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I got to shoot Sigma Chi Eta's first ever formal. It was seriously a blast. I love shooting event photography because I get to enjoy it and capture it. It's not every day you get to dance and take photos. It was so awesome.
There's over 200 photos, so I could never post them all here. See them all on my Facebook page.
Here's the thing I love about doing Tuesday @ 7's: it's all experimental. I'm just taking friends out to shoot, which means I get to do whatever I want and push myself and try new things.
So when I asked Colton to do a shoot and he said he wanted it to be dark and serious, I got super excited. Shooting in low light is really difficult, especially with the camera I'm shooting with. So the thought of getting to practice that and figure it out was really fun for me. Also, I like really moody, dramatic photos so I was pumped to take some of my own.
I loved the darker feel of this shoot. The location was so cool and it was exactly what Colton and I were going for when we talked about it. I don't remember exactly when, but at some point I remember thinking that the more I make him look like a villain from Batman, the better.
A bit about Colton. Even if these photos may not show it, he might just be the funniest person I've ever met. Few people can have me crying laughing by just talking through the thoughts they had throughout the day. I've had a couple of classes with Colton and he always has the class rolling with his comments. It amazing.
And that's just the thing. You know those people who just make you happier because they're there? That's Colton. When he walks in the room, I feel like I can let out a sigh of relief because he just has the sort of de-stressing effect on the atmosphere.
Generally, it seems like funny people are mostly funny and serious people are mostly serious. But the thing with Colton is that he is somehow both at the same time. Somehow he can seamlessly flow from the funniest tirade of comments you've ever heard into a profoundly deep, timely word of encouragement and wisdom.
Eventually we decided to go outside and we found some of the craziest graffiti ever. A red, robot fire dragon. An entire planet. Floating Dallas. Deep Ellum doesn't make sense, but it's still cool.
It was great hanging out with Colton today. I think we can all learn from his happiness, encouragement, motivation, and wisdom.
I'm really late on this post. I don't always get to travel, so when I do, I should probably post some photos from it.
This Spring Break, I got the opportunity to travel to Germany and Poland with my school, DBU, to study the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and WWII. It was a phenomenal experience.
We spent a couple of days in Berlin which was by far my favorite city of the trip. If I could live in Berlin, I would.
We travelled to Szczecin, Poland for a couple of days to see Finklewald, which is the seminary that Bonhoeffer started. Sadly, I didn't really get any pictures there. But the view of the city from up above was amazing! We got let into the 2nd largest church tower in town, so I had to grab some shots.
After that, we went back into Germany and spent a few days in Nürnberg. Not only did they have the best sausage I've ever had in my life, this is the city where the WWII War Crime Trials happened. It was pretty intense seeing Room 600 where it all went down.
We went to three concentration camps in total. Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrük, and Flossenbürg. I couldn't even begin to describe what going to those camps did to me and the rest of us. It was so heavy. So many lessons learned and emotions felt while we were there. It's like my roommate Kyle said, "I think everyone should go to see one concentration camp in their lifetime. I don't think everyone should go to three, much less three back to back." It's heavy stuff. Going to those camps changed my life.
Our last stop was Flossenbürg, which was the camp that they hanged Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We stood at the place were the gallows were and read one of Bonhoeffer's sermons entitled, "Death Is Swallowed Up In Victory." Talk about powerful.
As I'm sure most of you know by now, Katie McGee is my girlfriend. So in this blog, I'm gonna spend less time talking about that and more time telling you a little bit about her.
First off, Katie is getting her Master's degree in Children's Ministry. MASTER'S DEGREE. You have to really love kids to go through all of that school, and man, she really loves kids. She's been working in Children's Ministry for three years now and has just been absolutely killing it. She's started a leadership team of kids within the kids ministry to disciple the kids on a more individual level and to train them in leadership from the time they're in 4th grade. Who does that? Katie does. Katie trains 4th and 5th graders to be leaders. And she's really good at it.
One of Katie's best qualities is her loyalty. On the Who's Who in the Zoo personality test, she's a Golden Retriever because she loves people and will never leave your side once she's attached to you. And by that I mean that she'll fight for you. She doesn't just let relationships slip through the cracks. She really, truly pursues people. And that's amazing to see. I know I've grown a ton just from watching her do that and I still have more growing to do. Her loyalty to others is astounding and admirable.
