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10 on 10: Los Angeles Tourist {L.A. Photographer}

My family loves to explore and we live in the perfect place to do it.  Within a 2 hour drive (in any direction) there are thousands of sites to see and things to do.  Last year, when my oldest was in preschool only 3 days a week, we had lots of time for adventures.  But, since he’s been in Kindergarten this past 9 months, we haven’t gotten out quite like we used to.  So, one Saturday when we had nothing on our agenda, we packed up some snacks and our cameras and headed out to hit some of the highlights of Los Angeles.

We started at the Museum of Natural History, which isn’t a new spot for us, but is definitely a favorite!

What I especially loved about this visit was my Kindergartener’s interest in taking pictures of all the exhibits. . .

I got the only family picture of our trip with my timer while had a snack break outside the museum.

After our snack, we walked across the street to begin the new part of our adventure with a ride on the metro!

Our destination was iconic Union Station, with its art deco design and proximity to some of the oldest parts of Los Angeles.

We had lunch at another iconic locale, Phillipe’s.  Delicious French Dip!

Then, we walked a few blocks to Chinatown where we shopped for treasures (my 4-year-old found a fan embroidered with a dragon!) and enjoyed the architecture.

A few more blocks and we had a taste of a different culture at Olvera Street.

We headed back to Union Station to catch the metro back to Exposition Park, site of the History Museum (and our car).

Once back at the park, we strolled through the Exposition Park Rose Garden. . .

. . . and wrapped up our adventurous site-seeing day by flying the kite we bought in Chinatown earlier that day!

We had an amazing day playing tourist in L.A.!

10 on 10 is a monthly installment, 10 images (or maybe a few more!) posted on the 10th of the month, with 10 (or maybe a few less!) photographer’s playing along.  So, go check out Milwaukee Photographer Melissa Schuett‘s 10 for this month!

Melissa - June 10, 2013 - 5:51 am

I have to make a point of bringing my real camera with me so my 10-on-10 pictures are pretty like yours… The cell phone camera just isn’t cutting it for me!

Elizabeth - June 18, 2013 - 1:25 pm

I love these photos, Amy : )

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Beyond [Auto] – a DSLR Camera Class on June 23rd

Do you own a DSLR camera but haven’t moved it off the [Auto] setting?
All those dials & symbols make you break into a sweat?

Fear & uncertainty be gone! Learn how to make your camera work for you & get amazing images of your own family!

DSLR Camera Class on June 23, 2013 in El Segundo.


Join me on Sunday, June 23 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The 4-hour class covers exposure–what it is and how to control it, camera modes, finding the light, composition, and more. It’s a hands-on class, so be sure to bring your camera (with the batteries charged!). There will be plenty of time for individual questions and practice shooting. You’ll be off [Auto] in no time!

The $149 class fee includes instruction and practice shooting time along with an AWESOME 46-page workbook full of the info covered, which will be a great reference once you get home. You’ll get yummy snacks and a fab goody bag to take home and I’m going to raffle off some fun photography gear.

You won’t want to miss it! Class size is limited so don’t delay — book your spot today!


Click HERE to register!



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Seeing Double {L.A. Beach Family Photographs}

I had an absolutely delightful time on the beach last week with a couple of adorable little girls.  Twin sisters, two years old, who most definitely gave me a good workout!

They also gave some other folks a great workout. . . Grandma and Grandpa!

This session was special for several reasons. . . Mom surprised Grandma with the photo session as a Mother’s Day gift earlier in May.  The grandparents were going to be visiting later in the month and it was a gift that Grandma truly would cherish.  Watching the magic between grandchildren and their grandparents is so fun.  So, twins, with their grandparents, and a surprise gift session. . . you can see why it was so special!

Even though it was a Mother’s Day gift, Grandpa got a little bit of sweetness, too!;-)

And then they were off!  The girls were having such a great time, the only way they agreed to leave was with the promise of a return as soon as they went home to get bathing suits!

Missy Nelson - June 5, 2013 - 9:53 pm

I love these pictures!!!!!You have captured the sparkle in the girls eyes. And yes they keep us all moving. Thank you Amy we had a great experience that morning.

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Fine Art Friday: Paradise {Los Angeles Nature Photographer}

This flower has intrigued me for years.  It’s showy, yet graceful.  Has swirling, curving lines, yet sharp tips.  Is at home in the garden, yet looks like it will fly away in a second.

The Bird of Paradise really is paradise for a photographer, a perfect subject for my Fine Art Friday project this month.  The bright colors, glowing in the midday sun, and the beautiful lines just pull me in…

Bright orange and purple Bird of Paradise flower jumps out sharply against a background of dark green foliage.


For more beauty and inspiration, please visit Laura Meeks, Albuquerque NM Photographer, who surely has a treat in store for this month!

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laura - May 31, 2013 - 8:21 pm

GORGEOUS shot! I love those flowers too – they seem so mysterious!

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Inspired Screenwriter {Los Angeles Head Shots}

The lovely and talented Pat Verducci contacted me a few weeks ago about getting some updated professional head shots.  She’s a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, teacher, and consultant and wanted to do the session outdoors, which I loved!

While I’d love to come up with something witty and engaging to write here, I think it best if I stick to my strong suit — the pictures!

And I’ll leave the writing to the to the talent of Ms. Verducci! :-)

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