All the foods I hate:

You know those foods that, no matter how much you eat them, and no matter which way you eat them, you will never like them?

For me, that’s cooked tomatoes. I love raw tomatoes. I love tomato-based sauces. But warm cherry tomatoes on top a pizza? Or sun dried tomatoes in cream cheese? Or chili with chunks of tomatoes in it? Cannot do it.

And with that comes ketchup. I hate ketchup. H.A.T.E. ketchup.

I also cannot come to terms with avocados. I’m starting to like guacamole, but that has a myriad of flavors on board. So I can handle it.

Also, (two more things) I will never like eggplant. Slice it, dice it, however you want, I will never like it.And for a vegetarian like myself, that’s a huge kink in the system.

The last thing is sour cream. Grossgrossgrossgrossgross. And not even because it’s bad for you, but it’s … soured… cream… Ew.

What foods can you not stand?

Even Flaws are Flawed

Why is it that whenever people come to realize that they are different from another person/other people, those differences are immediately recognized as “flaws?” Why do your distinct traits have to be flaws? You are not flawed. Flaws are bad. You just have characteristics that make you who you are. Why is that a bad thing?

Embrace it, don’t apologize.

I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
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I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info
I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.
I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.
They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.
Zoom Info

I’ve been meaning to finish this black&white series for a while, but for some reason I kept putting it off.

I took these photographs of a close friend over the summer when my city’s lakes had flooded from too much rain.

They came out enchanting and raw and I love every bit of them.

Today’s mood must include chocolate

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a European chocolate festival located in a city a few hours outside of Rome; however, for reasons unclear to me now, I never went. THIS WEEKEND, though, a couple friends asked if I wanted to join them for a second chance.

Heck Yes!

After four hours of sleep, 3 hours on a train, and an hour climbing a mountain, we finally arrived at the delicious-est place in Italy: Eurochocolate Festival: Perugia.

Anxiety-ridden and undernourished, we got aggressive through a crowd of hungry Italians. And if you know anything about Italians, you know that most have zero social awareness. So aggressiveness and elbows are a must.

We bought a card that, at first, seemed like just another 5 euro purchase, except, once we actually figured it out, the card gave us free chocolate, samples, and discounts at almost every chocolate stand at the festival.

These chocolate-covered strawberries,  however not on the card, were beyond worth the 4euro we spent on them. I think it’s safe to say they were everybody’s favorite.

We ate some, walked around some, ate some more, walked around some more, and took some pictures.

My favorite? My absolute favorite? Was this sample of hot chocolate pudding. It’s only been a day, and I want to go back and buy some.

And then we walked around some more.

And then this was another delicious find: Chocolate Baileys. SUPER thick and creamy and you could feel it coat your mouth on its way down which gave off a full alcoholic kick, but not so much where it became unbearable. 

We ate a substantial meal somewhere in between everything… The restaurant had bathrooms so it was a good day.

And then macaroons and sunsets.

Want some sun flare?
We decided on “sun flare” as a super last minute idea for the week of the project we were behind. With an hour till sunset, we hustled out the door with our cameras chasing the sun.
Nadeem took his photograph of me first, and it turned out beautiful, of course. I mean, when does it not? Like, ever?
We lost the sun in that spot quickly, so for my photograph, onwards we went to a more open street. Less of an alley way, more of a road. I love to play around with sun flare because it can add an ethereal dimension to a photograph, except I felt like I needed to get creative. I took a different approach to this week’s theme and grabbed a wine glass from the apartment’s china cabinet before we left. I took one with a blue stem and base. I set Nadeem in the middle of a sunny street facing away from the sun in order for me to shoot directly in to it.That wine glass became my second lens in a way. I set it right in front of my camera and let the sun poke through in all different directions creating light and colors harsher than the sun.
It’s a little abstract for some, and I love it that way.
Go have fun with your photographs everybody! Get creative! It’s okay!
The light teaches you to convert life into a festive promenade.
[17/52] Sun flare

Want some sun flare?

We decided on “sun flare” as a super last minute idea for the week of the project we were behind. With an hour till sunset, we hustled out the door with our cameras chasing the sun.

