• blogging,  Life,  photography

    the ikea of photo canvases

    two posts, one month. get excited! (but not too excited because this isn’t THAT kind of post. no one’s getting chocolate ice cream.) anyway, if you’ve been here a while you’d know that every so often, my hard work is acknowledged when companies reach out and want me to write about them or their products. i made a (half assed) resolution last month that i would start exploring ways to actually get paid to write things. (post on that coming soon, maybe) i know that free merchandise is not the same as actual dollars but any time i can place an order and not have to pay for it, it’s…

  • blogging,  christmas,  DIY,  Life,  photography

    i’m more of a giver

    Well, friends, we’ve reached that time after Christmas where every blogger, YouTuber, and humblebragger on social media is starting to share what they got for Christmas. Because I am more of a giver (and because I’m pre-writing this and Christmas hasn’t actually happened yet), I’m going to share a gift that I gave this year instead. Earlier in the month, I received an email from the friendly people at Photowall. They asked if I would like to try one of their products. I saw that they offered canvas prints from your own photos and I knew my roommate mom has been wanting to get a few of my photos printed on…

  • blogging,  Life,  photo dump,  photography

    photo dump: world photography day

    Your eyes are not deceiving you, I’m actually posting on a Saturday! It’s a special Saturday because it’s also World Photography Day. Being that I am a true professional*, I would love to share some of my favorites to the masses** *totally not a professional **all 5 of you I’ve posted most (all, probably) of these in previous posts but let me have this. Obviously, some are more edited than others, some are straighter than others, some are overall better than others, but they all make me feel good. I could tell you a story about each one. I have, if you look hard enough, but I’m not going to…

  • blogging,  Life,  photo dump,  photography,  travel

    san fran…ciscooooo [photo dump days three & four]

    Welcome back for days 3 & 4 of Martina’s San Franciscan adventure. I’ve decided to lump Saturday and Sunday together because although we did things, I feel like I didn’t take enough pictures for two separate blog posts. Anyway… Saturday was a rough day for me. Being in the cold, wet air the night before and not feeling well to begin with was not ideal. Add on to that having to search for a backpack to replace mine that broke, I was not a happy camper. Our hotel was on the borderline of the Tenderloin neighborhood and Nob Hill. The Tenderloin is known for their homeless population. According to what we heard,…

  • Life

    NOLA in a nutshell: the finale!

    The third (and final!) part of this recap series is going to be all about what I wish I would have done and some other photos that I wanted to share but didn’t have a place for. Part one was all about food and part two was all about activities. Catch up first! WHAT I WISH I DID Ride the St. Charles trolley through the Garden District – I was hellbent on getting to see the huge houses in the Garden District. After the swamp tour, we had a little while before dinner so my mom and I decided to Uber over to the Garden District. Our driver was so…

  • Life,  photo dump,  photography

    NOLA in a nutshell (part two)

    Now that you’ve digested (ba dum dum) part one of my NOLA recap, let’s move on to part two! As I mentioned in my last post, I came to New Orleans for the photo opportunities. I mean, I wanted to have a good time and experience the city too, but food and photos were my top priority. This post is probably going to be photo heavier than the last one. You’ve been warned. WHAT WE DID/SAW Swamp tour – Taking a swamp tour was on my cousin’s list of definites. They offer a speedboat or a normal, not scary boat. We chose the normal boat over the speed boat (sorry, Dez!)…

  • blogging,  Life,  photo dump,  photography

    belated bridal shower photo dump!

    I’m here! I’m alive! Did you miss me? I didn’t go anywhere, procrastination has been my first, middle and last name lately. Hence, why I’m coming to you today with a recap from two weekends ago. whatever. my blog, my rules.  Two Sundays ago, we gave Jessica a bridal shower. I wanted to share some pictures in my usual photo dump style. Is it too late for that? Is it officially irrelevant in blog time? whatever. MY BLOG, MY RULES. When Jessica asked all 586933 girls to be bridesmaids, she decided that she was not going to have a Maid of Honor. Instead, she gave each girl a specific task that encompasses…

  • blogging,  photography

    if i say “strap” one more time…

    Ugggghhhh. I have two other posts that I wanted to get up. WHY ARE THEY NOT EVEN WRITTEN? Sorry, I needed a moment. I will get those posts up, they’re actually that delayed weekend update from last week that I was going to break into two posts. I’m working on it. Anyway. Along with talking about Harry Styles (i’m starting to think i’m bringing him up on purpose now. #yolo), sharing my photos of Central Park and generally complaining about life, I like to use this blog to share things with my fans whoever is reading it. This is one of those posts. Somewhere near the middle to the end of…

  • blogging,  Life,  photography

    finalist photo revealed!

    Remember when I told you guys that I had entered a photo contest? And then I told you when I found out that I was a finalist in that contest? Well, I bought the book of the collection of photos that they offered (of course) and it finally came! FI – NUH- LEE. I only ordered it in AUGUST. Anyway, in one of those posts I promised to share the picture that made Finalist status. I will, but first I want to share the book with you. Because what kind of “finalist photographer” would I be if I didn’t take 900 pictures of the book, my photo in the book, my…

  • blogging,  Life,  photo dump,  photography

    photo dump: central park, where else?

    I’ve had these pictures hanging out, waiting to be posted for a little while now, but I haven’t gotten a chance to actually put it all together. Don’t get too excited, they’re of Central Park – again. I know, let’s all put our shocked faces on. Whatever. It was a nice day, albeit hotter than Hades. This time, Martina and Lisa’s Day of Fun started at the Shakespeare Garden, which is like something out of a fairy tale. Or the English countryside. I assume. I was too busy running around chasing butterflies, trying to get pictures of them, and failing miserably to get pictures of what was at the top of…