PAIGE NELSON

My name is Paige.

I'm an aspiring photographer with an insatiable curiosity and an appetite for the fantastic.

This blog is dedicated to my greatest passion- photography. All of the photos on here are mine unless otherwise stated.
This is winter, summer, spring and fall in #sandiego #senior #portraits #paigenelsonphotography #sunsetcliffs #beach #ocean #bestcoast

This is winter, summer, spring and fall in #sandiego #senior #portraits #paigenelsonphotography #sunsetcliffs #beach #ocean #bestcoast

Got some great images from this shoot- it was such a beautiful day. Will be posting more. :) #senior #sunsetcliffs #trees #beach #eucalyptusgrove #paigenelsonphotography #sandiego

Got some great images from this shoot- it was such a beautiful day. Will be posting more. :) #senior #sunsetcliffs #trees #beach #eucalyptusgrove #paigenelsonphotography #sandiego

Blog post of Amanda’s bright and beachy senior session coming soon. :) #sunsetcliffs #beach #ocean #tidepools #sandiego #senior #reflection

Blog post of Amanda’s bright and beachy senior session coming soon. :) #sunsetcliffs #beach #ocean #tidepools #sandiego #senior #reflection

219/365: Dream a Little Dream of Me on Flickr.Via Flickr:
I bought this killer hat for my cruise next week. Has a vintage Titanic-esque feel to it. :) 
That being said I will be without wifi starting Sunday. I’m not sure if I will be able to bring a tripod with me so I might have to put the project on hold until I get back. :/

219/365: Dream a Little Dream of Me on Flickr.

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I bought this killer hat for my cruise next week. Has a vintage Titanic-esque feel to it. :)

That being said I will be without wifi starting Sunday. I’m not sure if I will be able to bring a tripod with me so I might have to put the project on hold until I get back. :/

214/365: Up With the Birds on Flickr.Via Flickr:The birds they sang, at break of day.
“Start again”, I hear them say.
It’s so hard to just walk away.
The birds they sang, all a choir,
“Start again a little higher”.
It’s a spark in a sea of gray.
-Coldplay
Don’t be deceived…it is tourist season in San Diego and this beach was packed. I would have never even considered this location 6 months ago. I have overcome my fear of shooting in public…now I will set up wherever, whenever. :)
Hope my editing experimentation isn’t throwing anyone off.

214/365: Up With the Birds on Flickr.

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The birds they sang, at break of day.
“Start again”, I hear them say.
It’s so hard to just walk away.
The birds they sang, all a choir,
“Start again a little higher”.
It’s a spark in a sea of gray.


-Coldplay

Don’t be deceived…it is tourist season in San Diego and this beach was packed. I would have never even considered this location 6 months ago. I have overcome my fear of shooting in public…now I will set up wherever, whenever. :)

Hope my editing experimentation isn’t throwing anyone off.

207/365: A Rush of Blood to the Head on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Sunset cliffs is officially my favorite location to shoot. I always find new wonders ever time I go. 
I saw one of the best sunsets of summer today. The whole sky was glowing orange and I think (?) I witnessed my first green flash. :)

207/365: A Rush of Blood to the Head on Flickr.

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Sunset cliffs is officially my favorite location to shoot. I always find new wonders ever time I go.

I saw one of the best sunsets of summer today. The whole sky was glowing orange and I think (?) I witnessed my first green flash. :)

200/365: Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Day 200…is this real? The progress I’ve made since I started this project is truly astounding. I never believed I could grow so much in as little as six months. 
I had a concept involving balloons planned for this. I went to Vons and asked for 12 rainbow balloons only to be informed there is a “nation wide helium shortage.” Not sure if I believe this since there were THOUSANDS of balloons at pride.
This looked awesome in black in white too, but I’m a sucker for blue. I stepped on a dead jellyfish…ew. And yes, I did buy roses for myself.
I have to go take my picture for today before I lose the light. See ya later. :)

200/365: Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean on Flickr.

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Day 200…is this real? The progress I’ve made since I started this project is truly astounding. I never believed I could grow so much in as little as six months.

