August 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Last week, I had the opportunity to take some maternity pictures of my old friends Amanda and Nick. They’ve been together forever and they’re adorable together. I’ve known them from my Barro’s Pizza days on Baseline & Mill, a job that I worked during my college years.
Amanda reached out to me for a photo shoot since they’re expecting a baby next month! Emilie Isabel, a baby girl. Amanda has always looked gorgeous but she had such a nice glow to her face. And since we’re about the same size, I hope I look as good as her when I’m pregnant (but don’t expect a baby from me anytime soon) But it’s amazing and magical how life is growing inside you. I know we’ve been doing this for thousands and thousands of years but still! Life is awesome.
I could tell they were a little uncomfortable at first getting their pictures taken, but soon enough they were sharing stories, laughing, joking around and smiling. Their puppy, Luca, is a little cutie pie too.
I’m very happy for these two, and I know they’re going to be amazing parents. I’m looking forward to meeting Baby Emilie in a couple weeks!
August 26, 2014 § 1 Comment
I often ask people to rate their day, how they’re feeling, at that moment, from 1 to 10, 10 being the best. They always ponder for a minute or two, which feels like forever because I’m anxious to know. I think it’s a fun game. I’m usually at a 9, since I tend to be a happy person in general. Maybe because I have a family that loves and supports me, friends who have my back even when I’m at my worst, jobs I enjoy, 2 beautiful cats that cuddle with me, a fish that’s been living in my room for 3 years now (I love him even when he rebels against me at times), projects I’ve accomplished in my short life that I’m proud of, and plans that I’m excited about (like an exhibition coming up very soon! ). I try to be thankful for everyone around me for being in my life everyday, and even if I don’t say it to you directly, just know that I am.
So I walk out the door with a “9”. I usually leave room for that “1” to make it a perfect “10” for an unexpected surprise like kindness or a compliment from a stranger, or as simple as a good cup of iced coffee when I’m feeling a little sleepy, or a good dream I might have that night. I’m pretty simple. Life’s great, and I’m happy living everyday at a 9 hoping I’m lucky enough to get that bonus “1” to make it a “10”.
I know sometimes I can be overly happy and it may annoy the crap out of some people, like “why is she bouncing off the walls? Man, she’s kooky as hell.” Don’t worry, I know. But wouldn’t you rather be around a positive energy rather than a Debbie Downer or a frown face? Even when I’m having a bad day, I try to leave it at the door. I admit I’ve had some dark periods of my life when I couldn’t even smile or say anything nice, but I’ve decided I want to carry a positive image and project a good vibe.
I read somewhere that everything around you is showing you love. For example, your pen cap. It doesn’t want to write on your shirt pocket and ruin it. Love. The cushion on your chair, it doesn’t want your back or your bum to hurt so it’s providing support. Love. The seatbelt in your car, don’t want you flying out of the window. Love. Though all these things are merely objects, it’s showing you love. Even if you think “no one” loves you, things around you will love you anyways. Yeah this sounds silly and I may sound a little loopy saying stuff like this, but wouldn’t you rather be happy? Wouldn’t you rather be smiling? Just know that something good will happen even if you’re feeling down. Optimism isn’t that far away from you if you look up (especially if you live in Arizona, the sky is beautiful!)
I know this isn’t a post that I usually put on here, but I’m feeling extra positive today.
So I started today as a “9” like most days, and I got that extra “1.5” and finished the day with a “10.5”.
Today was a good day, matter of fact, a great day.
What’s your number?
August 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Since I’ve been back, I’ve been trying to be more active and explore what’s around me. Back in my college days, whenever I felt confused, sad, or had the “photographer’s block”, I went out to photograph the desert to clear my mind. Being in the middle of nowhere and walking around to stumble upon a surprise was always a pleasure. Whether it was a fallen down cactus that looked defeated, graffiti that kid’s left behind, the golden sun hitting the side of a rock illuminating it like it was ready to explode… Just the simple things. I realized I stopped doing that, because I got caught up in working. And my friends know this that I hardly ever do anything that relates to me wearing sneakers. But I decided after getting back from Peace Boat, I’ll be more active! Whether it’s hiking or driving for hours to see something. Okay, enough of my rambling. Traveling and exploring is fun.
Over the last couple months I went to South Mountain, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Colorado. So here are photographs of mother nature and whatever that sparked my interest. PS. this post is very picture heavy. Enjoy.
See my photos from the Global Voyage series at my website: http://www.airikatsuta.com/global-voyage.