Thanks for being good to me, 2014.

A year ago, I started this blog hoping to post a picture a day for an entire year. I lasted until about September and then life picked up and I barely had time to eat dinner, let alone blog every day! I have to say though, I am pretty proud of myself for how long I kept at it! The first week, I thought to myself, “Why am I doing this to myself, it’s so hard taking a picture every day!” But, I did it! Next year, I hope to keep posting on this blog, but only once a week or so. Hopefully I stick to it, ha!

2014 was an amazing year for me. So many good things happened and I am so blessed by all the love and joy I experienced the last year. Here are some of my favorite things that happened in 2014:

  • Turned 21 in January!
  • Drove to Iowa with my love in April, one of the best trips of my life.
  • Launched my photography business!
  • My graduating art show in April
  • May: Graduated with my Associate’s Degree!
  • Summer 2014: watched the World Cup, still upset Belgium beat us, btw.
  • First time being a second shooter for a wedding.
  • Drove to DC and North Carolina with my best friend!
  • Saw Landon Donovan play at Columbus Crew Stadium.
  • Started at the University of Toledo in August!
  • October: Shot my first wedding, and was in my beautiful friend Abby’s wedding!
  • November: Got in to the BFA program at UT!
  • December: Hilary’s Around the World Party, Christmas, and soon to be tonight, New Year’s Eve!

There are so many more memories from 2014, and I hope 2015 is just as good.

Here’s to 2015 with even more love and joy.

Art School.

So, I’m three months in to art school at the University of Toledo, and I thought it was about time to talk about my time there thus far. I’m going to be honest, I went in this semester thinking that it wasn’t going to be that hard. I thought, “I have an associate’s degree in photography and some real world experience, this should be a breeze!” And boy, was I WRONG. It is hard, hard, hard. I didn’t realize how different a university was from a community college. I obviously knew that UT was a lot larger (by about 10,000 students), but I didn’t realize how much larger the work load was. I feel like I’m back in high school! I have homework from every class, papers to write, tests to study for. Let me tell ya, photography school was a lot easier.
Recently, I was thinking about what I said, that photography school was a lot easier. During class tonight, we went to an artist’s lecture by two alum’s from UT’s art school. Both of their lecture’s were about how technology has changed how we do art. It actually was very eye opening. When I signed up for classes this semester, I was like, “why do I have to take drawing class and fundamental classes? I’m going to be a photographer, this is pointless.” I gave so many excuses as to why I didn’t need these art classes rather than just embracing them. In their lectures, they said we need to learn the pre-digital materials before we learn photoshop and the like. I decided tonight that I need to stop whining about these basic classes and just embrace them! I really regret the attitude I had when I first started school. Learning all of these skill sets will only help me in the future. “Skillz pay billz” was what they kept saying tonight. Would you rather employ someone who only has a photography degree, or someone who can draw, paint, take pictures, and do graphic design? Obviously the second one. So, here I am, mid-semester, with a new found take on art school. I can’t wait to push myself past my boundaries and see what I can create.