Monday, February 27, 2012

Project 365::: JANUARY!!


Last year I decided to go ahead and take on the 365 Project as a way of challenging myself and staying away from procrastinating during the slow season. If you're not familiar with it, the idea behind it all is to take and post a photo each day of the year. I went ahead and created a group on Facebook and a bunch of other photographer friends joined me on this fun little crazy ride. Huge shout out to all my shooters out there that are still taking the time to keep it up each and every single day. So for those of you curious... here's my first entry!

January 2012:

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I just thought it was funny that these got stuck on the street lights! Happy New Year everybody! :)


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After going to the ER at 5am today for a crazy bad ear infection, these are all the meds I am currently on. My liver must hate me right now.


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This is what happens when I have to stay all day in bed while highly medicated...


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"My parents don't approve, but we're sleeping together. I just love him."


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Taken at the Kings Day parade while the animals on the floats throw candies.


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Maternity session today with Lena and her husband Ionut. Love this one SO much!


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It's fair to say I had my fill of garlic cheese bread with dinner. My little sister made all of this. Yum!


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Thank God for opposable thumbs. Came back from the car like this...


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Sometimes people can make you lose your mind...


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First night this winter that we use one of these. So nice.


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Got these babies in the mail today! :D


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Day 12
Not a good day. At all.


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I think the mail man misses me...


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This is basically what my day has consisted of...


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This evening included a lot of playing guitar and watching Grey's Anatomy... so I thought this post should too! ;)


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My initials are conveniently placed...


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My little sister Anna made this "Coconut" man for my older brother. I think he looks fantastic on the Zen garden I got for him earlier this month. Look up the "Pricetag" song to get a glimpse of the original coconut man.


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Just hanging out. Errrr.... "in".


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New sticks after just ONE song. Notice the difference between the right hand (hitting the metal hi-hat) and the left stick, hitting the snare.


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I always thought the bathroom tiles were kinda funny.


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Grabbing a beer with friends.


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Hanging at the studio today.


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This has been hanging on my ceiling since I put it there when I was 12 years old...


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How can you say no to this?


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Today I got to meet and do a newborn shoot of this sweet face. Clara Sophia. :)


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London Heathrow International Airport, London, England.


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Westminster,
Waiting in line to board our cruise boat down the Thames, I looked back and took a few (regularly exposed) shots of the Big Ben and all. I was being blinded by the light bouncing off the water, and then it occurred to me to expose for it. Here is my VERY favorite photo from this year! :)


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Long exposures at the museum of natural history.


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In the taxi on the way to Heathrow.


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Spent the night teaching and playing "Pass The Pigs" with my little sister.


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Wanted to show off the awesome messenger bag I got in London. Best way to not get lost in the underground! ;)


Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Findings::: Photoshop

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"You can photoshop that, right?" If I had a dollar every time I heard that during a shoot, I'd probably have a couple more starbucks orders in me right now. Ask any photographer you know, and they hear it daily too. It's funny how what was originally intended to be a tool is now thought of as being the main ingredient in a photograph. Don't get me wrong, I believe that everyone is entitled to doing art their own way, but as for me... I like to keep things looking real.

On this note, I have come across a few things on the internet further proving my point. So here's the photoshop post. C'mon, you knew it was coming sooner or later.


Happy Friday! Keep it real ;)



Monday, February 20, 2012

London: Travel

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I was 12 years old when I first decided I really wanted to visit London. I had taken my first flight, and had a layover in London Heathrow. I remember looking down from the clouds at the city, trying to spot the Big Ben, and wondering when I'd get to actually visit it. I passed through all the London airports within the next few years, but I didn't get to actually visit the city until two weeks ago.

I was flying with my mom and little sister Anna. We were meeting with Anna's best friend Mackenzie, and her mom. They have a flat in London and it was a perfect place to crash at the end of a very busy day sightseeing. Homey and just the right size, much better than a random hotel room. So we visited as much of London as we possibly could through the weekend, and had an amazing time together. I decided to experiment with the HD video on my Canon 5Dmk2 and wanted to tell part of the story with it. So here's a video I put together to summarize all the adventures. and then some photos that didn't make the cut (due entirely to the length of the song) but that I couldn't keep to myself.



What's a photo blog without photos? Here's some that didn't make the cut (due entirely to the length of the song) but that I couldn't keep to myself.


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Amazing lunch catching up with friends we hadn't seen in years!

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Thirft shopping...

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A sweet camera we found at the apartment.

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Once back home I spent the first couple of days imitating British accents like crazy, missing London, and editing through the many many photos. I still don't know when I'll get to visit London again, but until then I have decided on my new motto:"Be Calm And Carry On!"