Ah, college… am I right?!? I started college late. I was 23 when I left community college to go get my bachelors degree at Rochester Institue of Technology. I spent three years there, studying advertising photography and literally having the best time of my life. College was hard, but it was also empowering and affirming. I met some amazing people, most of whom I still keep in touch with (you know who you are). But, these two ladies…
(Why are our pictures always blurry? Drink much? Lol.)
They are dear to my heart, as evidenced by my frequent threats to punch people that hurt them. My besties. We worked together on projects, kept each other sane, laughed, cried and celebrated together. Without them, college life (and current life) would not be the same. In fact, Rachel is the reason I met my husband… so there’s that. Here’s my husband and I…
The girls and I were affectionately named “the cult” because we did everything together. They were, and are, my core. We were stronger together…and I’ve always felt that way. And while this is all well and good, I bet you are saying “but what does this have to do with style?” That’s simple, because stylish things are all I used to photograph. Prop shopping was something we enjoyed to do, and we still enjoy doing (but less props and more usable stuff).
Most of you probably don’t know that in college, I did mostly still life photography, and focused heavily on photographing jewelry, shoes, bags, clothing… etc. I mean, it makes sense, right? My love for style was strong even back then. I rarely took portraits, which is hilarious, because currently, I am a family and newborn photographer and I ONLY take portraits.
A lot of times I would trek out in the wilderness (with my besties, of course, because I wouldn’t dare venture out in parts unknown by myself) wearing boots with heels, and hauling my cart full of stuff and props. It was a lot of fun.
Those shoes?! I kept them FOREVER. I have no idea why I eventually gave them away…
Yup, I even trudged through freezing cold streams, risking life and limb (ok, that’s an exaggeration) to get my shot.
Studio work was my forte, my true love. I photographed makeup,bags, jewelry and I even froze underwear and photographed lingerie… because why not?!? College!!!
Excuse the phone picture of my old portfolio prints. I’m not even going to lie… I was to lazy to go and search through two million CDs to try to find these hard copies. And, although these images, and college life in general, feels like eons ago (we’ll just say it was over 10 years ago) my love for finding the beauty in stylish things is stronger then ever. While I do miss college life (heeeey party people), I am loving my new found ways of expressing my love for style and my love for family. Because let’s face it, no amount of shoes or bags can replace my little family