Red Rocks Amphitheater

This one had been high on my bucket list for a few years now, so when the opportunity to see Pretty Lights at Red Rocks presented itself, I immediately jumped. I was lucky enough that three of my best friends moved to Colorado this summer, and of course we had to keep our tradition going.

Red Rocks is my favorite venue because it’s the perfect combination of the two things I love most: nature and music. Seeing Derek Smith command the audience while overlooking the Denver skyline was an experience I’ll take with me for years.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Lagos

Lagos

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.