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Friday, November 28, 2014

Calvin Klein Coat | Banana Republic Dress | H&M Boots 

Ah, it has begun, winter. This means that there will be many more months of winter coats and boots coming up! As far as this Calvin Klein coat goes, I actually ended up returning it. While the "turn-key" detail is really cute when the coat is closed up, it just looks awkward when the coat is open, and of course you don't always want your coat to be zipped up. I got another coat that is very similar but has regular buttons instead, and it will be featured on the blog soon! 

The day we shot this was actually one of the warmer days despite all the snow around, which is why I was able to tolerate wearing a dress! I love the look of fresh snowfall, before it all turns into mush, contrasted to the green winter trees. The only issue was that the trails were frozen over and me and my sister were tip-toeing around trying not to fall! Michigan winters will undoubtedly be a challenge for us, but my sister has just learned how to do continuous shots, which will make everything so much easier! 

Anyway, I'm home for the weekend as it was Thanksgiving break-happy belated Turkey day!- and we hope to get a few more shoots in before I leave back for school. Stay tuned! 


Monday, November 17, 2014

I finally got my hands on Dominik's GoPro so that I could share some of the pictures we got on it from Bonaire! If you guys have been following my blog, I've shared a post from our trip to Bonaire previously, and wrote about many of the activities we did on the island. One of the activities that I forgot to mention that we did was cave exploring! We did a guided cave tour through Flow Bonaire, and explored two different cave systems with a wonderful tour guide! We didn't get too many good photos inside the caves since it was pitch black and we were using flashlights to see, but I've included the one picture Dominik got while I was descending down into the first cave.

At first, I was super nervous about descending into a deep, dark cave because I am somewhat claustrophobic, but once we got inside, my nervousness turned into excitement! I am passionate about conquering my fears, whether it's learning to scuba dive despite my fears of open water, exploring deep enclosed spaces, or simply public speaking. (I've taken a speech class as a requirement, and am currently a TA for it because I wanted to continue practicing my public speaking skills.) There is such a sense of accomplishment once you do something you were deeply afraid of doing, and I live for that feeling! While I don't have any other things I really fear, I plan on continuing doing activities such as scuba diving and cave exploring until my fears completely vanish.

What about you guys, what fears have you overcome? Just go out there and do it! If you're an adventurer at heart, there is no room for fear. Anyone can achieve anything once they push aside their fears, and I hope you guys are motivated to conquer yours! Till next time!

Nickels Arcade

Monday, November 10, 2014

DKNY Trench, old (similar here and here) | Banana Republic Soft-Wash Shirt, old (similar here and here), Adelia Pumps | Old Navy Pants
Hello again!

I hope you guys are well rested and ready to conquer another week! Here we are at Nickels Arcade, a quaint, historic corridor that houses a variety of small shops- another one of my favorite spots in Ann Arbor. We got there early on Saturday, around 10:00 am, because I work Saturdays and my sister has class. But besides that I was hoping that at that time there wouldn't be a ton people. Boy was I wrong. It was the fastest shoot we've done to date!

Believe it or not, I'm not a huge picture person. I love taking photos of scenery when I'm outdoors or traveling, but I tend to shy away from cameras when they're on me. Doing this blog has helped me become much more comfortable with getting photographed, although I still feel uncomfortable getting my pictures taken with a ton of people watching, which is why most of the places I choose to go to are pretty private. But I'm running out of ideas, where do I go next?!?!

As for what I'm wearing, I have on one of my favorite pants from Old Navy, which are not only super affordable, but they are also extremely comfortable and fit great! I only wish I had more places to get dressed up for since I'm either at school in scrubs or at work wearing one of the ugliest work shirts mankind has ever seen. Seriously. But alas, I'll have another chance to get all dolled up this upcoming weekend for another blog post. Usually I have an idea of where we'll go and what we'll do, but for this weekend I really have no idea, so stay tuned to see!

I hope you guys have a great rest of the week, and I'll see you next week!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Forever 21 Quilted Jacket, Turtleneck Sweater | Guess Curvy Sophia-Skinny Jeans, old (similar here and here), H&M Boots 


Boy, am I happy that it's the end of another busy school/work week, but the work never stops for me and my sister. This weekend we are once again "working" on the blog- I wouldn't call it work when you actually enjoy and are excited about doing a project though. While we're both new to photography and blogging, I am so excited whenever we set out on the weekends to do photos. With each shoot we do, we are striving to improve our skills and put out quality content, which is why it makes my heart smile whenever we get complimented by anyone on the work that we do!

For this shoot, we went to the law quad, one of my favorite buildings/places at Michigan. It was a bitterly cold day, around 34 degrees Fahrenheit, and we both froze our booties off for the hour we were outside! It is going to get increasingly more difficult to do shoots outside as the icy winter months approach, but we will take it as a challenge to get more creative with what we do.

For this shoot, my sister was able to capture some beautiful moments with the shadows, hence the title of the blog, Shadows. What I love about photography is showcasing the beauty of the setting, and my sister is great at doing that wherever we go! I eventually want to buy my own DSLR camera so that I too can get behind the lens and start practicing my photography skills. There's so much to learn and I'm eager to do more!

There's nowhere to go but up from here! I'm so excited for what the future holds for us, and we will keep on working until we achieve our goals. There's no better feeling in the world than when you attain what you've been working hard for. I hope that you guys also have a passion and are working hard to make it happen. I truly believe that anything is possible with hard work and dedication, so off I go to make my dreams come true!

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