a few hours in st. louis

back in April we took a mini road trip and passed through St. Louis. even though we were only there a few hours it was such a cool city and i definitely want to go back! i was amazed at how many different things there were to see- from the arch to the super cool city museum, the river, the zoo, a super cool park, and lots of interesting buildings/bridges there was something new everywhere you looked! 

we started out by visiting the city museum which was crazyyy amazing! i had heard lots about it but it still totally blew my mind! there were tunnels everywhere that connected in totally unexpected ways and it pretty much fulfilled every childhood dream i ever had about secret passage ways. there was so much to do and so many places to explore and climb that i ended up checking my camera/bag so i could just really enjoy. the outside is also crazy because there are these structures that just connect and climb all the way up the building. we got super lucky because even though it was sort of rainy and overcast they opened up the outside for about a 1/2 hour of our time there. the plane was mind blowing- it was literally an old, gutted out airplane that was SO high up!  the castle was also super cool and totally looked like it had come out of a storybook. one of my fav parts was a room with lots of old skatepark ramps where you could climb and slide and swing on a rope, but i also loved the caves and the slides- it's just too hard to pick a favorite! i could go on and on about how cool this place was but it's one of those things you really have to see for yourself.

after that we headed to check out the arch. even though it was closed for rides i was still super impressed- i had no clue it was that big! there were a bunch of pretty bloomed trees around it & it was a fun thing to check off my bucket list. plus we got some super rad boomerangs which were totally worth running out in the pouring rain for haha. 

after that we headed off and stopped at a culvers where a super nice lady randomly made us all balloon things (like a unicorn, an ice cream cone, and a bow & arrow- she was super impressive tbh) and we stayed up way too late swimming at the hotel. 

st. louis was super cool & i 10/10 recommend checking it out even if you don't have long. i'm hoping to be back soon cause there's so much more i want to see! 

(photos above are a mix of iPhone + camera pics)

Nashville Walls: 3 Brothers Coffee

 ^^Downtown Nashville is seriously so cool and colorful! 

^^i love downtown nashville cause it's such a big mix of old and new and southern and modern and it just has really cool vibes

^^Also can we just talk about this street art? ahh i loved it!

A few weekends ago me and emma were invited to one of our friend's house in TN and it just so happened that we had that day off school, she had just gotten her license, and there were a bunch of cool walls on the way. So we headed off a little bit early feeling awfully cool and free driving down to Nashville by ourselves haha.

We talked and jammed out and couldn't wait to get there. The only thing we didn't quite figure into our meticulously made plan (seriously we had it mapped with time between each destination and everything) was that it was St. Patrick's Day and it turns out that that isn't the best time to be in downtown Nashville....lol. It was super crowded with everyone wearing tons and tons of green. So decided to drive around a little and eventually decided to ditch a few walls and come back another time. It was a very...um excited? interesting? environment haha.

We definitely weren't phased though...we were too caught up in the rush (even if we were just experiencing it from our car haha) and the cool signs and the excitement of being in Nashville by ourselves. So off to the next wall we went!

The wall at Three Brothers Coffee was seriously at the top of my bucket list and it wayyy lived up to the hype of all the pictures i saw online. The light was amazing and it was just so cool.

In between short little rainstorms we ran into the coffee shop (Three Brothers Coffee) right next to it and it was filled with amazing art and a little shop beside it and seemed like a super cool place in general. Then at the end this drunk guy came up and started to talking to us and the the little shop was right there so we ran in it real quick- that coffee shop definitely wins haha.

After that we realized it was time to go so we drove back jamming and laughing and ended up changing in a tractor supply parking lot. adventures, right?

We only ended up hitting that wall but i'm definitely hoping this can be a series- we have a major bucket list of walls to visit:)

this wall can be found right beside 3 Brothers Coffee in Downtown Nashville
all credit for pics of me goes to emma

{#VantagePoint} my photography story: finding beautiful here

About a year ago I fell into a major photography rut.

I dreamed of traveling so badly and as a result spent a good amount of time on pinterest looking at dreamy destinations and watching amazing videos from people who had been all over this beautiful world.

And sometime in the process I had fallen into the mentality that I couldn't really get amazing pictures unless I traveled. And I didn't travel that much. Whenever we went on weekend trips I seemed to get some pretty cool pics- but then we would get home again and I’d feel uninspired and disadvantaged because "i couldn't ever reach my photography goals unless i traveled"

At one point during this rut, I started working on a project to cover part of the wall in my room with pictures. As a photographer, I have a ton of pictures, so the process of picking my favorites, printing them out, and hanging them up took awhile. But one summer day, after a few hours of sifting and hanging, I stepped back and looked at the wall. And I realized I have a pretty great life. It’s filled with goodness and happiness and memories that make me smile.

And all of the sudden my mindset as a professional photographer and someone who just wants to create totally shifted.

I can take beautiful photographs where I am right now.

I don't have to be on a once in a lifetime journey across the world, it doesn't have to be someone’s wedding, a huge party, or the most beautiful location I’ve ever seen

Beauty can be found anywhere you look for it. 

The pictures taken at places right around my house are my favorite places to look back on. So many of my best memories are here.

From shoots with my sisters:

To the craft camp me and a friend put on to raise money for an HEFY expedition:

To just taking pictures of flowers and sunsets when I couldn't get models:

And eventually starting to take pictures for other people to get more practice:

Every now and then, driving a few minutes down the road:

This is where I really learned that you can get great pictures just by walking a few steps outside your back door!  

