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What food could I not live without?

I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t munch on chips and salsa. I love the stuff. Chips are just a vehicle for the salsa to get into my mouth. I think I could seriously lose 5 pounds if I didn’t eat them EVERY SINGLE DAY! When John and I travel this is seriously the thing I miss most.

What is my favorite T.V. show to indulge in?

Right now John and I are totally obsessed with X-Files. I know it was popular in the 90’s and it’s 2011 now, but we can’t help it. One night John and I were discussing the fight between faith and reason and automatically thought of the relationship between Scully & “Fox” Moulder. We particularly like the episodes about aliens, as it deepens the characters of the show. But we are seriously hooked and I can’t wait to watch another.

What radio station do I listen to?

The only station I listen to is KCRW, otherwise known as 89.9. This is the station that hosts National Public Radio and hosts all sorts of awesome dj’s playing the best tunes. I have been a long time subscriber to them and seriously go no where else for my news and music. I actually don’t mind my new commute to work because I get to listen to whats happening in the world by what I consider, the best news source out there.

Where is my favorite place to shop?

I really only shop at two places. The first is this awesome shop in downtown LA, called Forever 26, which by the name suggests, everything is from Forever 21. I LOVE this place as everything is under $10. The second shop is somewhere I can only let myself go to once a year. Shareen Vintage is a jewel of a store, where only women are allowed, because we try on dresses right in the middle of the store. They have stylists there on hand to help with “modernizing” the outfits and help pick out things for you. Seriously amazing!

Do I do any art besides photography?

In college I was an art major and specialized in photography AND painting. I love the smell of oil paint as it’s mixed with turpentine. I would often spend hours in the studio painting huge canvases while listening to Radiohead. Now those paintings decorate a lot of the walls of my home.

Who is my favorite fine art photographer?

One of my favorite photographers is Andreas Gursky. He is the photographer who took the monumental photo of the 99 Cents Store. I have been in love with his work for a long time now. I also have had a long love affair with the work of Uta Barth, as she photographs reflections and rays of light. Her images are so airy and soft, that when I look at them, I feel at peace. She had a major influence on me as I photographed windows for a good years.

What do I eat for breakfast everyday?

John and I seriously eat the same thing every morning! I believe a big bowl of yummy oatmeal is the healthiest way to start the day. I put sliced banana, walnuts, raisins and a dash cinnamon on top. The only bummer about my awesome breakfast is that I have to buy the super expensive gluten free steel cut oatmeal. But it’s worth it!

What is one of my favorite things to do?

I love swimming outside. I know that everyone likes taking a dip in the pool, but I seriously LOVE swimming 2000 yards first thing in the morning. It’s always hard for me to dive in, but once I’m in, I really enjoy the water and the sun in my face.

What am I going to cook for dinner this week?

One of our go to recipes that I cook at least twice a month is a Thai Red Curry. I love this recipe and I might have even blogged about it before. We can seriously have nothing in the fridge, but somehow I always have coconut milk, cilantro, shallots and green onions on hand. The pages of Quick and Easy Thai are seriously stained with oil and spices.

What was the most recent book I read?

I just finished Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequest. I love her memoirs and how she writes about God, life and all that comes with it. She has a serious love affair with food, which I very much appreciate. And her writing is so honest and refreshing. Her other book, Bittersweet is a must read too.

  • Jackie Faria - March 1, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    Love these post they are so cute and so personal!. You should register for a formspring account and have people submit questions… just an idea.

  • Gail - March 2, 2011 - 7:45 am

    LOVE this post Amber! My sister was OBSESSED with X-Files. I would say I need to start watching too, but I’ll just add it to the list of all the other programs I need to Netflix! 😉

    Thanks for the artist recommendations — and I’m an oatmeal girl in the morning too (though, too lazy for every day ….is it bad if I rely on the Kashi Instant to get me thru in a pinch on mornings I’m running late? haha)

    And LOVE Shauna’s books! Bittersweet is on my list too!

  • Katie - March 2, 2011 - 8:04 am

    You are a treasure, loved reading these tidbits about you!

  • Tira J - March 2, 2011 - 8:19 am

    Thank you for sharing more about YOU! I love it!

  • Tracy - March 2, 2011 - 9:56 am

    I love your new 10/10 feature! So fun! :)

  • shannon leith - November 8, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    —————— UTA BARTH.

Today I take off for Las Vegas, for five and a half days of learning. This will my second time at WPPI and I am so excited to go back for a second round. Last year I came back with so many ideas and new strategies to put into my business, lots of new industry contacts, but most of all a reignited passion for doing what I love. Bring it!

Some of the speakers I am looking forward to learning from are Dane Sanders, Jerry Ghionis, Bobbi & Mike, Jesh De Rox, Tamara Lackey, Jamie Schultz and Vicki Taufer. I hope to squeeze into some other classrooms too and hear from other great industry leaders like Jose Villa and Kirk Voclain who also inspire me. It’s crazy to think that so many of the greatest photographers are all in one place.

Since I started my photography business, I really feel like my photography and teaching was brought to a new level. I think one of the reasons this might have occured is because of attending events like WPPI. Through the years I have taught and mentored so many students, but I havne’t had any professionals in the field pour into me. Even my masters in art education didn’t teach me about photography per se, but more on how to teach better. But as I have watched photography change from film to digital, it so crucial for me to attend photo conferences like this one, so I can stay current with industry standards.

