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Seattle Seahawks City brought to you by the 12th Man

The Seattle Seahawks are on their way to their second Super Bowl and I could not be more stoked. After having the opportunity to capture a game on the field this season and talking briefly with Doug Baldwin and Pete Carroll I could not be more of a fan than I ever have in my life. The Seahawks vs Packers game was easily the most amazing football I have ever watched and I have watched it in its entirety again already.

Seattle and all the 12s go all out to support the Seahawks and here are some of the photos I have captured over the past couple week around the city of Seattle. Go Hawks! 

LOFT 89 Chicago!

I just wanted to write a quick post to share my experience when I got to meet Taylor Swift. So many people have asked me about it and I figured that writing it all out in a post would make it as clear as possible and I can get into details without forgetting anything!

So I had the opportunity to see Taylor Swift this weekend at Soldier Field on Saturday and Sunday. I had pit seats on Saturday, which is a general admission section on both sides of the runway. It’s as close as you can be. I had the most fantastic night of my life and I never thought anything could be better than seeing Taylor for the 6th time that up close and personal. Here are some pictures I managed to capture of her walking down the runway near us.

I had so much fun and couldn’t have wished for a better night. I had heard via Twitter that Taylor hadn’t been feeling well and was on vocal rest. I figured that she wouldn’t be doing Loft 89 in Chicago that night.

I woke up Sunday morning so unbelievably excited to see Taylor perform AGAIN! I was super excited to wear my costume that my friend Kiley and I had made.

After getting an insane amount of weird looks on our way to Soldier Field, we were finally in! We immediately went to find the Taylor Nation booth, where the workers for TN hang out, take photos of concert goers, and have Taylor’s outfits on display for fans to take pictures of. We wanted to wait in line and go through the experience, but it was very long. We were looking at the costumes on display when a few different groups of people wanted to take photos with us! It was really awesome, everyone was so nice and were complimenting our outfits.

It was really funny how this ended up because we were talking to all of these people right in front of one of the TN workers. If you’re not familiar, these people have a lot of influence regarding who gets to meet Taylor Swift in Loft 89. I was really happy that one of the workers saw everything happening.

We went to go get shirts and we sat down to watch Shawn Mendes. He was just as good as he was on Saturday and really knew how to get the crowd going. I was so excited to see Vance Joy and HAIM again: I have been fans of theirs for awhile and knew all of their songs.

We took a quick bathroom break between Vance and HAIM and we were asked to take a ton of photos with people again! It was so funny and strange to be asked for a photo. We hurried back to our seats as HAIM was starting their first song. I knew every word and got SO into it. I noticed the same woman who worked for Taylor Nation walk around our section about three or four times between Shawn and HAIM’s performance and I was getting butterflies in my stomach, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.

Taylor came on around 9:15 and I was so excited to see her perform again, I forgot about being distracted about Loft 89 and just enjoyed the performance. I was particularly really into “I Knew You Were Trouble” because Tay sang the majority of the song on the runway, which was super close to my seats. About a minute or two into the song, I felt someone tap me on my left shoulder on the aisle. As soon as I turned around it was ANDREA SWIFT and I immediately knew what was coming. I just started crying and hugged her before I said a word and she was so smiley and couldn’t stop laughing! My friend Kiley and I couldn’t stop freaking out and Andrea goes, “WELL HELLO THERE! I have a question for you ladies. Have you ever met Taylor Swift?” And I started FREAKING OUT and I honestly don’t even think I responded, I just kept crying. Kiley kept telling her “NO NO NO! NO WE HAVEN’T MET HER!” And Andrea goes, “Well do you want to meet her after the show?” And we said “YES!!!!” And she said, “Are you sure you haven’t met her before?” Clearly just giving us a hard time because it was so amusing. We kept saying no we haven’t met her! And a woman next to Taylor (I honestly didn’t even look at her) Took my arm and put a Loft 89 bracelet on and Andrea put one on Kiley. We kept freaking out as they walked away and we couldn’t stop shaking! We saw that a couple girls two rows in front of us had gotten Loft 89 too and we were so happy! We were in such shock that we missed the entire next song, “I Wish You Would.” I don’t remember any of it!

We tried to enjoy the rest of the concert and not think about what we were POSSIBLY going to say to Taylor. The concert continued and it was as fantastic as the first night. I will never get tired of seeing her perform.

As the finale ended, we hurried to the section designated for us and watched as people walked by us saying “Congrats!” It was so surreal. I was really meeting Taylor after wishing for this moment since I was 12? I still am in shock.

Sierra from Taylor Nation made sure we all had our wristbands and quickly told us the rules.

1) When you get into Loft 89, you can take as many photos as you’d like, but no videos. If you are seen taking videos, you will be asked to leave.

2) When Taylor comes in, you have to put your phones away. If you are caught taking photos of her, you will be asked to leave.  You can have your phone out when you are getting ready to take the photo with her.

