Day 43

Day 43

Big news of today is that I have 2 interviews!  One tomorrow at Sprouts (similar to Whole Foods), and the other Monday at JC Penny Portrait Studio.  Hopefully, something good will come of those two and I can start working new week.  This whole unemployment thing is getting REALLY old.

I don’t have much to say today.  It’s kinda late, and I want to go work on making an order of MOO cards.  :) (If you haven’t heard of these…go check them out.  They are super neat!)

Day 42

Day 42

I have been working on putting together a photography portfolio for hours

Last minute scrambling is never fun, but a prospective photography job is worth the trouble.  :)  I reached out to my friends on Facebook today, asking if anyone knew of any job leads.  A new friend was exceptionally helpful.  He was shopping at JC Penny and noticed that the portrait studio was hiring.  After speaking with the studio manager, he contacted me and explain all the details that he had learned.

Wow…really?  Could I actually work at a photo studio?  Well…why not?!  Sure, I don’t have much “portrait” experience, but I’ve been wanting to grow as a photographer, and this seems like it would be a great opportunity.  So, I dug head first into my photos, trying to find the best ones and created a makeshift portfolio.  I’m sure it could be better organized, or more creatively put together…

But, I’ve got a portfolio!!!

I hope tomorrow goes well, and I hope I get a job soon.

Day 41

Day 41

Yay!  I’m very happy with today’s shot.  :)

Big thanks to Cathy at Your Inner Art for the awesome motivation.  It came at a time when I really needed it, and for that I’m grateful.

The sky has been very overcast the past few days (maybe why I’ve been in a funk…), and this afternoon the clouds broke open to let the sun shine through.  On my way to the pet store for some bird food, I noticed this power tower.  Making a mental note of the location, I finished my errands and headed back to the spot.

The sky was so interesting with the sun shining through the clouds.  I also love the contrast between the soft, fluffy clouds and the harsh, straight lines of the tower.  This was my favorite shot of the bunch.   If you look closely, you can also see another tower in the background, tiny and centered between the angles.


Day 40

Day 40

Another bug picture.

I feel like I’m beginning to get in a photo rut, and I need to find a way out.  Quick.  I don’t think my photos have been bad lately…I just don’t feel like I’ve been getting a lot of variety.

I really want to grow as a photographer during this project, and I think I’m at one of those points where I need to push myself and stretch a little.  Unfortunately though, I’m one busy girl right now.  I’m currently looking for a job, enrolled in nursing school, and trying to learn how to be a better photographer.

The whole unemployed part of that scenario really limits the amount of money I can put towards this new hobby.  I’m trying to find places I can go that are cheap to free, and as much as I would love a “real” camera, I’m alright using my phone…for now.

I suppose the best thing to do now is take a few minutes everyday to read up on a new technique, or find some inspiring photos or articles.  Just stay motivated Brandi!  You got this.  :)

Day 39

Day 39

After the long day yesterday, I only managed to sleep for 2 hours today.  On top of that, I decided to walk 3.5 miles today…cause…ya know…exercise and all.

Today’s photo journey was another trip around the yard.  Luckily, there always seems to be neat things to photograph outside, but the mosquitoes are killer.  It has been rainy the last few days, so there were lots of water droplets on everything and too many mosquitoes in the air.  :)

Today’s picture was actually the last thing I shot.  I managed to get a few other good shots as well, but I really liked the contrast on this one.  The veins on leaves, especially dead leaves, always seem to catch my eye.  This one almost has a burnt quality to it as well, that I find very intriguing.

Day 38

Day 38

Looooooong day.

It started off rather unproductive, because I didn’t wake up until around 12:30.  I just kinda hung around the house for a while and finally decided I should do “something” with myself.  So, I got myself ready and went for a 3 mile walk.

I’m trying to get back into better shape by eating better and exercising.  Slow start, but at least I’m doing something.  My roommate and I found this really nice trail that is shady and peaceful, which makes walking not too unpleasant.  After that I showered and got ready to go to a Going Away party for a friend.

The party was pretty fun.  A little on the slow side from time to time, but I met a few nice, new people, so I guess it was worth it.  :)  That’s the best part for me, about going to parties.  Well, that and opportunities to play new (or old) board games.  Hmm…games…I love board games!

After the party, Will and I stopped at Denny’s for some coffee and chatted for a while.  Then, headed home.  By this time, I wasn’t tired (although I should of been) and decided to stay up and watch the sunrise.  It’s been forever since I’ve watched the sun actually rise.

Fun, right?

You’d think so…but eh.  This morning has been a lovely, overcast, gray kinda morning.  Not what I was hoping for.  Poo.

So on that note, I bid you all goodnight and hope for a brighter afternoon.

Day 37

Day 37

I was beginning to wonder if the bumble bees were out this year.  So far, all we’ve seen are wasps and hornets.  To answer my curiosity – yes, they are.

I was in the yard taking pictures today, and noticed these pretty purple flowers.  There was a large, beautiful butterfly that I was trying to capture, but he seemed to be camera shy.  I noticed a few smaller moths, and tried to capture them instead, but they were shy as well.  That’s when I noticed this guy.  Large and in charge.  He was NOT afraid of the camera.  Quite the opposite in fact, I was afraid of him.  :)

Situations like today make me really wish for a nice digital camera with a macro lens.  Sure, I get pretty good shots with my phone…but what could I get with a awesome, actual camera?!  Soon enough I suppose.  Just be patient Brandi, right?  I know I should just be grateful for what I have, because there are a lot of people out there who have much less than me.

So, on that note, I’m a happy girl and I can’t wait to see what other great pictures I can capture in the days to come.

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