pick up a few more things we were on the fence about. I mean, how can you beat 50-60% off?!
P.S. David if you're reading this, Al said, "Too bad Ohana Photography doesn't live near here." I thought it was so cute and funny that Al called you Ohana Photography. LOL Anyway, he's right - I was thinking you might love some of the stuff.
Monday, March 24, 2008
I came across a wonderful photographer's blog via [ b ]ecker's blog. She has chosen 3 different non-profit organizations to help with purchases of her images. You really need to read the full story here, as she is so inspiring. As we all know, people who help homeless animals or animal shelters hold a special place in my heart. I thank God for the people in Mexico who are running the only surviving animal shelter in the Puerto Vallarta area and I thank God for Kirsten using her talents to help them and the other organizations. God Bless You, Kirsten. I will be reading through your entire blog (I love your writing and the interesting story of how/why you moved to P.V.) and you can expect my donation today! For my family and friends, if your heart moves you to do so, please support one of the great causes she is helping.
Two of Kirsten's beautiful images used with permission:
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I thought this image was fitting for Easter Sunday. My goal is to collect a cross everywhere we visit. We are going to Hawaii next month, so hopefully I will get one there. I missed Catalina, but I'll definitely be back there to find one on another trip.
From left to right:
from a little street market in Acapulco, from Boot Barn across the street ;), from a tequila factory market in Puerto Vallarta (the man's sister made and painted it), and from a street market in Cabo San Lucas.
I hope to one day FILL that living room wall with crosses.
Happy Easter everyone. May GOD BLESS YOU.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Al bought tickets for us to go see Ralphie May and Jeffrey Ross tonight. They were freakin' hilarious! My three favorite bits from Jeffrey:
- "Are you wearing flip flops?! You know you're in the f*ckin' O.C. when everyone is wearing flip flops!" Then he went on about how the guy wouldn't be able to defend his girl's honor if he got into fight. He said "Whadda ya gonna do? Slap 'em with the flip flop?!"
- "I'd like to thank Al Gore for this beautiful weather we had today."
- On his weight: "I work out. Yeah, every morning at McDonald's on the jungle gym. I've got a 4 year old trainer named Zachary. We do about 20 reps on the slide, 2 hours in the sandbox, then we sh*t our pants and our Mom's come and pick us up."
We got our tickets signed by Ralphie who was soooo nice. Then I took a camera phone pic of Al and Ralphie. It was a nice night with the hubby. Thanks babe!
The following image was cropped and taken from a report on our friend's blog. The more I read about the Carson shelter, the more my heart hurts. I know it's not the only shelter that probably makes these terrible mistakes, but it hurts so bad when you've been there, seen the animals and now think about them EVERY day. I cannot tell you how many times in the last week where I've felt the chill in the air and thought to myself, "If I'm cold, I wonder how cold those dogs are?" With nothing but mostly concrete to sleep on. It kills me. :(
The dogs at our shelter are living the high life compared to the Carson shelter dogs. Every animal should have it as good as our dogs have it. It's not 'good' to be homeless and in a shelter, but our dogs our loved and cared for to no end. God Bless the animals at the Carson shelter. :(
I wrote a letter to the mayor and the council members last week regarding my experience at the shelter last Saturday. I have yet to receive a response.
Anyway, here is what I borrowed from this blog. Could you imagine coming in for a dog that you put on 'hold' and are now told it's been euthanized by mistake?
Posted by kymberli q. at 2:38 AM
Friday, March 21, 2008
From our little field trip to Jones Bicycles tonight.
(And I was surprised to see soooo many great quotes about bicycles!)
Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. ~William Golding
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~Ernest Hemingway
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~John F. Kennedy
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I thought I'd be an extra good wife tonight and ask hubby if he wanted to go to the El Dorado Audubon Society meeting. Why is this good? Because my honey LOVES, LOVES, LOVES birds! He ALWAYS has to point them out and I cannot tell you how many times we've been walking and he'll say "Oh, look at that (insert any bird name here)!" And I'll just roll my eyes, shake my head and continue walking. He's cuckoo crazy for them. Bahahahahahahaha ;)
Anywho... off to the meeting we go. Although I am not a bird girl, I do enjoy listening to people that are passionate about something. The speaker was the president of the L.A. Audubon Society (I believe) and she is very passionate about her Saw-whet owls. At one point during the powerpoint presentation she pulled up a slide with a book about birds. I thought to myself, "Wow, they even have books about birds!" Then I thought of my bookshelf at home. I have this book, and this book, and this book. Just as I have these books about the animal I love, lots of people out there have books about the animals they love, I'm sure. It really didn't hit me 'til tonight. It's good to have people like me, the owl lady ;), and other sorts of animal lovers in this world. Every animal has someone that is really interested in learning about them and helping them. It's just awesome when you think about all the different people that make the world go round.
Although I didn't take any photos of the speaker or her nice presentation about Saw-whet owls, I did capture this flowering tree while walking into the nature center. I'm sure someone out there has a book about trees and/or flowers, too. :)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I know my photos have been about shelter dogs lately and I hope that those who read this blog understand my passion for homeless animals. I promise to have some non-dog related photos soon, but I just had to post another success story.
The little guy below (5 months old!) was at the 'bad' shelter on Saturday and was a mess. He obviously still is a mess but he's a blessed mess. He was adopted by one of the affiliated rescue groups yesterday!! They are going back to get his Momma too! I remember looking at him and his momma on Saturday and saying "God Bless You" to them. I was hoping that God was going to find them homes, but we pretty much thought they were going to be euthanized on Sunday. Well, they weren't and almost every day God reminds me that He IS out there and is listening. :)
I hope to see some "after" photos of this little guy in a few months. Happy new life, little one!!
Posted by kymberli q. at 11:58 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Today is another day that I need to "cheat" with my photos. They were not taken by me. They are our shelter photos and I hate even having to use them... because it means two of our shelter dogs recently passed.
Omar passed yesterday. I know he knew he was loved by many. Omar was one of the office dogs so he got to know a lot of workers and volunteers. I'm not sure any family could have loved him better than the director and others that spent so much time with him in the office.
And then there was Simba. I 'knew' Simba a little bit better than Omar since I used to take him for afternoon walks on Sundays with whomever was his 'roommate' at the time. I loved little Simba so much. He really didn't have much to say - he was like a little old man in a furry bear suit. Observed life and those around him, but was so quiet and sweet. There was one point a few months ago where we all thought he had 'given' up and there was a night that Al and I even said our 'goodbyes' to him not knowing how much longer he was going to be with us. He stuck it out a little longer and was adopted! We were all so happy knowing that he spent his final months in a HOME with someone who thought he was just as special as we did.
God Bless You, Omar and Simba. You will be missed. We love you.
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us" ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Monday, March 17, 2008
Remember when I started my "Photo of the Day" project, I said that the first photo was the only photo I'd hopefully be 'cheating' with? Well, I also said that "it's MY photo of the day project and I'll do it as I please. ;)-", and I need to 'cheat' again today.
I'm sure a bunch of you read my sad (and graphic) post from Saturday even though I've had only one person (outside of those that attended the protest) comment on it (thank you, David ;)). I wanted to post a positive image from that day so I asked permission of my hubby to take one of his images from his blog entry to share here.
The dog below was rescued Saturday from the shelter by Cathy. Although this lucky boy isn't going "home" yet, he is going somewhere where there is better care and a heck of a lot more love than what he was getting. Again, Cathy is a HERO to me and to animals (it's like the dogs KNEW she was a rescuer when she walked through the buildings - they were literally drawn to her as if they could see inside her heart. It was amazing!) All dogs should be as lucky as this guy. God Bless You, little furry friend. I hope you find your forever home very soon. It was wonderful meeting you. :)
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Al and I spent a small part of the morning with one of my best friends, Christi, and her beautiful daughter Alexis. We had wanted to have a session for awhile, but when you're a Mom, you're busy and when you're a newlywed, you're busy! We were going to do it a few weeks back but the flu bug hit Christi's family and today was the first time we could squeeze it in.