If you are just getting to know Katie, there's a chance you might get the idea that she's a little reserved. There's a little truth to that. She is a not-so-loud and very-much-so-proud introvert after all. But Katie is one of the funniest and most encouraging people I know. Get to know her and you'll find out that she's got all kinds of stuff up her sleeve that she can whip out at any moment to brighten your day faster than the sun can rise. Not to mention that she's a natural in front of the camera. I hardly have to pose her ever. I usually just say, "Go stand there" and she busts out a beautiful pose that looks amazing. It's pretty incredible actually.
So that's a little bit about Katie. Beyond being my girlfriend, she's a loyal, encouraging, inspiring, hilarious, beautiful friend. And she's my best friend. I love getting to date her.
What is there to say about Stephen Boyd? Intelligent, hard working, good looking, honest. It's like he's the total package. It's rare to meet people with the natural work ethic and charisma that Stephen has. He's one of those people that you want to keep your eye on because you know he's going to be up to some big stuff in just 5 years or so. He's already killing it. He isn't waiting for opportunity to come to him. He's finding and making his own opportunities.
When I first got to DBU, Stephen was one of the first friends I made and quickly became one of my best friends. We came from pretty different backgrounds, me from Denton and him from Las Vegas, but our differences in background yet similarities in views and personality made it a natural fit for us to be friends. I think we both realized how good we are for each other. We're so similar yet we bring a different twist to life that helps us see things from new perspectives.
I always joke that Stephen is my brain and I'm his feelings. That's not true. Sometimes I think and sometimes Stephen has feelings. But I think that, to an extent, that's what is so great about friendships like that. We all have things we're good and not so good at and when those two things can compliment each other in a friendship or relationship, you're always going to be better because of it. That's what I appreciate about Stephen. We make each other better. Always pushing each other farther and farther into our callings. Isn't that what good friends do?
If you want to talk about someone who is relentlessly pursuing their calling, it's Stephen. As just a junior, he's worked for the city of Las Vegas, freelance written for one of the largest churches in America, worked on a political campaign, helped me in marketing with INITIATIVE, interned at Southwest Airlines, and is now on staff with YoungLife in Arlington. Oh also, he's running for DBU Student Government President. You should vote for him.
We met up with some of the INITIATIVE staff on top of a roof this morning. They wanted to see the sunrise over the city too. It was beautiful.
So needless to say, it was a ton of fun hanging out with him this morning. It's been such a blessing in my life getting to live with him these last two years. He's contemplating graduating a semester early because he's Stephen Boyd and he can. Selfishly, I hope he doesn't, but once he's out of school I know he's just gonna take off even more than he already has. I can't say I blame him for wanting to. Either way though, he's already making a huge impact and that'll just expand when his focus isn't divided between school and conquering the world.
So that's Stephen Boyd for you. He's an everyday world-changer and he's my best friend.
Today was my 2nd ever Tuesday @ 7 shoot. I want to work with as many different kinds of people as I can, so I made a list of people who I'd love to have a photoshoot with. Some of those people are my best friends. Some of those people that I know well enough to say "Hi" to when we pass each other. Breanna falls into that second category. I've always wanted to know Breanna more, we just run in different friend groups. So when I was looking for a female model for todays shoot, I decided to ask her last minute if she wanted to get up early for a sunrise shoot and, being the spontaneous person she is, she was more than happy to!
Here's the thing with Breanna. If you go to DBU, which is where we go, you've probably heard her sing. She's always performing in the coffee houses, school events, chapel, and whatever other event where music is involved. If there's music, you'll probably see Breanna. And not for no reason either. She has one of the best voices around. She's already released her EP, Where I've Been and "Mr. Kennedy" is an incredible song off of it (also, check out my roommate, Adam, featured on "Down In Flames") .
Working with Breanna was so easy despite not knowing each other too well before the shoot. Apparently, both of our Myers-Briggs personalities are ENFP which basically just means we're both talkative and like to have fun, so finding something to talk about is never hard.
I'm so glad I reached to Breanna for this shoot. It was so great getting to know her and taking these stunning photos! It's only the 2nd week, but I think doing these weekly shoots is going to be so good for me. Getting to hang out with friends or people who will be friends all while intentionally growing in my craft and getting to give out some good photos. Sounds like a win-win to me!
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