Wednesday, October 31, 2012

painted walls

dress/lace scarf: borrowed // cardigan: target // floral scarf/pokemon badge: matt // eevee brooch c/o denton's inventions

Since getting my Eevee brooch, I figured it would be a marvelous idea to wear it with my pokemon badge! When I was little, my brothers and I would sit around our little 12 inch tv and watch pokemon, and only after we were hooked did our mom not let us watch it. As little kids are though, we kept watching it, but only when she ran errands or when we snuck out of the room late at night. Man, we were rebels. We even had some pokemon action figures and I would play in their room and we would go on fantastic adventures of saving the world as Swampert or Charizard. Of course, now that my little sister is old enough to watch it my mom lets her (the youngest kid always gets away with everything), but I get to watch the newer episodes with her. It's not like the original though. *sigh* Nothing beats the classics!

Nowadays, the only time I'm even near a tv is early in the morning for my fitness class, and even though only sports or the news comes on, everyone is glued to the glowing light, probably because they're exhausted and it's their only connection to the outside world. My friends and I have managed to stay sane all thanks to hulu and netflix. We've already finished watching Sherlock and are still working through Community, with a little bit of X Factor and The Voice thrown in. I just love late nights in the dorm room when we are all gathered around the laptop laughing or crying at some tv show.

Well, it's another holiday today! I'm planning on going to my first Halloween party ever and I can't wait! It's going to be a blast. I hope you guys have a great and safe holiday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

wishing for winter

day 303

Not much to say about today. The usual occurred: I had an okay idea for a 365 but then I accidentally slept until it was already dark outside. Thankfully Mai was walking in our hallway and agreed to let me take a picture of her. So at least it's not me in a photo. That's a plus, at least. But anyways, tomorrow is Halloween!

I choose you

shirt/tights: borrowed // tank top (undershirt)/shoes: target // skirt: forever 21 // eevee brooch: c/o denton's inventions // earrings: thrifted

And another brooch has been added to my ever expanding collection! This little pokemon was sent to me by my Michael's cashier in Alaska, of all places. Denton makes really awesome knitted and crocheted things that just blow my mind. You can check out his blog here to see his other creations and even request an item!

As for me, I really love my little Eevee. Every time I look down and see him, he makes me smile. It's like carrying a real pokemon with you everywhere!

And aren't those earrings just the craziest things you've ever seen? I'm pretty sure the previous owner was a crazy cat lady grandma, and every time she wore those earrings her cats would bat at them. I like them because they are just crazy enough for me, but still not too crazy.

Hope you guys have a fantastic Tuesday!

Monday, October 29, 2012

carry on, my dear

day 302

Model is Abby. She kindly agreed to model for my 365 today!

I think I'm finally starting to figure out how to create photos in the style that I love the most. That's not to say I'm going to force myself to stick to one photographic style, but I'm just happy I can finally pinpoint the aspects I love the most.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

a civil war

day 301

Yesterday my friends and I volunteered at the Light the Night leukemia walk in Portland, so of course I had to snap some photos of Ivy in the sea of balloons we filled.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

outfit: pumpkin patched

dress/shirt/shoes: borrowed // tights: mom's // socks: target // brooch: thrifted // coat: forever 21

Check out this absolutely perfect brooch! I found it for $4 at my town's brand new Goodwill and I couldn't be more happy about it. In light of yesterday's post about writing, it's a fun way to express my love for the written word. I've recently gotten into collecting brooches and I really love the fun, quirky ones. I can't wait to expand my collection and see what treasures are out there.

These pictures were taken at the pumpkin patch, and while I was trying to dress in fall colors, I definitely did not intend to blend into the sea of pumpkins! But I think this outfit was perfect for the occasion. Orange, denim, cowgirl-esque boots, I definitely felt like a country princess weaving through the corn mazes, petting cows, and picking out pumpkins.

I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Friday, October 26, 2012

and as the fog clears

it's day 300!

(this picture also looks way better here)

detail shot here.

1. I can't believe I've taken 300 pictures for this project.
2. I can't believe I only have 65 photos to go.
3. I can't believe there's only 65 days left in the year.

