Junior Studio

Quite the semester this has been, I feel as though I have grown greatly as an artist.  Junior Studio is the first major stepping stone I’ve taken towards senior year and my capstone project.  My class’ studio time was taught in tandem with the senior’s studio class, allowing me to get a glimpse into what next year has in store.  Here is the work that I produced over the semester:

Abstract

Contextual

Appropriation

Self-Directed

Self-Directed II

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The Blood Moon

Watching the stars has been something that I’ve loved to do ever since I was a little kid riding back from a camp fire in my little red wagon late at night.  My dad would pull me along and point out the constellations.  Which is why I wasn’t surprised when I got a text from him during the night of lunar eclipse a few weeks ago saying “Check out the moon.”  Little did he know, I was already posted up in the yard beside my apartment with a tripod and some slow shutter speeds, the only thing missing was a telephoto lens.



Portlandia

Twenty-Fifteen was a huge year for travel! In August after my cousin’s Washington State wedding, I made my way from Seattle to Portland, OR to visit my good friend Robert. I was absolutely thrilled to see him for the first time since graduating high school, and to adventure in the new place that he calls home. 

Portland is a place that I’ve been itching to see for years now, and it exceeded my expectations. Robert showed me around some of his favorite places including the Japanese Gardens, Powell’s Book Store and the food truck blocks. We also wandered around the Reed College campus, checked out the various thrift shops scattered around the city, went to the rose gardens (in honor of Portland’s nickname, Rose City), and got lost a few times while using the bus system.

Though I was unable to photograph it, Powell’s was hands down the highlight of my trip. I have always been a bookworm and spending hours immersed in the city block-sized book store made me giddy. However I did also enjoy the tons of thrift shops scattered around the city. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to explore Portland with me Robert! I can’t wait to come back again. 


McLagan Wedding

On August 8, 2015 my beautiful cousin Karissa married the man of her dreams, John Hagan.  

From the way that Karissa talked about John I knew he was something special, I’ll never forget two years ago when Kay and I were sitting in the recliner in my Grandma’s living room and she whispered in my ear, “I have a boyfriend, and he plays the banjo.”  But it wasn’t until the moment I saw the two of them together the following summer that I knew just how special what they have is.  

Karissa and John adore each other to the core, and I think that’s part of what makes their copious amounts of PDA acceptable.  I was more than thrilled when Kay asked me to photograph their wedding reception, I even snuck in some ceremony shots for fun!  Being a part of their magical wedding day was a great way to get my wedding photography started.  

Congratulations Kay and John!  I love you both almost as much as you love each other!


Kismet Rock Foundation 2015

Kismet has a very special place in my heart.  The program is designed to help redirect the path and potential of disadvantaged and at-risk youth.  This was my third summer working for the program, but it has been a part of my life for the past eight years, ever since I spent a week of my summer there in 2007 as a student.

This year I worked with four different and unique groups of students.  However this group of divine fourth years had me out on the rock from 10am-2pm taking photos in the hot sun, and I wouldn’t take back a second of it… Okay, maybe I’d take back the sunburn.

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