Current Obsessions: Disc Golfing

Alex and I have started disc golfing nearly every day for the past week. Before this last week I have never played! Needless to say I’m not very good. I don’t throw the disc very far and am scared of losing my bright orange disc in the woods and having to get a new one. However I can see myself improving every day. It’s also a really great way to be active and enjoy the nice weather. We have two different courses near us and my favorite location has some amazing views when you go down to the beach side!

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Outfit of the Day: Business Blacks & Whites

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Working at the university every day has really challenged me to find outfits that are appropriate, but also wearable for the entire day of classes and other activities. I recently inherited this bird shirt from my older sister and eagerly wanted to create an outfit around it. I paired it with a long black pencil skirt (an appropriate office length).

A Misplaced Post: March 2013 Goals & Plans

I found this draft post amongst all my other posts and it turns out I never published it! Let’s see if I’ve accomplished any of the goals I made for myself in March!

I’ve been making plans and goals for myself for as long as I can remember, but I’ve decided that it’s much more productive to put them out in the open. That way, I’ll be more accountable and I can also review successes and failures at the end of the month. Writing them down also really helps to give them structure and cement what it is I actually want to accomplish. So here are my goals and plans for March 2013 separated into categories.

YouTube Channel

1. Get up to 75 subscribers on my channel by creating more content that my target audience will want to see. I should also try to increase people’s awareness of my channel…not sure how yet.

March turned out to be an amazing month for my YouTube channel. I had a video be accepted as a video response on a very popular beauty guru’s channel and my subscriber base took off. By the end of the month I had 170 subscribers.

2. Film Spring Break vlogs when I’m in Virginia with Alex.

I posted just one vlog about my Virginia trip with Alex. You can watch it here.

3. Film Chicago Weekend vlog/s.

We never ended up going to Chicago…and we still haven’t found the time to get out there!

4. Change my thumbnail photo and background photo to create a better “brand” from my channel.

Although I haven’t gotten a new thumbnail photo the brand for my channel is completely done and I absolutely love it!

Personal Life

1. Write in my journal every day to de-stress and get my thoughts out.

This was the hardest goal I set for myself. I think I wrote maybe half of the days of the month. Still, not bad!

2. Hunt for paid internships/jobs.

I found the position with the university during March and was working by the end of the month! Now I have the potential of having a full time position straight out of college!

Academic Life

1. Write at least the first chapter of my senior thesis. Or at least just start it.

Never even wrote the title page…

2. Double check that I can graduate in December. So make sure all the classes I still need to take are available and create a mock schedule to see that they all fit together.

I’ve since registered for all my classes and after a few scary moments of thinking I wasn’t actually going to graduate in December, everything is right on track.

I’m tired of the 365 Project

So after 122 days of photos and posting them here, I’m tired. It hasn’t been fun for the past couple of months. I’m sure you’ve probably noticed I post upwards to five days at one time and no longer post them the day after they happen. With working every day at the university, maintaining a YouTube channel that I update regularly, and wanting to socialize with people, I am stopping the 365 Project in its tracks. It’s not that I don’t still take photos every day, it’s more that I’m just not interested in doing the project anymore. I’m so active on the internet and in documenting things as it is that I really don’t need this other project. So with that, I hereby (happily) admit defeat. It was a good run, but I’m glad for it to be over. Thanks for coming on the short journey with me. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled blogging shall we?

A rant.

It wasn’t until recently that I have started considering myself a professional photographer. With a senior photo shoot and a wedding under my belt and payment for both, I think it’s also appropriate to call myself that. And in my years of photography I’ve learned a number of photographer rules. For example, no bride wants a photo of herself shoving food into her mouth, so during dinner it’s ok to take a food break and eat while the bridal party eats. Another big rule, a professional photographer NEVER releases their unedited photos because they have a reputation to obtain.

So I’ve had this marketing job at my university for almost two months now and have gone to a number of different events to take photos. Thus far I’ve only ever received very positive feedback and everyone is excited to have me on board. I recently took photos at an award ceremony for third grade authors. It was a very small event with not many in attendance. I chose my favorite 20 or so and edited them. A woman in alumni relations sent me an email asking for some of the photos for the event. So obviously I sent her the collection of edited photos. She wrote back demanding more. I explained that all the other photos were very similar to the ones I sent her, but from different angles or at slightly different times. She then proceeded to demand all the photos, and when I asked what she specifically wanted them for, she made the effort to call the office to get me on the phone. I was polite, but regardless of my kind tone she went as far as to casually threaten to talk to my boss (the dean of the school) to give me the “green light” to give them to her. She also boasted of her “photography background” so she would “know what she’s looking for.”

Clearly she doesn’t have a photography background. Because every respectable photographer would never ask another photographer to give up their unedited photographs because they would know the golden rule. Now my reputation is on the line. And being new to this position, it’s obvious I would only want my best work out in the public.

Needless to say I’m pissed. Pissed that she went as far as to threaten to talk to my boss. How did she think that would end up? I’m likely to be at other events taking photos and with this experience plaguing our relationship I’m not going to be as eager to produce exceptional work for her. I’m considering going as far as keeping my not-so good photos in a completely different location so no one can ever demand them and strong-hold me into giving them over. If I know people like her are just going to ask to see the photos that end up on the metaphorical cutting room floor I’m going to have to keep my photos under lock and key.

I understand that she was hoping to find something specific in the photographs from the event, but she was incredibly disrespectful in the way she went about interacting with me. This whole experience has only served as a lesson to keep my unedited photographs closer than ever before.

365 Days of Photos: Day 118 (April 28, 2013)

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I FINALLY opened another envelop that Alex gave me for Christmas. Inside this date envelope was a dinner for two. Ironically enough we had just gotten home from going to Outback Steakhouse with our two sets of parents. They met for the first time!