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May 12th, 2010 11:59 pm
For all the non-facebookers [
[ mood | excited ]

I launched my new website the other day, check it out!


I also have a new blog associated with it that's pretty much exclusively for photography related stuff. I'm thinking about putting this back on friends only.

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April 5th, 2010 1:15 pm
[ mood | aggravated ]


Please just let it DIE, and stop kicking a horse when it's down! >

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March 7th, 2010 11:15 pm
needle in a stack of needles [
I've resolved myself to the fact that I'm just not going to meet a cool girl in Sacramento that doesn't already have a boyfriend or some other deal breaking flaw.

Keeping my fingers crossed for San Francisco!
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February 27th, 2010 11:58 am
FanFiction.net is still up?? Why has this been allowed?
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January 19th, 2010 7:19 pm
new news is good news! [
Whew, been a loooong time since a real update.

So winter break has been nice to me. Spent Christmas with my family and friends, New Years with friends in San Francisco. Both were very, very fun!

I live in a new apartment now as a result to my roommate/best friend moving to San Francisco. I moved in with two of my friends into an awesome victorian not too far from my old place. I really like it so far, but it's definitely different.

I finally got a new job with Whole Foods and quit my job at the commissary. I actually had my first day at Whole Foods today, and couldn't be happier with my decision to work there. Everyone I've met has been super nice, and the store seems really organized and customer service oriented. It's COMPLETELY different from my other job, in a good way.

The weather cleared up for a few days the other day, which meant that I could finally shoot my new friend Julia for my pandora project. I'm getting the negs processed next week, which means I have to shoot her box contents in the next day or so, which means that I have to buy a new backdrop. I'm really excited to be working on this project, I'm in love with it!

Life is good.
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January 19th, 2010 12:44 am
Eh [
Sorry, Micro Four Thirds system. I'll look into it when your lenses don't suck donkey dick.

In other news: Hopefully reactivating FFXI after the 21st.
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November 14th, 2009 10:04 am
Okay, I'm excited for this game now [
At first I wasn't that thrilled about FFCC coming out for the wii, but now that I've seen what they've done with it through video clips online, I actually can't wait to play this now!

So. Awesome.
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November 9th, 2009 9:59 am
I wish [
[ mood | frustrated ]

I wouldn't let little things upset me.

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June 25th, 2009 12:52 pm
Holy. Fucking. Shit. [

I just came.
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May 19th, 2009 2:57 pm
almost over the hump [

I turned in my final portfolio last week and I just got it back this morning. As I suspected, I got a B+ on the portfolio because of my crappy matte boards, but I got an A- in the class so whatever.

I picked up all the stuff for my senior table and I'm actually pretty excited about it now. I decided I wanted my table to be really interactive and give people a way to leave an impression on it. I got a white table cloth and fabric pens for people to write what they think about my work or just to write what they want on the table itself. Also, to tie in with my final portfolio, I got some nice parchment paper and a little box so people can write down an object they cherish the most and then put the paper in the box. I'm going to be using the notes to make some sort of photographic art piece, so I hope that I get enough people to do it.

Speaking of which, here's the info for the show for all the Vacvillites:

Spring Design Show
Sacramento State University, 6000 J Street
University Union Ballroom
Wednesday May 20th 6pm-8pm

Hope to see you guys there! Call me if you need any more info!
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May 15th, 2009 4:27 pm
school [
Makes me want to vomit.

I'm running on 2 hours sleep due to the fact that I stayed up til around 6 or 7 in the morning reprinting my senior portfolio because of weird color casts, only to find out a short while ago that some of them are still there due to different lighting conditions in my apartment. I then had to mount them all, and since they're diptychs, I had to cut out two windows on each matte, which is by no means an easy task. They ended up looking like shit, and I'm probably going to swing POSSIBLY a B on my portfolio due to lapses in quality of the presentation. At this point, I really don't care anymore. It's done, and I'll be continuing work on it next semester for my independent study with Nigel, which is basically going to be putting together my portfolio for grad school (which includes this project). I'm just bummed that I worked so hard on it and it's probably not going to really do me any good right now. C'est la vie.

Now I have to start my window mounting for alternative process (15 prints, which I have done thank God) which shouldn't be too terrible since they're tiny and Nick let me borrow his bevel cutter, so I can do it at home. After that, I have to process some files for pinhole (I didn't have time to make them because of the above mentioned events) and send them to Roger through email so I can get a grade and not fail what is probably the easiest class ever. I also have an event to shoot on campus for Sam tonight. I still don't know what I'm going to do about my senior table at the design show. I'm thinking of setting up my portfolio, and maybe laying out some of the treasure boxes I photographed. I really hope I can get something together for that that looks at least somewhat cool.

