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Last Minute Final

3 Dec

I couldn’t be happier that this semester is coming to and end- it’s put me through enough already. Here I am & it’s not even 8 am yet & this is the only time available that I have to blog today. Okay, I’ll be honest, a lot of that is because tonight is my job’s employee Christmas party & I’ll be spending a good portion of the evening getting ready for that & the majority of my day studying for my menu test for said job- which I have to take tomorrow & I haven’t the slightest clue how I’m going to pass it with only one day of studying :-/

My photography final series is due this morning at 9. I did a portrait series & I asked my subjects “How do you feel about the approaching Marquette winter?” For those of you who don’t know, Marquette winters are INTENSE (as is winter all throughout Michigan’s U.P.). It gets insanely cold & before I moved up here, I’d never seen such high snow banks in my life. Once my subjects decided how they felt about it, I asked them to make a facial expression according to how they felt about it- it was hilarious to watch them make it as exaggerated as they could!

I printed a series of 5 photos, which are the first 5 I’ll show. Matt’s and Gene’s are a little out of focus, which I couldn’t tell by looking at my camera’s screen. Only once I loaded the images onto my computer did I realize that but by then I had no time to go back and reshoot. Like my title describes, it was pretty last minute.

Cecily: excited, thrilled

 

Matt: annoyed, frustrated (he's lived up here for too long!)

 

Cara: scared

 

Gene: ecstatic, euphoric

 

Jesse: angry, pissed off

 

Then I edited just a couple extras because they were fun : )

Cec- she loooooves the snow!

 

Cartoonish Gene. He doesn't like color selection in a photo but I say he can just get over it.

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Meet Me Halfway

1 Dec

Okay, it was my Thanksgiving break and that’s why I haven’t posted in a week- my apologies. It’ll probably be another week after this one for me to post again thanks to the massive amount of work I have to do for school and for my job. I rode downstate for the holiday with my friend, Chris and while we weren’t dodging satellite dishes or picking fights with slow cars we had to follow, we got to listen to some sweet tunes : )
Did I get some good photos while I was home? You betcha. A lot of them? Nope. Just a few randoms. Mother nature decided to lay a blanket of fog everywhere the day I had to ride back up to the Great North. I wish I could have stuck around and snapped a lot of pictures but I got ONE sweet shot of an old, deteriorating barn on my grandma & grandpa’s old farm!! Leave it to the day we I return to the U.P., though, for the snow to start flying. Winter’s coming on in full force up here now, snowing every day this week except Friday.

"911, what is your emergency?" chris: "um yeah, around mile marker 164 in the middle of the road, there's a satellite............. dish." <-- actual phone convo on the way down haha

 

The last of the fall colors before everything turns to winter white

 

Alexa Rae, Mary, me, Dad, Ty : )

 

The old run-down barn on my grandma & grandpa's farm on a foggy morning : )

 

And while it’s REALLY hard to choose just one song for him to sing, if you see Chris, ask him to belt this one out for you ; )

GR bound!

23 Nov

Holy wow, when I said I had a busy weekend ahead of me, I had meant it. I’ve neglected this for 3 days & now I’m squeezing this post in between packing & cleaning before leaving for Grand Rapids for my Thanksgiving break! I’m so excited to see my family that I haven’t been able to sit still for days. My friend Chris & I will be making the trip downstate & I’m playing DJ so I hope he’s prepared for my awesome music selection!

So… My weekend. I had the chance to take some fun photos of my friends Kim & Shannon for a Christmas gift for the their parents. I haven’t had a chance to get really far into the editing process but I started on a couple of them last night so I’ll let you take a look : )

Also, this was the weekend of New Moon, in case you didn’t figure that out before with me running my mouth about it. I saw it Friday night with my best friend, Michelle. AMAZING. I loved it so much that I went to see it again last night! (SPOILERS– skip the rest of this paragraph if you haven’t seen it yet & don’t want details) Kristen Stewart finally convinced me that she was Bella & I’m really pleased with how well they followed the book. Favorite scene? The wolves chasing Victoria through the woods/Bella’s cliff jump/Harry Clearwater’s heart attack all-in-one. Cheesiest scene? When Alice ‘sees’ Bella becoming a vampire & her vision shows her & Edward frolicking in the woods together, for lack of a better word. Pfffffftttt give me a break! I said it last night though, screw all of this ‘team’ business. If I had my way, I’d take Edward AND Jacob & Emmett, Jasper & the werewolves too. I’m sure I’d find a way to split my time between all of them!

Okay, enough of that. There’s some more work to be done on them & a lot of others to edit but here are some photos from this weekend…

Kim & Shannon : )

these ones were sweet. i can't wait to edit more

Leapfrog!

Happy weekend!

19 Nov

It’s officially… MY WEEKEND!! That means I get to relax, right? WRONG. I work Friday, Saturday & Sunday. I’m volunteering at my job on Saturday for a pizza-eating contest they’re hosting (it’s okay, I get free beer!)… That’s the work stuff. Here’s all the FUN I get to have!!- NEW MOON comes out at midnight tonight but I have to wait until tomorrow to see it. I’m doing holiday family portraits for the Carlson sisters, portraits for the Caldwell sisters and portraits for my friends Kara & Lacy. LOTS of pictures to be taken!

