Tuesday, April 1, 2014

happy april!

March was mostly good. Here are a few of my favorite instagram shots from the month. Follow along @ksulphoto if you don't already! = )

The NJ Instameet was a great time. I met so many awesome people and got to spend the day walking around outside at one of my favorite places.

After sort of hibernating for a few months, I finally reconnected with some friends. I saw a friend who came home from school for spring break and I met a new friend from the internet.

I will miss the muted colors of winter and early spring, but I've also been into bright pops of yellow lately. 

I spent some time with Peter at his school this month, which was nice. We went to a formal event this weekend and it was a lot of fun!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

it finally felt like spring

The other day was one of the first days that felt like spring. It was still a little chilly, yes, and it was windy, but it was warm enough to go without jackets and to walk on the beach. 

Two days later, it snowed.

Enough already, winter. We don't want you anymore. More days like this please.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

some really old film photos!

These are from nearly a year ago, oops. I meant to shoot a whole roll of film at this Sweet and Sour Vintage shoot last April, but I didn't quite use it all up. And then my light meter battery died, and so I forgot to get a new battery and the camera sat untouched for a little while. I finally fixed the battery and finished the roll, in anticipation of using some new film this season.

Here's some of my favorite shots from the shoot. I think film was such a lovely choice for this and I wish I had shot more!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

happy march!

Welcome to (almost) springtime! I hope it comes soon because I'm really sick of the snow. Here are my favorite Instagram shots from February. You can follow along @ksulphoto! 

Two things I pass when I go to work that I finally pulled over to photograph this month.

Valentine's day spoils--I made and mailed my valentine this banner and he gave me so many wonderful gifts.

My hands holding junk food. Winter is all about treating yourself, right?

PS: I'll be shooting this week for the @jerseycollective account, an Instagram project that I just started. If you want to see what NJ photographers can bring to the table, check it out!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

photos from a recent collaboration

I'm working on a project and it needed a logo. I contacted a few designers, offering to trade photography services and hoping I would find someone whose work I liked and who would be into the project, too. At first it seemed like I wasn't going to be successful. 

But then I found Jason Carne, who fit the criteria for what I wanted. I was really excited but also really bummed out...Jason's work was so great and he had a list of clients that were way more interesting and impressive than I would be. I didn't think I had a shot at him agreeing to collaborate, but I sent the email anyway. And luckily, he was into the idea of the project and was in need of photography services for this new Etsy shop (I'll add the link when it's available) that he was getting ready to launch. 

When things work out in your favor like that, it's so great, right?! I was ecstatic to have him on board. And shooting for his shop (and some portraits of him) seemed like a lot of fun to me. Here are some of the images from that weekend.

Oh, and here's the logo he came up with for me:

Amazing, right?! I am thrilled that this will be the face of Jersey Collective, which I'll probably write a post about at some point.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

projects of passion

I started this blog in 2011, but it had a different name and I didn't set out to have it be something that strangers would read. And then I took a break before coming back as Happy Tuesday, throwing myself into the blogging world, and giving this a real try. I used a calendar to plan out my posts. I went to Alt Summit NYC.

But lately (and maybe this is something you have been able to tell) my heart isn't in Happy Tuesday as much. Some of my content has felt a little forced for me, and that is lame and unfair to people who are kind enough to frequent this space. It isn't even the fault of how I am in a graduate degree program and working part time. It's just that there are many more things I am being pulled toward: contributing for other sites, the new instagram project I am launching, and other endeavors that are important to me. To say that "I'm busy" wouldn't be accurate or fair.

Part of it is that I am less interested in myself. I have found myself wondering a lot lately, why would anyone care what I did this weekend or what I had for dinner last night? Who cares what YouTube videos and Etsy finds I like this week? And then I would think about all of the nice comments I get, the few but kind followers I have, and even the other blogs I like to read. I care about them and I care about their lives and what they like. This isn't an attack on other bloggers or blogs. I think this world can be quite strange sometimes, but at the end of the day I think it's amazing how close we can get to people who would otherwise be strangers we would never know. There would still be these cool kindred spirits out there, living in other parts of the world, but we would never know them unless we had their blogs.

My goal for this blog was originally to share the little things--the average days, the photos I was inspired to take even if nothing big was happening. Something has shifted, though, and I now would say that goal is best met, for me, on Instagram. That is how I use my Instagram, so why should I try to do that in two places? My conclusion has been that I don't think I should.

What am I trying to say here? THIS IS NOT THE END. I know that is a dramatic sentence, but:
I am not going to stop using this space and I am not going to delete it.
There are always going to be things that move me and that I will want to photograph, write about, and share.
I am still going to post here, but it will not be as frequent.
Gone are the days of four posts a week.
I will be posting when I have something to say, not when I find myself thinking "it's been a few days, I need to come up with something to post."
I will stop stressing about having too many similar posts in a row.
I will feel less guilty for not replying to comments. Hey commenters, I so appreciate you. And I follow and read your blogs, even if my lack of commenting doesn't make that clear. 
I will continue featuring people with the "This Was Me" series, since getting to know others is my favorite thing about the blogging community.
When I do photography sessions, this will still be the place I'll post images and talk about them.
If something big/exciting happens to me, this will still be a place I will share it.

I'm not going anywhere, I just want to put less pressure on myself when it comes to having this blog. I believe in having projects of passion in your life and in only doing something if you do it with your whole heart and brain and body. So unless I am moved to, I will not throw any old thing up on this blog.

I hope this is a thought that excites you as much as it does me. This means that anything that makes it onto this site is something I really want you to see. I hope you will join me as I slow down, consider life more, and share what I think actually matters.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

this was me: Kate of Clear the Way

This Was Me shares a blogger's favorite childhood photo and asks them three questions about who they were then and who they are now. 

This post features the adorable and kind Kate from the blog Clear the Way. If you haven't been following Kate, you really should start. I like her content, values, and her friendly attitude. Kate sent me these photos from her childhood that are so cute and special to her--riding a horse on a Caribbean beach (which she described as the highlight of her life so far) and eating yogurt/cereal on her brother's birthday many years ago. Here's what she has to say about the girl in the photos.

What's something that has changed about you since these photos were taken?
I have learned a lot about who I am as a person; I have grown my passion and focused my interests. At time I feel I have outgrown the innocence and abandon of my childhood.

What's something that has stayed the same? 
I am still passionate, sensitive, giving, and mighty.

If you could go back in time and tell the girl in the photos one thing, what would it be?
Keep an open heart. At times you will feel like the world is too big for you and more often you will feel like you are too big for the world. If you keep your heart open and you listen to the Truth, you will find your place.

Thanks so much for sharing, Kate!