Since festival season is almost upon us, I figured it was time to write about the one we went to last summer. My friends and I had all finally turned 21, it was nearing the end of the summer, and we wanted to keep our goal of going to a festival every year. We discovered Summerset Music Festival in Somerset, Wisconsin earlier in the year, but after finding out about a 4th of July discount pack we had no option but to book it.

This was the first time any of us had camped out for a festival, and it ended up being one of the best parts. The atmosphere is so free and easy going - we had all kinds of people coming up to our tent to hang out. Also the fact that they accidentally upgraded us to VIP was definitely a plus.

Summerset was new and different from anything we had done before, and it definitely had it’s bonuses. A smaller venue with only 3 stages means less stress in deciding who to see. Camping out is a must from here on out, and I also loved that we were so close to Apple River. If I ever come back to Summerset, I’ll have to add floating to the mix. But I’m excited to see what festival season 2014 will bring :)

Love these vintage photographs of my dad. I feel like we would’ve been great friends.

This is my friend Cassie.
She has the impeccable ability of turning tragedy into something beautiful.
Your mom and dad would be so proud of you, Cass. Xoxo

This is my friend Cassie.

She has the impeccable ability of turning tragedy into something beautiful.

Your mom and dad would be so proud of you, Cass. Xoxo

Lagos.

Lagos.

In class we had a project dealing with aperture and shutter speed. In this photo specifically, I used 1/1000 sec shutter speed and f/4.0 aperture. This is utilized to allow objects to freeze in motion with diffusion in the background.

In class we had a project dealing with aperture and shutter speed. In this photo specifically, I used 1/1000 sec shutter speed and f/4.0 aperture. This is utilized to allow objects to freeze in motion with diffusion in the background.

This is a photo I took & edited of my friend Becky on the beach in Corfu, Greece.

This is a photo I took & edited of my friend Becky on the beach in Corfu, Greece.

Portraits

This semester I am taking a beginning digital photography course. I’m honestly not sure why I never took it before because I am absolutely in love, and a lot of the technical skills I have mimicked in my work before.

For this assignment we were required to take portraits with a tota light kit. So I took pictures of my pretty friends Claire and Abby. Capturing human expression is a difficult feat, but I think I managed to pull it off with these photos.

Ireland

IrelandIreland was too beautiful for words, but I’m going to give it my best attempt. My family and I went on a ten day car trip through Dublin, Galway, The Aran Islands, Belfast, and Lisburn, Each city offered a beautiful charm and insight into how Irish people live. What was more amazing to me is that we were able to contact & meet up with relatives I never knew I had living there.

Ireland Ireland Ireland IrelandMy favorite part of the trip was the journey itself. We decided to rent a car to travel in between cities. In the Irish countryside, you are never too far from a castle or geological landmark that help tell of Ireland’s rich culture.

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58fcf3be Ireland Ireland IrelandSo many amazing sights to see. Ireland will not disappoint you. And make sure you drink Guinness.  

Fashion at Lollapalooza

So this is definitely not a fashion blog, but festival fashion is some of my favorite and I couldn’t resist posting these pictures of me and my awesome friends. Last year I went to Lollapalooza, an amazing venue at Grant Park in Chicago. This was the first time any of us had gone, even though I had been wanting to go since about seventh grade.

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Here is one of the four of us. As you can see, we all have different styles to match our festival personalities. Caitlin (far left) made that skirt herself, Claire (middle left) likes to sport a fanny pack, I (middle right) always go for the crop tops, and Breezy (far right) has a more punk glam type of look.

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Some friends we made. Festival fashion is like no other - you won’t find it anywhere else! 

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The next day we decided to stop at the bean before heading in.

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The first half of the day it rained and we were scared they were almost going to cancel the festival. But nonetheless, we finally were let in which led us to… 580809_10151963978895618_1830000275_n 432150_10151963979260618_216830434_n

Mud dancing. Wearing a free people dress, of course. This was my favorite part of the festival. And it was also my birthday!

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Claire and I were some of the few who were into getting down and dirty. We eventually had to go beg the Camelbak people to let us wash off at their station. I vowed to buy a Camelbak after that.

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The rest of the festival was nuts. Definitely one for the books. It’ll probably be a few years until I go back to Lollapalooza, but it was definitely one of my favorite weekends so far.

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And so it begins… it’s that time of year again, where people from all over the world gather in the most magical place for a 3-day experience unlike any other. 2 years ago I was lucky enough to partake in this experience and my life will never be the same.

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Our wonderful crew… The European lean team. We met Felipe on the train there. He was traveling to meet his friends, but they couldn’t go last minute so we invited him to join our group. To this day he is still a great friend, and I got to see him this past March when we went to Sensation White.

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The best thing about Tomorrowland is the amazing set ups they have. The time, detail, and artistic creation adds to the overall experience. P7220680 P7220691

The masks we are wearing we got when we went to Venice. This was all part of a 3 week long Eurotrip, with Tomorrowland at the end.

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We used our masks to distract people while we slowly got to the front. At one point we were probably second row to the stage and I went up on Branden’s shoulders. Probably the best experience of my life.

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And to top it off, I made it into the official after video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7CdTAiaLes (At 3:09 you can see my white coat and part of my mask)

I will make it back one day. Until next time, Tomorrowland.