[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.

[12/52] Tomorrow
The theme for this week was “tomorrow” a la a friend of mine whom without hesitation replied with suggestions to upcoming themes when the two of us were struggling.
I wrote down a whole bunch of themes on paper and put them in an unused gym bag and had Nadeem pick one out.
"Tomorrow" seems like a daunting idea. Something only somebody with conceptual artistic talents could find inspirational. And it was difficult at first, ain’t gon’ lie, but after I gave myself a day to really think through what tomorrow means to me, I immediately had this idea in mind.
The theme is something no one will ever grasp. It’s a concept that only lies within our thoughts; we will never have direct contact with it, and that point is exactly what I wanted to capture. The only moment in time that we can touch and feel and think about is right now, this present moment. So while everyone constantly thinks of the future, their plans, their goals, their to-do lists, all we can really change is right now. We will always have right now.
And that is an idea I’ve always struggled with until lately. You grow up going to school. You finish high school so you can go to college. You go to college so you can get a job right after, or so you can go to more college. Well, having a significant other who’s not only still in school for another three semesters, but still in school halfway across the world really puts a long-term process onto your thoughts. And I’m not talking about “is the relationship worth it.” I know that it is, and the only question I’m asking myself is “now what do I do.” Everyone seems to have their life in order, or at least, that’s what Facebook tells me, so how do I live? Do I live 7 hours behind him? Or do I live in the face of upset packing a suitcase of my things for a chance to find that job where he is?
I chose the second option because all we have is right now. At least I’m trying. Dreams can change, and that’s not a bad thing.

[12/52] Tomorrow

The theme for this week was “tomorrow” a la a friend of mine whom without hesitation replied with suggestions to upcoming themes when the two of us were struggling.

I wrote down a whole bunch of themes on paper and put them in an unused gym bag and had Nadeem pick one out.

"Tomorrow" seems like a daunting idea. Something only somebody with conceptual artistic talents could find inspirational. And it was difficult at first, ain’t gon’ lie, but after I gave myself a day to really think through what tomorrow means to me, I immediately had this idea in mind.

The theme is something no one will ever grasp. It’s a concept that only lies within our thoughts; we will never have direct contact with it, and that point is exactly what I wanted to capture. The only moment in time that we can touch and feel and think about is right now, this present moment. So while everyone constantly thinks of the future, their plans, their goals, their to-do lists, all we can really change is right now. We will always have right now.

And that is an idea I’ve always struggled with until lately. You grow up going to school. You finish high school so you can go to college. You go to college so you can get a job right after, or so you can go to more college. Well, having a significant other who’s not only still in school for another three semesters, but still in school halfway across the world really puts a long-term process onto your thoughts. And I’m not talking about “is the relationship worth it.” I know that it is, and the only question I’m asking myself is “now what do I do.” Everyone seems to have their life in order, or at least, that’s what Facebook tells me, so how do I live? Do I live 7 hours behind him? Or do I live in the face of upset packing a suitcase of my things for a chance to find that job where he is?

I chose the second option because all we have is right now. At least I’m trying. Dreams can change, and that’s not a bad thing.

[11/52] Summer
Summer, to me, means outdoors, sunshine, bike rides to Dairy Queen, and baseball; however, the last week of summer (when Nadeem and I wanted to take on the theme for this project) we both had packed our bags for Rome. Having been to Rome before, I knew that the idea I had in mind for open fields with wildflowers and sunshine of a picture wasn’t going to happen, so I had to think on the fly with what Rome has to offer in terms of greenery. On the top of one of my favorite hills in a neighborhood next to mine, we found the perfect line of summer brush. I looked at Nadeem and said, “There.” Neither of us could fit our tripods in our luggage, so I used him as my human tripod and told him all he had to do was press the shutter. After a few tests shots, I had the perfect pose in mind that would represent summer.
Careless. Light. Free.
If it could be like this always - always summer, always effervescent and free.

[11/52] Summer

Summer, to me, means outdoors, sunshine, bike rides to Dairy Queen, and baseball; however, the last week of summer (when Nadeem and I wanted to take on the theme for this project) we both had packed our bags for Rome. Having been to Rome before, I knew that the idea I had in mind for open fields with wildflowers and sunshine of a picture wasn’t going to happen, so I had to think on the fly with what Rome has to offer in terms of greenery. On the top of one of my favorite hills in a neighborhood next to mine, we found the perfect line of summer brush. I looked at Nadeem and said, “There.” Neither of us could fit our tripods in our luggage, so I used him as my human tripod and told him all he had to do was press the shutter. After a few tests shots, I had the perfect pose in mind that would represent summer.

Careless. Light. Free.

If it could be like this always - always summer, always effervescent and free.

[10/52] Silhouette
This photo actually started out with the idea that I could use Christmas lights to wrap my body in and somehow create a silhouette with that; however, after a few clicks of the shutter and out-of-focus images, I became frustrated quickly because I couldn’t execute the idea right away. So I bundled up the stringed lights and accidentally clicked the remote in the process, and the photograph came out with a delicate silhouette. Running with the idea, I taped the bundled lights to the wall and snapped away. This photo is what came of it.
There’s darkness to silhouettes, yet at the same time you need light in order to notice one.
Give light, and darkness will disappear of itself.

[10/52] Silhouette

This photo actually started out with the idea that I could use Christmas lights to wrap my body in and somehow create a silhouette with that; however, after a few clicks of the shutter and out-of-focus images, I became frustrated quickly because I couldn’t execute the idea right away. So I bundled up the stringed lights and accidentally clicked the remote in the process, and the photograph came out with a delicate silhouette. Running with the idea, I taped the bundled lights to the wall and snapped away. This photo is what came of it.

