Newest Lifeprint team member, Lena, recently captured her journey to Sacramento, CA. With her amazing eye for photography, we're sure glad she decided to bring her camera along for the ride.
A slang word for Sacramento, made popular by rappers/hip-hop artists, widely used by Sacramento residents, and across the country by teenagers and younger adults. (urbandictionary.com)
We’re not claiming to be the next America’s Got Talent hopefuls, but we do get to call this awesome town a Lifeprint’s HQ, i.e. our office and our home.
Last month, most of the team flew in from around the country and interestingly, there was not one complaint of this ‘gram-worthy bird’s-eye view. Being the newest kid on the Lifeprint block, I was excited to join.
Once downtown, or Doco for the locals, I quickly flipped through the standard “touristy” materials and decided to turn to my favorite method of discovering the local diamond in the roughs-actually asking the locals for the best places to photograph. I was on a mission to discover my new office hometown!
I did not have to venture far. While snapping a shot of the uniquely colored statue just behind our hotel I came across a local security guard who was more than happy to share his knowledge of the parts of Sac-town that were quirky and undiscovered.
While his directions would never make it to the travel guide (i.e. head behind the Starbucks at the end of that street on your right), the end result was definitely worth it. The art was simply stunning but dropping to the lower angle to get everything in the shot definitely added that extra “oomph”.
Most people would have gotten their one great shot and moved on. You guessed it, I’m not like most people! Finding unique details is always a photographic mission of mine. Which is exactly how I discovered these two seemingly mundane building details that turned into true work of art with just a splash of some beautiful colors!
While I do pride myself in finding the “different” everywhere I go it would be simply irresponsible not to visit the most recognized view of my home state’s capital, i.e. the Capitol building. Located just a short walk away from downtown, it’s a place that’s worth your steps. And as a photographer, it’s a place that could be your personal challenge to create that one unique shot as it is photographed so frequently. It’s a challenge I would recommend trying for anyone wanting to take their photography skills to the next level. The more well-known the destination, the better. In my case, I decided to use my Lifeprint 2x3 printer as my model. I’d say it did quite good, don’t you think?
But I wasn’t done discovering just yet. Armed with another local’s suggestions, this time a taxi driver on my way from the airport, I was headed towards the yellow bridge no one seemed to know by the name. (Mystery solved, it’s Towne bridge. You’re welcome, aspiring Sac-town visitors). Arriving shortly before sunset, I was welcomed with some of the softest and beautiful colors a photographer could ask for, known to most people as the golden hour. Towne bridge was there to go with the “gold flow”, shining in an even brighter shade of yellow.
At last, it was time to head back and get ready for the big team building day the next day and maybe edit the few hundred shots I took in a matter of hours. Having discovered so many exceptional sights throughout the day I felt like Sacramento and I have become quite familiar with each other. And having finished editing the shots, I knew we did. In fact, I was feeling so good that I felt I could share some secret spots in town with my coworkers even while being one of the newest team members.
Last day in town was spent planning and strategizing for all the fresh and exciting things that are in store for the best iPhone and Android mobile printer (you may know us as Lifeprint J) It was also was spent getting to know my Lifeprint family which, naturally, lead us to end our day at the most legendary dessert place in town, Rick’s Diner. (Nice to meet you, Rick!)
The bold colors and the fun, retro décor of the place definitely took us all to a proper “throwback Thursday” (or #tbt for all you young America’s Got Talent hopefuls). The decision between the éclair (for yours truly), fancy cupcake or a what seemed like an infinite number of cake variations was not an easy one, but I am proud to announce that we succeeded!
The short flight home was a perfect time to reflect on this quick but exhilarating trip to the new work home in Sacramento. It was also the perfect chance to choose those best shots worthy of printing and displaying on my now ever-growing mini photo wall. The moment I walked through my door, my iPhone 8 Plus in hand, I fired up my 2x3 printer and got to printing. Let’s just say that in the few days of being my model it began to form a character of it’s own! “I’m not saying she’s a gold digger..” #diva