Friday, August 29, 2014

portraits of kamelia

Kamelia is photographer friend who I'm glad I had a chance to meet up with twice in the last few weeks! The first time she photographed me, but recently it was her turn to be in front of the camera. She was so much fun to photograph and I'm pleased with these portraits!

We started out at the beach, but because it was so sunny and a little crowded, we moved to a nearby park to get in the shade and to get some different backgrounds. 












Tuesday, August 12, 2014

the history of the selfie: an exhibit

I'm planning to create a website (or a section of my current website) to serve as a portfolio for my graduate school work and experiences. Until that's ready, I thought I'd share some of my work here.

This summer, I interned at the Rutgers Art Library. It was a great experience and I was exposed to a lot of different aspects of the library. One of the projects I completed was putting together this exhibit for the library's four display cases. I was free to choose any topic I wanted, as long as it was art-related of course. 

I knew I would do something related to photography. I wasn't sure which direction to go in with that, but then I decided to focus on self portrait photography. "Selfies" are a hot topic right now. I did some initial research and found some wonderful, playful, and surprising works from the early days of photography and knew that this would be a topic worth exploring.












The exhibit also features some cameras from my personal collection. 


This is likely the oldest selfie, dating back to 1839.


And what good would a post about selfies be without including one?


Monday, August 11, 2014

photos from an abandoned farm

One of my favorite things to do lately is to explore and take photos with other New Jersey-area photographers. When I first started photographing people, I found models on Model Mayhem--and while it was so wonderful and I met and worked with so many great people on there, it was a different dynamic than working with other photographers. Hanging out and shooting with other people who take pictures is a lot of fun. 

Sometimes, other photographers know about really cool spots that I've never heard of. Like today, for example--I explored this abandoned farm and school property with Nick. It was my first time really exploring an abandoned property, so I was pretty nervous about it. But it was really peaceful and lovely here. And we were respectful--we didn't leave anything behind or take anything except some photos. 



Yeah, this is the view from the inside of the barn in the first photo. 




Inside the abandoned school (the outside is below). I wanted to see a big chalkboard in there, but there wasn't! It smelled like mold and there was some cool peeling paint, though.




This playground was next to the school, but I doubt any kids have been on it in a while.





Thursday, July 24, 2014

the first jersey collective instameet!

Last weekend, we had an Instameet! Getting together and exploring with New Jersey-area photographers is one of my favorite things. This was the first meet I hosted/planned, and I did it through Jersey Collective, and it was fun to see who showed up. We had a really great crowd. Here are some of my photos from the day!











Can't wait to go to the next meet!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

portraits of scott

A few weeks ago, I spent some time photographing Scott, who is a filmmaker and actor. It was fun to talk about movies, film school, and Philly with him! It was also a beautiful day and the light was wonderful. 






Monday, July 21, 2014

some changes


I've had this blog since 2011, which is both recently and also sort of a while ago, now. I was in college when I started posting here, and my goals were for it to be a space to document my daily life. I was worried about forgetting all of the little, seemingly-insignificant things that were happening to me. It was a personal space, and I felt like I was really documenting things for myself. I didn't have very many readers.

A few years later, I changed the name of this space to Happy Tuesday, and I posted Mondays-Thursdays. I had some reappearing features, I had guest posts, and I even went to a big blogging convention and brought along a few hundred Happy Tuesday business cards. I learned about curating content and thought what I was doing was lifestyle blogging. I sometimes did outfit posts, and I frequently did recipes and craft tutorials.

Going forward, I don't want to blog using an editorial calendar. I no longer want to treat blogging like a job--because it never was for me. My main job right now (aside from school and its related responsibilities) is working as a photographer.

My goals for blogging were always to share and document who I am right now, what I'm doing, and what around me is catching my eye. I have since realized that those goals are much better realized over on Instagram.

But I like having a place to share my work. Not everything I shoot makes it onto my website, but I like posting my client sessions and personal work here. So I am going to continue to, but this space will no longer be called Happy Tuesday. It's simply named after me now, with my logo as the header image and almost nothing in the sidebar. This space is cleaner, more simple, and I hope it will serve as a good place to show my work and say some words.

I'm still figuring out what to do about the URL, so it's still happytuesdayblog.com for now. Things might look a little odd until I get everything sorted out, so bear with me. I've reverted some posts back to drafts--because they made me cringe when I reread them, don't fit the direction I'm going, or don't feel like my best effort. I don't know what this will do to any Pinterest pins or bookmarks, but it's done.

Whether you stick around to see this new space or not, thank you for reading and for being a part of my blog community. The somewhat disparaging things I said about blogging above aren't directed at anyone and aren't meant as insults. I just never felt like a proper part of the blogging community, so from now on I'm doing it on my terms.

Oh, and if anyone has any ideas about what to do with several hundred business cards for a blog that doesn't really exist anymore, let me know.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

portraits of jenna

Here are some portraits from a recent session I did with a filmmaker friend! I was helping with a film project last year, and I met Jenna on set. I was so thrilled when she contacted me about taking some portraits of her so that she could develop her website as well as have head shots to send along with her press kits and to festivals.

She requested some shots in black and white as well as color, and while I don't usually work much in black and white, I was pretty happy with how these came out. It's something different for me, but it's a good different.