I also love meeting new people! There is one thing all of us at WPPI have in common. And it’s that we all LOVE photography. So this year, I am going to be uber social and try to meet as many new people as I can, but also make lots of time to connect with my photography community who are all making the pilgrimage to WPPI.

  • Blair Van Bussel - February 18, 2011 - 8:40 am

    Have fun my friend! Looking forward to getting together soon, when you get back! :)

  • Tira J - February 18, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    Have a fabulous time! Learn a ton and come home and share with us.

  • Thomas - February 18, 2011 - 8:34 pm

    Too bad this year we won’t get to run it together….I’m only going to the trade show this year. Have fun learning wish I was attending some classes.

  • Alex - February 21, 2011 - 2:25 am

    I am so jealous of everyone going to WPPI!! I wish I could attend!

I love talking fashion with my Seniors. I truly think that one of the best ways a young woman can express her creativity is thru how she dresses. She can put together the cutest outfit with just the right accessory or fun shoes. This outfit is meant for a Senior Girl who is totally hip and fun! The colors are bright just like how she sees the world. The accessories are edgy and would show off her vibrant personality. And the whole look can be changed with just simply taking off the jacket!


So the past couple of weeks, my hubby and I have been in moving mode. Last week we packed our whole lives into boxes. In these boxes were memories from our childhood, our college days and our first few years of marriage. Our journey together of finding a home was hard and if you would of asked my five years ago if I would ever buy a house in Orange County, I would of told you heck no.

Let me rewind a little and tell you our journey. For seven years I lived in an adorable house tucked in the hills of Silverlake. This part of Los Angeles is seriously cool and so much of it really defined everything I loved. My first year of marriage to John was spent going to lots of great restaurants, gallery hopping and walking the plethora of stairs that wined their way through the hipster laden hillsides. It was AWESOME.

But God had a different plan. When I moved to Silverlake, back in the day, it was sort of ghetto. My rent was crazy cheap and I was under glorious rent control. Our landlady who used to be a good friend, so good, she went to my wedding, turned psycho. One day she went to an open house down the street and noticed that they were charging rent twice as much as what she was charging us. Very quickly, she tried everything in her power to make our lives a living hell, so we would want to move. Working with lawyers became exhausting and after realizing that we didn’t want to loose any more sleep over our adorable house in the hills, we knew our time with that place was over.

It only made sense to move to Whittier, which is where I have worked for the past 9 years. My husband had just graduated from USC and was looking for adjunct teaching positions, which he easily found at BIOLA and Chapman. It didn’t make sense for both of us to commute, so we moved to suburbia. Whittier was convenient, but the only good thing about our apartment, ironically enough was our awesome landlord. We found ourselves hanging out in Fullerton ALL THE TIME and so much of this adorable section of Orange County reminded me of the urban qualities of Silverlake, minus the traffic and metered parking.

Fullerton is AWESOME! We have made so many good friends here and truly feel like we have a community. We had 23 people help us move for goodness sakes! Our church in located in Fullerton, which is so fun, because we are only 5 minutes away. The Fullerton Loop is an incredible set of running trails that I can’t wait to get moving on. There is a plethora of cool places to eat, socialize and look at cool art. And we can actually afford a home in this part of Southern California. Woot! Woot!

And because every post should have a picture, here is an image from our old place. I will be posting some pics of the new place, once we get a bit more settled.

  • Blair Van Bussel - February 8, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    So excited to see your new place! :)

  • Sarah Carter - February 8, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    Fullerton [and the Carters!] are SO happy to have you! Welcome to the neighborhood – can’t wait to meet up sometime in dtf and grab a tea at Tranquil. XO

  • Gail - February 8, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    Congrats on the big move Amber! So happy you’ve found a community you really really love — and the best part now? NO MORE LANDLORDS!!! Drive that nail in the wall. Paint in bold colors. Do what you want ‘CAUSE IT’S YOURS :)

I love the days when I have a pretty package on my doorstep from my photo lab. And I love when I squeal at how beautiful the album looks when I open the box. Check out this gorgeous leather album that I made for one of my favorite clients.

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  • Susan Yoon - February 8, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    Hey Amber- We received the beautiful alligator album this afternoon! I just wanted to let you know how gorgeous it is and all the contents in it! Your suggestion for us to try out the alligator cover in brown made a lot of sense. The brown is classic and fun at the same time! It’s great as just a stand alone piece or to add on to in the years to come. The pearlescent paper is the icing on the cake. I can’t say enough about it. I LOVE that paper – it’s got such an easy shimmer that makes EVERYTHING look extra sophisticated and it works really well with our dressy outfits and the overall feel of the photos. You did a fantastic job for us and we know that upon seeing the album and the gorgeous photos on our walls, we are going to receive a lot of ‘OOOHS and AAAAHS’ from friends and family. Our album is the type of book that you want to show off to everyone and not hide it away in a dark closet collecting dust. Thanks for capturing the beauty of our family – you did a fabulous job! Lots of continued success for you – you deserve it!

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