30 Days of Self-Portraits! ~ Week Two

I’ve stuck with it, and I’m half way done the 30 day self-portrait challenge. Yay!

I feel like the photos have improved over Week One, and I’m definitely enjoying the process. The biggest challenge this week was editing them down and choosing only one photo per day. I highly recommend this challenge to anyone who is feeling bored with their photography, and not consistently taking their camera out. It feels a bit silly at first, but then the creative process takes over and new ideas spring up. Kind of magical!

Self portrait of Karina Louise

Self portrait of Karina Louise

Self portrait of Karina Louise

Self portrait of Karina Louise

Self portrait of Karina Louise

Self portrait of Karina Louise

Self portrait of Karina Louise

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Love in Pictures

I can’t believe that I’m getting married in just a couple of weeks!

I was lucky enough to have Kinsey Mhire of Sincerely, Kinsey take some engagement photos of me and Simon a few months back, and for some reason I feel like posting a few today. She really is an amazing photographer, and I’m so glad that we managed to sync up while she was visiting San Francisco.

If you don’t already know her work, be sure to check out her inspiring blog.

Love by Kinsey Mhire

Love by Kinsey Mhire

Love by Kinsey Mhire

Love by Kinsey Mhire

Love by Kinsey Mhire

Love by Kinsey Mhire

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Even ‘No Parking’ Signs are Pretty in SF

I hate parallel parking! Well, I used to anyway. Since living in the city and having my car as my main mode of transport, I’ve had to make peace with both driving in super busy traffic and parking. Parallel parking has always been fine for me as long as it was a big space and no one was waiting for me, but in the city that luxury is almost never the case.

But, practice makes perfect, and after several stressful evenings of not being sure I’d be able to find a spot and leave my car, I’ve finally mellowed around finding and securing parking in a busy city. Whenever I relax, a spot just seems to show up. Perhaps its these pretty signs that have helped me relax.

No parking sign by Karina Louise in SF

No parking sign by Karina Louise in SF

No parking sign by Karina Louise in SF

No parking sign by Karina Louise in SF

No parking sign by Karina Louise in SF

No parking sign by Karina Louise in SF

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30 Days of Self-Portraits! ~ Week One

I’ve embarked on a 30-day self-portrait challenge. The girls at A Beautiful Mess inspired me when they posted about this challenge a few months back. The only rules being:

~ I have to be in the photo myself in some way
~ I have to take the photo myself

I’m just over a week in and its surprisingly more difficult then I thought. After the arms length smiling selfie, one definitely has to get creative. These were all taken at arm’s length or with a self-timer. Nikon D800.

Karina Louise Selfie

Karina Louise Selfie Day 2

Karina Louise Selfie Day 3

Karina Louise Selfie with Rose

Karina Louise Selfie stripes

Karina Louise Selfie

Karina Louise Selfie

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Scandinavian Bedding for Couples

You know when its the middle of the night and you are freezing and your partner is roasting? Well, that’s how it is for me and S on most nights. When we were in Scandinavia this Summer we discovered an awesome solution: twin duvets. All of the places we stayed throughout Denmark, Sweden and Norway had bedding like this. We can each regulate our own temperatures while still being able to cuddle and be close while falling asleep. It may sound like a small thing, but it has definitely improved both our quality of sleep.

Scandinavian blanket style on San francisco bed

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A Little Day Trip…

I finally had a Sunday with no photoshoots, so Simon and I decided to get out of the city and go for an afternoon swim and picnic by the South Yuba River. Its a bit of a drive (just over 2 hours from SF), but the water is crystal clear and the rocks are so smooth they feel man-made. I didn’t take a chance bringing my camera down to the water, but I did get a shot from above. If you haven’t been I would highly recommend it.

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South Yuba River by Karina Louise Photography

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