Friday, January 25, 2013

Flashback Friday #9 - Happening

Hooray for Flashback Friday! Gonna be going back a few years for this one - way back to the year 2006! To give you some context I was a senior in high school then and one of the things I was most passionate about at that time was Happening. "What is Happening you ask?" - well Happening is a weekend retreat put on for teenagers by teenagers that takes place about 2 to 3 times per year at a place called Camp Weed in Live Oak, FL. (Yes, I know, we got a lot of grief for the name of the camp - it was named after a Bishop who's last name was Weed). The retreat serves as a kind of spiritual awakening for the candidates (first time Happeners) where the Bible and the Word are presented in a fun and comfortable setting by your peers. After you have been as a candidate you can return as a team member and help organize the next retreat for the next batch of candidates. My sister Allison was very involved before I was the correct age to attend my first Happening. She was even Rector for one weekend, who is the person elected to organize the entirety of one weekend retreat. Soon my parents got involved too and even attended a weekend as well. There is always a small Geritol Group made entirely of adults along with several small groups between the ages of 14-18. The photos above are from Happening #105, which was my 6th and last Happening. I was a candidate at Happening #99 and worked team for #100-103 and lastly #105, which was probably the most fun of all the Happenings I attended because I was the Head of Music for that weekend (endearingly referred to as HOM Boy). That position is part of the core team, being right under both the Rector and the Head Gofer. The Head Gofer is basically the second in command and the person working behind the scenes while the Rector has to be in the spotlight the entire time. I was actually Head Gofer for #103, but that is a story for another time. For #105 Karis Needham was the Rector and Teal Patterson was the Head Gofer and we made a very tight team. Between the three of us we spent the most time planning that particular weekend and had to work on it while balancing our high school work, all at the tender age of 17. I don't know about you but I don't think I was very balanced at 17, but somehow we pulled it off and put on a great weekend. Karis and Teal deserve the most thanks for that too since my only job was organizing the music - but I tackled that beast like no one's business. My music team (pictured above) was composed of Courtney Asker (guitar), Grace Richardson (guitar), James Seadale (bass), Me (electric guitar), and Ray Brown (drums). We organized, selected, and lead all the music that needed to be played that weekend, including arranging the theme song. The theme was More Awesome Than I Know and the song was Enough by Jeremy Camp. We must have played that song like a dozen times before the weekend was over and it was awesome every time. My music team and I were even able to mimic the guitar riff that plays at the start and end of the song and that became like a mini theme song in itself and I heard some candidates humming it throughout the weekend. Besides the music the weekend consisted of team building events, discussions on the Bible, group meals, camp fire stories, dance parties, and just an overwhelming sense of community in the Spirit. All in all it was a great experience and I will always have fond memories of my time spent at Camp Weed with all those crazy kids (and adults). What made me think of it today was that my friend and fellow Happener got married last Saturday at Camp Weed (see previous post) and it was my first time being back there in over 5 years. I could not help thinking back on all the times I spent at that camp and it felt only natural to put them into words. I hope you have enjoyed reading - and remember to Keep it REAL!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ben & Rachel Getting Married

This weekend I had the distinct pleasure of photographing one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended. The lucky couple - my long time friend Rachel Register and her new husband (and my new friend) Benjamin Guyer. The place - Mandi's Chapel in Live Oak, FL. The weather - could not have been more perfect! For me as the photographer it was an all day event, but never did it feel like I was doing any actual work (probably because I have not yet started the long task of editing...). On the day of I arrived early so I could get some photos of the grounds and chapel and I was fortunate in the fact that I was very familiar with the area. In fact, back in high school, Rachel and I would often attend retreats there with our church groups so it holds a special place in our hearts and minds. Especially Mandi's Chapel. This wonderful little building is built entirely out of wood and all the structure is exposed making it simple yet complex at the same time. It was also just recently ranked by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the top 5 of the top 100 buildings of Florida. Every church retreat Rachel and I attended would end with a ceremony held in Mandi's Chapel, and every time we left we would eagerly await our next visit. In this case it was to celebrate the marriage of two very important and loving individuals. I am so happy for my newly married friends and for what I'm sure will be a most wonderful and beautiful life together. I know they will look back on their wedding day with glorious memories and I am very honored to have been the one tasked with capturing those memories. I wish them both the very best and want them to know that the photos will be done soon and if they need anything - all they have to do is ask. In the mean time - Keep it REAL!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Flashback Friday #8 - Savannah Signs

It's Friday - time for another flash back, and since I just recently received my diploma from SCAD lets talk some about Savannah. While in school there I did a lot of urban exploration in the city and surrounding areas and discovered a lot of interesting items. Some of the most priceless ones happened to be funny and unique signs. A lot of odd things jump to mind when looking at these signs. I mean would you like a FREE Home! I know I sure would. I knew the housing market has been pretty bad over the past couple of years but I had no idea they were giving away homes! Where can I get mine? Then, in a city such as Savannah with a lot of old churches it is only a matter of time before you see some very creative weekly worship postings. This one sounds like the tag line for a new Steven Seagal movie - I can hear it now - Steven Seagal in - THE BIBLE! Read It, Believe It, OBEY IT! or, better yet, This Summer Steven Seagal is - THE BIBLE in a film by Quentin Tarantino - He will be Obeyed. And lastly, have you ever wanted a place where you could cash your checks and get an ice cream and/or sub at the same time? Well this is the place for you! Or do they mean ice cream-subs? Hmmmm, that might be even better than an ice cream sandwich! Hahaha, hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Shooting a wedding this weekend so be sure to check back for photos of that real soon. Keep it REAL!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Master of Architecture

Something very big came in the mail today (I love getting exciting mail - don't you?). My Professional Master of Architecture diploma finally arrived safe and sound and is now encased in the portfolio case I received at graduation. That makes two diplomas in my pocket and two life goals accomplished. Also, I'll have you know, the Architecture program at SCAD is currently ranked 20th in the nation! Very exciting! But, anyway, it's time to close that chapter of my life and crack open the crisp, clean pages of a brand new one. Also, with my current internship at ELM studio in San Marco coming to a close, the official job search has begun! Stay tuned for more up-dates and remember to Keep it REAL!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Graphic Design

Hello readers! Sorry for the long absence - had a very busy Holiday season. I hope you had a great Christmas and a great start to your new year! Happy 2013! I have a lot of exciting things coming this year and I will be sure to share them with you. To start off I have begun to post some of my graphic design projects on my portfolio site. The gallery as it stands now is full of personal work and a few commissioned projects. I will continue to add to it so be sure to add my Behance page to your favorites so you can check back for more. The interesting thing about my style when it comes to graphic design is I am not afraid to use old fashioned methods to reach my end result. Take for example the logo I have presented here that I designed for an Interior Design business. It was drawn by hand and then slightly enhanced using photoshop. Instead of making it entirely in the computer I made sure to keep that handmade feel because that is what the client wanted to communicate to her clients through their brand. I feel it gets the message across quite beautifully. I hope you agree and that you enjoy viewing my other design projects. And, as always - Keep it REAL!