Monday, January 31, 2011

Mushi Mushi

I feel like I'm losing my mind. Seriously.
Note to self - don't ever take 4 shooting classes at once ever again.
(not that i meant to in the first place.......)

At least Claire is coming home this week. WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!

Here is random stuff I've been working on for school. It's taking me a very long time to get photos that I really like. The best part is, I'm not done with any of my shooting assignments that are due Tuesday.
How terrifying. Some how I will manage to pull this off...But I'm going to bed after I post this since I have to get up at 5:45..

Saturday, January 29, 2011

studio day

spending my day at the studio. hope this goes well, because i have a ton of photos due Tuesday..

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Favorite Photo...

I love this photograph. It's Andy Warhol, & it was taken by an amazing photographer named Duane Michals. Go look him up! Andy Warhol was one of the best artists of all time. I would have loved to meet him. I can't even imagine the amount of ideas that he still had in his head before he died. He was absolutely brilliant.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Portraits..and Asians.

I am allowed to post my photos from the studio!! YAY!!! These are a few of the best/funniest ones. I have a TON. I am pretty dang proud of these pictures, and I cant thank my boss Maria enough for letting me use the studio! again..THANK YOOU!!!! It was so much fun!!!... Oh, and even though I had a studio full of flashes and lights and softboxes and stuff, I used my speedlite (because I have no idea how to work all the lights yet.. hahah). a single light set up.. I think it worked out ok. I just cant wait to get better and learn all the's all soo exciting!

These are of my sister and her little girl Juda... I LOVE JUDA!!!!!!!!! (click photo to see it bigger)

It really doesn't look like we're related at all </sarcasm>

 Juda decided to pull her hair.. :P

Pouty faces.. hahaha

This obviously isnt part of the portraits hahah.. BUT JUDA IS THE BEST. and it looks like I have a death grip on her. oops. and I look tired. but that's what AIP does to you.

On a waaay more random note..
I have come to the conclusion that Asians are some of the most beautiful people in the world. Seriously. Have you ever looked at some of them? I don't know what it is about them, but almost every Asian I've seen looks good. And don't say it's photoshop, because even when you see one in real life, their skin looks perfect, they look cute, and they just have nice faces and are built nice.


Jun Matsumoto

Mika Nakashima

Utada Hikaru

Yamashita Tomohisa

and of course.. my favorite .. CLAIRE.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Every moment

i think i have a mild case of insomnia. or something like it. i went to bed at 5am and woke up at 8am. it's 2 and i have to get up at 8 again. why dont i sleep when i need to sleep? at least i get homework done..

all i have to say is that today was one of the raddest days ever.
my boss was nice enough to let me take photos in the studio for my school assignments. i had way too much fun. waaaay too much fun.
i'm glad i know what i want to do for the rest of my life.
i would post pictures, but i'm not sure if i am allowed.
maybe some time tomorrow.

yesterday, i felt like crap and wanted photography to have no part of my day.
today, i want to take more pictures in the studio.
and more.
and more.
until i get a photograph to be exactly the way i want it to be.
this is what i needed to get myself back in to gear. i felt really discouraged the other day.
i talked to my sister about this, and we are both those kinds of people who if we don't get something right the first time, we bum out. we are close to perfectionists.. which can be a good and bad thing.
i dont want to get bummed out, and i dont want to lose my drive. and i wont.
the occasional push is nice, and honestly, besides the fact that i am extremely passionate about photography, one thing that keeps me going when i get bummed and disappointed, is to think about all that crap i've been through, and to remember what people said about me. because i promise you,
you will hear my name again some day. It's not that I havent forgiven, it's just that I havent forgotten. and i really dont want to forget. because it shapes me in to who i am now. i've always wondered what i would be like if i did not have one other person in this world to help mold me in to who i am now. positive or negative, both types of situations in my life have helped give me this unstoppable drive to become a well known photographer. i know that god placed each and every person in my life for a reason. where would i be if he had not allowed one of these people to come in to my life? would i be different? would i have such a huge passion for photography? would i be sitting here, thinking about this? think about every person has effected you in some way. just think. isnt it amazing? the slightest changes could have changed the outcome of what today is to you. i'm grateful, for every happy moment, every sad moment, every moment full of anger, disappointment, regret. because i would never have been sitting here now, thinking about this, and I would be a different person.

crazy stuff on no sleep.
maybe i should do this more often.
i'll probably read this tomorrow and be like.. what.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Week 2.. 9 more to go.

I don't know what it is about today, but I'm in a really cruddy mood. I'm not angry or anything like that, I just feel really bummy about my photography.. and this weather sucks. I was an hour late for class yesterday, because I didn't feel like dying. I am struggling with my photography assignments due to the weather. The lighting outside is pretty crappy. One of my assignments is to make a mosaic for my film class, which is several pictures put together to make one. It's really hard to do that when my shutter speed isnt even a 60th of a second outside because it's so dark & gloomy.  I just don't know what to do anymore. I really dont. I've been so busy and I'm not handling it well at all. I have so much stuff to do right now, but I'm taking a few minutes to update this because I've been working on stuff most of the day. I don't even have time for myself anymore. I stay up entire weekends just to make sure I get everything done on time. I have 3982462784632 things going on in my head at once. I'm going to go insane. I'm starting to wonder if it was a good idea to do a 4 year degree in 3, even though I know I am completely capable of doing it. It's just really hard. Really really hard. It was nice getting that letter in the mail though saying I was on the president's honor roll for my 4.0...I would love to see that again this quarter.

I took some photos for my digital image management class since I couldn't do much outside. I'm doing my editorial portraits tomorrow, and hopefully I can do my mosaic too. Thankfully my photographic design project is not due next week, or I think I'd be screwed. I'm kind of disappointed with my photos. I really need someone to slap me in the face right now. Claire, come back from japan so you can slap me. February 4th is so close.

 Endless pennies..


Random stuff...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Photojournalism Week 1

I did my photojournalism assignment in Pittsburgh today. I have to admit, I was really not looking forward to doing it. I actually ended up having a ton of fun. I met some really awesome people through the whole thing and I just really enjoyed it. My photojournalism class basically just SHOVED me out of my comfort zone. I've always been really ehhh with taking pictures of people on the streets, or doing any sort of creeping, but my one instructor was totally right. All you gotta do is learn how to blend in with the environment..and not be so terrified of what you're doing. Just get the shot.

I really really appreciate the people that took the time to stop and let me take their photo. You helped me out a bunch. Thanks! :)

Obviously I can't post all the pictures I took today (I took over 100). Some of them are for other assignments, so I'll try to post them later when I get the time..

(click on photos to view larger)

My absolute favorite shot of the day...

This guy was just so in to his book. I saw him from the other side of the street and I HAD to get a photo. It turned out to be amazing.

These next few people were VERY nice. Thank you all so much for the help. It was great meeting you! Sorry about the first picture, I'm not sure what your name is, but I cut off part of your face! I have a few other ones, but I like the angle on this one the best. If you would like to see the rest, just email me!



A few of my creeper shots..(these are mostly bikes...except the first one..)