Dizzy Swallows

Our Engagement Photos

October 16th, 2012

I am so happy to be able to share photos from our engagement session with the immensely talented Seattle photographer, Andria Lindqust. Andria was such a great sport, flying up to San Juan and spending an entire day romping around our favorite haunts, all the while double-fisting a couple of impressive Cannons and crowing with glee. We are so lucky to have found her and we’re so excited for her to shoot our wedding next summer! I must also note, of course, how lucky I am to have found Jacob: my love, my best friend, the person with whom I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life.

Hope you enjoy! And don’t forget you can click on an image to enlarge it…

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Olympic Moments

August 3rd, 2012

Have you been following the Olympic Games this year? We’ve recently been up far too late engrossed by the drama and excitement. I rarely cry during movies, but for whatever reason the charged emotions of the games get me every time. Here are a few great photos illustrating just that.

And then there are the fans…

But have you seen what is quite possibly the best video to come from the entire week of Games? Behold U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman’s parents reacting to her bar routine during team qualifiers.

Also hilarious/disturbing: Metro poses the question “What if every Olympic sport was photographed like beach volleyball?”

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The New Gypsies

October 3rd, 2011 1 Comment

This morning I would like to share the amazing photography of Iain McKell, and his series on the current generation of migrant peoples known as gypsies. Has the wandering spirit ever taken you so strongly, it’s all you can do not to pack your life up into a brightly colored caravan? Me too.

Enjoy and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Frances Bean Cobain

August 10th, 2011

On the eve of her 19th birthday, Frances Bean Cobain posed for a shoot with the talented photographer Hedi Slimane. The results are a goth-tinged collection of edgy black and whites that present Frances as the underdog, anti-heroine she undoubtedly was born to be.

In my mind, the images are stunning not because she is a gorgeous girl (which she certainly is) but because she has what are instantly recognizable as her father’s haunted eyes.

Heavily inked and with her mother’s pouting lips, little miss Frances exudes rocker DNA at its best. We shall see what life has in store for her.

Head over to Hedi’s diary to see the rest of the images.

All images via Hedi Slimane.

And lest we’ve forgotten:

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

July 8th, 2011

I firmly believe in the sentient nature of animals. Jacob often remarks that I am more likely to empathize with them than humans. He’s probably right. The idea of animal emotion is a hotbed for scientific debate and everyday contention. But should our inability to quantify such phenomena justify the argument that animals experience no emotion? Animal activist Jonathan Balcombe sets out to disprove such a claim in his book The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure. Illustrated with images by many leading wildlife photographers, the book is at once heavily scientific and immensely affectionate, entreating a reexamination of our relationship with other living beings. Have a peak at some of the images below, and read an excerpt from the book over at Wired.

“In humans, feelings of love are accompanied by changes in the brain’s chemistry. As people fall in love, the brain begins to … Continue reading