Saturday, September 21, 2013

2 Year Anniversary Pics and the Failed Challenge

Hey everyone! I'm back.

And I'm doing the metaphorical "walk of shame" right now because as you may or may not have noticed...I failed the challenge. I made it to Day 29 and just gave up.

Why would someone give up with just ONE DAY LEFT?!

I guess I felt the pressure of performing my best and having absolutely no time to take a truly magnificent self-portrait that I crumpled under the pressure and just didn't do it. I distinctly remember that day and stating loudly to myself and Ryan (who was somewhat of a motivator throughout this challenge) that I wasn't going to do it because I didn't want to. And who in the world was going to come to my apartment and penalize me for failing to do the last day? So it just wasn't worth it to me.

But I still feel terrible. After all that and just not finishing. Maybe one day I'll finish the last day and do a really great self-portrait.

But today is not this day. (tee hee! I'm a nerd...can you name the movie I just quoted?)

Today is the day I post the short little photo session my sis-in-law, Stephanie, did for mine and Ryan's 2-year anniversary down at the Utah County Fair.

And lemme tell you, that fair was icky. Not as cute and glamorous as the Utah State Fair  that I went to not too long ago with my friend, Tamara. But Stephanie did a FANTASTIC job editing the photos and framing them in such a way that the fair looks absolutely charming and almost makes me want to go again next year (yeeeaah, probably not unless I get to hold another cute bunny or something like that).

So here they are! I'm excited to get them printed and arranged on one of my apartment walls.

 (just a side note: doesn't Ryan's hand around my waist look a little disembodied? Ha!)

 (This is one of my favorite candid pictures. It's my laptop desktop picture!)

 (Yeah, we're a pair of hotties, huh?)

 (Gosh, that sunset! Thank you, Utah fires, for diffusing the light in such a beautiful way!)

(And, of course, the hipster pose with "straight" faces.)

So that's it! I am so happy with how they turned out! When we arrived at the fair, I was horrified that my dreams for a gorgeous fair photo shoot were not going to come true. But we snapped some quick photos and I hoped that Stephanie would be able to perform a miracle. And she did just that. I'm in love.

Happy two years of marriage to me! okay, so it's actually two years and two months right now, but whatevs...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Thirty Day Photography Challenge: Day 29

Man, Tuesdays are so LONG. Or at least my evenings are. A four-hour class can crawl by sometimes...

Today's challenge is "black and white" and I took pictures of my bedding (but I'll sneak some color pictures as well because it looks good as colored).

Black and White

And here is a picture of it in color!

I love how vibrant it makes the room and if only you could experience the sheets we got with it: they're 800 thread count and absolutely luscious!

Anyways, I'm kinda pooped for the evening. But school is going well. Tomorrow is the LAST DAY. Holy moly! And unfortunately I'm not as motivated to put my best foot forward. I'll give it my all though.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Thirty Day Photography Challenge: Day 28

Well, I'm back. It was a rough 48-hour period of no Internet. But the cable company came by and fixed our Internet as well as our cable TV, so hello again Netflix and watching the morning news during breakfast!

So I'll get back on track and post the next three days consecutively. The pictures I have for today were actually taken on Saturday when I went to the Utah State Fair with one of my best friends, Tamara. The weather was perfect (except for the random ca-ray-zee storm that rolled in at around 5pm) and we had a BLAST. I got to hold a baby bunny, eat a corn dog, fresh-squeezed lemonade and bought a giant bag of kettle-corn, rode on the ferris wheel and one of those boat rides that swings back and forth at crazy speeds and goes up super high as well as did many other activities.

And I took pictures of the flowers that were up for the blue ribbon at the horticulture/floriculture display.


This particular display above is for the miniature flower arrangements. They had tiny blue and red ribbons! How CUTE is that?!

So I know I've taken better flower pictures in the past. That's partly why I didn't try so hard this time because I wanted to enjoy the fair, not fuss over the lighting or how the flowers looked. I've had some pretty successful flower photography moments in the past and feel that I succeed fairly well in that field. But I know I could improve, just that I didn't feel like overdoing it this day.

I'll try and blog more about my experience at the fair. I am a FAIR JUNKIE and would love the opportunity to show all the other pictures I got at the fair (though we left before twilight/nighttime so I didn't get any good long-exposure light shots of the rides, something I was hoping to do. Maybe next year...)

So, the next two days will be taken on the actual day and they may suffer because of my running out of steam and the fact that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are absolutely crazy.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Brief Intermission

Provo and most of Utah valley had an intense storm this afternoon and somehow in all of the craziness, we lost our Internet and cable. So in the meantime, it will be impossible for me to blog about my big camera pictures and finish the challenge. I was SO close, guys, to doing all of this back to back without missing a day. Guess nature decided to throw a wrench in the whole plan.

For now, the challenge is on standby. I'll go ahead and take the pictures until Monday but will blog them at a later date.

Lets hope this "no Internet" thing can be resolved swiftly!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thirty Day Photography Challenge: Day 27

Today's challenge was "Celebration" and though there were lots of things to celebrate (my brother-in-law's mission call to Mexico, the fact that it was Friday) my photos aren't very celebratory. We went to a church opening social BBQ type of thing and it was incredibly underwhelming. So here are the pictures I took. Don't get excited.


Basically there were a LOT of people I don't know (and didn't bother getting to know because this event would probably be the first and last time I'd be interacting with them) and the food was mediocre, and the flavor of ice cream we wanted ran out so we left early to eat said flavor of ice cream at Ryan's parents' house and ended up watching Star Trek: Into Darkness with them. And for those who are curious, the flavor is BYU Creamery's Graham Canyon. SO DELICIOUS!

So the evening wasn't terrible, but my pictures definitely were and that social was less-than-great. Sorry. But I hope that tomorrow's challenge, Flowers, can be more satisfactory to what I want.

But to be fair, what kind of challenge theme is celebration?! What if I didn't have anything to celebrate? Would I have to go out and seek a celebration and awkwardly take pictures of it? Anyways, today is a lame day and a lame challenge. I look forward to tomorrow.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thirty Day Photography Challenge: Day 26

Four more days, guys! Holy moly, I am almost done. And these last few days have been the toughest because of school being a sudden massive factor. I managed to crank out these pictures after my very rigorous indoor cycling workout. I didn't get as many pictures as I would've liked because I LOVE getting close-ups of things.


For me, the key to good close ups is a low aperture to get the best blur next to the object. They will ALWAYS look great if you keep the aperture low.

By the way, I came out to this grassy patch near my apartment in hopes that I'd snag some pics of the snails I see coming from this area. There are always so many of them at 7:30-8am in the morning. Unfortunately, I guess 9am was too late in the morning because they were all too far into the bush and hard to photograph. Sigh.

Tomorrow is Friday and I only have one class: voice over. And then we have a church BBQ in the evening. And then Saturday I'm spending all afternoon at the Utah State Fair with a good friend of mine, Tamara. I am a Fair. Junkie. And then before I know it, it'll be Monday, the last day of the challenge. Woo! 

For now, I'm beat. I just wanna relax for the night and be so glad it's Friday tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Thirty Day Photography Challenge: Day 25

Alright, so I kinda made up for my lack of actual big camera photos of an animal by taking pictures of strangers AND ducks at the same time! I managed to get 20 minutes this evening to walk to the duck pond with Ryan and snag these pictures before the light was completely gone. They aren't my best work, but from here on out until the end of the challenge, this is going to be me. School is just a little too crazy right now to manage anything nicer.


Okay, so the strangers bit of this challenge was a bit half-hearted and lame. But there weren't a lot of people around that were stationary enough to ask for pictures (meaning that they were walking and headed somewhere else), so this was the best I could do. And they were very nice to let me get the pictures I did of them. Maybe someday I can do a nicer picture of a stranger, but for now this is the best I can do.

But can we talk for a minute about these DUCKS?! They were swarming us, not unlike the deer in Japan! That picture of Ryan with the duck right next to him was the norm, and if you imitated having a piece of bread in your hand (like Ryan did in a picture up there) they would hop for the bread, like a dog! Oh man, I was laughing so hard and the couple in the pictures had a whole loaf of bread and they were thoroughly enjoying the experience of having dozens of ducks around them. It was a fun little break in my busy day.

So that's it for now. I hope I can manage to get some good photos tomorrow. But it's another really busy day. I think this is gonna be my life from now on. Tomorrow I'm teaching my first "Intro to Film" lab and I'm busy worrying about that. So wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thirty Day Photography Challenge: Day 24

Today was the first day of school.

So because of that little fact, I hope you all can be a *little* sympathetic.

Because I didn't take any pictures with my big camera.

*massive cringe moment*

Lemme tell you about my day.

I woke up at the usual 6:10am and started doing my usual routine of getting ready, eating breakfast, making lunches for both Ryan and myself, and getting out the door for my 8am indoor cycling class. We only looked at the syllabus and so I was home by 8:30am to see Ryan head to his 9am religion class. I then got ready for my ACTUAL school day, prepped the crockpot meal for dinner, and headed out the door to walk to my appointment with a career counselor (which was at 10am). I finished that by 10:20 and then proceeded to work at my editing job until 12:30pm. I then ate my lunch and rushed off to the Varsity movie theatre on campus for "Intro to Film", the class I'm a TA for. That was a 2 hour class followed by a quick 10 minute meeting with the professor and the other TAs. I walked home at that time (3:10pm) and was in the apartment by 3:30pm. I got the crockpot food ready to eat and Ryan and I ate dinner at 3:45pm. Yep. Dinner at 3:45. Because I had a 5pm class that was going to go until 9pm. So I needed to eat my main dinner early and bring snacks to keep me held over.

And so you see? I had no time to take out my big camera and do a long, lengthy thought-about photo session with animals. Today's challenge. Really, challenge?! Animals?!! So on my way home from my TA class, I snapped some quick photos of ducks by the duck pond near where I walk to school with my iPhone 4S. And that's ALL I had time for. Tuesdays won't normally be this busy since I won't always be working in the mornings. But today was certainly busy.

I'm so ashamed to post these pictures, but here they are. I may make it up to you (and myself) and take better duck pictures when I take pictures of strangers. Eeeep.

I love that NO MATTER what time of year it is, there are always ducks on campus. Always. They'll sit on the frozen pond as if nothing were wrong and they'll endure the worst of the snow and rain. It's a lot of fun (especially since I'm a closet duck fanatic). This was a nice little break in my somewhat crazy day.

So I'm taking the rest of this evening to relax, watch some "Gilmore Girls" and forget about the ever-mounting pile of homework that is starting to loom over me.

I promise I'll have better photos tomorrow. Though I'm VERY nervous about taking pictures of some strangers.