Saturday, April 30, 2011

Greg shaped a board!

Check it out! It's a mini-Simmons inspired fact maybe it is a true mini-simmons. I'm not quite sure what the criteria is to make it official.

Anyway - it turned out incredibly well, especially considering it was his first time shaping! I feel so proud when I've got it under my arm.  The first time I took it out, 3 people complimented me on it. Pretty sweet, huh? 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nice v2

Another version of an image I posted earlier...I think I really like the memories these photos bring up for me :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Greg!

The man of my dreams was born today!  To celebrate as best as you can in a virtual world, I wanted to share a portrait I made of him (above) and some images he made (below) with the holga while we were gallivanting around Europe.  I'm partial to the one of the little statue.

Dusk, Immenstaad am Bodensee, Germany

Along the canal, Freiberg, Germany

Dusk, Immenstaad am Bodensee, Germany

 Pont du Gard, France

Happy Birthday Greg! I love you endlessly, with all my heart and I hope you have the incredibly happy birthday you deserve. 

PS I've been sorting through some old files, and found the image above. The file name was "forgreg01". I can't remember why this picture was for Greg but I thought today would be an appropriate day to hand it over :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011


Brunie is a scientist, hails from Germany, took up surfing after she moved here (maybe 4 years ago?), and is one of the most dedicated surfers I know.  She's there just about every time I visit this spot, regardless of the conditions.  I love how worn her wetsuit can tell it gets a lot of love! She was so patient with me even though I could tell she was ready to get salty. Thank you Brunie :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Using LinkedIn to Help You Find a Job

Many of you probably know photography is not my full-time gig (I am a Cube Warrior by day), but you may not know that in January, I embarked on what feels like the most intense job search of my life.  Last week, I was awarded a fantastic job and I am so excited about it!

Guess how I got my resume to stand apart from the likely hundreds of people who applied? LinkedIn! Guess how I targeted my job search only to companies that met the tight criteria I established for my next employer? LinkedIn! Guess how I found out what it was really like to work there before I bothered applying? You got it - LinkedIn.

So, I just wanted to share some ways LinkedIn can help you in your job search. I got 6 interviews in 4 weeks, so don't nobody tell me there are no jobs out there. San Diego is a tough market too, and I was being picky about what I applied to!  There is hope for us all. Here goes:

1. Use the Company Search to find companies you like
Lots of companies don't post their jobs on Craigslist. Shocking, I know. By posting their jobs only on the company job board, they draw the attention of candidates who are genuinely interested in that specific organization.  Googling "companies based in San Diego" doesn't really pull up a solid list so I went to LinkedIn.

The Company Search lets you search by industry, company size, and most importantly (unless you want to move) location. You can even specify only Headquarter locations, which was helpful to me because I knew I wanted to work for a big, established organization. I discovered a huge array of cool companies I didn't even know were here. I went to their job boards and then plugged the link into a spreadsheet.  Before I knew it, I had a list of 60 companies with their job board links easily accessible so I could stay on top of new posts on a regular basis.

2. Expand your network by connecting with everyone you'd feel comfortable with asking to introduce you to a professional contact or refer you to a job.
The last part of that sentence is really important. I have some friends who are really fun to hang out with, but I wouldn't introduce them to my boss. Make sure your LinkedIn Network is made up of people you want to be professionally associated with.

3. Expand your network by joining as many relevant professional groups as possible.
This is KEY. If you are connected to someone through a group, you can email them directly through LinkedIn. This is so helpful when applying/following up to jobs ESPECIALLY if you don't have a direct contact at the company (so many companies have application systems that just feel like a black hole. Thanks Taleo!).  When possible and appropriate, I reached out to people saying, "We have ----- group in common, but I'm writing to you about the ------ position I applied for at your company".

4. Don't be shy about sending a LinkedIn message to people that work at a company you have your eye on, even if there isn't a job currently available.
If you reach to someone simply to learn more about what they do and the organization itself, you're in a better position to ask for info/assistance when the job DOES open up.  They'll know you more than they would have otherwise, and know that you're truly excited about the company. Both of those factors will help get your resume to the right people.

Plus, you'll get an inside scoop.  I realized I had a friend who worked at a company I had my eye on; talking to him told me that the work/life balance the company offered wouldn't match what I wanted.

5. Once you find a job you like, check LinkedIn to see who you know at that company.
You'll be surprised who you're connected to through the groups you've joined and network you've built.  I was able to get status updates on open positions, direct email addresses for hiring managers, and my resume handed directly to the people in charge.  It felt so great to get an email back from a director at the company that had posted a job I wanted: "Liz, looks like you have a great background. Please email this recruiter directly (shared address) and tell her I sent you."

So, those are the big LinkedIn things this job hunt taught me - there are many other ways to use it, but since they're fairly obvious, I won't touch on them here.  Hopefully this will help someone out there. I'm always happy to share my experiences, so if you want to email me directly about job hunting, please feel free! You can also leave a comment on the post and I'll do my best to respond ASAP.

I'll assume if you read this far, you're looking for a job so...good luck to you in your search!


PS. is far better than the or job boards!

Giveaway winner!

Thank you to all who entered! Knowing people read my blog and enjoy my work is a HUGE motivator in keeping me shooting. It means so much to me that you take the time to see what I'm up to.

Laura, I will be in touch. Have a great day everyone :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dane and Ava

Dane with his daughter Ava, post-surf.  I'm interested in exploring the father/daughter (male/female) relationship for Sirens...I think it's an important aspect to touch on if I'm going to say anything meaningful about women in surfing with this work.

The giveaway winner will be announced tomorrow morning! I decided to go old fashioned and write everyone's name on a scrap of paper - Greg will be pulling the winner when he gets home from work.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dan Winters

I've really enjoyed reading through the Dan Winters' interview on A Photo Editor.  I like this quote from Dan a lot:

“The greatest gift you can give yourself is to be aware of what you’re aware of.”

Like, what you’re looking at, and what you’re responding to on an emotional level or on an aesthetic level, acknowledge that you’re responding to that, because what that does is allows you to understand how you’re seeing, and what you’re looking at, and how you’re being affected by what you’re looking at, and all of that is going to manifest in the photograph.

Somehow I didn't really know about his work until these interviews but I'm very taken with this portraits. It's worth your time to browse his website. Here's one of my favorites (plus I just love Will Ferrell):

© Dan Winters

Don't forget to enter the print giveaway if you haven't already!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Print Giveaway - One Day Left!

My print giveaway ends at midnight tomorrow PST. If you haven't entered yet, take a second and leave a comment here:

Thanks to all of you who have entered so far!  Peace.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

A House in the Rocks

Beaumettes, France

I think it'd be pretty badass to live in a house like this! Although I would make the windows a little bit bigger to let that gorgeous light in.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Into the Woods

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