Tuesday, September 2, 2014

camping // crooked creek

August 9, 2014

It seemed appropriate that we had one camping trip at the beginning of summer, and our second at the end of summer (my dad broke part of his arm, which left us unable to camp for all the time in between). This place was where the freshwater Crooked Creek met with saltwater Kenai River, which allowed for the water to be two different shades of blue. My brother swam in two rivers at once, baby salmon nibbled at our toes, we played too many board games in the tent, fell asleep and woke up to rain, but got to play in the sun during the day. I love being able to just explore and play and not have to worry about the outside world, with its emails and social media and responsibilities, and instead just really live in the moment, live off what we have, live in the land.

It was a beautiful end to summer.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

beluga point + library // guitar shoot

August 6 & 7, 2014

Most of these photos were taken at Beluga Point, and most of them were taken before my shoot with Cody. I try to scout out a location before the shoot, to not only figure out where I want to execute my ideas, but also get some new ones. Beluga Point is one of those places that, even though it's a fairly small part of the Seward Highway, one can explore for hours and hours. I love it so much and I don't find myself there too often. So needless to say, Cody and I got a lot of really awesome images. His family and my family basically grew up together, both of us being military and moving to the same location multiple times, so it was really great to catch up with him now that we are both "adults".

Then the very next night we shot at the local library, the same place where I photographed Miss Alaska United States and Miss Teen Alaska United States, way back in 2012. (Yikes, some of those photos were not my best.) It's fun to see my photographic style evolve even from what it was two years ago. The room we went into was as awesome as I remembered it, and I better say a special thanks to library security for unlocking the room and letting us go into it after hours.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

eagle river // flute shoot

August 5, 2014

Since last summer (I think), Heather and I have wanted to get together to do a photoshoot. I've mentioned it in the past, but I really wanted to build up my portfolio with some musician photos, so when we began planning for this shoot, things all came together. She brought her flute and wardrobe, I brought some ideas, her mom acted as the assistant, and some magic was made! We went to an awesome little creek in Eagle River, a space that I now want to explore more since it's only about 45 minutes away.

One thing in particular I love about mobile photography and photo editing apps is the ability to quickly see how a photo looks when different adjustments are made. I will oftentimes photograph different parts of a shoot on my phone, and then look at it with different filters applied to it to see how I actually want to process the photo. So for this shoot, I really experimented with the colors, and I can't wait to share the results of it! It's something slightly different than how I usually work with photos, but I really love it. Sometimes you just have to mix things up.

Monday, August 25, 2014

inspire // bts

August 1, 2014

(with my boss, Jeff Schultz, my boyfriend Matt, and my friend Carol ... just three of the many great people that came to the show!)

Here is a behind the scenes of setup/the coffee shop where my latest show was! This was my first "First Friday" experience, and it was so much fun getting to see my pieces in print and talk to some really wonderful people about them. The show will continue to be up for the rest of August, and you can also see the online version here. It was a great day, and I'm already dreaming up different themes for my next show. (Also, special thanks to my parents for helping me set everything up!)