Monday Photo Dump: Week 14 | Mikaela Joy: Savannah Lifestyle Photographer

Image This week my hubby was out in the field (still) so I had a lot of down time.  This meant that I actually got out and did some stuff this weekend, and I think as a result got some fun pictures.

3-29-14: I spent my Saturday evening wandering Savannah and taking pictures of One Love’s Paws for a Cause event.  They had dancers performing and, seeing that I minored in dance and have a strong interest in the subject, I really enjoyed photographing it.
3-30-14: Sunday I went with some friends and some dogs out to the beach at Hilton head.  This dog (sassy) had the time of her life chasing water droplets.  I’m pretty sure she can fly!
3-31-14: I got my exercise this week with some tennis. I attempted to use my phone’s camera as an experiment to how well it works. Not very well, it turns out. If this had a proper exposure it wouldn’t have been half bad though. Does any know any manual camera apps for android?
4-1-14: I’ve been really enjoying how differently I’m able to grocery shop with my hubby not around.  If I want salami and brie for dinner I can do it, and nobody is here to complain!
4-2-14: I got a remote shutter release for my camera and spent some time messing around with it. I was going for a model-like photo, but I guess I’m better off behind the camera, because I do NOT know how to pose myself.  I accidentally got this shot of myself and Jerry playing though.
4-3-14: Another cell phone pic! This is one of the Petsmart cats being all belly’s up and cuddly, which, after my day at work, I really needed.
4-4-14: I bought a new 35mm lens and took it downtown to do some street photography. This was one of the first shots I took with it. I love this lens!

And that’s it for this weeks photos.  Next week will kick off with Jerry at the beach and some sharkless shark fishing. Stay tuned!


Monday Photo Dump: Week 12 | Mikaela Joy: Savannah Lifestyle Photographer

fridayphotodump This week has been a bit different than usual for me. It’s been all about me time.  My hubby has been in the field since Wednesday which means that my week can be summed up in just a few words- dogs, cats, bubble baths, books, and wine.  And work, but I try to ignore that part.

3-22-14 3-22-14– I met these two cuties at the adoption event with One Love at Tailspin on Saturday.  I was soo close to taking them home.  If I was a single woman, I would have a house full.
3-23-14 3-23-14 Just some pretty flowers because spring has sprung.
3-24-14 3-24-14: Over the weekend I broke my phone (it was my first time ever breaking a phone). But I was able to use it as an excuse to upgrade back to an android.  It was kind of disappointing because I really like the idea of the windows 8 operating system, but it just didn’t run well enough.
3-25-14 3-25-14: Saturday was my husband and my anniversary. We’ve been keeping this charm bracelet since we were dating and the idea was to add a charm every year.  We were a bit behind so he ordered some to catch up.  Each charm represents a year in our marriage except the first two which are for when we were dating, and our wedding.
3-26-14 3-26-14: This was the first day of the field for my hubby. I took  this as an opportunity for my kindle, a glass of wine, and a nice long bubble bath.
3-27-14 3-27-14: I’m excited because the plant that I thought I had killed just sprouted some new leaves.
3-28-143-28-14: Jerry and I have been getting a lot of quality time together with the hubster away.  I think he even listens when I have conversations with him (uh oh am I crazy?).  This is his interested face.

So that’s it for this week’s photos.  Next week will be jumping off with Sassy, the amazing flying dog.  Curious? Check back to find out what I’m talking about.

Monday Photo Dump: Week 12 | Mikaela Joy: Savannah Lifestyle Photographer

fridayphotodumpHere we are facing another Monday. I’m still sick. In fact today I am call in from work amounts of sick, so I’ve spent the whole morning on the couch reading Divergent, cuddling with my pets, and feeling all around crappy.

But, I’m taking a break from all of that to share this week’s photos.


3-15-14: We start off in the heart of Savannah’s St. Patty’s day celebrations. This holiday is kind of a big deal here, for some odd reason, so the party lasted all weekend long.  We went out on Saturday with some friends and I did some drinking and street photography. I wrote a quick post about it and shared some pictures here.


3-16-14: Sunday I revisited some old music that I used to love as a teenager and realized I’ve not developed an attachment to music in the same way since then. There is something about hiding out in the orange and yellow bedroom of my teenage years reading Ray Bradbury and listening to A Ghost is Born that in some ways, I’ll never beat.


