I have a love-hate relationship with photoshoots. I absolutely love getting dressed up, looking fancy-schmancy, exploring cool places, and looking fab for the camera. But I just HATE the process of editing the load of pictures afterwards. I just need more hours in a day!! You know, to make my breakfast, take some nice photos, watch some TV, study, do homework, start getting stressed about school, work out to relieve said stress, hang out with friends, talk to my roommates, cook dinner, meal prep…yeah, college life is busy. Anyways, I usually like to make some minor adjustments to my photos since I shoot in RAW, and I actually do like to edit my photos, I just wish it didn’t take so long. With that being said, here are some photos from a lovely day spent in Balboa Park, San Diego taken…quite a while ago. But I feel like that’s been a recurring theme in my blog posts, so that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Oopsies.
A little bit about my beautiful friend, YanYan-we met while flyering for an org that we’re both in, had lunch after, then I contacted her a year later asking her if she wanted to bake something with me for a potluck meeting. 2 cake rolls later, many food dates, becoming co-workers, and going on many San Diego adventures together, here we are.
Just a casual Sunday afternoon in Balboa Park.
We passed a small exhibit that was showcasing Japanese flower arrangements, and this, along many other others, were so unique and intricate.
Next step on my bucket list is to make a small meal, some snacks, and take my friends along with me to enjoy a picnic at the park.
Balboa Park is just such a nice place to be at, with all of the unique sights and talented people you’ll see just hanging out around the park.
And the famous landmark of Balboa Park, which also happens to house a BEAUTIFUL botanical garden.
Isn’t this incredible?! Such a gorgeous display of greenery and flowers-hard to believe that there’s practically a mini-jungle growing inside this building.
So when we were freshmen living in on our on-campus dorms, my roommate Stephanie brought back an orchid plant one day. She had quite the green thumb-I remember for the first couple weeks of school she went to some farming club and they planted vegetables or something like that.
Anyways, this orchid plant that she brought back made its home on top of our mini-fridge, and every so often, Stephanie would feed these orchids food, I kid you not. Orchid food, isn’t that crazy?! Not to mention the orchid food was a suspicious-looking neon green powder that she would just sprinkle for the orchids. Well, without a better knowledge of plants, I just thought it was weird, but these orchids grew and stayed alive until we moved out.
I never would have guessed that taking care of orchids would have taken so much time and effort. I always just thought that watering a plant every so often would help it grow, but you gotta treat these like your babies-nourish them with your love, your attention, talk to them (speaking nice things apparently helps), give them sun, feed them, and just be patient with them. Great life lessons learned from Stephanie.
Hi Stephanie (if you’re reading). Some more beautiful orchids in appreciation of your constant TLC, not only for orchids but also for us. You’ll be an amazing mother one day. (Seriously, if your friend likes to give her flowers pep talks, just think about what a bright future her kid will have, hahah!)
Ow, ow!! Love the backless dress.
Right outside of the building, there were a couple of street performers doing a magic trick. One guy, wrapped in a sack and locked into a box, somehow managed to switch places with the guy standing on top of the box. Well, just see for yourself. Huzzah!
Had an impromptu photoshoot with some old lady who gave me some thorough direction on how to properly pose- “arch your back a little bit, lick your lips, look slightly up and to the side…” I felt like I was getting my yearbook picture taken. Anyone remember how yearbook photographers would always be like, “Okay, now just a little more to your left. Now a little more down. Okay now back 1 millimeter to your right.”
Nah. I think I’ll just settle with a more basic picture instead.
Love the colors of these sculptures!
Very Gaudi-esque. I can’t speak from experience because I still have not been to Spain (must do on my travel bucket list), but I’ve always just imagined Gaudi’s work to be brilliant, exquisite and unique in all the best ways.
Overlooking the Japanese Friendship Garden. There’s an entry fee to get in, but we came after they had stopped letting people in, so we just enjoyed the view from the top instead.
Europe-y vibes. Still have not been to Europe, but judging off of pictures I see on Instagram and Facebook, I’d like to think this gets pretty close. Am I right?
This bulldog quite accurately reflects my mood: “I’m good right here. Just chillin’. Let me be, have a good day.”
Definitely a must-visit if you’re ever in the San Diego area. Also a fantastic photoshoot place-we saw a couple getting their wedding pictures taken, and I also passed by a girl getting pictures done for her quinceñera, and a family getting their family photoshoot. Parking might be hard to find because there are a lot of people that like to visit this area, but if you have comfortable walking shoes, it shouldn’t be too bad. I say that because my feet were DEAD not even halfway through our photoshoot. Note to self to never wear booties with heels (just not those ones, at least).
Yay!! Successfully finished another post and compiled a whole bunch of pictures. Good night world ♥