Tuesday, January 12, 2010

July: Tim & Elisha's Wedding


July: Wow, this is a big one! So much so that it will be divided into several blog entries. What happened that was such a big deal? Well, as many of you know it all adds up to one word: Scotland. OK, so that's more of a place than a word, but you get the point! I had the opportunity to go on my first job out of town, second shooting my very first wedding with my Chicago-based photographer friend, Jacob Preedin. The whole trip lasted 9 days, but it was nonstop from start to finish! I love the mix of stress and excitement that comes from an adventure like that, it's kind of addicting, somewhat overwhelming, but you turn around and miss it as soon as its over and you settle back to your stressful but unexciting routine. Anyway, nonstop is a way of describing our Scotland experience. From the very start! We went straight from the airport, by bus, to catch a 3 hour train ride. Beautiful landscapes. You don't even know! We were picked up and taken straight to the house to leave our luggage, on to the chapel for the rehearsal, dinner, and then the hotel to get our equipment ready to be out the door in the early morning. I swear I kept saying "Go! Go! Go!" in my mind. The only down time we had was our little escape with the maid of honor to a nearby McDonald's to use their internet! You can call us American internet junkies, we wont deny it! Except for the maid of honor, she had to be Canadian. :P Haha. By the end of the night I was getting somewhat nervous, it being my first wedding and all, but I did get some direction from Jacob and that helped me get on my feet and into action!

Here is a little video of me before leaving the hotel room to meet with the girls:






The people at this wedding were SO amazing about everything! We all hit it off completely and made some really nice friendships through this awesome wedding. I have so many memories, I can't believe it lasted just a day and a half before everyone was gone! It seems more like a week or something! :) This wedding deserves... a million blog posts of its own. I don't even know how to narrow it down. I will just upload some pictures, and if you want to see the wedding slideshow bigger, you can see it on my website here: http://www.adinanoelphoto.showitsite.com/#/t-e-slideshow-5pg-1/




Last Minute Advice


Pre-Wedding Glow :)


I Can See You


You May Kiss The Bride


The wedding was beautiful. It was just a beautiful happy place. We had all been hoping the skies would clear, but they didnt. So for our wedding party shoot we had to relocate. We initially wanted to be out near some castle in Scotland, but... the rain, so we ended up shooting in a gigantic greenhouse with the most amazing flowers and trees everywhere.


Looking On Love


Tim & Elisha had the most fun reception. I am not sure if this is a Canadian thing or what... but the guests, instead of tapping their glass when they wanted the newlyweds to kiss, they would tap and then sing a song "any song!" that contains the word "love" Well... you can imagine how that turned out! We heard everything from "All You Need Is Love" to "The Cheeseburger Song!" :) I have a short video of the Cheeseburger song. Unfortunately, my battery died at the VERY end of it, so its missing the best part.




Cutting Wedding Cupcakes


The wedding ended and we all had to say goodbye for now. Sad, but glad that we had the chance to all be there together and have such a great time.


Until We Meet Again


This was the most international wedding anyone had ever been to. (According to the caterers it was also the most fun, and the loudest! :P ) There were people there from: Scotland, Canada, Holland, Spain, U.S.A., several places in the U.K, and I'm sure a bunch of other places I can't think of right now! The most impressive was the groom's grandmother, who flew in from Australia. For that alone she deserves having her picture posted! :)


The Grandma Who Flew Across The World


The next morning, when we'd all had our rest we (Tim, Elisha, Jacob, and I) went on our way to do a trash the dress session in the most radioactive city in the UK! Sorry, I had to throw that fun fact in there somewhere. I am pretty sure I saw it glow in the dark! ;) Back to my point, the trash the dress session. We had decided on two different settings, one was the middle of the intersection of a main street in Aberdeen, the other was on the beach. We were really pressed for time (had a little under an hour to do the whole thing) but it was fun, and cars honked at us and waved, and by the time we were finished we'd all literally got our feet wet at the beach.


Downtown Kiss



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Where You Go, I Go.




Poor Tim had to go straight to return his tux, and it was still wet! Haha. Oh, well, the really nice man at the AMAZING "place of awesome kilts" didn't seem to mind at all. I love it when people are like that! :) After that Tim&Elisha went on their honeymoon, and we stayed back in "The 'Deen" for the day before going on with our awesome Scottish adventure... of which I will blog about next time!


...and, yes, I DID just pull a "To Be Continued..." on you! Haha.




Tim & Elisha, I've said it a million times and I will say it again. I can not thank you enough for letting me be a part of your wedding! I love you guys! :)



Saturday, January 9, 2010

Winter/Spring 2009 Overview


Happiest 2010 everybody.

I know its kind of a cliché to say it, but I can't believe a whole year has gone by.
Where did it go? I have so many things to say about 2009 that I am lost in trying to find a place to start. I spent a while trying to figure it out, and writing a draft. I figured the best way to do it is to break it down. This is my overview of Winter/Spring 2009. Here we go!!


