• So much to see and do!

    Mar 22, 2014, 8:39:00 PM

    So this year my husband decided on Portland, Oregon for our Anniversary trip. At first I had no idea why he had picked Portland and was unsure about the whole thing. But then I googled what to do in Portland and wow! I was super excited at what I found out was there. This trip was without our kids and so we were able to go to every single thing I wanted to see out there. We stayed at the waterfront Marriott Hotel and so we were right in the middle of everything. The weather was beautiful! Much better then back at home for sure! We were able to wear light jackets and be comfortable. My only recommendation for others would be to go in April when everything will be blooming. I was bummed that most of the trees and flowers were not bloomed yet, I would of really liked to have seen everything blooming! I can only imagine how much more beautiful things would of been! Oh well, next time :-) If you would like to see more pictures of our trip click here to go to full gallery.

    As we began our day exploring this city. We made our way towards the Lan Su Chinese Gardens and found some pretty cool things on our way. Such as the this boat and men doing something with all of these logs stuck here. We were trying to figure out what they were doing but weren't sure. So we just kept on moving on.

    Ok not sure what was going on here but was interesting enough to photograph. Some kind of alter for someone?

    Then we made it to the Portland Saturday Market. They had sooo much stuff here, food, candles, clothing, jewelry etc.

    We finally made it to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, this place was so beautiful! There was so much to see, every little detail from the doorways, windows and on the roof.


    When we finally got out of the Chinese Gardens we figured what the heck lets go to the Portland Japanese Gardens. This is were I was so bummed because most of the stuff had not bloomed yet. The tree's were still bare and flowers were not bloomed :-( I would recommend going in April or in the fall, when you get all of the beautiful colors! Regardless though, it was beautiful. Oh and it was def a hike, but I'm glad we did it because we found some other awesome spots! Like this one.

    Oh and the one things that I LOVED also were the trees! They all seemed to glow because of the moss growing on them. They were beautiful!!

    We bumped into this other park, the Oregon Holocaust Memorial - Washington Park.  The scattered items on the ground def gave it a very weird, sad feeling.

    And then we were at the Rose Gardens, now there I was really bummed :-( None of the roses were bloomed, but it had a pretty good view don't you think?

    And we finally made it to the Japanese Gardens, def worth the walk!

    After that long walk we decided we seen enough. We headed back to the market, had something to eat and drink. The next day we planned to go do the Mt. Hood Scenic Loop so we rented a car and got on our way. It's pretty much a loop and you get to see so much beauty! Our first stop was Vista House, built in 1916, on Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge the view from there was breathtaking!

    We took all that in and continued on to Latourell Falls, when I saw this, it was just WOW!

    Next Shepperds Dell

    And then the beautiful Multnomah Falls! WOW!

    Then Horsetail falls. Here's my honey posing for me.

    Then we stopped at this bridge which Danny didn't find too interesting but I thought it was AWESOME! So I had to get out and take some shots as he waited in the car for me.

    And on our way out we stopped at the Women's Forum Overlook

    We were very lucky that the weather health off until we got to our Hotel. If you would like to see more pictures of our trip click here to go to full gallery.

  • Mi Mazamitla

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:55:00 AM

    And our final stop of our Mexico trip was Mazamitla. My parents home town. Normally the weather in December here is around 60s with the mornings being cool so a nice warm cup of coffee and a sweater is just what you need, the afternoon begins to warm up and you can walk around with just a thin sweater and some days get lucky enough where you don't have to wear it. But on this occasion it was not the best weather. It hailed on Christmas day (giving us that white Christmas we are normally used to back at home) and the weather just got bad after that with rain most of the days and cold. So we didn't get to do much here but I had my father take us up to El Serro Del Tigre which is the top of a mountain there so I can take some pictures. I wanted to go to Los Casos which is a very beautiful spot there but due to the weather we didn't make it this time around. So anyway hope you enjoy looking at my pics. You can view all of them by clicking here.

    Here's our white Christmas!


