Archive for August, 2010

August 31, 2010

Rainy Tuesdays

I have Tuesdays and Thursdays off from classes this semester, which is mostly handy and somewhat….distracting. (; I wasn’t feeling all that great this morning, and my focus (on my homework, that is) wasn’t too stellar. But I did find some fun things to photograph in my bathroom! Welcome to “Highlights of a Messy Bathroom.”

a brand new tube of toothpaste….

my makeup bag….

pictures on the wall…and my laptop and iPod Touch. (don’t ask.)

our towel mat…..

and nail polish! What would a girl’s bathroom be without nail polish? haha. (:

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

August 27, 2010

Miss H [Senior}

oh. my. word. Could this girl rock the camera any more than she did for me? I don’t think so! Miss H is so beautiful, and an amazing violinist to boot. Not even kidding-this girl has talent and drive like nobody else I know. We’ve know each other for the past 10 years or so (I think?) playing violin together, and the last 2 years in high school together. Ready to see some photos of Miss Gorgeous herself? (:

We caught some fun wind action. Mmmm.

Thank you, Miss H, for being fabulous! (:

Until next time,


August 22, 2010

Trusting…is hard.

Wow. Something happened this afternoon that completely threw my brain into chaos.

I added a local photographer on facebook because she did senior portraits of a CF senior, and I wanted to be able to see them. She messaged me asking who I was, and I explained that I know the young man, and also that photography is one of my passions and I’m going to be attending Hawkeye for their amazing program.

this is what she wrote back to me:

Im sorry, I hope I dont sound terrible, but I do not add other photographers unless they are not from this area. There are just too many! I would really stear clear of Hawkeye’s photography program. This area is saturated with photographers and I think that it would be a better foundation to get a 4 year degree in business, management or PR because at least you can use that degree for something other than photography.

That hurt. A LOT.

Maybe I’m too soft. Maybe she’s right. But it still hurts. I don’t want a woman I don’t know to tell me what I should or should not do. But it did get me thinking-what if I’m really not good enough? There are a lot of people who are going into photography, just because they think its easy with the easily accessible equipment. Should this just stay a hobby? I really want to learn. I’m not amazing-and I don’t want to think I am unless I really am good. Not because my friends say so, or I have a nice, good-quality, expensive camera. I actually often feel like I’m not adequat -I don’t have an amazing editing program, or lots of lenses and equipment, or training of any kind. But I’m willing to learn. This gives me a drive to push myself- to think more creatively, to learn everything I can (even the confusing parts-like f-stops and RAW and everything else that I don’t even know exists!) I know I’m not Jasmine* or Jamie Delaine or Sarah Barlow or even Kristen! (just a few of my favs.)

Maybe photography isn’t my “calling”… but then I don’t know what is. I love music, so much, but I’m not amazing at it either. Or theatre. Or theology. But I do know: that I love God and I want to grow in my faith. I want to learn to share that with others-espcially kids and teens. I love theatre/musical theatre and CYT especially, and I want to be a part of that somehow. Or something similar. I love people-talking with them, getting to know them, investing in their lives.

I don’t know what God’s plan is for me yet. I thought maybe I’d figured it out. I guess..we’ll all just have to wait and see. (:

Don’t let anyone look down on you for being young. Instead, make your speech, behavior, love, faith, and purity an example for other believers.-1 Timothy 4:12

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11

[the verses I’m clinging to right now.]

August 3, 2010

Sturgis Falls- Simply the Best. (Pt.1)

Here in Cedar Falls, the last weekend of June is marked off everyone’s calendar from the moment they open them on Christmas morning the December before. That’s because, the last weekend of June is Sturgis Falls!  It is only the favorite weekend of the year! It’s a talent show, carnival, concerts, amazing food, the BEST smoothies in the world, old & new friends, and a smile that doesn’t wipe off your face. (:  This year, I was hired to photograph kids in the Kidsway Tent. For those of you not familiar with Sturgis, the Kidsway tent has activities going all day long, all weekend long for children 2-12 (ok, anyone, really.)  There is Willy S. Wonderful the clown, the Balloon Man, face painting, and all sorts of entertainers from magicians to musicians! Basically, its a kids’ dream come true. (;

Willy signing posters for the winners of the coloring contest.

Some kids were pretty stoked about their prizes. (; (others, not so happy to be there.)

the piano man. He was extremely talented. I really enjoyed him, dunno about all those kiddies though!

This one right here is a favvvvvvv. Oh my word, so cute. (: It pretty much sums up Sturgis Falls Kidsway tent-balloons and chalk!

Winners of the Costume Parade. They were UNI Cheerleaders, fyi. hahaha. I love the “panther” on the right.

Hey cuties. (:

Her costume was just too adorable. I’m SO dressing my little girl in a butterfly-fairy costume someday. (;

The bike races! This little two-year-old had some att-i-tude!

Suzuki timeee! I was in the awesome music program for 10 years….& I have many memories of playing at the Kids Tent. Not all of them are so fond…..

Do I know these people? Oh yeahhh… (; Joey & Jessica were 2/3 of the winners of the Sturgis Falls Scholarship! Congrats, guys.

Best smoothies in the ENTIRE WORLD. No joke.

and one last photo for this post. Stay tuned for more!