29.1.11

Interns 2011

"I'm anticipating the time 
When it'll be my turn,
It could be fun to try
I think that I'll save the world 
As a fun afternoon activity"
brooke fraser - saving the world
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"My" highschool has a really great "internship week" each year.
Each highschool student needs to submit a request to a business/career-option they would be interested in pursuing, and then instead of going to school that week, they go to "work" and intern!
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This year I had (from L to R) Katie, Julia, Emily and Natalie.
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We talked a good deal about branding, shoot preparation and "setting yourself apart."
One day we brainstormed brands.
They each picked words that described themselves.
The cut out pictures and created "brand boards" to see what they "looked" like.
Another day we worked on logos.
Another day they brainstormed for a shoot to do together.
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The final day they came and got all ready for their little "planned" shoot.
It was pretty adorable ;)
Mostly their conversations about "girl" things that I loved to eavesdrop on.
I love highschool girls haha
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Let me introduce them a little more specifically.
Emily is "artsy, dorky, young."
Probably the most experienced photographically-speaking of all the interns.
I loved the new look we came up for her!
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This is Natalie.
She came up with "joyful, colorful, spunky."
I think Natalie is the most driven and most "set and achieve goal"-oriented of all the interns.
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Katie is the fire-cracker.
And "spontaneous, funky, old-soul."
She's for sure the most excited and passionate in the group!
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A little spontaneous funk...
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... and a little old soul ;)
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Oh Julia, Julia.
;)
Julia actually isn't as interested in photography as she is exploring options.
I think she should going into fashion styling.
For her age, I think she has incredible taste.
I loved her "brand" the best.
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OhHEY. It's me!
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After the fun little shoot with the girls, we had two bf-gf couples to practice some more on!
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It was a packed week, and I went to bed early + tired every night! But it was so worth it.
Can't wait to see where these ladies go!
You all made me laugh, made me think and made me laugh some more.
I had a blast!

Ps. Trying to decide if I should do internships again this spring/summer.
Thoughts?

26.1.11

Keara {Children Photography}

"This is the story of a girl..
I absolutely love her,
When she smiles"
nine days
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This is a story of a girl.
A little girl named Keara, who just this past week met Belle, Rapunzel and Harry Potter.
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Where did she meet them?
Well.
Harry was at her house.
Of course.
We aren't sure where she met Belle (her mom thinks she dreamt it.)
And Rapunzel was actually just out in the parking lot before the shoot.
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Sometimes I wish I could get into a child's head and think what they think.
What does she really think of this big world?
Who are all these people running around?
Where does imagination and reality truly blur - 
where she innocently doesn't even know the difference between the truth of my existence and a Disney Princess?
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Keara doesn't understand that it's not polite to pull a wedgie in public.
Or that people don't usually walk around in princess dresses.
Or that you must walk on the right.
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She unashamedly watches herself dance in the reflection.
Spinning and flicking her little partly-painted nails.
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Keara is a little girl.  
Keara is a big sister.
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And Keara really wanted to play on the playground.
"But it's too cold outside, honey."
"Nooo! The one inside mom! The playGWound inside!"
Of course she doesn't understand that that playground is only for the children of gym members.
"Mom! It's... it's... it's a PLAYgwound!"
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Alannah didn't really want to play on the playground.
Alannah didn't really want to lay on her belly, either.
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Keara was dancing with her bear (no reflection to look at this time) but they needed a little dance break.
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Cue "big" little brother, JJ.
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Even though he's two years younger, he's significantly larger then her.
But don't worry.
She's still the boss.
He's the dum-de-dum sidekick.
"Now YOU be the dog!  And I'll be owner! Ok, JJ? Ok?"
"Otay."
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He follows her lead.
Because when you are two, four year olds are great people to follow.
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Especially if they have the dignity and honor of a princess dress.
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It's so funny how children really do grow-up and become adults.
It's "no duh" but it's still funny.
Someday she won't think a splash of water hitting her head will be SOsoSO humorous!  
And she won't giggle and squeal away from it.
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And she won't be afraid of going up the stairs alone.
"Pwease come with me mom?"
"No, Keara, you are fine!  Go on..."
Someday she won't sing songs about singing songs.
And she won't think getting her shoes soaking wet in the snow is nearly as much fun as it was today.

But that's just it.
Someday isn't today.
And Keara is a darling, emotional, imaginative, quick, sensitive, small little girl today.

Being with kids always helps me to enjoy today.
Because someday I won't be living alone in my own apartment.
And someday I won't be a basketball coach.
And someday I won't be able to get 6 hours of sleep on weekends and be functioning on Monday mornings.

Here's to today!

This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.



Anyone care to share what you enjoy "today"?



ps.
She needed to be in a few more :D
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19.1.11

Just a little hello [Personal]

I was looking through some files yesterday for a picture.
And I found this one, 
even though it's not what I was looking for.
And then Joni sang and it just seemed like it would make a happy blog post today.


"Now comes the morning
Sunshine for dreaming
I never saw a sky so free
Never so blue
 

Unveils a time for sharing love with you


Teach me to tell you
All the feelings I've been learning 
Tell me to teach you my heart
All words seem wrong from the start
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So I will tell with my eyes 

Silence that asks and looks so wise
And needs no answer on a day like this

Come to the sunshine
Share in the quiet of knowing
No need for telling you sometimes
When all the answers are
So plainly showing"


Joni Mitchell has some very lovely poems sometimes.

Happy Wednesday!