Sunday, January 20, 2013

Perfectly Imperfect | 1/19/13

Today was perfectly imperfect. My day really started at 1pm because that's when I got home from my cousins' house. When I got home, I had a headache from staying up late. After a while, it finally disappeared. On Friday, I got some pictures from Shutterfly, so I decided I should organize those and put them away in my photo box. Let me just say, whenever I look at old pictures, I am instantly happy. I remember the sites and smells of that day and the memory resonates inside of me. My dad told me I had to grab my laundry and then do the dishes when I got home, so I thought to myself, "might as well do them sooner than later!" So I did the dishes and while I did the dishes I made myself some macaroni and cheese. I was so happy to get things done!
bundling up because of the negative degree weather
sorry it's sideways.
 When finishing my lunch, I started the long process of doing my homework. I started reading my Civics homework, and working on my Driver's Education scrapbook. I did this for a long time (with quite a few breaks..) and eventually the house was almost empty other than my older brother. I love the sweet sound of a silent house. (:

I continued to work on my homework until my parents and my younger brother came home from a basketball game. My brother Zach then made dinner for us. I had a good 'ole salad. After dinner and four hours later, I asked my dad to take me to Caribou {the second time I asked him that day}. He said no... again. But that's okay though, because my mom took me!

 So we went to Caribou, and there was like no one there. The staff on duty was really nice and because it was 0 degrees out, it felt nice to have some hot, hot chocolate.
 After Caribou, my mom needed to run some errands to Target, so off we went. At Target, we picked up some food for meals this week, and got some clothes for my brother. I ended up getting some new pajamas that are so, so warm and comfortable. I also enjoyed taking pictures of random Target objects.
 In Target, I was wearing brown sweatpants and black boots, but it was so late, no one cared. :P
 When my mom and I were about to check out, I just had the sudden urge to take a picture here. I love the composition and the busy-ness of the photo. I think this picture really symbolizes a lot about America with the magazines, "express" lanes because people are too impatient to wait, pop and junk food, and the high technology that places these days have.

One other thing that I got from Target was an eos lipbalm. It seems like everyone at school has them, so I thought I'd give one a try. They make your lips feel so smooth for a long time. It works wonders, let me tell ya! 
The whole day I was sick, so I had cough drops and made my own hot beverage to make my throat feel better. 

Although my throat {and ear} really hurt, today was a perfectly imperfect day. 

P.S. All of these pictures are taken with my phone.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Youth Retreat 2012

This past November, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with my new church to north Minnesota. I say north instead of northern, because we seriously were on the tip of the state, almost in Canada. :P At first I was really nervous for the trip because I didn't meet a lot of people yet. Like I said, I was new to the church. Looking back on the trip though, it was a trip of a lifetime. I had so much fun. I absolutely loved the simplicity of life up north. Let my pictures tell you about some of our adventures...

Adventures around Lake Superior.

{Almost} all of the girls that went on the trip.

Trips to different light houses... some being at 10pm at night, with no light, standing on a 3-foot slab of concrete, with no railing, surrounded by water...

The option of going in Lake Superior in November.... let me remind you were are in Minnesota. I didn't go in. 

Food combination testing...

Yummy pizza places

Hike to Gooseberry Falls

P.S. This is my 200th post! Thank you to ALL of you who follow and comment! You inspire me so much!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dana Joy | Baby Portraits

One day in December, I got this call from one of my teachers. It was to babysit her baby girl named Dana. I was SO excited! I recently crocheted these hats and I was just dying to try them on someone! I decided I'd bring some supplies for a photoshoot, and have one on our own. I tried getting her into this absolutely adorable Christmas dress, but that wasn't working, so I just kept what she had on, and tried to get a few shots with their gorgeous Christmas tree in the background. These pictures are by no means professional, but like Dana's mom said, they capture her emotions and faces very well. :)

Which pictures are your favorite: candid ones like the ones above (in a plain, old living room), or ones in a studio?


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Friendship Photoshoot

Over Christmas break, I had the wonderful opportunity to take some pictures of five girls from my school (three of which go to my church as well). This wonderful session just had to in the back of our church! Out of the five girls, I've played on the same volleyball team with four of them. This was/is the first of my winter sessions {I have more coming!}. I wasn't 100% prepared for this session, but I was ready enough as I could be. I arrived just a few minutes earlier than they did. We had a few inches of snow the night/day before, so there were snow plows in the parking lot, and wonderfully snow-covered trees. It also happened to be snowing at just the right speed, not too slow that snowflakes can't be seen, but not too fast where you can't see the girls' faces clearly. It was definitely a God thing. Once we all were ready, we headed to the back with our already-cold bodies, and ugg boots. There our adventure started. At first I got just some basic pictures, but then we enjoyed being a little creative. Enjoy!

You have no idea how many laughing pictures I got. I'm still smiling when I see them.



That building in the background? Yah, that's my church. :)

I brought these white bows that made this shot really fun.

I had SO much fun with these girls and I'm excited for another "friendship" session this weekend!

Which picture is your favorite?