3).  You get one photo per group with Taylor. No videos, no vines, no snap chats, etc.

4) You cannot have your phone out even after you have had your time with Taylor.

Here are a few photos I took while waiting for Taylor!

After about twenty five minutes or so, Taylor came in!! She walked in and threw her arms up in the air and goes “HEY GUYS! I’M NOT ON VOCAL REST BECAUSE I HAVE FIVE DAYS OFF!” And everyone cheered!

I was the third group to talk to her and while waiting for my turn, I couldn’t stop STARING at her. She was so attentive with each group she talked to and made everyone feel so welcomed and like she really wanted to hear what we had to say.

When she finally came up to Kiley and I, she said “HEY GUYS!” And hugged Kiley first. She started talking about “great we looked” and how we must have been getting a lot of stares. As she turned to hug me as we made eye contact, I immediately started crying! She gave me a hug and we started telling her how we groups of people were taking pictures of us before the concert (Kiley said most of it, I couldn’t get many words out without blubbering like a baby). I finally started to calm down and she started asking us our names. As I said “Kristin,” she looked up from the ticket that she was signing for me, and said, “I LOVE your eyebrows!” I said “thank you!” and she goes, “You make me wish I had eyebrows!” I was laughing so much and couldn’t believe she said that (I take pride in my eyebrows).

As she finished signing my ticket, I asked her to write out “fearless” for me. Sidenote: I’ve always told myself since the album “Fearless” came out that if I ever met her, I would get her to write it down for me so I can it tattooed. I’m hoping to get it done soon!

The way that Kiley spells her name made Taylor think of “a band that she really likes,” and she said that they sing the Grey’s Anatomy theme song. THEN SHE STARTED SINGING THE THEME SONG. TAYLOR SWIFT SANG TO ME. I was trying not to completely collapse on the ground. Then we started talking about her cats and how “Olivia had a really good day, I woke up this morning and her head was right by my head.” And Taylor did the silliest gesture referencing to waking up to her cat. It was amazing.

Then we took a photo:

After the photo, we all hugged again, and she thanked us for waiting to meet her while she showered after the show because “You wouldn’t have wanted to hang out with me when I smell bad” LIKE SHE HAS TO THANK US FOR BEING INVITED TO MEET HER FOR FREE. She’s literally an angel.

Since we were third to meet her, we had a lot of time to hang out while she talked to everyone else, so we were talking to Andrea and got a couple photos with her as well!

It was honestly one of the best nights of my life. I am still in complete shock. Thank you so much for reading this and I really hope you were entertained by this post (as well as my Tweets, if you read them). I have been waiting to meet Taylor since I was thirteen and I cannot believe it finally happened. I am FOREVER GRATEFUL :)

taylorswift THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!


**Side note: Someone who reblogged this mentioned that the band Taylor was referring to is called Rilo Kiley**

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Best Book Photo Tag – 

I was tagged by @thebookblr // @emthetiger // @b00storebabe and a few other loves to do the best book photo tag. Thank you for picking me!! Here are some of my favorite photos that I captured this year. 

Rules:

  • Choose your top bookish photos that you took this year
  • Tag the post #bestbookphotos2015
  • Tag 10 people to do the challenge
  • Copy and paste these rules onto your post

I don’t know who has already been tagged so I tag anyone who is interested! 

I wanted to test out two styles or coloring ideas, and figured why not draw Deadpool? Since I’m so excited for the movie finally being a reality. So here is the full thing (and yeah, I threw in the pipe like in the pre-trailer trailer because I wasn’t sure what else to have him do).

So here are the two ideas I tried capturing in the coloring technique: taking some of the solid black shadows (and some lines) and making them a darker red/darker color than the flat color… just to make it “blend” a bit more while still being a solid shape; the other idea being to use the add glow layer for highlights more. It’s so common in comic coloring, and yet I hardly think to utilize it, so here I finally tried it out.

I want to post a small guideline for coloring this soon, because I am quite happy with how this turned out.

(Deadpool belongs to Marvel and not me, of course.)

Brooke Hernando, Dixxie Mae Graphics, 2015. Do not steal or use this work without credit and permission.

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Bentley got the meet Naru today. If you don’t already follow her, go follow Naru and her adventures at @naruthelittlemal. The sun was already setting so the lighting was limited and trying to take a picture of a Belgian Malinois is similar to trying to take a picture of a bullet. Here were some of the more decent pictures I captured.

Autumn Reach, by eyeofalens

Autumn Reach A local catch from Sunday’s outing with family. Its actually an image captured at a secret location? well we said to our son it was a secret forest at a place called Holmeja about 25 mins drive from home. I thank my partner Sanna for first telling me about this place she discovered with some friends a little while back & for taking me there. The autumn colors were truly beautiful here & a well hidden & secluded little place. Definitely going to be exploring here more. I managed to capture some of the sun which is partially blocked out by both fog & cloud cover which hanged around all day.