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Thursday, June 26, 2014

PATTERNS 7: THE ZOO

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Going to zoos in the summer is a favorite pastime. I like watching kids at the zoo point in excitement at EVERY animal they see - whether it's eating, walking, yawning, sleeping, etc. Little kids are the best!

1. Grizzly bears | 2. Flamingoes | 3. Cheetahs | 4. Swans | 5. Panthers | 6. Foxes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A MATERNITY SHOOT!

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This last weekend I got to shoot a mom-and-dad-to-be and their cute baby bump! I met Vanessa when I was 7 or 8 years old. She's a really nice girl and I'm so happy they're going to have their baby next month! I loved how their photos turned out. Now to finish editing them before the baby gets here!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PATTERNS 6: SUMMER

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In 2 days it will officially be summer! I like summer because of the fun things that happen, but really don't like extreme heat... but it's better than freezing Idaho winters - so no complaints there :) All the patterns for this week are things that remind me of summer. A lot have to do with the beach and water. One thing you might not know is that I really don't like going to the beach or swimming, yet all those things remind me of summer! Cheers!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

PATTERNS 5: CITRUS FRUIT

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I love how there are patterns that happen naturally in fruit - especially citrus. I have no idea how each little sac of juice (just had to look that up... forgive my lack of citrus anatomy vocab) fits in together and what tells it to grow that way... but I'm sure it happens so we can enjoy it!

1. Blueberries | 2. Citrus | 3. Grapefruit | 4. Pomegranate | 5. Blood Oranges | 6. Lemons

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I LOVE FRESH STARTS!


I love starting something out clean because there are so many possibilities of good things that can happen. Life has taken a little turn with a new job today! Everyone was really friendly and I really like that it's a collaborative environment where the walls are covered in dry erase boards (a dream come true for me!) and most of the space is open so you can think, breathe, and chat.

p.s. My apologies for lack of portrait posts even though I have the photos!

Monday, June 9, 2014

GREEN IS EVERYWHERE!

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Last weekend I took a stroll around some pretty, green trees and plants. Everything is green! I love this time of the year and how fast everything can change in a week's time. I only wish the blossoms on flowering trees were still around - but for now there's plenty of green to enjoy!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

PATTERNS 4: DOTS

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Dots are the best! They're such a simple shape, but they go a long way. I like that they can make anything feel like it's a party.

1. Dots on beige | 2. Party dots | 3. White dots on blue | 4. Stamped dots | 5. Yellow polka | 6. Pink dots

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Portrait: Emily

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Meet Emily. She is currently making two costumes for The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker.


"I think if I had to describe a long term goal in say three words, I would say Cookie Baking Grandma. It just encompasses the hope of getting married in the temple and learning to have loving influence on others. I am passionate about learning. There is so much I am learning right now in school, and it just makes me see how what I am learning relates to other things that I want to find out about. I love making things and learning about crafts, it doesn't matter whether it just is hand sewing or using a drill or a saw, I want to know."

Monday, June 2, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY & A PHOTO SERIES

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Today I took a portrait of a man named David. He wears a white shirt and tie 6 days out of the week.

As much as I like doing new things, I also like having patterns or things that stay the same - like traditions. But this post isn't about traditions.

For a little over a year I've been telling David I want something to shoot everyday (or almost every day). Physical objects get too boring sometimes because they don't change like people do. People are my favorite to photograph because they have so many emotions, they change over time, and they have stories to tell.

Everytime we photograph a family, a couple or anyone, we think to ourselves,
"They're going to be looking at these photos when they're way older. They're going to remember today by this photo." 
This makes it really hard when we curate our shoots because we want people to have every moment we captured. Even the silly faces are part of people are and are definitely something to remember years later! I keep thinking about our trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and all the painted portraits they have. Back in the 1700s they didn't have cameras and only a few privileged people could get their portraits done and that's all we have left of what they looked like.

I've decided to start a new photo series where I will simply take people's portrait - nothing super fancy. I'm not sure what I want the portraits to say, but I want to capture something about the person. Hopefully this project will lead me to photograph people I don't know!