So I got 'em yesterday. I was so excited! Cadia is my fave by far.

I used my homemade reflectors as a background. LOL.

I'd better get back to my school work. Yeah. Until I finish, which hopefully will be by early July.



All but 1 of my closest friends are six hours north of here. In the mountains. Where they are extremely busy playing paintball, zip lining, rock climbing, and listening to some awesome sermons. And enjoying one another's company. And the beautiful sunshine. And one another's company.

Not like I'm jealous or anything. Pffffft, me? Jealous? Nahhh.
Ok yes, I wish I could be there more than anything!!!!!!!!
Now that I have that out of my system.

This is probably going to be the busiest weekend of my life. This afternoon, my sister has something. Then right after that, I have dance. Then I have to leave dance 15 minutes early, pull on some nice clothes over that, then run to a graduation ceremony I have to be at. Then tomorrow morning I have to get up on time, run to the high school, stay there for a few hours, come home for a couple hours, run back to the high school early, preform, and come home. On Sunday, I have church. And most likely, my first time at the youth group. Ever.
I bought a new hat. It's a straw brim hat with an aqua ribbon around it and a bow in the back. Cute, simple, but old-fashioned. I want to wear it on Sunday, but I'm not quite ready to leash out my freakiness (lol) to the youth group. Why? Two words: GOOD IMPRESSION. I'll wear it when they've already figured out how weird I am and I have nothing to lose. Instead, I'll wear my favorite blue dress, new shoes, and tie my favorite yellow sweater around my shoulders and smile as I brush away my freshly curled hair. See? It'll be great. To my credit, my old fashioned side and favorite blue dress sides are both sides I'd show freely any other time. But these kids are different from those at my old church.

So I'm finally taking steps to redo my room. I haven't painted for five years, and I'd like a change from the purple and green walls. I plan on painting the walls a robin egg color. Theme? Birds and photography, haha. Slightly random, but I like it. I got a new bed and nightstand, and new white curtains for my windows which I tied back with a bunch of ribbons). I also bought a new lamp and lampshade. My favorite new thing I got is a pretty white birdcage and a birdie (robin's egg blue!) to sit happily inside. My mom and I hit a *bunch* of sales yesterday, so I got lots of new little things (I love $1 sales! :D)

My younger sister's 6th grade graduation was a couple days ago. She looked so pretty! I brought my camera with me and was running around photographing it the whole time. Noel was such a good girl-- she looked right at me and gave a beautiful smile a dozen times while I was behind the lens. It brought back a lot of memories from my own 6th grade graduation at that same school. it really wasn't that long ago, but it still made me feel a little old. One more kid to go!
I wonder if I'll be married when Olivia graduates elementary school. She's turning 4 next month. Wow. Scary thoughts, these are!


Somethings money can't buy. For everything else, there's giveaways.

So as you'll remember I entered a contest.
And won! I can hardly believe it! I new my dad has a magic touch (He won a trip for 2 to Maui a few years back) but I didn't know it had been passed down to me! I'm currently $206.45 in debt to him right now for my camera, and I've been hoping to somehow scramble up some money for my "Summer Tunes". God has so miraculously provided!


Isn't that just precious? Last weekend I went to my cousin's graduation party. It's hard to believe that he's finished high school. Next year he'll be at the local community college and then move onward towards full-time schools. This boy has some awesome talent in baseball, something I hope he'll continue with.

I had a great time with my camera and talking to my extended family and his about my photography. I learned that his uncle also does a great deal of photography. He was there with his giant camera, snapping away too. Apparently Alan Photoshops as a career-- getting rid of unsightly things in photos. It makes me proud to be related to some who is related to someone who shares in interest.

I get my first client next week. Actually, she's a friend, and she's not paying me. But the opportunity to photograph her like a "real" photographer is an exciting one. Also, I may be doing the portraits for my dance studio next weekend. It's a scary, yet exciting thought, as I may be photographing prospective clients. Thing is, I won't actually be paid. At all. But I may bring some business cards. I'm thinking about Moo cards, as they're just so cute and creative.

I'm also looking into rebuilding my photoblog into a blog and website, as well as purchasing a domain name and the like. It'd make life a lot easier. I'd also love to have someone design it for me, as well as a new logo. However, all of this costs a ridiclous amount and for the moment, I need to a.) Pay about $206 to my dad for my camera, b.) Purchase a good camera bag, c.) Buy a wide angle lens

Ok, perhaps I can wait on the lens....


Because I just *had* to...

Mrs. Dryer is doing a wonderful giveaway these next few days. I'd love to win, seeing as I'm $200+ in debt to my dad, with no job, and broke (Actually, I have $5... $4 are in coins.)
Seeing as there'll probably be over 300 entries, I don't have much of a chance at winning. But hey, a girl can try, right? 20 people will win though...
Here's the prize: 18 CDs. Eight-stinkin-teen. I really want to win this one, haha!


When I was little, I never thought photography would be on my path. I remember taking lots of pictures on disposable cameras and my first real camera (Two words: Barbie and shiny.) It was a lot of fun, but I didn't know what the heck I was doing! Three years ago, Natasha and I took photos of each other, and there the journey began. She wanted to be an actress, so I took some photos (They turned out pretty crummy!) Then I wanted to be a singer and discovered that I can't model for beans. I kept on shooting, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Then I went to Washington, D.C. Armed with one chunky point & shoot (Canon A80) and two giant packs of batteries, I was able to take over 900 photos in one week. A personal record! I took mostly artistic photos, and unfortunately, whenever I was in it, I looked like a nerd who couldn't do their hair well at all. Anyway, it turned out fine.
A year later, I resurrected my photos, cleaned them up, and put them on CDs and DVDs. I noticed that not all of them stunk. Not much longer after that, I got a Flickr. I put up photos of Natasha, pumpkins, and D.C. And you know what? After I got some practice shooting and editing, people started to like them!
I never thought this would be apart of my life. Most of my family does business or law enforcement. Not many, if anyone, has ventured into the art world. Of course, there were the pianists and singers on my mom's side. But they don't count. :D
It's funny how God works. Always suprising us.