Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas time, family time.

A few weeks ago, I did a photography project about "creepy Christmas," and it turned out great. Now, as awesome as this project was... Christmas isn't really creepy at all. 

Actually, Christmas is a warm, loving time of the year. Images of candy canes and family members and Christmas evergreens are some of the first things to pop into my mind when I think of this festive time of year.

A few days ago, I received a new lens for Christmas from my mum and dad... a fixed 50mm. These are just a few of my first shots with my new lens.

I'll admit. I'm still getting used to shooting with it. But for the most part, I'm pretty pleased about what I've shot so far...

...especially since my background of the lovely Canadian Rockies is so picturesque.

I guess the only thing left to say today is...Merry Christmas, from my family to yours.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Home sweet home

Growing up in a town called Sugar Land, the phrase "Home sweet home" is a bit ironic.

See, there used to be an old sugar mill in my town, which operated for a long time, but it closed down when I was about nine years old. I spent many an afternoon by that sugar mill, learning to play softball, smelling the sweet smell of burning sugar...

Ah, childhood.

Before I head up to Canada this Wednesday, I'm going to try to set out to shoot near the sugar mill. Its so old school, its ridiculously cool and a photographer's dream when it comes to portrait backdrops.

Until then, just enjoy flipping through some of the cool photos on the NYTimes photography blog, Lens. Its how I waste all my time. When I'm not doing school work, of course. Or on reddit.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baking and Wordpress.

First thing's first.

I have very important information to share with you all...I'm officially DONE with exams! Wahooooo!

Now that THAT is out of my system, I'll tell you a bit about a few of the projects I'm working on over this winter break.

1. Bake copious amounts of delicious Christmas treats for all my friends before I go home to Texas/Canada.

For example:

2. Learn Wordpress & convert one of my sites to Wordpress. Gulp. I figured this was an important step for me in my web designer education, especially since I'm going to be working as a web intern for Planet Forward next semester. See, I know how to code in plain HTML/CSS, but I want to learn how to create more dynamic pages without actually having to learn PHP myself. Hence, Wordpress. Plus, with Wordpress, I can create sites and hand them over to people to edit themselves once I do the initial set up. As of right now... I can't do that.

3. Get a new lens. I'm thinking a fixed 50. Ideas? This will be my first "additional" lens I've ever bought for my Nikon D5000.

4. Sit on my couch. This is the most important one, obviously.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Or, I could become the president's videographer

Remember a few weeks ago when I  posted about the movie I watched about Pete Souza, President Obama's official photographer? Well, my friend, and fellow blogger, Kelsey Rower, just told me about someone with an even more amazing job.

The president's official VIDEOGRAPHER, Arun Chaudhary. Le gasp! He does video, too!

(NOTE: picture from, I do not have the skills nor connections to take this)

Um, I think I found another occupation to add to my list of dream jobs.

As if following the president around and snapping photos wasn't cool enough, being able to create weekly video packages (West Wing Weekly) about his on-goings actually sounds like heaven. See, this sort of gives college paper multimedia reporters like myself some hope in actually finding a job in the future. And a cool job.

But until then...

Hey, Mr. Chaudhary, need an intern?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

National Christmas Tree

This past week I headed off to the National Christmas Tree with a few of my friends to enjoy some holiday cheer before final exams really set in.

Now, if you've been to the National Christmas Tree, I know what you're going to say, its so small, I thought it was going to be bigger. Blah, blah, blah.

But I beg to differ.

See, what this tree lack in size, it makes up for in character. The lights are amazing, there are 50+ smaller trees surrounding it... and I just... love it.

I brought my camera along. And took some shots of my friends and I enjoying our time there.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Creepy Christmas: Art Project

Hey guys, look! Its my final project for my art class this semester. But don't worry. I'll of COURSE keep posting. This blog is sort of like my real-world art class anyway...

Artist Statement

Christmas is a joyous, wonderful time of the year filled with warm greetings, delicious snacks and colorful bright lights. But sometimes the images that make the holiday season seem so bright can be seen in another way. After watching Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, I realized that many of the warm holiday visions that pop into my head are actually a bit… creepy. Santa clause, Christmas lights and Christmas cards are all well and good, but seen in a different light can be sad, scary or even depressing.

In this project, I decided to take what I love about Christmas and make it creepy, mysterious and scary. Manipulating light was key to achieving the eerie, empty feel I was searching for. Most of my images have two light sources- natural light and a candle. This combination of light gave a strange ambiance to my pictures and was the most crucial element in my project. I purposely kept my shots tight to focus the images on the details of the Christmas objects that can be perceived as dark and mysterious. Extreme close ups really helped me focus my attention to little details, like the twinkle of glitter or the glossiness of black paint.

Overall, I’m very proud of this body of work and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a Creepy Christmas!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Ah... the smell of pine needles and final exams is in the air. People are running around like chickens with their heads cut off and everyone is over-caffeinated in the hot, sweaty library. It must be the holiday season!

In the sentiment of Christmas, Christmakah, Hanukkah, Winter Solistice and Kwanzaa... I've decided to devote my final photography project for my art class on images of the holiday season.

Here's some of my best shots so far.

Just saying, all of the foodie ones make me REALLY hungry and excited to start making some of my favorite holiday treats, like these cookies!


P.S. I've also switched my look to match the holiday season... I'm such a sucker for Christmas