Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Adventures in Chicago::: Girl Time!!


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The Chicago experience wouldn't have been the same had I not had the chance to hang out with my girl friends and have an amazing time.









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We even found a hilarious book on modern manners!!


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Here's a shout out to Nai-Nai, Jen, Kate, Cynthia, "Italian-Jenn", Tor, Marilyn, and the ever-so awesome "Aunt Nancy." I, of course have a few fun photos I want to share. Not exactly my most creative work, but

they hold a great place in my heart!


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Thank you girls for being so awesome... I can't wait to go back to Chicago and tear that place down with fun car rides, deep conversations, blasting girly music (and singing at the top of out lungs),

and way too much laughter! :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Adventures in Chicago::: 4th Of July Family Reunion Shoot With Jacob Preedin


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The Chicago experience just wouldn't be complete unless I got a change to do a shoot there. Fortunately my photographer friend Jacob Preedin asked me to tag along and join him for a fun little family shoot he was doing over the 4th of July weekend.







These kids were a fun little bunch, I have to say. So cute and fun to just chase around and really enjoy shooting with that 70-200 2.8 and getting all the candid shots. That's the reason why I got into photography in the first place. Anyway, here's a few pictures from that day.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Adventures in Chicago::: 4th of July Fireworks

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4th of July is a day of happiness, relaxation, "ate-way-too-much-food-ation", and of course... fireworks. So there's really not much more to say about this blog. I took pictures of fireworks for the first time!
I have to admit that I had a lot of fun editing these... I thought they turned out surprisingly good, and definitely wanted to share! So go ahead, look around and feel patriotic! :)







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Palm Trees.

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Outer space.

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Grand finale. My favorite.

Topping off fire with fire! After the fireworks a couple of friends got together for an awesome bonfire and smores time. Can you think of a better way to end the night?! :)
Oh America... add "smores" to why I love you!
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Adventures in Chicago::: Downtown Walk With Dave


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The drawback of staying in Chicago
was that I was staying at my cousin's apartment and he didn't have any time off. I may have been able to get around more if I'd had access to a car and GPS, but since I didn't I was pretty much stuck there until he got home.





Some days I did have friends pick me up and we'd go out and do something, but on this particular day I had no such luck. I told myself that it would be OK because that way I would stay in and get a lot of work done. Unfortunately, I was having one of those mornings where I can't seem to focus, and I ended up on facebook. As it turned out my new friend Dave was also home, off for the 4th of July holiday, and was apparently about as amused as I was.

Long story short, Dave and I ended up going to lunch and then I finally got a chance to explore downtown Chicago. I will skip the silly details of walking around and go straight to the pictures!

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If only I'd had one of these I could have left the apartment! :P

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Here's my tourist picture in front of Millenium Park! :)

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I could spend hours taking pictures of The Bean.

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This little guy reminds me of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, back home.
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BTW, Lake Michigan is not like an Ocean. Just sayin'...
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I fell in love with the trains, like in "While You Were Sleeping" :)
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Very talkative street performers.

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Buckingham Fountain


Dave thank you so much for taking me out on this walk! :)