november birthdays. the birthday boys. jonathan turning 13, joshua turning 11. thanksgiving (this is my beautiful/favorite mother. I love her and this picture a lot.) alex took photos too, you can see them here. november 29th, decorating and such. november 30, me and jesse’s first christmas tree. it’s very small but I’m very proud of it. it’s missing jesse’s ornaments and we left room to start our own collection but (despite it’s lopsidedness) we’re really excited about it. I love coming home to this tree and listening to cheesy, overplayed christmas songs and I just really love this time of year. happy december!
my toes were wet and cold (my boots are dead) and my hands were numb but he bought me coffee and it was all okay.
bonus: here are the photos he took of me. head over to his photography page and leave some love.
valentine’s day singer-songwriter benefit show:
myself and i at spazzfest (also recording a new record which is sounding pretty awesome and i’m not just saying that because i date the singer)
close up on the quiet ones promo shoot, with lots of outtakes. (i used to play in this band with these dudes. they’re pretty cool dudes and they’re releasing a new single/video soon!)
fall break day trip to durham to explore the museums and Duke campus. these were taken in the gardens which are gorgeous (not at all depicted in these photos) and it was a perfect day, but I took very few photos because I wasn’t feeling well. hope to go back soon! (and one day, maybe attend school there. . .maybe?)
so I had a lot of random photos I haven’t posted. hard to believe 2013 is nearly over. so excited to be on thanksgiving break and almost done with school though. I’m ridiculously sentimental at holidays and I can’t wait to spend time with my family (and hopefully take lots of photos). I’m working on redoing my website over break and I’d love to get your opinion! here’s how it’s going so far. please let me know what you think!
me and Jesse took a much needed road trip to visit some friends in Asheville, explore the city, and climb some mountains before school started back. unfortunately we hadn’t planned on it raining the whole time we were there and our visits were cut short by friends also returning to school but it was fun, a nice break from reality and the Greenville scenery.
we met up with Channing and Gabe and walked around for a bit downtown before heading up explore the mountains. the mountain air was cold and thin and hurt my lungs and the back of my throat but just being in the mountains, the scenery, the air, the trails, everything, it has always brought the nature-girl out in me (and I’m really really not much of a nature girl). the mountains just make me really happy.
it stopped raining long enough for us to walk up to Devil’s Courthouse and started raining as soon as we reached the top. the boys did a little more off trail exploring but my shoes were slippery and I’m overly protective of my camera so I watched from the pedestrian outlook. I really didn’t even care if it was raining and my hands were cold and I didn’t have a rain jacket. it was beautiful.
Channing’s dog Conner was being a bit of a wuss and after the guys finally managed to lift him back up to the trail we walked back to the car and went to explore some waterfalls. I don’t care how overdone or common or cliche waterfall pictures are. water is just beautiful, peaceful, serene, calm, natural. there is a certain order of things in nature and mountain exploring brings you right back to it. being stuck up in the house all summer, working and sleeping it away has made me antsy, both anxious and excited for the new school year. I started a second job and new classes and a new schedule at my old job, all good things. I’m sort of a sucker for routine, it makes me feel safe. change, however, does not. and going from zero to sixty is a big change. being back among trees and dirt and rocks and water and things less affected by human hands calmed and cleared my head.
everyone sufficiently explored out, cold and wet, we drove back to apartment for hot tea and coffee, got some local pizza and watched some Best of Saturday Night Live and went to bed (but not to sleep as Conner the Dog doesn’t need sleep, and doesn’t think we humans need it either). Everyone went to school Monday morning so me and Jesse walked around downtown a little more, grabbed coffee and spent too long in the used bookstore (I could have spent the entire trip there, all of the books smelled nice) before heading back real life. it was short and sweet and grounding. I’m a couple weeks into school now and I love 60% of my classes but honestly I just want to go back and sit on a mountain.
a few shots from the Pierce the Veil, Memphis May Fire, Issues, and Letlive show at Lincoln Theatre. it was kind of cool cause Adam Elmakias was there (in my way, actually) taking pictures and he’s one of my favorite live photographers. I didn’t get to meet him, obviously, cause he was a litte busy but it was a little cool to be standing next to him taking pictures and all. (fangirl moment)
(that’s my mom and my baby sister)
these are just a few of my favorite shots from several Stars! performances this year.
it was my little sister’s first year competing and she was completely adorable in her little speed racer costume. this year marked the studio’s tenth anniversary and was a big year emotionally as three of the girl’s who had been dancing at the studio the longest graduated this year. there was a lot of crying but not in a bad way.
me and Jesse took a trip to New York for the day a couple months ago. he kept telling me he was going to take me to New York and I kept saying “okay” and he kept saying “you’re almost done with school and we’re going to New York” and I said “okay” and then well I finished school and Jesse got our tickets and we went to New York.
it was my first plane ride but I’m far more scared of airports and connections than I am of flying, the flying was actually kind of nice. and the train ride was sort of nice too but I couldn’t tell you why, I think I just like the idea of taking a train somewhere. we walked out of Penn station and the city sort of slaps you in the face. I sort of love that about it. there’s just stuff everywhere. big stuff. things are happening literally everywhere at all times. I sort of fall in love with the busyness and the bigness and the overwhelming realization that thousands of people are living their own lives all around you and they don’t care what you’re doing there.
I sort of forgot to take my camera out and take pictures as we walked to Time Square and explored some of the stores, walked three miles in the wrong direction toward Central Park, walked in Macy’s, got some weird looks, walked out, walked several more miles back to Central Park and finally found it. I figured it’d be cool but a little overrated but my god it was beautiful. it was also nice to sit down after walking around all day.
we wandered around Central Park for probably two hours until the sun set. we found this neat spot to watch the sun go down behind the sky scrapers and we weren’t the only ones to notice the place or appreciate it’s beauty. it was getting dark and we hadn’t eaten all day so we headed back towards into the city but before we did we found the most beautiful wisteria-covered gazebo to sit and watch the last of the light disappear behind the city. honestly it’s one of the most beautiful memories I have.
I wish I had stopped to take more pictures but I was a little busy trying to take it all in. there was so much happening. next time, maybe?
I found these photos in my drafts folder after neglecting this blog/photography far too long so I thought I should publish them anyway. I don’t remember much about this day except telling brooke she dressed like a child but not in a bad way and kelsey’s hair wild on the trampoline and how beautiful they both are when they laugh.