It was a GORGEOUS day today. We are so lucky to live where we live. But that also means harsh light at 11 in the morning. From now on Al and I are going to make a rule that we only schedule sessions EARLY in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Here are a few from today for Christi and Alexis. Alexis, thank you for being such a great sport! You seemed so comfortable and you were such a great 'model'! ;)
Photo of the Day:
An impromptu one for Mom:
Saturday, March 15, 2008
**WARNING - THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES**
Today started out as any other day. We volunteered at our wonderful no-kill shelter in the morning, we attended a beach clean-up and adult Easter egg hunt. :) But then we participated in a protest of at an L.A. County Animal Shelter.
I had such good intentions on coming home and writing about everything I've learned in the past few days about a couple of L.A. County shelters and everything I saw today. But I can't. Because as I write this post, tears are falling and my heart is breaking.
Al and I went to bed last night and had so many things to do today and we came home to take a nap after the protest because we were exhausted. When I woke up, I couldn't get the Carson shelter out of my mind. Or a few dogs that were there. I started crying in bed and I wish I hadn't done the second walk-through at the end of the day. I keep seeing some of the images of the runs (cages) in my mind and some of the sick, scared, depressed dogs. There are too many things to say and I don't think I would be able to give the accurate details without my emotions getting involved. If you would like to read further about what is going on, please do so here.
Cathy and Ryan, if you are reading this, I am positive that halos are awaiting you in Heaven. I feel that I have a big heart for animals, but you two take the cake. God Bless both of you in your fight with this and we will be supporting you.
Posted by kymberli q. at 7:44 PM
Posted by kymberli q. at 2:40 AM
Friday, March 14, 2008
Well, not really.
This is "Kitty". No, that's probably not her real name and in fact, we don't know if she is really a she. She could be a he. Well, he could be a he. ;)
This is a neighbor's cat. The cat lives two houses down and used to come and greet us every so often when we would park in front of their house. Lately, the cat has seem to adopted Al. She is always waiting for him when he comes home. When I get home before him or come home late from school, she hears the alarm on my truck and starts running over with her "Meoooowwww... meeoooowwwww".
I am NOT a cat person. I am a dog lover. I don't "mind" cats, but we get up every Saturday and run to the shelter by 7 to so that (around) 30 dogs will get to have a morning walk. And I am EXCITED for it! I can't wait to get there and love on some sweet, homeless dogs. I can't say that I'd run to the shelter at 7 am on a Saturday morning to help with cats. I'm just not a cat person. :/ But I am a "Kitty" person. :)
You can't help but slowly fall in love for this big ball of fur. She's very charming. She will follow you and stop until you look back, and then she'll scurry quickly up to you again. She rolls over on her back like a dog trying to entice you to pet her. When you stop petting her and rest your hand by her, she'll nuzzle up to it or gently pat your hand with her paw "reminding" it of what it needs to do. She is a sweetie.
I'm tempted to give her some milk or some food, but she already hangs around enough. I'm sure she'd turn into "our" cat if I did that.
And I'm not a cat person. ;)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
It's the cheeeeeeeesssssiiiiieeesssssttttt!
Ever since Al and I have been on Weight Watchers (I've lost 16.0 - he's keeping his secret for a few more weeks but it's a lot!) we've had to get creative with foods. He thought about doing mini pizzas on English muffins (1 point) and they are so delicious and FILLING! It's about 4-5 points for 2 whole english muffins (4 pizzas) using a little bit of pizza sauce, fat free cheese and lots of veggies. So yummy! I swear, once we ate them at least 5 nights out of the week! LOL
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Just a quick snapshot of a gate and yellow wall while rushing to class tonight. Might seem a little boring but it obviously is important to someone or else it wouldn't be there! And... I might use it as a texture someday!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Two cool peeps.
