Thursday, January 26, 2012

Just a girl who likes clothes.

"What makes me happy is dressing, at long last, according to the dictates of my soul."

I'm inspired by many things, one of those many things being clothes.
I've always loved clothes, when I was around 8ish I got my first sewing machine and went crazy with it.
I made many miscellaneous items with clothes I didn't want anymore,
or clothes my family didn't want.

I specifically remember the very first thing I made that actually worked out the way I had planned,
it was a vest made out of one of my mom's old shirts, and then I added little pieces of fabric from my old favorite clothes.

It had a spongebob face from my first spongebob pajamas, a friendship bracelet that one of my best friends made for me, buttons from my favorite denim jacket, a money from my favorite pajamas, a patch from one of my favorite silky "hippie" shirts (what I called it when I was little.), and the list could go on forever.

Quite honestly, I'm inspired by the little kid I was back then.
I wore this vest for a few years 'till I grew out of it; but when I did wear it, I wore it proudly.
It was so beautiful in my eyes, and I didn't care if other people didn't like it or not. I liked it, and that was all that mattered.

I still feel the same way, where society has no boundaries on me, and has absolutely no say in what I think is beautiful, or what I think looks good. But it definitely still can have a terrible effect on me sometimes.
Getting weird looks for dyed hair, weird looks for wearing a tutu, crazy makeup, or even just my knee-high converse.

I hope someday, in the future, people will be more accepting of others,
and think people who are different, are the same.

Definitely inspired by an article about a girl in Vogue about how in high school she stopped dressing how she wanted, because of people, and because of bullies.

The sum of it all; I cut up a shirt today, and I'm realizing how in love I am with fashion, and would really love to pursue fashion photography more, or even just have some more fashion-esque clothes lying around at my disposal..
You know, fantasies of being rich and having all of the clothes I want.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So. I went to Minnesota.
It was a wonderful trip, for my Grandpa's 80th birthday.
The first night we were there we drove four hours to Fargo-Moorhead to surprise him.
He had no clue we were coming!
We hung out, we laughed, and ate delicious food (thanks to my Grandma Traaseth!).

This was taken while eating dessert!
The love in their smiles, I can't help but smile every time I see this picture.
I want to wish my Grandpa happy birthday, and thank him for being a great grandpa.

I also got to photography the birthday party, which was so much fun! (And once I finish editing them all, I will do a big blog post of them all.)
Editing the pictures, and looking through them all has sort of hit me in the head with an idea;
I think I want to do wedding photography?


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Meet Pierre.

'Love for the art.' 

Today was great! I took pictures all day. It was crazy! But pretty awesome.
I spent the majority of my day cleaning up my Nikon FG, from 1982!
One of the cameras I had in my picture yesterday! I love him. <3
His name is Pierre.

He doesn't work anymore; I took him apart and cleaned out the dust, and everything cluttering the electronics, but found out it's missing one of the major reflectors inside.
So he's just a beautiful prop!
(But I've made it a lifetime goal to eventually fix him.)

I also got film for my Minolta Hi-Matic AF2, it works wonderfully!
I'm really excited to use it in Minnesota, and hopefully get some cool film-y shots, considering this will be my first time using film.

Yesterday I went to the thrift store, and got a black dress for pictures! (which I love and will most likely post a picture of eventually) And a wool high-waist skirt!

I love them, and prepare to see them in lots of pictures in the future.
Also! While taking pictures, my neighbors drove by (whom I've never talked to), rolled down their window, and a little girl asked me to take her picture, it was adorable!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Photographer.

The photographer.
Well! To start it all off, today is my day 200 on my 365 (yay!), and it's been the most amazing experience of my life. But I'll save all of that gooshy "I love photography and all that it's done for me" talk for when I finish my project.

To explain this picture. It's about what a photographer will do for a good picture. What they'll go through, whether it's hurt themselves, or trespass, or stand outside in the rain, or hang their camera from a ceiling!
We'll all do the most absurd things for pictures. But that's what makes us so awesome.
Photographers are crazy, and we like it that way.

A huge thank you to Laura Parrish for helping me start my camera collection<3 She gave me these three wonderful cameras. Tomorrow I'm going out to get film. So. Excited.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dancing in coldness.

Let's dance to the sound of winter.
This was fun to take! Even if I froze half to death. I seriously love it.
I've had this idea for a while to do an elegant yet creepy/tim burtonish picture for a while, but never had the time to do it, or the right clothing. I got this shirt a few days ago, and it's my absolute favorite shirt ever now.
I got the tights around halloween, and the shoes for ETUSC in the summer. They've all payed for themselves with pictures, and inspiration.

Winter feels like it's finally here, and being freezing cold constantly.
Which is surprisingly having a positive impact on my pictures! I like having a cold, or icey look to my pictures.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New adventures.

Hello, 2012, I welcome you with an open mind for new adventures. <3
Quite honestly, this past year has been pretty weird. Went through some of the hardest things I've ever had to go through, but also some of the best things. Photography became the biggest part of my life last year, too. I started my 365 in April, and lived through feeling uninspired, lost, and alone. I've also grown so much since last January, it's crazy! Then, I wouldn't have even imagined going to photography school for at least a few years, and now I'm going in 23 days. Then, I couldn't have imagined spending $1,200 on a camera, now I've spent around $1,700 on photography equipment, and excited to spend more. Then, I wasn't friends with my best friend right now. (<3 you Karina. <3) Now, I'm excited to go to school, and have new adventures with photography, and the people who have influenced my life in negative and positive ways.
No matter how clique I feel for posting this, honestly, I can't wait to become a better person, and meet new people. New adventures are just waiting at my doorstep.

I hope all of you had an amazing last year, and have an amazing year to come. <3