Life Update| Strategy & School

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What Life Has Been Like

Rough

Tough

Scary

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Oh okay…it hasn’t beenย thatย bad. It’s been so much worse! Maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t updated y’all on my life? Well, I haven’t. I have been busy. For some reason my mind keeps on wandering around to what I’m going to do after I graduate. I generally know what I want, but now that it’s so much closer I am really just wanting to skip all this in-between stuff and get to that stage. But I’m not there yet so I need to calm down and just enjoy every stage.

What do I actually have left of high school?

I will be graduating sometime 2018. Probably earlier. The classes I currently have left are as follows.

  1. 1 math course (I’m three quarters done with this).
  2. 1 PE credit (physical exercise, this just gets covered as an everyday sort of thing ๐Ÿ˜€ ).
  3. Photography credit. (fits into the arts credit I think?)
  4. Personal finance. (Dave Ramsey financial peace university course)
  5. 1 grammar course. (not too hard)
  6. Science course—anatomy.

 

I really don’t have too much left. The courses are relaxedย sort of and it’s not too hard.

 

Places I’ve Gone

Recently I have done several things.

  1. Attended a (college) graduation party. (I was the ‘photographer’) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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2. Babysitted a bunch of cute blondie kiddos.

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3. Experimented with shutter speed and water.

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4. Got cuted out by this adorable puppy (and model) โค . +that overcast lighting tho โค this photo is unedited.

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5. Went to a 4th of July party.

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And made a GIF of some pictures I took of a firework.

 

6. My little sis got bit by something??? We thought it was a snake (copperhead) Her foot (left one) was all swollen up.

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7. Playtime with a cute cat that I named Hermione. We are trying to get dad to say we can have her. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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8. Doing experiment eye. Taking random photos of people’s eyes.

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9. Cow appreciation day~Chick-Fil-A.

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photo credit: Ella Boureston.

I had planned to share a semi-dramatic before after picture from like four years ago…but I couldn’t find it.

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My little sis and I went with some friends. It was fun.
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And then the younger kids…and one bigger one ๐Ÿ˜‰ rode the tractor thingy outside the cfa building.

 

10. Doing my math every day.

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This is my favorite thing to see when I’m done with a lesson. p.s the lesson 59 thingy doesn’t reflect which lesson I’m currently on. I have passed this up. ๐Ÿ˜†

 

11. Cleaning up for out friend’s arrival. And also eating healthy….

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I cleaned the pantry. I have done it a few times before but it gets messy very fast.
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My lunch (and dinner): Broccoli soup, onions, and chicken.

 

12. Indulging myself in creepy vampire editing…ย *hides in corner at creepiness…*

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Patchwork Quilt| A Life Update

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And what does that lovely header for this post mean? Why is there a roadway? Well…friends, I went somewhere. But that will come later. I will start with a semi-comprehensive look at the past…two or three weeks? Here we go.

We had a very random snowfall that was very tiny, and melted almost immediately. I did take a photo of aย plant in it though…

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And then a day or two after that, I got the opportunity to try out slow sync flash. You basically set a slow shutter speed (I mostly did 2 seconds or 2″) and spin in a circle while the flash fires. It makes for VERY weird photos but is nonetheless quite fun to do. And it’s especially cool if you’re outside at night.

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This is not edited. This type of photography just results in looking this way. Cool, huh? Ignore how dumb I look ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

You can also use objects. I did this one in my studio/office.

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I love how the flash freezes the water.

And then after a few days it was time to go to a conference! This is photo from in the car.

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Then we got to the hotel…which wasn’t awful. But I still don’t really like it.

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And this is a room at the conference building that I like hanging out in. It’s sort of become a cliche for me, since we’ve gone for three years now.
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And snacks and drinks were provided at the break times.
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And outside the building there is this lovely bed of pansies.
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And then there was this trip home. And we were all exhausted.

More Recently…

On Saturday, we were at the YMCA–when mom told us we were going on vacation NOW. We hadn’t packed. We didn’t even know where we were going…and our family of eight had two hours to pack. And one of those hours we would have people over. But…those people happen to be the family I am getting to do a newborn photo session with. So this was my first opportunity to get a peek at baby Eva Marie. And she’s adorable! I think the session is on Friday. I’m going for a studio look.

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Our 1 and a 1/4 day ‘vacation’ was to our grandparents house. One night my grandpa showed me his father’s old film camera a bunch of other cool stuff that went with it. Sometime, I want to try film.

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The I decided to try an interesting technique using a tiny fisheye lens.

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No photoshop required!

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Then we were home. And I took some pictures of our red bud tree.IMG_6006.JPG

Then some photos of unnamed one ๐Ÿ™‚

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And that’s pretty much all that I’ve been up to for fun.

What have y’all been doing?

Have you ever gone on unexpected vacations?

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“Snow Day”| A Life Update

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Last y’all heard I was pining away for a good snowfall to play in. This post is to tell you…I got one! Now I want a better one though. Several inches this time? Please?…. ๐Ÿ™‚ .

But this post will also be giving you some other updates on my life currently.

1. SNOW!!!!

I already did a post on Lucillian Photography called Snow Portraitsย which you can take a look at if you haven’t already. Here are some random ones that I’m pretty sure are NOT on my other blog.

p.s These are blissfully unedited ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย IMG_2706.JPG

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And this is a ‘beautiful’ underexposed photo. Oh well. It’s funny anyways. ๐Ÿ™‚

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2. The ‘Horrors’ of High School.

I am balancing a fairly big workload right now in school. Thankfully, I have deadlines so I’m not stuck on one thing for forever.

 

Not pictured: several other things, the most notable of which is my math course for this year. I am NOT posting a picture of that ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย 

 

3. Taking Silhouette Photos.

One thing I am semi-obsessed with right now in photography- silhouettes. They’re not those impressive sunset silhouettes. They’re just window silhouettes.ย I’m only posting one of them because I want the rest for another post later on.

 

 

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4. Blowing Things Up.

Now, lest you think I am secretly an atomic bomb keeper–I am speaking ofย accidentally blowing up a half-boiled egg in the microwave and having to clean up the colossal mess that ensued. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

5. Shooting People While They Shoot Others.

This is another heading which could get me into ‘trouble’. But y’all know about the fun kids have shooting each other with Nerf guns?

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Sorry about the graininess of the photo. Our house has really bad lighting late at night (aka- after the sun sets). I had to compromise with the ISO and the shutter speed. The result? The above photo ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ .ย 

6. My Mild Obsession With Photographing These Roses.

When our friends were over Mr. H bought his wife some roses. I was so thrilled as I love roses (yeah, they weren’t for me, lol.) because now I could take some photos. They actually lasted pretty long. The very last photo is the last photo I got to take of them before they met their demise ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย .

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7. Everyday Life ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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And that’s a wrap!

 

What have y’all been up to?

What little things do you do during the week?

Do you like this type of post?

~Emmaline

 

Teen Birthday Photos

On October 24th 2003, Josiah Matthew Figura was born.

And that is why I didย this photoshoot. Because my younger brother is now a teenager. He’s 13. And so at 4:00 we headed outside…

 

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Happy 13th birthday, Josiah! I enjoy watching you grow up…the next step is for you to pass me up in height. I hope it’s not anytime soon ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚ !

 

~Emmaline

 

 

 

 

The Beauty of Fall

Good afternoon.

 

BRRR…it’s cold outside here today!

As many of you are probably aware…fall makes for some pretty amazing photos! Here is a quick sampling of my favorites from a new photo shoot I did today.

 

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What sort of things do you love most about fall?

Anyone have a wonderful warm beverage recommendation?

Has anyone been dabbling in fall photography?

What (in your opinion) is the most important thing to photograph in the fall?

What would you like to see more of on this blog? (survey to follow ๐Ÿ™‚ ? )

 

~Emmaline

Etsy Shop| An Update

Hello!

I promised to post updates, didn’t I? Well, I did…and so I’m here! Just to touch base a little with y’all,–the past two months have been spent busily- and (I HOPE ๐Ÿ™‚ ) productively. I spent them brainstorming and experimenting various product ideas. As a result, today I have pictures to share! YAY.

Note: the pictures I’m sharing are not complete projects. They are still in progress. Here’s a mini list of what I’m about to share:

  1. An earring. (from the jewelry department)
  2. A headband. (from the headwear department)

Yep, it’s not much. But it’s what I’ve got for now…*smile*.

 

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Product# 1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #2: Denim braided headband
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Product #2: Denim braided headband
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Product #2: Denim braided headband

 

There are many imperfections in the products…I know. But this is just stage two. There won’t be these imperfections in the finished products. In the headband photos my little sister had to hold the sides of the headband so it wouldn’t fall off. That’s because I haven’t actually attached the piece that holds it on the head! But…I promised updates- and I want to give y’all a taste of the process step-by-step.

And yes, in the earring photos…there is a WIRE sticking out of the top of the earring! ๐Ÿ™‚ And NO, there will most certainly NOT be that wire in the finished product.

Sorry there isn’t more. There are more products, but they’re not quite picture worthy yet!

Thanks to my lil’ sis Ellie for sitting so patiently as I tried to figure out some of the settings on the camera.

Thanks also to my big sis Hannah, who’s graciously offered to allow me to use her camera to practice photography and take product photos. I am very grateful.

 

What projects are y’all working on?

Do you ever want to startย a business from home?

Do y’all know of any articles I could watch to improve my product photos?

 

~Emmaline

 

 

Minuet in G for Ukulele

Hey Guys!

I TOLD you I would be back. And I also told you I would post Ukulele stuff. If you’re not interested, that’s okay. You don’t have to read this…you can just click the handy-dandy little ‘delete’ button. ๐Ÿ™‚ But here I have a piece that I printed off the good ole’ internet. It’s my favorite one to play…and I’m almost ready to say I have it down. I want to actually memorize it though. Here it is:

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As you can see…I snagged this leetle freebie off of 8notes.com . One thing that I have found harder is finding FREE uke music that isn’t easy peasy. I want a small challenge. I want to ACTUALLY get better. And so I am happy to have found this piece.

For any of you who play piano…the melody line at the top is for the piano. I like having that piano melody line up there. It helps me to figure out how the piece should sound on my uke. I also play piano. Not very well…and I don’t take lessons anymore. But I know enough to make it helpful for my uke practice.

p.s- I have a soprano ukulele. This piece should work for tenor, and soprano ukuleles.

Any uke players out there?

Do you know any websites with free uke music (not chords)?

Anyone like Bach’s Minuet in G?

Would anyone like to see more uke stuff?

~Emmaline