Sunday, August 31, 2014

My first trip to Chicago-- oh, I'm in love with this town!

A few weekends ago, Mr. Boyfriend and I headed to visit one of his friends in Chicago. Now. This was the first trip to the city for both Mr. Boyfriend and I, and boy-- did we fall madly, deeply in love with the city!

With days jam-packed with brunching at local favorites like Yolk and Toast, to site seeing Chicago architecture on a Seadog river and lake tour, to cheering on the Cubs and the Fire, we were go-go-go during our 4-day trip!

For once in my life, I really tried to focus on enjoying the scenary, and not on taking beautiful photographs, but you know me... that never works!

Here's a peak at a few of my favorite shots from the weekend. Just looking at them makes me want to go back!









Can you say deep dish, anyone?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dabbling in Graphics: My First Printable HIIT Workout for Fiterazzi

In case you didn't know, when I'm not shooting or writing stories for the fantastic USO, chances are, I'm out and about finding a cool story to write for Fiterazzi, the only online Fitness magazine that keeps it REAL!

This past week, in addition to working on a few awesome product review stories, I had the chance to shoot photos for and edit together my first printable for the magazine, featuring the fabulous Sara Snyder as a model.



Now, I don't really consider myself a graphics artist at all, so I'm pretty proud of the final result I got after only a day of asking for feedback and advice.

Take a look and let me know what you think -- oh, and head over to Fiterazzi magazine for more amazing fitness workouts, recipes and amazing articles about healthy living!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

You're never to old to learn new things: Relearning lighting in photography

Happy Thursday! I can't believe its the third week of August. It seems crazy to think that summer is coming to an end, kiddos are heading back to school, and boot-wearing season is only a few weeks away!

I digress. Anyway.


Yesterday I had the chance to head out on a shoot with an awesome colleague of mine and learn a few new tools of the videography/photography trade. It was SO fun! I felt a little bit like an intern again, honestly. :)

We were shooting a promotional video for the USO about the story of one wounded warrior's road to recovery, and how the USO has been for him along his recovery. After he was medically evacuated from the battlefield, and taken to Germany, and then Walter Reed, this amazing service member was surprised (thanks to the USO!) by his entire battalion upon his arrival home to Seattle. Pretty cool, eh?

But back to photography takeaways.

More than anything, I re-learned the importance of good lighting. After all, a camera is just a glorified light-capture box. Good lighting means good pictures, no doubt about it. While I'm pretty comfortable using and manipulating natural lighting, I'll admit, using lighting set ups intimidates me a little bit-- plus, they're a little costly, if you want to purchase something that will grow with you as a creative artist. However, maybe it's time to take the plunge...

Thoughts?

Monday, August 18, 2014

The skinniest brunch: Food photography and dishing on my favorite skinny recipes

Yesterday I had a few of my favorite ladies over for a girl's brunch and decided to treat them of a wonderful spread of my favorite, delicious brunch dishes. The catch? Everything I served was gluten-free and Weight Watcher approved!

What's better than a guilt-free tasty weekend brunch?

Before I served my dishes, I decided to dabble in the wonderful world of food photography-- something I'll freely admit I have very little experience in. I love to cook and take photos, so really, there's no excuse in my lack of food photography expertise. I think I'm going to start keeping my camera around the kitchen a little bit more, and see what I can come up with.

Anyway.

Take a look at my photos, and check out the recipes! You won't be disappointed :)

Bananas Foster Topped Overnight French Toast




Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Behind the Shoot: Brews and photography: My kind of night at Port City Brewery with United Women in Business

So, full disclosure, I'm on the board of a non-profit called United Women in Business (UWIB).

Basically, UWIB is a professional development organization for young women entering the workforce. We were started by a few alumnae from my sorority in college (Alpha Delta Pi - Pi Chapter) and now have chapters in DC, Chicago, and NYC-- pretty cool, huh?

