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Shootwithali

Hey guys! So I’ve decided I kind of want to separate my photography from my blog. When I first started this, I had intended it to be a place where I could voice my thoughts and opinions on topics or however I happen to be feeling, and somehow I slowly ended up making it more about my photos, posting more about that than what’s on my mind.

I will still post the occasional photo or two on here, but as I’m beginning to build a portfolio for my photography semi professionally, I have created my own website where I can showcase my work for potential clients or really anybody to view and contact me.

I hope everyone who has continued to enjoy my photography will also check out my website as I will be posting the majority of my photos on there!

Happy viewing!(:

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8/25/16

Hey guys! Hope everybody has been having a great week! Please enjoy a few photos I took at a friend’s party last week(:

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Spring Mountain Ranch

Last week my boyfriend and I went to one of my favorite places in Las Vegas and walked around to take some cool photos. It was fun to share my favorite place with him, even though it was hot and would have been much nicer in the fall or winter. But I’m glad he wanted to go with me.

Here’s a compilation of some fun shots we took together that day. Hope you enjoy!

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The ranch house

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Inside the bedroom in the ranch house

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Shot by my boyfriend

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Lake Harriet


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Twenty Two

So I turned 22 years old yesterday. Not that it really means anything because I still look like I’m 16 lol

Thanks to my boyfriend, I actually had a pretty dope birthday. I woke up with my boyfriend wishing me a happy birthday again, I went to go see my parents in the early afternoon and they took me out for lunch and dessert, then I went home for a bit to see my cute boyfriend and kiss his face, but he was out grocery shopping cause he was going to be cooking dinner for us. (How romantic) He basically told me that I couldn’t be home from like 6-7 so he gave me $100 of guilt free money to spent on anything I wanted at Sephora lol

I went to the mall and got some stuff I’ve been running out of and also some things I’ve been wanting to try but too lazy to go buy it myself.

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I ended up getting a new glow kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I got my palette in ‘Sun Dipped’, which comes with bronzed, summer, tourmaline, and moonstone and they’re all gorgeous as fuck!

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I bought a new Sephora eyebrow brush. It’s just a normal angled eyebrow brush so I didn’t feel like taking a photo of it lol

I got a pair of Huda lashes in Samantha #7. They’re really long and pretty and more importantly, they’re wispy as fuck. I don’t normally like false lashes since I have eyelash extensions, but recently I’ve been letting my extensions naturally fall out so I can get a new set completely. So in the meantime, if I’m wearing false lashes I want the good shit.

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And lastly I picked up the Benefit They’re Real mascara to try it out. I’ve been wanting to try this mascara out for a while now but I haven’t gone to buy it until now. I got the small travel size one because I only put mascara on my bottom lashes so I felt like if I bought the regular sized tube it would have just been a waste. It’s so cute and small and I think it’ll be perfect for my bottom lashes.

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My boyfriend said that I had to spend the whole $100 guilt free but I only spent $88 at Sephora. I couldn’t find something I wanted to use the rest of the $12 on cause the other things I wanted were like $50.(I actually ended up using that left over money on gas today)

I came home at 7 like my boyfriend said to and he came out to greet me at my car with a little crown and a happy birthday balloon(: He ended up not making dinner, but throwing a little surprise party instead with our friends. I didn’t know he was going to be surprising me with a party but then people starting popping out of bathrooms and closets lol

And the rest of the night consisted of getting drunk, playing beer pong and Cards Against Humanity, and weird conversations. It was an awesome surprise and a great night with great people. Thanks to my boyfriend for putting that together last minute(:

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Hope everyone has a great day(:


Exploring The Calico Ghost Town

It’s been a very long time since I wrote about photography or posted any of my adventure photos on here. So let’s go back in time a little, to April of this year, and check out my photo collection I took from my family day trip to the Calico Ghost Town(:

I believe this is also the first collection of photos I took with my new Canon T6s and I love how they came out. Hope you enjoy(:

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Extreme Thing 2016

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Yesterday, I randomly decided to go to the Extreme Thing Music Festival in Las Vegas at the last second. I originally wanted to go because I wanted to see my new favorite band State Champs play along with Mayday Parade, but my boyfriend couldn’t come to Vegas to go with me and I really didn’t want to go alone. But then I saw the line up for this summers Warped Tour and both State Champs and Mayday Parade where gonna be at warped, with all of my other favorite bands so I basically wasn’t missing out if I didn’t go see them at Extreme Thing. So then I decided I wasn’t going to go to Extreme Thing and I was just gonna catch all my favorite bands at Warped.

