Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Greg and Hiroko

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Hey there bloggers! A little over a month ago I mentioned that I was hired as a photographer for a wedding here in College Station. I thought I would post the photos that I took for the awesome couple that allowed me to have this great opportunity.

Greg and Hiroko had a small ceremony in the All Faiths Chapel and a reception in Rudder Tower afterwards on Texas A&M's campus. Their wedding was the most thoughtful and unique wedding I have ever attended. This couple likes to do things their own way, and I absolutely love that. I've probably been to over 20 weddings in my lifetime, but none of them have had beautiful decor made from origami roses that the bride made herself, the cutest Q&A cards that made up the guest book, or such creative dishes on the menu served at the reception.

Overall it was a really positive experience for me. I really hope to get better at photography and start my own wedding photography business on the side one day. Even though I've been through a black and white film photography class, an advanced color film photography class, a photojournalism class, and have worked as a staff photographer for a newspaper, I still find myself feeling like an amateur. There is just so much knowledge and experience to gain about photography. I feel so inspired when I see wedding photography by Style.ish on her blog or by Andrew Chan who shot Tramanh of Phi Style's wedding. Getting that good takes time and patience. Perhaps one day I'll get to that point in skill and then I'll buy myself something fancier than a Canon Rebel. Someday.
Rach:]


The Ceremony
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The Reception
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Bride&Groom
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Hiatus]




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Hey guys! I really must apologize for the lack of Blogger Sketch Sundays. I realize that this is the third week I've missed my weekly tradition. Unfortunately, I am still having some technological problems with my laptops and my scanner. To hold you guys over until I get things straightened out, I've posted a few of the un-posted sketches that I have previously done. I try to post features with sketches in groups of 3 per each blogger, so these are the sketches that have gone over the 3 or haven't added up to 3. Hopefully some of these bloggers will get their own features in the future. Its also interesting to see the variation in my drawing style over the past half a year.

Either way, I hope all of you guys had an awesome Christmas Day yesterday! Mine was filled with the joy of giving gifts, eating lovely sweets, and spending time with family.
Until next time!
Rach:]

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Lemon Wedge

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Some time ago, Brandon and I checked out this small local restaurant in downtown Bryan called The Lemon Wedge. It had a pretty cute atmosphere with stylized paintings of lemons all over the walls. We ordered a House salad, stuffed mushrooms, their Green Chicken dinner, and a piece of Mississippi Mud Pie. The House salad came arranged in the most creatively wrapped up package and included really fresh vegetables. The stuffed mushrooms were cute and small, but packed a huge pow of flavor. And the Green Chicken dinner included a well portioned serving of chicken with basil baked on top with corn pudding and vegetables on the side. The dessert is always my favorite part of a meal, and their Mississippi Mud Pie is no exception. Although I'm not a huge fan of the coconut inside, the marshmallows and the amazing tasting whipped cream on top more than made up for it.
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Alright guys, I really have been neglecting my blog as of late. And I realize what a bad blogger offense this is. But its just that time of year. My finals just wrapped up and I'm in the process of moving out/going back home/getting ready to live in Germany/starting up a few new commissions. So as you can see, my life is about as organized as my currently half-packed, half-moved-out room. Which is a mess by the way.

So I must apologize for the missed Blogger Sketch Sunday this past week. I feel terrible for missing the first week in half a year that I've been doing this. Its incredible that I've been keeping up with one thing for so long. I will try to have one up tomorrow. I will say now, that it isn't for a lack of sketches, that I am behind. My scanner doesn't work with my new macbook and my old dell is about as useful as a plank of wood right now. Hopefully I can find a way to post tomorrow though.

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And I, late as usual, am responding to a '7 Things About Me' post that Bea & Ben tagged me in a few weeks ago. Thanks Sofia! Here is my list...

7 Things About Me:

-I love mugs. Every shape. Every color. Every style. There is just something to the weight of a ceramic handle under my fingers that make me feel at ease. I swear, they have those eco-friendly re-useable ceramic coffee cups, they need to make a portable top for my mugs so I can carry them wherever I go without spilling everywhere.

-My favorite movie as a kid was The Lion King. I remember going to my babysitter's house and The Lion King on video cassette with a can of sprite would be offered to me everyday. Most likely because my babysitter knew I would be occupied enough with these two things no matter how many times I was given both. I was probably the easiest kid to babysit ever.

-The thing about Christmas that I like the most is giving gifts. Okay, it sounds cheesy, but it is true. I don't obsessively plan for months ahead what I will give each and every person. But over long periods of time I will casually bookmark things I see online that someone I know would love or jot down ideas for a craft project that someone I know would appreciate. I may not always hit my target, but I usually give gifts that really suit the receiver. The 'perfect gift' is NOT about spending the most money at all. The 'perfect gift' is something useful, but not needed; indulgent, but not frivolous. People usually never give me gifts that I would want. I get more excited looking at a pile of gifts I've just finished wrapping, ready to be given away, than looking at the gifts meant for me under my Christmas tree. Usually with the gifts meant for me, I dread what ill-fitting sweater, origami calendar, or loud pink plaid beach bag lies underneath those green and red wrappings.

-My favorite ice cream flavor is Pistachio. I don't know exactly why. I used to be appalled by the flavor as a little kid. But now there is something about that subtle sweet factor that I love so much.

-I own around 10 leather jackets. And that is after purging my closet of the ones I don't wear so much. I don't know why I am addicted to them, but I can't seem to get enough of them. I have so many already and yet they still catch my eye in every store I find them in. My collection spans different styles, cuts, colors, and textures, but I am still keeping an eye out for that ultimate leather jacket that will complete my collection. Call it an obsession I guess.