Actually, aside from the friends that I’ve asked to model for me for projects of mine, I’ve had quite a few requests for portraits. Ohhh if you could see my smile & feel my excitement right now : ) Here is the portrait work I have lined up for myself with all this photography business (either by request, promises to friends, etc):

  • Carlson sisters (holiday)
  • Caldwell sisters (gift for mom & dad)
  • Sarah Boogren (pregnancy progression portraits for the next 7 months)
  • Kara Nordlof
  • Lacy Lafave
  • Jennifer Engstrom (portraits of her children)
  • Colton Newton & Brianna Ebenstein (couple portraits… maybe some engagement photos soon?!)
  • Valerie Sue Peterson
  • Sarah O’Neill
  • Christine Smessaert
  • Mandy Cowell
  • Scott Wanhala (bike stuff)
  • Chris Thomas
  • Jessica Katie Ohlsen (my final series for a class)
  • Cara Gould (my final series for a class)
  • Gene Ross (my final series for a class)
  • Jesse Carlson (my final series for a class)
  • Matt Mckindles (my final series for a class)
  • Cecily Browne (my final series for a class)

I have a lot of editing on my hands coming up : ) If you want to be a part of the portrait craze too and are in my area, please contact me about it!

Besides that, if you’re in the Marquette area this weekend, I’d highly advise you to come to Aubree’s on Washington St. on Saturday at 1 pm for the pizza-eating contest we’re hosting! Bring 3 cans of non-perishable food to enter the competition. Even if you’re not a part of the competition, we have a SWEET DEAL for those of you 21 & up- $4 pitchers of Labatt Blue & $5 pitchers of KBC Red Jacket ALL DAY!! It’s an insane deal and I hope a lot of people take advantage of it.

Okay FINE I guess I’ll let you see the final products for my mock 303 project. Also, since this blog is a smorgasbord of a million thoughts & ideas anyway, I’ll provide you with another one of my mom’s awesome recipes to try for Thanksgiving and a little something to get you even more in the mood for New Moon. Have fun!

Michelle: Caffeine (paint is still drying!)

Jessica: Laughter

Okay, this recipe is a family favorite for us. Mom makes it for every holiday, family get-together, whatever. She gets yelled at if she doesn’t so you’d better try it and see what I’m talking about…

Mom’s Cream Puff Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 pkgs. instant vanilla pudding (3 oz. each)
  • 1 large tub of Cool Whip
  • Chocolate Syrup

Melt butter in water. Add flour & cook, stirring constantly until it forms a ball (this will happen quickly). Turn into a bowl and beat in the eggs one at a time. Spread in a grease 9×13 pan. Bake at 400°F for 35-40 minutes. Cool. Mix together cream cheese and milk, beat until smooth. Add pudding, one at a time and beat. Spread over the shell once it’s cooled. Top with Cool Whip & drizzle with chocolate syrup. Chill for at least one hour.

Mom’s Tip: Add the chocolate syrup just before serving. The lines will stay more delicate-looking rather than running into the whipped cream. Use the chocolate drizzle sparingly. Dig in!!

And since midnight just can’t come soon enough for many of you:

Mock 303

18 Nov

At NMU, 303 is individual art review for the art students. I’m taking a prep course for that right now so we have a mock 303 project that we’re doing for it right now. Mine’s due tomorrowUGH!!  I asked a few friends to choose one word that’s descriptive of what’s helped them get through college so far. Then I photographed them in a setting to portray that word. I painted some canvas’ which is what I’m going to mount them on. I need to find something cool to mount a paper print to canvas though…. hmmm…..

Here are some pictures of my process, though. Once i get the final pieces done, I’ll be able to post them up! : )

Canvas' 1 & 2! Thank God my apartment has an extra room for art space : )

Michelle: Caffeine

Jessica: Laughter

I like your FACE!

14 Nov

I absotively posilutely love photography. If someone would let me (and pay me), I’d take pictures all day long & do nothing else. Lately I’ve really gotten into portrait-taking. It’s so amazing that each and every person has their own set of looks and not one of us are the same– with the exception of those of you with an identical twin! Lucky for me, I have some of the most beautiful and stunning friends on the entire planet. I recently did a small shoot with my friend, Katie & thought I’d share some of the prints : ) Just looking at these gets me PUMPED for the wedding I’m shooting on July 31, 2010 for Jill, a friend that I graduated with! I feel so honored that she asked me to photograph her on one of the biggest days of her life- I hope I live up to her expectations!

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my favorite

 

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soft focus

 

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gorgeous gal!

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: )

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Katie also has an absolutely AMAZING voice & I hope music lovers all over the world get to hear it someday. I just saw this post on her facebook & I thought I’d do a little friendly plugging for her here on my blog! Definitely check it out!

** On a side note- I didn’t get the stuff to make my mom’s blueberry muffins but I DID make a really tasty birthday cake for my roomie & best friend, Michelle. We’ve consumed almost the whole thing already! Happy 22nd, Michelley!!