Best of 2016

I have the time. I should look at all the photos I took in 2016. This is like a good thing to do that will make me grow as a photographer. Right? I hope so. Ask me in July if I feel grown. I can tell you right now I’m sick of looking at all the photos I took in 2016. But wait there were some good times! I loved all the photo adventures I got to have!!!! I got to shoot bikes! bikes and people. Tons of them! loved it. I always love going to the sewer district and getting to see in people’s houses. I got to see people be awkward during headshots.  I would try so hard with my whole heart to not say something weird. Mostly I did a really good job. I talked about restaurants and tv shows and tried to find out all their secrets. I love all my Madison Magazine shoots! you know like at least 75%. People in love are always nice. There are no bridezillas in Madison, WI. It’s been years since I’ve had one. I also think all brides probably want to be nice to me cause I’m taking their photo so there’s that. Talking to the bridesmaids might be a whole other story. (insert funny emoiji here.)

I took photos in schools, at the humane society, in restaurants, up by the Capitol, in rooms with beautiful windows, and in rooms with no windows. I took photos of cats, mice, bikers, businessy people, trans people, comedians, pizza makers, mentors, friends, orange and white, teachers, grandparents, and people drinking.

yeah 2016. yeah.

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The District. It’s really the sewer.

I have a favorite client. It’s true. I love shooting at the sewer. They call it The District so I call it The District too. You can take a tour–did you know? Anyone can take a tour. And it’s so pretty. They have the coolest architecture and all the buildings have beautiful windows with beautiful window light. I’ve been there so many times that I recognize the workers. I like that. And man are they nice. I almost wonder if they send out a company email that says, “The photographer is coming today. Be nice. Do whatever she wants with a smile on your face and then ask if there is anything else you can help her with.” cause that’s pretty much how it goes. Michael, the Chief Engineer & Director, is the greatest to work for. He’s on my side. And let me tell you–if you’re on my side. I’m on your side.
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Indestructible Tour-Charlotte-Part 2

It’s always weird on blogs when the part 2 comes before the part 1. well, here is my part 2. We also did some screen printing in Tina’s back yard. Nick is like a renissance man. He got the whole dinner ready to be made & then got the screen printing started and i’m sure the whole time i was working on a blog or something that was taking me too too long. I think this trip is making me a faster worker. I have to get the photos done & uploaded to the Rayovac people in a timely manner. & the longer i take on the computer the more time i’m missing out on the fun things I could be doing in the new cities.

Ok, so i’m back in Madison now. I’ve been back for about 2 weeks! It was weird getting home, I thought i was going to be so happy to be back into my regular life. Cause you know i’m having a good time in my regular life. But I was a little depressed. I’m sure my experience is similar to those people who go to summer camp every year and have all that summer camp nostalgia. I know about this summer camp-nostalgia from my favoritest podcase This American Life.

I miss the flashlight trip.

Nick had his friend Josh make us a screen. We made shirts in Tina’s back yard. The weather was dreamy. Perfect afternoon.


we went out on the town! I brought the flashlight. We were hanging out with Tina’s work friends. & Then sometimes Tina & I would ditch the group to take flashlight photos. Sometimes just sitting at the bar is not enough for me. I might start bringing this flashlight to the bar in Madison. maybe. 
flashlight bar time. It was so bright we felt like we were disturbing the dark bar atmosphere. mostly i guess we didn’t care. 
nick drinks giant PBR’s. He really likes them. we all wore our screen printed rayovac shirts to the bar. I think nick thinks he’s too cool to match with the crowd. he wanted to change when he saw we were all wearing ours. it’s like a team shirt! nick wore his. he’s like the lead singer. i’m the drummer. that’s how i see it.
how cute is tina?? very. the answer is very. I tried so so hard to make this into a animation type thing. i sorta figured it out I just don’t know how to put it on my blog. I bet someone knows. You could help me please. ox