Final Fall Quarter

To my surprise, this blog receives one avid reader (my apparently-devoted sister, who informed me that it had been far too long since I had updated said blog). 

So here we are. The end of the beginning of my final year of school, and boy was it a whirlwind. I feel like I shot more consistently this quarter than any other quarter at SCAD, and for once, I’m content with the results. The quarter began pretty slowly — I produced my first successful video montage, titled “Stronger” ,

and the first set of photos for my commercial lighting class which were photographic recreations of tear sheets from a food magazine:

This was a pretty slow start to the first four weeks of the quarter, the last 5 were much more eventful.

One night, at around 11:00pm, I had the idea that became the concept for my final video project and the 18 photo series for Studio Lighting. I contacted six of the most wonderful girls I know, and luckily they all agreed to be a part of my project.

Over the course of the next four weeks, I set up six studio shoots, six individual location shoots, a group shot, and six video/interview shoots, to produce the final set. It was a blast hauling around a lighting kit (with stands, soft boxes, etc), a B1 strobe kit, my camera bag, and another bag with miscellaneous other items all over the city of Savannah. I couldn’t be more thankful to the girls who put up with my crazy, occasionally completely lost, exhausted self and set aside time to help me to create this work. 

I hope that this is only the beginning of this project, and eventually I’ll be able to expand to and even broader range of women.

This quarter helped me to grow and learn and hopefully get one step close to the reality of my future that is fast approaching… 

2018 here we come.

August 17, 2017

Starting now I am going to make a conscious effort to dive into myself. I am going to focus in on photography (pun intended), learning what makes me happy, exploring the things I see, and enjoying the freedom I have in my life right now.

Today I started the day slow, made my way down the streets of DC, snapping pictures as I went, realizing that while I may hate how they looked in my camera, I was on a mission to transform them completely.

I sat in Bourbon Coffee for three hours playing around and this is what I’ve created so far…

With Her

I can’t believe there’s only one month left of my final summer as a student… Naturally it flew by (as summer always does) and I am in complete denial that I’m about to start my senior year of college. 


Anyways… In a last ditch effort to get the most out of this last month, I have decided to start my own little shooting project. Most of the photos I’ve made this summer have been for other people, and while I am happy to be getting “real life” experience, summer is usually the time I spend shooting for myself, and I wanted to make sure this summer was no exception. 

Living with someone (specifically a significant other) is a truly unique experience. I feel like I take for granted the time I spend with someone I am so close to. I wanted to capture my experience living here, with Anja - the little candid moments that we share, and the things I notice that no one else gets to see (until now, I suppose). In a way, this is me chronicling my life, through her. So every day, I take out my camera in hopes of capturing at least one special moment With Her.

(I plan on posting these photos day by day, so hopefully by the end of the month this post will include the full collection of photos)

July 16, 2017

This weekend I traveled north to Washington D.C. to visit my sister (Megan) and her girlfriend (Cassady). I was looking forward to taking some time away from the south, exploring a new city, and spending some long awaited time with my sister. 

After arriving on Thursday, catching up over happy hour drinks and pizza and heading home to pass out, I woke up on Friday for my solo adventure while everyone was at work. I started at District Doughnut where I tried a delicious Fluffernutter donut (featured below, 10/10 would recommend). From there I found my way to the Hirshhorn Gallery and National Gallery of Art to wander around a of a couple new art museums until I needed to rest my feet.

From there, I met up with my sister for a “lunch break” where we made the sweaty trek to Krispy Kreme for 80 cent dozen donuts, and then another sweaty trek back to her office (but not before a quick stop at Le Diplomate for a Bastille Day, Strawberry Blueberry Cream Cheese ice cream cone). After cooling off, I headed to my final museum of the day: the Renwick Gallery, where I waited out an afternoon rainstorm, and then made my way to the final donut stop of the day at Astro Donuts. 

Saturday began with a wonderful pancake breakfast and revolved mostly around laying on the couch. Since my mom’s flight got cancelled, so did our plans for biking around the city and seeing the monuments. However, the change of plans wasn’t too upsetting and having a day to do nothing was a lovely and very relaxing. Around 5:00 we finally decided to get dressed and head to Georgetown for some shopping, tacos, cupcakes, and a walk along the river. 

Sunday was my last day in DC, after sleeping in, we walked to Ted’s Bulletin for brunch (which included a giant cinnamon roll and waaay too much food). From there we walked around the Eastern Market, Megan and Cassady picked up some produce and flowers, and we made a sweaty walk back to their apartment. My flight ended up being delayed for 4 hours, so after waiting around for a while, I made my way back to the airport and finally got back to Charleston around 10:00… 

July 5, 2017

I have officially passed the one month mark here in Charleston. Internship at Charleston Magazine is going smoothly (but painstakingly slow…), my work will be featured in the August and September editions, so that’s exciting..!
My server job at Another Broken Egg is sttill exhausting and even more frustrating (Working in the food and bev industry has definitely given me a new perspective… never again will I give a waiter or waitress a hard time…)
In the meantime, I’ve had time to explore some of Charleston on my own and I have tasted delicious cupcakes and cookies, wandered the streets, snapping pictures here and there, and trying not to drown in my own sweat.

The other night, while walking around with pals, we came across a colorful wall and decided to have an impromptu photoshoot that reminded me of the “Good Old Days”, romping around my hometown with my friends taking pictures of everyone doing silly things and having fun… It was nice to feel those carefree feelings again

Time is flying by, but at the same time it’s crawling… somehow it seems it’s always passing that way. In a week I’ll fly to D.C. to visit my sister and spend time with my parents, and I think it will be nice to get a change of scenery. My sister and I have been plotting all of the places we plan to eat (including virtually all of the donut shops in D.C.), so whoever may be reading this can look forward to those photos…

Until then…

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