I had a concept involving balloons planned for this. I went to Vons and asked for 12 rainbow balloons only to be informed there is a “nation wide helium shortage.” Not sure if I believe this since there were THOUSANDS of balloons at pride.

This looked awesome in black in white too, but I’m a sucker for blue. I stepped on a dead jellyfish…ew. And yes, I did buy roses for myself.

I have to go take my picture for today before I lose the light. See ya later. :)

199/365: Seaside on Flickr.Via Flickr: Do you want to go to the seaside?
I’m not trying to say that everybody wants to go
I fell in love at the seaside
She handled her charm with time and slight of hand, and oh
But I’m just trying to love you
In any kind of way
But I find it hard to love you girl
When you’re far away
Away
-The Kooks
One of my first favorite bands…saw them perform here twice. 
Bought this starfish the other day in Ocean Beach. I’ve been loving shooting at the beach lately. :)

199/365: Seaside on Flickr.

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Do you want to go to the seaside?
I’m not trying to say that everybody wants to go
I fell in love at the seaside
She handled her charm with time and slight of hand, and oh

But I’m just trying to love you
In any kind of way
But I find it hard to love you girl
When you’re far away
Away


-The Kooks

One of my first favorite bands…saw them perform here twice.

Bought this starfish the other day in Ocean Beach. I’ve been loving shooting at the beach lately. :)

194/365: Never Let Me Go on Flickr.Via Flickr:And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing out of me
In the crushes of heaven for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean delivered me
Though the pressure’s hard to take
It’s the only way I can escape
It seems a heavy choice to make
And now I am under all
And it’s breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
Found the place to rest my head
Never let me go
Never let me go
-Florence and the Machine
I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile…this song was my complete inspiration. Music is magical.
I wanted to shoot this in the same place I took “Swimming”; at Sunset cliffs, but it was high tide and all the rocks were covered with water. Andrew and I kept walking along the cliffs and went farther down than I had ever been. Someone tethered a rope to a rock so you could scale the wall down to the beach. At the end of the sand was this beautiful outcropping of rocks that overlooked a cove the waves carved out.
I wanted to shoot in the cove, but waves kept washing in….I still wanted to try. I stripped my jeans off to my bathing suit bottoms (even though you can’t see..) because I had this strange feeling I would get wet. 
Andrew was in charge of protecting the camera. Sure enough, just as I was about to start shooting, this HUGE wave came and DRENCHED us. I don’t know how he did it, but Andrew pulled a ninja move and saved the camera. Not a drop of water got on it.
I don’t know how risky I’m going to get with the MKII anymore…I settled for this dry(er) location.
P.S. Thank you Simon for the email this morning. Made me smile. :)

194/365: Never Let Me Go on Flickr.

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And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing out of me
In the crushes of heaven for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean delivered me

Though the pressure’s hard to take
It’s the only way I can escape
It seems a heavy choice to make
And now I am under all

And it’s breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
Found the place to rest my head
Never let me go
Never let me go


-Florence and the Machine

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile…this song was my complete inspiration. Music is magical.

I wanted to shoot this in the same place I took “Swimming”; at Sunset cliffs, but it was high tide and all the rocks were covered with water. Andrew and I kept walking along the cliffs and went farther down than I had ever been. Someone tethered a rope to a rock so you could scale the wall down to the beach. At the end of the sand was this beautiful outcropping of rocks that overlooked a cove the waves carved out.

I wanted to shoot in the cove, but waves kept washing in….I still wanted to try. I stripped my jeans off to my bathing suit bottoms (even though you can’t see..) because I had this strange feeling I would get wet.

Andrew was in charge of protecting the camera. Sure enough, just as I was about to start shooting, this HUGE wave came and DRENCHED us. I don’t know how he did it, but Andrew pulled a ninja move and saved the camera. Not a drop of water got on it.

I don’t know how risky I’m going to get with the MKII anymore…I settled for this dry(er) location.