But then yesterday morning when I woke up at 11:40 I had a text from my friend asking if I was going. She told me she was almost there and she was going alone so I told her if she’s going I’ll totally go with her. She didn’t really want to be alone either so I decided to go to Extreme Thing lol

And after I asked what time State Champs was playing I got ready in 15 minutes and ran out of the house. It was noon when I left and it takes about 25 minutes to get to the venue from my house, plus time for parking and having to walk in and buy my ticket, so I was expecting to get in around 12:40 so I could see State Champs play at 2.

Well when I got there at about 12:30, I met up with my friend and we had no idea it was going to be as crazy as it was. The line was sooooo long, like there were so many people still waiting to get in. Which was crazy to me because it opened at 11am and almost 2 hours later there’s still a massive line of people waiting. The previous years I would show up around noon and I would buy my ticket and just walk in.

We ended up standing in line for about an hour, and after some complications we finally got in, literally 10 minutes before State Champs was playing 😭 and I was like WE HAVE TO FIND THE STAGE THEY’RE ON!! But we had the hardest time finding the stage because they had changed the stage names that were online so nothing was what it was originally named, and even after asking event staff and security they didn’t even know the stage names, and we had like 5 minutes and I randomly found a guy walking with a program guide so I asked him if I could see it and we found where State Champs was playing and ran over to the crowd and pushed our way in and into the front/middle.

I had been wanting to see them live for a while now so I was so pumped! And I guess so was everyone else because the crowd was crazy and everybody was into it, everybody was hyped and had a great time. State Champs were soooo goood. They had great energy, and they sounded amazing live. I literally had the time of my life in that crowd lol


Then after, the vocalist said he was going to be by one of the tents meeting everyone so we went there after to meet him and he was so nice. And sweaty lol but everyone was. He met everyone and we all got to talk to him for a bit, so that was nice(:

Basically after that my life was complete and I didn’t really care about anything else all day.

My friend and I spent the rest of the day going from stage to stage to see the bands we wanted to see. We waited at the barricade for almost an hour to be front and center for Bayside, who I only knew like one song to, but they are my friends favorite band, and I could definitely see why! I had heard their music a little before, but even though I didn’t know their lyrics, they were incredible! I had such a great time watching them up close, and you could see all the members smiling and loving what they do. Their performance was so good I could literally just watch them all day.

After their set, we ran all the way back to the stage where Mayday Parade was playing, so we could be in the crowd for them and when we got there we were like FUCK. Cause their crowd was huge! But again, we pushed our way into the crowd and got where we wanted to be.
And then when they came on it got so crazy. Literally, pits opening up and people getting thrown in and tossed around, so many people crowd surfing and falling on top of each other. I am not kidding, you couldn’t really watch and enjoy the show too much because you were too busy either avoiding or carrying a crowd surfer every 10 seconds and trying not to get squished and fallen on. I kid you not. I still had a lot of fun and I love being in crazy crowds like that. I can’t tell you how many times someone fell on me during that show or how many times we got kicked in the face by crowd surfers lol like I have battle wounds and bruises on my body from that crowd. It was crazy awesome!

Everybody was crowd surfing for Mayday Parade and things got intense. My friend got flattened when a fat girl tried to crowd surf and fell on top of her and knocked her ass out. Seriously, she blacked out lol A nice random guy helped pick her up so security could take her out, then I asked him to lift me up too so I could crowd surf to the barricade and get out to make sure she was alright. We ended up getting to sit side stage for Mayday Parade and get catered to with EMT’s and cold water lol so it really wasn’t too bad. My friend got some air and water and they cleaned her up since she was bleeding, but overall she was fine. And getting to sit side stage was kind of a bonus.