Anyway, we had a wonderful fundraising event last night at Port City Brewery in Alexandria, Virginia, which was awesome and so fun! I didn't take too many photos, mostly because I was busy chatting and tasting, but I did manage to snap a few shots.



Created with flickr slideshow.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Tuesday to be excited for: BODYPOP activewear launches & Alex Clare releases a new album!

I feel like dancing around singing "Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music today!

Not only is one of my favorite fitness blog authors launching her own activewear line today-- BUT-- one of my favorite artists, Alex Clare, released his second album today!


Can you say a Tuesday made in heaven?

Even thought this Tuesday is more like a Monday (I was in Chicago all weekend with Mr. Boyfriend-- photos of that to come this week!) I'm still trying to find ways to see the positveness in this rainy summer morning.

Sometimes, I think the Monday, or Tuesday, blues can be beat with simply finding one or two small things to look forward to, and running with that. Whether its a fun workout, a quick lunch with a friend, or a new recipe, the little things can help make the first half of the week more than bearable-- but fun!

Agree?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Yup, I work for the USO.

Side note. Or main note.

I get a lot of questions about my 9 to 5 job, which, I'll admit, I'm slightly in love with.

Here's a few of the most common.

Where do I work?: The USO

What's that?: The USO is an organization that focuses on lifting the spirits of troops and their families.

But how do you do that?: Programs. Concerts. Airport centers. Food. All different things! It really depends on where you are and what you need. I'd say check out the website for more info, honestly.

Oh, so you mean Bob Hope's thing? That's still around?: You betcha. But not like you'd think. Its a way different organization than it was back in the 1940s.

Got it. So what do you do for them then?: Me? I'm a multimedia journalist for the USO. Meaning, I get to write, photograph and take video of the awesome work that we do around the world. Think of me as a traveling storyteller. Pretty cool, huh?

What have you been up to lately? This! I really do a whole bunch of things, but I've been writing a lot lately, especially for USO.org and the USO blog!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Guess what? I throw like a girl.

Last week, my story about the female gender stereotype in sports published on Fiterazzi.com, along with a photograph from my photo shoot last week.

While I was totally tickled that my photos were featured on the site-- call me vain-- I was more excited that my small take on females in sports went live on the interwebs. While my article was by no means perfect, I really tried to show the push and pull that many females feel-- particularly those in the sports world.

See, I find the whole feminist v. traditional gender roles argument confusing, complex, and often convoluted. While I love the idea of women empowerment and equality, I also can't deny the fact that I, personally, enjoy the value of traditional gender roles. I love to cook. I love to keep a clean house, and frankly, someday, I hope that I become a mom who can stay at home with her kids, at least part time, while my future husband works full time. However, I also want a lifelong career. Success. And happiness.

See what I mean? Its not exactly a black and white subject.

Anyway, I'm pretty proud of my article. Check it out, and peruse Fiterazzi while you're at it. I feel so proud to be among a group of fit ladies who are writing about the real deal.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Behind the Shoot: Shooting for Fiterazzi Magazine

Morning guys!

This past Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to round up a group of my fabulous fit & fashionable friends who live in the DMV area for a mini photo shoot for Fiterazzi magazine, who I write for on a monthly basis.

The shoot was so much fun, and totally something I'd love to do again.

I'm experimenting with slideshows for blogs right now. Instead of posting individual images, I thought I'd embed a slideshow of my best shots from the day.


Created with flickr slideshow.

Enjoy!


Monday, August 4, 2014

New blog, new job, new month!



Welcome to my new blog!

For those that don't already know me, I'm Sandi Moynihan. I'm a videographer, photographer, writer and fitness fashionista living the life of a twenty-something in Washington, D.C.

Telling stories, taking photos and living an active healthy lifestyle are some of my passions, and I can't wait to share that excitement with you all!

While I'm no newbie to the blogging world, I've decided to start off fresh with my first post-college "big girl" blog, focusing on all of my multimedia work that is featured on www.sandimoynihan.com, and other places around the web.

Stay tuned for the latest on my video, photo, and print endeavors!