  • El Despoblado

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:43:00 AM

    Our next stop from our Mexico trip was El Despoblado. This place is a very small ranch, not many people there, has a small church and lots of just open fields. For some it might be pretty boring and yes there is nothing to do really but to me it was a wonderful relief from the last couple of days from Mexico City. The traffic, the hundreds of people, I can't take it, I was very happy to be able to hear the pine tree's whisper with the air and just sit around and do nothing for a few days. The kids got to just run around, climb stuff and play. And Danny's grandmother is so cute, I loved being around her, and the ranch style kitchen she has, the dishes. Which by the way next time I go I'm going to ask if I can take one of her pottery pans because I bought a new one and there is a process you have to do before you actually cook in it and well lets just say it didn't go to well. :-P Anyway, enjoy some of the pictures I took of things that remind me of this place and I found interesting. You can view all of the pictures by clicking here.



  • Mexico City Trip

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:26:02 PM

    On Dec 2013 we were able to drive to Mexico to visit both my husbands and my family. Our first stop was teotihuacan, Mexico where we visited the sun pyramid and the moon pyramid. The view from the top is awesome! Once you reach the top of the sun pyramid there is a small little metal plate that everyone presses their finger to, they say its to get re-energized. So I was tired from climbing so what the heck! The following day we went downtown Mexico City. I was able to get some great shots from there too but boy you think Chicago has bad traffic, you ain't seen nothing!! Mexico Ciy traffic is the WORST! Here are some of my favorites from there but you can view my entire gallery by clicking here. All of these pictures are for sale and can be purchased from the gallery.

  • Mimi and Jose's Engagement Session

    Nov 11, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

    I'm so happy we got Mimi and Jose's pictures done when we did, the weather has turned nasty! They are my last engagement before I go into hiatus for awhile. I had a blast photographing these two. I hope their relationship never changes, they are so supportive of each other and I hope they keep it that way for lots more years to come! Thanks for letting me capture this moment for you guys!

  • Tyrus Class of 2014

    Oct 28, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

    So Tyrus is my last senior I get to photograph, until I actually get more time added to our days or I can work on photography full-time! Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots from our day. By the way I have known Tyrus since he was about 9? Give or take. Boy time is flying!


  • Caitlyn Class of 2014

    Oct 14, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

    I had the pleasure of photographing Caitlyn this weekend. She might look a bit familiar and that's because I also had the pleasure of photographing her sister Christina for her senior pictures! Caitlyn is one of my last seniors I had booked to photograph since last year. :-( The weather was beautiful and these are just some of my favorites!

    I LOVE the one below!!

  • Victor's Family

    Oct 7, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

    And here is my cousin's Victor's great family! We had some yummy taco's de canasta after some hard work at taking pictures of the horses and then we took advantage to capture some family and one of my favorite subjects to photograph, children. :-)

  • Beautiful Horses

    Oct 6, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

    I finally was able to make it over to my cousin's house and take pictures of the horses he and his father-in-law have. These horses are just beautiful! I'm so happy to have been able to go and take their pictures and capture some awesome images. Here are a few. Enjoy.


  • Yesin's Photography

    Sep 8, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

    This weekend my 12 year old daughter was interested in picking up my camera and taking some pictures of my flowers while I was outside watering my plants. So I said sure but was not comfortable letting her handle my Canon 5D Mark II with my 24-70mm lens so instead I gave her my Canon Rebel xTI the one I used to learn to shoot with a small EF 50mm lens. I gave her a quick lesson on ISO, shutter speed and sent her on her way! Gotta say she picked it up quickly and came back with some pretty cool shots! Here's what she got. Let me know what you think!

    One of my favorites!

    Here was her attempt at slowing down the shutter to capture some water shots as I watered my plants. Not bad at all!

    I like this perspective of our neighbors flag.

    I like how her hand is in this shot. Capturing her little hand on such a beautiful shot is a wonderful capture in my eyes!

    Great shot of our neighbor and my son's BFF Ryan!

    And last but not least, I like how she put bubbles in the slide and the way this shot looks.