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/
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!
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!
Mom and I took a girls trip up to the Biltmore in North Carolina for my spring break. I recommend it to anyone who likes really cool buildings, good food and flowers! Here are some of my shots.
In order to successfully procrastinate, you will need two things - a reason and an idea. Madi and I were bored and unmotivated to do our homework one day, so we took matters into our own hands and decided to try a witch inspired photo shoot in the hobbit hole of her room. It was very dark, so I had the ISO up to high (which is scary high on my camera). We just tried some things and the best part is, we didn't have to study!
When I was applying for the art programs in different colleges (and even some art schools), I had to learn how to put together my first portfolio. I knew I needed about ten pieces that showed my type of work and my variety in skills. Going through all my photos, I noticed that I did not have any portraits of people.
Photography now centers around a lot of portraits and fashion. So, I knew I had to get at least one portrait into this portfolio. There were some people willing to be my model at my school, but I did not want photos of my friends. This caused me to email a bunch of pretty, and interesting people to pose for me in a teachers office.
It was dark, and I had a lamp from someones room as my light source. It was such a makeshift studio. After getting shots of a few people, this one is still one of my favorites, editing and all.
Last year, when I lived in the dorms, I put a sticky note on the main door asking the hall for models. One person replied to it, and that person was Islay! We went over to the Holmes and McCabe laundry room and the Clemson campus bowling alley for the two images below. It was a lot of fun, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there by sticky notes in your dorm.