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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Glowing Body Studio

Yoga is something that I believe every one should at least try. I was a doubter myself for years, but after my mom finally convinced me to go a few years back...I was addicted. For sure a life changing experience. The Glowing Body Yoga studio in downtown Knoxville is a special place. The quaint building and awesome staff send out such calming and positive vibes it's hard to stay away. The studio offers a beautiful and original set up, unique bamboo studio floors, a huge variety of classes for all levels and preferences (including sun rise yoga outside), food, workshops, internet, fun events, and massages! If you haven't yet, I highly suggest you look into this place if you're at all interested in healthy new experiences, making great friends, relaxing, and taking off a little stress. Sarah Crook is an instructor at the studio, as well as my cousin, and it has been great for me to learn more about yoga itself since her time at the studio. I cannot emphasize enough the powerful effect that yoga has on the body. I can tell you now you will be missing out on a great source of knowledge and exercise if you don't give it a try!
Here are some of my favorites from the session, enjoy, and let your mind and body glow :)

great atmosphere here!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

"If I could do it again, I'd do it the same"

This past weekend was my 21st birthday. I was able to go home during the week to spend some time with my family, which was wonderful. My dad let me borrow his 85mm F1.8 fixed lens and it was so much fun that I ordered a similar one for myself! I was just shooting around with my camera for fun and wasn't planning on posting any of the pictures, but then I thought again, and unfortunately in the "business world"....blogging and advertising is everything. I have accepted the fact that my first-ever blog post mentioned "I don't even have a twitter" and look where I am now! PEOPLE CAN FOLLOW ME? Creating an online name for myself is something that I am not great at, but I am working on it!
Just for fun, here are some pictures that I got from my time at home :)



I just couldn't get over these shot glasses! Mom has such style :)

Gift from my grandmother. I love things with a story behind them.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Nashville, coming back.

A journalist is able to tell a story through words. As a photographer, you are also telling a story; not with words, but with pictures. What you tell through a series of pictures is a reflection on you as a photographer, your subject, setting, circumstance, and what you are able to draw from that. A "photojournalist" is a little mixture of both. It is an ever changing process in which you are always learning. A photojournalist is able to capture "verbs" to help better explain what the subject is doing, and put them inside the frame of their camera in order to later tell the story of what happened at that moment- an image describing the facts.
Sometimes this is easier with a person as your subject, but the city of Nashville has so much to offer of its architecture and history that I thought I'd give the photojournalism thing a try in a new setting. After the floods devastated Nashville in May of this year, many were afraid that CMA Fest would not happen and that the tourism aspect of Nashville would decline dramatically.
Here are some pictures I found as a reminder of the devastation:
LP field where the Titans play and CMA Fest is held.

I found this weekend that neither of these things were true. CMA Fest sold out this year for the first time in 39 years- proceeds were to benefit flood relief, and the ever-present country music vibe that only Nashville can truly claim. People came from all over the country to help the city of Nashville recapture its beauty and appreciation for it. And was it beautiful. Despite the fact that I was only able to have my camera for a short time while we were downtown, here is my "story" of that time.

I couldn't help myself, I think this is so cool.

For the next two, refer to Hebrews 11:1

Always a perfect way to end the night: