Sunday, September 26, 2010

Adventures in New Jersey::: Beachbum

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So after visiting "the South" I caught a flight to Philly and spent the next 3 weeks at my Grandma's house in Ocean City, NJ. I know that people are always laughing at Jersey, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. I love Ocean City, New Jersey!

This was the first chance of "down time" that I'd had this summer. It was my first chance to sit down and actually get some work done, since so far I'd spent the whole first half of the summer practically in a different state each week. So my days consisted of mostly sleeping in and editing in the morning, and some beach walking, and reading in the evening. Catching up with friends at night was great too.

The first 2 days of my visit there I spent with my super-awesome friend Julie. I had the honor of shooting her rehearsal, and second-shot her beautiful June wedding. But as we all know, weddings are crazy busy and we didn't get much of a chance to catch up, so we planned to spend some time on the shore and have a blast. Which... we totally did! :D

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Did I mention that when we both showed up there were 16 of us in a 2-story 4 bedroom house? Haha, that was fun. The rest of the time at the beach was spent with family, crazy cousins, many house guests, and reading Nicholas Sparks' "Dear John."

Now, the beach is a fun place to take some pictures... so I went a little crazy! ;)


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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Computer Poem



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"Once You Go Mac You Never Go Back." That's a funny quote I read once, and I have to say it's pretty much right on target when it comes to me. I was never a PC hater, but I did get frustrated with the operating system crashing all the time, being too slow, etc... all of these issues have been resolved as soon as
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Today I came across a poem of sorts that I wrote close to three years ago, directed towards my computer at the time. I got a pretty good laugh out of it, so I thought I would share! :)

"I Want To Hurt You: Notes On A Laptop "

I want to hurt you, you technological piece of junk
You make me want to wreck a truck against a tree

I want to light you on fire with a torch
And calmly sit down on my porch and watch you burn

If I had known that day at the store that you'd be this way
I would have ignored you and quickly walked away

You're heavy, slow, you freeze, you crash
You blue screen me in the middle of my game

The games I buy are too new to work
The computer I have is too stubborn to die

If you want windows I will give you windows
I'll send you flying from one from the 13th floor"


So... yeah. I'm such a happy MacBook Pro user! Haha.
Now I just need to work on my anger management...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Adventures in Virginia::: Go, go, Jenni!!


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Anyone who knows me knows about Jenni. Jenni is my super awesome cousin who I have the most FANTASTIC times with. During mid-July I went down to Danville, VA... where I lived for a couple years to visit some friends and go on duty with my old rescue squad, the Danville Life Saving Crew. Jenni was going to assist me on my August 7th wedding in Philadelphia, and then ended up getting caught up on work and wouldn't be able to. So she decided to make the 4 hour drive up from Columbia to visit me for a day.








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Me, Jenni, and our cousin Lisa.

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It was a fun 24 hours, just hanging out watching Glee against my will, driving around and singing at the top of our lungs, and hitting some thrift shops.


"Jenni-ing It!" from adinanoel on Vimeo.


Things I love about Jenni include:


1) Inside jokes. We have a LOT of crazy inside jokes, like the time we were listed as being "in a relationship" together on facebook for a few months. That was a crazy one, and I was sure to let her boyfriend know that I am "letting" him have her but that "she was mine first" Haha. Good times.


2) She has the most contagious laugh ever. Period.


3) We can have the most honest and ridiculous conversations simultaneously.


What I don't like about Jenni?


1) She isn't big on surprises. I found out the hard way too... because I am big on surprises. Long story short? It nearly cost me my life. No joke.


So I am gonna leave you with some fun reminiscing. In 2002, when I was 15 and Jenni was 12, we went on a roadtrip from New Jersey to Maine. We spent hours together in the car each day and totally bonded over getting carsick while watching Jumanji in the car (horrible idea), visiting America's oldest cheese factory (its about as exciting as it sounds) and changing lyrics to songs we liked to like them even more. One day when we were in Maine our grandma and my aunt went to Wal Mart and asked if we wanted to go too. We pretty much had no interest in deciding whether to get 1% or 2% milk, so we stayed in and watched TV. When the ladies came back from the store they surprised us with a "We bought you two something to wear on Sunday!" and when they pulled it out of the bag... yup, my aunt and grandma got both of us tomboy girls MATCHING shirts and skirts. How lovely.

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We got our picture taken together because we looked too ridiculous to let the opportunity pass by, and we made sure to not pass by on another opportunity to go to Wal Mart with them. Just in case.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ebeth&Katie::: double baby/sibling/cousin shoot!!



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You really never know how the people you interact with today will affect you in the future. A clear example of this was when I booked a shoot with a former camp leader of mine, Katie. Let's just say that I was 12 when I met her and I had the slightest bit of an attitude problem, I mean, who didn't at that age, right? It's just hilarious to think now that so many years later she would be one of my clients. Of course, there were years of attitude-free interactions in between then and now, but it's funny to look back and remember that

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Katie's older sister, Elizabeth, and I go waaaaaay back. Actually not as far back as Katie and I, but fortunately "Ebeth" didn't get to know me until I was much more social. Ebeth was a youth group leader when I was 15, and we hung out for a summer running errands, stuffing envelopes, dancing around mailboxes, and blasting music while on a sugar high. Good times.



The coolest thing ever was that Ebeth and Katie were pregnant at the same time, and due within 2 weeks of each other! I was super excited to see them this summer and get to meet their adorable babies (Katie's first) and so we just HAD to book a session.


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Little Stephen was SO cute. When I first walked in he was doing the typical toddler thing of being shy and hiding behind mommy. Not really interested in talking, and very aware of my presence. Ebeth has a Nikon DSLR, and she takes the cutest pictures of her kids regularly. Well, as soon as I pulled out my camera, he was immediately drawn to it. Not only did he not hide anymore, but he immediately walked up to me and started POSING!! Totally working the camera. Love him! :)


We had a double session, a "cousin/sibling" session and had an awesome time shooting and reminiscing about the days that earned me the nickname "Comedy Central."


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Special thanks to Karis for assisting me with the reflector on this shoot. Reflecting, car-dancing, helping me figure what the GPS is saying, keeping babies happy, and dealing with the intense heat... all with a big smile on her face. Karis, you're awesome!! :)


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Jesse&Lydia::: Siblings

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It was a gorgeous summer day... maybe a little too gorgeous. Maybe a little too warm. Jesse&Lydia, the cutest most photogenic set of siblings ever (only to be beat by also having their older brother Luke there, but he couldn't make it) were to be my guinea pigs... err... "models" for a

super fun downtown Washington DC shoot.






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We took the metro to DC (another thing I love about the DC area is that they call it "metro" like we do in Spain) and that was my first ride ever.


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We thought it would be super fun to use a reflector on this shoot. It was a blast, but also a challenge since the temperature was in the 90's. We sat in the shade and discussed the shots we were gonna get, and after shooting for a while I ran over to a kiosk and got us all some bottles of water. Few times in my life have I appreciated water that much. We pretty much walked around DC and had a blast!

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I dropped them off at home and we ended up hanging out for a while, roasting hot dogs on a backyard bonfire, playing acoustic guitars, and having a great time. The night ended with a late-night viewing of Prince Of Persia... what a fun time! Thanks guys for being so awesome about everything! :D