Through the lens: photos from June


Today marks my first official day as an unemployed, soon-to-be California-bound chick, and where am I spending it? On the beaches of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Now that it’s July, I only have a couple of weeks to go until John and I head west, so I’m squeezing in one last family vacation. As anxious as I’ve been over packing and logistics, it’s nice to get away for a little while and let relaxation wash over me.

June can be summed up in a word: anticipation. For obvious reasons. But this week of vacation will be a much-needed reminder to enjoy the moment I’m in. Here’s a look back at some of my favorite moments from June:

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My youngest sister graduated from elementary school, and her friend had a graduation party at the beautiful house above. I also took her portraits:

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…and then this happened.

As I was stargazing one night, I decided to try my hand at experimenting with long exposure shots. I love how dark and moody these two came out:

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And I visited McKenzie on her farm again. The below photos weren’t taken with my usual film camera (ole Minolta!), but a Pentax K1000 my aunt gave to me along with FOUR lenses. I’m using my favorite, the wide angle lens below:

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…and there were bundles of kittens.


And of course, more exploring Baltimore:




So aside from this week’s vacation, I have more packing, a road trip to California, finding a place to live, and finding a job to look forward to. (And, oh yeah, can’t forget that wisdom teeth removal surgery.) What do you have going on this month? Happy July!

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  1. I’m loving the shot of the farmhouse, and the shot of the orange kitty. Something vintage/old Americana about them. Moody and nostalgic. Enjoy your vacay time!

    • Glad you like! That’s what I love about film. The photos just look like they’re from another time.

  2. This July I finally handed my notice in at work. I am leaving. I am taking a leap of faith. I am planning to go travelling and see where my sorry ass ends up! XD

    • WOW, Martin—a belayed congrats! Can’t wait to see where this bold move takes you. Someplace awesome, no doubt.

  3. Love the long exposures 🙂

  4. In the next week we have BBQs, our 3 year anniversary, and a best friend’s wedding! I’m JAZZED! Also, loving the long exposures as well. When I go to my family’s lake house it is always the best excuse to bust out the DSLR and snap away.

  5. Ah! Film! I love it so much! These pictures are wonderful. They’re so summery! Your sistas are adorable.

  6. Sheep AND kittens?! Cuteness overload!

  7. Beautiful photos. I have four more weeks of a summer job, GRE prep, and a million things to do before moving myself to the northern half of Nevada to start grad school.


  9. welcome to LA life.. i think half the people i meet are unemployed chasing their dreams. 🙂

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