Happy Thanksgiving!

This year has absolutely flown by! Today is Thanksgiving and I have so many things to be thankful for this year.

Firstly, I’m thankful for all the people in my life who helped lift me up, believed in me and in turned helped me believe in myself, and pushed me to be the best version of myself.

I’m especially thankful for all the new people who’ve entered my life and shaped it in ways I didn’t know were possible. I’ve had incredible experiences with and because of you all and I am truly blessed to have the privilege of having you in my life.

I’m particularly thankful for my new work position. The sheer love, support, fun, and creativity I’ve been allowed to experience here is more than I could’ve hoped for. Knock on wood, but I’m happy to get up for work every morning and happy to bring my cheery ass in and spread positivity. It’s amazing what a supportive environment can do for your mental health.

That said, myself and Bullseye are wishing each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

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Behind the Scenes: DIY Backdrops & Self Portraits

Last week, my bff Maria and I were discussing various photography aids like lighting kits and backdrops and she was all “but ‘x’ is so cheap!” and I was like “yeah, but still $$$”. Mind you, this was a day after I had gotten my hair done so it was fresh which clearly begs for new FB profile pics to be taken and as you all probably know by now, I prefer working with natural light.

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Anyway, I didn’t feel like dropping $100+ on a backdrop/lighting kit, so I decided to run across the street to Target and got myself a home rolling rack. I also stopped by Lowe’s and picked up metal clamps to hold stuff I drape over the rolling rack sturdily in place.

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My mom became a test subject + used the Foldio’s lighting to help with low lighting post-sunset.

 

I’d gone to Haberman Fabrics the previous week, so I had some nice cream fabric with a shiny finish sitting around in my room and I went and grabbed my clear Christmas lights from storage and created a simple and fun backdrop by draping the xmas lights around the rolling rack and then covering it with the fabric.

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I opened my blinds and drapes to allow the maximum available light I could get through my North-facing bedroom window to come in as the sun was beginning to set and ultimately had to tweak my manual settings to high ISO and low f-stops. I was surprised at how little grain came through given that the settings were so stretched, but that full on window light really helped, even if it was dimming quickly.

Anyway, I got some pretty awesome end products, so check it out.

P.S. I made those earrings you can kinda see poking out. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in your own pair!

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How am I single?

Focus.

Seriously, my favorite thing about owning a DSLR is focus control. I’m always playing around with it. I love blurred backgrounds and sharp focus points more than I can put into words.

This picture in particular is just a closeup of our new kitchen table place mats. They were only $1.72 at Target! (I love clearance) and they’re very thick and gorgeous.

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Pomp and Circumstance

Last Friday, part of our assignment in class was to go out shopping (not necessarily to buy things) in order to do market research. So my friend Alyza and I booked it over to Target and JC Penney for our research. We bought ridiculously large hats at both places, and while I was at JC Penney, I also picked up the most awesome headband. There’s no need to talk about what it looks like when I can show you!

This is my tough muscles face. Please, enjoy it as much as I do.

Now that we’ve got that covered, today after work I dropped by Joann’s because they’re currently having Coupon Commotion and that’s pretty much the best time of year. I’ve still got at least 5 or 6 coupons left! Anyway, while I was there, I noticed they had a little section at the front in the home decor with various clip-on birdies and bees and butterflies and things. So of course I had to buy a set of birdies that I fully intend to wear in my hair as soon as possible. They’re absolutely adorable and I think everyone should own a pair.

"What's up?" "Nothin', you?" "Same, bro."

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