JANUARY:
It amazes me to think of last January, and how much my life has changed in the past year. I shouldn't be surprised that my life got a little shaken up, after all we did have a cyclone that hit town! Floods everywhere kept things interesting for about a week. We even had to go rescue Anna from school one day, when they called during 4th period to say they were forced to evacuate! Don't worry, I have pictures! ;)
Anyway, looking back now I distinctly remember that season of my life, sitting on the steps of my building, praying in the dark, and hearing God tell me that this would be a year of preparation. I thought I understood, but I had no idea in how many ways my life would be challenged, and how many things I would prepare for! At the time I was broken hearted because I poured my heart and soul into applying to that music scholarship for Berklee College of Music, and got turned down. I finally thought I would have some direction in my life, real goals, a real college experience, and just as quickly as it came, it turned around and disappeared before my very eyes. The first time I had prayed that hard for something, the first time I had really fully trusted God with a situation. I didn't understand why things didn't fall into place. I just knew that I felt at peace about it, that God was in control, and that was what would have to keep me going. It took me a while to get there though, my initial reaction was (of course) thinking that I would be stuck being a waitress for the rest of my days. I pictured myself gray haired, bags under my eyes, loudly chewing on gum and repeating endlessly "What can I get you to drink, sweetie?!" 'till my dying breath. In case its not obvious, I hate waitressing. Nothing wrong with the job, just not my cup of tea. That being said, I've had to drink from that cup for 2 1/2 years of my life, and I can't say that I really developed much of a taste for it. Surprisingly though, God somehow got through to me where I understood that I just needed to seek Him, and trust Him with my life. And so, what seemed like the end, turned out to be a new beginning.




I also didn't get much of a chance to mope around. Three days after I got the news about the scholarship, I got terribly sick. I had an awful respiratory infection that sent me to the ER three times, the ambulance home once, 103 fever, and I was practically deaf for 9 days. Nothing like being sick as a dog to be humbled and force you to prioritize things, I guess.








At that time I had finally saved enough money to buy the electric guitar of my dreams, I was so excited! Unfortunately it turned out to be out of stock everywhere in Europe, what are the odds, right? So I turned around and bought myself a new digital camera instead. I wasn't really thinking of photography at all, I just wanted to have a nice camera and had always wanted to buy a bigger more professional camera.... not a slim, light, pink camera with hello kitty on it. So I did.

Skating Fun


February:
I guess I was influenced by all my new photographer friends on facebook, because I started doing little shoots of friends and family and just couldn't get enough of it. I kept busy with my part-time job, photoshop class, and took up singing lessons, but pretty much put music on the back burner for a while. I did find myself constantly daydreaming and coming up with new ideas for shoots and wishing I could put them to action. So I started studying photography on my own, online, and spending way too much time on facebook... as most do! :) These are some shots from my first few shoots.

Stalin - First Shoot


March:
I did my first shoot for real "clients" (meaning, people who I wasn't directly related to or friends with) thought I didn't get payed or anything. I did a cute family shoot of a couple an their twin daughters. I got a bit more comfortable with directing, and got a few decent shots. I was definitely starting to crave a better camera though. My grandma also came to visit from the US, and that always makes me happy.

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April :
By April I pretty much had shot all my friends. How violent does that sound? Haha. Oh, well... I found that most people will be a good sport as long as you double pinky promise to delete all the horribly awful pictures. Which I do. Why would I want a bunch of horrible pictures of people anyway? Well, I have entertained the idea of having a "Blackmail" folder on my computer, but the one time I tried to put it to action, my friend loved all the weird pictures of him. Jacob Preedin, you're a funny man...

Humpty Dumpty


Spring Smiling


Overexposed and Intense

Occasionally I would pose while my sisters took pictures, you know, to be a good sport. I have to say in the end I decided its best if I stay on my usual side of the camera. Some things just can't be photoshopped out! Haha.

This is why I stay on the other side of the camera


May:
The month of May came around, and with it my dear friend Amanda Iriana. We had the amazing opportunity to travel together for a week and discover Barcelona and Valencia. Even met up with Sergi Carós Massegur and made some future plans to record together.
It was such a wonderful bonding experience, crazy adventures getting lost everywhere and high-fiving when we finally found a place all on our ow
n, and of course awesome heart-to-heart conversations till way too late. I learned an important lesson with her, if we say "tomorrow we will get up early and go visit..." don't count on it. We never got up early like we said we would. Not once.

Barcelona Cliché



Well, this is it for winter/spring 2009. Can't wait to blog about the summer!
I'll sign off with a few more fun shots from my trip! :)





"We are Mmm...editerranean!!"

We are Mediterranean

"I don't photoshop my arms, I just have a high daily protein intake. Honest." :)

I don't photoshop my arms, I just have a large daily protein intake! :P

I love sea life. :)

I love sea life.

L'Oceanographic

L'Oceanoraphic - Valencia

Simply Adina

Friday, January 8, 2010

Winter/Spring 2009 Overview





Happiest 2010 everybody.

I know its kind of a cliché to say it, but I can't believe a whole year has gone by.

