1st Photography Studio!

Imagine your wildest dreams. Is it to be a doctor? A world traveler? The owner of the Colts football team?

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Now close your eyes and imagine how you would feel when…

For years, you worked day and night and grinded. You found success and were on a high with seemingly everlasting progress. Until one day you fall down and face conflict after conflict.

You hit a dead end. You were finished.

It was time to move on to another, more achievable goal.

Two years go by and you are no longer yourself, you are living a routine, you don’t smile anymore. Your friends notice a change in the you they knew.

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This was me. After years of success, I had fallen. I made the decision to not get up. Then I couldn’t get back up. Myself, who I was, was gone. I knew that I needed to make a change to achieve a different result.

Moving from Los Angeles California to the small town of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin was my big idea.

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From that step, I knew the old me was coming back. I am a doer, not someone who waits around. I travel, I adventure, I shoot, I love, I explore. Because that’s all I can do. It makes me happy.

February 2, 2016: I now have a studio. My confidence has returned. My happiness, my desire, my decisiveness, my passion, my life worth living.

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We all have something we were meant to do on this earth, and when you find it, work hard to achieve it.

“It is possible for you to have your dream; its necessary. It’s necessary that you have it, that you work on it. That you develop yourself and you go after what is yours in the universe.”

Manifest your greatness.

“I never set out to become anything in particular, but to live creatively.

I never want to take this for granted. So i try to keep my motivation simple real and positive. If I only scrape for living, at least its a living worth scraping.

I love doing what I do. “

 

 

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Most Valuable Currency You Have

The effect you have on others, is the most valuable currency you have. Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you, was what was in your heart. You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world today. And you only ever have two choices, love or fear. Always choose love, do not let fear play against your playful heart.

Be in the mindset to accomplish what you never imagined you could.

Sights of Urban Beauty

Mallika and I were driving in my Kia Soul, Princess Buttercup, to a small town near Pasadena for a hang out session on Saturday. As we were driving on the freeway, around twenty-five different firework shows were going on throughout the city. The lights were reflecting off of the tall buildings of Downtown Los Angeles. I felt perfect. It was gorgeous and beautiful site. While in the car, we were jamming to some old-school music. *Cheers* to a wonderful night!

Plan, Wish, and Left: Mount Whitney

Date: 30 Friday May 2014

Destination: Mount Whitney

Miles: 22 Round Trip

Time: Two nights

Temperature: 12-23 Degrees Fahrenheit

Wind: 25mph

Planning: Ariel 65 Osprey Backpack, Rei Passage 1 Tent, down sleeping bag 19 degrees, Rei Trekker 1.76 self- inflating sleeping pad 14 oz (lb), LEKI Superlock and lightweight trekking poles, crampons, Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter Water Filtration System backcountry series 11 oz, Patagonia Long Sleeve (base layer), Patagonia long pants (base layer), high school sweat shirt, North Face fleece jacket, jacket, Patagonia wind breaker, sock liners, two pairs of wool socks, glove liners, all weather gloves, 3 pairs underwear, 4 pairs of socks, hiking boots, sunglasses, Harley Davidson sun hat, hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, water purifier, Jet Boil Personal cooking system, Jet boil Jet Power (Propane) 8.11 oz,  one lighter, wind breaker, black diamond head light, pocket knife, 3 nalgene water bottles, spoon, fork, 7 tuna fish packets, trail mix, banana chips, dried pineapple, cyto max, 2 dehydrated dinners and 2 dehydrated breakfasts.

Didn’t Need: Glove liner. So much extra tuna fish packets, lol.

Should have brought: Ice axe which I left in the car thinking I would not need it. Day pack.

I was so happy that I brought the jackets that I did. It was well worth it. I made the trip with an older guy around late 40s early 50s who I met a week ago at an adventure store! We decided to make the trip with a night in between for altitude adjustment. A mistake we made was not brining a day pack. As a result we had to bring our big backpacking backpacks to carry jackets, water, food etc. . . . It was a lot of extra weight that didn’t need to be.

Plan, Wish, and Left: Yosemite

Ahh, planning for Yosemite was exciting. While I have done a lot of hiking, I had never been backpacking before.

Our trip was 5 days and 50 miles, pretty nice temperature throughout the day but cold at night.

Brought: Aerial 65 Osprey Backpack, Rei Passage 1 backpacking tent, sleeping bag, hiking boots, 2 long sleeves, 1 tank top, 1 t-shirt, 1 pair of sweatpants, 2 shorts (one running), 8 pairs of socks,  6 pairs of underwear, 1 sun hat 2 nalgene bottles, first aid (band-aids, gauze, tape, Ibuprofen), Sun screen, face wash, tooth brush, toothpaste, 4 dehydrated meals (I wasn’t told we were staying five days but we shared food the entire time), pack of beef jerky, five cliff bars, trail mix.

Wish: Headlamp: I didn’t have one and we had to set up as it was dark outside so it was difficult. More Food: I was told we were only staying four days, so I didn’t pack enough.

I used everything that I brought which was pretty impressive to me :)

Love is in the Air <3

Oh boy Oh boy, it is THAT time of year again, my fellow internet users.

“What time is that, Adriane?”

IT”S ALMOST VALENTINES DAY!!!!!!!

My photo assignment for The Corsair Newspaper,  is to shoot couples for a Valentines story of gushy love. Since I was out roaming the Santa Monica Pier this afternoon, (which is conveniently down the street from my house) I decided to shoot a few pics.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t supreme lighting time but I am obviously going to reshoot during the late afternoon golden hour on Sunday and Monday.

At first, when I was walking around, I was super nervous. I am not quite sure why though because I always photograph random people. Maybe it was because I had to go up to cute, gushy love couples. But once I started- I had fun talking with them and learning about their relationship!

SOOO AH 1, AH 2, Ah GO!

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This here is James and Georgina. They were just visiting the pier today for a quick date after a busy morning working.

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Jinwoolee and Sy Choo spend their vacation together on the Santa Monica Pier. They are visiting from Korea and when I asked how long they have been together, and after talking for a brief moment in Korean, Sy Choo said they have been dating for “500 days.” That was kind of the most adorable response I have ever heard. Absolutely Adorable people, 500 days.

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Berneese and Isiael were just hanging out on a bench watching the waves crash. They said they had been together for two years but I think they felt nervous at first because they weren’t touching each other so I told them to get close and show some love!!

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Ok so I promise I am not a stalker, but I waited for them to get off a ride at the amusement park because they were the cutest couple ever. This picture of them definitely captures their adorableness and FUNNESSSS in their relationship. Props to you two, Stephanie and Denis!

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THESE GUYS WERE SO BOMB! They make me smile so hard!!! My roommates met up with me at the pier after shopping and Catherine went up to these guys in the snack bar line and we went over to this colourful door. Karie and Matt have awesome style and such a fun relationship. Such a pleasure to meet!

This was my first round of practice pictures for the story. Have to step up my photo game and make some amazing photographs at the golden hour tomorrow!

Do you guys have a special someone? What is your favourite thing to do together? :)

Sam Abell

This morning before school I have been reading/watching articles and interviews about Sam Abell.  He was a documentary photographer for around 30 years and published several stories in National Geographic Magazine. His thoughts, ideas, and experiences about and with photography are compelling. He makes me think more about my photography. I am going to work more on composing my shots, and then capturing them.

I will make my photographs more complex and spend time making the perfect photograph.