My Love To {Taplin Photo}

While at Brooks Institute I have met some incredible people and some amazing artists/photographers. I will be graduating from Brooks in exactly a month and so it is that time for graduation announcements. I asked my dear friend and felloqw photographer, Emily {Taplin} Riley from Taplin Photo to take some shots of me for my graduation announcments. While deciding when to set up the session we decided to go with a time while my boyfriend, Andrew of three years was in town so we could get some photos together. It was such a great shoot and we were having so much fun we almost forgot to even take my graduation photos. Emily does an amazing job and her style is so amazing, it defines who she is not just as a business but as a person as well. I encourage everyone to go check out her work at www.taplinphotoblog.com. She is an incredible photographer and an even better friend. I am not someone who enjoys being in front of the camera but she makes it enjoyable. Thank you Emily! Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.

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Me {+} The Water

Here I am busy as a beaver and right in the smack middle of my being crazy busy, I go on a five day boat trip with my underwater class. We took off from Santa Barbara Harbor to San Clemente where we spent two days in the wonderful ocean watch bat rays, leopard sharks, sea lions and flying fish surround by tons and tons of kelp. Then from there we went to Catalina for two more days in more gorgeous ocean, lots more kelp, rocky shores, and beautiful reefs. We ended the trip at Santa Cruz Island at the Channel Islands, where I enjoyed the sun and dreaded getting off the boat when we docked back in Santa Barbara. This trip was one for the books, I know I will remember it forever and always. When I stepped off I immediately was hit with depression, I couldn’t believe it went by so fast and how amazing it truly was. The water is such an incredible place to be, and filled with so much life below it and above it. I think everyone should get a chance to explore it and I can’t wait to see it more and more. This was a great experience and I look forward to furthering my career with underwater photography. I want to take this time to thank the crew from Truth Aquatics for taking us out, keeping us safe, and making some incredible food for us. Thank you to my class from Brooks Institute of Photography for making it so much fun and enjoying the time I spent with you all. Then of course the man that made it all happen, thank you Ralph Clevenger one of the most awesome teachers I have met. Here are some photos from the trip, keep a look out for more photos as my underwater portfolio grows.

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Behind the Scene Shot with Julia and Jane

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Kelp off of Catalina

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Splash of Water

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Kelp off of Catalina

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Jane off of Catalina

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Jane off of Catalina

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Jane and David the Dolphin off of San Clemente

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Alia off of San Clemente

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Alia off of San Clemente

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Laci Kayaking

 Our Boat, The Conception

Ralph Diving off the Boat

Evita on her Surfboard

Laci Kayaking

Lilly

Lilly

Squid

Graduation {Part Three}

Hey Everyone! As you all know I had graduation last Saturday. This is the last post of graduation. I wanted to show you all of the photos from the event. So to keep it short…. here it is!

Where Could I Be In This Photo? 😀

Who Ever Thought These Caps Would Be A Good Idea?

Sitting During The Ceremony, A Fellow Graduate Snapped A Photo Of My Cap

One Of My Best Friends I Have Met On The Way

Two Amazing Fellow Photographers, Melissa Chapman and Daniel Heeger

My Grandmothers

My Mother, Teri Ballard

My Father, Ron Haberfield

My Boyfriend, Andrew Paiyarat

Smile!

I Did It! Walking Out After The Ceremony!

Graduation {Part Two}

It Happened!!

I had graduation on Saturday!

It was an amazing experience. I would like to share with you all what happened on friday, April, 20th. My school, Brooks Institute of Photography held a reception for all of the April 2012 graduates to showcase our photos in the April 2012 Graduate Gallery. We were able to place four photos in the gallery incase not a lot of people decided to hang some up. Since so many students decided to showcase their work, they were only able to hang two out of the four photos. I have placed all four of the images below for everyone to see. I decided to hang my nature photos because that is the reason for me to go to school to further my education. These are my photos.

Stay tuned for Graduation Day!

 

Graduation {Part One}

GRADUATION!!!

IT IS FINALLY HERE!

 

 I literally have been waiting for this day my entire life. Even though I am officially not done with school until August (not because I got held back, the school only has two graduations, in April and December) it is the moment that matters. I did what I have been wanting to do my entire life. Graduate from college, the next step towards my dream job, the next step in my life. This is such a huge accomplishment and I am happy to say without feeling cocky, I am so proud of myself. I came up to Santa Barbara all by myself and took a chance. I decided not to go the usual route to a university, I decided to go to Brooks Institute of Photography. I thought that Brooks would be the better choice for me, considering  my job is also an art form I figured I need a school that’s main focus was the photography. As I made it through one session at a time wishing I would go back home I finally made it. I made it to the moment where my family, friends and loved ones will be watching me walk across the stage and watch me move my tassel to one side to the other.

I want to take this time to thank everyone who has helped me on the way, you may think you didn’t make a difference but you have made a huge impact on my life and have truly helped me get through these past three years.

For graduation, were allowed to be in the Cota Gallery 27 where two of our photographs are hung for the world to see, but hold on, thats not what I’m showing (at least not in part one) but we could also take the time to create Thank You’s on a 11×14 paper that hang up in the gallery. Below I have place my Thank You, please take the time to read it. 

 

I am so happy I could share this experience with you all!

 

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