Where did it go? I have so many things to say about 2009 that I am lost in trying to find a place to start. I spent a while trying to figure it out, and writing a draft. I figured the best way to do it is to break it down. This is my overview of Winter/Spring 2009. Here we go!!



JANUARY: It amazes me to think of last January, and how much my life has changed in the past year. I shouldn't be surprised that my life got a little shaken up, after all we did have a cyclone that hit town! Floods everywhere kept things interesting for about a week. We even had to go rescue Anna from school one day, when they called during 4th period to say they were forced to evacuate! Don't worry, I have pictures! ;)

Anyway, looking back now I distinctly remember that season of my life, sitting on the steps of my building, praying in the dark, and hearing God tell me that this would be a year of preparation. I thought I understood, but I had no idea in how many ways my life would be challenged, and how many things I would prepare for! At the time I was broken hearted because I poured my heart and soul into applying to that music scholarship for Berklee College of Music, and got turned down. I finally thought I would have some direction in my life, real goals, a real college experience, and just as quickly as it came, it turned around and disappeared before my very eyes. The first time I had prayed that hard for something, the first time I had really fully trusted God with a situation. I didn't understand why things didn't fall into place. I just knew that I felt at peace about it, that God was in control, and that was what would have to keep me going. It took me a while to get there though, my initial reaction was (of course) thinking that I would be stuck being a waitress for the rest of my days. I pictured myself gray haired, bags under my eyes, loudly chewing on gum and repeating endlessly "What can I get you to drink, sweetie?!" 'till my dying breath. In case its not obvious, I hate waitressing. Nothing wrong with the job, just not my cup of tea. That being said, I've had to drink from that cup for 2 1/2 years of my life, and I can't say that I really developed much of a taste for it. Surprisingly though, God somehow got through to me where I understood that I just needed to seek Him, and trust Him with my life. And so, what seemed like the end, turned out to be a new beginning.







I also didn't get much of a chance to mope around. Three days after I got the news about the scholarship, I got terribly sick. I had an awful respiratory infection that sent me to the ER three times, the ambulance home once, 103 fever, and I was practically deaf for 9 days. Nothing like being sick as a dog to be humbled and force you to prioritize things, I guess.









January:
At that time I had finally saved enough money to buy the electric guitar of my dreams, I was so excited! Unfortunately it turned out to be out of stock everywhere in Europe, what are the odds, right? So I turned around and bought myself a new digital camera instead. I wasn't really thinking of photography at all, I just wanted to have a nice camera and had always wanted to buy a bigger more professional camera.... not a slim, light, pink camera with hello kitty on it. So I did.
Skating Fun




February:

I guess I was influenced by all my new photographer friends on facebook, because I started doing little shoots of friends and family and just couldn't get enough of it. I kept busy with my part-time job, photoshop class, and took up singing lessons, but pretty much put music on the back burner for a while. I did find myself constantly daydreaming and coming up with new ideas for shoots and wishing I could put them to action. So I started studying photography on my own, online, and spending way too much time on facebook... as most do! :) These are some shots from my first few shoots.



Stalin - First Shoot


March:

I did my first shoot for real "clients" (meaning, people who I wasn't directly related to or friends with) thought I didn't get payed or anything. I did a cute family shoot of a couple an their twin daughters. I got a bit more comfortable with directing, and got a few decent shots. I was definitely starting to crave a better camera though. My grandma also came to visit from the US, and that always makes me happy.


n505155974_1728640_3029845




April :
By April I pretty much had shot all my friends. How violent does that sound? Haha. Oh, well... I found that most people will be a good sport as long as you double pinky promise to delete all the horribly awful pictures. Which I do. Why would I want a bunch of horrible pictures of people anyway? Well, I have entertained the idea of having a "Blackmail" folder on my computer, but the one time I tried to put it to action, my friend loved all the weird pictures of him. Jacob Preedin, you're a funny man...

Humpty Dumpty


Spring Smiling


Overexposed and Intense




Occasionally I would pose while my sisters took pictures, you know, to be a good sport. I have to say in the end I decided its best if I stay on my usual side of the camera. Some things just can't be photoshopped out! Haha.

This is why I stay on the other side of the camera



May: The month of May came around, and with it my dear friend Amanda Iriana. We had the amazing opportunity to travel together for a week and discover Barcelona and Valencia. Even met up with Sergi Carós Massegur and made some future plans to record together.

It was such a wonderful bonding experience, crazy adventures getting lost everywhere and high-fiving when we finally found a place all on our ow

n, and of course awesome heart-to-heart conversations till way too late. I learned an important lesson with her, if we say "tomorrow we will get up early and go visit..." don't count on it. We never got up early like we said we would. Not once.

Barcelona Cliché




















Well, this is it for winter/spring 2009. Can't wait to blog about the summer!











"We are Mmm...editerranean!!"




We are Mediterranean




"I don't photoshop my arms, I just have a high daily protein intake. Honest." :)

I don't photoshop my arms, I just have a large daily protein intake! :P




I love sea life. :)

I love sea life.


L'Oceanographic


L'Oceanoraphic - Valencia


Simply Adina