I've been tooo hard at work on my photography to be here!
But I'll be slowly uploading some of the fruits of my labor.
I'm mainly working on portrait skills, since they have the most room for improvement. I did much more conscientious practice on my Amnesty friends. They love just having a dedicated photographer for their events, but I'm really striving to get outside-the-box pictures of them.
I also did engagement photos for some friends. I really outdid myself on both the initial composition and then the post-editing. They turned out to be incredible. Said friends have booked me to do their wedding in October. My first *paid* wedding gig! I am beyond excited.
Fancying quitting my waitress job and being a pro photographer! Haha, maybe not. But in any case I'm starting to realize, just through the supportive comments of people in my life, that I should take my art more seriously.
Otherwise, been busy with school and shit. Coming up on my last semester now - if I get an A in my internship I'll graduate Summa Cum Laude. Pretty crazy stuff. In any case, A or not, I graduate in December. Really cannot believe it's almost here. I've been going to college for 7 years, and never really believed I'd ever finish and have a degree. Here's to persistance!
I had an interesting moment last month when I went to the Arizona Legislature to testify at a hearing about Medicaid expansion. I depend on Medicaid so this was a personal issue for me. This action was pretty much the culmination of everything I've learned about activism in the past 4 years, and taking it to a new level. I have stood up for other people's rights constantly but standing up for my own rights, and finding my own voice was difficult.
I was then featured in the newspaper. That was strange... But it was nice to feel like perhaps I was making a difference.