Plenty of Catching Up

This is a long delayed blog post. To give you an idea of when it was supposed to be published, I was going to use this to blog post to announce my “hiatus” during staff training in August… But now we’re in October and I’ve done a photo shoot just about every weekend (or more) while at CMU, so there’s that.

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A Month in Italy

There’s so much to share from this trip that it’s overwhelming. Emotionally, it was a roller coaster – it began with chaotic flights, loneliness, and minimal food to walking everywhere with good company and eating so much that we could barely move afterward. The people I met were the most important component of this trip, and the main reason for every bit of joy and every memory. I’ll do my best to string all of our crazy little stories together in a narrative to give you a glimpse of the people I met in our time together in Italy.

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Photo Spree

The last few weeks have been fun and busy. Between prepping for a trip to Florence creating tons of new work, and seeing friends, there has been plenty to do. Instead of a long, reflective intro, we’ll just jump into shoot descriptions this time around!

The first full week of June, my absolutely wonderful photo pal Alex came to Detroit to visit me and a few other people. Together, we went exploring downtown: from the tops of a parking garage to some of the smallest pizza places, we stopped in some great locations for photos. However, before that…

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Which Side of the Camera?

If you’re following my adventures on Instagram, then you’ve seen that I model regularly for my friends and fellow photographers, with Alex being the person you’ve probably seen the most photos from.

You also may have noticed that I’ve been spotty in terms of presence on the platform – that’s because of school. No matter how much I love photography, as a student, I recognize that education is my highest priority. Part of my education helps me learn how to be better with photography, so it certainly is a bit of a trade off! When summer comes around, it’s likely I’ll be posting model calls weekly.

Now that midterms are over, I had some breathing time to catch up on some editing that I had put aside in favor of studying – so there are some new photos up on my Facebook page! I released them there first this time – check them out here!

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A Busy Few Weeks

Okay, okay. So it’s been a little longer than a few weeks. I’ve been going nonstop almost every day from the time I wake up until an hour before the time I go to bed, so I haven’t had much time to blog.

Starting exactly a month ago, I started training to be a Resident Assistant on Central Michigan University’s campus, something that I’ve wanted for a long time. And I’m finally here! I moved in, I helped the first wave of residents move in, then the second, then the third. I spent a ridiculous amount of time with my staff, and we became a family in no time at all. I finally got to see a few people’s weird sides (I’m looking at you, Brad) and got the opportunity to make art with another (Markus, you’re just permanently on call for modeling for me).

Since my residents have come, classes have also started. I scheduled myself for the heaviest semester (classwork-wise), but also the most interesting. I’m excited for this semester’s classes to kick into full swing.

Okay, now for the more interesting things. I’ve kept up on taking photos and HECK let me tell you, I feel pretty good about how much I’ve grown since last year. In the last few weeks, Alex, Quinn, and Baylen have all been in front of my camera – all people that have also been behind the camera when I’m around. We’ve done some crazy cool things.

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We Will Shoot

I don’t know what it was about these last few days, but I feel so refreshed and alive. It might’ve been the fact that I sweat my butt off for two days in a row. It might’ve been that I got to travel a bit more this summer. It also might’ve been that I stayed in one of the prettiest and most hospitable places ever, or that I got to meet some very large and very adorable dogs (who have their own Instagram account). But most likely, it was the people I saw and did creative things with that made these last few days so amazing.

The last few days have been super cool for me (except for the fact that every single day was over 85 degrees). Tuesday was Runway on the Runway in Lansing, MI – I modeled for Bad Latitude, a sustainable clothing line based in Michigan. There, I met some amazingly talented people, and had fun showing off fashionable, environmentally-friendly clothes on the runway. My friend Morgan (mentioned in my last blog post) came with me to support my artistic endeavors and explore, and she ended up modeling some of the clothes with me before the show and absolutely killing it! After the show ended, Morgan and I parted ways. I headed up to Grand Rapids, a city I love the looks of and definitely do not know well enough.

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