Category Archives: portraits

The Catacombs of Paris

While visiting Paris, I got to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – I got to go the Parisian Catacombs.

Note: All of these photos are completely unedited in any way. So if things look odd, that is because, well, they did look odd.



The signs outside the entrance said, in multiple languages, “Not for the weak of spirit” and I have to agree. Despite this, though, I thought it was a fascinating place. It was full of history, if a slightly morbid history.





I think someone must have tried to take a picture at the same time I did – that’s the only thing I can think of to explain the crazy green color.


If you’ve never been, and you are not, “faint of spirit” I’d recommend going if you have the chance. It is quite an experience.

Leave a comment

Filed under Photography, portraits

Life of a River Rat

It has been really nice these past couple of days, so I’ve been going to the river and the park a fair bit. Here are some pictures from the past couple of days!

This was last week, I think. It was lots of fun, frolicking around the park.


The river again! It is interesting how different places get different editing styles. The river always gets a green filter, to bring out the browns and yellows, and a slight blur. I think it makes it look more summery.




By the time we left, the moon had risen.

Leave a comment

Filed under Photography, portraits

A Huck Finn Adventure

Today, some friends and I went down to the river. We ate sandwiches and salads, then frolicked in the water. I, of course, took a large number of photos, as did the boy.


We were not the only ones with the idea. But it was kind of nice to see everyone there – it really made it feel like spring.


The water was fairly cold – no one wanted to go very far into the water. Brinn was adventurous, though.




Not pictured – Brinn taught me how to skip ricks! The image on the right is of my victory pose.


Joe looks so serious and dashing! Brinn does not. Adorable, though.




Filed under Photography, portraits

An Amalgamation of Events

First of all, I tested out a new lens today, a 50mm f/1.8. All of these photos were taken with it. And let me tell you, I am blown away by this lens. It is a beauty. I barely edited anything in these photos. My 35mm ain’t got nothin’ on this lens, at least when it comes to portraits.

Speaking of portraits! A friend in my digital arts class, Fitz, needed to have his senior portrait taken, but had missed the school deadline. And so, here are some of the portraits I took. If you’d like to see more, look here.



I had a little trouble figuring out the focus on it, though. Although I normally use the manual focus on my 35mm, it has a zoom. I had never realized how much I depended on the zoom to focus until I couldn’t anymore. So some of these photos are not as sharp as I might of liked. But, oh! This lens! When I did focus it properly, it was remarkably clear. Crisp, even. I could wax poetic all day.


Flowers and Fitz have little to do with one another, but holy cow look at the bokeh in the flower image! Isn’t that something?

And after taking photos of Fitz, we explored a bit under the bridge on campus.




And finally, unrelated to anything else, you have the flower pin that is currently living on my purse. Isn’t it pretty?


PS: If you need portraits taken for something, contact me and let me know! I’d be happy to talk with you. 🙂

Leave a comment

Filed under Photography, portraits

Spring Break Pt. II – Snapshots


I cut my hair! How exciting! I actually really like it, it is remarkably refreshing.


I also went down to UVA to hang with this lovely lady. She is one of my best friends, but since she lives far away and goes to a different school, I don’t get to see her much. So any time we hang out, it is always really exciting. Moreover, no matter how long it has been since we’ve seen each other, we always seems to pick up like it’s been no time at all.






In short – I am kind of in love with her. 🙂


The boy came down too!



While visiting, we made cupcakes! They were pomegranate & blood orange cupcakes – we used this recipe. I’d highly recommend it.


And finally, as always, I took pictures of flowers – once again, with the lenses the boy got me.  I mean, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take an inordinate amount of macro flower-photos. But with such shiny lenses to play with, it becomes increasingly hard to resist.

Leave a comment

Filed under flowers, food, Photography, portraits

The Little Things

Midterms are coming, midterms are coming! Run for your lives!

Oh wait, they are already here. Damn.

Here are a few small things that made me happy in the midst of this insanely chaotic weekend.


I actually don’t really like mushrooms (gasp!) but these were tasty. This probably had something to do with the amount of butter they were cooked in.


Roses! I love two-toned roses.


Salad noms. Cause I’m healthy like that. (I totally ate this with ribs.)


He is such a goof-ball, it makes me smile.

PS: From this point forward, until I get a new lens (read – far in the future) I refuse to try and shoot nice photos after the sun sets. My little lens cannot handle lighting like that, poor thing. And I hate, hate, hate flash. So no more of that.

1 Comment

Filed under flowers, food, Photography, portraits

Oh Joy!

Today was a picnic day! I went out with some friends and we nommed sandwiches at a local park.



My friends are awesome. If you want to see a few more photos, look here. 🙂


Filed under flowers, Photography, portraits, Uncategorized

Saturday, in Photos

Here is a brief photographic journey through my Saturday.


A sunlit road we stopped on, on the way to school.

Grass Stalk

Sunlit grass stalk on the side of the road.

Barbed Wire

This farm does not want you entering, apparently.


My boy took this -lovely photo. ❤

Grass House

Golden grass, a house – you know the story.

The Tiny Lion

A little lion I saw walking around my building.

1 Comment

Filed under Photography, portraits

A Quick Vacation to Italy

So, last post I mentioned that I was swamped this weekend working on my digital arts project. It occurred to me that maybe I should share the piece I was working on here! Since it was a photography-based assignment, it kind of works, right? And I will post my new photo of the day later as well. But for those interested, here you go! This piece was my favorite of the two I worked on. The assignment was to photoshop ourselves (and at least one other classmate) into a photo of taken in Italy. And so here we are, at the south fringe of Lake Maggiore on a cool winter’s morning.

If you have any critiques or suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Should you be interested in seeing the other piece I did for this project, take a look here. Thanks for stopping by!


Filed under Photography, portraits

Friends and Flowers

First, meet my friend Hunter:

Hunter Headshot

He’s a pretty cool dude. I like him. So here is some more of him (emotion chart!):


And finally, a rose:

Gender Stereotypes


Filed under Photography, portraits