Lessons from a baby

I’ve always been a person who tries to learn lessons from life around me. It’s probably years of Sunday school classes and trying to find the lesson in the Bible stories.

I just started feeding my daughter, Portland solid foods. It’s been fun seeing her facial reactions to different vegetables and fruit. Her first reaction is usually unsure if she likes the new taste, by the second bite she is smiling big and wants more fast. She often tries to grab the spoon and put more in her mouth by herself. She once was so excited, she grabbed the small cup I was feeding her from and tried to eat it. I laughed and said, “You can’t eat the whole thing at once!” When I said it, I stopped and laughed to myself, so that’s what I’m trying to do! When it comes to all the new dreams and ideas I’m having, I’m trying to do everything at once. For the past month, I’ve been enjoying being a mom full time and being creative on the side whenever I get the chance. I started writing more here and making YouTube videos weekly. As I’m pouring my extra time into these areas I’m waiting like… ok when is this going to pay off? In other words, I’m trying to eat the cup just like my little girl. It doesn’t work that way, it’s one small bite at a time.

From the moment I learned how to do graphic design all the way to graduating as an editor, I’ve intern and got hired to help other people build their vision. I didn’t mind, since at 22 I didn’t really have one myself. It’s easier to help others build theirs. When it comes to my dreams, I’m often changing my mind on how to go about it, or ask the question; is it worth the risk? Rediscovering my creativity and refining new dreams has become a process in which I am learning new things about myself.

I guess if anything, my daughter is teaching me to enjoy the experience of life.

Thank you to those who enjoy my post and liking them, I hope you are also learning with me new things about life and are encouraged.

Last Kid on the Block

Today while I was riding my bike around the neighborhood I noticed there were no more kids around. Virginia Street was empty with not a young person in sight. I saw a few neighbors come out, now with white hair and walking around their yard.

I rode up the street and looked back. I pictured all the kids that used to live on my street. Most of them are now married with kids, some ended up in jail, another got pregnant at an early age and gave her son up for adoption, others just disappeared, and now I was officially the last kid on the block.

The ice cream man from my childhood still comes by my street hoping to still find that big group of kids running up to his truck to buy some candy. Every time I see him I wave. He doesn’t know my name and I don’t know his but he’s like a ghost from my past that comes by every so often. I think about how he spent his life being an ice cream man to support his family.

Life changes so fast we don’t even notice its moving. Virginia Street is home to me and next year there will officially be no more kids left on this street.

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Two Shots

This weekend I rented a 35mm L series lens for my Canon 7D. I had planned  a few family portraits, but due to heavy rain I had to cancel. I took my model, David, outside to see what this lens could do. I took a few but got one shot that I really liked. One main reason were the colors of the shot. Not only was David looking at me intensely but the gloomy sky mixed with this red coat just made the most interesting combination. While looking at it in photoshop, I wanted to see what else I could do with it. I played with curves, levels and grain. Now, I don’t know which one I like most. What do you think?

The Original. You gotta appreciate the colors..

Edited Shot:

Playing Outside

Since my nephew has been living with us I’ve been using him as my model. In the photos I take of him it might look like he takes directions great but really I’m chasing him around the yard hoping to capture that one awesome shot.

Playing Outside, originally uploaded by Monica Briano.

Childhood is an amazing time in life. Everything is so new and exciting. I ran around my backyard with my nephew today and snapped some photos. For those moments playing with him I had no worries or thoughts about the future. It was pure happiness.

Playing Outside
David playing outside

I know when he grows up, he is going to hate these photos of himself in his cute little underwear.

Baby Face
Baby face

I believe every parents needs to learn how to work an SLR camera.

Baby boy
Baby boy
Tom's shoes
Tom's shoes

He loves his Thomas shoes.




SEPTEMBER 2010, originally uploaded by Monica Briano.

It’s amazing what can take place in a month. Though nothing tragic happened in my life, I could say that this month has changed my inner person. I guess you can call it maturity. At some point we have to decided to grow up, because if we were allowed to, we would stay children forever.


Death to Life

Death to Life, originally uploaded by Monica Briano.

Photo of the Day May 25 2010
My friend wrote me a letter asking me how I felt and how I was doing. I looked to my night stand and looked at my dead flower. At the moment I related, then I heard in my heart, “Behold I make all things new.” Rev 21:5. So I created this sequence that displays what God does for me when I spend time with Him.