Monday, September 12, 2011

New blog!

I finally have a new blog up and running and you should definitely check it out!

I'll be working on backblogging my posts from this page, until it will all be one blog and this one will be no longer. Thanks for your support everyone!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A weekend away...

I feel like I've been non-stop since I moved to Seattle, so it was absolutely amazing having a relaxing weekend at Lake Cushman with my sister and brother in law. We hiked up 3000ft on Mt. Ellinor yesterday, and after huffing and puffing we made it to this beautiful lookout point that was absolutely breathtaking.

Yesterday I just played with my camera, trying new techniques and having fun not knowing what the result was going to look like.
Here are some of my favorites from yesterday's hike:

I've been wanting a good motion road photo for awhile and I'm super stoked on how this one turned out!

The movement and texture in this photo reminds me of a watercolor painting.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Going through old images, and finding something beautiful

As photographers, I find we are our own worst critic. I did a photo shoot with my good friend Kat, in Santa Barbara last June. I was still figuring out my style and was fairly new at portraiture. I asked her to do this shoot with me, and she was happy to come along and help me learn/experiment. We lost light a lot faster than I anticipated and the whole shoot felt rushed to me because it was a race against the sun.

I left the shoot thinking I didn't get anything good and felt a little defeated because I didn't want to disappoint my friend with these photos I took of her. I found a few I liked, barely going through the gallery because I just thought I did a terrible job, and posted those two images on facebook. I put these images on my backburner because I didn't believe in my talent at the time and felt like I could've done so much better.

Today I saw that Kat changed her profile photo to the one I posted on Facebook, and I got to thinking, I should really go through those images again just to see what was there. I wasn't expecting to find much, but I came across this image, along with a bunch others I am going to edit soon, and got really emotional. Partly because I miss my friend, and partly because I'm just laughing at myself for thinking this shoot was a bust. I think this is now one of my favorite images, and to think I might not have ever found it because I was so hard on myself is crazy!

I feel like this captures Kat as I know her, a laughing, bubbly, sweet person who has a warm soul and transfers her love onto those that she cares about. I am so happy that Kat believed in me that day, even when I didn't. This little discovery has prompted me to go back and look through albums of images that I've never looked at and see what I find, because I might find another beautiful image like this one. :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Days like these remind me of why I love photography

In my last three weeks in Santa Barbara, I decided that I was going to make the most of my time there and hang out with all of my friends, while exploring and trying new things. I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at my friends house-Hannah, Jenna, Leah, and Molly-let me invade their space for three weeks. This was one of the greatest things I could have ever done- I met new friends, reconnected with old ones, and laughed a lot. I am so grateful for that time that brought all of us closer together.

I called up my friend Arna one day, and we decided to go on an impromptu photo session for fun. This was the first time in I don't even know how long that I was able to drop everything and just shoot. Personal projects are so important, and shooting for yourself is one of the most rewarding things you can do as an artist and creator. Arna and I didn't have a plan, we just wanted to explore the beauty of Santa Barbara.

I must admit, I have a little curl envy when it comes to Arna's gorgeous hair. She is an amazing photographer who continues to blow me away with her portraits and lifestyle work. She still has a year left at Brooks, (I sure wasn't this good with a year left!), and started a personal polaroid project where she is going to take a polaroid a day to mark her last year at Brooks. She inspires the crap out of me and I'm so fortunate to have such a great friend/photographer in my life.

I've made some of the best friends I could ever ask for at Brooks, and they all happen to be phenomenal photographers. I know that we will all continue to collaborate and learn from each other as we go out in the world as professionals. It's good to know that we have such a great community that has each other's backs and isn't concerned with competition as much as working and helping each other succeed. I love what I do and I love that I've been exposed to such incredible creative minds. Get inspired too... check out their work! Stephanie, Tim, Andrew, Willie, Cara, Lauren, Diana, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Amber, Majesta, Tayler, Taylor, Matt, Levi, Lynn, Christina, Justin, Julia, Michelle, Chase, and Shelly -just to name a few :)

I'm all moved to Seattle and loving it. My favorite part about the city is the fact that they sell wine at coffee shops... so now I don't feel like such a poser going into coffee shops when I don't really drink coffee... :).

Monday, June 13, 2011

Grad Party

I had my grad party today and so many amazing friends showed up. It was a potluck, and we had some great food. I brought hot dogs, chocolate covered strawberries/pineapple, and made my signature proscuitto wrapped asparagus on the grill! It was such a great success and I'll be honest, I was a little stressed out beforehand getting everything together and hoping I had enough food, but it all worked out in the end and it was a beautiful day at Leadbetter Beach Park!

I can't believe I'm moving to Seattle a week from today... it's crazy how fast time flies and I'm graduating from Brooks on Sunday! After three years of photography school, I'm ready to start the real world and am happy to say I have a job in Seattle! I'm working with a great company that contracts with hospitals- I'll be photographing newborns throughout my day and I can't wait to experience the beauty of life with all these families I'll be meeting! I'm so fortunate to have great friends and family that give me undying support no matter what.

I can't wait for graduation weekend to come, with my sisters, Laura and Gretchen, little brother, Sam, and my dad all flying to Santa Barbara for the big day. Laura just graduated with her Masters in Social Work from UW yesterday, and she will be helping me make the long 19 hour drive up to Seattle next week. I'm excited for our adventure, staying with Kevin in San Francisco the first night, then off to Eugene to stay with her friends Abby and Scott, and finally up to Seattle on the 3rd day.

Life is coming at me full force and I'm trying to embrace as many moments as I can and just stay positive and keep looking forward. I'm not the only one with life changing events happening, my best friend, Katherine, just arrived in Peru on Friday for her 2 1/2 year Peace Corps adventure, and my other best friend, Kirsten, is currently in Nicaragua on a trip with some med school students, giving medicine and help to those that need it. I'm so proud of both of them and can't believe we are all experiencing new ventures in life in 3 different parts of the world.

I know I haven't been keeping my blog up to date very much, but I will let you all know that I will be changing a lot of things once I move, I have a new logo that was just developed, and will be creating a new blog that will coincide with my new image for my photography. I also have a lot of new photos to put up so I'll try to get those up soon, so keep looking! For now, enjoy some of my favorite photos from my grad party today!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thank You

For graduation from Brooks, they asked us to make Thank You's that will hang in the gallery with some of our prints. I have so many people to thank for all of their help and support during my journey through Brooks. I love you all so much and I wouldn't be where I am today without your help! :)

Click on the image to view larger so you can read it; there's also a magnification that should pop up if you drag your mouse over the image to zoom in more.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Lovely Leah

I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing my friend, Leah, for her graduation portraits from Westmont. Leah is such a bubbly person so it wasn't tough to get her laughing and having a good time during our shoot. I got some great shots of her that I just adore! Congrats on graduating, Leah! Enjoy! :)