Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pencil Skirts, Messy Buns, and Frosty Flakes

Well, that is about as close as I get to a creative title. xD I took these photos of Julie a while back, and they're certainly some of my favorites. To be honest, I'm still surprised I was able to wrestle her into this dress. It was supposed to look more like Grace's Opening Night Dress, but I had a few issues with the tulle. xD Instead it turned into a retro business type of outfit. Just pink. xD

Last week, all of the plants were starting to turn green, and the lilac was starting to bloom, and guess what happened...

Boom. 8 inches of snow yesterday. :P 

Eh, I suppose I'll have to wait to take photos of the greenery. :P

I have pictures taken for a photostory, so that should be up soon my dears!


Friday, April 3, 2015

I'm Feeling a Bit of Nostalgia

The title. Nostalgia. A feeling we all get occasionally when we see something that reminds us of something that happened in the past. That is what happened when my mom and I began to look up film cameras. She looked up "Pentax K1000" on Shop Goodwill, and I was aflood in nostalgia. I thought of the times when I was just little. My grandfather would set up his seemingly archaic Pentax K1000 on a rickety tripod, adjust it for what seemed like forever, and then hit the shutter and run to get in the family photo. I found his old camera while at his house a few months ago, and I studied all of the dials on the top. I perused this fascinating camera for quite a while. About three weeks ago, I went to parent teacher conferences with my mom, and we met with my photography teacher. She told me about the film photography class that she taught. She really wanted me to take it. I thought it sounded fun; who wouldn't love to learn to develop photos? But I didn't have a film camera. The teacher told me that they could be found for very cheap online. In other words, after days of searching for a suitably priced camera and waiting for what seemed like an eternity for it to arrive, I got this little beauty:
 I named her Vera, because I'm weird. (I name some of my possessions; for instance, my Nikon camera is named Violet, my sewing machine is named Velvet, and my violin is named Autumn. Apparently, I like names with V's in them. xD) Vera is a Pentax K1000, just like my grandfather's camera. Pentax K1000's are film cameras, so I won't be able to post the pictures I take with it on here as digital copies. However, I may do a photoshoot with all of the photos once they're developed. S;)
 If any of you are interested in buying an SLR film camera, I definitely recommend this one. There are TONS of them out there still, because they were produced for twenty years, and were very popular. I haven't had any of the photos I've taken with it developed, but from what I can tell, it takes absolutely lovely pictures. 
I would have posted this sooner (I got the camera nearly two weeks ago), but I have had loads of homework, and I had some oral surgery done two weeks ago, so I've been recovering from that. :) Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I can't wait to start showing you some of the photos I take with Vera! :)

Au revoir, mes cheries! 

Viva la Vida~An AGPS

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice

Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead long live the king

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
Missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
Once you'd gone there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind

Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know St Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh 
I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know St Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
Credit to Adi for the Lyric Photoshoot

What did you guys think? I really wish the photos had turned out better, but I think they look okay. 

So, here is the story behind the photoshoot. This year, I have been in a European History class, and we recently discussed the French Revolution. It has been my absolute favorite unit (and no, not because of the blood and gore) of all of the events we have covered. I love learning about the French Revolution because the reasons for the Revolution are so complicated. My second reason for doing this photoshoot is that my favorite song is Viva La Vida by Coldplay. I didn't know it was based on the life of Louis XVI, but as soon as I began to learn about the French Revolution, the lyrics made sense. Before, I loved it for the music, after all, I am a musician. But now, I love it for its meaning and the music. The girls are dressed up in clothing that represents the time period, and most of their outfits remind me of Marie Antoinette, (I recently read a book about her; it was fascinating) who was the French queen during the Revolution. They all have blue, white, and red ribbons in their hair because those are the colors on the French Tricolore, which also originated during the Revolution:

Image Credit 

Anyway, that is the long and complicated explanation of why I took these photos. :) Also, sorry about the black specks all over the photos. My mom's camera has a bit of dirt stuck inside the lens that has never seemed to go away, so we always get strange black specks all over the photos. :)

 I edited a few photos for fun. :)

Oh, that reminds me! I was looking at all of the editing features that Pic Monkey has, and one of them is a double exposure! I learned how to create a double exposure with Photoshop in photography the other day. It is SO complicated, but it results in really cool photos. I would post one of the photos I edited, but all of the pictures I took were of June, my mom, and little bro. :P Just try Googling double exposure though; it looks so cool! When we get Photoshop on the computer again, I will try editing a photo of the girls and show it to you. :)

I should have another post up in a little bit. ;)

 P.S. I thought I would include a family photo we took the other day as well. :)

Extra Information:
Music Credit: Coldplay
Dolls: Molly Historical, Felicity Historical, Cecile Historical, Nicki GOTY 2007, Marie-Grace Historical, and Julie Historical
Camera: Nikon D40
Molly: Brocade Holiday Dress (2013)
Brocade Holiday Dress Flats
Red Ribbon from Meet Outfit
Felicity: Felicity's Tea Dress and Shoes
Cream Ribbon from Molly's Holiday Outfit
Cecile: Meet Outfit (All pieces)
Nicki: Felicity's Holiday Gown
White Heels
Blue Ribbon from Rebecca's School Outfit
Marie-Grace: Felicity's Gala Gown
Flats from Plaid School Outfit
Red Ribbon from Molly's Meet Outfit
Julie: Felicity's Meet Dress
Heels from Rebecca's Lace Dress
White Ribbon from Felicity's Meet Outfit