This is where I first picked up my mom’s camera- a canon powershot-and fell in love with photography. Awhile later it became my camera, and even though I couldn't change lenses and most of the setting were preset, I thought it was the best thing ever. 

After carrying that camera everywhere, annoying my family to death with all the pictures I took, and using up a lot of memory cards; this is where I finally got my first “real” camera and lenses. 

This is where my love for photography grew. 

This is where I discovered my passion.

** I was inspired to write this post by Light’s #VantagePoint project. Light is a compact camera with new technology. It isn't sponsored - just me sharing my story.

jam out april 2017

hola party people!

here today with some new songs to add to your jamming playlist. it’s finally starting to look and feel like spring and it’s got me majorly excited! that and the fact that this week is spring break and i'm pretty pumped.  hope you all are having a rad week!

Different Kind of Love (Kid Runner)
Something Just Like This (Chainsmokers and Coldplay)
Magic (Coldplay)
Rules (Nat and Alex Wolff)
Cool (Charlie Brennan)
Barcelona (Ed Sheeran)
Million Reasons (Lady Gaga)
High and Low (Empire of the Sun)
Keep Me Crazy (Sheppard)
How Would You Feel (Ed Sheeran)
By Your Side (Jonas Blue, Raye)
So Close (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness)
Play That Song (Train)
I Choose You (Sara Bareilles)
Please Don’t Go (Joel Adams)
Ships In The Night (Mat Kearny)
Drive (Oh Wonder)
Shooting Stars (Bag Raiders)

And that’s a wrap! All of these songs +122 or so other awesome songs can be found on my sophomore year playlist on Spotify which you can find here. Feel free to give ya girl a follow cause i’m always looking for new tunes. Comment your favs below!

have a rad week!


lately + favs

What's up party people? Can you even believe that it's already March?! Like what even?! It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year and getting pumped for 2017. 

2017 has been pretty awesome so far cause I finally got my permit (I seriously can't wait to drive on my own....) and turned 16! It's been filled with a lot of good friends and a lot of amazing family. School's also pretty okay (who am i? haha) with some interesting classes and new friends...but i'm definitely not complaining that 4th quarter started a week ago and summer will be here soon. We've had a super warm winter in kentucky and it just makes me so excited for summer and freedom! 

Some other recent favorites: 
  1. New 50mm lens: i got this for Christmas and it's seriously rocking my world! 
  2. Lightroom: i've seen so many amazing edits done with lightroom and i'm super excited to learn! it's definitely a major learning curve but i'm really excited to learn more!! (for you fellow photographers out there..where did you learn? any amazing blogs/e-courses you've found?)
  3. Lala Land: OH MY....if you haven't seen this movie please please please go see it!! it's sooooo good! the music and dancing is AMAZING (i've listened to the soundtrack so many times lol) and all the costumes and sets are perfect and it's all just so aesthetically pleasing and amazing haha. some people have a hard time with the ending but i feel like the both ended up with what they wanted so i guess worked out?
  4. Gilmore Girls: i finished this a while ago and its one of my favorite shows to date. i actually haven't watched a year in the life yet but i've heard super mixed reviews about it... does it live up to the hype? 
  5. Cute socks: seriously idk why i love them so much since you can't see my socks 1/2 the time bit i'm a bit obsessed. my current 2 favorites are this one (also why are cacti- is that right? cactuses?- so dang cute in print?) and another that is sadly not available anymore but they're navy and have the cutest chameleons on them and they're pretty adorable. 
  6. Light Jackets: have been rocking my world lately. my 3 favs are the standard army jacket, this one from forever 21, and this north face which is super great for when it's windy and rainy (there has been seriously so much rain this winter! like you walk to the car and look like you've taken a shower haha)
  7. For songs i've had a ton of favorites but 3 of my favs have been: So Close and Maps for the Getaway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Something Just Like by This Chainsmokers, Magic by Coldplay, Please Don't Go by Joel Adams, Drive by Oh Wonder. (okay that was a few more than 3 but i can't help myself)
  8. Good design/photography: if you want to see some serious eye candy you can head on over to my pinterest where i save photos/art all the time- there are some seriously talented people out there!
I could seriously go on and on cause a lot of things have been making me happy lately haha but i'll stop there. 

Stay rad! 

ps. happy saint patricks day! try to be as cool as bella (see video below) and don't forget to wear green:)

photoshoot with emma

for the past few months i've been trying to start doing photos for people with one of my friends . 

let's just say it's been a rough  err... slow start haha

i know there's a lot more we need to do (a website is in the works and we need an instagram account- we've mostly been getting our name out there by word of mouth and by doing photo booths and things for various church events).

we've gotten several bookings.....but all of them have fallen through a few days before. So rewind to a few days into the year we had our almost 1st paid gig (this one was the closest to happening so far haha).  

 I’m putting this here for memories sake so that one day when i’m a photographer just raking in the money (lol) i’ll look back on the 3 first shoots i tried to schedule where all of them got cancelled and laugh.

 this one was a bit of a heartbreaker cause we were so excited, already at the location when it was cancelled. it’s okay though cause how can you not have fun when you have two photographers in a super gorgeous location? 

we ended up taking some super rad practice shots with new christmas lenses so i guess all’s well that ends well right?

it was ended up being a ton of fun and then i got to practice a little bit of editing with lightroom, i'm a bit obsessed but have a ton to learn. i'm also obsessed with my new lens but have a ton to learn on it too. 

hope you all have had a super awesome january! enjoy the pics....

have a super rad night!

(can we note that even though i'm posting this on the last day of the month i still kept my resolution of 2 posts a month...baby steps right?)