The crowd was absolutely crazy! Definitely not the craziest crowd I’ve ever been in, but still Mayday Parade’s crowd yesterday made it pretty high on my list.
Overall, it was a really great day. I had a lot of fun, and I’m glad I decided to go. To be honest, it was really refreshing going to Extreme Thing again. It sort of brought me back to my roots and the kind of music I’ve always loved to see live and go crazy to. I’ve been going to shows in LA but the crowds there are so boring to be honest. Like they don’t do anything other then just stand around and watch. I’m used to shows in Vegas where everybody is hyped and the energy is so high, everybody is singing and jumping around and crowd surfing. Being a part of the craziness is what’s fun for me. If I’m not in the middle of the crowd dancing and jumping around or at the barricades at the very front then I’d rather not be there. If i’m just gonna stand on the side and watch then what’s the point? Like that’s not fun for me lol

But I’m glad I did go and hung out with my friend and enjoyed the day together.

Thanks for stopping by! And have a great day everyone(:


Random Photo… #12

Hey everyone! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m feeling too busy to type up a real post at the moment since I’ve been back in California with my boyfriend for awhile now. I’m basically here every month now lol like I live in Hollywood but work in Vegas πŸ˜‚

We’ve been hanging out everyday and having adventures so I don’t have much time to post about a lot, so how about a quick random photo(:

Please enjoy this photo I took of my pet hedgehog Ralph, using my phone to check his Instagram page(:

 
Feel free to follow him on Instagram HERE!(: 
Have a great day everyone!(:


More About My Pet Hedgehog

  
I always get a lot of questions on my pet hedgehog, Ralph; what it’s like to have him as a pet, care information, food and all that, so today I will be going through my experience of owning a pet hedgehog.

At the moment, he is 14 weeks old, I got him when he was 6 weeks, so I’ve had him for just under 2 months. But within the short amount of time I’ve had him, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what it is like to have a hedgehog as a pet and can confidently share my views with everyone.

I originally thought that Ralph was an African Pygmy hedgehog, because that is the most common domestic hedgehog out there, but I recently learned that he is actually an Algerian black hedgehog. Based on his nose, his color and specific markings that only Algerian hedgehogs have. Which makes sense because I would google pet hedgehogs and look at different hedgehog instagram accounts and they never looked like my Ralph lol

  
But anyways let’s get into the information I have based on my personal experiences with Little Ralph.
I feel like everyone will have a different experience with their pet hedgehog, no ones experiences will be the same since hedgehogs come with their own personality, so these are just my accounts(:

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β€’ Choosing your hedgehog:

When choosing your hedgehog, whether it be from a breeder or an exotic pet store, you should always ask to see the hedgehogs and physically handle them. Pick up and handle different hedgehogs and pay attention to how the hedgehog reacts. You’ll be able to tell almost right away if that hedgehog is nice and friendly, or grumpy and scared. One that stays balled up is most likely scared and maybe not as nice and friendly. A friendly and social hedgehog will uncurl in your hands and turn curious and want to explore. I handled maybe 5 different hedgehogs before I chose the one I wanted. Many of them were friendly but they were female, and since I already had a name in mind, the one I chose had to be a male hedgehog. When I did come across a male hedgehog I handled him and he was friendly with me. He let me pick him up and he uncurled in my hand and didn’t stay balled up. I held him for quite awhile, and he was the one I ended up taking home(:

β€’ Hedgehog supplies:

Essential hedgehog supplies include,

1. A good cage/home for them. Something with at least 4 square feet of space is the minimum for them. I use a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 foot plastic storage container that sits about 15 inches high. It’s wide enough where he has good space to move around, and tall enough to where he can’t climb out. (Hedgehogs can be climbers) 

2. Bedding. I personally use fleece lining for my hedgehogs home, as I see almost all hedgehog owners do. Other options include paper bedding (carefresh brand), or aspen wood shavings. I have not used any kind of wood shavings for my hedgehog but I have heard that pine and cedar shaving are very bad for them and can cause respiratory problems and be dusty, which is not good for them. I’ve heard that aspen shavings would be appropriate if you wanted to use wood shavings but again it can be dusty, but it’s safer than pine and cedar. Again, I have never used wood shavings for bedding, so I cannot personally say any effects they may have. 
I have used carefresh paper bedding, and I did like it, as did Ralph, since he can burrow himself in it and dig, but it’s not very sightly in my opinion, I’ve noticed that even though it says dust free, it seemed to create dust, it can cause health problems for your hedgehog if they accidentally ingest some, and paper bedding can also harbor mites. (Which my hedgehog just got treated for, and I will talk about further down in this post.)