Nadeem took his photograph of me first, and it turned out beautiful, of course. I mean, when does it not? Like, ever?

We lost the sun in that spot quickly, so for my photograph, onwards we went to a more open street. Less of an alley way, more of a road. I love to play around with sun flare because it can add an ethereal dimension to a photograph, except I felt like I needed to get creative. I took a different approach to this week’s theme and grabbed a wine glass from the apartment’s china cabinet before we left. I took one with a blue stem and base. I set Nadeem in the middle of a sunny street facing away from the sun in order for me to shoot directly in to it.That wine glass became my second lens in a way. I set it right in front of my camera and let the sun poke through in all different directions creating light and colors harsher than the sun.

It’s a little abstract for some, and I love it that way.

Go have fun with your photographs everybody! Get creative! It’s okay!

The light teaches you to convert life into a festive promenade.

[17/52] Sun flare

Creating double exposures through a computer software intimidates me to the highest degree because they are easy to screw up. It is so easy to make the image look ridiculous and completely overdone. Before this picture, the only double exposures you’d see me doing are in-cameras with my 35mm. However, double exposed portraits create a peaceful duality of a person’s soul, and I didn’t want to avoid that conversation when we decided on last week’s theme of “serenity.”
It only took a few shots to get the expression that I was after (photo on the left). I cropped out the window on either side of me and I brushed out the background so all that was left was me on a white backdrop. I then overlayed the image with a photo I took recently of roses at the Queen’s rose garden in Regent’s Park in London (photo on the right). After a few minor color and light adjustments in Photoshop, the image really came together. I love the tones that materialized and the way my face is still the focus and heart of it all.
Rose is my middle name; it’s my mother’s name also. And a calmness comes over me when I surround myself with nature and flowers. That, to me, is serenity.
Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.
[16/52] Serenity
Zoom Info
Creating double exposures through a computer software intimidates me to the highest degree because they are easy to screw up. It is so easy to make the image look ridiculous and completely overdone. Before this picture, the only double exposures you’d see me doing are in-cameras with my 35mm. However, double exposed portraits create a peaceful duality of a person’s soul, and I didn’t want to avoid that conversation when we decided on last week’s theme of “serenity.”
It only took a few shots to get the expression that I was after (photo on the left). I cropped out the window on either side of me and I brushed out the background so all that was left was me on a white backdrop. I then overlayed the image with a photo I took recently of roses at the Queen’s rose garden in Regent’s Park in London (photo on the right). After a few minor color and light adjustments in Photoshop, the image really came together. I love the tones that materialized and the way my face is still the focus and heart of it all.
Rose is my middle name; it’s my mother’s name also. And a calmness comes over me when I surround myself with nature and flowers. That, to me, is serenity.
Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.
[16/52] Serenity
Zoom Info
Creating double exposures through a computer software intimidates me to the highest degree because they are easy to screw up. It is so easy to make the image look ridiculous and completely overdone. Before this picture, the only double exposures you’d see me doing are in-cameras with my 35mm. However, double exposed portraits create a peaceful duality of a person’s soul, and I didn’t want to avoid that conversation when we decided on last week’s theme of “serenity.”
It only took a few shots to get the expression that I was after (photo on the left). I cropped out the window on either side of me and I brushed out the background so all that was left was me on a white backdrop. I then overlayed the image with a photo I took recently of roses at the Queen’s rose garden in Regent’s Park in London (photo on the right). After a few minor color and light adjustments in Photoshop, the image really came together. I love the tones that materialized and the way my face is still the focus and heart of it all.
Rose is my middle name; it’s my mother’s name also. And a calmness comes over me when I surround myself with nature and flowers. That, to me, is serenity.
Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.
[16/52] Serenity
Zoom Info

Creating double exposures through a computer software intimidates me to the highest degree because they are easy to screw up. It is so easy to make the image look ridiculous and completely overdone. Before this picture, the only double exposures you’d see me doing are in-cameras with my 35mm. However, double exposed portraits create a peaceful duality of a person’s soul, and I didn’t want to avoid that conversation when we decided on last week’s theme of “serenity.”

