As a photographer, sometime you need to work on things outside of your normal purview and this project is going to help us (and you) challenge, grow and creatively develop your photography as a whole. Weekly for the next year, we will be sharing our images with you here!

For those of you interested in participating, PLEASE join us! The more the merrier! You definitely do not need to be a professional photographer, this is something you can easily do with your point and shoot, cell phone, ipad2, etc. You can comment with a link to your image here on our blog or on our La Brisa fan page or you can tag La Brisa Photography in your image on your own FB page or use the hashtag #52WoA on twitter that way we can share your efforts with everyone else! If you are interested in joining our La Brisa Aspiring Photographer Workshop group on FB, please request to join as we will also be sharing our images there too.

Next Thursday, May 17th, Week 42: “Smell” will be due. The image must be created between today and May 17th. Good luck!

Here are our Week 41 – Warmth images!

a few things in this little photo make me feel all warm and cozy… 

a) ooey gooey wrap-around sun 
b) my favorite grandma sweater 
c) bright red digits prepared for summer 
d) the monkey in my lap 
e) yoga pants 
f) my “better half” mug 
g) the hot coffee in my “better half” mug 
h) just thinking about my “better half” 

oh, crap, I got off track… 

Cue Julie Andrews…I want to dance around in my curtain dress.

(Photo credit: Brisa Hsieh, No Affiliation with La Brisa Photography)

When I am ever just slightly feeling a tinge of coldness, I immediately reach for my snuggie, Jorge. Jorge is my best friend. He gives me hugs and makes me feel warm and cozy. Oftentimes, we will watch the NBA playoffs together with our buddy, Pork Bun (the cat), by our side. When I feel like curling up with a good book, I grab Jorge and we cuddle up together on the couch underneath our 7 foot homemade cat tree. Nonetheless, my favorite thing that Jorge and I do together is go to work! As a professional photographer, I am often in frigid outdoor conditions. Fortunately, I always keep Jorge in my camera bag and I wrap him around me and voila! We can now work in any situation that Mother Nature throws at us! You MUST run to your nearest store/computer and purchase one of Jorge’s brother/sister snuggies for yourself and then your life will be as amazing as mine because he completes me.

To all of you aspiring photographers, we are partnering with our awesome friends at Anecdotally Yours ( to offer an Introduction to Portrait Photography class! 100% of profits will be donated to worthy causes! For more information, click on this link –

Here is the full list of 52 Weeks of Awesomeness!
Week 1               Free for All
Week 2               Introduce yourself
Week 3               Show us your home
Week 4               Your Name
Week 5               Sports (anything related, teams, players, equipment, etc,)
Week 6               Guilty Pleasures
Week 7               ONE object shot at 5 different angels/distances
Week 8               One for the road (signs, streets, traffic, etc.)
Week 9               Objects that tell something about you
Week 10             Things that make your life easier
Week 11             Your favorite color
Week 12             Household item
Week 13             Foods
Week 14             Flashed (an image created using artificial light)
Week 15             Sun (sunlight, sunset, sunrise, etc)
Week 16             Emotion
Week 17             Lines
Week 18             What you do outside the world of photography
Week 19             Weather
Week 20             Emotional attachment (heirloom/special gift, etc.)
Week 21             Pets
Week 22             Things you couldn’t live without
Week 23             Habits
Week 24             Fire (candle, fireplace, etc.)
Week 25             Hats
Week 26             Textures
Week 27             Hands
Week 28             Shoes
Week 29             Jewelry
Week 30             OOF (Out of Focus)…purposely OOF
Week 31             What I consider dessert
Week 32             Fill the Frame (close ups)
Week 33             A week in our lives
Week 34             Faith (what you believe)
Week 35             Dance (body in motion)
Week 36             Family & Friends
Week 37             SOOC (straight out of the camera)…before & after
Week 38             Patriotic
Week 39             Object: straight up shots and then straight down shots
Week 40             Something at night
Week 41             Something that gives you the feeling of warmth
Week 42             Smell
Week 43             Water
Week 44             Animals
Week 45             Music
Week 46             Reflections/Shadows
Week 47             Flowers
Week 48             Sleep
Week 49             Action Shots
Week 50             Circles
Week 51             Your car
Week 52             Self portrait