Welcome! You've landed on my online journal of sorts, a place where I'll post both my personal and client work.

I am a freelance photographer recently relocated from Hawaii to the Monterey Bay, CA area. Feel free to contact me: janda03 at gmail dot com.

The photos on this site are copyrighted. Please respect my work and livelihood by not copying any images (this includes screen shots). Thank you!

(photo by Alisa Greig)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

new site

I've moved over to a new website-blog:


Similar to my old website URL but with my middle initial now; it's temporary as I wait patiently for my old domain to free up, then I'll change over again. It's still quite bare bones but I have a few galleries up, as well as a blog with a couple of posts. I'll continue to add photos as my internet connection allows. If you're interested in following me, the RSS feed for my blog is:


While I'll miss my Blogger blog like I miss Hawaii, I thought it was time for a change, and I love the simplified look and fairly easy navigation of the new site, as well as the fact that I have galleries again (I've always wanted to try horizontal scrolling). I'm dedicating a lot of this year to shooting for me, improving my craft, and if I can get a job or two, that's just the cherry on top. It's hard starting out in a new place and I've resigned myself to not stressing about it; with that said, I do think a cleaner presence on the web was necessary for me.

Would LOVE some feedback, so please let me know what you think, by commenting here or there :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

a beautiful sunday in town, and doing our favorite family thing together lately -- antiquing.

red, white, and blue.

As evidenced by the last couple of posts, I've been into shooting very simple food set-ups. It's different but enjoyable, and not too far from what I've been doing lately (shooting objects that don't move!). Since I don't go to stores every day or have clients to photograph, this fills the void. No fancy dishes or complicated baked goods, though... I'm just not that talented, or patient, in the kitchen. I won't say never but for now I'm sticking to shooting fruits, veggies, and on the rare occasion, a meal or dessert (made at home, or out at a restaurant) if it's blog-worthy.

Hope you are having a nice, long Memorial Day holiday weekend. I am always grateful for the men and women who serve, and have served, in our Armed Forces -- including my hubby. :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mangoes were on sale at the commissary so I bought a bunch. I plan to make my favorite, easiest dessert ever -- mango bars -- this weekend (thanks to my friend Alisa for the recipe). Hope I don't end up eating all of the cut-up mango beforehand!

I shall grow my own mango tree someday...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

shrimp étouffée

My husband wanted to cook dinner tonight so he made shrimp étouffée. It was delicious. I'm not a good cook nor like it much (probably as a consequence) so I'm glad/fortunate he enjoys being in the kitchen, whipping something up.

The fam and I spent an hour getting lost -- literally -- in another antique store yesterday. Some of these places are huge; this one was 21,000 sq. ft. I specifically wanted to see some mid-century modern furniture but we got there as they were setting up the display, so I'm going back today to check it out. Happy Thursday!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Remember that show LOST? Unless you're a die-hard fan, you probably didn't realize that today is the one-year anniversary of the series finale. I admit, I'm slightly nerdy for remembering the significance of today, but then I've never really forgotten the show. As with any long-running series with a huge fanbase, some people disliked or were disappointed in how it all ended; I, for one, thought it was great -- fitting and true to what the producers intended (from what I gather reading interviews). I still get teary-eyed when I watch the last ten minutes.

These photos in my archives bring it all back. My kids and I hung out with other LOSTies the day of the finale at Kualoa Ranch, where many scenes from the show were filmed. More pics from that day, here.

I sure miss these mountains.

My friend, Laura, was a make-up artist on the show. She did me the best favor ever by having a tee signed by most of the major players. Next to my Domino collection, it's my most prized collectible.

To reminisce, I'll be watching a few episodes tonight. Pass the tissues, please.

Also, if you are a LOST fan, check out Hawaii locals Ryan and Jen's brilliant podcast The Transmission as they look back and remember the best of LOST.

One of the last collaborations I had with my Hawaii peeps. Huge thanks to Karine of Seasons of Life Events for styling & props, Laura and her daughter Jordann for hair and make-up, Mike for letting us borrow his car, and Nat, Sharon, and Gayla for being so fun in front of the camera. Miss my photo gals Pinky, Alisa, and Ash. Part 2 of the shoot coming up one of these days... it's been a while since I've edited people pics.




Thursday, May 19, 2011

What started out as a day of gray skies and light rain turned into this, on my first go of 17-Mile Drive. I can't say enough how inspiring the scenery is, it's simply unparalleled.

I also shot these trees in b/w medium format film and look forward to seeing how they turn out.

the famous 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf link. The rate is $495; someday I'll gift a round of golf here to my husband.
Remember Peach from 'Finding Nemo'? She's at the Monterey Bay Aquarium now. :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In search of a home or apartment in San Francisco to photograph.

I know this is a looonng shot for my little ol' blog, but I'm hoping one (or a few) of you out there can help me out on this project and potential "getting-my-foot-in-the-door" type opportunity. I'm asking if anyone out there knows a homeowner or renter in San Francisco who is willing to share their abode with the world and have it photographed by me. I'm looking for a real home that is inspiring with creative, personal touches, and furnished and accessorized with interesting pieces! Submissions will be considered for an online home decor publication.

Please email Athena (me!) at janda03 at gmail dot com with a photo or two of your pad, a brief description of it and why you think it should appear in a magazine. Mahalo/thank you very much!

An afternoon stroll and window shopping in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My FIL loves to tour college and university campuses in the cities and towns he and my MIL visit. When they were here last week, we drove over to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. These pics are in or just outside of Herrmann Hall, formerly the Hotel Del Monte (more pics here). We were fortunate to meet the school mascot on the lovely grounds outside.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Strolling through antique stores and malls is fast becoming a hobby of mine; it's relaxing, fun, and akin to going on a treasure hunt; even if I have nothing in mind to buy, it's nice to come across a find that says "take me home." Sometimes I like to pause and wonder what the story is behind a piece -- where it's been and who's owned it. The kids enjoy the stores too, and I consider it somewhat educational -- a field trip, if you will. A couple of weeks ago we stopped by the Halltree Antique Mall in old town Salinas and spent a few hours wandering around inside.

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