It only took a few shots to get the expression that I was after (photo on the left). I cropped out the window on either side of me and I brushed out the background so all that was left was me on a white backdrop. I then overlayed the image with a photo I took recently of roses at the Queen’s rose garden in Regent’s Park in London (photo on the right). After a few minor color and light adjustments in Photoshop, the image really came together. I love the tones that materialized and the way my face is still the focus and heart of it all.

Rose is my middle name; it’s my mother’s name also. And a calmness comes over me when I surround myself with nature and flowers. That, to me, is serenity.

Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.

[16/52] Serenity

You Don’t Know About Me, But I’m Feeling 23!

The boy and I took a spontaneous (and expensive) trip to London this past weekend for my birthday. And being London, we had a thousand and one things to accomplish before leaving! Nadeem and I made a long list of places to see, food to eat, and things to do while we were there. 

And to be completely honest, London was on the top of our list of possible destinations solely because it’s one of three cities in Europe with Chipotle. IHADTOHAVEIT. Just kidding, no, that wasn’t it at all. We were just ultimately tired of pizza and pasta everyday, twice a day, so we wanted flavors that we couldn’t find in Rome (which is a lot more flavors than you think). We went to Chipotle twice before the weekend was over, and we ordered Starbucks every day. I needed that pumpkin spice for fall.

A little bit on the differences between Italy and London. First and foremost, not everyone is of the same culture in London. Almost everyone in Italy is Italian, so London really reminded me a lot of New York in the sense that people from all over the world inhabited the city.

Also, English is the main language. They created it. So it was nice to ask a question and receive an answer that I could actually comprehend and follow (somewhat) completely (the accent is tough to get through). However, with that, I thought everyone would be more willing to answer a question. Or say “excuse me.” Except they weren’t. Just like New York, London is a city where no one really cares about you. And just like NYC, they wear nothing but dress pants and briefcases, and they speed walk right behind you creating an anxiety you only feel in crowded spaces.

Another difference is that people in London eat dinner at an earlier time than Italians do. In Italy, if you’re at a restaurant by 7pm, you will be the only one there. However, in London, most restaurants stop serving food around 9:30/10pm. And depending on the area, you’d be lucky to even find a restaurant in the middle of all the businesses.

Another thing is that I’ve never been anywhere that had a norm of tiny sinks. Maybe half the size of an average bathroom sink and zero vanity/counter space.

And on the topic of size, the city is a giant. I never realized how large London is. I expected it, of course, but it never ‘hit me’ until we spent the first day mixing tube rides with marathons of walking, and we still didn’t cover all that we wanted. In Rome, you can live without public transportation. I can get from one end (of monuments) to the other and not have wasted my entire day (or lunch’s energy). In London, the tube is a necessity.

They drive on the other side of the road. I saw a Porsche with the steering wheel on its right side. Passengers were driving. And drivers were taking photographs out the window.

Lastly, it finally felt like autumn in London! We had sun and a light breeze for three out of the four days we were there with light rain on the day we spent mostly indoors anyways. In Rome, it’s still summer. It was nice to have a weekend away wearing pants, scarves, and boots bothered by zero mosquitoes nor a drop of sweat.

Overall, my birthday weekend was a huge success. I got my fix of home (and a new purse), and I only responded with “Si” once. Who else gets to say they spent their 23rd birthday in London just because they wanted to?

One of my favorite things had to be the Queen’s rose garden in Regent’s Park. Probably only because my middle name is Rose.

And because the Beatles.

American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
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American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
Zoom Info
American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
Zoom Info
American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
Zoom Info
American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
Zoom Info
American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
Zoom Info
American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
Zoom Info
American Honey
[14/52] Society
I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 
1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.
2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.
3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.
6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).
7) That honey then went into my hair.
8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!
As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.
Zoom Info

American Honey

[14/52] Society

I’ve recently had a few inquiries pertaining to my actions in Photoshop. As it takes me an entire day to edit one compositional photograph, I decided to satisfy those inquiries with a picture by picture process as you can fill in the blanks with the specific steps I took to achieve this portrait. 

1) This was the base photograph because I liked my hair and my face and the position my body was in.