My friend asked me today if I was going to do another 365 project next year. In 2010 I did the 365 on a whim and it completely changed my life. In 2011 I did a 52 week project because I was scared I would stop doing photography if I didn't do a project. And this year I did it to document senior year and college. That's three years in a row of doing a year-long project. So I don't think I'm going to do another project for a while. But as I told my friend, I have so many photo ideas that I'm sure won't make it into the 365 that I'll still have a lot of things that I want to photograph. Plus, I want to broaden my client work and I love the creative process and photography itself that I'll never be able to stop. And I don't want to anyways. I love writing and art, but photography (and especially digital) has an instant gratification that not many things has. It will never cease to blow my mind how emotional and cinematic photos can be and how powerful they are. I have been thinking a lot about what my purpose in life is, and while I love doing a lot of artistic things, writing and photography are definitely my two passions. I feel bad for the writing side as that was my first love and my first calling, and I hardly ever do it (save for this blog) and I hardly ever talk about it. Once the 365 is over I definitely want to incorporate my writing into my photography, because I don't want to be neglectful of one and focus solely on the other.

That paragraph didn't really have a particular conclusion, I'm just voicing my thoughts. Other than revealing the deep inner workings of Lauren, I felt super awkward taking this photo. The tree was right in our dorm's "backyard," so all of the girls and guys dorms that were facing the woods (three floors of dorms) could see a crazy girl standing in a tree with a camera right in front of her face. But that's the story of my life. Other things about my life? I got an A- for my psychology midsemester grade, which I'm super excited about, and tomorrow my friends and I are volunteering for a Leukemia walk. I'm just hoping it doesn't rain.

starry eyed

sweater: borrowed // shirt: thrifted // shorts: forever 21 // tights: diy // shoes: target

Hooray for another outfit! I forget if I mentioned this on the blog before, but this is basically my first fall of being fashionable. Haha, it's funny to say, but until around the end of junior year I didn't really know much about personal style or how to dress. It was just because I was ignorant of the possibilities of clothing combinations. Gosh, I sound so horribly shallow talking about how awesome putting together outfits is, but I guess a way to justify it is the fact that your clothes are the first first impression people have of you, so you want to represent your personality accurately. I'd say that's pretty awesome that people get a chance to know something about you just by looking at the way you dress.

I hope you have a great Friday!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

witching hour

day 299

And here is today's photo! This is my RA, Cortney. She is super gorgeous and was more than willing to model for a creepy halloween-y shoot. We went to a cemetery nearby and took the above photo and just enjoyed the Oregon terrain. I can't believe I'm already at day 299!

strawberry swing

day 298

The colors are so beautiful in fall. I could live in autumn forever.

it doesn't matter whether you win or lose

day 297

Sorry for the crazy onslaught of posts today. I have only yesterday's and today's photo left to post and then I will be all caught up!

I roamed around a bit after my original location was taken over by guys throwing a football around, and I was NOT about to go crazy with a camera and tripod with them watching me. So I stumbled upon this area where baseball athleticy type people are seen in their natural habitat. Definitely wouldn't see me here of my own free will unless it was for pictures! I'd say I had a pretty good strike of inspiration after walking around having no idea what I was going to do for a photo.

breathe in

day 296

This was taken on Monday. Rain seems to be never ending now and I am okay with that, because it makes for gorgeous reflections. I feel so powerful when I take photos of people in public places, and vice versa, but if I'm by myself I'm terrified. Thankfully Jenna is always willing to model and/or pretend to take my photo for me.

80s dance

These photos were taken about a month ago during our school's 80s dance, but for whatever reason I'm only now getting around to posting them. Better late than never though, right?

A couple nights before the dance we all went out to buy tights and t-shirts and colorful accessories because we all wanted to look like an 80s band. Not sure we accurately represented the times, but we were definitely cute. We all dyed shirts together and did each other's hair and makeup for the occasion.

About 3/4 of the way into the dance we decided to leave early and get yummy pie at a 24-hour restaurant. All dressed up in our 80s garb, we probably definitely looked insane, but hey, yolo. Isn't that what the cool kids these days are saying?