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DOUBLE HAPPY NEWS

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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The word is starting to be out among family and friends, so it feels like time to share some news – I’m pregnant! And it turns out we’re having TWINS!!! Crazy and awesome and wonderful and whoa!

Pretty funny when the ultrasound lady showed us the heartbeat and it was thrilling to hear and then she said “oh and here’s the other one.” We really thought she was joking and she had to tell us (and show us) over and over again! My mom’s a fraternal twin, so apparently it ups your chances big time when it runs in the family like that. Thanks Mom! This sonogram is their first photo together, from week 8, alongside the cutest little stuffed animal buddies I found recently.

We’ve been hoping to start a family (okay, add to our fur family member, Homer) for a while now and couldn’t be more thrilled that everyone’s healthy so far. The babies are due in early September, but twins come about 3 weeks early, so realistically more like mid-August. Which means we’ll (hopefully) be having a couple of little ones in Bermuda! It’s been a little hectic getting all the big things organized and bought in time to go into our container next week, but the good news is we’ll get there with all our stuff and most of the research and shopping prep work will be done, hooray!

I’m starting to get really excited that this actually seems be happening to us. At the same time, for those of you who are reading this and feeling a jumble of happy for Andrew and I, but at the same time also a little ugh/why isn’t it working for us/heavy feelings in your heart, I totally get you. We started on this journey back in the spring of 2013 and in November of that year, discovered that we were pregnant for the first time. We found out while on the road for a few weeks and we were excited before even having been to the doctor. When we did get to the doctor to check things out around week 6, the numbers didn’t look so good. I started going in for more blood tests and then in week 7, one day, I started feeling pretty bad.

Waves of pain built throughout that awful day and by midnight, I was lying in bed in major sharp pain, googling what could be wrong. The interwebs (not always right, but helpful!) pointed to either an appendix issue or an ectopic pregnancy, where an embryo starts growing anyplace outside the uterus. My appendix has been gone for years, so fearing the latter, I called up my wonderful parents in-law in the middle of the night (Andrew was in Miami for work) and we headed to the hospital. I’m so glad we did, because it turned out that’s exactly what it was. Our little one had been growing inside one of my tubes and had burst through, causing internal bleeding.

So, after one (thankfully very successful) emergency surgery a few hours later, I came home with a very hurty midsection and a heavy heart and Andrew was on the first airplane home. It was a tough thing to recover from, and yes it hurt physically, but more than that, emotionally. It hit us both hard to lose our first pregnancy like that. Over time, the scars started to heal and things got a little easier, but seeing lots of friends and facebook people seeming to become pregnant so easily and appearing to having problem-free pregnancies and flawless babies made me thrilled for them, but also inexplicably sad at times. It was hard to explain to Andrew too, that it wasn’t jealousy necessarily when a publicly shared ultrasound or baby photo would leave me in tears, more just aching at our loss and what might have been.

I’ve debated a lot whether to share our experience so publicly, but mostly, I want to tell everyone who’s gone through or is quietly going through some sort of pregnancy troubles, anguish, or loss – I feel your pain. And whenever you need to, talk about it and let all the feelings out, even if they aren’t pretty. For me, more than anything during that time, just being able to talk (and occasionally ugly cry) about it with those who knew helped a lot.

After a year of some heavy life experiences (and some really good things too!) and lots of love and patience from the close friends and family who shared this ride with us, we’re just super duper excited that things with our twinsies seem to be going well. We haven’t found out genders yet, but would love to. In the meantime, we’re thinking healthy thoughts and crossing our fingers for this new adventure!

JOSHUA TREE ROAD TRIP

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

After a swim and a sleep in Palm Springs, we got up early and ventured on to Joshua Tree National Park. Man is that place weird and amazing! I’m dying to go back and spend a couple of nights camping to properly get a feel for it all…

 

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Since we couldn’t bring Homer into a national park, we picked him up for the next leg of our trip that afternoon. Here’s his over-the-shoulder skeptical hound look:

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From Palm Springs, we drove around the Salton Sea and it felt kind of like an abandoned place. The sky and the water were so still that the horizon almost blended away, even in the bright sun.

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For our last (and possibly strangest) stop en route back to San Diego, we drove out to Salvation Mountain. It’s this wild folk art installation on the side of mountain, in the middle of nowhere in the desert. It was created by a local man who used adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint to get his message out to the world.

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If you live in LA or SD, or just feel like a road trip, I’d say Palm Springs-Joshua Tree-Salton Sea-Salvation Mountain is a pretty good one. Such a fun way to see some desert weirdness and experience a whole different side of Southern California.

PALM SPRINGS ROAD TRIP

Monday, January 26th, 2015

This past year, there’s been a lot of travel, especially for Andrew for work. When we’ve taken real designated time off together lately, we just haven’t been feeling the energy to plan a big trip. So one Wednesday last fall, we went on a little jaunt out of San Diego to show Andrew and Homer (the hound) some of my fave spots in Palm Springs.

We made a stop to check out the weird and huge dinosaurs along the way at Cabazon, got some amazing (vegan!) date milkshakes with yummy locally grown dates at Nature’s Health Food + Cafe, spent a lazy day at the Ace, and wrapped it up listening to records in front of our firepit with a bottle of wine.

 

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My two sweeties by the fire, looking thrilled to be in a photo…

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 The next day we headed to Joshua Tree National Park…more on that coming up.

CAN’T WAIT

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

i’m so excited to take a little break over the next few days and spend some time at home with my two favorites.

hope your holidays are wonderful!!