2) To that, I added some extra hair from other photographs to accentuate the drama and I also fixed my shoulder to make it look like I wasn’t holding a remote.

3-5) Once my body was the way I like it, I added two pictures of flicked scarves to the picture. Rotated them, liquified them, just to get them exactly the way I wanted.

6) And after the scarves came the honey. Santa’s little helper dropped honey by the spoonfuls onto a plate (in a place of good light and a white background to keep it clean and easier to manipulate in Photoshop).

7) That honey then went into my hair.

8) And after some color correction and “Krystal Flare,” the conceptual photograph was complete!

As for the concept itself, all I’m going to explain is that with the theme ‘society,’ I wanted to achieve the message of objectification. It’s the little things, the terms of endearment, like “Hey, honey, I’m home” that can emphasize objectification among everyone and anyone.

[13/52] Protection
Thanks to the same friend who suggested the twelfth week’s theme of “tomorrow,” we got our theme for last week, “protection.”
With a recent trip to the hospital, I wanted to showcase how protection can mean one thing and its opposite simultaneously. What I mean by that is, say for example, you find shelter in your home when a tornado comes rolling around the neighborhood, or even the same with a thunderstorm. At the same time, however, that house not only protects you from the outside world, but it protects the outside world from you. Granted there isn’t much harm a person can inflict upon a tornado, but I live next to a penitentiary here in Rome, and that building, that same form of shelter for them keeps others, like me and you, protected from those hooligans. It’s a bit of a convoluted example, I know, but if you can understand that then you’ll understand my photograph.
Just like a physical building, your outer skin, your exoskeleton, protects you from certain bacteria in the air, on the ground, etc., but simultaneously, and out of absolutely nowhere, as soon as your body is infected with disease, nothing from the outside can change it. Unless there’s a way in.
Protection, to me, means both the definition of and its opposite.
A little deep for a Tuesday, but RWEmerson gets me:
"The best lightning rod for your own protection is your spine.”

[13/52] Protection

Thanks to the same friend who suggested the twelfth week’s theme of “tomorrow,” we got our theme for last week, “protection.”

With a recent trip to the hospital, I wanted to showcase how protection can mean one thing and its opposite simultaneously. What I mean by that is, say for example, you find shelter in your home when a tornado comes rolling around the neighborhood, or even the same with a thunderstorm. At the same time, however, that house not only protects you from the outside world, but it protects the outside world from you. Granted there isn’t much harm a person can inflict upon a tornado, but I live next to a penitentiary here in Rome, and that building, that same form of shelter for them keeps others, like me and you, protected from those hooligans. It’s a bit of a convoluted example, I know, but if you can understand that then you’ll understand my photograph.

Just like a physical building, your outer skin, your exoskeleton, protects you from certain bacteria in the air, on the ground, etc., but simultaneously, and out of absolutely nowhere, as soon as your body is infected with disease, nothing from the outside can change it. Unless there’s a way in.

Protection, to me, means both the definition of and its opposite.

A little deep for a Tuesday, but RWEmerson gets me:

"The best lightning rod for your own protection is your spine.”

Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info
Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.
I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.
So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.
Zoom Info

Some of you may or may not be aware that I took a college friend’s engagement photographs a few weeks ago. I was honored, honestly, when she asked me to do this favor for her because of two reasons. One reason is that it’s Colin. She is the best, most heart-filled human being I have ever met, and having the chance to capture that soul into my camera makes me happier than words can tell. The second reason is that these were my first engagement photos I have ever taken. I have never worked with two people in the same frame before. I did not know what to expect, I did not have specific ideas in mind. All I could do was trust my gut that I could produce quality moments for the couple to share their life story with not only me but whomever sees these photographs.

I am extremely proud of these images, because I think they are both emotion-filled and a step toward where I want my photography practice to take me. Secretly (well, not much of a secret anymore, and that’s okay), I follow all wedding photographers on social media. My favorite photographers capture special souls at weddings and engagement shoots that I cannot help but admire. I want to get there some day. I want to do what they’re doing with the same trust that their clients give them.

So thank you, Colin and Rinat, for giving me my first chance to show the world what I can do.