It's almost over. It's almost over. It's almost over. It's almost over...
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April 9th, 2009 8:04 pm
a cornucopia of issues [
[ mood | anxious ]

I've been meaning to post, but I always feel like I'm doing it for the sake of filling space, but isn't that always the case anyway? Meh.

This week was my first back from spring break, and I'm already missing not having class and work EVERYDAY. I go back and forth between having this stress being a good or a bad thing, but I think overall it's a good distraction. The only thing I don't like right now is the pressure from senior portfolio to crank out images. I'm actually putting a lot of heart into my project and I feel like the quality is suffering from it. I think I'll be proud of the outcome, but it just feels like I'm making stupid mistakes again and again that could be avoided if it wasn't "THREE PRINTS DUE EVERY WEEK AGAGGGHGHAG!!11" I should be ok, it's just a tad stressful.

Well, I'm single again, as many of you may or may not know. We'll leave it at that.

Going back to senior portfolio for a sec, I actually finished my first set of box contents in the studio. I'm really hoping I did everything right this time with the monolights. Originally, I had my 4x5 connected via a pc cable to the powerpack, and it was triggering the flash with the shutter, but for some reason my negatives were completely unexposed when I got them back. I'm hoping it was a synch issue, because I just re-shot everything using the T setting and popping the flash while the shutter was open. So, at least this time if my negs are blank, I'll know it's not a problem with the flash going off too soon or something. If they're blank, I'm pretty much screwed. But we won't think about that for now!

I have a feeling I know what triggered it, but I've been feeling super anxious all day practically. It's subsided a bit since I got home and chillaxed for a bit (I may even take a shower just for kicks) but I'm really hoping it doesn't start coming back like it used to. I think all the stress I'm under PLUS being sick (blegh) is having a lot to do with it...

Oh well, that's life right?

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February 19th, 2009 11:26 pm
new investment! I'm a crazy bastard! [
[ mood | anxious ]

I just purchased a Calumet 4x5 camera on ebay for $169 on my credit card. It's kinda old, but it's in good condition, comes with a case, AND a lens. The fact that it comes with a lens alone is worth buying it for, so I feel pretty good about my purchase. I'm going to be shooting my senior portfolio with 4x5 color film, because I took the first two shots for my box project and they look magnificent. There's just something about the quality of 4x5 film that you really just can't compete with. I still love my digital and I have an awesome lens for it, but for this project I'm going to have to go with the 4x5.

I hope I'm not crazy for spending that much money.

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February 13th, 2009 10:03 am
A thought [
[ mood | determined ]

I've decided I need to start being more proactive about my life. I feel like I'm laying down and letting opportunities slip by and not taking advantage of the time that I have on this earth.

I will start carrying my camera with me.
I will appreciate the people who I love.
I will not let my existence go unnoticed.
I will change.

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February 12th, 2009 2:50 pm
.. [
[ mood | stressed ]

Having a terrible day. I want to go back to bed.

January 23rd, 2009 3:25 pm
last semester. GET INTO IT. [
[ mood | excited ]

So I start my last semester before I graduate from Sac State on Monday. I'm actually really excited about all of my classes and I'm so glad that I don't have to add anything. I'm taking:

Senior portfolio - with Nigel
Pinhole - with Roger
Alternative Processes - also with Roger
Marketing - some Asian person, I've looked her up on Sacrate and she's supposedly pretty good
Gov 1 - also with a woman that I looked up on Sacrate and she's gotten positive reviews

I'm looking forward to this semester a lot even though I'm going to be pretty busy. In addition to my classes I've also picked up another job working for Sam Parsons as a photo assistant. It's really laid back and about 10 hours a week, so it's not really demanding at all. Sam is awesome and I like working with him. I also put in for a change in schedule at my other job at the commissary, which wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Hopefully my boss will have my schedule on Sunday so I can give Sam my availability in order to set up my work schedule with him.

I also went and talked with Sharmon on Thursday and talked about that special problems class that's available in photography. She told me that you basically design your own class and your own curriculum. I've been worried about not getting enough experience shooting with artificial lighting and getting together images for my fashion portfolio (seeing as how I want to get into fashion photography as a career) and I think that class will be a good option for me. Sharmon also said that I could get credit for being Sam's assistant if I needed extra units. How cool is that? So in short, I think I will be taking one more semester at Sac State after I graduate so I can work on my portfolio while I apply to grad school. I hope all of that works out, because it makes me feel a lot better about my work and eventually getting a job.

I miss Jamie, and I know she's in town. Maybe I'll give her a call so we can meet up and talk about Japan adventures.

Lyndsay and I are hanging out tomorrow and watching Pineapple Express and Friends. Hellz yea.

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January 4th, 2009 4:27 pm
down in the mouth [
[ mood | meh ]

I'm getting my wisdom teeth pulled on Tuesday, yaaaaaaay! /end sarcasm

In other news, I had a wonderful time with Misti, Dee, and Shannon the other day. Sometimes I need my fix of video games and youtube with the gang, and this one came at the perfect time. I also made delicious artichoke pasta with Lyndsay. It's nice having someone to cook for now, and also someone to love. /end sappiness

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December 26th, 2008 1:47 am
a happy holiday [
[ mood | thankful ]

This Christmas was quite good compared to the last few years. I got the gifts done for Lyndsay and Mom that I made, and they turned out pretty good. Lyndsay was happy and mom cried, so both of them were a success lol. Bud ended up staying the night on Christmas Eve and Lyndsay came over for dinner, so it was really fun having everyone around. The food came out good, I was told, and we all had a good time cooking, talking, and hanging out. It feels like Christmas should always be like that, just spending time with people you care about.

I ended up getting more stuff for Christmas than I thought I was going to get, including a really awesome camera bag, a really nice knife set, a food processor (from Lyndsay), and a mixer. My first step towards my own show on the Food Network is complete.

I'm very thankful for what I have and the people in my life. Thanks everyone, and Merry Christmas. Hope everyone else had a similarly good holiday!

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December 17th, 2008 2:47 pm
to say it has been a while would be an understatement [
Oh livejournal. It's been so long since I've taken refuge in your digital sanctum. This has mostly been thanks to the Fall semester which has been eating away at my soul for the past 4 months. My Russian history class has been the bane of my existence and I found myself much more stressed about it than my other classes even though it was only to fulfill a GE requirement. I think I bombed the final, but my paper is really good, even though it's late I can see myself pulling off a B. I just hope I get at least a C in that class, even though I think a D is passing if it isn't for your major. Here's hoping!

Other than that I have had a mostly pleasant experience with the rest of my classes. I ended up loving documentary photo as much as I thought I would, mostly thanks to Doug being an awesome teacher. Photo in the field was pretty fun thanks to the people in that class, especially the ones in my critique group. I made a lot of good friends in that class that are truly talented photographers, and I'm lucky I got to meet them. Color was interesting. My movie turned out pretty good, despite not having an idea for it until the week before it was due, having to shoot everything at the last second, and putting the movie together during the premier. I managed to get honorable mention for best movie, which makes me wonder if I could have gotten first place if I had more time to work on it. Oh well, there's always the spring design show :)

I'm so relieved to be done and I'm eagerly anticipating next semester. I'm taking almost all photo classes, and the ones that aren't photo are going to be pretty chill I think. I'm taking:

Alternative photo processes
Pinhole photography
Senior portfolio
intro to Marketing
and Government

It's more classes than I'm used to lately, but I've done it before. Also, pinhole uses 4x5 negatives and so does alternative process. I figure I'll just use the negatives from pinhole for my prints, it should be pretty fun! Senior portfolio is kind of daunting, but I have tons of ideas for projects, but I think I need to run them by Nigel to see what she thinks is my strongest one.

Well, time to go Christmas shopping.
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September 17th, 2008 11:24 pm
[ mood | productive ]

Wow, I've actually had an excuse not to be updating lately other than laziness. I've been pretty busy with my classes and dancing, of all things.

Starting with photo: We had our first outing for photo in the field on Saturday, and it was pretty enjoyable! I was kind of nervous at first about approaching people and asking to take a photo, but I think I'm a little more comfortable now. I actually found these two guys playing chess over in the plaza by the K street mall, and I took a million shots of them. One of the guys was really cool and was asking me tons of questions about photography. It was a really nice experience to connect with a subject that I didn't even know! I'm slowly getting better at achieving that goal this semester, really connecting with the subjects that I photograph. Up until this point I think I've been too focused on visuals and composition and not enough on having a genuine, human connection with the people that I photograph. I hope I can build on this experience and become a better people-person and photographer at the same time.

Secondly, dancing? Even though I have two left feet, Brigette talked me into coming out with her to this swing dance hall downtown that goes on every Friday night. It was really fun, and I feel like once I get more comfortable with the basic moves, I'll be able to really enjoy myself and going out. After we were done dancing, Brigette, Emily-Jo (Aaron's little sister), and some of their friends went to get food and hung out for a while. So yeah, adding another skill to my repertoire AND meeting new and fun people? Why not?

That's not all. Tonight I went to this ballroom dancing class that Emily-Jo told me about that's on Wednesday nights. I'm feeling really awkward in that as well, but it seems like it'll be really fun as well. Then afterwords there's a Wednesday night salsa dancing club that Emily-Jo and Brigette usually go to, and it was pretty cool as well. There was this guy named Joe that Brigette and Emily danced with, and he was crazy good. It made me wish I was super skeeled.

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