I prefer fleece lining for his bedding because it’s cleaner, it looks better, it’s not dusty, does not harbor mites, and is a healthier choice all around in my opinion.

3. Running wheel. A wheel is definitely needed for your hedgehog so they can get their exercise and help to stay healthy and not be obese, which hedgehogs are prone to. 

4. A hideaway/snuggle pouch. These are essential since hedgehogs are very private animals and like to hide. Having a hideaway such as a plastic igloo is perfect for them, and a snuggle sack is made of fleece so it will keep them warm too while they like to hide in them.

5. Food and water. Hedgehogs should be fed a good, high protein and low fat diet. Commercial hedgehog foods are mostly junk. It’s not made from good quality ingredients or real meats. Basically just stay clear or ‘hedgehog food’ itself. Switch to a high quality dry cat food that has real meat as the first ingredient and follows the high protein low fat diet. Their food should have a protein content between 28-35% and a fat content of 10-15%. I personally use Blue Buffalo dry indoor kitten food. It’s grain free, does not contain corn and is made with real meats. It is also good to treat your hedgehog with other foods like mealworms, earthworms and even human food like scrambled eggs, chicken breast and veggies! Right now, since Ralph is still a baby, I free feed him so he can eat whenever he is hungry, but when they’re adults their food needs to be monitored so they do not become obese. 1-3 teaspoons a day is good, along with exercise. As far as water, I just use a water bottle for Ralph, that attaches to his cage.

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β€’ Caring for your hedgehog:

1. Bathing. It’s obviously important to care for your hedgehog, which includes baths, trimming their nails, and keeping an eye on their health in case a vet trip is needed. Hedgehogs are generally clean animals and don’t have to be bathed daily or even weekly. Once or twice a month is enough depending on your hedgehog. Hedgehogs have naturally dry skin so lots of baths will end up drying out their skin more. When I give Ralph a full bath, I put some baby shampoo in the water since it is gentle and take a toothbrush and brush through his quills. Hedgehogs will often relieve themselves while they are in water, so be prepared to have some poop floating around lol. After a bath, I will wrap him up in a towel and dry him off and keep him warm. If needed, this is when I would trim his nails since he is most likely relaxed. It’s important to trim their nails every two weeks or as needed so that they don’t get too long, which can be unhealthy for them as they will curl and can eventually cause them pain.

Hedgehogs are prone to having poopy feet, since they are pretty clumsy and will poop and often take a step in it causing poop to be stuck to their feet or nails, so foot baths just to clean them off are more needed than actual baths. 

Caring for them is super easy since they are such low maintenance animals. They don’t need a lot of attention, they need a minimal interaction of 30 mins a day, but I handle my hedgehog a lot. He’s constantly being played with and picked up throughout the day, which I think is why he is so social and not scared all the time. Since they are nocturnal, hedgehogs basically sleep all day and are up and active at night. Since I work during the day, I’m not really missing out on any bonding time with him since he sleeps, but when I come home around 1am he is usually awake and I will bond with him and handle him then.

2. Bonding. Bonding with your hedgehog is very important so that they get used to you handling them and don’t stay balled up all the time. They will become more friendly and easy to handle and be more comfortable with you if you handle them all the time and bond with them so they know it’s you. My hedgehog travels with me wherever I go and people tell me all the time that they’ve had hedgehogs or someone they know has had one and they were all really angry and grumpy and that mine is really friendly and happy. So I assume I’m doing something right by handling him all the time.

3. Quilling. Quilling is natural and it’s where their baby quills will fall out and their adult ones come in. This happens quite a few times throughout their lifetime, and I can imagine it is a painful process for them since quills are sharp and they have to break through the skin again. My hedgehog was recently treated for mites at the vet. At the time, I was using paper bedding, which can harbor mites, and I noticed a couple of his quills, at the base of them, the skin was raised and really red and looked irritated. The next day, I saw there was a quill at the top of his head and it was bleeding, so I took him to the vet right away to get checked and discovered he had mites, and he got treated with Revolution right away. Mites can come from different sources. It could have been the paper bedding or it could have been from the fact that I got him from a pet store and they keep many hedgies in a cage together, which isn’t good. In 3 weeks, he goes back to the vet to make sure he is all healthy again.