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photo by the lovely megan guerrero

WE’RE MOVING TO BERMUDA!!

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

 

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hi friends. it’s been a long time since i’ve written a personal post here. there’ve been many things up in the air and i’m so glad to finally know where we’ll be living for the next 2+ years…

a few months ago, my hubby andrew signed on with a new team and we’re super excited! this new team will be defending the america’s cup in june of 2017 and we just found out last week that it’s going to be in bermuda. we’ll need to move there as early as spring of this year!!

having this new piece of our puzzle, i had to think hard about how to move forward with my photography business. i love being part of birds of a feather, but because i’m going to be living so far away and it’s a california-focused collective, it probably doesn’t make sense for me to stay on. i’ll miss our meetings/meals/chatfests, shooting and planning things together, having my images appear alongside their amazing work, and taking on the wedding world together. while i’m a little sad to leave, i feel really fortunate to have built something great together and to have had the chance to meet a ton of amazing creatives in southern calfornia over the last couple of years.

and now i’m excited to take all of that experience and goodness and put it into a new adventure. from here on out, and in bermuda when we get there, i’ll continue to shoot in the same vein i always have, the main difference being that all of my work and info is now housed in a new place (go see!). i’ll be coming back to california and the east coast for several shoots in 2015 and can’t wait to book more weddings and shoots all over the place, especially since bermuda’s only a short flight from places like new york, boston, DC, charleston, miami, and even london. you may be surprised to know that it’s not in the caribbean… it’s actually all by itself in the atlantic, off the coast of south carolina and georgia.

our next step is figuring out where exactly in bermuda we’ll be living. i really have no idea since i’ve never been there (!), but i’m sure we’ll figure it out. i’m super happy for andrew and mostly just excited to take this on together, along with homer (the hound), who’ll be coming with us!

 

SPRING SAFFRON STEW SHOOT ON VEGENISTA!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of shooting a recipe by Farra Mirón from The Hostess Haven for food and lifestyle blog Vegenista’s Kitchen. Not only was it awesome getting to go through some of Farra’s amazing tabletop decor and seeing her mad food styling skills in action, but this spring saffron stew also turned out to be flat-out delicious. Full post and recipe here.

 

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CURRIED PUMPKIN + RED LENTIL SOUP

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Recently I’ve been loving making and eating more veggie-based meals. I’ve been trying out lots of new recipes and this one keeps popping up in my repertoire because it’s just so easy (and good). I thought I’d share it with my friend Sarah, a fellow photographer at Birds of a Feather and curator of all things stylish, healthy, and delicious over at A House in the Hills. Check out the full feature here for recipe details and more photos. Enjoy!

 

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FEATURED ON DESIGN*SPONGE!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Ever since we moved into our new house in San Diego last summer, Andrew and I have been having a blast making it our own. I’m starting to feel like it’s ready to share, so I’m really excited that awesome home renovation/design/inspiration blog Design*Sponge picked up a Before + After feature on my home office today!!! See the whole thing here.

 

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DREAMING OF SUMMER

Friday, March 29th, 2013

The days have been getting longer and warmer and it feels totally awesome. After an 86-degree trip to Palm Springs this week to help out fellow Birds of a Feather shooter Jen with a styled shoot in the desert, I do have to say I was happy to come back to San Diego’s moderate temp’s. Keep an eye out for Jen’s shoot in the next couple of weeks (instagram sneak peek here), it’s a stunner. With Easter coming up this weekend, the full-on appearance of spring is making me even more excited for my first real summer in California. I’m also dreaming of being suddenly able to surf and having sun-drenched, wavy hair that looks like this…

 

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That’s my friend Blaire, who’s well on her way to becoming a lawyer, actually surfs, and does pretty much nothing to her hair to make it look this awesome. No fair!

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ALMOST FAMOUS

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Some of you may have already seen it since it’s been airing a lot lately, but Andrew and I had a little adventure last November filming a Lexus commercial! The shoot concept Lexus came up with involved two sailors, two skiers, and two cyclists, so they came across Andrew (and I) as options for the sailing part. We went through a couple of rounds of casting, and bam! a week later, there we were, having wardrobe fittings and then being on set in LA. Pretty wild.

It was such a cool experience to see what it takes to shoot a commercial and also to meet the other athletes, two of whom are two-time Olympians! There were probably around 80 people involved, not to mention tons of trailers, vehicles, cameras, permits, camera cars, a camera boat, stunt drivers (who I got to ride with in action!), police, and so forth. We shot the on-the-water portions at Long Beach in two souped-up Lasers painted dark gray/silver to match the car and with “turbo” square-topped sails.

The most amusing part was the day of the the sailing shoot it was blowing 10 to 20 knots with solid waves, so the majority of the crew and client reps that were headed on the water with us were swapping anti-seasickness drugs in the parking lot! The whole experience was a total blast and it’s exciting, weird, and humbling to now be popping up on screen during some of the tv shows that we watch. Here’s the final product if you want to check it out:

And a couple of Instagrams and iPhone photos from the shoot…

Andrew checking out the camera car right before we shot on the streets of Culver City:

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Trying out a wardrobe option with Danny from the wardrobe team while my hair was setting:

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Andrew looking super handsome in his tux:

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Pretending to drive the camera car:

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And finally, the two of us, all geared up in Long Beach for our on-the-water shoot!

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What a blast! Keep an eye out for us on your TV! xx J