TWOI: 4/9/18

Happy Monday, yet again!  Another week, another seven images.  As always, it was hard to rank these.  Also, I’m trying something somewhat new.  Notice a color theme?  I’ll keep experimenting.  I’m working toward a more uniform feed on my Instagram account, so I’ll continue to tweak and see what works!  I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

This first image was from beautiful, tropical Hawaii.  We explored so many beaches there, each one unique.  Have you been to Hawaii?  You can read our full adventures on this trip here.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

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Soggy Sakura

When we were planning our trip to Japan, we only briefly considered the cliche cherry blossom spring season. Sure, the beauty is unparalleled, and it’s classic Japan. But it’s also what everyone does (and we all know I like to stand out whenever possible), it’s crazy crowded – with tourists and locals, alike – and we have our very own sakura right here in our own back yard.

Benches under sakura trees in the pre-dawn morning | LotsaSmiles Photography

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This Week on Instagram: 4/28/17

Happy Friday, everyone!

I have a good set this week (I think so, anyway :)).  My viewership on Instagram seems to have dipped somewhat from past weeks.  I blame my experimentation.. it’s such a fickle game!

Sadly, I see so many wonderful artists on Instagram who have phenomenal images and paltry engagement.  If you’re on Instagram, I encourage you to go out and like photos and leave meaningful comments.  You can’t imagine how much it means to the photographer to know a real human likes their work.

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This Week On Instagram: 4/7/17

This week included some local shots of the spring sakura, some from our adventures in Arches National Park, and another from Yosemite.  It wasn’t as active as last week, but I’m still playing around with my hashtags to maximize visibility.  Once I can identify some patterns, I’ll be sure to share my findings!

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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WC: Packed in Pink – Spring is Here!

You’ve heard me tout my love for autumn, and I’ve found a new passion for visiting national parks in the icy winter.  But I also love spring.  I guess I just love all seasons… except perhaps summer..  I like to be different, right?  Liking summer is too cliche.

I’m just kidding… I like summer, too 🙂

Spring is special, though.  Like fall, it’s transient and ephemeral.  Change embodied in drier days and budding blooms.  After a winter like we’ve had this year, I’m more anxious than usual for the sunshine and warmth.

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