4. Health. It’s very important to pay attention to your hedgehog and their individual needs. Pay attention to how much they eat, when or if they eat, how much they poop and the consistency, how active they are, and if they change any part of their normal daily routine, like if they are scratching more, or not eating. This can be essential in spotting any problems your hedgie may be having. Regular vet check ups are good just to make sure your hedgie is healthy. If for any reason you are not sure if there is something more going on with your hedgehog, it’s always best to just take them to a vet.

  
β€’ My experience:

My overall experience with having a hedgehog as a pet has been awesome! I love my little Ralph so much and he’s so cute and fun to interact with. Of course he has his grumpy moments like when I wake him up to play, but he is overall a great pet for me and I love taking him everywhere with me.

He doesn’t seem to mind going with me anywhere and traveling with me all the time.

One concern I had at the time of buying my hedgehog was that I read somewhere that hedgehogs can get car sick. I wanted to make sure that he could travel with me and not get sick since I travel a lot and wasn’t going to be leaving him behind. When I asked, the guy helping me said that none of his personal hedgehogs have ever gotten sick from traveling a lot. 

Every hedgehog may be different, but my Ralph travels with me everywhere and he has never gotten sick.

I love that he is super low maintenance. I don’t have to clean him or anything of his things constantly, he’s not messy, and he doesn’t make any noise. The only time I hear him is when he’s eating, I can hear him crunching. Which I think is cute lol or when he’s drinking water from his water bottle I can hear him. But he doesn’t bark or squeak or cause any problems. He’s just a really chill animal that doesn’t do much lol

I guess if anyone has more questions about my hedgehog or how to care for hedgehogs, you can leave me a comment on this post and I will do my best to answer them(:

Thanks for stopping by! And have a great day, everyone(:


Random Photo… #11

Hello and good morning! Please enjoy this photo of my pet hedgehog in his new pineapple house(:

  
Thanks for stopping by!

And have a great day(:


Early Mornings

Being in Hollywood for two weeks at a time every couple of months kind of changes your mindset slightly. Maybe it’s because there’s so much to do there and I want to do everything. And it’s made me want to be more healthy, work out even more, and eat better. Well, actually it was my boyfriend who makes me want to be more healthy, but I feel like being in LA just added to it cause everybody there seems so active lol

When I’m in Vegas I’m so used to sleeping in till noon or 1pm, until I have to go to work at 4 and I’ll just wake up, get ready and leave without even having a day to do anything. Then when I come home at 1 or 2am I work out for a little bit but I’m so tired from being at work all day. I would try to do it every night when I came home but a lot of the time I was just too tired, and I ended up working out two days out of the week. Which sucked cause I never had time for anything.

But since coming back to Vegas on Saturday evening, I’ve decided to change my lifestyle a bit and work on being healthier.

Since Sunday, I have been waking up every morning at 7:30am, eating a light breakfast, and leaving the house around 8:30am, to go jog to the park and work out outdoors. And it feels way better, in my opinion, to work out outdoors in fresh air and enjoy nature versus being indoors. 

And since I eat a light breakfast before I leave, I take my protein bar with me and a big smart water to help keep me satisfied until I get home to make a real breakfast.

I’ve been waking up around this time for the last few days that I was in Hollywood and it felt good to wake up early and actually have a full day where my days seem longer. So now, I’m just making better use of that morning time.
I jog to the park, which gets me all warmed up, then I find an area in the park to stretch and do the rest of my work out routine. Which mainly focuses on butt and abs. 

I usually stay at the park for a couple hours and jog back home around 10:45/11:00, then make myself a couple eggs and toast for a real breakfast, then shower and go about my day.

And it really feels good to be awake that early and enjoy mornings and also get a good work out AND still have a full day.

  

Anyways, I hope everybody is having a great morning! I need to start getting ready so I can leave the house soon for my jog.

Thanks for stopping by!(: