Thursday, May 29, 2014

a fond farewell

The time has come. As much as I have loved this blog and posted (relatively) regularly since January of 2010 with a total of 238 posts (Wow!!) it is time to say farewell to Paradigm Drift.

Don't worry -- I'm not deleting this blog. All of my posts will still be here, and you can feel free to peruse all of my old images at your leisure should you feel so inclined. I just won't be posting my new photography here any more. I will be posting them on my new blog instead!

I have been dissatisfied with Blogger for a while now, and wanting to integrate my blog into my actual website. Not to mention Blogger just doesn't allow enough customization for me. I probably would have made the transition to WordPress a lot sooner, but I've never really been a fan of that platform, either. Every time I've tried to teach myself WordPress I end up in some corner, crying and banging my head against a wall.

Fortunately for me, I have an amazing boyfriend who decided to teach himself Wordpress so that he could build a fancy new project he dreamed up, and he re-created my website for me as his first project. I am so impressed with what he put together and so happy because it was what I was wanting to do, but didn't have the patience to try to figure out.

I absolutely love my new website -- it's clean, it's highly functional, it has all the good things I was wanting in a new site, and best of all: the blog is integrated into the website itself so all of my photos are now in one place. :)

You can visit my new blog on my website:

All of my new stuff will be posted there from now on. I am a little sad to leave this blog behind, as I have put so much love into it over the years. But mostly I am just excited! Thank you everyone who has followed this blog for so long, I appreciate your support and appreciation. I hope to see you on my new website!


Friday, May 23, 2014

minerva canna

Sometimes I like to share my commercial photography when I really like how it came out, and this is definitely one of those times! :D These interior design photos are from Albuquerque dispensary Minerva Canna Group. Interior designer Megan Stone from The High Road Design Studio did an amazing job of breathing life into this dispensary's interior, and I had a blast flying out there to photograph it for her.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014



I had a lot of fun taking these senior portraits for the son of one of my regular clients! Cole had some standard portraits taken by the school photographer, but he and his parents weren't really happy with how they came out -- staged, boring, and they didn't really capture his personality. They wanted some senior portraits that they could actually look back on with a smile for years to come.

Cole absolutely loves his truck. So it only made sense that we implement it into the shoot -- and I'm so glad we did! We took a variety of photos, both in a suit and in his casual clothes. Since Cole tends to be more serious, we opted for letting him just be himself in most of the photos, rather than trying to smile in every single one. While we took plenty of images, these are just a few of my favorites. He and his parents were both really happy with them!



Monday, April 21, 2014

blood moon

I wanted to post these images the day right after the blood moon, just like everyone else was doing, but I just didn't have time. My schedule has been full of so many awesome things lately that I haven't been spending as much time on my personal photography as I like to, but it's okay. :) I'm excited to finally post this now!!

I only have a few pictures that really turned out. Let me preface these images by saying, I don't really have the right equipment for taking the best photos of the moon. I have just enough to get away with it better than your average photographer, but that's about it, lol. However, I am pretty pleased with what I got considering the tools that I have. I set up  my tripod, long lens and teleconverter late that evening and took a few test shots of the moon beforehand. My best was this one:

This was probably my clearest shot from the whole evening. This was when the moon was the brightest, so I was able to get it in clear, sharp focus. It was absolutely beautiful.

The rest of the night, it was more difficult. :) I took hundreds of photos but it was not easy getting it in perfect focus because the moonglow kept getting dimmer and dimmer, and each time it moved too far across the sky it would start inching out of frame and I had to completely readjust. My images are already less sharp when I take them through my teleconverter (a sacrifice I have to make in order to get the moon to be a decent size in frame at all) so the fact that I had trouble getting it in focus made it even more challenging to get sharp, clear photos. I finally resorted to taking a series of images, adjusting the focus a tiny bit each time, and it helped but still was no walk in the park.

Even still, it was a lot of fun camping out on the sidewalk after midnight with my camera. I was amazed at how few other people came outside to see the eclipse. Even Brandon didn't want to stay up to see it, but to his credit, he did anyway. Both of us were running very low on sleep, but these types of things happen so infrequently, and even if it happens in your lifetime you might not be in the right part of the world to see it or there might be too much cloud cover. These are the kinds of things you have to jump on while you have the chance!

So anyway, that is the story of why my eclipse photos look blurry and grainy, lol. I had to crop them a decent amount, too. But they are still mine, and they are my first attempt at taking images of the moon! So I am excited. It makes me want a longer lens, but at the same time, I use it so infrequently that I'm not sure if it will happen anytime soon. If you didn't get the chance to see the blood moon, you missed out! ;)

Friday, April 18, 2014

in the backyard

These fun shots are from a while ago when Brandon and I were visiting his dad, Bruce, at his new house. The backyard had a lot of pretty things and I couldn't help myself, I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures of whatever caught my eye.

The photos of the moth were fun because this big guy was just chilling on a wall and he let me take all kinds of shots without getting even remotely skittish. At one point, I even brought out my macro lens and was only about 2 inches away from him snapping photos and he still didn't bat an eye. Thank you Mr. Moth for your cooperation!

I like my images from this day because they're just snapshots on a warm afternoon, frozen moments of life in flux. I like that not everything is in perfect bloom, and you can see the brown and yellow spots here and there as things age and change. We don't always need to Photoshop our flaws, sometimes we can just be.

Oooh baby, I love my macro lens! lol. It's not every day you get to get up close and personal with a moth wing. I wish I had widened the depth of field on these just a tad more, but eh. I still think they came out great. :)

I absolutely love these last two shots. The way the light hits the greenery in the image above reminds me of childhood at my Grandma's house as a little girl. Her backyard was a golden paradise of wind chimes, sour green grapes, and telling stories while swinging beneath a canopy of low-hanging willow leaves. For some reason, this image takes me back to that.