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The Halfway Point

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The Halfway Point

As of today, I am officially halfway done my 12 month program at VanArts! This term was even better than the last; I got to experience so many new and exciting things these past 3 months, from shooting inside mines, to mock wedding ceremonies to snowboard competitions. I was required to walk up to strangers on the street and ask to take their picture (yes, it was terrifying). I developed new friendships and strengthened existing relationships. I learned how to cook more than 5 recipes. I was pushed to find a story I was passionate about for my photo essay, which will take place over the next three months. I started running again (for real this time). I took a spontaneous roadtrip to San Diego to visit a dear friend, during which my roadtrip partner and I faced almost every kind of weather possible on our 30+ hour drive. And I almost cut my finger off with a potato peeler.

I wish I could've captured every memory from this past term, but I was too busy loving every moment of it. Regardless, below is a snapshot (pun intended) of what I've experienced. I can't wait to see what's next.

 

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Jess & Dan

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Jess & Dan

I was blessed with the opportunity to catch up with these two gorgeous people over the Christmas break. Even though we were originally just going to meet for coffee, I found myself in a bind and needed to photograph an assignment for school, so these two came to the rescue! I wanted to photograph "signs of affection", and this is what I got (it really wasn't all that difficult as you can probably tell). Thanks Jess and Dan for helping me out!

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Term 1 = Complete!

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Term 1 = Complete!

Hey everyone! I can't believe that I am officially a quarter of the way through my one year at VanArts! This whole experience has been nothing short of amazing - the people I've met, the teachers I get to learn from, the city and all it has to offer... I am truly blessed.

I thought I would share a few of images that I've taken so far - it'll sure be interesting to reflect when the year is over and see the progress that I've made. But for now, take a look at what I've been doing these first three months and enjoy!

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I survived my first critique!

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I survived my first critique!

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Throughout the year, we get to sit down in front of our professors and classmates and present work that we've been doing outside of our school assignments. It's a great opportunity to not only get feedback about our personal work, but also to view what our classmates are shooting! Yesterday was my first critique, and for my submission I decided to shoot a series of night/long exposure images. Although I have experienced many critiques throughout my degree, this (being the first one) was pretty nerve-wracking... but I made it out alive! Funny thing is that I can't remember exactly what was said about my photos... Oops. Must've been those darn nerves. Next critique I'm going to bring my phone and record what the professors say (especially since I tend to focus on only the bad things that are said and forget all of the good things).

I was personally really happy with how my images turned out. This was an area that I didn't have any experience with, and so I know that I still have a lot to learn. Regardless, I think the photos I ended up with are pretty cool :)

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