norway photos: part 3, Bergen!

The last installment of my Norway photos! I’m going to live in the dream of that country forever.

Our last stop: the beautiful city of Bergen and Hardangerfjord!

train from Voss to Bergen

train from Voss to Bergen

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the dream!

the dream!

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tiny little streets

tiny little streets

Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen.

Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen.

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The Floibanen, a funicular up the mountain.

The Floibanen, a funicular up the mountain.

view from Mount Floyen

view from Mount Floyen

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the top of Mount Floyen was my dream world. I was so in heaven.

the top of Mount Floyen was my dream world. I was so in heaven.

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Damsgard manor.

Damsgard manor.

found flower crown

found flower crown

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a pride parade!

a pride parade!

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fjord cruise through Hardangerfjord

fjord cruise through Hardangerfjord

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frolicking in Eidfjord

frolicking in Eidfjord

Voringfoss waterfall. a little snowy & beautiful!

Voringfoss waterfall. a little snowy & beautiful!

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just the prettiest place...

just the prettiest place…

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had to wear our Elsa & Anna bracelets, since we’re kind of them :)

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See parts one and two. I love you, Norway.

xo, Michelle

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norway photos: part 2!

I’m continuing to share my Norway photos! It’s been 3 months and I still can’t believe it was a real place because it was so beautiful!

Our second stop: the Oslo-Bergen railway to Voss & its surrounding fjords!

Oslo -> Bergen

Oslo -> Bergen

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Voss

Voss

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Flamsbana Railway from snowy Myrdal to the fjord town of Flam

Flamsbana Railway from snowy Myrdal to the tiny fjord town of Flam

snowy and very very cold. beginning of June!

snowy and very very cold in Myrdal. beginning of June!

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a little nod to beloved Field Trip (click photo for blog post)

a little nod to beloved Field Trip (click photo for blog post)

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the lake in Voss

the lake in Voss

Do you feel swept away by the cold northern beauty yet?

Check out Part 1: Oslo if you missed them! I’ll post the final set of photos next week :)

xo, Michelle

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norway photos: part 1, Oslo!

Three months ago, I was wandering around beautiful Norway with my sister. What we saw of the country left me in such a state of awe, from the fluent English to the architecture & design to the unbelievably unspoiled landscapes. Norway was an absolute dream for this nature-loving-hippie-artist. When I look at these photos, I’m swept away all over again to this cold, northern place.

I’ll make a post on each place I went. First up: Oslo!

oslo cathedral

Oslo cathedral

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oslo opera house

oslo opera house

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Akershus Castle & Fortress

Akershus Castle & Fortress

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chasing bubbles

chasing bubbles

the royal palace

the royal palace

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Damstredet

Damstredet

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Radhus (city hall)

Radhus (city hall)

Radhus (city hall)

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Nobel Peace Center

Nobel Peace Center

inside the Nobel Peace Center

inside the Nobel Peace Center

inside the National Gallery

inside the National Gallery

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Bygdoy island

Bygdoy island

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Folkemuseum

Folkemuseum

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Viking ship museum

Viking ship museum

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Fram museum

Fram museum

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Vigeland park

Vigeland park

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If you ever get the chance to go to Norway, do not hesitate to say a big YES.

More photos next time!

xo, Michelle

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this is #yeahfieldtrip.

Three weeks ago I attended Photo Field Trip in Santa Barbara, CA for the 2nd year. It’s a 5-day photography workshop /camp /gathering, and it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve been a part of. Last year I learned so much that it actually launched the photography portion of my business. I knew nobody, and had to push my comfort zone so hard so that I could meet new people. This year I took more wonderful classes, was less overwhelmed and a lot more comfortable, and made new friendships a priority. As a result, I feel like I found a little creative haven where I actually fit.

This is #yeahfieldtrip. Where you learn through play. Where you stay in cabins and tents and wake up early and go to bed late and learn from your favorite photographers. Where you laugh and love so hard it feels like your heart is going to explode. Where 400 photographers flood the beach at sunset and don’t even get bothered by the crowd. Where you find your people, the people with creative heartbeats who understand yours. Where you talk about where you live and what you photograph, but then immediately start talking about life stuff and there are no walls up like when you’re in the rest of the world. Where photographers are finally sometimes in front of the camera. Where you’re encouraged to do what you love and do it the best you can. Where you are reminded of why you love to do what you do and feel inspired to keep doing it, no matter how hard it is. Where you feel like it’s all worth it and that what you do is really important in the big picture of life.

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And now a couple of my favorite SmileBooth photos with friends…

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I’m so happy to be a part of this. I’m not really a joiner, so to finally find somewhere I genuinely love and fit is so welcome in my life. 

To the people who made Field Trip a home, thank you for welcoming me. Kindness is the most beautiful thing. And the power of a familiar face should never be underrated.

[some friends pictured who you should check out because they do beautiful work: yan palmer | anna naphtali | jenna kutcher | megan gielow | alicia white | posy quarterman | becky earl | simone anne ]

You can see my post from last time here.

I’m working on a watercolor piece to remember this year, because I loved making one last year. So you’ll see that soon :)

xo, Michelle

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I choose you: Karissa + Andrew’s wedding video (by me!)

I have a lot of ways that I release my creativity. One of my hobbies since I was 18 is to create videos. I love film and cinema and artistically capturing moments and putting them together the way it feels in your memory. Music is a huge part of that process. I love the poetry of music + film.

So one of my best friends (since 6th grade!), Karissa, knew this hobby of mine and hired me to be her videographer for her wedding. I LOVED doing it. It was a ton of work, but knowing that she & her new lovely husband, Andrew, have their wedding to re-live for the rest of their lives because of the way I captured them is a wonderful feeling.

This is their beautiful wedding from November 8th, 2014… I hope you are inspired by their sweet love. 

 

music is from Sara Bareilles (I Choose You), Coldplay (A Sky Full of Stars), and Taylor Swift (Shake It Off).

xo, Michelle

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holidays + a recent photoshoot

I can’t believe Christmas is only a few days away! This has been my busiest season ever, and my first really full business holiday season. It’s been a little nuts, and this week I finally got to relax, watch Christmas movies with my family, drink hot chocolate, go to The Grove in LA & Disneyland, write cards to friends, burn yummy smelling candles, and listen to lots of holiday music. All the special holiday festivities that I love so much.

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me & my sister with Santa :)

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I participated in the Santa Ana Patchwork show last month, where we got rained poured on! I’m now finishing up just two more photoshoots this year, and then I’ll be focusing on planning 2015 (also, I can’t believe it’s going to be 2015. I need a pause button).

my table at Patchwork show

my table at Patchwork show

my table at Patchwork show

my table at Patchwork show

Here are a couple favorite photos from my session with a family friend’s cute little family. I really love toddlers.

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I hope you are all having a lovely December filled with lots of love and fun. 

xo, Michelle

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Meet the artist: a Q&A with myself!

photo credit: Mariah Milan

photo credit: Mariah Milan

 

I’ve been doing some major business organization and really focusing on what I’m doing in my business, how I’m doing it, and why I’m doing it. I’m constantly reading material & taking classes about creative business. In all of these venues of learning, they ask you questions to help guide your business. So I thought I would share some of them with you so you can get to know me better!

Who are you? 

I’m a wanderer and a daydreamer. I’m an artist and a photographer and a writer. Everyone calls me a baby-whisperer, and I now call myself that too. I’m a thinker. I’m a reader. I’m a frolicker. I’m a lover of too many things to keep track of. I’m an extroverted introvert & a hermit. I’m a major family girl; I’m a daughter and a sister. I’m a night owl. I’m a music lover & a spontaneous dancer. I’m an observer.

When did you start creating?

Art always came naturally to me, since I was a little kid. I always took art classes in between sports & school stuff, but I think junior year of high school is when I really thought I may pursue it. I firmly decided on being an artist after my freshman year of college ended.

What drives you to create?

Mostly my imagination. It needs to come out. I see things in my head and I need to put it on paper. And following that creative urge is good for my emotional well-being. I just really love to draw & paint & design! But further than that, I love knowing that things I made are in other people’s rooms, making their space happy & cozy.

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Why are you compelled to do what you do?

It’s extremely important to me to do what I love and what I’m passionate about. It always has been. I’m motivated by my love for something, not by money and status. I don’t get things done when I don’t enjoy them (unless it’s for my business, then I know there’s a purpose for the boring business stuff- I have to do it in order to be an artist!). I want to live a creative life, something different and interesting to me where I create my own path and my own rules. I’ve always done things a little differently than other people, and I see now that I operate best that way- improvising. It’s never boring and I have a lot of control to change things I don’t like. I love possibilities! Being an artist in the way I’ve chosen to be works for me: I get to do what I love, put more beauty in the world, be a happy human (which always makes the world a better place), and I create a lifestyle that suits me perfectly. It’s a very powerful thing to know that you can make the life you dream become a reality.

What does the process feel like to you?

When I create art, it feels like meditation. Everything goes quiet around me, and I’m so focused, it’s almost like a trance. I focus on each line, each patch of color, one at a time. I pull back and look at it. Then I focus again. I become unaware of the fact that I’m even working. It feels like I’m allowing my thoughts to pour out of me.

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What emotions does your work evoke?

To me, it evokes a feeling of quiet, simplicity, home, happy little things, freedom, whimsy, nostalgia, and wistfulness.

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Where do you find inspiration?

It seems that it’s everywhere when you’re open to it. Ideas hit me at the weirdest times. But here’s what I can pin it down to: photography, animation concept sketches, childhood, countryside, landscapes, travelling, stories, wild animals, weather & seasons, other artists, people I love, little moments and details, and light.

One last fun one: what do you fangirl over?

Too. many. things. Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Disney, so many singer-songwriters and actors and TV shows. I’m really easily excited by many things.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this self-conducted interview! I’ve never really seen it done before, but I thought it would be a fun thing to do! 

xo, Michelle

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