Have fun in college. Make friends. Go an adventures. Be yourself and don't let anything hold you back.
I cannot believe that my little brother is a senior in high school! I have watched him grow up into such a polite young man and I am very proud of him. For those interested, he will be attending Clemson for business finance; so instead of being mom's problem at home, he can be my problem here in the upstate. His high school prom was not that long ago and I can finally share some images of him and his beautiful girlfriend. Enjoy!
Did you know that Clemson has a creative research project that focuses on genetically diverse crops? I have been working with Zack, who currently runs the Living Seed Ark and conducts these experiments. He does all sorts of testings at the organic farm and I have been lucky enough to photograph the progress these last couple of months.
There are 120 different tomatoes, 116 selections of peanuts and 119 varieties of okra down at the organic farm being tested for growth. The Living Seed Ark strives to connect with farmers and chefs in the area to promote diversity and great tasting products with the varieties that they grow. The varieties are maintained in a USDA certified organic environment located at the Student Organic Farm in Clemson. Sometimes during the summer, you can drive by and see hoards of sunflowers growing in the field next to the organic farm!
Here are some of the neat images that I have gotten over the past few months!
After exams, what else is there for 4 college kids to do other than go on an adventure? We had a plan to go hiking at Triple Falls and Looking Glass, then to go into Hendersonville and Brevard. Did you know there is a pinball museum in Hendersonville? It is awesome and I highly suggest that you check it out if you are in the area. I got one image of my roommate there, but haven't edited it yet. Do you want me to post a before and after?
On the trip, I took three cameras. Yes, excessive, but a good decision. I had one film camera so that I could learn, my Nikon D750, and my polaroid with black and white film. I was feeling very Ansel Adams with the black and white and I cannot wait to share those when I get the regular film developed and the polaroids scanned.
It was a much needed and awesome sauce adventure. Also, fact of the day, Brevard is home to white squirrels.
This past weekend, I second shot a wedding with my friend from journalism class. Ely Middleton is a creative who has been doing a lot of photography work lately and she is amazing. Ely knows how to direct clients, is a very welcoming person, and does her job with a smile on her face. You should definitely check her and her blog out when you get a chance! https://lettersfromely.com/
This Earth Day, I decided to build a raised garden box outside of my place of residence. I love to garden and take care of plants, but the soil in Clemson kind of sucks. Living on top of red clay, the soil is not the best for things like tomatoes and peppers. So, I grabbed some lumber and went to work. I dug all four holes and sunk the posts in 10.5 inches then built the long sides and put them in. Finally the end pieces got screwed in and there we go! I cannot wait to fill it up with dirt and grow all of the things!
I have known Ben for two years through the Clemson University Dairy Science Club. He is amazingly dedicated to animal vet sciences and continues to surprise with everything he can juggle. Congrats on graduating Ben!
The South Carolina Review (SCR) is a literary magazine housed here at Clemson University. According to their website, "we attempt to reflect the diverse experience of our readers and contributors by publishing affecting, thought-provoking work from both new and established writers from a wide background." Last semester, I was placed on the lead for a photography inquiry for this magazine to match images with the selected stories. Here are some of the shots from that shoot, and you should definitely go and check them out on facebook, amazon, and their website!
I cannot believe that Jackson let me do this on a breezy March day! His mom and I had so much fun throwing paint. Congrats on getting into Lander, Jackson!