I get to cross another photographer off my list! Tonight Al and I had dinner with Gabriel and his bride ;) Carlie. OK, to start - Carlie rocks the camera with every photo she is in, but in person, she's EVEN PRETTIER!! How can that be?! It's not fair. ;)
Gabriel is such a sweet guy. He is so down to earth and open and funny (Al and I were talking about the van story on the way home, Gabriel! LOL). I can't thank him enough for reaching out to me and actually making the 'lunch' happen when he could have just said, "that sounds great, let's do it sometime".
Thank you both for sharing a little bit about yourselves tonight. We are so happy we finally got to meet you and hope to share some more time with you in the future!
And since I hate the picture of me (what's new?!) here's the photo of Carlie, Quackmeister, and Gabriel! I love this pic of Gabriel!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Six degrees of Scott Baio.
OK, so I know this is probably the WORST photo I could post on this photo of the day journey, but I had to do it. You see, the man below is the man that is going to be marrying Scott Baio in the next episode of "Scott Baio is 46... and pregnant" (don't even get me started on my annoying reality show addiction - especially when it's to bad shows!). But... this is the guy who also married us! LOL I was watching my DVR'd episodes on Sunday and had to do a double take when I saw the preview for the next show. I was like, "Is that our officiant?!" Al wasn't home so I saved it for him. When he came home, I said, "Babe - is this the guy that married us?!" "Oh. my. gosh." Al said! I started laughing! "Uh yeah, that's Chris!"
Al and I are Christians, but weren't attending a church at the time so there wasn't anyone we felt that we were 'close' to perform our ceremony. Enter the world wide web. We found this man on the internet. I guess we're pretty cool. Scott Baio thinks that if this guy is good enough for us, then he's good enough for him, too! ;)
So now I am connected to Kat Von Do of L.A. Ink through my friend Robin, and I'm connected to Scott Baio through our officiant, I'm connected to Tom Cruise through an ex... I wonder how many other famous people I'm connected to?! ;)-
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I'm entering 4 images into our local photography contest. One of the son of my boss that I just like, the "love" one from Michelle and Gabriel's maternity shoot that everyone seems to like, the one of Jayson tuning his guitar that some seem to like, and one of Michelle and Gabriel that only I seem to like! LOL Photography is so subjective - images that others like, I usually don't care for, images that I like, others usually don't care for. It's crazy.
Do I think any photo might win? Who knows. But I did win 2nd place in the Landscape category last year (hubby took 1st!) with my point and shoot. I would hope that I've at least learned a lot since then! I'm not expecting to win again, it's just a fun thing to participate in! They have a "ceremony" night for it and they announce the awards and it's always so cool to see everyone's images. Anywho, off to post them on the mount boards... (and for you photographers that might be reading this blog, the images don't look that grainy - the graininess came from the dark room and shooting on manual with ISO cranked. I really need to invest in that 5D soon!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
This is what my Saturday morning looks like.
Please excuse the make-up free (except lipstick!) and shaggy hair look, but when you get up in the 6 o'clock hour to walk shelter dogs at 7 am, you (and the dogs certainly) don't care what you look like. It's about homeless animals. Not about you.
Al and I started volunteering at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center last July. It has literally changed our lives and how we look at the world of animals. We have soooo many great dogs and most of them are there because of irresponsible pet owners. Some of the reasons: "too much work", "the dog has too much energy", "takes up too much room", or best one yet: chihuahua had puppies with a mixed breed so they wouldn't be able to sell them. Therefore, our shelter was given 5 puppies to find homes for. :/ (We found homes.) We've recently had some dogs given to the shelter because of foreclosures. That is acceptable to us. Leaving your dogs behind in a house or yard to fend for themselves until someone finds them (which has happened) is not.
So for any of you that might be reading this post and are considering getting a pet. PLEASE visit your local shelter first. There is a wonderful homeless dog or cat waiting just for you. Waiting to have a "forever" home. Waiting to finally realize that they are NOT disposable.
