Monday, November 15, 2010

Jason and Jen's Wedding

My cousin Jason got married on October 23rd at Ocean Beach in Waterford, CT. I've been pretty busy with school, but I finally finished editing the photos I took. Here are some of my favorites!

Jason and Jen with Jason's mom, Karen (my aunt).

The reception

Jen's bouquet\

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Compass Tattoo

I went to Hartford County Tattoo today! I had originally thought I wanted just a compass rose, but later decided on an entire compass because I thought it'd fit in better with my anchor. Red, the tattoo artist, had drawn out the compass rose earlier on and I really loved it. So he decided to take that and build on it. I wasn't sure how colorful he wanted to get with the tattoo, but the second he took out the red ink for the wooden background I was stoked. I love the cherry-ish coloring. Though, I'm definitely nervous about the red ink because of the whole "red rash" thing, and it being a somewhat hard color to heal.. But hopefully all will work out well. The bright colors of this are not what I expected, but I love them! It also makes me happy that I decided to stick with the nautical theme for my second tattoo.

All the colors set up

Outlining and the beginning of the color
Red ink

I'm trying to be careful while healing this. I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to bacitracin and it didn't seem to work well last time. I used it like twice and the tattoo reacted weirdly, so I decided to err on the side of leaving it alone for a few days and it worked better. So at this point I'm staying away from the bacitracin and just keeping it clean. I'll probably use cocoa butter a little bit because that also seemed to work well with me. It's tricky. I'm a slow healer, and I've definitely experienced an infected tattoo..not fun!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall in Wethersfield

I finally got the chance to walk around Main Street in Old Wethersfield last week. The trees are gorgeous and there's scarecrows and halloween decorations everywhere! I posted only a few scarecrow pics on here, but there are tons more scarecrows to see! I also have more pics in one of my facebook albums.

This was such a great idea! Jess and I had to take pics haha.

This lady's pretty creepy!

In front of the Grange Hall

Another interesting one!

Some of the insanely big pumpkins outside Comstock Ferre!

This pumpkin was 702 pounds!

Main Street Creamery was pretty busy that day.

And this last one I shot today. It's in the cemetery across from Stop and Shop. I was picking up some things when I looked over and saw the clouds and trees. I decided to drive over and try and catch some interesting shots.
Next weekend is my cousin's wedding, so more photos to come soon!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

South Hadley

On Sunday I went to visit my cousin at her school in South Hadley. We went up to Northampton and explored a little bit. Then we drove back to her campus and she gave me a tour. Her campus has Adirondack chairs ALL over and I may have been borderline obsessed with them. They even had them conveniently placed by their very own lake. Here's some of the photos I took while sitting in an Adirondack chair! The colors were really pretty and I could not stop talking about it.

In most situations, I find my GPS to be completely frustrating. Even on Sunday I was getting angry with it. I'd rather look up the directions on mapquest and just trust myself. On the way home from South Hadley, I decided to put on the GPS. I felt like I'd get better directions than using mapquest. The stupid thing took me completely out of the way of where I wanted to be. In the middle of my cursing at my TomTom I passed over a bridge between South Hadley and Holyoke. It was around sunset and out of no where there was this cool manmade waterfall. I thought "Oh that's so pretty!" and kept driving...

I have this issue where I see things I want to photograph and I either am too lazy to find a parking spot or I think "I'll come back to that" and I NEVER do. So for the next 10 min while driving further and further away, I kept saying to myself.."Go back and take that picture!" and finally I turned my car around. I found a spot at this empty mill right before the bridge. A guy had parked his car in the same lot about 30 seconds priod to me. At first I was totally sketched out..until he got out of his car with his camera and tripod! He had the exact same idea as me! I creepily followed about 20 feet behind him on the bridge. After we both shot, we ended up at our cars around the same time. I politely explained that I wasn't trying to be a creep, we just happened to be thinking the same way.

The moral of the story is..I'm never going to get "those" shots if I don't actually put myself out there and go get them! It takes a little effort and I need to be a little more confident in just throwing myself into a scene. And maybe sometimes I shouldn't get so frustrated with my TomTom.

Unfortunately, I am slightly frustrated with these photos. I wish I had come up with something more brilliant for having an "I need to just do this" epiphany. I tend to stick to landscapes because that's what I'm used to. I also tend to photograph them in the same way. I wish I had taken a more creative approach to these shots. But it is what it is. Here they are.

Oh yea, and remember how I went to the Big E. I literally bought one item and brought it home with me. This pumpkin windsock for $1. I love it! Everytime I come home and see it, it makes me happy, as nerdy as that sounds. Hopefully I'll get a daytime pic or two of it.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fall Adventures

I bought my SLR at the right time! The leaves are changing and I am SOOO psyched. October is the month of Scarecrows on Main Street in Old Wethersfield! It's one of my favorite annual local activities. I plan on going for a walk around town with my camera this week.

I'm also heading up to Massachusetts in the morning to visit my cousin Jenn at school. I'm not sure what's on the agenda, but we'll have fun no matter what we do! I haven't seen her since this summer so it'll be good to catch up.

I never realized just how unique our experience of fall is in New England..until I spent last fall out of the country. Aside from my family and friends, I literally missed everything about the month of October back home! Europe's not so into apple cider donuts and pumpkin everything. I really don't think many other places can pull off pumpkin in every form like they do here. (I got to try my boss Caragh's Pumpkin Whoopi pies on Friday at Starbucks' bake sale to benefit cancer). They were delicious!

Also, last weekend I got my first whiff of falling leaves and it seriously brightened my mood! (You might also notice that I just changed my blog background to leaves!) Supposedly the next two weeks are the peaks in leave color, so I plan on taking advantage of life.

I'm really excited! My cousin Jason is getting married in late October and they asked me to do their photos. I immediately said yes, I love oppurtunites like this to be able to grow with my photos. This will be my first time ever doing anything for a wedding (which definitely makes me nervous..but I'm totally up for it!)

In other good news, I'm getting that compass rose tattoo much earlier than originally planned. I saw Red at Hartford County for a touch-up on my anchor and handed him some photos I printed off (most of them are the compass tattoos I posted awhile back). We talked about what I wanted and he said he'd draw something up for me. My appointment is for October it's a little over a week away!

Here's a few random photos I've taken so far with my SLR

These next three I took were just in my back yard.

The next three I took walking around Main Street one afternoon with my friend Jess.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Big delicious!

Yesterday I went on an adventure with my friend Michelle and her mom. Her family has a tradition of going to the Big E every year. I went with them a few times and always had a blast. But I hadn't gone back in a long time! So the three of us got there in the AM and wandered around for the day. We really had no planned agenda, other than to eat anything we wanted and go with the flow. I literally spent all my money on food, with the exception of a dollar spent on a pumpkin windsock I bought to hang outside the house!

Michelle and I Michelle's Mom

This stand literally gave out a salad of fried vegetables. Mushrooms, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potato, and zucchini. And they give you ranch for dipping sauce. I'd never even heard of such a thing. Obviously I won't be eating those everyday, but they were soooo good!

Everyone always raves about Maine's baked potatoes. The line was out of went out the side of the building and literally had tents set up to shade people from the sun while they waited. I didn't have the patience for a line like that, but I found another baked potato stand and figured I'd try it out. I wasn't disappointed with my broccoli and cheddar tater!

In the New Hampshire building they were selling corn on the cob for $3. They dipped it in melted butter! I actually didn't try it out, but it smelled awesome!So I've never tried funnel cake before! I knew it was similar to fried dough, but that's about it. We found a stand selling beignets, fried dough, and funnel cakes. Michelle and her mom tried out some of the funnel cake.

Michelle wanted to bring home donuts for her brothers and dad. This stand made mini ones right in front of you!

We watched Kriyss Grant perform. I think he was supposed to tour on Michael Jackson's last tour but never got the chance too. He did a tribute to him and it was actually pretty good/entertaining!

The aqua massage! It looked pretty cool! You climb in the creepy looking machine and it uses water jets to massage you, but you stay completely dry. I wanted to try it but there was a lotttt of people gathered around watching..not too relaxing. And it was basically a $1 a minute plus an extra $5. I want one in my house!

There was a random horse show going on. I saw a bit of it. I don't get the scoring and all yea I was like "ooo a horse!!"
This guy was in the craft common. He was making aluminum sculpture kinda things. It was pretty interesting! He was concentrating pretty hard and being extremely meticulous!