-Rachel is not my real name. I mean, its my legal middle name, so its not some arbitrary name that I go by. But its not my real name. And I feel that my actual name and 'Rachel' don't really suit me. I'm not sure what name would suit me, but I've never felt like either of these two names fit who I am. Not that I know who I am. Perhaps when I do, I'll choose a name that suits me perfectly and go by that.

-Rach:]

Thursday, December 9, 2010

This Little Piggy



Hey guys! Here it is, my final animation that I've been prattling on about working on for a while. Our assignment was to create a 30 second animation that was a spin on a common nursery rhyme. I choose the rhyme "This Little Piggy", which if you can't recall exactly, goes like this:

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went...
"Wee wee wee" all the way home...

So when I was a child, I remember being told this rhyme to count the toes on my feet. Each piggy is one of 5 toes and each line refers to one of the 5 pigs. For my spin on the rhyme, I decided to make the story about only 2 pigs. A rich and snooty pig named Maurice and a poor and sad pig named Joe. Each line switches back and forth to refer to either Maurice or Joe.

"This little piggy went to the market" -refers to Maurice leaving a store with shopping bags.
"This little piggy stayed home" -refers to Joe being bored at home watching TV.
"This little piggy had roast beef" -refers to Maurice dining out at a fancy restaurant.
"This little piggy had none" -refers to Joe having nothing to eat but ramen noodles.
"And this little piggy went 'Weee weee weee!' all the way home" -refers to a slightly tipsy Maurice chilling out in the back of his limo. And then revealing that Joe is his limo driver.

Hopefully, that is somewhat clear without me having to explain all of it. I really wasn't quite sure if I did a good job portraying it all in 30 seconds. The project was heavily stressful and frustrating most of the time, but I certainly learned a lot and got a lot of experience out of this. I dare say this is probably my most professional looking work to date. So I must give thanks to my 2 professors, the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University, and those specific classmates of mine who had to deal with me constantly bombarding them with questions all semester long.

I'd love to hear your opinion, so please take the time to watch my 2 little piggys! Their 15 minutes of fame only lasts 30 seconds! Below are still frames from the animation too.
Thanks!
Rach:]

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11 of 30

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[Cardigan, studded top, and bowler hat: Forever21, Jeans: Macy's, Purse: Target, Heels: Plato's Closet]

Good golly, is been a crazy week. Today was the VIST show where all of the undergrad Visualization students have their work displayed. I pretty much didn't ever sleep for a week before finishing my final animation and then 2 nights later, pulled another all nighter for a color film photography series I had in the show. I plan on posting my animation here soon so watch out for it! My photography project won't be up until I can get my prints back from the show.

Needless to say, I have been a terrible blogger and have neglected my blogging responsibilities. So if I haven't responded to comments or new followers, please have patience with me! And I also received a blogger award and was tagged in a '7 Things About Me' post that I haven't had time to pass on forward. But given some time, I'll organize a post to make up for all my slacking off.

On the plus side, the show is over and now its time for finals. The more normal part of being a college student. For outfit number eleven, I went back to my loyal skinnies again. These have been worn so much, I'm afraid they'll give out soon. I got them off the Macy's clearance rack so they are some obscure, un-findable brand.

Oh and I need to give long over-due credit to the people who support me and my blog the most. All of the photos on my blog that don't include me in the shot (ie. food, places, and projects I clearly state are my own) are my own photography. But if I am in the photo, it was taken by either my boyfriend or my best friend. With an exception for a few that are taken with a timer, they deserve most of the credit. Brandon takes most of the photos that you see recently and Dee took all of the photos before the beginning of this past summer. I have to thank them for their patience of dealing with me and my outfit complications, backdrop seeking adventures, and frustrating awkward faces.
Thanks guys, you are the best!

Rach:]

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Fashion Bananas]

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Hey there readers! Its the Twenty-sixth edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday! Can you believe I have been doing this every Sunday for half a year already? To mark the occasion, this post features Delma of Fashion Bananas whose blog is located in New York.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-Delma's style is part classic lady-like chic and part daring fashion risk taker. She's a sassier latin version of Audrey Hepburn. Her closet is full of full high waisted skirts, vintage textures, and casual menswear pieces that she work on her flawlessly.
-This blogger has curves and isn't afraid to use them. I always admire women who know how to work their figure. Delma dresses in pieces that look custom made for her. Ladies like her inspire me to embrace the body I was born with.
-Somehow this girl's make-up is flawless all of the time. I don't know how, but its so true. Perfect eyeliner, perfect eyebrows, perfect lips. My make up always smudges and rubs off. I try to pull it off as that 'smokey but natural look', but I still am in awe when I see make up like Delma's.

So if you've never seen her blog, you should go check it out. I put the link to it where I named her blog above.

Have a great Sunday guys!
Rach:]

Friday, December 3, 2010

10 of 30

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[Jacket: Wet Seal, T-shirt: Target, Jeans and wedge heels: Forever21, Purse: thrifted]

This week as pretty much been hellweek school-wise. College is always like that between Thanksgiving and Christmas though. While most students have finals to worry about, I have my final animation project due in studio and a series of color film photography prints due as well. Its actually 5 am and I haven't slept but have been working all night. This is a small break being taken to post outfit number ten.

I have been obsessed with the fashion blog Stockholm Streetstyle lately. All of the super stylish ladies in their rocker chic leather jackets and vintage bags have really inspired me. A common scheme in many of the looks captured tend to revolve around the colors black, white, and red. So when I came across this red vintage quilted bag in my closet that Dee gave me a while ago, I had to incorporate it into my next outfit. I love that it gives just the right amount of pop to the the rest of the outfit. I only wish I could have painted my nails red (I can't due to my job) and have worn red lipstick (which I am just afraid of not being able to pull off).

Rach:]