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holy cuteness overload batman.
emily + brandon
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…
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!) :)
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! :)
Blog, meet Jimena. Jimena, meet Blog.
Jimena is my lovely new neighbor (well, it’s been a couple months since she moved in, so new-ish). I love when life just kind of drops awesome people into your life. I’ve been going to exercise classes at my apartment complex gym a couple times a week for about a year now. Usually there are a handful of people there, but no one really talked to anyone else. It was just get there, throw around a few awkward smiles, sweat it out amongst strangers, and then leave. Bo-ring.
But then, Jimena started coming, and another girl named Kenya. I don’t know what first got the three of us chatting, but chat we did…and now chat we do every week! I don’t know if the instructors love us because we are cracking up the whole time, or whether they are rolling their eyes behind our backs. Who cares either way, right? Now gym time is social time too, which is such a breath of fresh air in my life.
Jimena is as bound and determined as I am to enjoy all the little free things our apartment complex has to offer, which is fun because now I have a partner in crime to hang out with! We hit the gym, the pool, and lately, the weekly screenings of Harry Potter movies in the complex’s mini-movie theater, complete with popcorn and sodas. This week our schedules didn’t work out to make the screening of Prisoner of Azkaban, so tonight after Pilates we are watching it at my place (because I own the movie, of course). We are even making dinner at my place, which is awesome-tastic. I love making new friends, and it’s such a blessing in my life to have such a sweet new friend just a building away.
Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a weekend o’ fun awaiting me. Piano bar, zumba, pool time, improv show, dinner and drinks with friends, and who knows what else! Umm…yes please! That’s my kind of weekend.
One of the lovely ladies I’ll be hanging out with is my sweet new friend Jimena. She recently moved into my apartment complex, and we’ve been having fun taking advantage of the pool and free gym classes together ever since. We did a little mini photo shoot of her and her cute puppy Luca, and I got to play around a bit. (Finally found someone else willing to model for me when I just feel like shooting for fun…woo!) So the the editing is a tad different than usual…just playing with some editing techniques. And I’m not gonna lie…I kind of like it. :)
More to come!
Just a little peek at what I’m editing this week…can’t wait to share full posts for both of these shoots. The color. The sweet moments. The laughter.