nyc on film.

I spent a weekend in NYC and brought along only one camera: my nikon fm10. Didnt spend alot of time shooting, but managed to get a roll of film in there! While these photos are far from perfect, it sure felt great! I definltely need more of this in my life!

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istanbul.

Istanbul has been on my bucket-list of travel for quite some time now. Last week, we were able to spend some time there and it didn’t dissapoint. Spring is making its debut there right about now – the sun was shining and the tulips were in full bloom. We were staying in sultanahmet, or the Old city – which is where you will find the main sites – and is pretty touristy. There is plenty to do and see here, but if you are ever in istanbul, make sure to explore its other parts because we really came across some treasures, especially in kadikoy.

Our first day there we visited the Topkapi Palace.

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Near the ferries, right outside the spice market, we discovered the pigeons. So many pigeons. You could feed them and there were plenty of children chasing them. The pigeons were my favorite and we stopped here many times.

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There were also cats and dogs everywhere. They were extremely friendly and pretty well taken care of for being stray. Seems that people feed them scraps and kibble. They cats will weave through your legs while you are dining outside and the dogs will be basking in the sunlight.

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A visit to the amazing Hagia Sophia, where it turns out cats also roam freely.

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We took the ferry over to the asian side, Kadikoy, and this was probably my favorite place to wander. We ate our best meal here at Ciya Sofrasi, and wandered the markets and shops Kadikoy had to offer.

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Back in Sultanahmet, we walked through the Grand Bazaar many times, along with the spice market, where we sampled and purchased much turkish delight!

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One afternoon we walked to the Galata tower, and discovered a whole other area to explore; The area around galata is bustling with music stores and street musicians and the area north of there, Beyoglu, is full of fun antique shops, graffiti and dogs and cats a plenty. The views from the tower are pretty stunning.

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los angeles.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to escape the polar vortex and head to sunny los angeles. LA is definitely making its way into my top places in the US to visit….You sure can’t beat the weather (especially in january!) and there is so much delicious vegan food – and most importantly some of my favorite people in the world live there! This was a quick trip, and there is still SO many more things I want to do and capture with my camera so there will hopefully be many more trips to this fantastic city!

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baby lucas.

A few years ago, my friend’s lauren and dan had a baby girl, Lucy, and I was there to photograph her when she was a wee baby. Last week, Lauren gave birth to a baby boy, Lucas, and just five days later I was able to visit and snap some photos of this little guy. He looks ALOT like his little sister did. So happy for this sweet family of four!

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emily and chris: married!

I took photos of emily and chris last year around the same time at the Morton Arboretum.  It was a beauitful fall day, much like their actual wedding day! They could not have picked a prettier time of year to get married. Fall was at its finest. It was a bit chilly, but we made do….They had quite the wedding party, and emily’s niece and nephew did a fantastic job as ring bearer and flower girl! Check out the smile on Emily…no doubts of true happiness there!  All the best to the two of you!