Hello, sweet summer

It’s here! It’s here! After another long semester, summer is finally here. Well, after I complete 3 finals next week (blah). I am so stoked to finally relax for a bit, then begin my internship. Maybe I’ll check out some of those events that I posted about on Monday.

As happy I am for all of this, I am also sad to say that this will be my final post for a while. I have had an absolute blast with this blog and am so excited to share that I accomplished my ultimate goal: to learn new things and to help others learn. I’m still growing through this process, and I hope that this blog has helped you to grow, too!

I hope to return back here every once and a while throughout the summer and share photos of the fun things I’ll be doing! Please feel free to share your photos, too!


Grand Prix Alternative Events

The week before the Grand Prix race at Purdue is filled with fun events alongside friends and tons of food. For those people who want to be involved in the events of Grand Prix without drinking, Purdue presents alternative events. I attended two of these events, and they were a blast!

The first event I attended was the Moonlight Pancake Breakfast  which is held from 9pm to 1am. Anyone and everyone is invited to come and get free pancakes and milk. I’ve been to this event the past three years because, I mean, free pancakes. Who passes that up? Along with the pancakes, there is always a mechanical bull, which is a huge hit.

The second event I attended was Carnival Night. There was tons of free food (yay free food), games, and people. Even though it rained a bit, I didn’t see anyone without a smile on their face.

During these two events, I took a ton of pictures (go figure). Along with that, I conducted some interviews. I then collabed these two things together to create a Soundslide to show all of you!

Tip: Click “captions” underneath the Soundslide to see the captions.


We had a blast hanging out and enjoying the good vibes of friends. Enjoy!

Sweet summertime

Summer is so close I can almost taste it. The warm sun beating down and smiling faces everywhere. What could be better than that? How about some photography events! Check these out for Summer 2015:

1. Nature’s Small Wonders: Photographs by Ansel Adams

  • Tue, Jan 13, 2015 10:00am-Sun, May 24, 2015 5:00pm
  • Indiana University Art Museum

Gallery of the Art of the Western World. “Although Adams is best known for his grand, sweeping views of Yosemite National Park, he also produced many ‘macro’ photographs of smaller details found in the natural world. […] Whether his subjects were large or small, Adams coaxed remarkable nuances of light and shadow out of every image.”

Gallery Hours
Tue-Sat, 10am to 5pm
Sunday, 12pm to 5 pm

2. Indiana Bicentennial Book Deadline for submissions

  • Friday, May 1, 2015
  • 12:00am 12:00pm

Photographs for the State of Indiana Bicentennial Book
Guidelines for Submissions

Background: At the end of this year, the State of Indiana will publish a 240-page coffee table book in commemoration of the state’s bicentennial in 2016. The book will celebrate the bicentennial in words and images that reveal the special character of Indiana, and will include essays by Hoosier authors, photographs, quotes, and historical anecdotes.

3. Looking Glass: Exploring Self Portraiture

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015-Saturday, July 11, 2015
  • 10:00AM – 5:00PM

This exhibition will examine the art of self-study and portraiture ranging from sentiments of sincerity,exhaustion, and the hilarity of family relationships to notions of memory…

Opening reception May 1, 5-8 PM (CDT) This exhibition will examine the art of self-study and portraiture ranging from sentiments of sincerity, exhaustion, and the hilarity of family relationships to notions of memory, identity, and self-perception within the context of historical and contemporary self-portraiture practices.

4. First Chance Center Photo & Art Show

  • April 30 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • 635 N. Greenbriar Road, Paoli
The First Chance Center will be hosting a Photo & Art Show in conjunction with an Open House for Envision Designs.  Featuring consumers’ ceramics, paintings and photography works.  Items will be available for purchase.  Envision Designs invites you to browse their large selection of products including totes, purses, aprons, quilts, table runners and more!  Door prizes and light refreshments.
There are so many other great photography events going on this summer, but these are just a handful that are closer to home. I would love to attend a workshop! What are you looking forward to this summer?

Life lessons in photography

Photography has been a big part of my life for many years now. Throughout these years, I have grown and learned more than I imagined I could. It has been quite the journey, and I’ve had my camera with me through every big event.


So, what has photography taught me throughout life?

  • To keep my eyes open. Always be aware of my surroundings and the people around me.
  • To capture the moment, but don’t let the camera overtake the moment.
  • Everyone has a story, and everyone is unique.

The Digital Photography School wrote up an article similar to this. They wanted to share what life lessons can teach you about photography. A few that they selected were:

  • Say “thank you!” more often. Tip: When someone compliments your work, say, “thank you!” with a big smile, and nothing more.
  • Charge what you’re worth. Tip: Evaluate your pricing.

There are so many things that photography can teach us. What has it taught you?

Have you ever

Forgotten your camera when you went somewhere? Or decided maybe you shouldn’t take it for some reason? I have done this so many times and regret almost every time that I didn’t bring it.

One moment that I was recently thinking about was a trip I took back in high school to Washington D.C. and New York City. It was a music travel trip, so I was traveling on a bus with a huge group of people. I had heard many things about watching your back and holding on tightly to your purse while walking around New York City before going. All this talk about my important things being taken scared me a little, whether it is true or not, which ultimately made me keep my camera at home.

Instead, I had my phone, and my little point and shoot digital camera to take photos for the duration of the trip. Although I still got some pretty neat photos, I regretted not having my Nikon D3000 with me.

DCNY1 DCNY2 DCNY3 DCNY4 DCNY5These are just a handful of photos that I shot while in the cities. Not bad for a small point and shoot camera, but again, I wish I had taken my Nikon!

The one thing that did make me thankful for not taking it, however, was the fact that my friend sat her camera down for probably 2 minutes, and it got stolen. It was a sad time!

Was there ever a time you forgot your camera?

What would you do

If the small town you once knew was soon to become destroyed? If it were about to become a thing of the past? From a photographer’s standpoint, you would more than likely photograph it.

U.S. Highway 93 is about to disappear forever, taking those small, abandon towns with it. Referred to as “America’s last highway,” this road will soon be replaced by a new interstate, Interstate 11. Since the construction of Highway 93 in ’56, the population has sky rocketed. This change in population called for a change in roadways, which meant more lanes.

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Photographer Stuart Palley captured this soon to be vanished roadway in ways that I would have never thought to.

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This particular photo is my favorite from the entire set. It isn’t exactly the roadway, but it lets you see this highway from a perspective that many people would have never seen it. Stuart captured the essence and the emotion of this highway and the little towns that it flows through.

That is one of my favorite things about photography. No matter the subject, if it has emotional appeal to it, you can bring that emotion out in just one photo.


First of all- how cool does this event sound by just reading its title? That is what drew me in and wanted me to learn more about it.


Shutterfest is a photography conference that takes place in St. Louis this year. It is open to all levels of photographers, from beginners to pros. This conference allows you to network with others, shoot all day, and take advantage of the many unique courses. You will hear from speakers, and learn many things regarding:

  • Legal issues and challenges
  • Small business accounting
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Pricing your work

And many, many more useful things! If I were you, I wouldn’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to learn and grow with others through photography! Last year, they even had a comedian and a couple of bands play! Also, can’t forget about the goodie bags you’ll receive.

Shutterfest has a very informational website that will answer most, if not all of your questions about their event. There is also a video that hightlights last year’s event. Check it out!