P.S. Thank you Simon for the email this morning. Made me smile. :)

166/365: Ocean Breathes Salty on Flickr.Via Flickr:Well that is that and this is this. 
Will you tell me what you saw and I’ll tell you what you missed, 
when the ocean met the sky. 
You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye. 
When the earth folded in on itself. 
And said “Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell 
are really there, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.” 
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death? 
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death? 
The ocean breathes salty, won’t you carry it in? 
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul. 
The more we move ahead the more we’re stuck in rewind. 
Well I don’t mind. I don’t mind. How the hell could I mind? 
Modest Mouse
It was overcast at the beach the other day but the sky still looked insane. I have a gazillion photos to get through.

166/365: Ocean Breathes Salty on Flickr.

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Well that is that and this is this.
Will you tell me what you saw and I’ll tell you what you missed,
when the ocean met the sky.
You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye.
When the earth folded in on itself.
And said “Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell
are really there, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.”
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?

The ocean breathes salty, won’t you carry it in?
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul.
The more we move ahead the more we’re stuck in rewind.
Well I don’t mind. I don’t mind. How the hell could I mind?


Modest Mouse

It was overcast at the beach the other day but the sky still looked insane. I have a gazillion photos to get through.

148/365: Beach Baby on Flickr.Via Flickr:
I woke up early and no one else in the camp was awake.
I wandered down to the deserted beach and pondered life with Bon Iver.

148/365: Beach Baby on Flickr.

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I woke up early and no one else in the camp was awake.

I wandered down to the deserted beach and pondered life with Bon Iver.

147/365: Seaside on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Ensenada, Mexico
I wandered off to…breathe.
This was probably my favorite singular moment of the trip.

147/365: Seaside on Flickr.

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Ensenada, Mexico

I wandered off to…breathe.
This was probably my favorite singular moment of the trip.

63/365 on Flickr.It was a beautiful, relaxing Sunday. Drove to out to Coronado Island just for the hell of it. I didn’t use GPS so I got lost about five different times. It was worth watching the gorgeous sunset.

63/365 on Flickr.

It was a beautiful, relaxing Sunday. Drove to out to Coronado Island just for the hell of it. I didn’t use GPS so I got lost about five different times. It was worth watching the gorgeous sunset.

42/365 on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Feeling restless.In the light of the sun, is there anyone? Oh it has begun Oh dear you look so lost,  eyes are red and tears are shed, This world you must’ve crossed… she said You don’t know me, you don’t even care She said You don’t know me, and you don’t wear my chains… oh yeah, She said I think I’ll go to Boston… I think I’ll start a new life, I think I’ll start it over, where no one knows my name, I’ll get out of California, I’m tired of the weather, I think I’ll get a lover and fly him out to Spain… Oh yeah and I think I’ll go to Boston, I think that I’m just tired I think I need a new town, to leave this all behind… I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset, I hear it’s nice in the Summer, some snow would be nice… oh yeah.   Boston- Augustana

42/365 on Flickr.

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Feeling restless.

In the light of the sun, is there anyone? Oh it has begun
Oh dear you look so lost,
eyes are red and tears are shed,
This world you must’ve crossed… she said

You don’t know me, you don’t even care
She said
You don’t know me, and you don’t wear my chains… oh yeah,

She said I think I’ll go to Boston…
I think I’ll start a new life,
I think I’ll start it over, where no one knows my name,
I’ll get out of California, I’m tired of the weather,
I think I’ll get a lover and fly him out to Spain…
Oh yeah and I think I’ll go to Boston,
I think that I’m just tired
I think I need a new town, to leave this all behind…
I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset,
I hear it’s nice in the Summer, some snow would be nice… oh yeah.


Boston- Augustana

Swallowed in the Sea by P.E.N. on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Day 30. Musical Inspiration: Swallowed in the Sea- ColdplayOh what good is it to live With nothing left to give Forget but not forgive Not loving all you see Oh the streets you’re walking on A thousand houses long Well that’s where I belong And you belong with me Not swallowed in the sea

Swallowed in the Sea by P.E.N. on Flickr.

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Day 30.

Musical Inspiration: Swallowed in the Sea- Coldplay

Oh what good is it to live
With nothing left to give
Forget but not forgive
Not loving all you see

Oh the streets you’re walking on
A thousand houses long
Well that’s where I belong
And you belong with me
Not swallowed in the sea