February 13, 2018

About that thing with the Obama's portraits...listen

Portrait by Kehinde Boykin

So ever since the unveiling of former President Barack and former First Lady Michelle's portrait there have been some mixed opinions. Some people like them while others are thinking what in the entire hell...

For me I will say that I instantly fell in love with President Barack because I was familiar with the artist's previous work. Yet on the other hand I wasn't loving Michelle's immediately but once I saw the artist's (Amy Sherald) previous work, I could see that this style was nothing new. Furthermore when I found out that Barack and Michelle had picked the artists themselves I knew that the surprise was going to be on us and not them.

February 9, 2018

Stain Colored Thoughts Photography: Photography 2 class

Well last week has shaped up to be quite something. I completed my first assignment from my Photography 2 class (FINALLY) which were making pictures from pinhole cameras that we had to make. I used 2 cigar boxes and did two different shutter type systems. At first I didn't think I would ever get an exposure. Yet eventually with much persistence and cussing I have been able to produce 7 negatives and 7 prints. My assignments for project 1 are complete. (insert praise dance)

January 22, 2018

Get out and enjoy yourself

Well this past Wednesday I had my first meetup for my latest class this semester. I'm taking Photography 2 at neighborhood community college and can already tell this class will be a challenge. I have more creative freedom to take pictures and that is a first for me in regards to not have a clear concise rules for what I can shoot. It's in my hands to the point I have to explain WHY I shot something a certain way. So I'm a tad bit nervous about that. We also found out that we will be making Pinhole cameras so I went to Total Wine & More and went into their cigar section and found an empty box that I thought would serve my purpose. I was only charged $1.64 (that's with tax) for my box. I had to let some of my classmates know, who were also with me last semester for Photography 1. So I am looking forward to constructing my very own Pinhole camera.

January 16, 2018

Baby it's cold outside

This weekend has been cold. Nothing new. Yet only in Saint Louis you can appreciate a 30 degrees drop within a few hours. I must say I definitely did enjoy our 3 day weekend. Even with it being cold as heck. Friday evening I went to Gulf Shore and enjoyed a nice dinner. With me trying to learn how to eat more conscientiously it's been a bit of a battle to learn that I don't have to eat everything on my plate and can ask for a box to put the rest to go. The rest of the evening I just chilled at home.

January 11, 2018

Step by Step

So these past few days I have had a victory. Something I have been putting off for the longest finally came to fruition yesterday. I finally launched my website for my photography business, Stain Colored Thoughts Photography & Design. It was scary as hell getting it together and customizing it. It's not super fancy and in all honesty I don't need it to be at this point at time. I just want to get myself out there. More so out of my comfort zone and let people know that I am available. I'm interesting in a lot of various genres of photography but I figured it's best to just offer what I'm comfortable with while working on the other styles.

January 8, 2018

Woman in the Mirror

Well the first week of 2018 is officially on the books. Have I made resolutions for the new year? Nope. In the past I haven't had much success with them and decided I'm just not going to put pressure on myself like that. Yet I do plan on making changes to myself. I realize that there are things that I need to change. My health, finances, and professional goals are just a few. I'm trying to learn how to slow down and think things through. Last week I decided to really focus on self improvement and awareness.

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