Winter Storm Thor; Blog Update

First off, please excuse the new bare-bones blog theme. ¬†I’m currently shopping around for a premium theme to make the most out of my blog in 2015, but I want to make sure I’ve found the perfect one. ¬†In the mean time, I needed some sort of change.

Winter was something I definitely did¬†not¬†have to deal with last year when I lived in Los Angeles. ¬†This was not the case for 2014-2015. ¬†I would even go out on a limb to declare it the worst winter I’ve experienced since 2006-2007 (because I didn’t live here last winter). ¬†Winter makes it hard for me to do¬†anything. ¬†Apparently¬†I become some sort of hibernating animal, and I only emerge when completely necessary. ¬†Needless to say, I stepped away from the camera for two months because I stepped away from my life (I believe this is called Seasonal Affective Disorder). ¬†I’m really looking forward to dealing with that next year, since it’s not something I can ever truly do again.

March actually came in “like a lion” in the shape of Winter Storm Thor, which decided to remind the East Coast that although it¬†was¬†the month of March, it was still in fact, Winter. ¬†This season was filled with false predictions of large snowfall totals for Philadelphia (sorry, Boston), so I did not expect I would be¬†shoveling my car out from a¬†foot of snow on March 5; but that is what I did. ¬†And then I bit the bullet and went outside with my camera:

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Up in the Gym, Just Working on Your Fitness

It’s been a crazy few weeks for me, at least in my personal life. ¬†Within that manic stretch of time, I got to do a fun beach shoot with Danielle Montezinos. ¬†Like myself, Danielle recently relocated to L.A. from New York City. ¬†We met through a mutual friend out here and found out that not only did we graduate from the same college, but we also lived in the same part of Astoria when we were in New York. ¬†She is a brilliant actress and comic (you can visit her website here), as well as a fitness instructor. ¬†This was my first time doing a fitness shoot, and it really puts it all into perspective: I have become¬†crazy out-of-shape.

The original shoot date was rained out; one of the few occasions this winter on which it has actually rained in Los Angeles (big drought out here).  We re-scheduled to a much warmer and significantly sunnier Wednesday, February 12.  I shot Danielle at two locations: alongside the promenade on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, CA, and on Santa Monica State Beach.

Equipment: Canon 7D; Canon 85mm ƒ/1.8 USM & Sigma 10-22mm ƒ/4-5.6 EX DC HSM (which is suddenly becoming one of my more favorite lenses, especially when paired with a speedlite)

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