One of my most missed things about Minnesota is my acting class. It was an escape from my day to day life to a safe place. My classmates were my family. I learned so much with them and from them. Our second year was focused on Shakespeare, and I fell so completely in love. I can still perform the sonnet and monologues I learned in a heartbeat. I could probably still do my scene as well, but I had the most amazing scene partner in Heather, and I would hate to do it with anyone but her.

I am taking British Literature, and last semester, I got to do something creative for my final project. We were instructed to choose one of the several periods that we had studied, conduct some research, and present our findings in our own way. I decided to focus my project on the Elizabethan era. I created a presentation to include the info I had found on the art, music, food, and clothing of the era. However, I also set up a photoshoot. With the help of my friend Seth, I staged and photographed scenes from Shakespeare’s works. I had a lot of fun with this project, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. So was my teacher, apparently, as I got 100%!

Here are a couple of the photos from the project. Enjoy!

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of
infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me
on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred
in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it. Here hung
those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where
be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your
flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on
a roar?

doctor watson.

So, speaking of puppies…

I really feel the need to talk about my Watson for a bit. I spend approximately 420% of my time every day thinking about him. He’s been such a weird and wonderful thing to watch. And when I say thing, I really do mean thing. Some of you may recognize this photo of the three little orphans about a week after they came to us as fuzzy, wiggling worms.

He then proceeded to grow…

And grow…

And grow!

While he has been growing, so has my adoration of him (cue studio audience ‘awww’). I don’t know how to explain the joy I feel when I come downstairs in the morning to be greeted by my Watson. My day hasn’t started right unless I’ve had a couple of minutes to sit down on the floor with my (over 50 pound) puppy in my lap. He rides with me in the car on my way to school and is sitting in the backseat waiting for me when my mom comes to pick me up. He just makes life good.

I’ve been spending some time taking him to the park nearby to work with him on modeling paying attention to me even when there’s lots of other stuff going on around us. Lately, I’ve been combining that with some photo time, because he quite frankly has become a truly handsome specimen of a dog.

This next one is really just an outtake… but I’m sharing it with you all because it makes me laugh every time I look at it. Watson is generally such a zen dog. Curious, but not spastic… well, that’s a lie, but you get my drift. However, there was a game of catch going on behind my head while I was taking these photos and at one point, he apparently just couldn’t take sitting still and watching it anymore.

The last few are a bit more personal. Their main purpose is to provide more puppy-filled fodder for my profile picture on facebook, and are therefore not really my best work. They mean a lot to me, though. They are really a perfect display of why I love photography. These are moments, captured. Frozen in time forever. These are all moments I find myself in several times a day with my dog, and now they have been documented. Just the way they should be.

I kinda, sorta love him.

Okay. I’ll stop obsessing over my dog now. Thanks for reading. =]

carpe diem.

Hello, everyone!
I do apologize for my absence as of late. As I mentioned recently, life is getting very busy and I am here to tell you why.

For the past 2 1/2 years, we’ve been living in Minnesota. It’s been interesting. An adventure, to be sure, and one I will continue to look back on fondly for many years to come. We have adored the winters. Despite the humidity, the summers have been okay too. I have met some amazing people and found some fantastic opportunities for photography, acting, and life. However, it is time for a change. Time for new opportunities. My dad has resigned and is looking to start something new with an old colleague. We’re not positive yet as to what this new thing will be, but the details will be rolled out slowly. What we do know is that it will be taking us back to our old house in Los Angeles. That’s right. We’re heading out of the Midwest and back to the Golden State. We plan to be packed and on the road by April 27th with an ETA of May 1st. Things are happening pretty fast and I’m a little overwhelmed right now, but I am very excited, too. I am devastated to be leaving the friends I’ve made here and I will miss the snow like you wouldn’t believe, but I am so proud of my dad for making this jump. I can’t wait to see what new things are in store for me and my family. And hey, if you’re in California and interested in photos, drop me an email! I’ll be pretty busy at first, what with unpacking and getting back into the flow with schoolwork, but things should start opening up in early June.

I do have quite a few posts to make, but who knows when they’ll show up. I had my first maternity shoot on Monday and a quick portrait/fashion shoot on Friday, both of which were a total blast. Hopefully those photos will appear soon, so stay tuned. I have also been inspired by the amazing Carlyn to start trying out some levitation stuff. It’s gone pretty poorly so far, but I’m working on it. Plus, we will actually be driving the 2,000 miles to LA, so I’m sure I’ll be taking tons of photos when I’m not the one behind the wheel.

I want to thank everyone in Minnesota for their kindness and assistance in getting me to where I am today. I held my first job, worked on many shows on stage and behind the scenes, got my learner’s permit, shot my first wedding, and many other things that I totally owe to the Twin Cities. I will never forget my time here. I will always love my friends here. Thank you all for making my Midwest life what it has been.

But here is to new beginnings. The first day of the rest of our lives. Look out, LA. We’re coming home, and with a brand new agenda on our hands.

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
– John Keating (Robin Williams), ‘Dead Poets Society’