There’s darkness to silhouettes, yet at the same time you need light in order to notice one.

Give light, and darkness will disappear of itself.

[8/52] with the theme of some last-minute ten-minute selfie
and still untitled
Nadeem had quite the week traveling across the world so it took us up to Friday to decide on a theme, and even then we were changing our minds to try to pick something easy and simple that we both could do.
Sunday came around and neither of us had a photo to hand in. So as much as I hated the pressure of turning in an assignment late (without school anymore, this is how I treat this project), I had to come up with something.
Here is my something. I took it and messaged my other half saying that he had to come up with a selfie (two hands on the camera) within ten minutes. Because that’s what I did.
What should I call it?

[8/52] with the theme of some last-minute ten-minute selfie

and still untitled

Nadeem had quite the week traveling across the world so it took us up to Friday to decide on a theme, and even then we were changing our minds to try to pick something easy and simple that we both could do.

Sunday came around and neither of us had a photo to hand in. So as much as I hated the pressure of turning in an assignment late (without school anymore, this is how I treat this project), I had to come up with something.

Here is my something. I took it and messaged my other half saying that he had to come up with a selfie (two hands on the camera) within ten minutes. Because that’s what I did.

What should I call it?

trust your rope
[7/52] Levitation
Or as my phone autocorrect says “levivatation.”
Yes, I know that’s not even a word. Talk to my phone.
This picture is another composite. I actually had about 5 minutes of time where it was not raining the last day I had available to take this week’s photograph. So I rushed to the spot I wanted to take the photo I had in mind, and it started raining. Great. Now what do I do? I pout. Also talk to my mother. She witnessed my 2-year-old tantrum in the driveway.
But then I had a change of heart after I let my frustration out, and I decided to do it right there, in the driveway. I took a stool from the basement and lay my body across it while my mom held the rope that wrapped around my waist. I used a photo in which my body looked the least amount of awkward and a photo for the arm in front and a photo for the arm in back and a photo for my hair. I composited all those together but had no background image to place my person against. So I went out with my father looking for a road that looked like a road without suburban graham cracker houses in the way of the peace I wanted the landscape to enforce.
This backdrop was the second picture I took, and I liked it so much I only took a few more just to make sure that second one was the one I wanted. And it was.
Happy 7 weeks and cheers to another successful photograph! :)

trust your rope

[7/52] Levitation

Or as my phone autocorrect says “levivatation.”

Yes, I know that’s not even a word. Talk to my phone.

This picture is another composite. I actually had about 5 minutes of time where it was not raining the last day I had available to take this week’s photograph. So I rushed to the spot I wanted to take the photo I had in mind, and it started raining. Great. Now what do I do? I pout. Also talk to my mother. She witnessed my 2-year-old tantrum in the driveway.

But then I had a change of heart after I let my frustration out, and I decided to do it right there, in the driveway. I took a stool from the basement and lay my body across it while my mom held the rope that wrapped around my waist. I used a photo in which my body looked the least amount of awkward and a photo for the arm in front and a photo for the arm in back and a photo for my hair. I composited all those together but had no background image to place my person against. So I went out with my father looking for a road that looked like a road without suburban graham cracker houses in the way of the peace I wanted the landscape to enforce.

This backdrop was the second picture I took, and I liked it so much I only took a few more just to make sure that second one was the one I wanted. And it was.

Happy 7 weeks and cheers to another successful photograph! :)

[6/52] Listen to the wind and you will feel a hug from the universe with every breeze
Today, I submitted my sixth photograph for my sixth theme of my sixth week of my 52-week project.
We settled on “wind” for this past week’s theme and I waited all week for a breezy day. You would think Minnesota with its wide fields and open spaces that wind wouldn’t be hard to find, right? Oh how wrong I was. It took me the whole week without even one mildly breezy day for me to finally say to myself on Saturday, the last day I could take a photo, to just go out in the world with my camera and see what the universe will give me.
The universe gave me a hug that day because the wind lifted my hair along with it but refrained from stealing it. It wasn’t too strong, and it wasn’t too light.
During the week of waiting, though, my head overwhelmed itself with ideas for this theme. Filled the brain pool with numerous designs and intentions. I could do something with flowy fabrics, lots of hair, flowers, faces, or string. Anything and everything.
However, I decided to step back from those ambitions, lessening my addiction to Photoshop and compositional photographs, to see what kind of audience I’m really targeting with my photography. I want to take natural portraits of and for people who just want to feel pretty. And bringing it back to the basics this week is one step toward that goal.
I hope you all find the beauty in something so simple!

[6/52] Listen to the wind and you will feel a hug from the universe with every breeze

Today, I submitted my sixth photograph for my sixth theme of my sixth week of my 52-week project.

We settled on “wind” for this past week’s theme and I waited all week for a breezy day. You would think Minnesota with its wide fields and open spaces that wind wouldn’t be hard to find, right? Oh how wrong I was. It took me the whole week without even one mildly breezy day for me to finally say to myself on Saturday, the last day I could take a photo, to just go out in the world with my camera and see what the universe will give me.

The universe gave me a hug that day because the wind lifted my hair along with it but refrained from stealing it. It wasn’t too strong, and it wasn’t too light.

During the week of waiting, though, my head overwhelmed itself with ideas for this theme. Filled the brain pool with numerous designs and intentions. I could do something with flowy fabrics, lots of hair, flowers, faces, or string. Anything and everything.

However, I decided to step back from those ambitions, lessening my addiction to Photoshop and compositional photographs, to see what kind of audience I’m really targeting with my photography. I want to take natural portraits of and for people who just want to feel pretty. And bringing it back to the basics this week is one step toward that goal.

I hope you all find the beauty in something so simple!