I know, I know….

….having a nice camera doesn’t make a photographer. At all.

But. I got the camera I’m going to be shooting with at the wedding…. and I want to melt. The Canon 50D. :D PLUS! My little nifty fifty’s superior brother, the 50 f/1.4. Oh yes, hellllllloooooo swooooooon!



My little Rebel seems so small compared to this baby. (: And I don’t know how I’m going to go back to my 1.8 after using the 1.4. *sigh* First world problems. But of course I still love my Rebel, and always will. He introduced me to so many things….

I had a meeting with Shane today and we talked about what he wanted me to do, how it normally goes, and the general order of things. All the necessities. Where it’s at, what to expect, and what he expects from me. I’m going to be his second shooter, closely followed by his wife who is normally his second shooter but is just 2 weeks shy of popping out their first little one. Nervous, yes, but mostly excited for this opportunity and seeing how it all works. And how I feel about it.

I’m sure I’ll be posting about it more later. (:



Happy Labor Day!

I hope ya’ll had a nice relaxing labor day. And for those of you who didn’t, I feel your pain.

I helped my mom organize, sort, and price a bunch of stuff for the garage sale we’re having this weekend. We also cleaned out our shed and got rid of a bunch of crap. You can actually walk in and do a complete 360 without running into or even touching anything now…. interesting. All in all, it took us about 4hrs of work to get it all done.

Parker was our supervisor…

…while Hawkeye “stood” guard.

Mom and I slaved away.

Dya think we’ve eaten enough ice cream? Might as well have the trucks deliver their loads to our freezer…


I got some news today. News that is nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. (: This Saturday I will be shadowing Shane Monahan at a wedding! And the last two Saturdays of September I will be his second shooter for two more weddings. I am psyched and nervous, not sure what to expect, but can not *wait* to get this experience. Learning, learning, learning, that is what I want to do. Even if I never do weddings again, this step will only help me reach my true goals. (:

On top of that, I’ve had a sudden influx of requests for photo sessions. A senior session next weekend, a precious 2yo/family photo session last weekend of September, a family session the first weekend of October, and a kids/family session the weekend after that. Is this what it feels like to be “in business”? So exciting. (:

(Then, when I’m a professional photographer, I’ll have a bumper sticker on my car that will say, “Yes, I was a psychology major. And I’m doing damn good!”) xD



Two things…

A couple things:

  • I’m starting a new part-time job tomorrow, at a boarding & doggy daycare kennel run by my wonderful mentor and friend! I am so excited for this opportunity to be around dogs and other dog people, as well as get a small paycheck on the side. The only downside is that it is a morning job. However the good things about it are so great to me I really don’t mind. :) (Just don’t ask me if I mind it Tuesday at 5am when I’ll be attempting to get my tired butt out of bed. No small feat, if you know me.)
  • I am *possibly* getting my phone upgraded some time this week and I am definitely going with the iPhone. I am SO EXCITED for it! (: Slowly spreading my love for Apple… hehe

Those are the two biggest things right now, but they are very exciting to me. (: I won’t be offended if you’re not as excited just because you’re a cat/PC person. ;)


The start of a new week tomorrow. A new job. New thoughts. New ideas. New opportunities.

Bring it on.


Is it really Tuesday?

I feel like more time has passed than just a day. I guess that’s what doing a ton of things – i.e. staying busy – will do to you. I thought I was busy before, with school and work, but this is a different kind of busy. I jump from one thing to the next with maybe five minutes between them. Whew. :P May Term has started so it has forced me to go to bed earlier than I did all semester, just to guarantee that I’ll get up in the morning. Yeah, it’s only the second day, so we’ll see. Carpooling with The Ashhole is good motivation to get out of bed instead of snuggling under my warm blankets after hitting snooze on all ten alarms.

I’m not sure how I feel about this May Term class, which I was crossing my fingers for, hoping it would be epic. Shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up though, which I knew deep down. It is a bit of a disappointment and I am already ready for it to be finished so I can move on with my summer.

Also, an update on Vicki: She is being transported to a foster home in Minneapolis, so I will not be fostering her. I’m happy for her and I hope she’ll get the life and love she deserves. I’m going to keep my eye out for a dog to foster, however. That is on my to-do list for the summer. (:

Anyway, I’ve been in an interesting state of mind the past few days. Caring, but not caring. Moving and going before realizing that my body was protesting and demanding rest. It usually doesn’t hit me until I sit down at night. That being said, I feel like the energy is slowly seeping out of me as I sit here. I think I’m going to go try to find a movie on Netflix. Gnight ya’ll.


Quick post before work – excitement!

Shocking news: I am actually *super* excited for the weekend! For lots of reasons:

  1. I only work tonight, then I have Saturday and Sunday off.
  2. Tomorrow afternoon I’m going out to lunch with my good friend, Bianca.
  3. Tomorrow night I’m going out to dinner with my unbiological sister, then we’re having a movie night with brownies, ice cream, and other good stuff
  4. Sunday is my 21st birthday!
  5. Sunday night I’m making chicken Hawaiian k-bobs with Dustin and hanging out.
  6. Sunday I can have a soda! (Gave it up for a month)
  7. Sunday I can get on Facebook (Gave that up for a month, too, and it didn’t have much difference – I’m not as addicted as I once was thank gosh.)
  8. I get the house to myself this weekend! (My parents are going out of town, and although I will miss them, I love having the house empty with just me and the dogs.)

So ready for it. (:


I have to go get ready for work soon, and decided to blog before I left just so I didn’t have to worry about doing it later.

Other news:

  • I shattered my phone screen. Fortunately my upgrade is in roughly 2 months so I’ll just stick it out with what I have now. When I do get my upgrade I’m going to see if I can talk myself into an iPhone. (We’ll see about this. :P)
  • I hit a dog last night. Scared the CRAP out of me. I’ve never hit anything before (ironic how the first thing I -as a major dog lover – hit with my car is a dog) and don’t ever want to do it again. Thankfully he was just fine, just a little stunned. Even so, I started bawling right when I got in my car, I think out of shock.
  • My knees have been killing me lately, and my right knee has been twisting in an unnatural way that really hurts. I got a pair of orthopedic sandals, and hopefully they help. It would be helpful to go to the chiropractor but unfortunately my measly school insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care.

Okay, work now.