Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

Persian AFRO!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

My girl Sufi had her 3rd birthday this weekend. I had to laugh as I was importing my photos and saw this bed head photo from Sunday morning with the biggest Persian afro I have ever seen…


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Sometimes I enjoy taking a step back from technology and kicking it old school with film and a toy camera that does the basics. Success with this type of venture requires an eye for composition, lots of light, and a good deal of luck. Here are a few images from a roll of film that sat on my camera from some travel in January 2009 through a recent wedding in June 2009. I’m still learning how to use this medium to its fullest.

Holga 120 film art photography
Holga 120 film art photography
Holga 120 film art photography

See some holga images from the wedding here.

my family | personal travel

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

We recently visited Phoenix en masse with my husband’s family to celebrate my sister Maryam’s graduation from med school.

Most of all I love hanging out with Ali’s four little cousins who are best friends despite living apart in LA and San Francisco. Every family event is an opportunity for them to hang out together and giggle a lot. They’re hilarious!

A fun, laid-back weekend in sunny Phoenix was a nice change from all of this gloomy Boston weather.

(( more photos here ))

saguaro cactus

Saturday, June 20th, 2009


I’ve always loved saguaro cactus (pronounced “suh-war-o”). They’re found only in the Sonoran Desert (s Arizona, se California, nw Mexico). According to the WHEREguestbook:

“The iconic plant starts out slowly, growing a mere inch or two in its first eight years, but eventually leaps skyward and, between 50 and 70 years, starts sprouting ‘arms’ — the things that look like they’re waving or saluting passerby.”

Cool, huh?


(x-posted at mergeweddings and decenturbanlifestyle)

the Getty Villa

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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On our recent trip to Los Angeles to photograph a Persian wedding celebration, we were also celebrating my 30th birthday. We decided to spend the afternoon at the Getty Villa near Malibu, a site that is v. different from the Getty Museum in LA (free with reservation; $10 parking). The Villa is Getty’s old estate, and the original house to his vast collection. The dude built the grounds to recreate Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town. The Greek and Roman artifacts and reproductions Getty collected make a stunning display, and I think we had more fun walking around the grounds with the fountains and lawns and sculpture parks than touring the inside. I have a thing for that architecture.

I usually assign myself a photographic project when I visit a museum that allows photography; the last time I visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts I took a picture of the ceiling in every room.  For the Villa, I was noticing the trend to use white marble within a darker piece to give the eyes a more “realistic” setting, which ends up just looking a little creepy. So, my personal amusement on this afternoon was to only photograph creepy things.  Here are my favorites.

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