Musician Portraits: Thomas

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to do a portrait session for a local musician at Red Clay Theatre. This musician wanted to showcase the piano and violin and played onstage while I snapped away. Below are a few of the photos from the session.

 

The Year I Traveled

It’s been more than a year since I updated this blog (oops!) but I haven’t taken a year off. Instead, I took time to travel, reconnect with family, and gain new experiences. I’ve planned a bridal shower, an 80th birthday party, sampled fried delicacies at the Texas State Fair, snorkeled in St. Thomas and St. John, and helped my grandfather document his childhood memories into a book.
Our family called 2017 “the year of travel” because we all have been on the move each week. Most of my vacation time in college I spent working, either glued to the computer for The Plainsman or at my part-time jobBut this year made up for the last four, allowing me to photograph different destinations and people along the way. I’ve learned different methods for editing photos, videos and scheduling social media content in between flights and trips. I had to make a map to keep track of all the places we’ve been!

Don’t worry, I’ve been writing about each adventure and saving the drafts to post here. What slowed me down was “photo overload,” or 5,000+ pictures I tried to edit all in Photoshop. I want to thank Adobe for creating Adobe LightRoom, which has saved me hundreds of hours and the frustration of having to edit photos individually.

I’ve been able to clean up photos from months ago in minutes, allowing them to be posted and shared with loved ones. I wish I had known about Adobe LightRoom sooner. I’ll continue to add more photos to my Photography page as they are cleaned up.

When I’m not traveling, I’ve been doing social media work remotely for different businesses, including my own small business. I’ve learned how to fully use scheduling apps like Buffer, HootSuite, Tailwind, and TweetDeck to make the most of every minute I have! I’ve gained more experience using SEO keywords and metadata to promote my own website and business, which helped my Etsy page go from 2 to 200+ orders in less than a year!

I’ll continue to post (more often) on this website now that I’ve conquered my “photo overload” and finished planning major family events. As much fun as it is to plan a bridal shower and 80th birthday party, I wouldn’t recommend doing it back-to-back!

My Charleston Adventures

It’s been nearly a month since I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and I’ve been loving the city. There’s definitely plenty to see and do in the city–from museums to the market on Meeting Street to the nearby beaches–that I still find plenty to do each weekend.

To get to know the city and its people better, I’ve spent every weekend going to different areas and taking pictures (like a tourist).

And like a tourist, I spend most of my time walking the Battery. There was one weekend I went where there was a wedding in the park and I was able to get a photo of the ceremony. There were five other photographers, aside from the wedding photographer, snapping pictures of the bride’s gown and of the flower petals on the gazebo, so I decided to take a few.

But as I walked through the park, I immediately fell in love with the charming old houses that face the park. I think my new obsession is the doors/entryways to the houses. Each entryway has as much character as the house they’re attached to. I found myself taking more photos of the doors than of the houses themselves!

This led me to the most colorful area on Bay Street, Rainbow Row. I’ll make no secret of it. The purple house is my favorite. Although my favorite find is the Printer’s Row sign with the beautiful white flowers next to it.

I walked back to the Battery to move my car, and I kept taking pictures. There were more beautiful houses to be seen, and then once I got up on the walkway, I could see the water.

I took a quick detour to King Street, or as I’ve soon realized, the busiest street in Charleston. I’ve seen more people walk this street than any other area! The buildings are just as beautiful as the ones near the Battery. I tried to take a few without getting lost in the crowd!

I’m still learning about my new city and the wonderful things that are in it, but I wanted to share some pictures of my adventures!

 

 

Rope Mill Park

I’m a native of north Georgia, which is probably why I love fall the most. Seeing the leaves change color in late October/early November is probably my favorite part.

But one of my favorite places to go to, both in fall and year round, is Rope Mill Park. Even though the South has been in a drought this fall, Rope Mill Park retained its natural charm and beauty. The water level is low, but the color of the leaves didn’t disappoint.

I went out for a walk with my father and our dog, Oliver, this weekend and snapped a few pictures. Since then, half of the leaves have blown off the trees, so I’m glad I brought my Canon along.

Here are some of my favorite shots from this weekend.

The Tichenor Cat

Our Photojournalism class pushes us to document various subjects in their true form. We seek the truth and try to capture it to share it with others.

On Auburn University’s campus, the occasional cat can be found roaming the grounds. It’s typical for students to see at least one cat walking by the Student Center each week.

There’s the occasional rustling of the bushes, the random food and water bowls scattered throughout the grounds, and subtle sound of purring emanating from the large vase by Tichenor Hall.

If you’re lucky, like I was, you can spot the Tichenor Cat.

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This elusive cat may appear friendly but can become skittish if you approach it too quickly. It is a goal of many journalism students to photograph, if not pet, the Tichenor Cat.

And now, I can triumphantly say I’ve done both before I graduate. Here are some photos of the mysterious Tichenor Cat that roams Tichenor Hall.

 

 

 

My next big project

I have recently started to build a website for one of my classes. The professor asked me to build a Wiz website to present our class’s work to a large organization in January, which means it has to look as professional and be as interactive as possible.

One of the things I’ve learned about digital readers is that they like “distractions.” They love videos, social media plug-ins, photo galleries and interactive maps to name a few. Now that I am going into this project and starting to build the Wix website, I’m looking for different ways to present the class’s information and make it interactive.

Each student (including myself) has to write two to three stories on their assigned topic. This class is Community Journalism, so each student went out and shadowed a community newspaper. My job is to help them present their information in a way that engages the digital readers without it becoming too much or “information overload.”

One of the things I will make for our website is an interactive map. I’ll be using Google Tables to construct the map that will eventually go on our front page and help viewers see where each student went. My goal is to have the map set up so that a reader can click on any of the points on the map and see what newspaper is there, which student wrote about them and have their stories link from the map.

I’m excited to have this opportunity in this class because I love digital media. I’ve enjoyed using social media and having it tie into my stories, and I’ve built a website in the past for a multimedia story, but I am excited to create an interactive website. When it is complete, the work of 12 students and their coverage of 12 community newspapers will be displayed on a website as if it was a single feature story.

Within the next month, the website will be finished. I hope to post it (or at least link to it) on this website.