Saturday, May 24, 2014

Class of 2014

Tonight I am back at the Battlefield (a.k.a Sandy Creek High) for Linnea's high school graduation. It's been 5 years now since I graduated, but it still looks and feels the exact same. It's amazing how much has happened since then. Sometimes I think about all the memories that were made there, all the times my friends and I hung out in the parking lot after school until the security guard chased us away, the time my friend Catie and I got stuck in the middle of a cross country race while riding our horses on the trails behind the school, and the time there was a food fight in the cafeteria that ended with the principal getting hit in the face with a Chickfila biscuit. Sounds amazing, right?

All jokes aside, graduating high school is a tremendous accomplishment. Next to the monotonous busywork and drama of trying to  be "popular", college for me was a lot easier. No college level course I've ever taken was ever as hard as my 10th grade gifted History class taught by Dr. Pattiz. Our first assignment was a 100 page essay on the Origin of Man. I'm not even sure it was in English. But college was fun. I met some of the most awesome people of all time, and fell in love with my best friend. I had some professors that made me love what I was learning so much that I actually kept my textbooks instead of using the money on things I was rescued by the Lord and learned what it was like to love and be loved by Him. I can only hope that Linnea's college experience will be as much of an adventure as mine was, and I wish her all the best. 

Monday, May 19, 2014


My sister Linnea is graduating this Friday! I can't believe it. She asked me to take some graduate photos for her, so I thought Line Creek would be the perfect location! Here are a few of my favorites, plus Heidi, who acted as my assistant. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lookbook Spring 2014

So after a long time of procrastination, I finally decided to be proactive and shoot the look book I created as part of my graduate capstone project last year for fashion merchandising. You can find more information about the project here. I spent SO many hours planning it, designing it, and putting it together, and as critical as I am on myself, I am really proud of the end result. You can see the other part of the project here, where we learned how to create fashion flats and render them into vector images! 

I shot these photos with my Canon Rebel T3i, given to me as a graduation gift! I have been DREAMING of getting a camera for over a decade, but could never afford one. It makes ALL the difference in the world! I would love to know what you all think, feel free to leave a note in the comment section! 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Washington Wedding

B and I got to attend one of our dearest friend's wedding a few weeks ago. We all met through the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on campus, and were put into a family group together. She was our "aunt" Courtney, and B and I were siblings (it sounds incestrial, it's not!). It was for freshman to get to know each other and older students, like a group of friends built in to go to events and have fun with.

We fast became a close-knit group of three, and spent many, many, MANY hours, days and nights together! She even threw me a FOUR DAY birthday extravaganza for my 19th birthday! It involved all my favorite things, foods, and people, and included an embarrassing scavenger hunt, a silly string wake-up, and a surprise party! She was and is one of the most generous and loving people I have ever met.

I was so honored to be a part of her special day, and was glad to be able to have captured such special memories for her to cherish and look back on! Even if life has kind of happened where we don't see each other as much, I will never forget how much she impacted my life when I really needed a friend, and has been there for some of the most hilarious and joyful moments of my life thus far.

I love you Courtney!