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Arizona Extravaganza

21 Nov

The holidays are quickly rolling around (tomorrow is already Thanksgiving!) and it’s looking like a pretty packed season! I started my festivities a little early with a mini-vacation/road trip a couple of weeks ago to Arizona with Kenny for our anniversary. We both love adventuring and wanted to get out of CA so we decided to go to the Grand Canyon since neither of us have been in a long while. I didn’t take out my SLR much on this trip, actually. Shot most of these with our iPhones.

I absolutely love road trips because you get to see things along the way. We got experience all sorts of scenes and weather on this trip (left 75 degree weather for 30 degree weather).

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When we were getting into the mountains in Arizona, it started snowing! I was hoping we would get snow on the trip (since we don’t ever get any in LA) and it actually snowed for most of the first night since it was 20 degrees. We stayed in the small mountain town of Williams right on historic Route 66. We ate BBQ for dinner at this amazing place called The Singing Pig. The eating area inside is super low key. The food was great (best cole slaw I’ve ever had) but the thing that makes it stand out are the owners. They made it so welcoming and they talked to us throughout our dinner. We even got hugs at the end of it. If you are ever in Williams, you definitely need to eat here.

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Sylvia G Photography(This part of Route 66 definitely looks like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure)

Early in the morning we left for the Grand Canyon. The weather looks amazing in the photos but it was 30 degrees out. We hiked along the South Rim. While the Rim Trail is easy, I recommend hiking off the trail (I know, the signs say not to) so you can climb down to some awesome ledges!

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After, we headed southeast toward Flagstaff. We drove through Coconino National Forest and it was so beautiful. In the higher elevation, the snow was still covering the mountains. We couldn’t help but stop and do a mini-shoot.

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Sylvia G Photography

Sylvia G Photography

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We spent some time in downtown Flagstaff and ate at this hip restaurant, Criollo Latin Kitchen. The food was delicious! I had chipotle glazed bison meatloaf and Kenny got some of the best carne asada tacos we’ve ever had in our lives. I’ve never been to Flagstaff (or maybe I have and just don’t remember) but I didn’t know it was so freaking HIP! Hipsters everywhere and all the food places were rated high on yelp and looked so good.

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Sylvia G Photography

 

The next day we headed over to Bearizona since we had free tickets. Neither of us have ever been or even knew much about it before going. I’m glad we went because it was an amazing experience! They had a walk-thru sort of “zoo” section that housed all sorts of mountain animals from the cutest foxes to baby bears. We also got to see a bird of prey free flight show. It was crazy how close the birds fly to your head. We then went through a drive-thru portion. It’s essentially Jurassic Park but with mountain animals and they can walk right up to your car (although, most didn’t).

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Sylvia G PhotographyThe most exciting part! This wolf came up to my car and sniffed the whole thing. He was so friendly!

Sylvia G PhotographyThey were white bison and reminded me of Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender hahaha.

Overall, it was a very fun and packed trip! Thank you Kenny for partaking in this adventure with me and happy anniversary! ❤ I wish everyone a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

 

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The Bay

3 Jan

Went on a mini-roadtrips of sorts with Kenny right before the new year. Drove up to the Bay – visited Lemoore, San Jose, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco. Spent most of the time eating and shopping as well as catching up with old friends. Congrats to JJ & Ashley who surprised us with the news that they have a lovely baby on the way! ❤

It made me happy that we went on a random detour to Half Moon Bay since I’ve never been there before. So here are pics from that leg of the trip:

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It also has newly become 2012. I’m really excited for this new year and all that it will bring. I’m hoping for lots of shooting and adventures as well as continuing to work with Instant Noodles Crew. Here’s to a great new year!

Solstice Canyon

12 Dec

Went on an adventure to Solstice Canyon for the first time a couple of days ago. I’ve never been before so it was a fun experience – I definitely want to go back soon when it’s not so dark (we hiked pretty late and it was completely dark when we were hiking out of the canyon) and when I’m not sick. I really wanted to find this grotto with Mary statues but I couldn’t find it this time. ):

The first portion of the hike was easy but once we passed the burned down ranch house, it was purely rock climbing (bouldering). While it sucked to climb around since I was sick, I was glad to have had some climbing experience before going here or it definitely would have been a lot more difficult.

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Planking in what we think was the bedroom.
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“Family Portrait” in front of a fireplace.

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Sylvia G Photography - Solstice Canyon
Climb time.

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Sail her, don’t sink her this time

15 Sep

Went on a quick morning hike and adventure up to PV this past weekend.
I haven’t had much time to adventure around as much as I used to, especially to new locations. I always find exploring not only a great way to relax and have fun but as an opportunity to find great spots for shoots. I hope I can work my schedule so I can go places more often. I missed it.


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Sylvia G Photographry
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So, who wants to adventure with me? (:

Penguins are always formal

8 Sep

My lovely friend Jungle just moved back from Korea after living abroad for 2 years. What better way to re-adjust to Southern California than an adventure!

While I have explored the abandoned zoo (Old LA Zoo) once before, it’s always a different experience when you go a second time and your company is different (especially if they have never been before!).

Sylvia G Photography - JungleFirst stop was to eat some cupcakes at Big Man Bakes in Downtown.

Sylvia G Photography - Downtown LA
Sylvia G Photography - Jungle
Sylvia G Photography - Jungle
Sylvia G Photography - Jungle
Sylvia G Photography - Jungle
Sylvia G Photography - Jungle
There are some hidden gems in the city of Los Angeles. People get sick of the city so fast but if you look hard enough, there are definitely some fun spots like this. Here’s to more adventuring!

LACMA Adventure | Portraits

29 Mar

Last week I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with Kenny since he’s never been and I’m a huge art junkie. I haven’t been to a museum in a while, especially after graduating college, and it felt great to nerd out. It was a little disappointing since they moved stuff in BCAM (the contemporary art wing) around to make space for a Renior exhibit. They took out a lot of things I loved looking at (mainly a lot of the pop art and some Warhol’s I liked). Regardless, it was fun.

I have never shot in front of Urban Light, Chris Burden‘s art piece outside of BCAM (it looks like a ton of streetlights). It’s a little cliche to take pictures there but I still thought it would be a fun experience and who knows, maybe it will come out great. I once saw a spread in Vogue (I think) where they used Urban Light as a set and it looked pretty amazing. We learned a lot about Chris Burden in school since he got his MFA at UC Irvine, but they always talked about his performance art and not so much about his work after, such as this one.

We shot pretty late in the day so there were some intense shadows that we tried to use to our advantage (something that I do not normally do). Kinda loved how they came out, though!

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Kenny - Sylvia GKenny took this one of me and i LOVE how the background came out. He said it looks like huge chess pieces. I agree! Huge chess pieces always remind me of Alice in Wonderland. (: