Monday, December 9, 2013

Georgia photo tour with Sunira Photography

Before I left for NYC, I had a chance to spend an awesome day in Athens with my wonderful friend Sunira to take some photos for her photography business. For as long as I've known Sunira, we've bonded over the outdoors and photography (in fact, we found out we both lived in the same town and were photographing the same farm park before I moved away and then met her through a mutual friend). I've always admired that she isn't afraid to get the best creative shot -- even if that means going into the deep woods or climbing over barbed wire to get it. Or doesn't mind when her subject starts to fly away ...




For years, we've talked about doing an epic photo tour of Athens, in which I'd play guide to some of my favorite parts of town, and we'd explore old Southern Gothic ruins together with our cameras. We finally were able to make it happen last spring, and here are some of those photos! We had a chance to explore some places I've captured before -- the Oconee Forest Park, the REM Murmur Trestle, the University of Georgia's north campus, and downtown Athens. We also visited a park I've never gone to before -- Hurricane Shoals Park in Jefferson. That park had a lot of opportunities -- historic buildings and cabins, as well as beautiful fields, a covered bridge and a creek.


Since I've been blogging, I've mostly taken my own photos. While I relish that kind of creative freedom, it can get lonely and scary sometimes going to locations on my own. With Sunira behind the camera, I was able to do some things on my Photography Bucket List that I would have difficulty doing solo (climbing trees, levitating in the air and balancing precariously over streams). Plus, it was great fun to share some of my favorite spots in the world and see them captured with reverence by a friend. Now that I am a few months removed from these photos and have moved away to NYC, I treasure these photos even more as mementos of my time in Athens.

Thanks so much Sunira for a wonderful time! And if you are in the Atlanta/Athens area and need a photographer for your next event(or if you're like me and just want to capture and remember How Things Are Now), I highly recommend Sunira.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The fourth year in pictures

Today's my blog's fourth birthday! In honor, these are my favorite outfit photographs of the last year. In years past when I would do these compilation posts, I would choose a lot of photos to celebrate a year's worth of work. This year I thought I'd do something different, only choosing shots that were difficult for me to capture on my own, and reflect the second (or 22nd try) at nailing the right composition, pose or lighting. 

Thank you for being a part of this blog (and therefore, a part of me) for the past four years. 





Monday, October 14, 2013

What stays and what fades away

I took these photos in April, and have purposely avoided posting them all this time because looking at those rural landscapes behind my body makes me a bit sad. I'm glad that I live in New York now, but I do miss my old photo spots, like Watson Mill Bridge. Picking up my camera while in London and using it regularly reinvigorated me. I'm not sure what it means for this blog, and I do not mean to have a slow obnoxious existential death of it, but I really truly miss the challenges of self-portraiture outdoors.   

I've never really worn this dress in any spectacular exciting ways; the bright color and sailboat applique just scream for it to be worn with minimal additions. My eagle necklace, which I've shared here before, is a tribute to my dad, who used to photograph eagles and other wildlife when he was in the Navy. It reminds me of family whenever I wear it.

The last two shots of me are kinda funny to see now that I'm six months removed from when they were photographed. I went through a phase earlier this year of taking portraits of the back of my head, as if I was journeying toward something off-camera. The composition of the last shot took forever, as I had to position myself between the boats before my timer went off, all while trying to avoid the bugs and snakes near the water's edge (sorry Mom if you're reading this).

credits - dress and necklace: vintage, both from minx (athens, ga) | shoes: target

(here and here are my favorite past outfits featuring this dress)




Friday, October 11, 2013

The V&A

 One of the biggest highlights for me when we visited London was getting the chance to spend a few hours exploring the Victoria & Albert Museum, a beautiful museum devoted to design and art. (Btw, Londoners, I am totally jealous that the V&A and so many of your other museums were free to the public!). We had limited time, but we were able to explore through the medieval and Renaissance sections, which were full of religious iconography and statues. 

My favorite section was the one that was devoted to women's fashion spanning from the 1600s to the present, and I was not the only fan, as there were so many students and artists camped out sketching out their favorites (especially near the 1930s-1960s window). A few of these dresses looked like inspirations for "Mad Men" characters (doesn't the 1970s maxi look like something Megan wore in the sixth season?). My favorite dress, however, is the 1938 Charles James green evening gown -- the crossover front draping is a style that needs to come back soon. 

I went for comfort when dressing for this day in some old favorite clothes, though I have to admit that I felt pretty blah after walking through and seeing Dior couture (I mean, who wouldn't?)

credits - dress, target | sweater, talbots | tights, boots, tj maxx | bag: pour la victoire.











Thursday, October 10, 2013

Here and there

Just a few things on my mind lately: 

watching: 

- I saw Gravity last week and highly recommend (along with everyone else in the world it seems, haha). I am usually not a fan of 3D movies or the space travel genre, but this one was incredible -- a total feast for the eyes.

- Still mourning the end of Breaking Bad, but I've been filling the void with Downton Abbey (I have my sources, shh!). A few recent Netflix finds: Orange is the New Black, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's, Freaks and Geeks. What are you watching lately?

reading: 

- I bought a copy of "Who's Buried Where?" at the Westminster Abbey gift shop and have liked poring over the final resting places of famous Brits. I know that sounds macabre, but that kind of history has always fascinated me ... Other books that I've recently read: "Quiet" by Susan Cain, "No Reservations" by Anthony Bourdain.


- Inspired by this post about the power of side projects (via swiss miss). 

- 101 travel tips that are pretty useful and include tips like rolling every piece of clothing you own to maximize space, and avoiding airplane ice cubes.

- When I miss Georgia, I look to these blogs: Petite Panoply, Grits and MoxieEvan Leavitt, Back Down South

-  I look here to fall in love with New York even more: HONY, NYC Type


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