3-17-14: Monday was shopping day ’cause I was in desperate need of a new pair of running/work shoes. I made a first attempt at product photography, which, although it’s a bit dark, I think I did pretty decent on (especially since I was working with natural light).


3-18-14: On Tuesday Sam took in this absolutely adorable foster puppy who we both got instantly attached to (for me, all it took were some puppy kisses).


3-19-14: Wednesday I decided to revisit my writing after coming to the realization that I never write anymore, so I busted out this old tattered journal.


3-20-14: More writing on Thursday, but this time in the form of poetry.  Inspiration hits at such random times for me (I wrote most of this in my head while counting jewelry at work), but it’s such a great feeling when it happens.


3-21-14: Friday I did an impromptu photo shoot with Sam, her jeep, and the setting sun. I’m so excited with how this shot turned out!

That’s it for this week.  Next week’s photo dump will be kicked off with the cutest puppies in the world, so stay tuned!

Monday Photo Dump Week #10 | Mikaela Joy: Savannah Lifestyle Photographer

ImageLadies and Gentlemen, it’s time for another Weekly Photo Dump!

This week was rainy and awful, but the weekend was gorgeous. I spent the weekend outside (yet didn’t bring my camera, what was I thinking?) and then spent the rest of the week playing with dogs and eating (hey, my two favorite things.

So without further ado:


3-1-14: Okay so technically this was taken the night before, but since I had to work early Saturday morning, and this is what we were doing the night before, I think this gives you a good idea of how my Saturday felt- sleep deprived.


3-2-14: Sunday was also spent outside, somehow without my camera. Although I wasn’t able to get any pictures of my adventures, my hubby did let me take this quick portrait of him and my dobe, Jerry.  I can’t believe how big that dog has gotten!


3-3-14: My Monday consisted of work and then hours spent at the car dealership while they figured out that they needed to replace my transmission.  This is how I felt about things.


3-4-14: And then came the rain.  A five minute storm flooded my yard, and then we were stuck in the cold, wet, gross weather for the rest of the week.


3-5-14: I used to be totally scared of raw chicken. It freaked me out. But this chicken is about to be delicious!


3-6-14: Thursday I decided to embrace the rain and play with my friend Sam’s dog Sassy.  She was not phased by the nasty weather. She just wanted to play!


3-7-14: I spent Friday playing with the dogs too.  Magnum was so kind as to pose for me.  He looks so dignified here!

After my missed photo opportunities this weekend I decided to take my camera with me more places, and I am much happier with this week’s photos because of it.  Sticking to this idea, I already have some great photos for next week including a day at the shooting range.  I’m excited to bring some new life into this project and see where we can go with it.  Stay tuned!

It’s a good day to be a Doberman | Mikaela Joy: Savannah Lifestyle Photographer



It’s starting to feel like Summer here in Pooler, and I am SO ready.  I love the winter, but this one’s been all the cold with none of the benefits (i.e. snow). I’m a northern girl and I would kill to hit the ski hill, but since that’s not an option I will take a wake board out on the water instead, no doubt about it.

But since it’s not quite Summer yet, I’ll have to settle for soaking up the sunshine and running around the backyard with my favorite dog.

It’s a good day to be a doberman!

How I Feel about Winter Storm Leon (In Poem Form)

For a blog called “Poetry and Pesto,” there sure hasn’t been a lot of poetry on here lately.

Well, have no fear, I am about to change that.

So I live in Georgia, and right now there is this big hype about the fact that it might snow tomorrow.  Apparently it hasn’t snowed here in like 20 years.  Well, I’m from Washington State where it snows all the time, so I’m finding the whole thing quite entertaining.  I get that down here our houses and vehicles and power lines aren’t prepared to handle snow, but come on guys, its a possible inch. In fact, I will be legitimately mad if it doesn’t snow after all this hype.  I haven’t seen a proper snow in years!


Anyway, I wrote my feelings on the matter into a poem, partly because I was inspired to do so, but mostly because I didn’t want to work. Here it is:


So there you have it– My thoughts on Winter Storm Leon (in poem form).

Enjoy the soon to come snow!