Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Coping With Leaving The PJs

I’ve been packing up my house all morning. I’m graduating on Saturday and moving to Virginia on Sunday. And I just had a major breakdown.

I’ve been waiting for it to hit me.

These last four years have been the best years of my life.

I’m sure I’ve complained pretty much non-stop about the long hours and the little sleep and the cold weather and the smoking and drinking habits of my fellow PJs, but much to my disbelief, I think I secretly loved it all.

I’m extremely excited to start the new chapter of my life and my new job, and I can’t wait to get back to Virginia, but at the same time, I don’t want to leave. I love my Western PJs. They get on my nerves all the time, but I really love them all so much, and would do anything for any of them.

I am so thankful to have had them in my life, and I will give anything to be able to keep them in my life forever.

I wish I’d gotten closer to some of them and hung out more, stayed up later and partied harder, but then I guess I wouldn’t be where I am now.

I’m so thankful for everything that’s happened over the last four years, and for being able to come to Western. I love Western PJ.

I’m 100 percent sure that I’m going to lose it at the annual PJ picnic tomorrow night. I’m going to have to bring a box of tissues. I just can’t believe I’m going to have to say goodbye to everyone.

I’ve always said I hate Kentucky, but the truth is, whether I want to admit it or not, Kentucky has become my home.

I never thought I’d want to come back to Kentucky after I graduate, but I do hope that I can come back someday and visit the people and places that I’ve grown to love.

Here are some (yes, a lot, I know) pictures from some of my favorite memories from the last four years with my best PJ friends, and one from a story subject.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fashion For A Few Minutes

When I first moved into the house I've been living in since August, I noticed this blue house down the street. And every time I've driven by it, I've wanted to do a fashion shoot in front of it with the school's 4x5 camera.

So today, the day that gear was due back (and the only day that I had time), I gave it a shot. I shot my PJ friend Alyssa Orr. I was extremely unprepared and apparently I bought the wrong expensive 4x5 polaroid film, which I've had since February, which was extremely disappointing. So I had to shoot through the back of the camera with my digital.

We also had to cut it really short, since the guy who lives in the bright blue house got really mad that we were on the public sidewalk in front of his house and started causing a wasn't worth it.

The cops also drove by six times. I just don't understand why people hate photographers. I just wanted some pictures of my pretty friend in front of the pretty blue house before I graduate on Saturday.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Derby 2011

I went to Derby with some friends but couldn't leave my camera behind. I wasn't serious about shooting, but I didn't exactly shoot from the hip either. Mostly just for fun though.