Monthly Archives: August 2011
Last weekend, I finally got to visit the Alachua County Farmer’s Market. I went with Jimena and Lisa, and we spent a pleasant hour strolling about, sampling muscadine grapes, chatting with the vendors, tasting local honey, eating croissants, and of course–buying some fresh veggies. All in all, a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. The market was a little smaller than I expected, until I found out that this particular farmer’s market only sells food grown IN Alachua County. I guess the bigger ones let people bring their goods from other counties/states? I suppose they must. This weekend, Jimena and I are going to try out the farmer’s market in the Haile Village Center. I think this just might have to become a more frequent weekend occurrence!
What I came home with:
- 2 red peppers: $1.00
- 2 cucumbers: $1.00
- 1 chocolate croissant: $2.00
- honey lotion: $6.00 (a bit of a farmer’s market splurge)
- honey soap: $.50
This weekend I’m hoping to get more veggies, some fruit, and crossing my fingers for fresh flowers…
Angela and Cory chose not to see each other before their ceremony. But, they still wanted to be able to pray together and get a few photos before they met at the altar. So, they held hands around a door, never seeing each other, but feeling the reassuring squeeze and hearing their nervous, excited giggles. Such a sweet moment…
Cory’s reaction to Angela walking down the aisle was one of the sweetest I’ve ever seen.
I’ve confessed my undying love for Pinterest already. But as wonderful as the concept is, there is one thing missing from it…all of YOU! So many of you read this blog and yet you don’t have any reason to be on Pinterest. (Hi, Mom!) So really, while I’m compiling all this inspiration and loveliness, only the few of you who are actually on Pinterest regularly get to enjoy it! So, I thought I could cure that with a new regular post topic–PINspiration! (Sidenote: I’m sure I’m not the only one using that word, but I also didn’t nab it off anyone in particular. It popped up in my little ole mind, just like I’m sure it did for everyone else. Just call me #captainobvious.) Now, plenty of bloggers already have been sharing their pinned inspiration (for a couple FAB ones, check out DESIGNLOVEFEST and Oh Joy!), so it’s not like I’m the first one to think of this. But, perhaps what I’m pinning will still be interesting to some of you! I know I love seeing what others find inspiring. Makes me get outside my silly little box and find beauty in something unexpected.
So, I expect you will start seeing alot more PINspiration on the blog…let the pinning begin continue!
It’s funny how life goes. The people who come in and out of it, for this reason or that.
Back in college, I worked for three years in the College of Education. I was in the News & Publications department, and Erin worked in the Dean’s Office. We saw each other now and then, mostly in passing, sometimes stopping for a chat. Then, we both graduated, moved on from the COE, and Erin ended up in Denver, CO. We lost complete touch for a few years, knowing little to nothing about each other, besides what tidbits Facebook NewsFeed chose to share.
But then I started a photography business. Still we stayed out of touch for a bit, until Erin also started her own photography business too–Erin Gardner Photography. I don’t remember what exactly got us chatting again, but chat again we did. Now we regularly check in on each other’s businesses through Facebook and our blogs, encouraging each other, exchanging frustrations, and just enjoying having someone else to share a little of this crazy photography journey with.
Erin recently got the chance to come back to Gainesville for a visit, and when she asked me to take her photos, I was all heck yes I will! I actually suggested that we exchange shoots, since my profile photos are due for some updates too, and we made it happen. Two crazy photographers, sweating it out in the blazing August heat, fighting the gnats and trying our best to hold onto a shred of prettiness. I think Erin looked lovely the entire time…you’d never know the kind of conditions we were shooting in if I hadn’t just told you. :) Isn’t she just stunning?? Erin will be posting the photos of me at some point soon (I can’t wait to see them!), so I’ll share those when I can.
Erin, I’m so glad photography reconnected us, and I can’t wait til we get to shoot together again! :)
One lesson we learned during the shoot…Erin is excellent at jumping for pictures. I, however, am sadly not. Most of mine ended up with awkward bits and pieces of my body showing that were much better kept hidden. (dang skirt!) Yeah…you won’t be seeing any of my jumping attempts. (Right, Erin?? You best not post those suckers. No one needs to see that!) :)
I’m late to the party. But the party is still hopping, and probably will be for a looong time to come.
What party is this, you ask?
Why, the pinning party of course!
If you haven’t heard of Pinterest…well, then you probably just don’t spend as much time trolling the internet as I do. (read: you are infinitely cooler than me) I’ve been hearing about it for some time, but it was just last week that I jumped on the band wagon and started to get my “pin” on.
In a nutshell, some genius came up with the idea of “pinning” images you find online that you want to save. Previously I was just going the old school right-click-save-image route, collecting tons of images in folders on my desktop. They were somewhat arranged according to what category they fell under (in my case–style inspiration, interior design, shoot styling, special projects, etc…), but it was a royal pain in my rear to rename each image to something that would remind me which site I found it on in the first place. Just not the easiest way to access inspiration when needed. Plus, I could only get to my inspiration files when I was on whatever computer I saved the image to…mega lame.
Then, along came Pinterest.
Now, I’ll be reading a blog, window-shopping online, or just looking for some inspiration, and if I see something I want to save/remember/share, I merely click the handy-dandy “Pin It!” button on my favorites toolbar.
Voila! I can pick which “board” I want to save it to (mine range in title from “photography” to “cool stuff +things” to “fashion + style” and so on), and it does all the work of remembering the image’s original link for me.
And, even cooler, people can follow my boards to see what’s inspiring me, and I can follow other people to see what they’ve been digging on lately.
See…all my boards in one place! So! much! inspiration! Click here to follow my boards.
Good. Gracious. Does it get much better than that??
No, no it doesn’t. This is the epitome of excitement for an inspiration-web-troll like me.
Here’s a little snapshot of one of my Pinterest boards…it’s for a little project (hence the title “Special Project”) that I’ve got in the works, so hopefully sooner than later you’ll see this inspiration actually turn into reality. :)
Happy pinning, ya’ll! :)
There is just something about my grandparents’ house that tugs at my heart. Maybe it’s childhood memories of our visits tbere, or maybe it’s feeling that so much life has taken place in that one house…life that existed before I ever did. My mom grew up in that house. She got picked up for dates there. Got ready for prom there. Jumped on the beds and laughed with her friends there. Every corner has a story, a thought, a memory.
As I walked through the house a couple of weeks ago, I realized how much the colors, textures, and patterns evoke memories for me, of happy times and laughter. Of always getting a popsicle from the outdoor freezer…changing into my bathing suit in the outdoor bathroom…looking at the bottom of the pool and imaging my mom as a girl, riding her bike around the empty concrete cavern…chasing lizards around the pool deck…my cousin Brian always threatening to throw me in the pool fully clothed…taking luxurious naps on the seriously uncomfortable but mid-century-modern-chic couch…looking for change in grandpa’s chair cushions…sleeping on the floor next to my brother, blanket roll between us so we wouldn’t fight…playing Indians with my cousins and my grandpa…the list goes on.
I’ll use any excuse to take pictures of Lexie. The lens I rented for this weekend’s wedding arrived yesterday–the 24mm 1.8. Oh. my. lovely. It’s pretty much just torturing me with it’s awesomeness, since I don’t think I’ll be shelling out the dough to own it anytime soon. But, since I’ve got it for three days, I figured I should put it to good use! Little Lex is pretty used to having a camera in her face at this point, but today she was extra cooperative and willing to pose. I swear, she was listening to my directions like she was human.
Lay your head here. Look up at me. Smile. Serious face. There, perfect, don’t move.
It was pretty cute. I think my favorite shot of the day is the very first one. I just love her little leg hanging off the edge of the chair arm and her tongue hanging out. Sweet little thing.
Some people take pictures of their kids. I take pictures of my dog. Yep.
These siblings are just the sweetest people on the planet. I work with their mom, Betsy, and she styled all of their outfits for the shoot. Umm..amazing, right? I was much impressed. Her concept for the shoot was to just play up each kid’s personality and interests in what they wore and what props they brought. I think the concept turned out lovely, and we had so much fun during the shoot. I always know a shoot is good when I’m shooting half an hour longer than originally scheduled and don’t even realize it. I’m just having that.much.fun. Oh, and this location just killed me with it’s awesomeness. We definitely needed Betsy watching for cars while we shot at the underpass (it was right on a crazy curve in the road), but it ended up being such a dramatic, fun spot to shoot. Lauren, Emma, and Gabe…ya’ll were SO fantastic to work with, and you were naturals in front of the camera. Enjoy your photos! :)