We volunteer at a shelter where our animals are lucky. We are a no-kill shelter. So our animals get two walks a day, hopefully some time in the play yard, lots of love from volunteers, and a bed and blankets and toys. Not all shelter animals have it this good. Most of them have an expiration date. :(
God Bless all the homeless, mistreated, abused animals out there. I wish we could save them all. :(
Here are two that are available for adoption - Cheyenne and Phoebe. Great, great dogs.
Two more - Sancho and Gavin. LOVE these two!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Ahhhh... sunset on the 405.
I picked up the Quackmeister from John Wayne airport and this was the sunset that we experienced going home. I cannot stand California traffic or some of the rude people that it can bring, but I heard something while sitting in the loading zone at the airport that makes it all worthwhile:
Girl coming out of terminal talking to her friend: "Oh, I'm in HEAVEN! This temperature is perfect!!"
I look at the gauge in my rearview mirrow and it says 70 degrees at 5:32 pm.
Yep, I'll take this weather, these California sunsets, and the crazy 405 traffic. I heart Southern California. It is just about perfect. :)
And this shot is SOTC. Straight out of the Creator. He never needs any photoshop. ;)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
So let me tell you about my Wednesday's...
I work 8-5. I get off work and rush to a Weight Watcher's meeting to weigh in. And after I get to weigh myself, I get to go to a Biological Anthropology lab and play with bones or learn about Mendellan genetics. I know, I know... don't be jealous. ;)
Yes, Wednesday's are not my favorite days. Especially if I do lousy at weigh-in (which has only happened to me once and it wasn't really lousy - a gain of .4). But that day depressed me and I was hoping that this week was going to be better. And it was. :)
15.2 lbs lost total. I joined WW on January 2nd with hopes to eventually lose 30-35. That may be a bit too much, but we'll see. I'm on my way and passing the 15 lb mark feels AWESOME!
Here is our little 'scorecard' that they sign each week. I'm not sure why I didn't get 3 stars on this entry, but I did get my class recognition (after ever 5 lbs lost) and my bookmark with the 3 stars on that.
Good job, me! :)-
P.S. You didn't actually think I was going to leave my weight on there for all the world (or my 3 faithful blog readers) to see, did you?? ;)
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
OK, I have to admit, yesterday I was DREADING the photo of the day post because I forgot my camera. I was about to give up on the "stupid thing" thinking it's "just too much work". But then, I decided it give it another shot today.
I came home at lunch and brought my camera back to work with me already knowing what my photo was going to be. I got off work, drove back by our apt and stepped out into the community center parking lot and kneeled down to take this photo. There is a huge, crazy, lanky, beautiful tree by the community center. I noticed it for the first time a few weeks ago - and that is what really made me start thinking about this project. I thought to myself, "what else don't I 'really' see" around here. So this tree really is the inspiration for the photo-of-the-day adventure. I can't believe I hadn't noticed it earlier. I drive past it twice a day during the week. It's odd that it just 'jumped' out at me not too long ago. Since noticing it, I have been a lot more aware of the 'things' around me.
Dear Community Center Tree,
I finally noticed. Thank you for opening my eyes.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Most of my blog readers will remember Michelle from the maternity photos here and here. Her baby shower was held today and although I went as a friend and not a photographer, I still ended up taking a few pictures. ;)
As you saw in the previous post, I'm choosing this image as my photo of the day. I kinda want to change it now to another one I really like, but too late:
After I took his picture, Eeyore said, "Thanks for noticing me." ;)
The Mommy-to-be. I actually wrote "Mom and Dad" on Michelle's card and I think that kind of freaked her out a little bit! She said "Not yet! Not til the baby can actually SAY it!" LOL!!
I know his name, but it's still kind of a secret. :)
This was outside the windows and I just thought it was a good sign of things to come:
I know I've probably said or have written it a thousand times by now, Michelle, but we are soooo happy for you and Gabriel. We wish the three of you lots and lots of love!