Summer in a Flash

First it was studying, then finals, and then, before I knew it, it was summer.

Working, Eating, Sleeping.

Summer.

Park, Beach, Finally Photographs.

Sunshine and Summer.

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far and I apologize for such a delay in posting.  Please feel free to check out my instagram @shutter.up.photograph

Abandoned Garden

Yesterday started out so shitty.

Nothing was going right.

But I wasn’t going to let it ruin the beautiful day.

A long walk.

A girl with her camera.

Alone.

Stumbled upon a garden.

Dead and empty.

Too early in spring to be alive.

Yet beautiful.

Abandoned, empty, dead, but oh so beautiful.

Unconventional Models

Models.

Conventionally thought of as anorexic, ribs showing, photoshopped, plastic surgery on various features, etc.

Those models are what little girls see.

That is what they believe is the standard of beauty.

What actually is beauty?

It comes from loving yourself and realizing that looks are not everything.

Learning to love yourself in today’s culture is hard.

Not having the plastic-surgery perfect breasts, ribs showing, flat stomach, perfect ass…

It is easy to forget how fake that look is and all that matters is that we love ourselves.

Here are some of the natural beauties in my life.

 

Apparently I Do Have My Ducks In a Row

This weekend had me at a loss and frazzled until I went on a mid afternoon Sunday adventure.  Yesterday, I decided to go on a walk around campus to gain inspiration.  I needed something to lift my spirits after a flustering weekend.  And then I ran into the river that runs through the middle of campus and found the exact answer I was looking for.

The ducks.

According to the ducks, I don’t have to give a duck to have all of my ducks in order; things will fall into place on their own.

Find more pictures (and these ones) in my photography album! 🙂