Archive for April, 2011

Dreams are a Wish..

I have been wanting to write a post to acknowledge the influences that I’ve run across in my Googling recently.. and since I didn’t feel well enough (yes, we can chalk that up to an excuse) to get up from my comfy napping spot to take any photos today, this seems to be a fitting occasion. So, here we go..

Jasmine Star has been a resounding voice in my head. She is who I seem to think I am, or one day could be. Living her dream, keeping a positive attitude, living through difficulties with the utmost grace, in love.. the list goes on. I don’t know her entire story, but from what I’ve read about her (in her own words posted here on her blog),  she’s turned her life around by merely following her passion, and not taking any crap on her way. Kudos to you, J*!! I look forward to your future posts, and catching up with those you’ve already written! (Not to mention making up a dictionary for the new language I’ll have learned.)

Blest Photography has been another influential blog I’ve been keeping up with. I’ve even been able to find new artists to listen to, thanks to the author! The best thing about the blog is that the author is willing to help and give advice. Can’t get much better than that when you’re first starting out!

I must also thank all the people I’ve encountered in my life (I get sentimental around my birthday and New Year’s..please pardon this girly portion of my entry). Without the experiences, lessons, and people I’ve been fortunate enough to have, I wouldn’t be This girl. I wouldn’t be here, in the physical, emotional, and mental sense.

The photos, stories, and experiences of these two photographers are relatable – giving me the hope I need to feel that my dream of becoming a photographer will come true one day! A friend once told me that when one is starting out in photography, the process usually involves a lot of mimicking the work of others – taking their ideas, their creations and reenacting them (so to speak) in order to gain experience and knowledge of the skill.

And it has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Here’s to making changes, becoming educated, practicing, and those willing to help with all three goals!


(PS: Special note to Gene from my Starbucks who will shortly be giving me the opportunity to learn from a true pro! As well as to my best friend, Jared, who coached me in my very first photo shoot a couple months ago! will be posted soon.)


Remembering What Has Been

Happy Easter!!

Between seeing new friends and old, celebrating my birthday early, and simply thinking about what this holiday truly stands for I’ve been thinking quite a bit about where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and who I’ve met. It’s always been fascinating to me to think about how a person can change in only a year.

In the spirit of remembering and reflecting, I’ve gathered a few photos that I’ve taken in the past (no specific timeline). I can, however, assure you that these were not taken on my Canon EOS T2i. I think they are primarily camera phone pictures. And hopefully the alignment will work for the comment/picture placement – fingers crossed!

First off, ladies & gents.. a picture I took while sitting in the car outside my mother’s doctor’s office. Yes, I know – way more detail than necessary. 🙂 Note to self: You’re creativity thrives in moments of boredom.

Next is actually a painting I did in the 7th grade with my favorite phrase cut up, laying on top. Nothing like mixed media!! 

This picture is of my most-prized piece of what I’ve deemed “Sharpie Art.” I was a band geek for 3 years and music has always meant a lot to me. This is the best way I’ve found to express that. 🙂

 I visited the greatest family ever (that I used to babysit for) last summer. We took a number of little trips while I was there. One trip was to a little island called Boy Scout Island. The boys ventured off into the “crazy jungle” and the girls hung out in the boat. I took pictures!

 This was a picture I took on my way to visit the aforementioned family. I traveled by train, – Angels & Airwaves keeping me company on my iPod, while reading Eat, Pray, Love. Oh the details.. I’m a self-professed elephant – I’ll remember details until I leave this earth.

I was the proud director and subject of this photo shoot – graduation pictures! My daddy was the photographer. He did a lovely job with this picture, if I do say so myself. 🙂

I have a fascination with taking pictures while in my car. This particular picture has always been a favorite of mine! Powerlines and all. 🙂

My best friend and I were cruising the streets of a nearby neighborhood and stopped to take a picture of what is going to be his future way, way off in the future.

Love the  beach! And especially the sea shells!! Not to mention B&W photos! That is all. 🙂

And to close out this look at past photos, a picture of where I’m headed – Sleepy time! I have an odd habit of taking pictures of pillows. This happens to be one of those pictures.

I’ll hang on to these photos for as long as possible. I love looking at documentation of where I’ve been and thinking of how far I’ve come. One of the many reasons I love photography!



Dog + iPod + Headphones + Camera

Happy Good Friday All!

I was able to take a little time to go for a run a couple days ago. This run unintentionally turned into a leisurely walk my dog, phone, iPod, headphones, and – oh yeah – my camera! It had been a few months since I’d even picked up my camera, so most of the shots weren’t so great, and there is nothing particularly special about most of them, but I did manage to snag a few good ones. And more importantly, I was able to spend some quality time with my little man!

This adorable bundle of joy was the cause for most of the pictures being blurry, but I still love him!

Jac - The adorable culprit

As you’ll find out, I love to gather inspiration from any and all other artistic outlets – be it music, books, movies, you name it! On this particular day, I was listening to one of my latest finds – Florence + The Machine. I was also wrapping up my most recent read – Water for Elephants (side note – I’m so SO excited to see the movie, and would ABSOLUTELY recommend the book!). The two influences lead me to want to capture some outdoor images.

 This first photo op was actually discovered by The Cute One. This log was simply sitting all alone in a vast expanse of grass.

One of the functions I want to improve on is aperture. I’ve dabbled with it a little, and I love what the images turn out to be! This image presented itself in such a passive fashion – the branch smacked my face as I walked past. I took the higher road, took about 3 steps back, and snapped this photo. Ha! Take that Mr. Branch.

I LOVE pretty much everything about water – especially photos with bodies of water. I was able to take this picture along my way.

This next photo was taken meerly because I loved the way the trees were positioned.

The final photo actually relates to an article I read yesterday about a topic more commonly known as Hip Shooting. It’s basically taking pictures without the use of the viewfinder, from your hip level. I wasn’t actually aware of what I was doing. I just thought it would be interesting to see what a picture would turn out like if I were to shoot without using the viewfinder. And tadaa.. 

And that wraps up the shoot for that day! Thanks for reading! Any and all thoughts are welcome!


Hello world!

Goodnight all!
This is the first blog I’ve ever written, so bear with me! 
I suppose I should start off by saying that I’m writing this blog to give myself a goal to work toward. I recently purchased a Canon T2i for what was supposed to be my “fun” photography semester. (That didn’t happen.) I was, at first, a little sad about the situation, but I’ve turned my proverbial frown upside-down. I bought a “For Dummies” book on how to use my camera – yes, I am one of those people now, and I can’t even believe I just admitted that to the world. 🙂 I then did a photo-shoot for a very good friend of mine, which was great practice! I thought that teaching myself to become a photographer might allow me to be a little more creative – a little more of myself – than I may have been had the classes I signed up for worked out. I’ll be using this blog to express my thoughts, share my work, and hopefully get feedback from those who stop by the blog! (I truly look forward to hearing any thoughts! Positive criticism is much appreciated!)
I’ll write more soon!