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I Turned 30 in Big Sur!

This year, I decided to do something different: I spent my birthday alone. Initially, some of my wonderful friends IMG_1039were planning a birthday weekend for me, but so many mishaps were happening, I took that as a sign to do a solo trip. I am so glad I did! Last year Nikisha from Urban Bush Babes shared these photos from her wedding. I fell in love with the natural beauty, and when I thought of somewhere relatively affordable to visit, Big Sur was an immediate thought.

I flew into San Francisco and drove down the coast. Y’all. Highway 1 is as beautiful as everyone says it is. Totally worth the drive. I rented a cute apartment on Airbnb, spent two days hiking, treated myself to a yummy seafood dinner, and generally relaxed. After 3.5 days in the Big Sur area, I spent 3 days with old friends and new friends in San Francisco.

It was a beautiful trip. Sometimes, you just have to do something solo to remind yourself that you are worth celebrating; that the effort you put into celebrating yourself is worth it. Anyway, here are some of my favorite photos from Big Sur. It was really hard to narrow them down!

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Use Those Photos: DIY Cards

I take photos. Lots of photos. Seriously, I have about 30,000 photos.

What do most of us do with our photos these days? Post them on Facebook and Instagram. We might print them out and tuck them away into photo albums. But aside from that, what else can we do?

This year, in lieu of traditional holiday cards, I used some of my favorite photos to create cards for a few people. In a small way, this was an opportunity to give something I love and am proud of to some people I care about deeply. I was super happy with the end results! Not as cheap as buying a box of generic holiday cards, but not as expensive as buying single cards for each person. Total cost for this project (including photos, 30 cards, and markers): $60.

I ordered a variety of cards from Photographer’s Edge. When I first received them, I was worried that the card stock was not thick enough. However, once I added the photos, it was perfect. I’ll likely use them again for other projects.

Materials:

  • Printed Photos (I printed mine in matte to avoid finger prints)
  • Scissors
  • Pre-cut frame cards
  • Markers/Pens

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You would think choosing the “right” photographs would be hard when you have so many, but it wasn’t. I looked at photos and often times instantly knew who should receive it. I did not send cards to everyone. I sent them to people who had been on my mind, who inspired me this year, who were coming out of challenging times.

 

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A few of the final products

 

….and if you’re worried about whether or not you need to use photos from a fancy DSLR camera, the answer is no. A few of the photos I used were from my iPhone! Also, places like Walgreens and CVS now let you print your photos directly from Facebook or Instagram.

If you create your own cards, tag us in a post so we can see!

Happy Creating!

-Reese


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Throwback: NYC in B&W

We’re back home from a great NYC trip where the weather, bubble tea, and chicken and waffles made us so happy! If you remember, it snowed during our last trip. We made the best of the dreary weather then, but the universe was kind this go ’round. We had perfect temperatures for walking and exploring. We’ll share thoughts and photos from our recent trip later this week, but before we do that, we thought it would nice to share some of our black and white photos from March. ~R&R

"Me We." Studio Museum, Harlem, NY.

“Me We.” Studio Museum, Harlem, NY.

Snow, snow go away. Photo by M. Ricks, March 2013.

Snow, snow go away. Photo by M. Ricks, March 2013.

Change is Gonna Come. Studio Museum, Harlem, NY.

Change is Gonna Come. Studio Museum, Harlem, NY.

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Lay Still. Photo by A.Reese, March 2013.

The Pursuit of Knowledge. Photo by M. Ricks, March 2013.

The Pursuit of Knowledge. Photo by M. Ricks, March 2013.

Written on a building in Brooklyn, NY.

Written on a building in Brooklyn, NY.

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Question Everything. Photo by A. Reese, March 2013.

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Fire Behind Her Eyes. Photo by A.Reese, March 2013.